As if I didn’t have enough things to write about, I’ve started gathering inspiration for my blog posts from Quora questions about the occult. Because when I get asked even simple questions about the occult, it usually prompts a really long-winded, poetic kind of essay from me that the asker was not prepared for and did not want to hear. That’s a perfectly good essay, that went to waste. So, in an effort to make the time I spend writing these soliloqies more productive, I’m just going to start throwing them onto my blog just incase other people have the same question and might be too afraid to ask. But, on to our question.
The actual question was:
Is reading about the occult dangerous, even if I’m only reading and not practicing?
The occult is often portrayed as some spooky, extremely dangerous topic. However, the actual definition of the word occult is “hidden”. An apparently updated dictionary definition is: “to shut off from view or exposure.” This is an appropriate word for it: as it’s describing a layer of existence that overlaps our own, yet is “hidden” from view. It’s as if these things are at another frequency and because we are on another one, we often don’t see or “tune into” it, like a radio station.
With that being said, reading about the occult is not any more dangerous than is not reading about it: since this layer of existence is there, impacting us physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, psychically: whether society chooses to acknowledge it or not. As with laws of nature, not being aware of the “unseen” doesn’t make you immune to the effects of it. If you are not aware of the law of gravity and you jump from a cliff, you will still be severely injured, regardless of whether you believe in the law of gravity or you do not. Learning about the law of gravity can’t hurt you: It’s not knowing about the law of gravity that is going to be the most dangerous. That was you can at least be informed about which places are safe to jump from and which are likely to break your face.
The same is true of the occult. NOT knowing about the occult is far more dangerous than knowing about it. If you’re not aware of how to utilize your intuition (or psychic senses) you might miss out on dire warnings from your guides and be put in harms way or killed. If you’re not aware of how the chakra system works, and how it impacts your physical, mental and emotional health, you can get very sick, have chronic illnesses and emotional issues. If you don’t know how to protect yourself from things such as psychic attacks, accidental (or intentional) curses from others, thoughtforms that might be working against your benefit, etc. all of those can wreak havoc on your life and you won’t even know it. Those who don’t know about the occult often chalk it up to bad luck, ill health, a physical disorder, etc. when the problem might very well be psychic or energetic.
So, the thing is, when you do start studying the occult and you become aware of the mechanics of the unseen, and how this layer of existence operates within our own reality, (both positively and negatively), it becomes necessary to apply that knowledge in away that you’re protected from the negative influences, and increase the positive influences. It’s very difficult to read about metaphysics or the occult, understand it and believe it to be true, without ever applying it or doing something that is considered occult in some way, even if it is benevolent. Practicing some of these protection methods or utilizing these methods aren’t necessarily dangerous either, and won’t “open you up” to any “evil” external influences. It can’t really hurt to learn grounding, meditation, visualization or utilize reiki.
As I’m writing this I had a couple examples pop into my mind of times that simply reading about the occult CAN be harmful. There *are* authors (usually on the darker end of the magickal spectrum, but not always) who do try to manipulate the reader, and this is something to be wary of. (Then again, in the mundane world so do lawyers, virtually every salesmen that you will ever run into, marketing, the media, etc. etc. so it’s nothing you don’t really deal with on a day-to-day basis. Even more of a reason to have an understanding of the occult.) Some books are magickally charged or function in ways a talisman would, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes not. Magickally charged sigils are used in art work (which could be benevolent and sometimes not.) Some rituals are written to leech off of another practitioners energy.
Those are all things to be wary of. However, the authors that do try and do this, you’ll usually get a sense that something is wrong. It can be best avoided when using common sense, as well as your intuition. If you *do* have an occult practice, it’s easier to avoid traps like this since you can easily ask your guides, or a trusted deity how reliable the information is. This further evidences my point about, reading about the occult almost prompts practice in the occult to protect yourself from things.
If you have reservations about practicing witchcraft or doing anything of an occult nature due to your religion being Christianity or one of the other Abrahamic religions, I would recommend against reading about it unless you are not opposed to it in practice. You don’t want to start studying and by having read it and understood it, committed a transgression. The things that you learn through studying the occult cannot be unlearned or easily denied, so it’s not something that can or should be taken up passively. Granted, there are a wealth of people who read a lot yet, put nothing into practice: because they don’t genuinely believe it but enjoy allure of being called an occultist, or portraying a certain image of themselves to other people. Which is, a guise easily seen through and frowned upon by the dedicated occultists and practitioners. Don’t do that, that’s lame.