Discover the hidden history of secret societies, magical conspiracies, and paranormal mysteries across the world with occultism scholar Rob C. Thompson. His crew of Alchemical Actors dig into firsthand confessions of the magical and supernatural and bring them to life through a blend of research, ritual, and old-fashioned radio drama.
13.1: The Black Mass (Part One)
In the ancient and medieval world, early Christians, Gnostics, medieval Waldensians and Fraticelli, and European Jews were accused of participating in acts of ritual evil including child murder and illicit sex. The first of our two-part series on the black mass tackles early instances of the false legend of satanic abuse.
12.6: Future Plagues (Special Episode)
Rob is joined by microbiologist Dr. Matt Hatkoff and PhD candidate Bryan Delius, whose research focuses on the intersection of disease and environmental change. Together, they discuss CoVID vaccination, the spread of disease from animals to humans, the global impact of human population growth, and the likelihood of another pandemic in our lifetimes.
12.5: Contemporary Chaos (Alchemical Anthropology Volume 2)
In this episode, Rob is joined by Luxa Strata from the Lux Occult podcast and Nia Ain, a longtime chaos magician and member of the Illuminates of Thanateros. Together they discuss the influences of Austin Osman Spare and Aleister Crowley on Chaos Magic(k), the various intersections between Chaos Magic(k) and popular culture, how to get started in Chaos Magic(k), and My Little Pony.
12.4: Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth
Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth is perhaps one of the most influential groups in the practice of chaos magic(k). In this episode, we explore the career of its founder, musician Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, trace the basic rites of the Temple, and tackle P-Orridge's theory of occult splinters and samples.
12.3: The Founders of Chaos Magic(k)
Ray Sherwin and Peter Carroll are the founders of the Illuminates of Thanateros and the international occult practice of chaos magic(k). In this episode, we explore their theory and practice as they laid it out in their initial texts, Carrolll's Liber Null and Sherwin's the Book of Results.
12.2: Discordians and SubGeniuses
In the 1960s and 1970s, Gregory Hill and Kerry Thornley founded a religion around the principle of chaos in which everyone was the Pope and anyone could be a Fenderson. In the 1980s, the Church of the SubGenius with their cult of Bob Dobbs followed up on the Discordians' tradition by inventing their own millenarian movement anticipating the arrival of the extraterrestrial Xists. In the second part of our chaos magic series, we follow the history of these two practices.