12 episodes

Author and researcher Anthony Tyler investigates esoterica and the unexplainable, from ancient history all the way to up to the latest in brain sciences, psychology, and folklore's carry-over into the modern era -- with heaping spoonfuls of psychedelia, horror, true crime, and noir. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blackhoodiealchemy/support

Black Hoodie Alchemy Anthony Tyler

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Author and researcher Anthony Tyler investigates esoterica and the unexplainable, from ancient history all the way to up to the latest in brain sciences, psychology, and folklore's carry-over into the modern era -- with heaping spoonfuls of psychedelia, horror, true crime, and noir. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/blackhoodiealchemy/support

    11: Drugs, Alchemy & Horticulture (feat. Alex of Natural Born Alchemist)

    11: Drugs, Alchemy & Horticulture (feat. Alex of Natural Born Alchemist)

    This week is a Part 2 of sorts to last week! This is actually an episode that I recorded as a guest on Alex's show, Natural Born Alchemist, but I'm going ahead and releasing it here as well. Extending out of our last conversation about the Abrahamic religions, Gnosticism, and alchemy, we go deeper into alchemical symbolism and discuss the detailed ins and outs of what plants, gardening, and horticulture have to do with spirituality. We also get into how the use of drugs and getting high plays roles in spirituality, especially alchemy, and what the implications of all this might be. Talking about growing weed, detoxing from Big Pharma prescriptions, taking iboga and ayahuascha in indigenous ceremonies and much more!

    Don't forget to check out 
    Alex's podcast here.
    my website here.

    OUTRO SONG: 
    SQUARED CIRCLE - UMANG


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    10: Christianity, Gnosticism & Alchemy (feat. Alex of Natural Born Alchemist)

    10: Christianity, Gnosticism & Alchemy (feat. Alex of Natural Born Alchemist)

    This week's episode is released a bit late on account of me being bedridden with a stomach virus -- it was goddamn terrible. This chat was recorded before it hit me, but not before I had prepared it for release at all, so here it is a couple days late! 

    It's a chat with my good friend Alex that started open-ended with some cannabis smoke and led us into a conversation analyzing Christianity, the Gnostic idea of the Abrahamic god as the Demi-Urge, alchemy in Hermeticism and the Abrahamic religions, and shamanic psychedelic rites relating to these religions. 

    I'll leave it at that this time around and I hope you tune in next week when I'm back in full health! Cheers.

    And don't forget to check out Alex's show, Natural Born Alchemist!

    my website


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    9: Teal Swan, Postmodern Cults & Self Delusion (feat. Justin Otto of Dharma Junkie)

    9: Teal Swan, Postmodern Cults & Self Delusion (feat. Justin Otto of Dharma Junkie)

    Greetings everyone and thank you for joining me after a longer hiatus than I expected -- almost 2 months! It was a move to a new city, commuting a lot while the move finished up on top of a job-transfer and everything else. Nothing really eventful outside of the norm, but now here I am back in the weekly swing of things! This was a rare extended break for several reasons, and even when any more breaks come from me they won't be nearly this long. I appreciate anyone tuning back in after falling off for a little bit.



    In this episode I am joined by my friend Justin Otto -- host of the Dharma Junkie podcast, meditation instructor, and studious Buddhist. It's rare to find a devout Buddhist that reminisces about the times he's drank with famously insensitive (and pretty hilarious) comedian Doug Stanhope, and the dark humor is definitely abundant in this episode. Whether or not you think it's funny, Justin and I are good at egging each other on without really trying and we had a great time. 



    We discuss the new four-part documentary series about Teal Swan on Hulu (that's where I watched it at least), entitled 'The Deep End.' If you've never heard her name before, just imagine a woman in her thirties that started as a new age internet guru right as Youtube was really starting to take off as a platform. Eventually her Youtube blows up, leading to massive book sales and lecture tours about self-empowerment -- all of which is either pretty surface-level or highly debatable, until she amassed enough wealth and prestige to strong-arm all her assets into a cult blueprint. 



    In the outer circle, she panders to people searching for answers at book signings, but in the inner circle she manipulates and even physically abuses her followers in certain cases, even using experimental hypnotherapy to alter their emotions and memories in disastrous ways that are a direct extension of Satanic Panic hysteria. 



    Now, what sets this apart from all other cult research is that this was a documentary allowed by Teal Swan as a PR stunt: they thought that if they let a third party film crew come in and document them, then the world will know that Teal Swan is a chill superhuman and totally not running a cult. But as we will talk about in this episode, this PR stunt severely back-fired and has left Swan's public image in shreds. So aside from the audio tapes of Jonestown life and the video recorded goodbyes of Heaven's Gate followers, this documentary represents an authentic close-up look at the inner circle of an insidious cult. And its filmed in real-time about a group that is still very active and very mad about this exposure. They were just too delusional to see that they would be bringing about their own downfall. But cult leaders like this are often resilient, and we surely haven't heard the last from Teal Swan.



    All this and more on this episode of Black Hoodie Alchemy!



    Outro song: The Return - Babylon Warchild (feat. Daddy Rose)

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    • 57 min
    8: OG Comics & Mysticism II (feat. Martin Ferretti of The Alchemical Mind)

    8: OG Comics & Mysticism II (feat. Martin Ferretti of The Alchemical Mind)

    For this edition of Black Hoodie Alchemy, my good friend Martin joins me as my second official guest. We follow up my last conversation with Eric Millar about his book 'The Four Color Grimoire', the history of comic books, the mythologies and philosophies that inspired them, as well as unpacking some of the details of Eric's favorite authors and heroes.

