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Cosmic Indifference 47: More of The Yellow Sign

We put together some ideas from all of Robert W. Chambers' stories about The King in Yellow and connect them with a more recent work by A. C. Wise, "I Dress My Lover in Yellow." Primarily, we examine how our perceptions of "points of no return" and "slippery slopes" can get in the way of our ability to live more fully and to act with integrity to our deepest values.


Cosmic Indifference 46: Lammas 2018

We continue delving into Hastur and Carcosa mythology with the Robert W. Chambers story "The Yellow Sign," and since Lammas is a harvest celebration, we consider the insights we harvest from relationships of trust. Sometimes we can't see ourselves clearly, and we benefit from others holding up a mirror so we can see our blind spots and our strengths more fully. Plus, a few curses and a special Lammas blessing for everyone. If you want to get in touch, you can always email...


Cosmic Indifference 45: A Festival of Masks

We delve a little deeper into the idea of wearing masks, why we might think it's helpful, and how our masks might change us with Thomas Ligotti's short story "The Greater Festival of Masks." We explore the difference between wearing the masks we choose and wearing the masks other people hand us, and we consider a way of recognizing and accepting our authentic identity without judgment. Plus, as always, curses and blessings! If you want to get in touch, you can always email...


Cosmic Indifference 44: Mask of Self-Deception

We continue exploring the development of mythology surrounding Hastur and Carcosa with another Robert W. Chambers story, "The Mask." The narrator confesses to wearing a mask of self-deception, and we consider our own tendencies toward self-deception and self-betrayal, and a few steps we can take in a different direction. We'll go deeper into the issues of identity that are brought up here in our next couple of episodes as well. If you want to get in touch, you can always email...


Cosmic Indifference 43: Summer Solstice 2018

In our Summer Solstice episode, we explore the history and meaning of this holiday, take a look at Ann K. Schwader's story "Twenty Mile" (which takes place around the Solstice), consider a number of creative ways to celebrate the solstice, and pronounce a special blessing of gratitude and rededication. Our ancestors left enormous stone calendars in honor of what guided their lives. We have an opportunity to leave a legacy in honor of what guides our lives too. If you want to get in touch,...


Cosmic Indifference 42: Repairer of Reputations

The unreliable narrator in Robert W. Chambers' short story "The Repairer of Reputations" imagines a world in which all the "undesirables" have been essentially eliminated, and yet life is still full of problems and challenges. We explore how we often blame other individuals or groups of people rather than owning our decisions, and we consider the importance of mental healthcare. Next week, we'll have our Summer Solstice episode and explore more ways that we might take action to embrace our...


Cosmic Indifference 41: Inhabitant of Carcosa

A second story by Ambrose Bierce, introducing Carcosa and Hali (although it will be Robert Chambers who turn Hali into a Lake) as we begin to explore the origins of Hastur mythology in the Cthulhu Mythos. In "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" Hali is an authority on alchemical and spiritual matters, so this opens the door for us to talk about how we ascribe (or mis-ascribe) authority and how we can more intentionally focus on ideas and assertions rather than the personalities of the people who...


Cosmic Indifference 40: Haita the Shepherd

We begin a series on Hastur with Ambrose Bierce's short story "Haita the Shepherd," which isn't about Hastur at all, even though it's the first place where Hastur is mentioned. The lesson of "Haita the Shepherd" is really about the elusiveness of happiness, and the connection between happiness and purpose. If you want to get in touch, you can always email And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at


Cosmic Indifference 39: Where Yidhra Walks

We delve into a particular characteristic of Yidhra, a Lovecraftian entity created by Walter C. DeBill, Jr., and explore how we project false images of ourselves to others, and also project our judgments onto others. We begin to consider how we can dismantle our fears about who we truly are and express our authentic selves more consistently. If you want to get in touch, you can email And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...


