“You’ll not only lose your mind, you’ll lose your soul.” -Christopher Lee on
Black Magic and The Occult
In this mega-episode, suspend disbelief as we join Amy and her guest Marco Visconti as they discuss the practice of Magick, Thelema, and The Occult!
Touching on harmful conspiracy culture, they also talk about modern cults, Eastern vs Western Occultism, and social issues within modern secret sects.
They also discuss Helena Blavatsky, Buddhism, the television show Twin Peaks, lodges, synchronicity, Carl Jung, John Keel, Ultraterrestrials, Jack Parsons, hypersigils, mythology, Pan, high strangeness, psychological perspectives of ritual, archetypes of initiation, phenomenology of magick in consciousness, Phillip K Dick, thoughtforms, and “decoding” parts of the documentary series, Hellier.
Amy talks about the potential benefits derived by some people, of suspending disbelief on occasion, and her quest this year for something akin to spirituality as a skeptic and religious-non during the pandemic.
Marco reveals that he was Baptized by Pope John Paul II!
The two also talk about the birth of scientific thought before the European Enlightenment and its history alongside Sumerian exorcists, religion, alchemy, and the occult. Marco talks about the departure of the occult from The Church, putting forth Thelema, Gnosticism and the value of religious experience.
In spite of skepticism, Amy talks about why she believes it’s important to allow people to believe in weird things as a part of the human experience.
Amy talks about how she thinks transhumanist thought leaders got it wrong with the idea of a singularity led by a robot uprising (a-la Skynet and Terminator). She also talks about chaos theory, edge of chaos, and human-augmented algorithmic bias being at the core of our current technologically-driven social issues with social media. Marco talks about seeing Kurzweil talk at MIT about the singularity, and brings it back around to magick.
They also mention the Witches of Instagram and Tik Tok, gnosis, the concept of retrocausality in spacetime, Hammer Horror, and comparative occult magick in fiction with the story, The Devil Rides Out. Amy reveals some of her weird dreams and personal experiences.
Marco talks about why healthy skepticism is fundamental, “Do What Thou Wilt,” and, “being the best version of yourself.”
Amy questions why Crowley, an arguably terrible person, might be chosen to receive “divine” messages from such ascended masters or higher beings as his alleged Ultraterrestrials Aiwass and LAM, as he created Thelema. They compare Aiwass/LAM to modern portrayals of extraterrestrials, talk about the “Bad UFO Experience”, comparisons to fairies and airship sightings of lore, and problems with the idea of alleged UFO Disclosure, as well as monsters, and xenophobia.
Marco hopes to have an interview alongside fellow occultist and Secret Cypher of the UFOnauts author, Allen Greenfield. Amy doubts the existence of Terry Wriste as a real person in Greenfield’s books, citing the style in which it is written.
Marco Visconti has been described as a modern-day renaissance man, cruising through a career as a professional musician touring the world many times over, and eventually settling down in London to work in the antiques and esoteric book trade. All while pursuing his lifelong call to Initiation according to the Law of Thelema, joining all the right Orders (and some of the wrong ones too), raising through Grades, Degrees, and Consecrations, finally coming to the conclusion that the time for hierarchical cults is over.
Now residing in Glastonbury, the mythical Isle of Avalon, he is currently running an online community focused on teaching Magick outside the bonds of sworn oaths, all while adding the finishing touches to his upcoming first book, Thelema After Tears.
Join Amy and Marco in the discussion in the “Museum Group” on Facebook (“Friend of the Museum” level and higher) with Greg & Dana’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult
Rob Shelsky – Quantum Immortality Theory
Dr. Marilyn Schlitz – The Art and Science of Transformation
Lumari -The 12 Streams of Consciousness
Sean McNamara – Defy Your Limits
Rey Hernandez -Scientific Studies of E.T. Contact and Extraordinary Experiences
Rey Hernandez’s contact with non-human intelligence has led to the most comprehensive scientific study of extended consciousness experiences and the paranormal. He will share the findings of his five-year study and will discuss why he believes that all phenomena (OBE, NDE, ESP, Remote Viewing, et. al.) are inextricably linked, including those we have with non-human intelligence.
Rey Hernandez is an Experiencer and one of the founders of FREE: Foundation For Research Into Extraterrestrial Encounters. He is employed as an Estate Tax Attorney with the IRS, U.S. Dept of Treasury. He was previously the Director of the Center for a Sustainable Urban Environment at the City University of New York and the Director of the Office of Community Environmental Planning for the City of New York. Rey is currently the Director of the Consciousness and Contact Research Institute, or CCRI, comprised of more than 20 Ph.D. academics and five medical doctors.
A Greater Reality: The New Paradigm of Consciousness, the Paranormal, and the Contact Modalities”
Michael Lynch, Ph.D. – Conscious Entities
Michael Lynch, Ph.D. will share with us his research and evidence that looks into the mind and memory of ghosts. How does this consciousness that we all experience in life translate over to death, and how does the subconscious play into it all?
Over the past 25 years, Michael Lynch has explored the paranormal world from ghosts to unexplained phenomena. He has been on television shows such as The World’s Most Scariest Places, NatGeo’s Taboo, MTV’s Fear, Destination America’s Exorcism: Live and a radio show for 14 years called Paranormal Tuesdays on 97.1fm in St. Louis. He is constantly researching the subconscious and conscious mind.
Amazing Paranormal Encounters, Volume 1
Amazing Paranormal Encounters, Volume 2
Amazing Paranormal Encounters, Volume 3
Amazing Paranormal Encounters, Volume 4
Susan Shumsky – The Beatles and Maharishi
Dr. Susan Shumsky spent 22 years in the Ashrams and six years on the personal staff of Maharishi. A rare insider, Susan shares the secrets of that time, Maharishi’s influence on the Beatles, their lyrics and the TM movement.
She will also discuss how to receive and follow Divine guidance and the importance of spiritual discernment, and how to pray forwards, not backward.
Author and speaker Susan Shumsky has 40 years of experience teaching in the consciousness field. She has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. She is the best-selling author of 17 books in English and 34 books published in foreign languages. She has won 31 prestigious book awards. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has taught thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition.
The Big Book of Chakras
Awaken Your Third Eye
Awaken Your Divine Intuition
Third Eye Meditations
Maharishi & Me