Originally posted by venustransit2004
oc·cult ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-klt, klt)
Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.
Thats a common definition, but isnt completely accurate. For centuries, occultism has been shadowed in impenetrable abstract symbolism, with a
strong dose of charlatanism. This makes it difficult for the layman or beginning student to actually understand what occultism really is.
It actually isnt supernatural at all. Its studies concern the natural (not supernatural) processes of Creatures and Creation, which are hidden or
concealed from the senses; i.e., the underlying causes whose effects manifest in the phenomenal world.
True Occultism is Science, and the Scientific Method can be applied to it. The occult philosopher Aleister Crowley can be credited with popularizing
this notion, as his motto was The Method of Science, the Aim of Religion. However, Initiates in all ages were aware of this, it was only Crowley who
first made it public.
One example of Occult Science is the subconscious processes in the human mind that manifest in our actions. Beginning with Freud, Profane Science took
up the cause to study the phenomenon, but the discipline of esoteric psychology has existed from time immemorial in the Mystery Schools.
Another example is quantum physics, which the discipline of Profane Science in its just beginning to skim the surface of Occult teaching. Einstein and
successors postulated from a scientific perspective that all matter is composed of vibratory energy patterns that are manifested through atomic
conglomerates; this theory may have been new to Science, but was not new to Occultists, who have communicated this same knowledge to Initiates for
ages, and who have traditionally called this primal vibratory energy kundalini or fohat (Freud called it libido and Wilhelm Reich called it
orgone...the great occult scholar Eliphas Levi simply called it the Grand Magical Agent). Utilizing this natural energy of which our bodies,
thoughts, and emotions are composed, and consciously directing it, is the basis of Practical Occultism.
Einstein also proposed his Theory of Relativity, which states that reality is dependent upon the viewpoint of the observer. This is also an ancient
teaching of the Occult Mysteries, concealed in the mysterious utterance of the Oracle of Delphi, who challenged Her listeners to Know Thyself!
The confusion arises from the fact that ancient people considered these processes to be supernatural, not knowing that these disciplines followed
natural scientific laws, believing erroneously that the various aspects of Nature were governed by different gods, nymphs, demigods, and other
mythological beings. But at its heart is the very Science of Life itself, exploring the actual meaning of life, and self-consciousness, which is the
evidence of Life.
Do we have absolute evidence that old Willy was the dramatic genius he is credited as being, let alone a 33rd degree Mason. And, I can remeber, is he
one of those who we're not absolutely sure lived.
To the best of our knowledge, Shakespeare was not a Mason. It is a fact hat he was not a 33° Mason, since, during his lifetime, the only Masonic
degrees that existed were Apprentice and Journeymen. Journeymen of exceptional ability were given the title of Master Mason, but at that time, it was
not a separate degree.
We do know that Shakespeare was in fact a real person; that he was born in 1564, was married to Anne Hathaway and had several children, and died in
However, there is a minor controversy concerning his plays and poetry. Some people believe that if a man is a commoner and not wealthy, he is
incapable of being intelligent. These people have invented the legend that Shakespeares works were actually composed by Bacon. But just because
Shakespeare was poor and self-educated does not mean that he could not have been a genius.
It is true that none of Shakespeares original manuscripts have survived, as the Bacon wrote the Shakespearian works crowd will point out. But
Shakespeare wrote in simple manuscript form for immediate staging, with no idea that his works would eventually be proclaimed the epitome of poetic
Shakespeare is buried beside his wife Anne (who outlived him by 8 years) at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.