Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for Occult

Occult is a word that I don't hear much anymore, and to be honest, I'm kind of glad. Here's the definition from www.merriam-webster.com:

Noun and adjective: Matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them

A lot of people who do not take the metaphysical and nature-based religions seriously use this term to describe us and our spiritual activities. Well, here's why that's not true. 

The definition talks about the "influence of the supernatural or supernormal powers." Unless you've been watching way too much television or far too many movies, the abilities that we possess are neither supernatural nor supernormal; they're just part of our spiritual paths. If you think we can summon demons or stop time, for example, that's Hollywood talking. While it would be pretty cool, that's not what it's all about. 

For us, use of the metaphysical--spells, astrology, herbalism, divination--is normal. And it is powerful, I'll grant you that, but it is no more powerful than the spiritual activities of any other person--prayer, chanting, communion with the Divine, etc.

Let's take the other part, the "secret knowledge". Ummm, it's really not. I went to a school for my training, the Tradition of the Witches Circle. We're not a secret. We offer classes to all. Witchcraft. Psychic development. Herbalism. Astrology. Tarot. And then some. We have a website...www.themagickshop.com. So I mean, how truly secret are we? We're not keeping secrets...this knowledge has been around for many years. 

I think that the word resonates with many people because it is a putdown, whether people want to realize it or not. It's like saying that I "delve into the Dark Arts" because of what I do for a living. BULLSHIT. You should probably see for yourself before you open up your mouth. I doubt that any of my clients would say the same. 

You are, of course, entitled to your opinion and your lexical choices. But I'd suggest taking "occult" out of your vocabulary. Those of us who find it offensive thank you in advance; we know enough people who won't bother to do a little digging. :)

Thanks as always for tuning in...see you tomorrow for my "P" post! 

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