Astral Harvest Podcast Episode #20 Nix Nihil
Nix Nihil manifests in many forms. He is a vocalist, performance artist, researcher, poet, essayist, ceremonial magician, rune reader, and PhD candidate in the Department of English and Film studies at the University of Alberta. He teaches a course on magical literature (ENGL_103), and has brought his knowledge of magic, mysticism, esotericism, and their influence on English literature to festival-goers through workshops at Astral Harvest and Reign Bough Fiddle.
Nix’s travels have taken him to musical performances at Burning Man, Shambhala, Astral Harvest, Reign Bough Fiddle, and other community gatherings in Edmonton. On his magical pilgrimages, he has visited Stonehenge and there delivered to the druids of Salisbury a poetic offering for the full moon ceremony of Summer Solstice 2016; he has meditated in the dungeons of Munkholmen, Norway and Alcatraz Island, USA; he has visited the archives of such legendary magicians as Cornelius Agrippa, William Butler Yeats, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Blavatsky, Evelyn Underhill, H.D., Margaret Anderson, and A.R. Orage; and, he has handled one of the oldest known sets of tarot cards, the Visconti deck, during a research trip to Yale University, USA.
In this Podcast, Nix and Eugena discuss topics ranging from Astral Harvest, Slayer and heavy metal music, tropes of magical literature, the power of names and labels, mystical philosophy, and the politics of spirituality. The episode concludes with a rune reading by Nix to help Eugena and friends determine a theme for Astral Harvest 2019.
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