Following up on the last episode, Don and Rob continue their exploration into the world of the occult with new guest Lothar Tuppan and returning guest David Towers. The four of them pick up where Dave left off, giving more context to the ancient Abrahamic origins of modern mystic thought, and then tumble forward in time to discuss not just European approaches to mysticism, but African and Asian perspectives as well. Along the way, the four discuss the mythical figure of Hermes Trismegistus, how the Nag Hammadi Scriptures changed everything, and the real meaning of working magic. All this, and the secret power of memory theatres, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Note: Apologies for the audio quality on this one and the previous one. We’ve been forced to use SKYPE’s built-in recording system, which is a bit unstable.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Lothar Tuppan
Jack Hunter
Jeffrey Kripal
The Book of Ezekiel
Merkabah mysticism
The Cult of the Saints
Hermes Trismegistus
Hermeticism
The Kabbalah
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Traditional Religion and Revealed Religion
Abrahammic Religion
The Zohar
The Picatrix
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
John Dee
John Dee and the Empire of Angels by Jason Louv
Sir Francis Bacon
Giordano Bruno
Memory Theatres
The Magicians of the Golden Dawn
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Jacob’s Ladder
The Diary of a Drug Fiend
The Death and Resurrection Show
Marcus Tullius Cicero