Mitch Horowitz on going Beyond The New Age. The first ep of my AEWCH series on how to live in 2023, How To Live Beyond.

3 Jan

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Friends,

Welcome to the How To Live Beyond series of eps on AEWCH! To open 2023, each episode in this series will consider a set of tools or way of thinking that are useful but that we’re ready to go beyond in 2023. We’ll be looking at abundance and manifestation, wellness and self development, entheogens, paganism, and more.

These are the techniques and traditions we use to cope with and confront the challenges of our time, but risk – if we can’t consider them deeply – getting us stuck in those challenges or worse, funneling their strengths back into those challenges. These episodes aren’t a call to forget about these techniques and traditions, but instead a call to bring forward what they’ve offered without the barbs of the problems they’re tangled up with.

This time:

To start, I thought I’d take up the flurry of resolutions that accompany the new year – including their connection to new age thought and the new age movement – with new age scholar and practitioner, Mitch Horowitz (last on the show in conversation with Dean Spade on AEWCH 200). We discuss how positive thinking is not enough (and when it is!), and how we can re-conceptualize the new age movement’s principles now that they’ve become all but fully accepted as true in a materialist world.

This is a wide-ranging conversation that interrogates many aspects of the new age movement/new age thought without losing sight of some of its very real offerings.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT OTHER EPISODES SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO?
The idea for this series of episodes comes from last year’s “How To Live” series (which I’ll link to in the future) and two recent episodes with Weird Studies cohosts Phil Ford and JF Martel – AEWCH 202 & AEWCH 203 – on the problem with magic,

WHAT BOOK SHOULD YOU READ?
Five lectures on the New Year and spiritual principles by Rudolf Steiner can be found in Cosmic New Year. Sure, it’s throwing you in the deep end, a bit, but it’s 2023, let’s just jump in.

MORE ON MITCH
Mitch has a very active patreon which offers a lot to his patrons. You can find it here.
Here’s Mitch’s website.
One of my favorite books by Mitch, Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation.
You can preorder Mitch’s forthcoming book, Modern Occultism: History, Theory, and Practice.
And here’s Mitch’s article, “Is Magick Necessary?” which we discuss on the show.

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