Category Archives: Gnosticism

The Secret Teachings of All Ages w/ Mitch Horowitz



Today’s Guest: Mitch Horowitz

Well, that was a pretty damn awesome way for me to spend an hour. I am a huge fan of Manly P. Hall’s magnum opus, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages,” and to get to dig into it with Mitch Horowitz, author, lecturer, leading expert on esoterica, and Manly P. Hall aficionado… can’t be beat!

In this episode, we discuss some personal favorite chapters and stories from my beloved and much poured over copy of SToAA. Including…

What is the hidden meaning of the Philosopher’s Stone?

Is there a hidden, possibly immortal brotherhood of wise masters that has helped to shepherd human civilization over millennia?

Was the brilliant English statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon a member of this brotherhood, and was he the hidden hand behind famous works of literature that have shaped our development for the last 400 years? Was Francis Bacon the secret mind behind the works of Shakespeare?

If you are a fan of anything even remotely esoteric and you don’t know about this book… this episode of What’s Your Theory…? will be only a tiny but delicious taste of the massive feast of information and historical and existential rabbit-holes that is…

An Encyclopedic Outline of

Masonic, Hermetic,

Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian

Symbolical Philosophy

Being an Interpretation of the

Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories

and Mysteries of all Ages.

How’s that for a subtitle?

And for fans of Manly P. Hall and/or Mitch Horowitz: don’t miss this… Starting on June 21st, Mitch will be delivering a 12 episode video lecture series originating from the University of Philosophical Research specifically about this book, “The Secret Teachings of All Ages.” You can sign up for the course @ www.prs.org

Mitch Horowitz is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, a lecturer-in-residence at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern LifeMind as Builder; and the The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality. Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon, Time.com, and Politico.

The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.”


Game of Thrones Decompression.



Or should that be “Decomposing?” Hmm…

Here is a fun talk I had with Jeremy Johnson on the last episode and last season of Game of Thrones.  Much like our talks on Westworld Season 2, this conversation took place immediately after the finale aired and represented our instant opinions. Jeremy and I dig pretty deep to talk about the philosophy, societal impact, and evolutionary qualities of the show.

And this is Part 1, too, because we did a follow up a few days later on Jeremy’s podcast, “Mutations” (which you can see here). For that show, we had a week’s worth of external critical reactions that we could react to. Also, in a fun continuation of something begun on this episode of WYT, we brainstorm alternative endings, both to the final episode and to the entire final season of Game of Thrones.

Long story short… I loved Game of Thrones and really wanted the ending to live up to what came before. Sadly, I don’t think it did. But there is still a lot to love here. And it did have its moments…

And this video, I think, will represent my last attempt to get the green screen right. I think I’ve just got to give up on that. Check out the last podcast video with Jeff Salzman and tell me if you agree that the big map on the wall of my office is better than the pixelated, almost-cool-but-not-really green screen.

 


Westworld 2.9 “Vanishing Point” Deep Dive



Jeremy D. Johnson is back for a Deep Dive into “Vanishing Point” the penultimate episode of Season 2.

This one was pretty grim, considering all the murders, madness, and suicides… no surprise that “Vanishing Point” is a “William” episode. As we’ve been discussing all season long, William is a Lucifer archetype, attempting to bring awakening to the hosts through chaos, death, destruction and an over active sense of ego that invariably creates such nightmare crises in anyone’s life. It’s just that much worse when it is the life of an Archon determined to bend the world (his world, the hosts world… any world) to his will.

William corrects a common misquoting of Plutarch : “When Alexander was told there were infinite worlds, he wept. For he had yet to become the lord of even one.”  Hmmm… There’s an Archon with control on his mind, and an Archon about to lose control OF his mind. When one walks this path, this kind of thing happens a lot.

Also in this episode… Did you hear Ford actually say the word “Timshel” this week? Just remember which of the millions of Westworld Podcasts dives deep enough to call that one out 6 episodes early (we detailed the concept of “Timshel” in Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” way back in Episode 3.) “This is a ladder to the stars.”

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Kiksuya means Remember



“Kiksuya” is Lakota for “Remember.” Episode 8 was the best episode of Westworld Season 2 so far. Maybe the best of the series as well.

Jeremy D. Johnson returns for another Deep Dive. Today we talk Shamanism, the birth of mythologies from personal experience to group recognition, when Dante met Beatrice, the decent into the underworld, Integral Yoga, and much more as we Dive Deep into episode 2.8

These Deep Dives are not Recaps and they do contain Spoilers. We talk about the philosophy, mythology, and cultural impact of stories and events that strike a chord.

