I. Introductory provisions
Article 5 - Occult
Occult is a term defining a wide variety of knowledge of rituals and practices, usually associated with magic and other forms of Power and Manipulation, normally kept hidden and secret from ordinary followers. Hence, the Latin word occultus meaning literally clandestine, hidden and secret.
A major point of differentiation between a Religion and a Cult is the degree to which the core knowledge of rituals and belief is Occult versus open to members. Even if knowledge is less developed than older religions, a key sign of a Cult is a higher emphasis of Occult knowledge than open knowledge, thus promoting high levels of cretinism within the ranks of its members.
Knowledge hidden as Occult does not imply accuracy or validity. However, the practice of hiding information as Occult knowledge implies a greater value that otherwise might be attributes if such knowledge was freely available for critical analysis.
Occult literature associated with Kabbalah, Sorcery, Wicca, Wizardry, Witchcraft, especially Black Magic and Necromancy is based on trick and illusionary magic with no solid base of Occult wisdom whatsoever. However, as minds are more prone to believe tricks and illusions through theatrical display, such Occult literature is considered more powerful and credible to ignorant believers than genuine wisdom.
Once the ability to defraud and manipulate people through trick and illusionary magic is considered, most Occult texts are self-serving and contain little or no true esoteric wisdom.