Hereditary: Explaining the Occult Meaning and Illuminati Symbolism on the CTAUC Podcast!

On today’s episode of the Conspiracy Theories and Unpopular Culture podcast we review and analyze the horror film Hereditary! This is a movie about occult rituals and the forces that bind this dimension to another. We see practical use of ritual magic and conjuring entities for personal gain in its worst form. Films like this demonstrate the real horrors of what could happen if one takes these esoteric belief systems too far and we should take them very seriously considering the recent mainstreaming of occult practices (e.g. Harry Potter, spiritual mediums, ghost hunting, yoga, etc.).

I’ll be explaining the symbolism from the movie, meaning of the rituals, themes of occult magick, and filling in some blanks on how this relates to other theorists and topics in pop culture because hey, that’s what we do here on the Conspiracy Theories and Unpopular Culture podcast!



The first half of the show is free for all; with the second half available for Patreon Tier 1+ supporters.

Show Topics:

  • Ritual Magic
    • Diorama mini-figures are analogous to the reality of ritual magicians controlling the universe- we saw this with the first Lego Movie.
    • Ellen (Grandma’s) room had a triangle of manifestation on floor
    • Book on Spiritualism in grandma’s (Ellen) collection
    • Obvious references to ritual magick with the seances and conjuring entities which is actually a warning to ghost hunters
  • Director Ari Aster: *Aster=Astor, Illuminati bloodline
    • I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real, I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”
  • Rosemary’s Baby parallels
    • It’s all about birthing the moonchild
    • Eulogy at funeral: so many strange new faces- indicates there was a large following in this cult
    • Annie says “she had private rituals, private friends.” 
  • Meaning for names on walls: Satony, Zazas, Liftoach Pandemonium
    • Zazas:
      • Kenneth Grant’s Magickal Revival describes it as a portal to Hell:
        • “The traditional formula for opening infernal regions is: Zazas, Zazas, Nasatanada Zazas. By this spell Adam was reputed to have opened the gates of Hell. Hell is the concealed place- the hole or hall of the dead; the “dead” being the forgotten images our past selves which respond to the incantation and resurrect in the flesh of the present.”
    • Liftoach Pandemonium:
      • Hebrew for “open” along with the chaotic capital of Hell in Paradise Lost
  • Paimon symbol has three 6’s in it
    • It’s the symbol for Paimon
    • Peter’s classroom is talking on Greek mythology and Sophocles
      • Mythology of Iphigenia (princess as a blood sacrifice)
      • Ancient Greek culture is critical to the core beliefs of occultism. Pythagoras and Hermeticism (written by Hermes Trismegistus or Thoth; the god of magic).
  • Cathy O’Brien, MKULTRA and abuse in the form of aliens and ghosts
    • Whitley Strieber also was abused by entities that could fall into this category as well (The Boy in the Box).

The full show (for Patreon Tier 1 and up supporters) goes deeper with bonus content:

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (Grandma was trying to put a spirit into son’s body)
    • Actress Toni Collette was in Showtime show about DID character called United States of Tara
    • Project MONARCH in Trance-Formation of America:
      • Project Monarch was a mind-control operation which was “recruiting” multigenerational incest abused children with Multiple Personality Disorder for its genetic mind-control studies.
  • Channeling Lucifer
  • Paimon is one of the kings of Hell
    • The “Babalon Working” ritual was to manifest a spirit through Marjorie Cameron; she also went crazy and attempted suicide
    • Paimon appears in Samuel Mathers’ book Lesser Key of Solomon:
      • PAIMON. – The Ninth Spirit in this Orderis Paimon, a Great King, and very obedient unto LUCIFER. He appeareth in the form of a Man sitting upon a Dromedary with a Crown most glorious upon his head. There goeth before him also an Host of Spirits, like Men with Trumpets and well sounding Cymbals, and all other sorts of Musical Instruments. He hath a great Voice, and roareth at his first coming, and his speech is such that the Magician cannot well understand unless he can compel him. This Spirit can teach all Arts and Sciences, and other secret things. He can discover unto thee what the Earth is, and what holdeth it up in the Waters; and what Mind is, and where it is; or any other thing thou mayest desire to know. He giveth Dignity, and confirmeth the same. He bindeth or maketh any man subject unto the Magician if he so desire it. He giveth good Familiars, and such as can teach all Arts. He is to be observed towards the West. He is of the Order of Dominations.13 He hath under him 200 Legions of Spirits, and part of them are of the Order of Angels, and the other part of Potentates. Now if thou callest this Spirit Paimon alone, thou must make him some offering; and there will attend him two Kings called LABAL and ABALI , and also other Spirits who be of the Order of Potentates in his Host, and 25 Legions. And those Spirits which be subject unto them are not always with them unless the Magician do compel them. His Character is this which must be worn as a Lamen before thee, etc.”
    • Paimon’s purpose is to serve as the facilitator of the Faustian pact- as is evident with a specific part in the film


