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Aeon Byte is an initiation-by-conversation into the dark corners of myth, magic and meaning; a crash course in cult, culture and conspiracy; a virtuous virus invoking and informing history, holiness and heresy. Each week your host Miguel Conner commandeers your connection to bring the most accepted and rejected scholars and provocateurs to your attention. Fun, compelling, and deeply weird, this is the blow-your-mind cocktail party conversation you always wanted to listen in on.

Aeon Byte is an initiation-by-conversation into the dark corners of myth, magic and meaning; a crash course in cult, culture and conspiracy; a virtuous virus invoking and informing history, holiness and heresy. Each week your host Miguel Conner commandeers your connection to bring the most accepted and rejected scholars and provocateurs to your attention. Fun, compelling, and deeply weird, this is the blow-your-mind cocktail party conversation you always wanted to listen in on.
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Aeon Byte is an initiation-by-conversation into the dark corners of myth, magic and meaning; a crash course in cult, culture and conspiracy; a virtuous virus invoking and informing history, holiness and heresy. Each week your host Miguel Conner commandeers your connection to bring the most accepted and rejected scholars and provocateurs to your attention. Fun, compelling, and deeply weird, this is the blow-your-mind cocktail party conversation you always wanted to listen in on.

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Scott and Chris Smith on Gnosticism, God & the Meaning of Life

7/10/2018
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We provide an edgy and soul-provoking group discussion on several deep topics – relating them to the Gnostic worldview. What are the origins of life and what is the nature of the various divine entities? Is there such a thing as free will? Our dialogue also includes the notions of consciousness, the failure of scientism, and the Archons (as our alien overlords). Lastly, we speculate on the solutions to smashing the Black Iron Prison and renewing the human mind. Astral Guests — Christian...

Duration:01:16:15

Eric Wilson on Gnostic Literature, Cosmic Depression & Replicant Salvation (Anniversary Special!)

7/2/2018
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Yes, it’s our anniversary special! We celebrate with a new and remarkable work of fiction that covers many of the themes of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. We also reflect on the past and speculate on the future of this podcast in these Gnostic times. Beyond this, we address some of the main incarnations of modern Gnosticism including the works of David Lynch, Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, and more. The escape from the Prison Planet continues. Astral Guest — Eric G. Wilson, author of Polaris...

Duration:01:20:21

Stuart Douglas on the Gnosis of Philip K. Dick and CG Jung

6/22/2018
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Two chief Gnostic revealers of modern times are Philip K. Dick and CG Jung. We parallel and contrast their lives, visions, cosmologies, and prophecies. Above these two giants of mystic heresy, we encounter and experience the sanity-destroying figure of Abraxas. By delving into Dick’s The Exegesis and Jung’s The Red Book, the labyrinth that is existence opens up to the discovery of the soul and the truth of sensible reality. Astral Guest — Stuart Douglas, author of The Apocalypse of the...

Duration:01:17:13

Chris Bennett on Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult

6/14/2018
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Cannabis and other psychoactive plants held a vital role in the Occult arts of Alchemy and Magic — and were employed in ritual initiations of certain secret societies. Cannabis also played a pivotal role in medieval and Renaissance magic, appearing in many grimoire recipes. Earlier in history, magical herbs were a cornerstone of ancient shamanism, Jewish & Persian mysticism, and even Classic Gnosticism (perhaps later surviving in the Knights Templar and Assassin traditions). We thread the...

Duration:01:15:19

Gary Lachman on Magick & Power in the Age of Trump

6/6/2018
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Behind the unlikely rise of Donald Trump lie occult forces that still shape his rule. We take an expansive look at these various movements and ideologies: New Thought, Meme Magic, Julius Evola & Traditionalism, Chaos Magic, and more. This exploration faces the rise of chaos gods from ancient Egypt, postmodern mysticism, and Randian superheroes. What’s more, we find that radical magical thinking informs today Russian and other European politics. And does the Left have a metaphysical answer or...

