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Occult Confessions

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History
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Rob C. Thompson, doctor of occult history and ritual, hosts an in-depth exploration of supernatural mysteries, beliefs, and practices. He’s joined by the Alchemical Actors, a ragtag crew of occult initiates who bring these stories to life by re-enacting major moments in the history of the paranormal. We cover black magic, lady magic, the immortal soul, secret magical orders, and everything in between. Episodes post bi-weekly on Fridays.

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Rob C. Thompson, doctor of occult history and ritual, hosts an in-depth exploration of supernatural mysteries, beliefs, and practices. He’s joined by the Alchemical Actors, a ragtag crew of occult initiates who bring these stories to life by re-enacting major moments in the history of the paranormal. We cover black magic, lady magic, the immortal soul, secret magical orders, and everything in between. Episodes post bi-weekly on Fridays.

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iTunes Ratings

40 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
2
1
2
0
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Occult Confessions

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Rob C. Thompson, doctor of occult history and ritual, hosts an in-depth exploration of supernatural mysteries, beliefs, and practices. He’s joined by the Alchemical Actors, a ragtag crew of occult initiates who bring these stories to life by re-enacting major moments in the history of the paranormal. We cover black magic, lady magic, the immortal soul, secret magical orders, and everything in between. Episodes post bi-weekly on Fridays.

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Rank #1: 2.2: Joan of Arc

May 01 2018
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We explore the history of Joan of Arc; the various miracles ascribed to her; the Catholic, paranormal, and rationalist interpretations of her voices; and conspiracy theories related to one of the most interesting women in medieval Europe.

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Rank #2: 2.1: Pagan Orgies and Witch Cults

Apr 24 2018
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We open our series on the connection between women and supernatural power by exploring ancient Greek oracles, bacchic orgies, the Roman vestal virgins, and medieval witch trials.

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Rank #3: 1.6: Emma Hardinge Britten

Apr 10 2018
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The Chevalier's editor was a player in the British occult scene and was inspired by occult celebrities like Edward Buller-Lytton. In this episode, we follow the career of one of the most significant figures in American spiritualism and one of America's first occultists.

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Rank #4: 1.5: Sex Magic

Apr 03 2018
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Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American trance-medium-turned-occultist, originated the practice of Sex Magic in the United States. Could he be a prototype for the Chevalier? In this episode, we find out.

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Rank #5: 1.4: Helena Blavatsky

Mar 27 2018
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In this episode we analyze the life story of one of America's most famous mystics, Helena Blavatsky. We consider her world travels, training in Tibet, theories about the soul and afterlife, Egyptian inspirations, and Indian occultist connections.

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Rank #6: 1.3: Elementals

Mar 20 2018
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An important and controversial aspect of the Chevalier's story revolves around elemental demons and planetary spirits which exist in a vast hierarchy of otherworldly beings. In this episode, we explore the Chevalier's exorcism of demons possessing an entire Scottish village sometime around 1850.

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Rank #7: 1.2: All the Chevaliers

Mar 12 2018
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We relive the first days of the Theosophical Society, occult attempts to unite science and religion, and consider whether sun worship is the origin of all religions.

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Rank #8: 1.1: Ghost Land

Feb 14 2018
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Two books rocked the American spiritualist scene in 1876, both published by the British-American medium Emma Hardinge Britten and both written by a single man under the pseudonym of the Chevalier Louis de B. The Chevalier details elaborate occult exploits all across the globe including fantastic astral projections, exorcisms of elemental demons, astrology, and visions of planetary heavens that turn traditional and even relatively liberal views of God and the afterlife upside down. Scholars and amateur historians have tried and failed to pin down the mysterious adept's identity. Ghost Land kicks off our in-dept investigation looking for the real Chevalier.

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Rank #9: 2.7: Poltergeists

Jun 12 2018
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In this episode we explore five poltergeists at Enfield, Sauchie, Jaboticabal, in the Smurl Family, and at Andover. What makes poltergeist phenomena persuasive as evidence of paranormal influence? How do poltergeists fit into the larger story of teenage girl's millennia-long connection with supernatural power?

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Rank #10: 2.6: The Women of Wicca (and One Man)

Jun 05 2018
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Wicca is based on an ancient pagan female-centric tradition. Or is it? Actually, it is. Sort of. In this episode, we track down the major female figures in the early days of Wicca's founding and the pagans hiding in the movement's distant past.

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Rank #1: 2.2: Joan of Arc

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We explore the history of Joan of Arc; the various miracles ascribed to her; the Catholic, paranormal, and rationalist interpretations of her voices; and conspiracy theories related to one of the most interesting women in medieval Europe.

May 01 2018
55 mins
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Rank #2: 2.1: Pagan Orgies and Witch Cults

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We open our series on the connection between women and supernatural power by exploring ancient Greek oracles, bacchic orgies, the Roman vestal virgins, and medieval witch trials.

Apr 24 2018
47 mins
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Rank #3: 1.6: Emma Hardinge Britten

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The Chevalier's editor was a player in the British occult scene and was inspired by occult celebrities like Edward Buller-Lytton. In this episode, we follow the career of one of the most significant figures in American spiritualism and one of America's first occultists.

Apr 10 2018
56 mins
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Rank #4: 1.5: Sex Magic

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Paschal Beverly Randolph, an African American trance-medium-turned-occultist, originated the practice of Sex Magic in the United States. Could he be a prototype for the Chevalier? In this episode, we find out.

Apr 03 2018
42 mins
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Rank #5: 1.4: Helena Blavatsky

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In this episode we analyze the life story of one of America's most famous mystics, Helena Blavatsky. We consider her world travels, training in Tibet, theories about the soul and afterlife, Egyptian inspirations, and Indian occultist connections.

Mar 27 2018
40 mins
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Rank #6: 1.3: Elementals

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An important and controversial aspect of the Chevalier's story revolves around elemental demons and planetary spirits which exist in a vast hierarchy of otherworldly beings. In this episode, we explore the Chevalier's exorcism of demons possessing an entire Scottish village sometime around 1850.

Mar 20 2018
37 mins
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Rank #7: 1.2: All the Chevaliers

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We relive the first days of the Theosophical Society, occult attempts to unite science and religion, and consider whether sun worship is the origin of all religions.

Mar 12 2018
45 mins
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Rank #8: 1.1: Ghost Land

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Two books rocked the American spiritualist scene in 1876, both published by the British-American medium Emma Hardinge Britten and both written by a single man under the pseudonym of the Chevalier Louis de B. The Chevalier details elaborate occult exploits all across the globe including fantastic astral projections, exorcisms of elemental demons, astrology, and visions of planetary heavens that turn traditional and even relatively liberal views of God and the afterlife upside down. Scholars and amateur historians have tried and failed to pin down the mysterious adept's identity. Ghost Land kicks off our in-dept investigation looking for the real Chevalier.

Feb 14 2018
53 mins
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Rank #9: 2.7: Poltergeists

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In this episode we explore five poltergeists at Enfield, Sauchie, Jaboticabal, in the Smurl Family, and at Andover. What makes poltergeist phenomena persuasive as evidence of paranormal influence? How do poltergeists fit into the larger story of teenage girl's millennia-long connection with supernatural power?

Jun 12 2018
55 mins
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Rank #10: 2.6: The Women of Wicca (and One Man)

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Wicca is based on an ancient pagan female-centric tradition. Or is it? Actually, it is. Sort of. In this episode, we track down the major female figures in the early days of Wicca's founding and the pagans hiding in the movement's distant past.

Jun 05 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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