Alchemical Traditions: An interview with Dr. Aaron Cheak


I’ve known Dr. Cheak for a while now. I’ve never met anyone with such a broad understanding of alchemy, magic, or religious studies in general. He’s truly a gem of the modern scholarly crowd. His new book is fast establishing him as one of the foremost authorities in the world on alchemy. I had the chance to interview him at my home in Los Angeles over a bottle of wine. Awesome conversation ensued.

Gabriel Roberts

Gabriel D. Roberts is a theological scholar, researcher and public speaker that specializes in discussions about the nature of perception and belief. After 27 years of passionate searching and study, Gabriel stepped away from his long held Christian faith into a more expansive and fluid worldview.The details and reasons are catalogued in his book, Born Again To Rebirth.Like many others who have had an earnest thirst for the answers to the big questions of life, Gabriel was not satisfied to settle for not knowing more.His latest book, The Quest For Gnosis explores the roots of belief, the power of the ecstatic state in one’s spiritual life and the means by which a deeply satisfying spiritual life may be achieved outside of the bonds of dogma.Within The Quest For Gnosis, Gabriel interviews 20 of the brightest minds in this field of study, including Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Graham Hancock, Daniele Bolelli, Peter J. Carroll, Hamilton Morris, Dr. Aaron Cheak, David Metcalfe, Dr. Rick Strassman and many more.

Gabriel writes for VICE Magazine, and and is the author of three books. He is continuing his research at the University of Washington in his hometown of Tacoma, WA.

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  • kblarg

    The amount that he compulsively wiped his hair was irritating. I expected prettier cadence from a gem of the modern scholarly crowd.

    • Gabriel D. Roberts

      …Says the guy with an anonymous photo! Hopefully you can look past the hair touching to listen to what’s being said. Cheers!

      • Tommy Decentralized

        OMG did we start a Meme?

    • Jim Bruce

      Alchemically I would expect that you have a personal habit that is inversely opposed to Cheats. Or you may have a similar habit that you detest in yourself are projecting that onto our speaker. You find it repulsive as it is an antithesis to something that you hold dear. As you can let what you “love” go you can also let go of what you “hate.” Hate hardens you. Love softens you. Either extreme is dangerous. Taojonz!

  • A.Strezova

    It was nice to hear you talk, Aaron. I am very happy to hear that your book is out. You are definitely a person with a vast amount of knowledge on the subject, and surely not afraid to think outside the spectrum. Congratulations! I am definitely ordering a copy. I hope that that vine is home-made!