Venus Rising Podcast – Hermeticism and Spiritual Maturity and Eric Simkins and Me

Enjoy the following conversation between Eric Simkins and myself as we discuss Hermeticism and spiritual maturity, the future of esotericism in post 2020, and the important questions to ask about practices on the Path so you can make the best use of your time.

UPDATE:

Yesterday’s post had some technical issues. They have since been repaired. Here is the new operative link.
Our discussion cover the problems and value of group work, knowing the questions to ask, and what is important about practices: how will this serve me while I am alive and how will this serve me when I am dead?
The following email was sent to me by someone commenting on the interview:

“Good to the end. There’s an authenticity in how you you speak, Mark, that sets you apart from most esotericists, in my view. You never sound like you’re selling a cheap way to spiritual fulfillment. You don’t get lost in the inessentials. You always speak out of your experience, which is both broad but more importantly reflected on. And you don’t need to build up some fake air of mystery.” – JMK


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=115l1Z-q8yA




5 comments

  1. Marc DiCaprio · · Reply

    Good afternoon
    I hope all is well with you and your family. I was able to finish listening to the podcast on Venus Rising, and as always it was excellent and seemed like it was for me.

    Even though I’ve been reflecting on things, of course this podcast really got me going again.

    Thinking back to the first seminar of yours I came to. I remember saying “Im just a poor boy from Florida. “

    It was in a small group and I don’t even remember what you said to trigger that. I do remember immediately thinking something to the affect of “ that was stupid to say. With what he teaches, I just told him Im just a poor boy. “
    I also remember thinking, I was just trying to be humble. But You was correct, I did and I am still overcoming believing it.

    I feel like Im a poster child for unbalances you can cause yourself in magick.

    Saying that is just so I can say , I see the good, the improvement since I found your books and you. I’ve became a Mason. Because my Lodge needed it, I am already JW, and I had no intention of being an officer when I joined. I committed to
    Moving all the way to the East, craft willing. And I am learning or trying to learn all those things you mentioned, and understand they are important. And they have helped me personally. Im about to buy my house, 1st one🙂 I never could get it together enough before, something always happened.

    Im really glad you talked about the commitment it takes. Because I been feeling like its to much. Responsibility of the Lodge, my Masonic Leadership Training that is required in Fl and going to open books etc etc. You been doing it alot longer then me so you definitely know. I feel that Im not doing enough of the studies I was doing before Masonry, but I see the value Masonry brings to me and The path I walk.
    Of course as I complain about not having time to study what I was. I have to laugh because Hermes seem of brought me to Hekate. All I’ve done so far is read , well listened to an audible book on her( Hekate liminal rites by Sorita dÉste and David Rankie) and added The Orphic Hymn to Her in my Morning prayers. Well plenty of contemplation etc. But no Ritual

    I feel like im rambling now. I guess this is me checking in, I know its been awhile, and in a long way say thank you and Im learning and see the value and definitely want to add that this magic thing I started to fill that void, is definitely not what i thought !!! But again my Brother I need to thank you for that. Because if nothing else you helped point me in the right direction.

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  2. From an email received regarding this interview:

    Good to the end. There’s an authenticity in how you you speak, Mark, that sets you apart from most esotericists, in my view. You never sound like you’re selling a cheap way to spiritual fulfillment. You don’t get lost in the inessentials. You always speak out of your experience, which is both broad but more importantly reflected on. And you don’t need to build up some fake air of mystery.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Excellent interview, Mark. Among other things, your discussion of occulture is very perceptive and suggests that standard occultism of our time, rather than taking the lead in molding contemporary culture, is happy to passively follow current fads.

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  4. I listened to the podcast twice! Some great spiritual admonishment with some practical advice on how one could move forward. Modern society is often pushing the idea of being non-judgmental and accept all. But spiritual discernment needs to be applied and used. Thank you for another lovely message.

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  5. fratervajra · · Reply

    I enjoyed this discussion. The conversation about warnings surrounding occult practice are pertinent, along with the emphasis on ongoing practice. I have found this to be true in my own life; it doesn’t matter what we attain, we can lose it. I also appreciated how the discussion highlighted what I’ve been perceiving as the “mainstreaming” of occultism; it seems to me that not only is occultism falling victim to fads, it’s enjoying its own “fad-dom” as we speak. Pop culture has done a lot to rob the mystique from it by standardizing more stereotypes as they’ve become more marketable. On the one hand, this can be good if it introduces more people to deeper, genuine practice. On the other hand, it is unlikely all the horses drawn to the water will also drink.

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