The Occult Path

When it comes to the occult, one may arrive at the question: "Where do I start?" Or, "How does one become an occultist?" Yet, a question like this actually reveals quite a gross misunderstanding regarding the magic path itself. The occult is not something one merely "begins" one day; it is not something you sign up for. Rather, it is a meticulous process of metamorphosis, enlightenment that is eventually obtained through a gradual process of sincerity and correction⁠—this is true spirituality. Today however? The enlarging communities of "occultists" and "witches" have simply confused themselves into a commercialized network of propaganda. They have been bamboozled into a counterfeit version of the occult⁠—one which lacks substance and authenticity⁠—as they engulf themselves in various forms of consumeristic dogmatism. To understand the difference is vital.

Firstly, occultus in Latin means hidden or concealed, the hidden mystical knowledge of this earth of course being the focus. In fact, the traditional notion of magic1 itself cuts back to wisdom, as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa understood (Natural Magic, Introduction), or Eliphas Levi noted ("to know magic is to be a sage"). Even in the the Bible, the wise men (Matthew 2:1) are identified as magicians in the Greek text (μάγοι).2 Such is is the traditional definition, but today people result to an imaginary form of magic, pretending all sorts of things as a pattern of their practice (contradicting one another repeatedly). If you plan on getting involved in the occult, then be prepared for a lot of intense studying, for to be an occultist is to be learned in theology, as Agrippa likewise said: 
"if he be not learned in theology . . . he cannot be possibly able to understand the rationality of Magick. (Occult Philosophy, Natural Magic, Ch II)
Both Eliphas Levi and Aleister Crowley partook in the nonsense of Christianity before their occult involvement (see The Biblical Occult). If you study either of these men, you will find that they were both very familiar with theology. To depart from foolishness and engage in the dark arts is indeed a sincere transition; it is to repudiate falsehood and adhere to the spiritual. Yet, as noted already, such is a process; to go through this transition is to obtain wisdom experientially. Many may claim to have been in the occult for decades, yet demonstrate that they never had wisdom to begin with. The concern should rather be: what were you doing beforehand? What resulted to such esoteric research? This is what will reveal the initial motive so as to determine whether it was ever sincere in the first place or not.3 If the reason is genuine, then it is authentic.

Additionally, some may think "the occult" is something that comes out of the 16th century (or later), where the central practices (e.g. divination, alchemy, astrology) actually go back to antiquity. See, when it comes to ancient theological perspectives (i.e. actual magic), it is important to note that comparative mythology is a tool of divination. The earth works in patterns and varietiesbe it various forms of crops, animals, or human ideologies in general, all are a product of the earth ("from dust they came, to dust they shall return"), and can therefore be used in occult practices. There are of course different forms of divination, but at its core, the obtaining of hidden spiritual knowledge in nature is pivotal to true occultism. The earth is not understood from a modernistic cosmological viewpoint, but rather, a viewpoint of antiquity. This of course leads into micro/macrocosm based philosophy, and therefore, alchemical studies. The world is a mystical concept, a single body connected as a unit; and thus, the Trismegistus aphorism: "As above, so below." You may see plenty of people quoting this saying (like some kind of catchphrase), yet if they are not studied in the matter on an expert level, they are no diviner. Notice, anyone can quote this saying (even celebrities), but to be a sage is an entirely different matterit is to know magic and be learned in theology. This may take years, but if one is sincere in their path, seeking diligently, at heart they are indeed an occultist⁠—steps ahead of the frauds. And moreover, such an astrological correlation ("As above, so below") sums up reality quite explicitly. Many people (new to the concept) may be quite shocked and baffled to observe synchronistic events taking place in nature, unique dreaming, "odd timings," etc. Yet, the occultist is in no way taken back by such occurrences. It is just another day on the mystical earth. For more on this sort of thing, you may want to see my article: True Divination.

