The Magician and the Fool Podcast

Unraveling esoteric thought and practice

E27 Sarah Janes : Dream Incubation

May 3rd, 2020



In this episode we are joined by independent researcher Sarah Janes of to chat about dreams, dream incubation, lucid dreaming, Asclepius, and the ancient Asclepeion healing hospitals.

All this, and of course much more.

Sarah's YouTube channel:



E26 Angel Millar: The 3 Stages of Initiatic Spirituality

March 30th, 2020




Angel Millar joins us again to talk more in depth about his wonderful new book: The three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality; Craftsman, Warrior, Magician.

Angel Millar is a well-known lecturer on Freemasonry, initiation, and esotericism as well as an artist and student of the martial arts. The author of several books, including Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, he lives in New York City.

We talk about the important role memory plays in initiation and initiatic orders. Angel describes the different phases of human development, or anti-development moving from the Golden age in Eden to the current likely Kali Yuga Iron age of the present.

We discuss the world view of primordial man and how aesthetics and symbolism were perceived, and how they are perceived dramatically differently for modern man.

We also talk about the higher self, and what that means for the initiate, as well as the great work of preparing oneself for death.

And of course Angel walks us through the three archetypes described in the book in great detail.


This and more....


Angel's book:



E25 Agostino Taumaturgo: Esoteric Catholicism

March 8th, 2020




In this episode we are joined by Father Jason Spadafore AKA Agostino Taumaturgo.

We discussed multiple fascinating topics including the inherent esoteric nature of Catholicism, magic in Christianity,  the mechanics behind the rosary and other Catholic devotional modalities, and much much more.





E24 Nicholas Breeze Wood: Traditional Shamanism

February 25th, 2020



Nicholas Breeze Wood joins us today to talk about the often misunderstood and mis-represented arts of traditional shamans. We talk about the crucial role trance plays in these lineages, the interwoven relationship with animism, the connections with Buddhism, and the ritual objects implemented by traditional Shamans.

This, and much more......



E23 The Heart Sutra, with Rev Kosho Finch

January 26th, 2020



We welcome back Rev Kosho Finch of the Henjyoji Shingon temple, to talk about the fascinating Heart Sutra. 

The Heart Sutra has been described as the essence of Buddhism, and esoteric Buddhism in particular. It is said that the sutra has the potential to free one from suffering and shed light on the path that leads to awakening.

Kosho sensei lends his valuable insight and knowledge on the teaching, so that we may better understand the important lessons contained within. 

Our hope is that this topic has to potential to provide a helpful alternative perspective to the student of esotericism.

E22 Eoghan Craig Ballard: Traditional spirituality of African diaspora

November 28th, 2019



Join us as we speak with Espiritista Eoghan Craig Ballard to discuss the history and practice of African diaspora religions, and his personal journey into these traditions.

Mr Ballard enlightens us with his perspective on some of the most important concepts of the Afro-Caribbean paradigm. 

We talked about the nature of spirits in these traditions and how to work with them, the development of mediumship,  and so much more. A great introduction for anyone interested in learning about the ATRs, as well as a thoughtful examination for those already involved in those traditions.


cover art by Lawrence Zuñiga Batista


E21 Nikolas Schreck

November 1st, 2019



Halloween episode!
In this episode we had the unique opportunity to speak with the infamous artist, musician, author and teacher Nikolas Schreck. We discussed Nikolas' thoughts on sonic magic, the state of occulture, his personal initiatory experiences, Tantric Buddhism, the importance of compassion, the classic horror genre...and much much more.


E20 Aaron Cheak: The Alchemical gate of non-duality

September 16th, 2019



Dr Aaron Cheak joins us today to explore the depths of the Alchemical traditions. He describes Jean Gebser's diaphany and integral consciousness theories as they relate to the study of Alchemy....his understanding of the core and roots of the art, the importance of poison in moderation as a catalyst for growth, Zosimos and much much more.


His site


Rubedo Press



E19 Balthazar’s Conjure

August 21st, 2019




In this Episode we talk with the fascinating Balthazar of

Balthazar is a Rootworker, Medium, Diviner and Solomonic Magician based in Amsterdam. He hosts the popular Balthazar's Conjure YouTube channel, where he teaches his syncretic style of African folk magic and European spiritualism. 

We cover lots of interesting topics including:

Divination as a vehicle for healing, fate and free will in divination, The intersection of folk and ceremonial magic, Arthur Gauntlet and Madeline Montalban, ethics in magic, Blessed conditions, magical warfare and more!


Balthazar on YouTube:




The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers:







E18 Artemis of the Ephesians with Dr James Rietveld

July 14th, 2019



In this episode we talk with Dr James Reitveld about his comprehensive work on the great Goddess Artemis of the Ephesians. Dr Rietveld takes us to the ancient metropolis of Ephesus in Anatolia and explains when, where and why this version of Artemis came to be. We discuss her connections to Isis, Cybele, Hekate, Demeter and the virgin Mary, as well as explore the rich symbolism that arises from this rich syncretism. We also talk about the fascinating Ephesian Grammata; their origins, uses and connections to the Greek Magical Papyri and Testament of Solomon. Also, we cant talk about Ephesus without discussing the extremely significant history it has in early Christianity. All of this and more. Enjoy!

Dr Rietveld:

His book:

Some YouTube videos:





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