a reply to: Davg80
i am interested in what you have learned, for sure. not interested in trying anything that would bring entities of a dark nature to my home but
i would like to know of every aspect of the subject, even the dark side as then i would know what not to do.
Well, for the moment you don't have to be concerned about the latter worry. It's very common to see websites on the internet proclaiming the evils of
the Occult, and how everything they do is connected to Satan, but, if you actually read true occult works, like I've been doing, you'll find quite the
opposite is true.
The occultism of The Golden Dawn is built upon a belief in a single, supreme God, whose essence is experienced on Earth through 11 divine qualities.
As human beings we all once shared a kind of spiritual purity, or Oneness, with God. Through our own ignorance, hubris, and egoism we distanced
ourselves from the presence of our Creator in an event known as The Fall. The goal of occultism, then, is to purify our bodies, minds, and spirits so
that we might achieve that Oneness with God again.
Most of these lessons are taught through a Judeo-Christian lens, with assistance from extensive Biblical quotations.
What I can gather right now, being about halfway into The Golden Dawn, is that most of the negative associations the Occult receives come from the
ignorance of the accuser. They see ceremonial rites and rituals being performed in odd costumes, with elaborate set-pieces in various colorful arrays,
and cryptic symbols, signs, and secret gestures, and immediately assume that it must be evil because they don't understand it themselves.
This type of ignorance is at the root of much that's wrong with humanity though. We're born devoid of all wisdom, and have to learn everything we
understand. Why, then, should lessons from occult Orders be any different? It's not like any of us are born knowing one religion or the other is
right. We have to be instructed in the beliefs of our fathers before we come to know God, in whatever manner that may be, which is why our world has
such diverse belief systems: it's all applied wisdom, and learned understanding.
Rather than be afraid of what we don't know, embrace and come to understand it.
~ Wandering Scribe