Moreover, theology is not limited to one particular book or culture; any of the texts can be utilized when it comes to divination. The ancient cultures are coated in parallelism, fitting to one another theologically. But unfortunately, most people have been tricked into the lie that the Bible (in particular) is a Christian set of documents, failing to realize that it is actually a central source of the occult in disguise (Christians reject its content). The Biblical writings are Kabbalistic and Gnostic in nature, containing hidden mysteries of this earth, paralleling all sorts of paganism. Be it the Key of SolomonTranscendental Magic, or even The Black Arts, all of these occult works focus on the Bible for a reason. However, since many people are not studied this field, they completely miss the boat on spirituality. For instance, Jesus? Jesus is an astral concept, a solar embodiment (Psalm 84:11) falling into the same category as Apollo and Helios—not to mention the lunar chariot aspect of Revelation 19:11 & 13 which ties in (i.e. the blood moon). In other words, this is astrology. Moreover, ancient deities (gods and goddesses) are not understand from the Christian perspective of cartoon characters (as they view Jesus in the church), but rather, symbols of nature itself (sun, moon, rivers, mountains, etc.). In other words, these are esoteric concepts, not physical beings that one calls upon (the same goes for demons and spirits). The quicker one understands this, the faster they will partake in actual wisdom.

Furthermore, contrary to the compulsion of today's religious worldviews, the occult serves to empower the individual. Yet, since many people are not familiar with the "power of opposites" notion, they do not understand the implications of certain Bible passages. For instance, the Bible condemns behavior which exalts the individual for the better. In other words, it is a hidden message on exactly what to do, only written as a condemned action (what not to do). This is seen clearly with the serpent in Genesis; the serpent says to the woman: "You will not surely die" (Genesis 3:4), yet God says just the opposite (Genesis 2:17).4 Who was the liar in this story? God was, since they did not surely die in the day that they ate of it. The text even notes Adam going on to live "nine hundred and thirty years" (Genesis 5:5). This depiction involving the condemned serpent is written in the wisdom of contrast, as Jesus even says elsewhere: "wise as serpents" (Matthew 10:16). But it doesn't stop there, because if you read Numbers 22:20-22 there is yet another example of this sort of thing, as God condemns Balaam for doing the very act that he commanded him to do. The "go with them" command is a code for the opposite seen in Numbers 22:12-14 ("You shall not go with them"). Also read Proverbs 3:5 which teaches to "lean not on your own understanding". Why? Because that is the very thing one should do in order to empower themself⁠—resulting to their own mind (e.g. The Kybalion, Mentalism). Such is the case with Moses in Exodus 32:11-13 where he adheres to his own understanding, advising Yahweh, resulting in the repentance of God (Exodus 32:14). In essence, the rebellion is wisdom.
"For rebellion is the sin of witchcraft . . ." (1 Samuel 15:23)
This brings us to witchcraft: it is rebellion.5 When you understand the above notion of opposites, you will understand how this is a good thing. To rebel against foolishness exalts the practitioner, leading only to inevitable advancement. Again, the Hebraic writings are esoteric in nature, coated in inverted language; the "sin" here is the upright notion, for witchcraft is seen as "righteous" elsewhere (e.g. Genesis 44:15 "divination"), as Isaiah 26:16 says: "they uttered incantations" in a good lightMorality is indeed subjective, but the wise work things into a beneficial direction. There is no bondage in pure occultism. There are no confines, only boundless capability. 

Moreover, today's ideas of witchcraft are typically commercialized nonsense, turning tarot cards, crystals, and candle collections into a game of Clue, missing the initial spirituality behind such objects. To practice actual divination is not to limit oneself to particular trending objects, but rather, deep exploration of secret knowledge. Traditionally speaking, magic, occultism, and witchcraft are all one and the same. Witchcraft is also not limited to the feminine (as some may assume), for the same exact Hebrew term above (קֶסֶם "witchcraft") is likewise applied to the king in Proverbs 16:10 (which contrary to Christianity speaks of divination/witchcraft in a good light). You can also see this with Odysseus in The Odyssey, as he engages in the practice of necromancy (which is central to traditional witchcraft). Circe sets him and his companions in the direction of the House of Death (Book X), which of course leads into the later katabasis, a necromantic scene of darkness exhibiting its solar ecliptic involvement, as the Book begins with:
"The eye of the Sun can never flash his rays through the dark and bring them light, not when he climbs the starry skies . . ."
This speaks not of a sunset, but rather, darkness in the day ("climbs"), and hence the eclipse. Basically, the enlightenment is found within the darkness, as Odysseus is given the specific knowledge in the context of the dead. However, today people turn the concept of necromancy into what is seen in Beetlejuice, speaking of the dead as living people (misunderstanding the esoteric nature of ancient mythology). Nevertheless, the true practice is indeed witchcraft, and a pivotal interest of the actual occult (e.g. Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Hebraic, Tibetan). For more on this concept, see my article: Necromancy.

