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The Scholomance Project

Explore the esoteric! Join Troy the Devil-Man as he interviews fascinating guests for thought-provoking discussions on topics from all corners of Western esotericism and the occult.The Scholomance Project strives to aid students of the occult arts in their exploration of Western esotericism. Experience and learn from some of the great minds in occultism. The broad range of topics examined will engage aspirants at all levels of attainment, whether newly curious or a dedicated practitioner. No matter where you are on The Path of your own Great Work, if your spiritual interests or curiosity fall somewhere outside of the mainstream this podcast is for you. Aspire. Explore. Inspire.

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EFC2023 w/Jake, Pat and Jaime of Tria Prima
Last July, Jake and Pat of Tria Prima Podcast interviewed me about Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference www.esotericmasonry.com. For this episode, the third regular host of Tria Prima Podcast, Jaime Paul Lamb, joins us to discuss his experience attending and speaking at the conference last October. We then get to have a lengthy and indulgent conversation about the next EFC as well as what is next for Tria Prima. Not only is Tria Prima the publisher of our upcoming EFC2023 Keynote Speaker P.D. Newman’s “Angels In Vermilion” and Jaime Paul Lamb’s “The Archetypal Temple”, they are expanding their catalog in the coming months. Check out their catalogue, podcast and blog over at www.triaprima.coSupport the Show.
57:05 7/19/23
Viridis Genii with Catamara Rosarium
Catamara Rosarium is a Master Herbalist, Ritual Artist, and botanical alchemist. She is the sole proprietor of Rosarium Blends, a business dedicated to concocting various alchemical and talismanic creations to enliven the senses. Her extensive herbal experience is motivated by a deep attraction to plants, scents, and how they impact the senses. She has undertaken numerous unique trainings, apprenticeships and teachings in various esoteric herbalism currents which the culmination has become the foundation and framework of her praxis and work.Catamara is co-founder, organizer and convener of the Viridis Genii Symposium. https://viridisgenii.com/https://rosariumblends.com/When you become a Patreon your monthly contribution helps offset our production and streaming costs. The various levels of support include access to many of our extended interviews and invites to our live events, including the next Ask The Occultist Q&A. The 8th Annual Viridis Genii Symposium will happen July 21st-23rd in retreat space near Olympia WA. Check out https://viridisgenii.com/ for a full list of the hands on workshops and lectures exploring the greater mysteries of the Herbal Arte and how it manifests itself within all traditions, cultures and practices. Save the date! Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference is Sept 30th & Oct 1st. Keynote will be P.D. Newman, author of Alchemically Stoned and Angels in Vermillion. Subscribe to www.esotericmasonry.com for updates and ticket information. The Scholomance Project is hosted by Troy the Devil-Man. A special Thanks to Moka Only for our opening and closing music. Check out scholomance.ca for more show related resources including notes and transcriptions, upcoming events, and our Patreon.  Scholomance. Aspire. Explore. Inspire.Support the Show.
63:20 6/21/23
Merkaba and Mysticism w/RWBr. Keith Deighton
Keith Deighton is a Freemason and fellow spiritual seeker. In this episode we talk about his surprise family connection to Freemasonry, his past interest in Spiritualism, and his growing interest in sacred geometry and magick. I hope you enjoy this conversation with my long-time friend and fellow Freemason. Support the Show.
52:02 5/15/23
Quatuor Coronati Lodge with RWBr. Trevor McKeown
In this episode RWBr. Trevor McKeown “an obscure Freemason of no authority” discusses his involvement in in Quatuor Coronati Lodge, why he enjoys spending time in old graveyards, and some of his opinions about Fringe Freemasonry. We also get some insight into why his interest in the Craft has remained so strong.https://www.quatuorcoronati.com/Support the Show.
