Into the Weird - The Occult
Into the weird typically focuses on ideas and beliefs held solely on the fringe of the fringes. That is to say those beliefs so weird, so unbelievable or so unproven that they are relatively unknown but to a few ardent believers. Rather than focus on the occult as a whole, which would be a topic far too varied to cover in one or even a dozen hubs, this article will focus on some more obscure ideas contained in the occult, New Age and theosophic movements.
Get ready to gain insights into the otherworldly powers that secretly govern our lives and the natural world around us or at least beliefs about those things.
What is the Occult?
Occult is one of those words that means different things to different people. Throughout my life I heard this word used in hushed tones by family members and fellow church goers and came to take it to refer to anything magical/supernatural but also non-Christian. Occult is used by many people in the same way the word pagan is, to denote beliefs that are non-Christian. When a childhood friend of mine wanted me to play Magic the Gathering with him I was told that I was not even allowed to handle the cards and was pulled out of the situation. Even pretend magic was thought to be derived from real magic and was not to be trifled with.
The word occult comes from the Latin for secret and indeed the occult is always wrapped in mystery and secrecy, which is likely why the word's usage is so ambiguous. Basically occult knowledge is knowledge that concerns or pertains to magic or the supernatural. Rituals, sacrifices, rites and practices meant to invoke powers that are not divine and often times not benevolent. Not all occult rites or beliefs pertain to negative entities or energies however, for black magic to exist there must be a light (or white) magic.
The outline of the modern occult was colored in primarily in the early 20th century by people like Aleister Crowley and the earlier theosophy movement. Theosophy is the forerunner to the current New Age movement, responsible for all the rieki healing, spirit-channeling, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull type nonsense that people like me know and love (and love to make fun of).
The occult can pertain to symbols, summoning spirits or entities from other realms, spells, incantations, rites and rituals. Anything meant to summon, control or direct supernatural forces, often with the caveat that those forces are those separate from the divine.
The Indigo Moon Children?
The first fringe belief I want to talk about is the concept of a Moonchild. Originally introduced in a novel by Crowley written in 1917 the Moonchild is meant to be a very special child born under specific magical conditions after pain-staking rituals take place. In the novel, thought of by some as a thin fictionalization of real people and events, a good magician is attempting to create a Moonchild and when a black magician gets wind of this it creates an inevitable conflict over the destiny of the child.
The rituals to create a Moonchild are somewhat unclear. According to some websites on the subject blood sacrifices might be required before the birth to prepare the child to accept evil spirits and powers that will guide it toward its destiny. The novel seems to suggest a Moonchild could be used positively or negatively and that the powers inherited from being born under such magical conditions are neither good or evil.
The idea of a child born with extra-potential or paranormal abilities is certainly not limited to the fringe belief in the Moonchild but also appears in movies, television and comic books frequently. The phenomenon is reminiscent of the current Indigo Children belief that is prominent within the New Age Community alongside another phenomenon, what are called Black-Eyed Children.
Indigo children, like the Moonchild, are meant to be exceptional, though anti-social and maladjusted to society. This concept is popular especially in a generation made up of people who are both interconnected on an amazing level and yet individually feel like misfits. Add in a generation of movies made to make them believe they might secretly be the chosen one destined to save the world and you have a lot of people ripe and ready to buy into the idea of Indigo Children.
Psychic Bigfoot Contact?
Perhaps less to do with the occult and more to do with the New Age movement there is an undercurrent within the cryptozoological movement linking unknown or undiscovered animals to the paranormal and otherworldly. In my late teens while digging on the internet I discovered that there are those who claim Bigfoot is not an unclassified ape at all but instead an alien shape-shifter. The theory has its advantages, after all how does one explain just how elusive Bigfoot is without invoking the supernatural or extraterrestrial?
While some believe Sasquatch must be from another planet others believe him a higher evolved form of Earth-life, in-tune with nature and even psychic. The Contactee movement, a subset of the UFO believers, claim to have been contacted, by aliens, spirits, or alien spirits and in very rare cases contacted by Bigfoot telepathically.