Duration:01:27:04

Laurence Caruana on Visionary Art & Sacred Codes

5/29/2018
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Visionary art is a prime tool to harness higher consciousness and draw revelations from the imaginal realms. It is a form of Gnosis or “visionary seeing.” We discover the approaches and history of visionary seeing, from William Blake to HR Giger, from ancient Egyptian Mysticism to Renaissance magic. This exploration includes the maps to the divine found in Gnostic texts like the Secret Book of John, Neoplatonic theurgy, and Eastern ecstatic meditation. In the end, you will gain the sacred...

Duration:01:10:57

Jason Louv on John Dee and Enochian Magick

5/17/2018
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Get ready for a comprehensive overview of John Dee’s life and work— including the sage’s scientific achievements, intelligence and spy work, imperial strategizing, and Enochian Magick. This establishes John Dee as a singular force and driver of Western history, as well as a profound influence on modern occultism. Our exploration of Dee’s legacy includes the magical innovations of Aleister Crowley and the manic genius of Jack Parsons. From making contact with Babalon to the coming of new...

Duration:01:15:34

Frank Divita on The Nature and Origins of the Archons

5/9/2018
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We face the disturbing truths about the Demiurge and his Archons — in Gnostic Gospels and beyond. Could the battle between man and Archon transpire not just across history but the universe itself? Could the Archons be more mechanistic than ever thought of before, surging in today’s technocracy for one final conquest? We find this and more out, weaving in innovations to the concepts of karma, UFOs, Egyptian mysticism, and the dying/rising godman. Ultimately, we gain a spark of hope in...

Duration:01:28:52

Mitch Horowitz on Gnostic and New Age America

5/1/2018
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Despite these times of ignorance and anger, alternative spiritualities are surging in America. People are increasingly seeking the benefits of Gnosis and engaging heavily with New Age. Can Gnostic philosophy work in modern times? What are the benefits and challenges of the New Age movement as a whole – like appropriation and merchandising? We find all of this and more, including understanding modern manifestations of occultism like meme magic. Lastly, we recap the Gnostic America...

Duration:01:13:45

Gary Lachman on the Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

4/23/2018
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Imagination is a core aspect of being human — allowing us to create, innovate, and enter higher states of consciousness. However, modernity and scientism have sidelined imagination, replacing our ability to experience greater truths with mechanistic thinking. For the sake of a better future, we must once again leverage the power of imagination as the great minds and movements of the past did so well. The benefits of tapping into the imaginal are supported by both ancient philosophies and...

Duration:01:29:38

Edward Pandemonium on Overcoming and Mastering Karma

4/14/2018
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We understand the doctrine of karma, including its many misunderstandings and parallels to other ideologies. This exploration includes accessible ways to overcome and master the karmic forces in your life: ethics, spirit guides, mindfulness, soul-purification, past-lives work, and more. Can we break the bonds of fate and predestination? From ancient Gnostic praxis to novel insights on Hinduism, we face instant and non-instant karma to find liberation. Astral Guest – Edward Pandemonium,...

Duration:01:13:04

Jeff Kripal on Erotic & Esoteric Spirituality

4/6/2018
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Beyond a fascinating biography of a chief scholar in Western Esoterica, Jeff Kripal, we deeply delve into the intersection of esoteric and erotic spirituality. This includes the sexual expressions of religion and their tragic suppression. From Hinduism to American Christianity, we uncover erotic undertones that liberate the artistic souls of humans. And study how intense sexuality is found in famous poets, extraterrestrial encounters, and (of course) Gnosticism. As a bonus, we are joined...

Duration:01:24:11

Jason Reza Jorjani on Liberating Prometheus & Atlas

3/26/2018
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Within the empowering archetypes of Prometheus and Atlas reside the Gnosis to vanquish the nihilistic materialism and rootless rationalism of the modern West (as well as Abrahamic religious fundamentalism). This realization harnesses the soundness of alternative science and perennial philosophies — all by tapping into the Gnostic, Hermetic, Neoplatonic and other Hellenistic wisdom that promotes higher human consciousness. The results are a fiery fusion of the horizons of the Eastern and...