45:22 4/23/23
300th Anniversary of Anderson's Constitutions w/RWBr. Trevor McKeown
300 years ago Reverend James Anderson was charged with compiling what became the foundational documents of English Freemasonry. These documents became singularly influential, and not just on Freemasonry. Trevor McKeown and I discuss the  history and significance of this remarkable little book. https://freemasonry.bcy.ca/trevor/trevor_bio.pdfSupport the Show.
56:10 3/18/23
Wes Regan and Troy the Devil-Man on Freemasonic First Impressions
After my talk with Wes that we recorded for Episode 22 we delve into some of our experiences in Freemasonry, and some thoughts about what keeps us so passionate about the Craft.  Wes Regan is the presiding master of the Vancouver Lodge of Education & Research and the Chairman of the Grand Masonic Day 2023 organizing committee. He is a passionate Freemason with an interest in academic research. Wes works in public health and is working on his PhD in  Planning at University of British Columbia. Support the Show.
31:18 2/25/23
Part 2 EFC2022 - Wes Regan's "The Disenchantment (and Re-enchantment) of Freemasonry"
This is the second release in our series of discussions delivered at Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2022. In his talk “The Disenchantment (and Re-enchantment) of Freemasonry” Wes Regan presents his thoughts on the tension between different types and traditions of Freemasonry, both in the Craft as it is today and as it was practiced in the past.. This was recorded live and was accompanied by slides. Further resources related to this talk are posted in the show notes for Episode 023 on scholomance.ca.Wes Regan is the presiding master of the Vancouver Lodge of Education & Research and the Chairman of the Grand Masonic Day 2023 organizing committee. He is a passionate Freemason with an interest in academic research. Wes works in public health and is working on his PhD in  Planning at University of British Columbia. Support the Show.
51:17 2/14/23
Wes Regan GMD2023 and EFC2022
Wes Regan is the presiding master of the Vancouver Lodge of Education & Research and the Chairman of the Grand Masonic Day 2023 organizing committee. He is a passionate Freemason with an interest in academic research. Wes works in public health and is working on his PhD in  Planning at University of British Columbia. Wes and I discuss our work with GMD2023. We then chat a little bit about his presentation at EFC2022. The presentation itself will be included in a future episode. Support the Show.
45:02 2/6/23
Part 1 EFC2022 - Lon Milo DuQuette's "Is Freemasonry Esoteric?"
Lon Milo DuQuette is a well-known author and speaker on Western Esotericism. He is a close friend of mine and is always ready to attend my events. He has already appeared on this podcast in Episode 8 which is our most popular episode. It was no surprise then that he stepped forward to be the Keynote Speaker for Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2022. His presentation of “Is Freemasonry Esoteric?” set the tone for our first in-person event since 2019. This is the first of a series of episodes that will focus on EFC2022. Make sure to subscribe to our Patreon to get exclusive extended content from this and future events. Support the Show.
49:14 1/6/23
Freemasonry in Academic Studies of Western Esotericism with Douglas Russell
Doug Russell is Former Master of Southern California Research Lodge, where he served for seven years as Editor in Chief of the monthly Masonic magazine, Fraternal Review. He is a retired psychotherapist and educator who has studied Ageless Wisdom teachings and practiced meditation for over 50 years. He is a certified meditation instructor and officer in the Academy of Reflection—a chartered body within the Scottish Rite for brothers wanting to integrate contemplative practice with their Masonic experience. His articles have been published in The Journal of the Masonic Society, The Short Talk Bulletin, and in Philalethes, The Journal of Masonic Research & Letters. He is currently doing research and writing on the Esoteric Art of Memory.Brother Russell is presenting “Freemasonry in Academic Studies of Western Esotericism” at EFC2022. We talk a little about his paper and much more about his history and background with meditation and psychology.Support the Show.
67:14 9/26/22
Elias Ashmole, Initiation, Alchemy, Freemasonry with Richard Harris
Richard Harris is a Freemason with a deep interest in Elias Ashmole. His talk entitled “Elias Ashmole: Initiation, Alchemy, Freemasonry” will be presented at Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2022. Our talk ranges from details about the life and work of Brother Ashmole to the importance of poetry in the study of Western Esotericism. Support the Show.
