Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Who runs the website?
The website was founded by F.v.F. and Asterion and it is currently ran by F.v.F. from Romania.
2. When did the project start?
It all started in the summer of 2010 with a forum and a website in Romanian language and then it was transformed into an international language website in 2015.
3. Are you satanists?
Although Satanism is part of Occultism, this website is not specially dedicated to this occult religion/tradition. The administration of the website prefers to keep a balance of beliefs in this community so that no specific domination may exist. We accept and respect any beliefs related or not to the occult and we wish that the same will happen towards our beliefs.
4. Why don't you believe in God?
This is a preconception, and the vision of an occultist cannot be extended over others. Occultism does not make a difference between beliefs. According to the chosen tradition, the adept may or may not believe in God, and if he does, his vision may not be in accordance with the belief of the majority or can be different.
5. What does the seal from the logo represent?
The seal represents Hermes Trismegistus, a mythological character appointed as the patron of the magical arts, of writing and language. He is a combination of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek god Hermes.
6. Why are you asking for donations?
We are constrained to ask for donations in order to administrate the website properly. Besides the annual payment of the domain and hosting, we also want to pay the authors, translators and other persons working with us. The maintenance of this website is expensive and we can’t always work for free or pay only with our money. All the donations go to the administration of the website, not to our pockets.
7. How can I help the website?
It depends on how you want to help. You can either make a donation through PayPal using the button on the website or you can contribute with material or work with us as described at the Contribute
8. Are you offering magical services?
No, the members of Occult-Study do not offer magical services, only if they do so in private, without any connection to our community.
9. Are you also active offline?
The community is only present online, we do not make public rituals. However, we used to have meetings in Romania in order to know each other personally.
About the subjects
1. What is occultism?
Occultism is an umbrella-term used for a series of initiatory practices of spiritual and sometimes religious nature. The term comes from the latin word “occultus” meaning “hidden, secret” and refers to secret knowledge. From occultism come magical traditions such as Kabbalah, Enochian, Thelema, etc and “secret” sciences such as Alchemy, Numerology, Astrology, Divination, and so forth, even to “occult” religions such as Gnosticism, Hermetism, Traditional Witchcraft and Wicca. Occultism is rather a characteristic of a phenomenon, being applied to many genres, making reference to that which is secret, hidden, safe from the great majority of people.
2. What is esoterism?
As in the case of Occultism, this is an umbrella-term for a series of mystical and philosophical theories. The term probably comes from the greek „esoteris
” or „esoterikos
” meaning „inner
”, referring to something initiatic. It’s antonym is „exoteric
The difference, at least apparently, is that occultism represents the practices, while esoterism represents the beliefs and philosophies that are at the foundation of the occult techniques and practices.
3. What is magic(k)?
Two descriptions of it pop into my head right now and they have been used to describe magic for years as they give a more exact explanation of how it is, why it is used and how.
Cornelius Agrippa (1486 – 1535) describes magic as being ‘a faculty of wonderful virtue, full of most high mysteries’ mixed with the nature, power, quality and substance and also the knowledge of whole Nature. He tells us that it’s effects are produced by ‘uniting the vertues (virtues) of things through the application of them one to the other’. In all, he describes it as ‘the most perfect and chief Science’
Another personality of great occult interest is Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) who affirms that magick is ‘the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.’ Crowley spelled magic with a K (magick) so that it won’t be confused with illusion/stage magic.
Given these two notions, we understand that it is a form of Science and Art that by the power of nature and the combination of it’s virtues it can cause Change in the world (internal and external) according to the Magician’s will.
Goetia, a 17th centure magical book (grimoire) starts in some manuscripts with the phrase: “Magic is the highest most absolute and divine knowledge of natural philosophy advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult vertue of things, so that true agents being applied to proper patients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be produced.”
4. What is the difference between magic and witchcraft?
If we are to compare them etymologically, magic comes the the Greek word Mageia
, the science of mages (magi/magus
), a caste of Zoroastrian priests. It is rather connected to the cult of divinity and servitude to the Divine, which later became the cultured magic as exemplified in the Sworn Book of Honorius
(13th or 14th century), Ars Notoria
(14th to 17th century), Heptameron
(14th or 15th century) and Arbatel de Magia Venerum
(16th century), with strong theurgic accents.
