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Great Online Resources for Occultists

Most occultists are pretty good at finding what they need (which I suppose makes sense when you figure occult basically just means hidden).  If you’re a student of the occult you probably already know about these resources.  But just in case you don’t, here are four of my favorites:

The Online Books collection at University of Pennsylvania.  There are links to full scans of over 40,000 books on a variety of subjects.  For example, check out the selection of links on the subject of Demonology.

The University of California Digital Library.  Over 4 million books.  Ready the paddles; your heart may skip a beat.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive.  It is what it says it is.  Dig it.

Cimmay.com.  It’s stated purpose is to introduce the world to the Urantia Papers, but there are a ton of cool old books on other subjects.  Check out The Angels and their Ministrations by Robert M. Patterson.  Nice.

 

 

 

 

 

You’re an Occultist? What’s That?

My business card.

First off, as an occultist I think I’m in pretty good company.

It might surprise you to know that the greatest scientist who ever lived, Sir Isaac Newton, was an occultist.  So were Francis Bacon (who might the real Shakespeare), Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author and creator of Sherlock Holmes), as well as poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats.  Popular NPR reporter and author Margot Adler, filmmaker David Lynch, and author Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) are all occultists as well.

As to the question “what’s an occultist?” an occultist is someone who studies the occult.  What’s the occult? I prefer André Nataf’s definition from his Dictionary of the Occult (Wordsworth Editions, (1994), page 80):

“Occultism holds that humanity is only revealed to itself by transcendence…religious feeling is a necessary part of humanity, with the important provision that this religious feeling is the ‘raw material’ on which the initiate works in order to experience glimpses of the sacred, borne within him and all mankind.  This transmutation of the religious into the sacred is the very object of the occult sciences and, especially of initiation.

Of course, literally speaking, the occult is simply hidden knowledge.  According to the 1913 Webster’s Dictionary:

Occult [L. occultus, p.p. of occulere to cover up] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; inviable; secret; concealed; unknown.

Occultists and occultism have gotten a lot of bad press.  But then, so have football coaches, priests, and clowns.  But we don’t let these outliers give football, religion, and carnivals a bad name, now do we?

Here are a couple of links to articles about “occultism” that you may find helpful:

Definition of “Occultism” from the religioustolerance.org website

Definition of “Occult” from Wikipedia