Cosmic Indifference 38: The Curse of Yig

From H. P. Lovecraft's "The Curse of Yig" (ghost-written for Zealia Bishop), we launch into an exploration of how we may have to "shed our skin" metaphorically in order to grow in meaningful directions. And we consider how a posture of renewal can help us "shed our skin" more easily than a posture of resignation. Plus, curses and blessings, as always! If you want to get in touch, you can email And you can help create the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...


Cosmic Indifference 37: The Mound

We return to the rest of Lovecraft's "The Mound" this week as we explore how ideas about immortality may be more of a curse than a blessing. As you may have noticed, we've reverted to titling the episode by the story we consider; thank you for your feedback about that change! We've also just released a second album of music from previous episodes! You can get a copy here: If you want to get in touch, you can email...


Cosmic Indifference 36: Beltane 2018

For our May Day episode, we connect the implicit uncertainty of bringing new life into the world with Damien Angelica Walters' story "Umbiiicus," consider a few ideas for celebrating the holiday, and pronounce a special "coin" blessing. If you'd like to get in touch, you can email or you can become a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at


Cosmic Indifference 35: Guardians at the Threshold

In this episode, we consider Joseph Campbell's concept of "guardians at the threshold" from the Hero's Journey framework, see the concept at work in Lovecraft's "The Mound," compare it with Victoria Schmidt's Heroine's Journey framework, and see how all of that might apply to our own lives and relationships. Get in touch with us at or be a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at


Cosmic Indifference 34: Personal Vision

We explore how our intentional guiding principles can help us develop a personal vision toward greater purpose and meaning in our lives, and we draw on Ramsey Campbell's story "The Tugging". Get in touch with us at or be a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at


Cosmic Indifference 33: Defining Guiding Principles

We explore how to define and develop personal guiding principles this week, and we use as examples the guiding principles of characters in Brian Hodge's "It's All the Same Road in the End." We take a slightly different approach this week with how we connect the reading with our topic, so let us know what you think of the change! You can connect with us by emailing or become a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference Podcast at...


Cosmic Indifference 32: The Fairground Horror

This episode, we explore the idea of how we respond to warnings and red flags in our lives by delving into another tale about Cthulhu (indirectly), Brian Lumley's "The Fairground Horror." Be a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference podcast! Find us on Patreon at


Cosmic Indifference 31: The Call of Cthulhu Pt 2

This week, we continue our exploration of another facet of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu," considering the source of our own dreams, aspirations, values, and identity -- a topic we'll delve into more deeply in the weeks ahead. The episode is a bit shorter than usual, because we don't summarize the story (since we did a rather thorough job of that in Episode 29). Be a part of creating the Cosmic Indifference podcast! Find us on Patreon at


Cosmic Indifference 30: Spring Equinox 2018

This year, the Spring Equinox is on Tuesday, March 20 (16:15 UTC, but that's excessively specific). We celebrate with Ann K. Schwader's story "Dark Equinox" and considering how cosmic egg imagery can empower our own creative intentions. We also have a special blessing that you may want to prepare for by decorating an egg -- even a plastic one or an egg-shaped candle. You can be part of creating the Cosmic Indifference podcast by becoming a patron: If...


Cosmic Indifference 29: The Call of Cthulhu pt1

This episode is a bit longer, because we summarize the entire H. P. Lovecraft story "The Call of Cthulhu," since we'll be spending a couple of episodes on it. This time, we consider the interrelated themes of "civilized" vs. "primitive" values, racism, and fear of the Other. Hopefully we make a case for engaging in curious inquiry about who people are and what they care about rather than assuming the worst out of our anxiety.


Cosmic Indifference 27: The Feaster from the Stars

We near the end of Part One of the Book of Eibon with another Lin Carter tale, "The Feaster from the Stars: The History of Yzduggor the Eremite." Unfortunately, we need to spoil the story a bit to extract some lessons about our complicated relationship with power. If you receive the readings each week, you may want to listen to this one first and then come back to the episode, where we explore why power-with relationships help us create a world that aligns more fully with our...