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The Placebo Magick Podcast explores theatrical spiritual practice for skeptical atheists: why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and hack the human brain all while understanding that magick isn't real. Magick is a metaphor, and metaphor is magickal! Become a Patreon supporter at https://www.patreon.com/placebomagick to listen to the Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show.
 
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How simple living can improve the quality of your consciousness. In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: a ritual to transfer the essence of one object into another object. Call 1-989-318-4118 to leave a voice memo! Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://film…
 
Celebrating the 50th episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast with some reflection on making the show, some listener voicemails, and a rapid-fire series of mini-topics. Call 1-989-318-4118 to leave a voice memo! Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.…
 
Contrasting two different perspectives on being good. Call 1-989-318-4118 to leave a voice memo! Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://cr…
 
Finding a healthy balance in your sense of identity. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia b…
 
Saving money through spiritual practice. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevin MacLe…
 
Gardening as a spiritual and magickal practice. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia by Kevi…
 
Atheist witch YouTuber Sedna Woo joins us to discuss using magick for creative inspiration and flow! Sedna Woo on YouTube Sedna Woo's Etsy shop Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmm…
 
Breaking down the self into three archetypes: the Philosopher, the Doggo, and the Lizard. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativeco…
 
Introducing the concept of aliefs, contrasted with beliefs. Referenced: Explanatory video from Yale psychologist Laurie Santos "Alief and Belief" (philosophy paper) by Tamar Szabó Gendler Alief article on Wikipedia Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://film…
 
Forgiving yourself for messing up on your goals and values. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-northLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Arcadia…
 
Musing about how religion and magick might change in the decades to come. Referenced: Daniel DeSteno on the Ten Percent Happier podcast How God Works: The Science Behind the Benefits of Religion, book by Daniel DeSteno How God Works podcast Life of Pi by Yann Martel Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Joi…
 
Tips for using magick to summon the spirits of the dead! (Or the not-quite-dead...) Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: The North by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4499-the-north License: http://creativecommons.org…
 
Magick and brain hacks for reducing screen time and its negative impacts! Resources: Politics Is For Power by Eitan Hersh Also hear Eitan Hersh on the "Passion Isn't Enough" episode of Hidden Brain Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Placebo Magick Podcast discussion of Digital Minimalism Deep Questions with Cal Newport (podcast) Hamlet's BlackBerry:…
 
I share a number of different book, podcast, and video recommendations for placebo mages. Books Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton Atheopaganism by Mark Green Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Paganism edited by John Halstead DIY Magic: A Strange & Whimsical Guide to Creativity by Anthony …
 
Special guest Winter joins me to discuss magick and meaning-making in a city environment. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltzLicense: http://creativeco…
 
Magick on a budget, magick in small living spaces, and low-maintenance magick. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/…
 
In this informal episode I share how my practice has changed over time. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/license…
 
Special guest Tristan walks me through a basic introduction to astrology. See Durmak's birth chart here. You can get a professional reading from Tristan via his Etsy shop! Also check out Tristan's Instagram page. Mentioned in this episode: Astro.com Barnum effect Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join t…
 
Examining Jesus' teaching and healing through a placebo magick lens. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…
 
The pressure we put on ourselves as mages to measure up to imaginary standards. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3781-frost-waltz License: http://creativecommons.org…
 
Using defensive and offensive spells to deal with problem people like your ex, your boss, or your parents. Resources for abuse: Articles on identifying abuse from HealthyPlace Resources by state for violence against women Resources from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclus…
 
Star Wars as a spiritual tool, a universal myth, and a contemporary religion. In Magick Mailbag: Patreon supporter Hamsa shares a ritual for honoring the complexity of new hobbies. Mentioned in this episode: The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith by Charles Soule Bl…
 
Using placebo magick to lift the curse of procrastination. In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: Forgiving someone using a paper doll. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: Frost Waltz by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/s…
 
How to transmute bad moods into good moods using the Philosopher's Stone of mindfulness. In Magick Mailbag: E-mails from Kyle Fisher about his rituals to quit smoking. Check out a photo of Kyle's ritual space here. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://film…
 
Today we discuss the wizardly tome Religion for Atheists: A Non-believers Guide to the Uses of Religion by philosopher Alain de Botton. In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: How to make magick potions using herbs! Mentioned in this episode: The School of Life Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the …
 
Today we discuss how tabletop role-playing games help you level up as a placebo mage! In Bewitching Bestiary, we find poetic meaning and magickal correspondences for chicory, a common roadside wildflower. Mentioned in this episode: Dungeons & Dragons Free Basic Edition Dungeon World Chicory Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-…
 
How to fight injustice wielding the power of placebo magick! In the Bardic Verse segment, I share my poem Three Deep Breaths. Mentioned in this episode: Hadrian's Garden blog by Patreon supporter Josh Betts Two layers of belief Atheopaganism group on Facebook Skeptarot group Facebook r/seculartarot on Reddit r/SASSWitches on Reddit Support the show…
 
