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The podcast about teaming up with your superstitious brain. Spiritual, religious, magickal, and mystical practice for atheists and rationalists!

The podcast about teaming up with your superstitious brain. Spiritual, religious, magickal, and mystical practice for atheists and rationalists!
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The podcast about teaming up with your superstitious brain. Spiritual, religious, magickal, and mystical practice for atheists and rationalists!

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English


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E20 Magickal Linguisticks

5/12/2019
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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 The Placebo Magick Podcast explores 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! Subscribe by...

Duration:00:15:30

E19 The Enneagram, Part III

4/28/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 ChatThe EnneagramThe Wisdom of the Enneagram (book) The Placebo Magick Podcast explores why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and...

Duration:00:28:11

E18 The Enneagram, Part II

4/14/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 The Placebo Magick Podcast explores 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...

Duration:00:22:14

E17 The Enneagram, Part I

4/5/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 The Placebo Magick Podcast explores 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...

Duration:00:28:24

E16 Tarot 101

3/21/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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. Referenced in this episode: Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckHolistic Tarot Also check out the Skeptarot community on Facebook! It's a group dedicated specifically to supernatural-free understanding and use of tarot. The Placebo Magick...

Duration:00:33:13

E15 The Hero's Journey

3/15/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 JourneyThe Hero with a Thousand FacesJoseph CampbellDan Harmon's Story Circle d8 die table for divination using Dan Harmon's Story Circle: The Placebo Magick Podcast explores why and how to cast...

Duration:00:37:24

E14 The Afterlife

3/6/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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. Referenced in this episode: AtheopaganismFacebook Group The Placebo Magick Podcast explores why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and...

Duration:00:22:42

E13 Synchronicity

2/26/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and travel the astral planes all while understanding that magick isn't real. Magick is a metaphor, and metaphor is magickal! Subscribe by searching for the...

Duration:00:12:36

E12 Yourself: Into the You-Verse

2/19/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast: 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. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores why and how to cast spells, brew potions, commune with spirits, and travel the astral planes all while understanding that magick isn't real. Magick...

Duration:00:16:36

E11 Two Layers of Belief

2/13/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 moving toward helpfulness. The Spell of the Week is a ritual to enhance your creativity. The Placebo Magick...

Duration:00:14:34

E10 Border Security

2/5/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast 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 between reason, magick, and mysticism. The Spell of the Week is a cantrip to protect your boundaries when...

Duration:00:18:58

E09 Wizardly Tomes: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

1/21/2019
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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. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while bringing their beliefs and actions into greater harmony with...

Duration:00:15:06

E08 A Wizard's Tools

1/14/2019
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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. Referenced in this episode: my wool cloak The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while bringing their beliefs and...

Duration:00:30:13

E07 Sources of Power

1/7/2019
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we discuss 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. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while bringing...

Duration:00:17:20

E06 Sustenance and Change

12/29/2018
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In this episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast 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. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while...

E05 Soul Puppetry

12/15/2018
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In this episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast we discuss how our brains bring many more characters to life besides our "selves": imaginary friends, gods, demons, angels, ghosts, past lives, Daniel Tiger, Conky—soul puppets, one and all! The Spell of the Week is a spell to breathe a soul into a figurine. Referenced in this episode: ConkyWon't You Be My Neighbor?Statler and WaldorfJabba the Hutt puppet The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious...

Duration:00:21:27

E04 Protection and Purification

12/7/2018
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast we explore this question: Since all magick is just the placebo effect, why is it necessary or useful to call on protective and purifying powers "outside" our selves? Or, in terms of the Hero's Journey, why must the hero meet the Goddess before atoning with the Father? The Spell of the Week is a spell to see a strange doppelganger. Referenced in this episode: Casting a CircleThe Hero's JourneyThe BrainstemBloody Mary The Placebo Magick Podcast explores...

Duration:00:18:46

E03 Magick Items

11/30/2018
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast: Understanding and improving your sentimental, i.e. magickal, relationships with stuff! The Spell of the Week is a ritual to reclaim sovereignty over your smartphone. Referenced in this episode: Theoden, Wormtongue, Saruman, and Gandalf in The Two TowersSigils in Chaos Magick The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious...

Duration:00:32:30

E02 Suspending Disbelief

11/23/2018
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Today on the Placebo Magick Podcast: Why, when, and how to suspend disbelief! The Spell of the Week is using self-hypnosis to set intentions for the following day. Referenced in this episode: The Hero's Journey The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while bringing their beliefs and actions...

Duration:00:21:10

E01 Introduction to Placebo Magick

11/15/2018
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In this first episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast, I introduce the concept of placebo magick and share a bit about my own evolving practice. The Spell of the Week is a charm to help you cherish and remember a special time with a loved one. The Placebo Magick Podcast explores how rationalists can gain the benefits of religious or occult practices and traditions without believing in the supernatural; or, how religious or occult practitioners can continue to honor their traditions while...

Duration:01:01:27