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Join host, Greg Carlwood, of The Higherside Chats podcast as he talks the history of magic, summoning spirits, & John Dee -with Dr. Stephen Skinner. While many of us are no stranger the the principals of Chaos Magic or astrology, thanks to appearances from former guests such as Gordon White, Chris Knowles and Austin Coppock, today's guest, Dr. Stephen Skinner is a true champion for the re-enchantment of the world. Dr. Skinner has been a passionate and enthusiastic scholar who is considered to be one of the leading authorities on classical magic and the Grimoires. As a man responsible for an impressive body of work, including over 36 published books, Dr. Skinner joins The Higherside to help us expand our knowledge base about the ancient magic of old. Thanks to his tireless dedication to restoring and translating ancient Grimoires and other Greek and Graeco-Egyptian magical writings, many rituals and texts are now available in English for the first time in history. 3:00 Kicking things off, Dr. Skinner begins by describing the technology of magic, detailing his research into the Grimoires, and explaining how learning classical Greek furthered his understanding of ancient Greek and Graeco-Egyptian magic. He details the similar techniques and parallels he discovered during his extensive research of Graeco- Egyptian magic, the Grimoires, and Taoist magicians. 12:42 Having gone through most magical texts, including all Grimoires of the western tradition, Greg and Dr. Skinner discuss the systems and techniques in magical books that could be considered most effective. As Dr. Skinner explains perhaps the best and most complete works are the direct line transmission of spells from the Greek magicians in the Hygromanteia. 21:30 With Dr. Skinner's approach to magic being one of a scientific nature, he and Greg troubleshoot some common errors and small details that may be overlooked by amateur practitioners. Dr. Skinner explains the significance of protection from devious spirits, the power of of smell, the personal purification process prior to ceremonies, how certain scents are used to attract and dispel apparitions, and the importance of the environment, process and timing of magic rituals. 30:01 Dr. Skinner details how the technology of magic has helped him construct a  more perfect paradigm, and an elevated reality. He also elaborates on his stance that magic isn't just for reading, but instead more of an applied science. He describes the best process for conjuring spirits, the necessary commitment involved and the ideal conditions for practicing magic. 42:51 Switching gears, Greg and Dr. Skinner discuss another like-minded man in his scientific approach to magic: mathematician, occultist, and magician to the Queen, John Dee. As Dr. Skinner details the Latin roots of the Grimoires, how that lead to it's exclusivity, and how that has parlayed into today's ritual ceremonies of the elite. Become a Plus Member at to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This week's included: - separating real dangers and concerns in magic, from religious propaganda - John Dee and Edward Kelly's alchemical work - disentangling magic, religion, & the mystery tradition - the connection between spirits and powerful art - Ufology's connection to magic, and inner Earth beings - invisibility magic - Feng Shui - the Voynich Manuscript A few valuable resources from the interview: Dr. Skinner's "Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic": Peter J. Carroll, Chaos Magician: "The Key of Solomon": The Egyptian "Book of The Dead": The Voynich Manuscript: "The Goetia of Dr. Rudd" by Dr. Stephen Skinner and David Rankin: https://www.treadwells-london.
Dr. Jack Hunter is an anthropologist exploring the borderlands of consciousness, religion, ecology and the paranormal. He lives in the hills of Mid-Wales with his family. He is a tutor with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and teaches on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. He is also an Access to Higher Education lecturer in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Newtown College. He's the author of titles like: Manifesting Spirits: an ethnographic study of a contemporary trance mediumship development circle in suburban Bristol. Spirits, Gods and Magic: an introduction to the anthropology of the supernatural. Greening the Paranormal: exploring parallels between anomalistics (the study of the paranormal in all its guises, incorporating parapsychology, paranthropology, cryptozoology, religious studies, and so on), and ecology. Engaging the Anomalous: a collection of essays written by Jack Hunter between 2010-17. Together, the essays push toward the development of a non-reductive, participatory and experiential anthropology of the paranormal.  