Atheopaganism founder Mark Green joins us today to discuss Atheopaganism, an Earth-honoring path rooted in science! Mentioned in this episode: Atheopaganism website/blog Atheopaganism Facebook group Atheopaganism: An Earth-honoring path rooted in science by Mark Green Patreon campaign supporting Mark Green's work in Atheopaganism Support the show o…
 
We discuss Pokémon training as a metaphor for leveling up and evolving our inner demons into trusted and powerful friends! In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals, we describe making your own Pokédex of local plants and animals. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from …
 
In this episode, April Benson-Scearce joins us to discuss the book Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport, and the broader topic of digital minimalism. Also mentioned in this episode: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solit…
 
We discuss the practice of pop culture paganism—that is, paganism using pop culture characters, stories, and imagery. In the Bardic Verse segment, I read my poem called Batman. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLe…
 
Farmer/Poet Laureate of Napa County/big brother Jeremy Benson joins us to discuss the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, featuring a Jungian psychology approach to toxic masculinity. Check out some of Jeremy's writing at https://jerbenson.blogspot.com. Refe…
 
In this season 2 premiere, I share my story of how I started practicing placebo magick! In the Bardic Verse segment, I read my poem called Reunion. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) …
 
Why do we talk funny during rituals? Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we explore the often arcane linguistics of religion and spellcasting. The Spell of the Week is programming yourself like a robot. Referenced in this episode: linguistic register Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion…
 
We conclude our discussion of the Enneagram personality type system and do a deeper dive into the Instinctive Center types (Eight, Nine, and One). The Spell of the Week is invocation to call on the strength of one of the Enneagram types. Referenced in this episode: Placebo Mage's Guild Hall Discord Chat The Enneagram The Wisdom of the Enneagram (bo…
 
We continue our discussion of the Enneagram personality type system and do a deeper dive into the Thinking Center types (Five, Six, and Seven). The Spell of the Week is enchanting an amulet to help you quiet your thoughts. Referenced in this episode: The Enneagram Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join …
 
We introduce the Enneagram personality type system and do a slightly deeper dive into the Feeling Center types (Two, Three, and Four). The Spell of the Week is a ritual to summon a circle of nine sages. Referenced in this episode: The Enneagram Institute Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discus…
 
We give a broad beginner's introduction to tarot cards and how they can still be helpful without any supernatural factor. The Spell of the Week is a simple tarot spread representing different layers of your psychology. See my tarot spread from the episode here. Referenced in this episode: Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck (this Wikipedia page includes a…
 
We give a bird's eye view of the archetypal Hero's Journey (as described by Joseph Campbell) and its usefulness in spiritual practice. The Spell of the Week is a simple divination method based on the Hero's Journey. Referenced in this episode: The Hero's Journey The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Dan Harmon's Story Circle d8 die tabl…
 
We discuss some ways in which imagining a (fictional) afterlife can prove helpful, and we propose a new definition of "soul" or "spirit" entirely compatible with a skeptical, scientific worldview. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to summon the presence of a deceased loved one into an object. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreo…
 
We discuss synchronicity (meaningful coincidences) and how to use "magick" to engineer apparent coincidences while still remaining grounded in reality. The Spell of the Week is a simple luck potion. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost…
 
How to open magickal connections to alternate universes and alternate selves to help you loosen up your constricting beliefs about yourself and make decisions with more confidence. The Spell of the Week is a daily morning ritual to link minds with a parallel universe self. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Sh…
 
We explore the difference between rhetorical beliefs and subconscious beliefs, how unseen subconscious beliefs can cause implicit racial bias and other problems, and how spiritual practices can improve communication between these two parts of the mind so that our rhetorical beliefs keep moving toward truthfulness and our subconscious beliefs keep m…
 
We discuss why Trump's border wall might seem worthwhile to many despite all the data and logic to the contrary—because in this civilization we often leave our personal emotional boundaries utterly undefended, especially against the malicious foreign influences of cable news and social media. Along the way we discuss the Pokémon-like interactions b…
 
Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we discuss a Wizardly Tome (i.e. a book): The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. The Spell of the Week is a cantrip to help you resist tempting foods. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Ke…
 
Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast I describe the various tools I use in my day-to-day magickal practice. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to find more joy in your life. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by Kevin MacLeod (h…
 
What makes certain objects, locations, people, gestures, words or phrases, etc. more "magickally" powerful than others? The Spell of the Week is a spell to enchant a pen for magickal use. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost Waltz" by …
 
We explore two different kinds of rituals: rituals for change, and rituals for sustenance. The Spell of the Week is Bibliomancy: opening a book to a random passage to gain insight into a question. Support the show on Patreon to gain access to our Patreon-Exclusive Bonus Show! Join the discussion on Discord! Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Frost W…
 
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