Occultism

The Occult, what is it? The only time I ever hear the term is in conspiracy videos when someone is referencing Satan/demon worship, human sacrifice, demonic rituals, and lately pedophilia. Or in the mainstream to talk about vampires or, again, satan worship. The term Occult is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented words that people with zero knowledge of the Occult like to throw around to any ritualistic practice they deem evil. The Christian church has worked for millennia to distance themselves from the term, by using it to label anything spiritual they deem heretic and claiming none of their practices are of the occult, or have any occult origins. Their smear campaign has been so effective it is embedded into all of western thought in both religous and atheistic cirlcles.

The term is a bit vague so it can mean alot of different things, sort of like the term religion. So in simplist terms the occult as a noun is defined as: supernatural, mystical, or magical beliefs, practices, or phenomena and/or matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them. It is also used as an adjective, simply meaning: not revealed/secret, not easily apprehended/understood, not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone, and used in astronomy/astrology to mean: hidden from view/concealed.

In none of that is occult defined as Satan worship, pedophilia, or blood rituals. If you were to define Christianity as Occult is being defined now, then Christianity would mean Jim Jones and kool-aid. Now to briefly address the word “magic”. Again, another totally loaded word that I could make another lengthy post out of, so I’ll define it as simply as possible (doing the word injustice) to not detract from this post. Magic for me is defined as: the means of infulencing/manipulating the subjective and objective world through the act of intention and concentrated will power.

So with these definitions in mind you can see how the Eucharist ritual (Christianity’s communion) is an Occult magic ritual. Many aspects of Christian belief, prayer and ritual/ceremony are of occult narure, utilizing ritual magic. So indeed many of your own beliefs are occult beliefs – whether you practice any religion or not – and are of occult nature/origin.
Native American (or any indigenous people) Shamans, Christian priests, Buddhist, Hindu, and the like prcatice occult arts.

Practically all of the philosophy I profess and all of the books I read are of the “occult”. Any spiritual leader prcatices occult arts. Tarot is occult, meditation and prayer can be ritualistic magic, anything from personal/private, all the way through to Freemason, and on up to Christian rituals are occult rituals.

So as you can see the “Occult” isn’t what you think it is and it is likely you have occult beliefs and practices. The people who throw the term around to call something foreign to them evil have, I’m sure, never truly investigated the occult, or the word wouldn’t be so stigmatized. Please use this to see the term occult as it truly is, just a loaded word that describes a “hidden” magical practice/belief that isn’t at all evil or sinister.

The Occultist Bible

Intended more as a reference book but I’m going to chip away at the majority of it. An almost 1000 pg. book, priceless for a student of the occult. This is essentially the occultist Bible.

Agrippa drew on the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Arabic and Jewish writers who had gone before him. The Occult Philosophy is the most complete repository of Pagan and Neoplatonic magic ever compiled. The countless references to magic in, and exhausted quotations from, classical literature lead the careful reader through the ancient world of the occult and provide the basis for what amounts to a doctoral degree in classical occultism. This book is the source, and represents the crossroads between ancient and modern worlds of magic.

Donald Tyson

Mythology

Many Tarot correspondences relate to myths, gods, and legends. I’m reading this to come to a better understanding of the ancient myths for a richer Tarot experience. I’m very excited about this beautiful book.

Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us the way the human race thought and felt untold ages ago. Through it, according to this view, we can retrace the path from civilized man who lives so far from nature, to man who lived in close companionship with nature; and the real interest of the myths is that they lead us back to a time when the world was young and people had a connection with the earth, with the trees and seas and flowers and hills, unlike anything we ourselves can feel.

Edith Hamilton

Wisdom

… the Bride-groom is King Solomon himself, it naturally follows that the fair Shulamite is she of whom he wrote: ‘I loved her and sought her out for my youth: I desired to make her my spouse, and I was a lover of her beauty.’ These words are addressed to the personification of “Wisdom,” a word that has nowadays lost its true meaning, and unfortunately fails to convey its original significance. Among the ancients “Wisdom” implied Love and Knowledge blended in perfect and equal proportions. Our English word Truth personifies what is perhaps the nearest approach to the original conception; but “Wisdom” meant more than Truth.

It was used to personify the Celestial Influence which at the later was described as the “Holy Spirit.” ‘Wisdom, which is the worker of all good things,’ says Solomon ‘taught me: for in her is an understanding spirit, holy, one only, manifold, subtil, lively, clear, undefiled, plain, not subject to hurt, loving the thing that is good, quick, which cannot be letted, ready to do good. Kind to man, steadfast, sure, free from care, having all power, overseeing all things, and going through all understanding, pure, and most subtil spirits.’

