Frequently Asked Questions

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About us

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 page.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Common misconceptions

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.

5. Christianity is against magic.
Well, this is actually a confusion in the Church because if we look at the Bible stories and even at Christian ceremonies, we see a lot of magic happening in the name of God. One episode pops into my head right now, when Moses fights the Pharaoh’s priests with nothing else than… magic! Solomon, the wise King, used a magical ring to bind demons to build the Temple. Also, if we think of Jesus’ miracles we can easily assume they are magical acts. But now, getting to the present, if we look closely at what priests are doing every day in every church, we can see nothing more than magical acts. Baptism is a magical ritual. The Eucharist is a magical ritual.

6. Animal Sacrifice is a satanic ritual.
Animal sacrifice nowadays is mostly a Christian, Jewish and Islamic tradition. There is the Christian custom of sacrificing a pig on Christmas or a lamb on Easter. Also, the Bible is full of accounts where God asks for animal sacrifice. As for Jews and Muslims, you can search for Kapparos and Dhabihah. As for Satanists, yes, there are Satanists that do animal sacrifice once a year, but there are very, very few who do this, and there is a specific law against animal sacrifice stated in Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible that states that you should not kill animals unless you are attacked or as a source of food. For more information, see the article Animal Sacrifice.

7. Demons are not evil.
This is a modern conception of Satanists and Demonolaters who are trying to invert the common tradition of Christianity, and say that demons and Satan are not evil, but God and his angels are. Satanists in the past acknowledged the fact that Satan and demons were evil, but since the so-called “dark fluff” appeared with the rise of the internet, this has become a very common statement. In fact, the truth is quite different, from both a historical and spiritual/practical point of view. Demons are neither good nor bad, nor are angels. Both categories of spirits can be dangerous and harmful, as they are superior beings, and have the ability to exercise their power in our disadvantage as humans. For more information, see the article Brief introduction to Demons.

8. Wicca is an ancient religion.
The fact that Wicca incorporates ideas that can be found in antiquity doesn’t make it ancient. This romantic idea of practicing an ancient form of magic/witchcraft can be appealing to many of us, but the truth must always come first. There are many new religions which incorporate ancient ideas and practices, but they are different from those of the past in many ways. Everyone wishes that his religion to be the right religion, the original religion, but everyone, absolutely everyone is mistaken from this point of view. There is no original religion. There is only a continuity of some religious ideas and beliefs.

Mircea Eliade tells us about this fact in his book “Shamanism. Archaic techniques of Ecstasy”, that: „As can never be sufficiently emphasized, nowhere in the world or in history will a perfectly „pure” and „primordial” religious phenomenon be found. The paleoethnological and pre-historic documents at our disposition go back no further than the Paleolithic; and nothing justifies the supposition that, during the hundreds of thousands of years that preceded the earliest Stone Age, humanity did not have a religious life as intense and as various as in the succeeding period. It is almost certain that at least a part of prelithic humanity’s magico-religious beliefs were preserved in later religious conceptions and mythologies. But it is also highly probable that this spiritual heritage from the prelithic period underwent continual changes as a result of the numerous cultural contacts among pre- and protohistorical peoples. Thus, NOWHERE IN THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS DO WE ENCOUNTER „PRIMORDIAL” PHENOMENA; for history has been everywhere, changing, recasting, enriching, or impoverishing religious concepts, mythological creations, rites, techniques of ecstasy. Obviously, every religion that, after long processes of inner transformation, finally develops into an autonomous structure presents a „form” that is its own and that is accepted as such in the later history of humanity. But no religion is completely „new”, no religious message completely abolishes the past. Rather, there is a recasting, a renewal, a revalorization, an integration of the elements – the most essential elements! – of an immemorial religious tradition.”

Wicca, as created by Gerald Gardner in the 40’s/50’s, is a neo-pagan religion based in most part on Margaret Murray’s book, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe and Charles Godfrey Leland’s book “Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches“. Murray’s book was an unexpected success, and from Eliade and other historians’ opinions, an undeserved success, because it was full of errors. Leland’s theories contributed to the birth of Wicca and Stragheria. Both Wicca developed by Gerald Gardner as well as Stregheria of Raven Grimassi were and are still vehemently contested by historians as well as practitioners. The Italians even deny the existence of a tradition called Stregheria. But as we well know, an attractive best-seller is easier to procure and “study” than academic material. A good example is “the wiches chant” or Eko Eko Azarak, published by Gerald Gardner in Gardnerian Book of Shadows. Although not based on anything precise other than the initial publication in the book The Black Arts (1921) which also didn’t mention the source, this “chant” was copied, modified and excessively promoted. We find it in numerous books as well as the lyrics of rock or metal bands such as Coven (in the track Satanic Mass) and Theatres des Vampires (in the track The Coven). To the present day, the count of variations has been lost.

For more information, see the article Medieval Witchcraft.

9. Drugs can help you in magic.
We all know about the use of substances in spiritual context, beginning from the shamans, going to the medieval/renaissance witches and ending up with Aleister Crowley. It is true that drugs can help you disconnect from reality, and that is exactly the problem. In magic we need real experiences, not fabrications of our intoxicated mind. Otherwise, every junkie can have a spiritual awakening and become a mystic in the nightclub. But reality is different, and spiritual experiences must be understood correctly.

Weed (and not only) has been utilized in rituals for thousands of years, Egyptian priests using it frequently. O.N.A.’s Black Book of Satan contains a ritual called The Ceremony of Recalling (with sacrificial conclusion) in which the Priestess prepares cakes made from wheat, water, egg, honey, animal fat and marijuana. This particular drug could be the only drug appropriate for rituals, as it is not a hallucinogenic drug, but a psychoactive drug that does not affect the perception of reality, on the contrary, it amplifies your senses.

However, using other drugs can give the exact result. In Compendium Maleficarum, Guazzo tells us that the witches used an ointment of putrid ingredients and that they were carried away on a cowl-staff, or a broom, or a reed, a cleft stick or a distaff, or even a shovel. Other sources suggest that this ointment was hallucinogenic, giving them the impression that they were flying when they actually didn’t leave the room. An example is given by Richard Cavendish, speaking of the writing Golden Ass of Apuleius (125 BC – 180 BC) where it writes that a witch anoints her body with this ointment and recites a spell to transform into a bird. It is known from the 15th century that this ointment caused hallucination. John Nider writes in Formicarius about a woman who tested the ointment in the presence of witnesses. This caused her a deep sleep. When she woke up, she told them she was with Venus and Diana, but the witnesses declared she never left the room. The recipes usually included aconite and belladonna, baby’s fat and bat’s blood to aid nocturnal flight. Petru Culianu gives us further examples, such as Datura stramonium, Hyoscyamus niger, Atropa belladonna, aconite, Solanum nigrum, Physalis somnifera, Helleborus niger or Cannabis indica, used separately or in combination. Of these powerful narcotics, the most used where those of the Datura, also known as the Witches Weed.

Drugs in ritual practice are NOT a good idea especially if the person is not used to the drug and doesn’t know how to control it. This would have an opposite effect. In other words, the practitioner would lose focus, will become agitated, will have symptoms of nausea etc. All of this will have the contrary effect of controlling  yourself and being aware of your surroundings. As for practicing solomonic magic under the influence of drugs, I really doubt that someone under the influence will be able to control the demon, the ritual or himself.



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