I get a lot of flack for mixing demonology and the occult, but little do people really know what Occultism is. Beckah Boyd wrote a fabulous article discussing the subject and it's now "evil" rap. Included is a list of Occult practices...maybe your an occultist and don't even know it! Read to find out!

What Is Occultism...Really?
By Beckah Boyd
All around the world you hear occult, and it always has evil connotations, like Satanists and Voodoo Priestesses working dark and horrible magics against innocent people. Well, what I am planning to present to you is a short but thorough description of things we do in our everyday life that is in fact, occult. The meaning of Occult is actually ?hidden knowledge? so going to visit a psychic is a form of occultism as you are going to gather knowledge not known to others. Occult stems from the Latin Occultus which means ?secret? if you know of something whether at a job or at home that is going to happen before it does or it is a secret between a couple of people you are acting Occultly.

Now I know you are probably saying well, yeah of course that makes sense but what about the magickal side of it? What about the evil stuff we hear about all of the time? Occult is a blanket term for many different forms of religious experiences, and practices. Occultism is the science of the inner nature of things as opposed to the outer nature practiced by the scientists we know today. Much like we know that a plant has molecules, it soaks up the sun to gather beneficial nutrients, and so forth but what causes the plant to live, what is the energy of a plant, does it feel? It is believed by occult scientists that mathematics, biology and so forth will never be able to answer those important questions because they deal only with external causes and relationships to things around the object they are studying. Alchemy was a standard occult practice, one that many scientists in their time utilized, however, at one point the two practices became divided. One being seen as a more substantial science.

The other more of a philosophical one. There are many occult practices within our modern religions however you will never see the word integrated with them, you may see the word ?esoteric? basically meaning the same thing. Such as within Christianity there are some esoteric forms which allow the practitioner to conduct different forms of divination, but in the Bible it warns against divination, it is an occult practice! However these individuals state that astrology was used by the three kings to find their way to Bethlehem or that once Jesus was born the dictate became null and void because He was a prophet! Islam also has it's own form of a occultism where they are allowed to call on spirits in the name of Allah to do righteous works for the conjurer. Occultism is a study of Truth, and Will.

It is the spiritual science of looking beneath the surface and striving for those inner answers. We know the how of everything because of our modern science but we have yet to answer the why. That is what occultism strives to do. As I said earlier occultism takes many forms, much of it being the beliefs in different divination and psychic practices. Because with these practices it sheds light on the ?why? and the ?will? of the universe for that particular individual. Below I have a list for your perusing pleasure of what are considered occult practices in our society:

  • Alternative Medicine
  • Angels
  • Arthurian legends
  • Aspecting
  • Astral projection
  • Astrology
  • Athame
  • Avalon
  • Bi-location
  • Body/Mind/Spirit
  • Book of Shadows
  • Casting
  • Celtic Mythology/Imagery
  • Channeling
  • Circles
  • Crystal ball
  • Crystals
  • D&D
  • Divination
  • Dragons
  • Drawing Down the Moon
  • energy healing
  • ESP
  • Evoke
  • Fairies
  • Fairy rings
  • Feminism
  • Gaia
  • God/dess
  • Healing
  • Healing Spell
  • Holistic
  • Hypnosis
  • I ching
  • Incense
  • Invoke
  • Karma
  • Land of apples
  • Magick
  • Mandalas
  • Matriarchy
  • Meditation
  • Netjer/netjeru
  • New Age
  • Numerology
  • Orishas
  • Ouija
  • Palm reading
  • Past lives
  • Pentacle
  • Pentagram
  • Poppet
  • Possession
  • Psychic practices (any, including psychic hotlines)
  • Reiki
  • Reincarnation
  • Rituals
  • Runes
  • Scrying
  • Seven-pointed star
  • Sorcery
  • Spells
  • Spirit Guides
  • Staring Patterns
  • Tarot
  • Tea leaves
  • Telekinesis
  • The veil
  • Transformational Magick
  • Vibrations
  • Yoga

So, if you believe in the possiblity that everything has a soul, that you may have been reincarnated, that you have family members watching out for you, that you believe spirits exist or you practice meditation (whether for relaxation or connection to your Higher Power) or yoga. YOU are an occultist, how evil are you?
Brightest Blessings,
Beckah Boyd