Below you will find an interview with Miguel Conner, host of the Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio podcast.
From Miguel’s website:
“I am a professional storyteller, garage philosopher, and hedge historian. My life quest is to take audiences from ancient connections to a modern meaning.
I am the author of the critically acclaimed Voices of Gnosticism and Other Voices of Gnosticism (Bardic Press) and the post-apocalyptic vampire epic series, The Dark Instinct Trilogy (Warner Books/AB Press), as well as fantasy novel, The Executioner’s Daughter (Solstice Publishing). I am also the host of Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, a cult show dealing with the forbidden wisdom of the Gnostics that is more relevant than ever in fracturing world. My articles and fiction have appeared in such publications as The Gnostic Journal, The Heretic, Mindscape, Reality Sandwich, The Cimmerian Journal and many others including being an Author of the Month for Graham Hancock’s website.
I have lectured/appeared at such events as The Golden Dawn, Mythicist Milwaukee, the Alan Eisenberg Show (AM 1400 WRJN), Magick Radio (AM 1680 Chicago), Runesoup, Skeptiko, The Higherside Chats, and The Gnostic Countercultures Conference at Rice University.”
Q: What do you think Gnosticism has to offer today’s seekers?
A: The Gnostics posited that we were cast in a faked, programmed reality — ruled by omnipotent entities that harnessed our essence to keep their cosmic software running. Only through a special kind of interactive data (Gnosis) could we remember our origins beyond the artifact and transform into our authentic, liberated selves.
I think I just described closely our current existential condition (even if ancient Gnostics couched the philosophy in Jewish, Christian, or Pagan terms). More than ever, people do feel like they’re living in a bad simulation — fueled by the digital revolution and nagging nuclear age — and that they’ve been lied to for a very long time. It feels like there is little hope of restoring this world, especially when we don’t know what the world even is.
If all of this sounds like I’m talking about The Matrix, you’re starting to spit out the Blue Pill. The film is a true modern Gnostic Gospel, along with other visual expressions like The Truman Show, Dark City, The Lego Movie, and Westworld.
Philip K. Dick, who was vastly influenced by Gnosticism in his later years, put it bests in VALIS:
“We did not fall because of a moral error; we fell because of an intellectual error: that of taking the phenomenal world as real. Therefore we are morally innocent. It is the Empire in its various disguised polyforms which tells us we have sinned. The Empire never ended.”
Thus, that interactive data (Gnosis) is what will set us free, a true rarity in this world of drowning misinformation and disinformation.
Moreover, the paranoid skeptic vibe of the ancient Gnostics might be essential these days for coping with reality. As Erik Davis wrote in Techngnosis:
“Gnostic lore also provides a mythic key for the kind of infomania and conspiratorial thinking that comes to haunt the postwar world, with its terror of nefarious cabals, narcotic technologies, and invisible messengers of deception.”
That was a long answer, but the Red Pill sometimes takes time to go down the throats of our awareness…
Q: Who are some of your personal heroes?
A: The saying goes to kill the Buddha on the road if you meet him, and the band AWOLNATION sang “kill your heroes.” I agree with both ideas, as the age of saviors is done and over. We must draw from our inner worlds and their archetypes.
But since those that influenced me are dead, I can mention some heroes without having to go on a rampage. They would be Philip K. Dick, CG Jung, Simon Magus, Mary Magdalene, and Prometheus (or whatever incarnation the rising/dying Lucifer-godman wishes to take).
Q: Do you draw any parallels between writing fiction and doing magic?
A: All art is magical. I agree with Alan Moore that magic, like art, is the “science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.” I would also agree with Jung that both the unconscious and the collective unconscious can project themselves into the phenomenal world to create change of some sort. Your mileage may vary.
Q: Of the books you have written, do you have a favorite?
A: I have a soft spot for my first published novel, originally entitled The Queen of Darkness when it was with Warner Books — but I later renamed Stargazer when I got the rights back.
I wrote it long before I knew anything of Gnosticism. Although the plot deals with a dystopia where vampires rule the world after a nuclear holocaust and cast humanity in concentration camps for food, it’s eerily Gnosis and Alchemical. The vampires consider themselves gods of a new, glorious age, but have forgotten their origins. This amnesia is powered by their ruler, Lilith, who wishes a hard separation between the undead and living. One vampire recalls his origins and understands that to be free he must find the knowledge of how to become less of a god and more of a human.
Q: As a professional storyteller, garage philosopher, and hedge historian, what do you consider your finest achievements?
A: At my age, I’m grateful for the things I didn’t do, because the past is never through with you. Loving my children is the best thing I will ever do.
Q: Do you practice magic?
A: Not these days. I went through a period of ceremonial magic years ago. The results were there, but I realized that nothing is free in this universe and everything must attain balance. In other words, payback sucked.
These days I practice meditation and prayer, as those spiritual tech only demand my ego when it comes to the cosmos taking that pound of flesh. I can deal with that.
Q: What projects do you have coming up later in 2018?
A: Nothing major, just the usual podcasts, articles, and the overthrow of the Archons. Might take up Yoga again.
Q: On your website you mention that your life quest is to take audiences from ancient connections to a modern meaning. Where would you say you are currently at on this journey?
A: I think I have, but will it be enough? As mentioned, the Archons are very good at amnesia. Recently, an article stated said four in ten millennials don’t know about the Holocaust. If we forget our history and origins, regardless of how unpalatable they are, we will lose our ability to move to any meaningful future.
What’s more, we need to go even farther back to the ancient wisdom of the Gnostics, Neoplatonists, Hermetics and so forth – that truly gave us the foundation of what is bright and innovative in Western Culture.
Like the Gospel of Thomas #18 says:
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”
Jesus said, “Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death.”
Or as Pinocchio said: “Go to the beginning to get to the end. Find out what is real to know the pretend.”
Q: Who can we expect on the podcast in the next few months?
A: We’ll be dealing with topics like cannabis, Enochian Magick, right-wing meme magic, and visionary art…and much more. I always have the guests that can relate to Gnostic or Hermetic philosophy. I think we’ve done a great job at mostly keeping partisan politics away from the table, as I’d like to think the show is an oasis away from the joke we call civics today
Q: Who are some of the most memorable guests on your show and why?
A: I’d like to think they’re all memorable, of value to someone out there in the darkness of mere being. Several guests have passed since their interviews, and I hope I have assisted in immortalizing their ideas and contributions. Again, we must not forget.