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Dec 25, 2009

In the Christmas day special episode of Psychonautica, Max Freakout plays the final installment of Stanislav Grof's seminar 'Psychospiritual death and rebirth, a visionary journey' from the World Psychedelic forum. Grof talks about Einstein's astrological transits and how they correspond to different parts of his scientific career, the importance in astrology of knowing your time of birth accurately, how to construct and interpret a natal chart, how to identify archetypal energies that affect your life from an astrological chart, the meaning of planetary and lunar transits, the eliptical orbit of Pluto, the astrological charts of famous people, the role of non-ordinary states and astrology in the future of psychiatry, the importance of correct diagnosis in medicine for appropriate treatment, the controversial nature of psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia and natural kinds, differing opinions among psychiatrists about the correct choice of treatment to use in a given situation, changes in psychiatric diagnosis between subsequent editions of the DSM, diagnosis of hysteria in Freud's time compared to now, the recent epidemic of multiple-personality disorder, the implications of multiple personality and dissociation for the mind/body problem, the different perspectives of Jung and Freud, and their relation to their astrological charts, different kinds of therapists attracting different kinds of patient, the lack of clearly defined diagnostic categories and universal opinions within psychiatry, a joke about behaviourists having sex, the extreme importance of the death/rebirth experience for the spiritual life of humanity, the occurence of the theme in shamanism and rites of passage, the theme of death and rebirth in world religion and mythology, the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus about the second birth, the theme of the twice-born in Hinduism, the use of perinatal themes in political propaganda, George  Bush's religiosity, the reduction of personal freedoms during the cold war and war on terror, and how to get started training in holotropic breathwork techniques. Afterwards, Max plays a short comedy sketch from Dave Chappelle talking about living with a crack-addict landlord, taking drugs in old-age, weed as a 'background substance' and Chappelle's trip to the barber on mushrooms. A very happy Christmas to everyone, email Max at, and hang out with the friendly psychonauts at

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