Images Discussed on the Show

All Seeing Eye


All Seeing Eye


As Above So Below


As Above So Below


As Above So Below in the diorama…


…just like in The Lego Movie’s As Above So Below


Sigil of Paimon

Sigil of Paimon in Mather’s “Lesser Keys” book


New Thoughts Since the Podcast

William left an interesting comment below, so I went researching and noticed Ari Aster’s website had a CURIOUS image on its logo…


Here’s that clip William speaks of (in the comments below):


I like it because it demonstrates what can happen when one dabbles into the occult when not prepared:

I just have all this sickness inside of me and I want to put it in into everybody else.” -Ari Aster (as per Alex Wolff)

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Website publisher of and top 5% Amazon author of THE DARK PATH; Isaac Weishaupt has been on the leading edge of conspiracy theories surrounding the elusive “Illuminati” and its infiltration of the entertainment industry. Using examples of familiar pop culture and works of entertainment, Isaac has been speaking and writing about the occult from a unique perspective that seeks to understand the big agenda while helping others along the way.

Isaac hosts the “Conspiracy Theories and Unpopular Culture” podcast (supported by the IW Patreons) as well as being the monthly Illuminati expert on BLACKOUT Radio. He has been a featured guest on Dave Navarro’s “Dark Matter Radio,” Richard C. Hoagland’s “Other Side of Midnight”, SIRIUS/XM’s The All Out Show, The HigherSide Chats, Freeman Fly’s “The Free Zone”, Mark Devlin’s “Good Vibrations”, VICE, COMPLEX magazine, and many more radio shows and podcasts. His fresh perspective and openly admitted imperfections promotes the rational approach to exploring these taboo subjects and conspiracy theories.


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  1. I found this film to be highly disturbing, and some things I noticed is the demon is spelled wrong on the soundtrack liner notes (in this case Paemon); the movie refers to the demon as the eighth king rather than the ninth. The sigil for the demon is not surrounded by the ring and subsequent symbols on the necklaces as well as the marking on the pole where the fateful accident takes place. The invocation in its entire is not spoken. Ari Aster in an interview claims to have done just “a little” research into the occult in preparation for this film. That statement rang as a complete lie. I have a feeling Mr. Aster is obsessed with the subject. So much so that he understands the power of using ritual and symbolism literally, explaining the “errors” I caught. These were completely intentional to preserve his own safety, call it ignorance or plausible deniability to The Law.

    In another interview with Aster and the two young actors featured in the film, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro, Wolff claimed that Aster had said on the set, “I have a sickness inside of me I want to get out and give to the audience.” The film is said to come from the perspective of a lamb being led to the slaughter. Aster also made it clear that his characters had no choice. Regardless of what road they took, all of them would lead to the violent end with Peter possessed by the demon. In other words, nihilistic and that evil will always win over good because it is more powerful.

    Although I do think this film is well-crafted and filmmaking at it’s best, I would never recommend anyone see it for how it makes you feel. It is not in any way a feel-good movie, and it has nothing good to say about people as a whole.

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    • I too was deeply disturbed by this film and was in no way prepared for the content. Just another cheesy Hollywoid horror I figured….well…. how deeply must one “research” this stuff before they are actually in it and not just portraying it. Perhaps this is Hollywood’s means to some kind of indoctrination? Paranoid a bit?Maybe. But who gets entertained by this?

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  2. 202, the room across from Joanie, is featured when the mom leaves in a rush. She pauses, briefly, and looks at the number. This is what is referred to as an “Angel Number”. In this context, this number refers to everything good happening and coming from a bad place and being guided to a good place, by the Angel with the number 202. The 202 door is plain and demure. No fancy doormat, nothing. It is directly the inverse of Jonie’s door… invoking “As above, so below”.

    Also… Ari Aster. Check it out: Aliester (pronounced phonetically: Al ee ester). AriAster : Aliester. Maybe a nod to The Great Beast? Coincidental? Given the subject matter… maybe not.

    Can’t wait to revisit this movie, to discern more symbolism.

    Keep up the great work. Loved the show.

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