Witchcraft has different etymological versions. It comes from the old English word “wicca” or the Middle Low German “wicken” which are both used to describe that which enchants or puts under a spell (a magical use of words). In Romania, the word vrăjitorie (witchcraft) and vrajă (spell) come from the Slav word vraza, meaning superstition. It doesn’t have anything divine in particular, and in many cases it is associated with evil doings and “working with the Devil“. It’s loosely based on nature, secret and repetitive words with various vibrations or chants which are not usually understood even by the witch pronouncing them. It’s secretive, as a great part of the spell’s power consists in the mystery of the operation. It is repetitive and based on archaic words meant to produce a certain power of words to cast the spell, yet many times it is blind repetition of a given ‘recipe’, unaware of what the words mean or the process of the work. It is initiatic, which means it has to be taught or learned from another practitioner. It is practical yet it is ignorant in certain cases. It is ignorant for the fact that the mechanisms through which the effect is obtained are not known, it doesn’t use Words of Power as in the magical tradition or angelic, demonic or divine names and doesn’t know the significations of the ritual. Unlike the rather elevated goals of magic (obtaining knowledge, discovering secrets, conversation with the Divine, etc.) witchcraft is limited to simple goals (obtaining love, separating lovers, drying the grains, poisoning cattle, cursing enemies, etc).
Some clear differences are:
- Magic was/is practiced by an educated hierarchy, meaning priests or people of high ranks, cultivated people. Witchcraft is a pagan practice, meaning a practice of the of peasants (from the word paganus) which is learned by tradition and word of mouth.
- The practices differ. Magic is conscious of the processes of the practice through understanding the operation and of the elements involved. Witchcraft on the other hand is repetitive, automatic, without a full understanding of the practice.
- Magic is based on the Divine, on the planets, numbers, calculations. Witchcraft is based on nature, intuition, etc.
A detailed explanation of the difference between magic, or learned magic and witchcraft can be found in Stephen Skinner’s “Techniques of Solomonic Magic”, Golden Hoard Press, 2015, pp. 20-27. Here, the author gives detailed explanations of the differences between magic and divination, folk magic (as opposed to learned magic), astral magic and witchcraft.
5. What is LHP and RHP?
LHP and RHP are abbreviations from Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path, two opposite belief systems that cover certain esoteric subjects. These terms have been coined by Madame Blavatsky, an occultist of the 19th
century who founded Theosophy.
These terms can either represent duality or the goal of the adept. In the case of Duality, LHP represents the negative or dark currents while RHP represents the positive or luminous currents. In the case of the goals, LHP represents the evolution to the rank of a god and the separation from Divinity, while RHP represents the union with Divinity.
For more details, read the Left-Hand Path and Right-Hand Path article.
6. When did Occultism appear and what are its roots?
We do not consider it an exaggeration by saying that Occultism always existed. From a symbolic point of view, we can say there has been a “secret knowledge” ever since the dawn of time, when God created the Tree of Knowledge which initially represented a “secret” and “hidden” knowledge. Occultism was born with the first secret between two or more people, a thing that nobody can date.
7. What are the main ideas in Occultism?
One main idea in this “science” and “art” is that somewhere in this world, there are powers and things of divine nature that are hidden and which only an initiate in occult mysteries can discover and use them. It is believed that these powers can grant us the answers to all questions and can help us evolve spiritually. The direction in which we can evolve, the grade of importance, the polarity and utilization of these powers, but also the way in which they can be used are extremely diverse according to the beliefs of each current.
8. Are there women in Occultism?
Essentially Occultism does not make a difference between sexes, races, beliefs, orientation or any other distinctive criterion. Depending on the occult tradition, this case can vary. There are traditions in which the woman can not take part of the secret group, and there are others in which her presence is not only a demand, but also a fundamental element.
9. What does Occultism have to offer?
We can say that Occultism helps you first of all to know the world from a new point of view. To cite an important supporter of Occultism, Carl Gustav Jung, “illumination is not reached by visualizing the light but by exploring the darkness”. Here however we must clarify that “darkness” is not synonymous with “evil” or the diabolical part.