In Egypt Wisdom was personified by Isis, a manifold goddess of whom it was inscribed: ‘I am that which is, has been, and shall be, and no man has lifted my veil.’ Similarly of “Wisdom” the Hebrews wrote: ‘The first man knew her not perfectly, no more shall the last find her out. For her thoughts are more than the sea and her counsels profounder than the Great Deep.’ It is noteworthy that the writer of The Song of Solomon is himself perplexed at the complex character of his own heroin. …he leaves unanswered his own query, ‘Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?’

Harold Bayley

The Reality of Freemasonry (a system of morality)

Elias Ashmole recorded it in his diary that the symbols and signs of Freemasonry were borrowed partly from the Knight-Templars and partly from the Rosicrucians. It is claimed for Freemasonry that it is a beautiful system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols, and, according to Dr. Oliver, ‘The noble and sublime secrets of which we (Freemasons) are possessed are contained in our traditions, represented by hieroglyphic figures and intimated by our symbolic customs and ceremonies.’ ‘Again’ says Dr. Oliver, ‘we have declared over and over again that the great secret of Christian Freemasonry is the practice of morality and virtue here as a preparation for happiness in another world.’

Harold Bayley

The Lost Language of Symbolism

I’m trying to absorb as much as I can about the language of Symbolism to aid in my understanding of the Tarot.

Although etymologists are agreed that language is fossil poetry and that the creation of every word was originally a poem embodying a bold metaphor or a bright conception, it is quite unrealised how close and intimate relation exists between symbolism and philology.

Harold Bayley

The Function of Symbol

…the essential function of the symbol is to explore the unknown and – paradoxically – to communicate with the incommunicable, the partial discovery of these unfathomable truths being achieved through symbols.

J.E Cirlot

A Dictionary of Symbols

Man, it has been said, its a symbolizing animal; it is evident that at no stage in the development of civilization has man been able to dispense with symbols. Science and technology have not freed man from his dependence on symbols: indeed, it may be argued that they have increased his need for them. In any case, symbology itself is now a science, and this volume is a necessary instrument in its study.

Herbert Read

The Magician

Usually, we tend to assume that our perspective on the world is our physical brain, and that we look outward from our skull through our eyes upon the rest of the world. This is only a conventional belief, and the magician is not bound by it. The entire perceived universe is created within your own mind, and resides within your mind. It is vital to understand and accept this truth. You do not exist in the world; the world exists within you. Because of this, you have the power to shift your point of awareness into anything you perceive.

Whatever may or may not exist completely outside of your own mind, if indeed the human mind can be said to have a boundary, is beyond your ability to perceive or interact with, or even imagine, in any way whatsoever. For you, it does not exist. What exists and has reality for you lies within your mind, and only within your mind, and this is why you, as a magician, have power over it. Since everything is a part of your mind, you have power over everything. You are shackled by the conventional teachings absorbed in your childhood, the limited perspective of science, the modern cult of materialism, all of which try to tell you that you cannot control the so-called outer world that lies beyond your body. This is a lie. Both your body and the world exists in your own mind, as part of your mind.

The ability to manipulate and control the point of view is in large measure a function of how you understand your reality. If you remain convinced that there is an absolute boundary between inside your body and outside your body, you’ll find it difficult to effectively project your consciousness into material objects, or to occupy with awareness your astral form and change its state, or its location in space. On the other hand, if you realize and accept that both your body and the external environment in which it functions are constructs of your own mind, it will be easier to learn the trick of projecting your point of view beyond your skin.

Donald Tyson

Tarot Potency

Similarly, the images suggest Egyptian, Greek, and biblical mythic elements. This does not support an Egyptian, Greek, or Hebrew source for the tarot, but it allows the association of the Tarot with certain aspects of these powerful racial currents in the western esoteric tradition. As a consequence, the Tarot can be used to channel the spiritual and magical energies of these traditions. In its broadest sense, symbolism is not dependent for its meaning on its period and place of origin. It transcends time and place. Tarot symbolism is as potent today as it was when placed on the card six centries ago.

The effectiveness of the card as instruments of divination has been proven countless times over the past 200 years. Occultist who have studied them are in agreement that they perpetuate in their structure an esoteric model of the universe that has great utility in tying together many diverse threads of magic, myth, and philosophy. It is my own personal assertion based on three decades of experiment, that the Tarot is equally potent as an instrument of practical ritual magic. It origins, be they ancient or modern, sacred or mundane, cannot diminish the meaning of the cards or deprive them of their power.

Donald Tyson