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Occult Symbols, Imagery, and Terminology
A few terms related to the occult that we have used on this website.
I am just recommending that people take time to learn the terms and their meanings so that you are able to recognize the devils attempts to deceive you into believing these are acts of God. False prophets, many believed to be actual witches, are teaching these things with a twist of biblical Scripture to confuse people into believing this is part of Christianity. None of these things are part of true Christianity.
Alchemy is a precursor of modern science, which incorporated such disciplines as astrology, and mysticism in studying metals and how to transmute them into gold. Alchemists believed that understanding the secret of gold's immutability might provide the key to ward off disease and organic decay. [definitions.uslegal.com/a/alchemy/]
Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners mainly sought to turn lead into gold, a quest that has captured the imaginations of people for thousands of years. However, the goals of alchemy went far beyond simply creating some golden nuggets.
Alchemy was rooted in a complex spiritual worldview in which everything around us contains a sort of universal spirit, and metals were believed not only to be alive but also to grow inside the Earth. When a base, or common, metal such as lead was found, it was thought to simply be a spiritually and physically immature form of higher metals such as gold. To the alchemists, metals were not the unique substances that populate the Periodic Table, but instead the same thing in different stages of development or refinement on their way to spiritual perfection.
As James Randi notes in his "Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural,"
"Beginning about the year 100 and reaching its flower in medieval times, alchemy was an art based partly upon experimentation and partly upon magic. Early investigators of natural processes centered their search on a mythical substance they knew as philosopher's stone, which was supposed to possess many valuable attributes such as the power to heal, to prolong life, and to change base metals into precious metal — such as gold." (This "philosopher's stone" was not a literal stone but instead a wax, liquid, or powder that held magical powers.) Continue reading this article at www.livescience.com/39314-alchemy.html
→ the practice of professedly entering a meditative or trancelike state in order to convey messages from a spiritual guide.
Cult or OCcult
See our page Cult or the OCcult? What is the difference?
Druid or Druidism
→ A member of an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain who appear in Welsh and Irish legend as prophets and sorcerers. [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.]
→ The doctrines and practices of an order of Celtic priests in ancient Britain, Gaul, and Ireland. [Ologies and -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc.]
→ The system of religion and philosophy taught by the Druids and their rites and ceremonies. [Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.]
→ Type of: heathenism, pagan religion, paganism, any of various religions other than Christianity or Judaism or Islamism. [www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/druidism]
→ Druidism can be used synonymously with the phrases Celtic religion and Celtic magic. In order to enter into this magico-religious system, a familiarity with mythology is necessary.
The Druids and filídh were known for their divination and mysticism. These took many forms, such as the learning and verse forms for composing blessings and curses,and the memorization of old hymns, chants and incantations. [www.llewellyn.com]
1. the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
2. the formula employed; a spell or charm.
3. magical ceremonies.
4. magic; sorcery.
5. repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation: Her prose too often resorts to incantation.
→ a Hindu practice.
→ the vital force lying dormant within one until activated by the practice of yoga, which leads one toward spiritual power and eventual salvation. [dictionary.com]
→ the raising or rising of a body in air by supernatural means. [dictionary.com]
→ rising of a human body off the ground, in apparent defiance of the law of gravity. The term designates such alleged occurrences in the lives of saints and of spiritualist mediums, generally during a seance; levitation of furniture and other objects during a seance has also been reported. Levitation of witches and other figures of folklore is called transvection and is said to involve the rubbing of "flying ointment" on their bodies before flying to the sabbath (see witches' sabbath). The levitation of saints is usually directly upward, whereas that of witches has the dynamic purpose of transportation. Theologians long debated whether transvection was illusion or fact; levitation, however, has been subject to less controversy, though its practice has often been discouraged. Encyclopedia Britannica.com, 2008