Occult in Latin means 'Knowledge of the hidden' but is refered to in English as knowledge of the paranormal. The occult is in the practices of Satanism, Spiritulism, Wicca, New Age, Vodoo and Paganism. It is often seen as very dark and dangrous but if you look closer it has more to it then that.
There are many occult abilities and generally some people say ESP is occult, I myself don't think so.
The abilities and practices used in the occult are:
- Symbolic work
All occult abilities are banned in general Christianity except working with other beings which it depends on the being.
Divination is the practice of using tools to help with psychic abilities. These tools are most famiously known for being used in contacting the dead, spirits but also predicting the future.
This practice uses many tools these are:
- Tarot Cards
- Oracle Cards
- Ouijia Boards
- Dowsing Sticks
- I Ching
Divination is very dangrous and can lead to possession and even death. It is not recomended to be done for fun or in a joking sorta way. Spirits dont like to be made fun of.
The future changes alot so that must be put into mind when practicing divination.
Spells and RitualsEdit
These are what are labeled as witchcraft. Each are working with deities and the elements to create a desired result for what they wish to happen. The language does not matter as generally its the intent which does. Spells are used in rituals. It is called a ritual when other things come in to the spell, like a altar or a sacrifice.
Every religion uses rituals and uses them in different ways.
This crosses over alot with divination but necromancy is the ability to work with the dead and just the dead. Most people will say this ability is evil but in real life it is not. Controlling the dead is very hard and only the strongest necromancer can do it.
Necromancy also encluded communication with the dead. This part is extremely dangrous and must be done with extreme caution.
Mediumship is spirit communication. It was very popular around the period in which the two world wars took place as people found a need to contact those whom which they had lost. People used to fake it, this leads to how the practice got its bad name. There are many mediums but unfortunately most are fakes.
Symbols are power. A symbol can attract something. Symbols also show things which cant be described in words or phrases. Divination has alot of symbol work in it which can take years to decipher. Occult symbols are very popular in Satanism, which the Satanist will literally paste them everywhere.
This is probably the darkest occult practice. Demonology means working and studying biblical and Hebrew demons such as Lilith who is also a pagan deity. In demonology many books were written most have artwork which is grotesque and disgusting.
I recommend reading books on the topic if you are intrested.