Placebo Magick Podcast episodes

2/19/2019
Yourself: Into the You-Verse (S1E12)

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.

2/13/2019
Two Layers of Belief (S1E11)

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.

2/5/2019
Border Security (S1E10)

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 activating a black mirror (that is, a phone or a TV).

1/21/2019
The Power of Habit: Wizardly Tomes (S1E9)

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.

1/14/2019
A Wizard's Tools (S1E8)

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.

1/7/2019
Sources of Power (S1E7)

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.

12/29/2018
Sustenance and Change (S1E6)

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.

12/23/2018
Winterfest Break & Picturing the Color Wheel

Happy Winterfest, Yule, Solstice, Christmas, Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, etc., etc., etc. No new episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast this lunar quarter as Peasant-Lord Durmak's mouth is stuffed with cookies, but we do have a Spell of the Week to help you fall asleep and improve your visualization skills:

12/15/2018
Soul Puppetry (S1E5)

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.

12/7/2018
Protection and Purification (S1E4)

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.

11/30/2018
Magick Items (S1E3)

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.

11/23/2018
Suspending Disbelief (S1E2)

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.

11/15/2018
Introduction to Placebo Magick (S1E1)

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.