Besides all of this, one may wonder: "What about Satan? Does the occult involve Satanism?" What people need to realize is, that the modernistic circles of so called "Satanism" (be it theistic or philosophical) are simply a costume party (to say the least); they are pseudo-satanists. The actual concept of satan cuts back to ancient astrology (namely, the adversarial archetype). You may want to read my article on Satan & Lucifer, understanding that the "adversary" (שָׂטָן) is simply a mentality of the occult. Like the witchcraft explained above, it is to stand in opposition, as the Gnostic text of 1 John in the Bible asserts:
They are of the world. Therefore they speak [as] of the world, and the world hears them. (1 John 4:5)
This is a satanic text, teaching a stance in opposition to the worldly. It is the same exact Gnosticism seen in the anti-Christian Gospel of Thomas: "You, then, be on your guard against the world" (21). When this proper definition is understoodas far as the mythology goesJesus was a "satanist." Interestingly enough, the Latin Vulgate even identifies Jesus as Lucifer in 2 Peter 1:19. Yet, this simply ties into the celestial theology of the morning star (cf. Isaiah 14:12-13). Keep in mind, the ancient notion of "God" (אֵל) simply means power in Hebrew (e.g. Genesis 31:29). It is not the Christian idea of "God." 

In conclusion, these concepts all tie together hand in hand.6 Be it an occultist, esotericist, witch, satanist, magician, pagan, etc., they are all synonymous in their traditional meanings, and those who contend otherwise are simply confused on the matter. Notice, when it comes to odd definitions and strange understandings, one should not merely give in to the foolishness of society. They are the ones who need to correct themselves (not the other way around). The so-called occultists obtain this Christian sort of behavior of "giving in," as their minds are weakened and broken down into a fenced mentality of servitude. The mind is a powerful place, and through sound and focused meditation (guiding the mind in directions of proficiency), the actual occultist is placed into complete spiritual ascendancy.

Robert Anthony

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Endnotes:

1. Many hold to the trend of spelling magic with a "k" (magick, magik) like some kind of dogma (to the point of actually faulting "magic"). Although Crowley's inclusion makes sense⁠—distinguishing the idea from stage magic—it is in no way a necessity, as Arthur E. Waite even understood (note his translation of Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual). The commercial occultists viewing the k as some kind of "command" are simply missing the point. Any of the spellings (magic, magick, magik) are appropriate; word meanings are simply determined by context. 

2. Indeed, μάγοι, the nominative plural form of μάγος which means magician (same Greek used in Acts 13:6, 8 for the magician). Thus, "magicians from the East came to Jerusalem."

3. For some examples of fake occultism, see the articles: Tarl Warwick? or Hyperian?


4. Christians typically argue against the words "you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17), asserting that it refers to a spiritual death. Yet, the text never says this; the Christians simply reason out in their minds that God cannot speak in this matter of lying. Yet, the Bible shows otherwise (e.g. 1 Samuel 2:30; Jonah 3:4, 10). Moreover, the apostle Paul (i.e. Gnosticism) understands the "you shall surely die" in Genesis as a physical death (see Romans 5:12-18), furthering the notion of opposites. In other words, the text showing that Adam did not die in that day being a code for just the opposite (esoteric culture, e.g. 1 Cor 9:9-10; Mark 4:11-12). Also, this wording of "in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" is just as "in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God" (Genesis 3:5) which happened in that very day (Genesis 3:22).

5. Also see Witches & Prophets as well as Triadic Deity

6. When you understand that the gods are simply nature itself (e.g. the sun, moon, trees, mountains, etc.), divination (magic, witchcraft, occult) being a nature-based practice is indeed pagan.

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