67:48 9/17/22
Angels in Vermilion with P.D. Newman
P.D. Newman is a Freemason, researcher and author. His first two published works Alchemically Stoned and Angels in Vermilion present a different viewpoint on the possible use of enthoegens in alchemy, magick and even Freemasonry. His work is compelling, but it is his frankness and approach-ability that made this interview so much fun. Support the Show.
47:45 9/14/22
Grand Masonic Day 2023 with Wes Regan
Grand Masonic Day is an annual educational event organized by the Vancouver Lodge of Education & Research and features various speakers and topics of general interest to Freemasons. Wes Regan is the chair of the Grand Masonic Day 2023 organizing committee and the presiding master of the Vancouver Lodge of Education and Research. GMD2023 will be on April 29th 2023 and speakers are still being selected.This episode is the second half of a longer conversation I had with Wes Regan and Ken Lane. In this part of the conversation we talk more about EFC2022, Masonic Education and the forces and tensions at work in The Craft today. We join the conversation in progress.Support the Show.
51:42 9/5/22
Professor Harbinger Interviews Troy the Devil-Man
Recorded sometime between 2016 and 2017, this early recording has friend of the show Professor Harbinger interviewing myself, Troy the Devil-Man. In this we cover some of my early occult interests, geek out on popular culture, and enjoy each others company.Many of the opinions I express have changed. In particular, my thoughts around the issue of Women in Freemasonry are best expressed in episode 12 of this podcast. Any other controversial statements I make should be taken with a grain of salt as it is likely I have changed my mind.  Apologies for the low sound quality, but the fun nature of the conversation and topics covered make up for it, I think so anyway. Enjoy our chit chat. Support the Show.
41:26 7/13/22
MWBro. Philip Durell on Tolerance and Forbearance
Most Worshipful Brother Philip Durell was installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon in June of 2014. His year in the Grand East coincided with my year as Worshipful Master of the Duke of Connaught Lodge and we spent a lot of time together in lodge at that time. His thoughts about The Craft and the men who practice it have been very influential on my interpretation of Freemasonry. Support the Show.
46:13 7/6/22
EFC2022 with Wes Regan and Ken Lane
Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference was first held in Seattle in 2017. We have held this event three times in person and twice virtually over the past five years. EFC is a place where practitioners and academics can come together to discuss topics of mutual interest in an open and receptive forum. We accept presentations from both members of The Craft and non-members. The call for papers for our 2022 event has just closed, but we encourage interested parties to submit an outline for consideration for future events. Brother Wes Regan was already featured in Episode 4. He will be presenting his paper “The Disenchantment (And Re-Enchantment) of North American Freemasonry” at EFC2022. Brother Ken Lane is the Co-Founder of EFC and a Founding Member of Esoterika Lodge #316 in Seattle Washington. The first part of our discussion covers why we feel events like EFC are crucial to Freemasonry. www.esotericmasonry.comSupport the Show.
50:04 6/7/22
Q&A With Athena from Enochian.org
Athena has been practicing Occult arts daily for over 30 years. She operates Enochian.org and has spent all of her career teaching students, constructing and consecrating magical implements and jewelry, and organizing training retreats for others. She has traveled abroad for decades, receiving formal training in Egypt, Haiti and Togo. Athena has published 5 books including “The Grimoire of Enochian Magick” and has completed the very challenging Abramelin operation. This event was recorded in early December 2020. It was organized so that both of us could answer questions to the people who joined us online, so you might hear more from me than you normally might. Future episodes in this format are still being explored. If you have a question that you would like to ask Athena or myself, head on over to scholomance.ca and fill in the Ask The Occultist form listed on our website. Please enjoy this Q&A. Support the Show.
