P. D. Newman

P. D. Newman specializes in entheogenic symbolism within Masonic ritual, is the author of the forthcoming book Alchemically Stoned: The Sprig of Acacia and the Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry, and is our guest in podcast episode 171.


“P.D. Newman is a Scottish Rite Freemason and a Masonic Rosicrucian. The focus of his research is on the presence of entheogenic symbolism within Masonic ritual. He has had papers published by a variety of Masonic periodicals and popular websites. His book, Alchemically Stoned: The Sprig of Acacia and the Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry … planned for release in 2017 … explores the ceremonial use of the powerful entheogen dimethyltryptamine (DMT) within Masonic ritual. The sprig of acacia is an important symbol within Freemasonry. But, unbeknownst even to the fraternity’s own initiates, the acacia is rich in more than just symbolism. Newman details the actual use of acacia-produced DMT by alchemically inclined Freemasons as early as 1762. His premise challenges everything we think we know about the history, nature, and aims of the Masonic fraternity.”


Newman is currently fundraising to support the writing and publishing of his upcoming book. To support his work, visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/2husmt5w. “With a foreword from Clark Heinrich and an introduction by Dr. David Harrison, Alchemically Stoned: The Sprig of Acacia and the Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry will be an essential addition to the libraries of psychedelic enthusiasts and Freemasons alike.”


Newman is doing serious research on entheogenic symbolism and Masonic ritual, publishing articles in both Masonic and popular venues. He has an extensive background in ceremonial magick and psychedelics, so it with authority that he brings forward his research. Regardless of opinions about his conclusions, this is important research and an area that cannot be ignored. During the interview, I was not nearly as open-minded as I would have preferred and interrupted to voice my own opinion at times, but Newman was gracious and patiently explained his research and conclusions. He’s certainly provided food for thought. I encourage you to read more of Newman’s articles if you find this subject interesting, as well as his upcoming book.

Sir William Fettes Douglas The Alchemist 19th cent.

In the Occult of Personality Membership Section, P. D. Newman and I continue the interview, discussing the nature of gnosis and his upcoming book Alchemically Stoned. Join us for that fascinating conversation! Go to https://occultofpersonality.net/membership/membership-options/ and Join Now if you haven’t already. It’s the best way to support the podcast while receiving access to a tremendous amount of additional exclusive content!

Phillip Newman @Academia.edu

Support Alchemically Stoned: A Book by P. D. Newman – GoFundMe

“The Sprig of Acacia: An Emblem of Our Faith in the Immortality of the Soul” by P. D. Newman

“Masonry and the Mysteries of Eleusis Revisited: Threshing Floors and Waterfalls” by P. D. Newman

“The Use of DMT in Early Masonic Ritual” by P. D. Newman

“Masonic Templary III: The Contents of the Cup” by P. D. Newman

“Count Cagliostro’s Libation of Acacia and the Herb Rue of the Irwins’ Fratres Lucis” by P. D. Newman

“Psilocybe Cubensis: A Worthy Candidate for the Philosopher’s Stone” by P. D. Newman

“Aleister and Amanitas” by P. D. Newman

intro music by Paul Avgerinos

outro music by Psycliq


{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Quin Clark June 25, 2017, 6:33 AM

    Since when has the fraternity ever edoresed or avocated drug culture? ! This is Freemasonry and NOT the OTO. Nor is the fraternity some sick twisted drugged out Timothy Leary dionysus Freudian penis cult. We’re the Masonic family and NOT the Manson.

    • Amanit April 14, 2018, 8:31 AM

      *endorsed. Checkmate.

  • john Papas March 7, 2020, 3:27 PM

    I was wondering if you could provide me with a clue on the following
    Is the Rose Croix
    degree based on number 18,to a great extent,or the 18th
    degree follows as a natural sequence of 16th,17th, etc…IIf the first is true
    do we have evidences?
    Thank you very much

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