My guest in this episode is Jack Fox-Williams, who graduated in philosophy and history at Goldsmith’s University in London. Jack is a freelance writer in Cornwall, an amazing musician and vocalist and a curious-minded explorer of the relationship between science and occultism. Please pay special attention to the music played in the show as it is composed and performed by my guest himself.
Jack Fox-Williams became interested in the occult at age 14-15 in discovering the writings of Aleister Crowley, like so many of us. He managed to look behind the veil of ‘forbidden knowledge’ which ultimately led him to many hours reading about history, psychology and philosophy and the bridges that connect these fields of research.
Jack knows the world of academia quite well as he has studied not only history and philosophy but also holds a master in law. We’ll be talking a lot about his special interest in hermeticism, how and why it developed at a young age and how Jack is using it in order to expand his consciousness.
Jack’s passion is not confined to theoretical musings though, he is also a seasoned practitioner of the occult arts where he tends to take on a holistic approach combining different methods that simply work well for him. He offers insights into his core practices and we dive pretty quickly into the power of language.
The definition of semantics as essentially the study and analysis of linguistic systems, how they develop and how we use it becomes a major point of our conversation. Here, Jack sheds some light on authors (and occultists) Robert Anton Wilson and William S. Burroughs and how they influenced him. The omnipresent imprinting process of words on human thoughts, beliefs and behaviour will be discussed in detail as well as the relationship between music, magic and ritual.
With Jack’s upcoming book project we will give you an interesting outlook and I hope you’ll welcome him with open arms as I’m sure we will hear a lot more from him in the future.
Music played in this episode
This week the music on the show is written, composed and performed by our interview guest, Jack Fox-Williams, who is also an extraordinary musician. These are the four tracks that you will be hearing:
1) SCREAM FOR ME
followed immediately by
2) ALL I HAVE
(Track starts at [7:53])
3) THROUGH IT ALL
(Track starts at [52:27])
4) LET’S GET HIGH
(Track starts at [1:26:54])