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What is the Occult? | The Basics

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February 02, 2019

What is the Occult?

The word occult is derived from the Latin word occultus. Occultus means things that are mysterious, hidden or secretive. Occult practices include fortune telling, witchcraft, astrology, and ouija boards as they all fall into the category of being mysterious. Some occult practices have made a huge difference to our modern life, for example, early astrology and alchemy would lead to the birth of modern science and medicine.

After searching online I found a blog post by gilberttheoccultist from 2014 with the following statement:
That is what the occult is. Religion operates on faith. Occultists operate on experiment and practice to garner true knowledge about the spiritual. Religious adherents “believe” in angels. Occultists talk directly with them. Religion fears demons. The Occult cages them and demands labor from them. Religion interprets the words of the gods. The Occult draws the gods down to ask for clarification.

In short, what is the difference between the occult and religion? Religion is faith. Occult is knowledge.

Is the Occult Evil?

A lot of people are under the impression that the occult and anyone that is interested in it or practicing it are evil. It is true there have been people that have used their knowledge for their own personal gain and to exploit others. However, there have been others that have used it only for good. Both will do their work in secrecy, but the malevolent hide so nobody sees their true motives, while the benevolent hide to avoid persecution.

Many occultists will also practice religion like Satanism, Hermeticism, and Gnosticism. 

What is Classed as the Occult?

There are many occult activities, and I have listed some of these below. You may have heard of some of the activities before but never realised they were part of the occult:
  • Tarot cards - A deck of cards that are used to measure potential outcomes.
  • Tea leaves - A method of fortune telling by interpreting patterns in tea leaves.
  • Seances - A meeting of people that attempt to make contact with the dead.
  • Witchcraft - The use of magical powers for healing, seeing into the future, or causing harm.
  • Black magic - Magic used for selfish and evil purposes.
  • White magic - Magic used for selfless purposes.
  • Ouija board - A board with letters and numbers used in seances.
  • Black Mass - A ceremony celebrated by satanic groups.
  • Clairvoyance - The ability to gain information from an object or a person.
  • Necromancy - Conjuring the dead for divination purposes.
  • Alchemy - A medieval practice aiming to transmute base metals into gold and prolong life.
  • Rune magic - A tool of divination that is used to tell the future.
  • Talismans - An object believed to hold magical properties and protect from harm.
  • Auras - Auras are coloured energy that reveals someone's feeling and thoughts.
  • Numerology - Belief in the divine relationship between a number and one or more events that take place at the same time.
  • Divination - Seeing the future by supernatural means.
  • Astrology - The study of celestial objects and how they affect people and events on Earth.
In future posts, I will be going into more detail about the different activities listed above. Do you practice any of the above? Is there anything on the list you would like to know more about first? Comment below to tell me! 😀
6 comments on "What is the Occult? | The Basics"
  1. I've never heard of Occult before but of course have heard of things like tarot cards and witchcraft. Interesting to know it all falls under the same umbrella x


  2. Interesting post. My mum used to use a ouija board with her friends when they were teenagers, but I'd be far too scared to try it! I've had my tarot cards read before but it was so many years ago, I can't really remember what I was told. I never realised so many different practices fell under the occult label. I'll look out for your future posts especially around white magic ��


  3. I knew about certain practices of these. But didn’t realise it was called Occult. I found this post so interesting. I have not practiced any of these. But I have a friend who is pagan. Thank you for sharing.
    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

  4. I've learnt about the occult before but hadn't heard of some of the practices. Very interesting post.

  5. I really love this post! A clairvoyant once told me that in my later life I will become interested in the occult. Initially, this horrified me! My mind instantly thought 'devil worship'. But doing a little research, I found there are so many different variations of the occult. Another wonderful post, I always look forward to reading your latest! xxx


  6. I am not the only person, who thought, that occult is evil. Now, after reading this post, I understood that I was wrong. Thank you.


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