51:56 5/27/22
Women Freemasons with Cleola Bostic
Cleola Bostic serves as the Senior Warden for Universalis Lodge #21 located in New York City under the Women’s Grand Lodge of Belgium (GLFB) and is a dual member of Liberty #3 in Washington D.C. under the Grand Lodge of George Washington Union. In addition to her lodge work and busy life schedule, she is the Second Vice President for the Maryland Masonic Research Society. Although she has been a Freemason for 11 years, her love for history and research stems from her upbringing as a native Alexandria Virginian with deep family roots in America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown. She enjoys traveling and being in fellowship with like-minded Freemasons worldwide. This episode was recorded in early December 2021, so please forgive our now out-of-season holiday greetings. Support the Show.
53:00 5/14/22
Introduction to Professor Harbinger
Professor Harbinger has been a student of occultism for more than 25 years. He blends a passion for gaming, popular culture, and graphic novels with a lifetime interest in esotericism.  I find his particular viewpoints and original works to be quite innovative and highly recommend his website. Check out Professor Harbinger’s School for Villians at professorharbinger.comSupport the Show.
52:24 3/9/22
Entheogens in Religious History with Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in the spiritual life of humanity for more than three decades. His the author or co-author of four books including Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult (2018). Bennett’s research has received international attention from the BBC, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Washington Post, Vice and other media sources. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.His passion for this subject matter is obvious!  I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Support the Show.
104:50 2/28/22
Cults, Conspirituality, and Critical Thinking with Matthew Remski
This episode was recorded at an open meeting of the Vancouver Lodge of Education & Research entitled “Cults, Conspirituality, and Critical Thinking”. Master of the Lodge Wes Regan was facilitating and our guest was none other than Matthew Remski.Matthew Remski is a New-Age cult survivor, activist, and researcher focussed on new religious movements. He is co-host of the wildly successful and influential Conspirituality Podcast and author of “Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics and Healing in Yoga and Beyond” among other titles. His insight into the crossovers between alternative health, COVID-denial and Q Anon are remarkable and disturbing. Both the full presentation and full Q&A are included here for your edification. Join us on January 29th at 10am Pacific time for a follow up event where Wes Regan, Trevor McKeown and myself will discuss this presentation and entertain further discussion about this content. Sign up for our newsletter to get your invitation.Support the Show.
155:26 1/25/22
Ask Baba Lon with Lon Milo DuQuette
Lon Milo DuQuette is an occultist, author, lecturer, musician and humourist popular amongst students of western hermeticism and Thelema. Lon has published more than twenty books on these subjects and has written many, many more introductions for other contemporary authors. His irreverent style and unique approach to very serious subjects keep Lon busy lecturing to interested students all over the world. This interview was recorded during a live Zoom event where attendees were invited to ask Lon questions. This was a fun event to host and we will do more events like this in future. Lon has been confirmed as the Keynote speaker at Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2022 in Seattle, Washington October 1st and 2nd. www.esotericmasonry.comSupport the Show.
122:56 1/6/22
'Into the Centre' with Moka Only
Moka Only is a hip-hop legend with over 110 album projects released, countless music production and performance collaborations, and a dedicated global fanbase. He is known for his surrealist lyrics and unique musical compositions. What is not as well known is his interest in Freemasonry and esotericism.This episode was recorded late in 2018. Moka’s album Patina was just coming out, and his recordings as “Tank Gawd” have since been released. Check the show notes for links to these recordings. My interview style was still in its early stages and a little rough in some spots, but I think the value of this recording outweighs any embarrassment I might have about it. I hope you enjoy discovering the unique intersection between art and magick that is my friend Moka Only. Support the Show.
