My Magical Thing Interview with Julian Vayne

The Julian Vayne My Magical Thing series of video interviews features people who can be considered to be occult practitioners of some kind talking briefly about an item they possess that has an interesting story. I realised I had an opportunity to air a wild and wacky tale involving a figurine of the Egyptian cat goddess Bast. I contacted Julian and was pleased that he was happy to feature me. 

Readers of my Atargatis would know that I embarked on a psychic questing adventure along the River Thames in 1991 but mention that some details were excluded, primarily for reasons of space and pace in relation to the wider story. This little tale dates from the beginnings of that saga.  It was featured in my very first Glastonbury lecture, The Goddess and the River Thames, almost 25 years ago in July 1995. I did repeat the lecture a few times and it was taped by the Isle of Avalon Foundation in the mid-nineties but, since then, the Bast story has not featured in any of my books, or podcast interviews. Some of it was briefly mentioned in my YouTube lecture When Magic and Fiction Meet. This is the fullest version currently available. It’s a great example of the extent to which extreme strangeness became part of my everyday life then.

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History and Myth Podcast Interview

It was great to have been talking to Amanda Bradley of Mystic Waldorf in New Zealand about my new book during the time of the full moon and eclipse. It’s inevitable in doing this round of promo interviews that I will repeat myself but I’m trying to bring something a bit different into each one, depending on who I’m talking to. I do also go a little beyond what is included in the book.

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Glastonia Aegyptiacus now available in UK paperback.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1838002715/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i16

It’s the 25th anniversary of me moving to Glastonbury today, so very nice that this arrived. Previously only available in Kindle format, now in paperback in UK. 114 pages.

The extraordinary 80s adventures of Andrew Collins in the Glastonbury Star Temple that led to his investigation of the Giza plateau have been featured in my books before, particularly Avalonian Aeon. There was so much material in that book that I sometimes felt that it would be good to isolate this classic psychic questing material and let it stand on its own. So here is the directors’ cut. Everything that was in Avalonian Aeon is here again along with material originally left out for reasons of space.  There are also new details. Most notable is the inclusion of a visualisation often used by Andy that came from the Giza visions of legendary psychic Bernard G of what he called the Crystal Chambers that lay beneath the ground.  And it’s great to feature artwork by Bernard from that time on the cover. This remains for me the greatest magical mystical story I’ve ever heard. It blew my mind to pieces when I first learned about it from Andy in 1988 and going back over it I was glad to see it still felt the same.   

Starting with the medieval Essex mystery of the Knights of Danbury, an expansive odyssey leads to the Glastonbury Star Temple, a secret Knights Templar ceremony, Black Alchemy, and a Hermetic blend that reveals the Morphogenesis pattern and process understood and used by a lost culture before the pyramids.  Here is the epic psychic quest at the root of Andrew Collins later work and the initial inspiration for his investigation of ancient hybrid strains of humanity.

This release is timed to resonate with the 35th anniversary of the climax of the narrative, the 30th anniversary of my own involvement with this material as told in Avalonian Aeon, and the 10th anniversary of that books publication.

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Rune Soup Book Launch

 

My latest book was undoubtedly kick-started by my previous appearance on Rune Soup in Dec 2019. Very satisfying to effectively launch it from there now. Talked with Gordon yesterday, the 15th, 6 months on from the anniv of the Tor death of Abbot Whiting, the time when Boris was in the area and my brain went into overdrive. It’s a satisfying cycle. And with the arrival of the book, all kinds of further weirdness has occurred featuring Jung and Robert Anton Wilson. I talk about it all here.

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History and Myth now available

My new book History and Myth is now available in paperback form on Amazon UK. 169 pages. £12.99.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1838002707/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i14

And on Kindle, where there is a good Look Inside sample.

From the back cover:

HISTORY AND MYTH

The writings of historians reflect the trends of the times in which they were written. This in turn can make a difference to how a society understands itself and the events it experiences and the responses it makes to them.

Here is a Glastonbury-centred consideration of history from the perspectives of Arnold Toynbee and Titus Livius, of mystical experiences, cycles, portents, and of astrology.

Includes:

The Oddity of British Prime Ministers.

The Great Conjunction Cycle 1284-1518-2020:

Capricorn Pan, Cronos Saturn, Pluto Hades.

Glastonbury Abbey.

Henry VIII, William Rufus, Edward I, Edward III, Richard III. Richard Whiting, St Dunstan, Frederick Bligh Bond.

Joseph of Arimathea King Arthur, Virgin Mary, the Holy Grail. Lord of Misrule, the Fisher King.

The Pursuit of the Millennium and Extinction Rebellion. Book of Revelation template, Romance of the Golden Age,  Age of the Holy Spirit.

Dissolution of the Monasteries, Pilgrimage of Grace, Peasant’s Revolt,  Anabaptist Munster Rebellion, Gordon Riots, Brexit.

Glastonbury Plague Diary.

The Victoria Park Lughnasadh 2012 Olympic Caper:  a Psychogeographical Feast.