Alright Higherside Chatters, today is not the first time we've examined the prospect of reality warping rituals carried out by the cabal behind the curtain, transmuting the timeline and transcending time and space, nor will it be the last. And even though we poor “profane masses” haven't been initiated into the secret religion- and we've been told there's nothing to the not-so-subtle art of manifesting one's will. We've heard too many lies and seen too many examples of the contrary at this point to be fooled anymore: -The collapsing of the Twin Pillars on 9/11. - The methodically planned, named, and timed ritual missions of NASA. -The esoterically drenched dollar bill. -The extremely particular layout of Washington DC -And the strange overemphasis on Obelisks, as well as thinly veiled tributes to gods and goddesses all across our so called modern world. They do this stuff for a reason people, and while the purpose and players might not be 100% clear- it's easy to see that something's up. Well today, we are going to be looking at just such an example in the ritual-revealing work of today's guest Michael Wann. Michael is the man behind the body of work and website known as Susquehanna Alchemy, which revolves mainly around the Susquehanna River – one of the oldest existing rivers in the world, which runs largely through the state of Pennsylvania and empties into the Chesapeake Bay. Folks we know there was an emphasis on alchemy, geomancy, and magic by the early founders of America- but the impressive work that Michael has done- shows that this River is ground zero for an on-going Rosicrucian Ran – Druidic ritual of River Goddess Worship – complete with secret locations, methodically mapped reverence points, ritual offerings, and several yearly traditional celebrations we take for granted- all strategically placed at the ends and intersections of the Susquehanna River to prop up the potency of this “behind the scenes” magic. In the vein of Chris Knowles and Cort Lindahl- this has quickly become one of the freshest and most fascinating things to cross my cluttered desk in quite some time and I can't wait for you to hear about it. The great River-Goddess Worship Revealer and Alchemy Exposer- Michael Wann  
Join The Higherside Chat podcast as host Greg Carlwood talks corporate conspiracies, Robin William's death, and media manipulation with guest, Richard Belzer. We are now in the middle of a devastating crisis, compounded in part, because the channels for conquering this corporate corruption have dried up, and seeking restitution and solutions through our justice system is but a dream. Today's guest, Richard Belzer has dedicated his lifetime to reseraching the corporatocracy of America and joins The Higherside to discuss the revolving door between the corporate sector and government that has become a burden to society, while giving the privileged elite a notable advantage. 3:00 As a successful comedian and actor, Richard has ran in the Hollywood circle for years. And yet, despite his successes and the temptations to rest on his laurels, Belzer has spent his life researching conspiracies and leveraged his celebrity status to help shed a light onto some of life's more unsavory subjects. Richard explains how his rebellious nature and investigative inclinations proved to be valuable assets in his exploration. 5:42 In his book "Corporate Conspiracies: How Wall Street Took Over Washington", Belzer lays the framework for how and why we currently find ourselves in an unwinnable war against corporations. Richard also elaborates on the circumstances surrounding the death of Robbin Williams, the role of Big Pharma, and why is his mind, Williams' death was a murder, not suicide. Greg and Richard detail the ways in which the system is designed to embolden pharmaceutical companies, the racket created to ensure their profits remain strong, and the correlation between the mood of the country and drug use. 15:00 With the effects of corporate products felt throughout various aspects of our lives, Greg and Richard take a moment to address the most well-known and influential kingpins in this arena: Dow Chemical Company and Monsanto. With Monsanto bearing the burden of being "the world's most evil company", Richard expounds on the multiple products, such as saccharin, Roundup, GMOs, and Agent Orange, and their devastating effects on both people and planet. Belzer also offers up solutions to this insurmountable issue including limiting their financial influence in politics. 26:50 After discussing and food deserts, Greg and Richard move onto examining Hollywood's use of propaganda to sculpt the collective consciousness and glorify the military industrial complex. In his book, Belzer references movies such as "American Sniper" and "Zero Dark Thirty" as transparent examples of government influence in Hollywood. They also discuss the CIA's use of the mainstream media as another weapon in the arsenal during Operation Mockingbird as far back as the 1950s. 34:42 Richard explains his thoughts on the responsibility of actors when choosing roles. He articulates on the sovereignty of actors, and their ability to turn down parts that may run counter to the personal beliefs. Become a Plus Member at to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This week's included:   - The Prison Industrial Complex, The Drug War, and it's role in the big conspiracy   - the bank bailout and why it shouldn't just be glossed over   - the prospect for a bailout round 2   - Bayer's role in the development of Heroin - what Richard thinks about the motivations behind the JFK assassination - Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 - Richard's thoughts on the Franklin scandal, blackmail, and pedophilia networks in elite circles - words of artistic inspiration, and Richard's advice to people who aren't living out their dreams due to fear, pressure, and the multitude of things that hold them back A few valuable resources from the interview: Rob Schneider on Robbin Williams' death:
Join host, Greg Carlwood, of The Higherside Chats podcast, as he breaks down Gnosticism with the guest, Miguel Conner. While many of us will be familiar with the term Gnosticism due to it’s influence among a wide array of topics, including the use of ritual magic, secret societies, and even the very process of awakening itself, one must admit the waters have been muddied throughout history.   With words like 'Demiurge' and 'Archons' freely thrown about, putting a finer point on this magical hodgepodge of buzzwords can prove to be rather difficult.   Luckily, today’s guest, Miguel Conner of AeonByte, joins The Higherside to help us tighten our loose grasp of understanding about this ancient mystic philosophy. So strap in, and get ready to swallow the red pill people! 2:45 Greg and Miguel begin by dissecting the massive body of work known as Gnosticism. In an attempt to categorize foreign religions, conservative Christians of the 17th century coined the derogatory term, Gnostic. And with the origins of the Gnostics being unknown, Miguel addresses multiple theories, such as their ancient Egyptian roots, Zoroastrianism, and the possibility of them being breakaway sects of Christianity or Judaism. He also breaks down the four hallmarks of Gnosticism. 12:20 With the work of researchers such as David Ike, popularizing terms like Archon, Greg and Miguel discuss how this term has been co-opted and contorted. Miguel elaborates on rebellious stance of Gnosticism during a time when the predominant belief was in the great chain of being that connected us to the Gods. Conner clarifies role of the Demiurge, expands on the demonic nature of the grand architect and details the saga of Sophia. 19:42 Miguel breaks down his article "The Five Most Dangerous Archons in the Gnostic Gospel". 24:30 Greg and Miguel discuss the relation of seemingly separate schools of thought, from Paganism, to Kabbalah and Christianity to Chaos Magic. With Alexandria acting as the world's melting pot, Conner explains how this uncommon cast of characters came together in ancient times and what role their coexistence had on the Gnostic paradigm. 30:42 Instead of stuffing the toothpaste back into the tube, the Roman Catholic Church appropriated many of the Gnostic traditions, perverting them into current day mainstream pillars of the church. Greg and Miguel discuss the idea that "religion is just magic for the masses and magic is just religion for the individual." They also discuss the "Father of Gnosticism" and personal patron saint to Miguel, Simon Magus, his appearance in the book of "Acts of the Apostles" and his union with Helen of Tyre. 39:02 Miguel discusses his favorite group of Gnostics, the Sethians. 42:00 Miguel gives us his take on the work of researchers such as David Icke, John Lash and Jay Weidner. 49:15 Miguel imparts a few Gnostic nuggets from his extensive research into the forbidden gospels. Become a Plus Member at to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This week's included: - the Gnostic influence on Crowley and Thelema - the occult belief system of the elite, and how to describe it - the elite's use of magic - the coven that put the binding spell on Trump - the history of manipulation and suppression of Gnostic sects - looking at the most remote cultures for a glimpse into the uncorrupted traditions - Buddhism and the Dalai Lama dilemma - portals - overlooked characters and stories in the Gnostic narratives - HBO's hit series "Westworld" A few valuable resources from the interview: April Deconick: Recommended Movie List: "The Matrix": "The Truman Show": "Dark City": "The Lego Movie": https://en.wikipedia.
Del Bigtree is the high-energy host of The HighWire with Del Bigtree, Producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe, & former Emmy winning producer of The Doctors. Find him on Twitter @DelBigtree. He joins THC to break down several important elements of the Coronavirus COVID-19 coverage they've been presenting on The Highwire in the last few weeks, and offer a more sober look at the data than your traditional nightly news is willing to give. Thank you Jesus. You can also learn more about his very crucial and effective non-profit, ICAN: the Informed Consent Action Network @
Another community cast in the can: COVID, cold spirit hands, Arnold, and the flat Earth. Oh my!
Our friend Recluse of the Visup blog returns to THC to talk about some of his latest investigations, new blog posts, current events, and his latest book: A Special Relationship: Trump, Epstein, & The Secret History of the Anglo-American Establishment. You can also find Recluse on his podcast, The Farm.  
Raymond A. Moody Jr, Ph.D., MD is a world-renowned scholar, lecturer, and researcher, and is widely recognized as the leading authority on near-death experiences as he coined the term NDE. He is the bestselling author of many books, including Life After Life, Glimpses of Eternity, The Light Beyond, and Coming Back. Dr. Moody’s work profoundly illuminates our understanding of death, dying and grief and offers compelling answers to the question: Is there an afterlife? Check out his website Life After Life for more.
Journalist and longtime THC listener joins the show to discuss the material in his book The Pedogate Primer. Be sue to check out Phil's website & YouTube Channel for more. As mentioned, check out the free speech streaming platform for a media alternative to YouTube.
Cruising around the internet late one night, I found Ari Asulin's and was not only impressed with the various themes he pulls together in a fun and epic reconstruction of the human story, but was also taken back to the earlier days of not only the internet but also of conspiracy culture. Where we weren't so entrenched in politics, and had room for the sort of work Ari is doing. He was accommodating enough to give THC his first interview, and I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for the calls! GME, squeeze it baby!
