Friday, August 28, 2009

The Secret Sun on Occult of Personality

I had a great talk with Greg from Occult of Personality a few months back and the first part of it is up on the site now.

In podcast episode 68, we’re joined again by Christopher Knowles. Chris is the author of the Eagle Award-winning “Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes,” published by Red Wheel/Weiser and co-author of “The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths, and the Movies,” published by Insight Editions. This time, Chris joins us for a very in-depth discussion about the themes explored in his blog, “The Secret Sun”.

Chris describes his research as modern mythology, alt-history and pop-cult symbology. We begin our conversation as he describes the Sun from a variety of perspectives, including scientific, symbolic, mythological, and religious. He traces some of the beginnings of solar symbolism and how these origins informs his work. By examining current events with a focus on symbolism and synchronicity, his work uncovers many interesting correspondences.

Chris describes his research as modern mythology, alt-history and pop-cult symbology. We begin our conversation as he describes the Sun from a variety of perspectives, including scientific, symbolic, mythological, and religious. He traces some of the beginnings of solar symbolism and how these origins informs his work. By examining current events with a focus on symbolism and synchronicity, his work uncovers many interesting correspondences.
Greg and I also did a separate talk on Carl Jung which I believe he will be making available to subscribers. Occult of Personality promotes positive, counter-cultural esotericism, which is very important indeed in an environment where these themes are increasingly a part of our cultural conversation. I know a lot of you out there are on Greg's wavelength and may not be familiar with his podcast, so this gives you a good introduction.

UPDATE: Men Who Stare at Goats trailer here. Looks very funny, but McGregor's wavering accent is a bit distracting.

UPDATE II: This is the book by Cheiro I was talking about.

SECRET SUN READING LIST