The Magical Multiverse

On Thursday June 12th, 2014 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will
present a discussion on ancient and modern Multiverse concepts in
relation to Hermetic Magick, the Qabalah, astrology and Fortean
phenomenon. We will examine philosophical. scientific, literary and
cinematic models of the Multiverse, sometimes called the “Holographic
Universe” or “Parallel Worlds.” We will trace the idea through the
“nesting spheres” of the geocentric age, to the heliocentric
Renaissance, the invention of the telescope and the discovery of other
galaxies and anti-matter, both in terms of science and the pages of
science fiction. Our references will be Mary-Jane Ruberstein’s “Worlds
Without End,” Michio Kaku’s “Parallel Worlds,” the science fiction of
Philip K. Dick, and Richard S. Shaver, and films such as “The Matrix,”
“Dark City,” and “Lost Highway.” Our challenge will be to reconcile
ancient Hermetic philosophy with the Multiverse concept — so, if you
want to go through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole, tune in a
we will tour the endless “nows” of the Simultane.

Negative vs. Positive Gnosis – from Gnostica no. 40, 1976

On Thursday, June 6th, 2014 The Hermetic Hour will present a reading by
Poke Runyon (Fra. Thabion) of his 1976 essay “Negative vs. Positive
Gnosis” from Gnostica magazine, no. 40. This is an important instructive
paper dealing with the ancient and modern spiritual differences between
Thelemic (libertine) Gnosticism, Hermetic neo-Platonism and ancient and
modern Paganism (wiccans, druids, etc.) These differences are so deep
and so misunderstood that many New-Agers involved in the Occult do not
know what they profess to believe in. They participate in various groups
simply because they are attracted to the style and glamor of the
organization and because it provides a rebellion against the religion of
the parents. The article explains the fundamental differences between
Gnosticism of the negative world view and Hermetic magick of the
positive world view, comparing them to the Pagan and neo-Pagan “natural”
world view. You will discover how similar Thelemic Gnosticism is to the
Fundamental Christianity it rebels against, and how similar Hermetic
magick is to Tantric Buddhism. This paper will be reprinted in text form
and posted as an instruction on our web site. So tune in and become
transcendentally demystified.