My thanks to journalist/writer Lena Korkovelou a for inviting me on to her Mask and the Mirror Arcana series of interviews. I would like to also thank her for her incredible introduction to the interview posted on her Facebook page. She writes:
” I recently interviewed my wonderful friend, the gentleman and scholar Anthony Peake, as part of my Mask and the Mirror Arcana series on YouTube.
Tony is without a doubt one of the world’s most original authors on the study of altered states of consciousness. Above all, his work is defined by his passion for the Greek philosophical concept of “kata ton daimona eautou” and he has gone above and beyond to explore and map the very little known and often misunderstood world of the daemonic. It would not be an exaggeration to call him the world’s foremost expert on the subject. No one else has written about it so extensively, and the depth and originality of his research is simply unmatched.
Our common passion for the daemon (W.B Yeats and the Daemonic Imagination was the topic I had selected as my PhD thesis at Trinity College, Dublin) brought us together and this conversation is one of the results of our meeting -a synchronicity I consider one of the most defining moments of my life.
Many of the answers I was seeking for years were to be found in Anthony’s work. A lot of things I suspected, intuited or somehow “just knew” from a very young age, were eerily echoed in his pages and mirrored in his experiences and those of many of his readers.
“Alpha and Omega” or the alchemical marriage of the stars within one’s Being is the climax and goal of the creative beginning. This can only be achieved by the magical union of complementary opposites within one’s Self -the daemon and the eidolon.
Anthony expands on this and many more fascinating topics in our conversation-join us on the journey below (and as he says, just listen to your Daemon
I really enjoyed this phenomenal exchange of ideas, and I consider it to be one of my favourite interviews ever. It is so wonderful to be interviewed by somebody who really “gets it”. Lena’s intellectual powers shine through this broadcast and illuminate areas I have not explored in any of my other interviews.
The full interview can be watched here: https://youtu.be/u9iQXzi0SS0