The word occult for most people can be a scary and demonic word. Many feel that any association with the occult is considered devilish or ungodly. But does this make sense from a pure definition standpoint? Is the word occult evil? Simply put, no.
I always recommend to look up the etymology of any word that you may not be familiar with. Etymonline.com is a free online resource to find out the etymology of any word. Let’s take a look at the etymology of the word occult.
1530s, “secret, not divulged,” from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus “hidden, concealed, secret,” past participle of occulere “cover over, conceal,” from ob”over” (see ob-) + a verb related to celare “to hide,” from PIE root *kel- “to hide” (see cell). Meaning “not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding” is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s. Source
To summarize and simplify, the word occult just means that which is hidden or secret. This in its pure form is neither positive and good nor negative and evil. It all depends on who or what is being hidden or not visible to the masses.
We can say a lot of things in our world are occult; hidden or even supernatural. God, gravity, death, energy, memories, breath, atomic molecules, angels, ghosts, and electromagnetism are all either unseen or seem to defy common human rationale of how they exist.
Metaphysicians, occultists, and new agers all are defining and putting a face to what many perceive as unseen or mysterious. Ancient civilizations across the globe have left paintings, texts, hieroglyphics, sculptures, statues, and the like explaining the true nature of reality. Most people today are only familiar with the Bible. Even the Bible itself can be considered an occult book.
Occult, metaphysics, and spirituality are all essentially the same thing! Occult means hidden. Metaphysics is that which is beyond the physical. Spirituality is the opposite of physicality or that which you can see with the naked eye. Again, all these words deal with the supernatural and unseen aspects of reality.
As with most things in our world we can use something for the betterment or detriment for ones self or humanity. This does not mean the practice or idea itself is evil, per se, it just means that the person using it has wicked intentions. This is the same with anything. You can use a knife to slice veggies or people, a car to drive someone somewhere or run them over, a mask to hide your skin from cold weather or cover your identity to rob someone. It all depends on intent.
To conclude, the word occult is not evil. We say that God created all things and S/He is good. If this is true, all beings have a spark of the Creator and are not bad at the core but have the choice to shine its light or darkness. The choice is always ours because we have freewill by birthright.
Written by S. Ali Myers
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