There are many benefits that this “science and art” can bring, such as spiritual power, evolution (unitary and complete, from a physical, psychical and spiritual point of view), knowledge and in many cases, salvation and peace of unification with Divinity.
Occultism does not sell anything, and nobody tries to convince anybody to become part of it. Occultism fascinates us or does not, it calls us or it does not.
10. Is Occultism dangerous?
Occultism in itself is not dangerous, it is neutral. It matters what man does with what he learns and what he obtains. In the same way, we can ask if religion or knowledge are dangerous, and an adequate reflection over their benefits would reveal many atrocities done by their more unstable adepts. Occultism can not harm any more than any other neutral thing, wrongly utilized. Common sense, adequate morality, love and empathy for others would be the keys of safety in occultism.
11. How can I become an Occultist?
The difference between an occultist and a dabbler is measured in years and dedication. First of all it is needed a long and intense period of study to get to know Occultism enough in order to practice it, because without practicing it you cannot call yourself an Occultist. Like a medic who studied, it is needed practice to become a medic, and the same goes in the case of the Occultist.
Traditionally it is needed an initiation done by either a Master or another Initate. This initiation consists of a ritual (symbolically, but also magically), in the preparation of the apprentice through specific exercises of spiritual, psychical and physical nature, etc, but not rare are the cases in which a solitary seeker can reach the same results through perseverance, seriousness and dedication to the chosen esoteric discipline.
1. Colored candles are part of ceremonial magic.
Colored candles started taking part in ceremonial magic only beginning with the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with the apparition of Golden Dawn and Wicca. In Renaissance magic, colors only had a purpose in planetary rituals, to associate with the planets (Marts is the red planet, thus the robes, candles, etc were red).
The colors of the protective circle and the diagrams were introduced by Mathers, but the original did not contain or mention colors. There’s only the Almadel or Enochian magic that have such practices, but these are different system, revealed (at least theoretically) by the angels as they dictated. In Satanism there is no such thing as using other colors instead of black, as the tradition never mentiones any other colors but actually puts an accent on the black color of the candles, robes and everything connected. Thus, colors, especially those of the candles, are not part of the old, classical magic and you will not find them in the classical grimoires.
2.Invocation means calling the demon in you, evocation means calling the demon outside you.
Or: “Invocation means calling the demon in friendly manner, evocation means calling him against his will.” Invocation, evocation, conjuration.. in classical magic, they all mean the same thing and the terms were interchangeable (I conjure, I summon, I invoke, I evoke, I call… etc.). Again, the conceptions that these have different significations are new are come from Mathers and Crowley.
3.Sigils/Seals are burnt in order to transmit the message to the spirit/demon.
Sigils or seals in ceremonial magic, solomonic magic, were engraved on metals, which seems hard to believe that you can burn a metal and turn it to ashes. If we look in the Lemegeton, Goetia, we observe that the spirits had different metals and planets which they governed (Kings governed the Sun and Gold, Marquises governed the Moon and their metal was Silver, etc.)
4. Circles of fire, circles of stones or invisible circles, traced with the finger, athame or something else.
These do not exist in classical magic for a very logical reason. Protection circles were not just circles, they contained certain divine names and names of the archangels to keep away the evil spirits. An imaginary circle traced with the finger or a fire circle as we often see in the pictures from the internet at weird fellows have no practical purpose in magic if we are talking about demonic invocation. It is like imagining you are protected by an energetic shield and nobody can slap your face.
The correspondences and symbolism of the tools is not necessarily wrong, especially if they help you from a psychological point of which, but they do not have a practical purpose in classical magic. It is not wrong to compare them with other concepts such as the 4 or 5 elements, the 10 sephiroth, the 7 planets, etc. but they are not necessary. First comes the practical purpose. If a vessel is necessary for the holy water, the vessel itself is not the symbol of water, it is only a vessel. The cup is only a cup in which you pour water. The altar helps you to put everything you need so it can be at hand. The staff that needs to be pushed through the circle in order to give or offer things to the spirit does not represent anything, it is just a stick that helps you not to get your hand out of the circle. These are called tools because that is what they are, tools, and they have a practical purpose, not a symbolic or magical purpose.