The Podfather himself, Adam Curry, joins THC to talk about the No Agenda Show, subverting censorship, the madness of our times, & most importantly: Podcasting 2.0. Not only was Adam at ground zero for podcasting as we know it, but now he's paving the way to decentralize the podcast index, & implement many new features for both podcasters & listeners alike. We will overcome! Please make sure all your favorite hosts and podcasting apps are aware of the new decentralized, uncorporatized, and think about how you might be able to help make the world of podcasting better. Check out Adam's trifecta of podcasting goodness: No Agenda Podcasting 2.0 Moe Factz w/ Adam Curry  
Ras Ben, the great mystic of Philadelphia, returns to THC to talk about the astrological conditions of 2021, the implications of those conditions, how to navigate this time, communications from Star Nation, & a whole lot more. Check out the offerings of his website at Follow Ras Ben on Instagram.  
The overdue return of Charlie Robinson is here! Last time we talked about his great book, The Octopus Of Global Control. Today we discuss his latest release, The Controlled Demolition of The American Empire, authored with Jeff Berwick of  Dollar Vigilante. Definitely hit up Charlie on Twitter while you can, and check out his great podcast, Macro-aggressions.
Friend and returning guest Issac Weishaupt joins THC to talk about aliens, demons, hollywood, secret agendas, gnosticism, & his new book: Aliens, UFOs, & The Occult: Use Your Illusion I  Check out his work & podcast @
Our good pal and go-to magician, Gordon White, joins us for lucky number 13 and breaks in the New Year with just the right tone and message. Check out his podcast, as well as his rich and robust magic school at
Thanks for the calls, and for all the support through this crazy ride. Happy New Year! Here's the Weston A. Price Foundation PDF for COVID Vaccine Talking Points that was mentioned:  
Closing out the year is the return of one of the soundest sages of Southern California, the great Sofia Smallstorm. She's always had a good handle on health, medicine, consciousness, & the many things in this slice of the pie that one would find most useful in their 2020 navigation. Today, she returns to remind us of what we've forgotten, and school us on the latest avenues of her vast and multidisciplinary research. Check out her blog and her store for more.
Alison McDowell is a mother and dedicated researcher studying the working parts of the World Economic Forum’s declared “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and the global takeover of industries and public policies by the central banks, multinational corporations, big tech technocrats and billionaire funded foundations. Follow Alison’s work at Wrench In The Gears & watch her recent presentations: -Biometric Health Passports And The Panopticon -Level Up: Life In A Post-Pandemic Video Game  
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages. She’s consistently voted one of the world’s top 100 spiritual leaders for her ground-breaking work with consciousness and the power of intention. Lynne is known for the quality of her writing and in-depth research, her inspirational speaking style and her uncompromising role as New Thought leader and spiritual change agent. Also, check out GetWell.Solutions for more alternative health treatments proven to work & Lynne's long-running What Doctors Don't Tell You Magazine.  
On January 8th 2007, Chris Bledsoe Sr. came face to face with extraterrestrial beings and had missing time. While on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Chris, his son Chris Jr. and three of his subcontractors experienced an array of unexplained phenomena, leading them to believe this was the end of the world. MUFON sent their highest trained team to investigate the encounter, only to attempt to debunk and ridicule the Bledsoe family. Their experience was featured on the Discovery Channel's 2008 series UFOs Over Earth: The Fayetteville Incident. This was just the start though, Chris (and his family) have experienced a cornucopia of strange things since that original encounter, including a visitation and prophetic vision from a being he refers to as "The Lady." Multiple three letter agencies have been involved with the Bledsoe case, bringing increased attention and mystery to this ever evolving story. He's also working closely with previous guest, Diana Pasulka. Chris currently lives in North Carolina with his wife Yvonne and their four adult children residing nearby. He enjoys building projects, gardening, being in service to others utilizing his healing gifts, and traveling with his wife.
Here's the Joint Session episode for this month, thanks everyone!
Nora Gedgaudas is a widely recognized expert on what is popularly referred to as the “Paleo diet”. She is the author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and A Longer Life. She is also the author of the best selling ebook: Rethinking Fatigue: What Your Adrenals Are Really Telling You and What You Can Do About It. Nora is an experienced nutritional consultant, speaker and educator, widely interviewed on national and international radio, popular podcasts, online summits, television and film. Her own popular podcasts are widely listened to on iTunes and are available for free download. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Board-Certified nutritional consultant and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. Her latest book Primal Fat Burner was released in January 2017. Use the coupon code primal for a free week of THC+. Use the coupon code HIGHERSIDE30 for 30% off @ Some relevant and important posts of Nora's: Report: Face Masks: A Gold Standard For Protection?  
The great Oxford scholar, Dr. Joseph P. Farrell of returns to THC to talk about the election fraud, some strange threads that might lie behind the COVID agenda, an odd recent reveal about government interest in Nephilim corpses, & more.
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Created by
Greg Carlwood
Podcast Status
Jun 18th, 2013
Latest Episode
Feb 27th, 2021
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About 1 hour
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