Our guest in this episode is CHRISTOPHER MCINTOSH.

Christopher was born in England in 1943 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He holds a doctorate in history from Oxford University, a degree in German from London University and a diploma in Russian from the United Nations language school in New York.


His career has encompassed the publishing world and the United Nations System as well as academe – he was for several years on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism at Exeter University, now sadly discontinued.

His books include The Astrologers and their Creed (1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (1972); The Rosicrucians (latest edition: Weiser, 1997); The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason (1992), based on his D.Phil. dissertation; The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria (latest edition 2003); Gardens of the Gods (2005); and Beyond the North Wind (2019).



He also has a long-standing interest in polytheistic and nature-oriented belief systems. His home is now in Lower Saxony, North Germany.

Go and have a look at his website

Book list on Amazon

Music played in this episode

Our music today is by the street folk family band from Pittsburgh, PA.





Go to their website

The conception of the band happened in 2013, when Isaac and Heidi Hill began recording some of Isaac’s original work. The Hills come from a multi-generational musical family, raised singing hymns in harmony around the table at family gatherings, with Isaac playing instruments and writing songs since the age of 12. As a poetry major at Pitt, it wasn’t until after graduation that he rediscovered his love for music which grew during his exposure to Pittsburgh’s fringe busking scene at Occupy Pittsburgh in 2011. With a couple of busker recruits on board for their freshman album, they began recording The World at Kasey Fusco’s Etcetera Studios in Ambridge, PA.

The Hills and the Rivers are one of the flag ship bands of Pittsburgh’s 4th River Music Collective, along side their close friends DIY folk/punk band, Cousin Boneless. The 4th River Music Collective has grown into a group of over 20 bands from various genres with their own annual music festival in just a few years. The Hills and the Rivers’ sophomore album, Apocalyptic Dreams, was released in November of 2016. A meditation on how to find hope in a chaotic and apocalyptic world, it featured core members Isaac Hill on octave mandolin and vocals, Heidi Hill on vocals and tambourine, Ian Hill on mandolin and vocals, James Bristol on upright bass, Chris Fazio on violin, Joey Schuller on banjo and Faith Hersey on djembe as well as various musicians recruited from 4th River Music Collective pool. Their 3rd album, The Fool & The Magician, was released May 18, 2018.



Intro and Outro Music
especially written and recorded for the Thoth-Hermes Podcast by Chris Roberts

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