You’re probably familiar with the word occultism by now. Do you think its evil or dark? Does the word bring to mind horrible or frightening thought when uttered? Nowadays ,the word “occult” is considered sacred and should only be talked about in hushed tones. This is due to the misconception that has been planted and left to grow over the ages. It is often attached to Satan worship, but that is rarely the case. As opposed to the above widely spread misconception, it will be surmising to know that occultism is rather the knowledge of the hidden or paranormal. It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, along with the teachings and practices taught by them.

It involves the use of symbols and objects. It can involve subjects such as magic, astrology, spiritualism, extrasensory perceptions, and numerology. Also related to these two are strong religious elements, and     many occultists profess adherence to religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Satanism among others. Moreover, the word or term “the occult “ is somewhat generic, it is generally associated with secret knowledge, and practices dealing with the supernatural or “psychic” phenomena, often for the purpose of obtaining personal power

In tracking the history of supernatural and mystical religions, researchers explore how occult spirituality traveled from the late-ancient world through Renaissance Europe to find an unlikely but fateful home in the American colonies. By the late seventeenth century, colonies had developed a reputation for religious tolerance, as European mystics were reeling from the after-effects of the Thirty Years’ War and a general backlash against the liberal spirituality of the Elizabethan age. Once on American soil, influences from Freemasonry, Renaissance occultism, and Christian mysticism formed the wave of alternative spirituality that eventually swept the nation and the world. Esoteric figures, symbols, and ideas also placed a real and long-range impact on the society’s culture and politics.

These symbols are now being widely used by top celebrities and influential persons, as it has now become the order of the day in the entertainment industry. Chances are, your favorite pop artist belongs to or identifies with one or more occult organization, and you just haven’t looked closely enough. The use of these esoteric symbols can date as far as renaissance era, as man continues his relentless quest to search for answers to life’s challenges or to search for riches, power or to attain a level of divination. This practice resulted in the use of symbols which are in most cases related to astrology, ancient deity or even nature as tools used to unveil certain mysteries that was once shared by members of the various fraternities.

These symbols are believed to contain hidden mysteries as they were used as a means of communication between members. In our present-day society, the use of this symbol is still a common practice; they are pretty much everywhere; they are seen in tattoos, in artworks, merchandise, company logos, worship places to mention but a few. These occultic symbols are for mere identification which can be better seen as a way of pledging allegiance to the certain fraternity, with each symbol having one or more meaning.

The Pentagram is a well known occult symbol, used extensively in black magic. When used in black magic, the pentagram is called the “footprint of the devil.” The star with two points upwards is also called the “Goat of Mendes” because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head. It is the most used of all occult symbols and is considered to be the most potent means of conjuring benevolent spirits. The circle is believed to enhance the powers of a particular symbol it is usually added to the pentagram. The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having two points of varying lengths.

The pentagram is just one amongst many other sacred symbols; other well-known occult symbols are; Black Sun, All-Seeing Eye, Alchemy, Ankh, Sacred Bull, Caduceus, Circumpunct, the Cross of Christians, Celtic Cross, Eye Of Horus and lots more.

Today many people are dabbling and engaging in all sorts of occult practices for various reasons, while this symbols could be considered cool and harmless in today’s world, there is a need to have a good understanding and  knowledge of what these symbols represent, as they could incite violence and chaos when misused or misunderstood.

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