Do you believe in ghosts? Ever had a supernatural experience or seen something resembling a ghost? If so, in some cultures you would be classified as part of an occult. From many ancient cultures that practiced supernatural or mystical ways to a child playing with an ouija board. Occult is best described as secret knowledge and practices dealing with the supernatural or "knowledge of the hidden". In medical terms it refers to symptoms of diseases that are hidden such as occult bleeding. Many people still perform occult practices today. What most people need to understand is that the term "occult" and "cult" are two different things, even though some cults do have occult practices. Many things are designated as occult today, but people are still afraid of it. I myself used to think it only involved satanism, necromancy, and neo-paganism. While it does include these subjects, many other practices are considered occult, such as alchemy, lucid dreams, and magic.
Alchemy is combination of many things such as chemistry, metallurgy, physics, medicine, astrology, and nature. One of the correct definitions for alchemy is “any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value." An old man comes to mind, in a dark room behind an old wooden table with bottles and books scattered across it, rapidly trying to find a way to turn his worthless items into valuable gold. Alchemy can be traced back at least 2500 years. Many ancient cultures and
some that are still around have practiced it. One of the most famous individuals to practice this “occult practice” is Isaac Newton. He had other studies considered occult but we will focus on alchemy for the time being. This brilliant man had a deep interest in natural science and material theory. In 1919 a process called artificial disintegration, was used to convert nitrogen to oxygen. Now this process is performed with massive machines called particle...
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