Duration:01:19:13

Michael Hearns on Mary Magdalene: High Priestess of Ancient Mysteries

3/18/2018
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New Testament research reveals that Mary Magdalene was the heir to the arcane mysteries of the Jesus movement. Mary was the first Pope. This guarded, sacred knowledge details key information on the nature of the universe and astronomical science that humanity would not discover until modern times. We can trace this hidden tradition and its gematria secrets to the priesthood of the Moses tabernacle in the Old Testament — as well as in coded data found in the Flood Story, Jacob’s Ladder, the...

Duration:01:23:11

Aki Cederberg on Gnosis of the East, Ragnarok & The Kali Yuga

3/9/2018
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We gain deep esoteric secrets from one man’s journey to discover authentic and unbroken magical traditions in the East. In a beautifully evocative account, we find ancient Gnosis through his eyes, from forbidden sexual rites to Dionysian religious festivals, from entering the black womb of the goddess Kali to experiencing the Abraxas-like countenance of Shiva himself. Even more, this odyssey brought new awakenings in the West and a return to pagan roots — with an ultimate encounter with...

Duration:01:20:29

Bernie Taylor on Ancient Shamans, Jungian Archetypes & the Monomyth

3/1/2018
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The hero's journey monomyth is at the core of stories worldwide among indigenous peoples, the ancients, and our modern society. We explore the deeper roots of the monomyth by looking at how hunter-gatherers viewed themselves within the natural and spiritual worlds through Paleolithic cave art from 40,000 years ago. With these insights, we deeply understand the history of western consciousness, from ancient Egyptian monuments to Greco-Roman mysticism, from Sahara nomads to many of the great...

Duration:01:10:48

Paul Young on The Shack (Novel & Movie)

2/21/2018
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We get deeply acquainted with an inspirational and mystical narrative: The Shack, both a best-selling novel and box office hit. This includes a penetrating view of many of the film’s evocative scenes — especially one where Sophia makes an appearance. On this journey, we encounter fascinating perspectives on the notions of sin, redemption, faith, forgiveness, and the nature of eternity. Beyond this in-depth analysis, the author grants intimate insights on his quest for spiritual liberation...

Duration:01:30:12

Robert Sullivan on Secret Symbolism in Occult Fiction, Horror Movies & the Film Mother!

2/13/2018
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We explore a new and exciting novel that is partially based on the darker side of occultism— accurately drawing from forbidden grimoires and historical demonic rituals. Continuing a lesson of dealing with power-hungry gods, we deconstruct Darren Aronofsky’s misunderstood film Mother!, mining this Gnostic tale for arcane revelations on the archetypal fallen goddess. We end this left-hand magical journey by analyzing several classic horror movies including Rosemary’s Baby, Angel Heart, and...

Duration:01:21:36

Tim Claason and Alex Rivera on the Gnostic Origins of Christianity

2/6/2018
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Recent scholarship argues that original Christianity was comprised of a spirit-possession cult that owed allegiance to the mysterious Queen of Heaven (later associated with Sophia). These Nazar or “priests of Melchizedek” would evolve into formative Gnostics and compete with orthodox Jewish and Christian strains. We deeply explore these primordial Christians and their tenets, covering so many developing works and heretical figures — including Simon Magus, Paul of Tarsus, Basilides,...

Duration:01:21:39

Louis Nero on The Broken Key (Movie)

1/30/2018
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We explore a new and fascinating film that delves heavily with mystic themes and symbols: The Broken Key. Beyond starring famed esoteric/sci-fi stalwarts such as Christopher Lambert, Rutger Hauer, and Geraldine Chaplin, this thriller takes audiences on an occult journey within a dystopian future that our culture might face soon. The plot involves Alchemy, ancient Egyptian religion, Tarot magic, Astrology, and much more. From Horus to Hieronymus Bosch, from sacred geometry to Dante’s secret...

Duration:01:11:47