Darkly Splendid Abodes

by Darren White

The official podcast of Toronto Thelema, exploring the occult writings of Aleister Crowley and various other authors, and the Thelemic system of Magick, mysticism and philosophy.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • Deep Dip: 8 Lectures on Yoga, Part 2 Lecture 1

    Deep Dip: 8 Lectures on Yoga, Part 2 Lecture 1

    In 8 Lectures on Yoga, Aleister Crowley attempts to pare away the gaudy veneer, and dispel the fog of superstition, that commonly obscures the fundamental practices of Yoga. We’ll pick up where we left off in one of our first ever discussions, as we return to explore more of the 8 limbs.

  • The Adept Self, with Edward Mason

    The Adept Self, with Edward Mason

    Often Crowley speaks of his different Magical Mottos as though he’s referring to different individual people, from Frater Perdurabo to V.V.V.V.V., even distinguishing his mundane self as “the man Crowley”. Edward Mason and I will discuss this “Adept Self” and how it relates to the Thelemic system, and to occultism in general.

  • Deep Dip: The 3 Schools of Magick

    Deep Dip: The 3 Schools of Magick

    In Magick Without Tears, Aleister Crowley talks about The Three Schools of Magick, which seem to be differing philosophical perspectives on the Universe. But they also seem to represent three factions of Magicians, each of which attempts to guide humanity based on their respective philosophical conclusions. We’ll take a deep-dive into the relevant chapters as we revisit this book.

  • The Secret Chiefs, with Edward Mason

    The Secret Chiefs, with Edward Mason

    Ascended Masters? Discarnate beings? Living people hidden amongst the crowds? Crowley makes frequent reference to the Secret Chiefs, and their purported guidance of humanity by various means. Edward Mason and I will take a look at just what these entities are, and what can we say about them.

  • Deep Dip: Liber Samekh

    Deep Dip: Liber Samekh

    Aleister Crowley took an ancient Rite of Exorcism and repurposed it as an Invocation of one’s Holy Guardian Angel. The resulting small book, Liber Samekh, also contains elucidating commentary on the nature of the Knowledge and Conversation, and on Magical Practice in general.