Garrison Benson: Writer and Podcaster

The Placebo Magick Podcast

Magick is pretend... and pretending is powerful! On the Placebo Magick Podcast we explore imaginative self-care and spiritual practice through casting spells, performing rituals, reading Tarot cards, communing with fictional beings, and delving into ancient or pop culture mythologies... all while remaining grounded in a science-based skeptical atheist worldview.

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Recent Episodes

6/30/2022
Selflessness vs. Skillfulness (S2E29)

Contrasting two different perspectives on being good.

5/31/2022
Identity (S2E28)

Finding balance in your sense of identity.

4/29/2022
Deep Frugality (S2E27)

Saving money through spiritual practice.

3/31/2022
Gardening: Magickal Arts (S2E26)

Gardening as a spiritual and magickal practice.

Featured Poetry

3/3/2022
Melting

I don't know what I want
I don't know what I need
I don't know right or wrong
I would forget my plans
forsake my home
cast off my clothing
dissolve my name ...

3/2/2022
Wonderland

The Beloved herself
is incidental—
neither Heaven nor the Way,
just a white rabbit passing by, living
her life, luring you
into freefall. Maybe she becomes
your lover, maybe your dearest friend,
maybe not, maybe ...

2/20/2022
Nine

A homeless man wrapped in a greasy coat
and an otherworldly calm approached me
as I rushed home from work
down the sidewalk.
"Greetings," he said. "I am you
from the future. ...

1/31/2018
Ordained

When the poets of old
wrote of star-crossed lovers
they were partly right
and partly wrong ...