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Only a shorter introduction here today. John Michael Greer is back on the show, and I may already say, it will not be his last appearance, we are already planning a new interview on “Sacred Geometry” in a couple of months.
But today it is all about the Occult Revival of the 19th century, that started basically with French author and occultist Eliphas Lévi. And John Michael makes it clear that the reason why occultism had te be revived was not only, maybe not even mainly the Catholic church, but the Age of Enlightenment which had made all occult thinking look obscure.
And we will end up with the question, if we are now, with the much easier access to information through our electronic communication devices, facing a new revival of the Occult Arts? If so, has it already begun, or is it yet to cum?
John Michael Greer is a highly respected writer, blogger, and independent scholar who has written more than 70 books, including The Long Descent, Circles of Power, and the award-winning New Encyclopedia of the Occult. An initiate in a variety of Hermetic, Masonic, and Druidic lineages, he served for twelve years as Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. He lives in Rhode Island.
Eliphas LEVI and his famous depiction of
Baphomet that would cause so much upheaval later-on
Do not miss to visit two of the most important blogs by John Michael Greer, which I also mention in the intro to the interview, they are really worth it (click on the NAME to be brought there dircetly)
And THIS IS THE LINK to his author page on Amazon.com
Music played in this episode
1) JOHN ST. JOHN – Dean Evenson
The collection “Sacred World Chants”, from which this track is taken, is a wonderful cross-cultural musical journey by chanters from all over the world, collected and accompanied by Dean Evenson, one of the leading figures in today’s New Age musical field.
(Track starts at [6:25])
2) INTRODUCTION TO “LA PORTE HEROIQUE DU CIEL” – Erik Satie
The Prélude de La Porte héroïque du ciel is an 1894 piano composition by Erik Satie (1866-1925), intended as a musical introduction to the play The Heroic Gate of Heaven by Jules Bois. It is considered one of the finest works of his “Rosicrucian” or “mystic” period.
(Track starts at [59:00])
3) THE VOICES OF IONA – Tom Kenyon
And to finish our musical journey we meet Tom Kenyon, one of the most respected sound healers in the world today. Neither the voice nor the man can be explained in one paragraph or in any combination of words. He is essence of, manifestation of, emanation of . . . Just listen
(Track starts at [1:40:32])
JMG is always a pleasure to listen to. His last words gave me goose bumps.
Looking forward to the next episode with him.