Starting in the early 1980’s the Satanic Panic ignited in the United States before spreading through the world. Here law enforcement, psychiatrists, social workers and occult ‘experts’ uncovered a vast satanic conspiracy which predated upon children at daycares, infiltrated heavy metal music, lured in teenagers through Dungeons and Dragons all organized by a grand network of satanic covens. These claims resulted in constant bullying for social non-conformists, hundreds of arrests, prosecutions, compromised guilty verdicts along with accusations which ruined lives and livelihoods for many more. The Satanic Panic is even more shocking when considering that no evidence has come to light in over 40 years to substantiate these claims. Feeding on centuries of demonological lore set into the social and economic degradation of the last quarter of the 20th century, the Satanic Panic continues to have a decisive social impact. Join Dr. Justin Sledge as he dives deep into the origins and development of the Satanic Panic and how it nearly destroyed his life.
Ancient Jewish Merkavah Mysticism sought to ascend into the palaces of the divine realm, bypass fearsome angels of destruction to gain a vision of the very Chariot-Throne of God. By beholding the divine glory (kavod) one could gain magical powers and even be transformed into an eternal Angel. And it was this form of esoteric mysticism that it appears profoundly transformed none-less than St Paul.
Welcome to Esoterica – History, philosophy and religion all have a hidden, esoteric dimension that has long gone under-studied and even suppressed. This channel explores just those topics: Magic, alchemy, kabbalah, the occult, gnosticism, hermetic philosophy and more. The host is Dr. Justin Sledge, he holds a doctorate in philosophy and graduated with honors from the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, one of the few places in the world to grant advanced, academic degrees in the study of Esotericism. Here they explore these subjects with an evidence-based, scholarly approach free from hidden agendas, conspiracy theories and baseless personal speculation.
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