Episode 004: The Hermit and the Logos

This time, I discuss my path into the esoteric tradition, the Hermit from the Major Arcana of the tarot, the Greek conception of the Logos, the polarities of subject/object and imagination/ego, and more.



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Andrea, Hans. Harry Potter for Seekers. Website.

Angel, Will. An Immortal Science: Alchemy’s Role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. PDF.

Blake, William. Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Online.

Brett, Ana. Navel Power. DVD.

Case, Paul Foster. The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages. PDF.

Cicero, Chic & Tabatha. New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot. Book.

Crowley, Aleister. Magick Without Tears. PDF.

Crowley, Aleister. The Vision and the Voice. Online.

Fiennes, Maya. Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes. DVD.

Freke, Tim. The Jesus Mysteries. Book.

Freke, Tim. Jesus and the Lost Goddess. Book.

Freke, Tim. The Laughing Jesus. Book.

Gorski, William. Yeats and Alchemy. Book.

Granger, John. Unlocking Harry Potter. Book.

Hall, Manly P. The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Book.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. “Philo of Alexandria.” Online.

Jaynes, Julian. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Book.

Jung, Carl. Psychology and Alchemy. Book.

Marvell, Andrew. “To His Coy Mistress.” Online.

Masters, Edgar Lee. “Griffy the Cooper” from Spoon River Anthology. Online.

Murphy, Derek. Jesus Potter Harry Christ. Book.

Peverly, Ryan. Occulture Podcast. iTunes. Patreon.

Rowling, J.K. Book set.

Shelley, Percy. Prometheus Unbound. Online.

Steiner, Rudolf. Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery. Online.

Sugerman, Shirley. Evolution of Consciousness: Studies in Polarity. Book.

Tenacious D. Master Exploder. YouTube.

Weor, Samael Aun. The Perfect Matrimony: The Door to Enter Into Initiation: Tantra and Sexual Alchemy. Book.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. Book.

Yeats, W.B. “A General Introduction for My Work.” Online.

Yeats, W.B. “Rosa Alchemica.” Online.

Yeats, W.B. “The Two Trees.” Online.


Episode 003: Symbol, Ritual, and the Picture of Dorian Gray

After a long hiatus, in the third episode of Hermetic Garden, I discuss symbols in ceremonial rituals and relate them to The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. https://amzn.to/2APVayA

The Picture of Dorian Gray (audiobook), by Oscar Wilde. Read by John Gonzalez. https://librivox.org/the-picture-of-dorian-gray-by-oscar-wilde/

Vera, or the Nihilists, by Oscar Wilde. https://amzn.to/2MnKbkE

Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, by Lon Milo DuQuette. https://amzn.to/2CtxW1o

“Rosa Alchemica,” by W.B. Yeats. http://brdyweb.com/thesis/story1.html

The Unfolding Self, by Ralph Metzner. https://amzn.to/2DkoxuH

Double Vision: Language and Meaning in Religion, by Northrop Frye https://amzn.to/2FITjPn

“An Esoteric View of the Rose-Croix Degree,” by Leon Zeldis. http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/zeldis11.html

The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic, by Israel Regardie. https://amzn.to/2W3vV4U

Prospero’s Island: The Secret Alchemy at the Heart of the Tempest, by Noel Cobb. https://amzn.to/2MkmFVr



Episode 002: Yeats and the Divine Genius, Part 2


This episode continues with my analysis, taking the poems to their inspirational yet hopeless conclusion.

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Episode 001 (Part 1)

Susie Chang and Mel Meleen. Fortune’s Wheelhouse. Podcast.

Yasuko Suzuki. “Yeats’s ‘From the Antigone’: Desire and Loss.” The Harp. Vol. 15 (2000), pp. 47-58. Critical essay.




Episode 001: Yeats and the Divine Genius, Part 1

38 minutes, 20 seconds


I started a podcast! This episode revisits a blog I wrote several years ago but takes the series of poems several steps further. In this episode I analyze the first five of the eleven poems. Part 2 will analyze the rest.

As always, I discuss Kabbalah, mysticism, symbol, language, and much more.

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  • I say that Yeats joined the Golden Dawn in 1889. He actually joined in 1890. He was a part of several Hermetic societies in the 1880s.
  • I realize there’s an error when I read the first poem – the audio sounds jumbled. I’ll fix this tonight and re-upload the audio.


Golden Dawn Magical Tarot. Amazon

Gorski, William T. Yeats and Alchemy. Book. Amazon.

MacGregor Mathers, S. L. The Tarot: Its Occult Significance, use in Fortune Telling, and Method of Play, Etc. Book.

MacGregor Mathers, S. L. Kabbalah Unveiled. Book. Amazon.

Mann, Neil. W.B. Yeats and A Vision. Website. http://www.yeatsvision.com/

Peneton, Brady. “The Winding Cabbala: Yeats’ Use of Cabbalistic Mythology of Spiritualization and Imagination in ‘A Woman Young and Old.’” Critical essay. Blog.

Raine, Kathleen. “Yeats, the Tarot, and the Golden Dawn.” Critical essay. Amazon.

Regardie, Israel. The Complete System of the Golden Dawn. Book. Amazon.

Yeats, William Butler. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” Audio recording on YouTube.

Yeats, William Butler. “Per Amica Silentia Lunae.” Essay

Yeats, WIlliam Butler. “Magic.” Essay

Yeats, William Butler. “The Body of the Father Christian Rosencrux.” Essay

Yeats, WIlliam Butler. “The Two Trees.” Poem

Yeats, William Butler. A Woman Young and Old. Poems

The Tree of Life:

Golden Dawn Cipher Manuscript, Folio 28:

Golden Dawn Classic Tarot. The Lovers:

Golden Dawn Classic Tarot. The Sun:

Golden Dawn Classic Tarot. Judgment:


Intro Song: Kevin MacLeod – “Backed Vibes Clean.”