All over the world in religion, mythology and folklore archetypal heroes fought giants, monsters, serpents and dragons. Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell believed this was a manifestation from the unconscious mind and this talk examines the underlying archetypes within the northern Scottish Norse myth - Assipattle and the Stoor Worm.

 

A fading Norse myth identifies a remote grassy hillock with the otherworldly home of Odin's legendary Valkyries. Comparing the surrounding landscapes with the environmental archetypes detailed within the myth, the hillock is revealed as an ancient lunar observatory.

In 1899, occultist Aleister Crowley converted Boleskine House on Loch Ness into a functioning Egyptian temple for acting out an ancient ritual known as the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. What exactly did the self proclaimed "Great Beast" achieve during his time at Loch Ness?

In this episode Ashley talks with investigative true crime writer Douglas Skelton about Sawney Bean, the 16th century Scottish clan leader whose 48-members were reportedly executed for the mass murder and cannibalization of over 1,000 people.

This episode gets up close to my 'cursed' ancient Egyptian artifact which has been associated with a series of bizarre synchronistic occurrences. Where did curses originate and what do mythologists, psychologists and statisticians have say about this phenomenon? Don't forget to Subscribe and press the bell for alerts on new episodes.

An enduring Celtic myth tells of a piper being seduced by the Queen of the Fairies and entering a magical seven year contract. Within the structure of this story lie a set of precise astronomical conditions which bring this folk tale firmly into reality.

 

The prehistoric creator gods; Viracocha of the Incas in modern Peru and Chiminigagua of the Muisca people of Colombia, both created gold before people. This episode explores how Pre-Colombian cultures in South America mined, refined, moulded and hyper-ritualized gold.

A timeworn Scottish myth tells of a powerful Highland wizard being decapitated and buried in a circular grave at the end of a loch. Using an 18th century map I was able to locate this legendary wizards grave, and bringing myth firmly into reality, discovered a curious artifact which we will study up close in this feature.

Leprechauns are the iconically Irish fairy-folk described as "the sons of an evil spirit and a degenerate fairy" who hide pots of gold at the end of rainbows. This episode explores the trickster archetype carried by Leprechauns and in other mischievous characters of world mythology.

In this episode Ashley talks with Scottish Kabbalist and occult writer Paul Francis Young, founder of "Path of the Sun Keepers" asking "What wisdom can be brought into the digital era from ancient theology, philosophy and the so called dark arts."