    This time, Martin takes what Eric helped us build on the show and adds to it, deconstructing the philosophies of Grant Morrison further and the writer's take on chaos magick and Hermeticism through writing titles like Batman, Justice League, Doom Patrol, Flex Mentallo, and The Invisibles. And we can't help but discuss Alan Moore a bit as well! Simulation theory, sigil magick, archetypes and analytic psychology, Moon Knight and schizophrenia, and a deep look at both DC and Marvel -- you won't wanna miss this if you're a comic head!



    outro track: 

    The Countown - BABYLON WARCHILD

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    Martin's show 'The Alchemical Mind'

    my book Hunt Manual

    my book Dive Manual

    Eric's book 'Four Color Grimoire'

    'Deconstructing Grant Morrison' 

    Stan Lee's Superhumans


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    7: OG Comics & Mysticism I (feat. Eric Millar of Outlet Press)

    7: OG Comics & Mysticism I (feat. Eric Millar of Outlet Press)

    This week of Black Hoodie Alchemy brings us our first guest: my friend and colleague, Eric Millar! While he's done the cover of my book Hunt Manual and we've talked back and forth for nearly a couple years, this actually marks our first real-time conversation, and we had a helluva time. Eric comes around to have a serious but informal discussion about old school comic books, their culture and content, and what that means to modern philosophy, magick, and mysticism. 



    TRUE BELIEVERS, YOU WON'T FIND TALK ABOUT JOSS WHEDON, ZAK SNYDER, OR SEQUEL THEORY B******T HERE.

    IF ANYTHING, ALLOW THIS CONVERSATION TO TRANSPORT YOU BACK TO THAT OLD, DINGY, BACK ROOM OF YOUR FAVORITE '90S COMIC SHOP. SMELL THE OLD PAPER, PULL OUT YOUR TRADING CARDS AND SLEEVED COMIC BOOKS AND DICE AND GET READY.



    Eric takes an approach to the analysis of superhero comics and what it means from a Jungian standpoint to be a fanatic and to experience fanaticism. This unique mindstate is something that alchemists have been fascinated with for thousands of years -- and learning to utilize and experiment with this mindset is the greatest reason comic books have always attracted actual magicians and philosophers to their creation teams. We also discuss whether or not you can truly equate comic books to mythology in terms of archetypes -- and if you can, what are the easy pitfalls and important distinctions that we need to make when analyzing comic books in this way?



    We talk about Jack Kirby, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Rick Veitch, Frank Miller, Steve Ditko, and we try to take Stan Lee down a peg! 

    As for superheroes and their stories, we discuss my boy Spidey, Batman, Superman, Swamp Thing, Justice League, Marvel 2099, and a lot more!



    Eric Millar's info:

    Outlet Press books and posts

    paperback of THE FOUR COLOR GRIMOIRE

    Four Color Grimoire 00 post online



    my info:

    my book Dive Manual

    my book Hunt Manual (the cover illustrated by Eric)

    my website



    outro song:

    MAGNETO (feat. Pacewon) - Babylon Warchild

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    additional content from our comic book conversation:

    Grant Morrison Disinfo Con

    Alan Moore is a wizard

    Jack Kirby's 'New Gods'

    Rick Veitch's dream-imagery comics

    Stan Lee Media scandal

    Kirby vs. Lee


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    6: Cannabis in Metaphysics - 4/20 Traphouse Special!

    6: Cannabis in Metaphysics - 4/20 Traphouse Special!

    This episode of BHA is a 4/20 special! Roll up and put your thinking hats on, because we're gonna get high as f**k and philosophize a little bit. 

    Starting with the primordial origins of humanity and moving forward, I discuss the evolutionary mechanisms of cannabis and how the chemical structure of the plant has been incorporated into our human biology for thousands and thousands of years now. I also take some time to talk about the ancient history of cannabis and its use in spiritual and religious customs throughout the ancient world, often used as a sacrament relating to the Tree of Life and revered by the alchemists of the east!

    I even read excerpts from an essay that the Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley once wrote, entitled "The Psychology of Hashish."

    Additional topics will also include the modern science relating to cannabis, including neuroscience, psychology, botany, and horticulture. 

    Then, at the end, we discuss some of the downsides to constant cannabis use! While cannabis is irrefutably considered a medicine again in our society, it can still be abused just like any other medicine and while you cannot overdose, there still can be some potential downsides. It's important to keep these things in mind!

    SMOKE RESPONSIBLY, SMOKE TO GROUND YOURSELF AND SET INTENTIONS, AND SMOKE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR PROBLEMS -- NOT RUN AWAY FROM THEM. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY! 

    HAPPY 4/20 EVERYONE! 



    my book Hunt Manual

    my book Dive Manual

    Cowboy Matt Hopewell - New Old School (end track)

    The Psychology of Hashish

    Chris Bennett and his work

    a pretty damn old article I wrote about cannabis and metaphysics

    modern anti-cannabis activism (mostly dumb with some kernels of interest)

    a Manly Palmer Hall lecture on drugs and metaphysics (a little straight-laced but not judge-y and very interesting)






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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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Great topics, great music

Mr. Tyler presents some fascinating stuff in a calm and pleasant way. I listen to quite a few podcasts, and the music for BHA is better than for any other.

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