Westworld is some of the smartest Sci-fi to come along in a while, and we’re doing Deep Dives for every episode of Season 2. New episodes every Tuesday! Don’t forget to subscribe (above!) and tell us what you think (below!)

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Talking Esoterica w/ Mitch Horowitz



Fear will hold you back from greatness. Collective fear of things we don’t yet understand holds us all back at once.

Today on the show, a conversation with Mitch Horowitz on why so many people seem so scared of all things new and certainly all things esoteric…even the nice stuff like the power of positive thinking.

Mitch Horowitz is an author, publisher, and lecturer who “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised voice discussions.” (Washington Post)

I’ve owned his first book, “Occult America,” for several years and it’s one of my favorite works of non-fiction to come around in a long while. In a world rather unevenly divided between a “mainstream” and “not-mainstream,” Mitch Horowitz has been a champion of occult and esoteric ideas, and their place in our history, bringing important but neglected ideas from the edges and the shadows, into the light of everyday conversation where they probably should have been all along.

Everything moves in cycles. Today, Mitch Horowitz and I have a conversation about some ideas who’s time may be coming around at last… or maybe again.

Find Mitch Horowitz at www.MitchHorowitz.com

The Miracle Club is coming out this Fall. Pre-Order here… https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Club-Thoughts-Become-Reality/dp/1620557665

 

 

 

 

 

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Westworld Deep Dive Ep 6-7



Sorry about the delay for this one. You can blame Budapest (it’s all explained in the first minute of the show), but to make a long story short, we postponed diving deep into Episode 6 until this week. So we’re squeezing it in with our regular dive into Episode 7.

Which, frankly, is good because I, for one, wasn’t too wild about episode 6. But We both agree, episode 7 was back up the high standards of the show. All in all, still really digging Westworld Season 2, and still think these talks are fun and worthy.

Speaking of fun and worthy… Don’t forget to support “What’s Your Theory?” by subscribing (all free and simple) to the podcast and/or the youtube channel!  Thanks!

And finally… more guest interviews are coming! Keep an eye out for my talk with author, lecturer, and champion of esoterica… Mitch Horowitz! We just recorded our talk this morning and it’s really good one. Watch for it probably on Friday!

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Westworld Deep Dive 2.5



In this episode, Jeremy D. Johnson and I dive deeper into the coming conflict between 2 styles of consciousness evolution – Dolores and the fanatical path of an old fashioned Warrior/Prophet, and the compassionate (maybe even post-modern?) hero’s journey of Maeve.

Plus… all of these memes come into play at some point along the way…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Deep Dives are not Recaps and they do contain Spoilers. We talk about the philosophy, mythology, and cultural impact of stories and events that strike a chord. Westworld is some of the smartest Sci-fi to come along in a while, and we’re doing Deep Dives for every episode of Season 2.

New episodes every Tuesday! Don’t forget to subscribe (above!) and tell us what you think (below!)

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Westworld Deep Dive Ep: 2.4



Jeremy Johnson returns for our discussion of Westworld Season 2, Episode 4 – “The Riddle of the Sphinx.” And things are getting really interesting…

Today we break down the tightly constructed, uncanny horror of hungry ghost James Delos and his sad, sad journey from life to captivity in a glass menagerie to the big fall into hell as the Wheel of Samsara takes a bad, bad turn.

Also today… Jeremy takes us on a brief trip through the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and busts out some killer Musashi references…

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WestWorld Deep Dive Ep. 2.3



Today on our Deep Dive into Westworld Season 2 Episode 3, Jeremy D. Johnson and I talk Frank Herbert’s Dune…

 

John Steinbeck’s East of Eden…

 

…and of course Robert Ford’s fascinating new narrative for the amusement park.

 

Settle in, dive deep, and remember, this is not a recap!

Find more Jeremy D. Johnson here!

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Westworld Season 2 DEEP DIVE – Ep. 2



Jeremy D. Johnson is back for week 2 of our season long Deep Dive into Season 2 of HBO’s Westworld!

This week – Episode 2: Reunion. It’s a good one!

This is not a recap! This is a Deep Dive into the ideas, philosophy, mythology, and implications of one of the smartest and philosophical complex shows TV has produced to date.

We love this stuff, and if you do too, we’re giving it the full “What’s Your Theory” treatment in this series of long form conversations.

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