Featuring:

Boris Johnson, Jan Bockelson, William Blake, James Joyce, Joachim of Fiore, Frances Yates, Marsilio Ficino, Margaret Murray, Albrecht Durer, Scipio Aemelianus, Marguerite Porete.

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Crossing the Abyss Podcast Interview

I recently had an excellent chat with Steven Snider of The Farm on the theme of crossing the Abyss that runs through my Crowley book.  It featured Crowley himself, Jack Parsons, Kenneth Grant, Lovecraft, the Loch Ness Monster, and Montauk. 

I wrote the book over 10 years ago so we ponder its possible increased relevance as what I identified as a number of Aeon of Horus themes are very pertinent today as we face a major challenge and profound unknown.

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UFOlogical interview with Zelia Edgar on Just Another Tin Foil Hat

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Great to have a UFOlogical chat with Zelia Edgar of Just Another Tin Foil Hat. We covered the psychic questing roots with the 1974 Aveley abduction and 1976 Sunderland family case that feature in my Avalonian Aeon and Atargatis. and expanded out from there. I felt nostalgic recalling how I got into the work of John Keel and Jacques Vallee when I was in my twenties and it’s very encouraging to see people like Zelia enthusiastically devouring the classic works and pondering the high strangeness conundrums.

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Glastonbury Zodiac & Earth Mysteries UFOlogy Book Launch Presentation

After a lost hard drive prevented them from uploading, Glastonbury Symposium have given me permission to post my 2015 presentation that launched The Glastonbury Zodiac & Earth Mysteries UFOlogy. Really pleased about that as it is one of my faves.

This was the first time I put myself through the fun and stress of back-engineering a book to launch at a specific event, a crazy strategy I would adopt another 5 times.

I always enjoy (and that’s a mild term) the writing of my books but the combination of the subject matter and the time of year I was working at fever-pitch, from June to July, have left me some of my strongest memories.

The fact that it’s almost five years ago and this footage has only just appeared online is another aspect of its nostalgia factor for me. DVDs were initially on sale and I had a personal copy. Glastonbury Symposium have been gradually uploading old presentations but mine was among some that were lost.

I have since appeared on Ancient Aliens, getting a brief few moments to discuss the core material in the book but the edit was extremely frustrating. The UK is 6 months behind the US broadcast so I had forgotten all about it when it was screened again a few weeks ago here. It’s very satisfying to present all this as I would want it to be seen now.

I have to have a soundtrack for the writing of all my books. With this one I went back to some obscure mid-seventies prog. In Search of Ancient Gods by Absolute Elsewhere was inspired by the von Daniken book of the same name. It was originally sold with a gatefold cover that held a brief booklet introducing the subject matter. The production was in quadrophonic sound so, even if just listening with 2 speakers, there were weird effects designed to enhance the feeling of moving sound. It’s not up-there with the likes of Tangerine Dream but I did listen to it in dark rooms under the influence of a lot of hash many times decades ago when I had barely heard of Glastonbury. On that basis it was strangely moving to resurrect it for such an episode in my life. I have no idea what a new listener would make of it.

It was also nice to revisit an audio-visual promo video I did for the book in 2015 as well, featuring all of the visuals from the lecture and plenty more, accompanied by the classic ambient sounds of Rainbow Dome Musick by Steve Hillage.

My book is available on Kindle globally and there’s still some paperback copies on Amazon UK.

Thanks again to Glastonbury Symposium for permission to post their footage.

https://glastonburysymposium.co.uk/

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Crowley, Jung, Parsons, Gnostic Warrior Podcast

I very much enjoyed the recent opportunity to talk again about some of the core material in my book Aleister Crowley and the Aeon of Horus for the Gnostic Warrior podcast.

There are video lectures already posted of me talking about Jung’s mysterious Seven Sermons to the Dead episode, comparing it to Crowley’s reception of The Book of the Law.  My most viewed video dates from nearly five years ago and features my lecture on The Babalon Working at the Glastonbury Occult Conference.

Here I am talking about all of it together in the broad context of the idea of Gnostic revival and the conversation takes in aspects of our distinctly 2020 situation and what I’m up to at the moment so, even if you are familiar with the book and the videos relating to it, I’d like to think you might find this of interest.

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Dion Fortune podcast interview video.

My book The Occult Battle of Britain was delivered to my home a year ago today. It’s excellent to note the symmetry of this video being posted in synch with that.

In the hours leading in to the time of the full moon over the last weekend I had the chance to chat across the airwaves/ethers from Glastonbury to Steiner enthusiast Amanda Bradley in New Zealand.

We discussed the life and work of Dion Fortune. I lingered awhile on the big events of 1940 and how I made my own connections to them in the nineties. This included me discussing how the 1940 Glastonbury material was used by me on the night of Princess Diana’s funeral with the imagery adjusted for the occasion.

I also had a bit to say on Rudolf Steiner, his visit to Tintagel and Archangel Michael.

In conclusion I noted how intriguing it was to be making a Glastonbury New Zealand connection with such subject matter when Robert Felkin had launched a branch of the same magical order that Dion Fortune had joined in New Zealand.

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