As a neo-pagan living in a modern multicultural multi-religious society, I feel that it’s not only essential to keep in touch with our own religious and spiritual communities, but also to gain at least a basic understanding and appreciation of all other faiths. If pagans are going to play an increasing role in the religious landscape then we need to be educated, prepared and to know a little about the other players.
I’ve found that podcasts can be an excellent resource for this.
Because my job is mainly very physical (landscaping etc), and I generally work alone. I have a lot of time to think, meditate and lose myself in my own inner thoughts. I also rely heavily on my mp3 player and the world of podcasts to keep me sane.
As most of you will know you can get podcasts on just about any topic. As I am a Thelemic pagan interested in comparative religion and philosophy, I tend to listen to shows based around these themes.
By the nature of their format podcasts can be highly informative, educational, amusing, deeply personal and personable. However, one of my favourite things about podcasts are the unintentional glimpses into different cultures. Podcasts are also an excellent way of mapping current and past trends in various cultures.
In particular, many of the chatty informal pagan casts are excellent for this. If you spend a little time listening to Inciting a riot, standing stone and garden gate, new world witchery, pennies in the well etc. Or even the more tightly scripted infinite and beyond, and media astra, they all offer snapshots of the state, practices, themes and concerns of general paganism in their respective locales and countries, whether that’s concerns about newbies, freedoms and persecutions, events, meet-ups, pagan consumerism etc. through this you can also get a good ‘behind the scene’ feel of wider American and Canadian mainstream culture. Throw into that some good political commentary and you’ve got a lot of interesting material to think about.
Podcasts focusing on other religions and religious philosophies can also be a wealth if information and insight to various practices, histories and beliefs.
Of course some podcasts are just for light entertainment.
Below is a list of some of the podcasts I listen to, most of them can be found on iTunes or through google:
Infinite and beyond (Highly recommended)
Between the earth and stars (Highly recommended)
Standing stone and garden gate (Recommended)
Inciting a riot
Inciting a brew haha
dining with Druids
Pennies in the well
New world Witchery
Witches brew haha
Speech in the silence
Thelema coast to coast (Old, but still good)
Chasing Hermes (old, but still good)
Other religion and related
Conversation from the pale blue dot (Highly recommended)
52 weeks, 52 religions (Highly recommended)
Divine community (Highly recommended)
Hppodcraft (The best podcast on the internet)
History of England podcast
News from pnakotus
Celtic myth podshow
The Silver lodge