As if there wasn't enough reason to doubt regular ol' Bigfoot this shape-shifting alien interdimensional element adds layer upon layer of gobbledygook to an already implausible idea. But I suppose sasquatch is mythical and nobody but Jeff Meldrum is going to get angry about your discrediting actual research into Bigfoot. But then those guys on Finding Bigfoot have taken a big enough dump on the claimed legitimacy of cryptozoology as it is so maybe there more of a threat than the Mediums in contact with apes from the great beyond.
In fact according to one man's book Bigfoot has a message for us about the dying Earth and the coming changes in 2012. Yes, that's right, 2012.
Magic in Music
Way back in the 80s and early 90s something happened known as the Satanic Panic. It was brought on primarily by the rise of heavy metal music, with bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Dio, Iron Maiden, and others. Heavy metal varied widely but many bands used pagan and yes even occult symbolism on their album covers and in their lyrics. Some Christians worked themselves into a fervor over this insisting that while many of the lyrics seemed innocuous enough there was a dark undercurrent. This ultimately lead to fears that entire genre of rock n' roll had been compromised, that the music industry was now made up of Satanists, or perhaps had been since the very first rock bands emerged onto the scene.
How else do you explain women fainting when the Beatles appeared? I mean those bowl shaped haircuts were terrible, so naturally the conclusion to come to is that Beatle-Mania was powered by Satan. Musicians everywhere had sold their souls, signed on the dotted line, and not in a corporate music metaphor way but literally had forfeited their eternal essence for the sake of record sales and a little extra charisma with the ladies.
When two Judas Priest fans committed suicide the band was blamed, the claim was made that when you played the music backward Satanic messages implanted negative thoughts. These subliminal messages were subtly planted every time the music played without the knowledge of the unwitting customer. Because obviously wise business practices involve driving large portions of your consumer base to suicide or violence.
As time went on however some on the fringes of the fringe believe that the occult symbolism and power of music has only increased. I mean how else do you explain One Direction's popularity?
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyonce are considered some of the main players not just in the music industry but in the evil occult illuminati nazi satanist takeover meant to brainwash you and your children. Not only are they selling sex, drugs, and violence but the music industry is now selling your souls to the power of darkness. According to the maker of the popular youtube videos that make up The Jay-Z Deception, the New World Order, run by occultists who worship Lucifer, is using music to send out demonic power. Music lowers your inhibitions, it has been used in almost every religion that has ever existed, and thus it is the perfect tool for spirits to have their incorporeal way with you.
It's not just music either, movies too are dealing with demonic forces in a far too nonchalant way. If it isn't bad enough that they portray Harry Potter as a hero, when clearly he is in league with dark forces, they also frequently make movies glorifying demonic possession. I can remember dire warnings given from the pulpit about children who went with their friends to see the wrong kind of movies and came back with the stench of demons all over their immortal souls.
Is your soul in danger when you indulge in the wrong kinds of entertainment or is fiction all in good fun? And what about the occult symbolism that they DON'T hide, that they put right out into the open. Does it retain its power when it is no longer secret? When the hidden knowledge becomes common knowledge do they just reinvent the rituals? Is the neighbor next door harboring a demonic spirit or a dark belief? Perhaps he's a Satanist, or perhaps he is Satan's pawn and doesn't even know it.
When you live your life wallowing in superstition and ignorance you open yourself to paranoia and fear. Suddenly any belief that isn't your own is strange, dark, wicked. Occult, pagan, voodoo, New Age, the illuminati, all of these things are merged into one tangled mess, a web of strange and often self-contradictory beliefs that makes Christianity or Islam look tame and believable by comparison. When damnation and the end of the world are around every corner it can impossible to live your life without becoming a slave to your death and your beliefs.
As I've said in previous installments that there simply is no end to the rabbit hole of strange beliefs and out-there assertions you can find on the internet and in the world at large. From alien reptoids from the 8th Dimension to the belief that Jews are originally an extraterrestrial race human beings will believe just about anything. Thanks for joining me and be sure to check out the other installments to prepare for the next journey, Into the Weird.
Links to other "Episodes" of Into the Weird
- Into the Weird: Inhuman Offspring
An overview of the recurring idea throughout history, myth and fiction of human beings procreating with non-human entities such as aliens, demons, etc.
- Into the Weird - Aliens, Orbs and Other Dimensions
In this installment, interdimensional alien orbs, faker planes, and much more!
- Into the Weird Part 7
Part 7 features links to Parts 1-6