88:15 12/21/21
Part 3 from EFC2021 “Billy Hepper's Guardians of the Holy Land”
This is the third episode that was recorded at Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2021. Billy Hepper presents “Guardians of the Holy Land: Freemasonry and the Quest for Authentic Tradition”. Brother Hepper begins by examining what the ancient Sanskrit Vedic scriptures foretell about the cycles of human history and what it means for our modern age.  He then explores the universal concept of the Holy Land found throughout many cultures around the world and looks at Freemasonry’s own construct of this idea as represented by the Temple of King Solomon.  Billy Hepper is a popular speaker in Freemasonic Lodges in the Vancouver area. Brother Hepper is a member of Mount Herman Lodge # 7, Past District 13 Education Officer, a member of the Vancouver Lodge of Education and Research, and a 32* Scottish Rite Freemason. A special congratulations to Billy Hepper on his being named as co-host of Occult of Personality podcast since this was recorded. We here at The Scholomance Project are super excited to hear more from him! https://occultofpersonality.net/Support the Show.
60:39 12/10/21
Part 2 from EFC2021 "Jaime Paul Lamb's Freemasonry and Western Esotericism"
This short talk right at the beginning of Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2021 was presented by  Brother Jaime Paul Lamb to argue that, at least according to the accepted academic definitions, Freemasonry falls under the term “Western Esotericism”. Meant to be an introduction to the topic, Br. Lamb presents some basic definitions and then briefly outlines the important figures in the recent history of the study of Western Esotericism. A special thanks to Br. Lamb for sharing this with us. His latest book “The Archetypal Temple” is available from Tria Prima Press. Please support his important scholarship. https://triaprima.co/2021/08/18/new-book-the-archetypal-temple-and-other-writings-on-masonic-esotericism/Support the Show.
47:02 11/22/21
Part 1 from EFC2021 “Wes Regan’s Freemasonry in the Age of Conspiracism Presentation”
In Episode 4 we begin our series of lectures recorded at EFC2021. First up we have the full recording of Wes Regan’s Freemasonry in the Age of Conspiracism presentation. Brother Wes covers a lot of ground in the first hour, and then we include nearly forty minutes of Q&A afterwards. This area of study is fascinating and very timely considering the forces at work in today’s political environment. Support the Show.
97:27 10/22/21
Freemasonry in the Age of Conspiracism with RWBr. Wes Regan
Freemasons are no doubt familiar with terms like Plandemic, Illuminati and The New World Order. These seemingly silly conspiracy theories are experiencing a resurgence with real-world consequences. We speak to Wes Regan about his recent research on the topic and discuss some related ideas. We might even get a tiny bit political.Don’t miss his presentation at Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference on October 2nd, 2021. Tickets www.esotericmasonry.comSupport the Show.
60:47 9/29/21
Approaching the Middle Chamber with Jaime Paul Lamb
I recently had the joy and pleasure of having a wide-ranging conversation with Brother Jaime Paul Lamb. He has published two significant works on Freemasonry in only three short years, and he is on the cusp of publishing a third. His writing is accessible and popular amongst those members of The Craft whose interests lean towards Western Esotericism. Our conversation covers a little of his original interest in esotericism, some of his experiences in Freemasonry, and more than a few interesting ideas he originally put forth in Approaching The Middle Chamber. This book is excellent reading for those looking for a broad overview of the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences from the perspective of an experienced practitioner and student of The Great Work. This talk is just the first of many we hope to host with Jaimie. Please make sure to support his publishing efforts at http://www.thelaudablepursuit.com/  Questions for him for future installments can be directed to the show email at founder@scholomance.ca Support the Show.
59:38 9/11/21
Nat Jack of Lucid Afterlife talks to Troy about Lucid Dreaming
Nat candidly discusses his experiences as a lucid dreaming pioneer and entheogenic adventurer, as well as his music projects and most recent interests. Nat Jack, the Rock Guru and Synchro-Mystic is a world-travelling teacher/student and underground Rock Brujo. Known for his poetry and spirit-fueled psych-rock stage shamanism with his music project Lucid AfterLife he is also a life coach, using a unique method of bringing dreams into reality and finding success in more than just the goals of mainstream programming. Check his music out at lucidafterlife.comSupport the Show.
78:40 8/27/21

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