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There is perhaps no better representation for Daath, the “dark Sephiroth” of the Tree of Life than the occult. Consider for example, the latter word’s definition:

1 involving the supernatural; mystical; magical. 2 kept secret; esoteric. 3 recondite; mysterious; beyond the range of ordinary knowledge. 4 Med. not obvious on inspection. Astron. (of a concealing body much greater in size than the concealed body) hide from view by passing in front; conceal by being in front.”

Synonyms include: “magical, mystical, mystic, alchemical, unexplained, unexplainable, inexplicable, puzzling, baffling, perplexing, mystifying, mysterious, incomprehensible, inscrutable, indecipherable, impenetrable, unfathomable,transcendental, secret, supernatural, preternatural, dark, concealed, private, hidden, obscure, veiled, obscured, vague, shrouded, abstruse, shadowy, cabalistic, esoteric, arcane, archaic privy.”

And with respect to “the occult”: “the supernatural, the paranormal, the unknown, the black arts; arcana, cabala; cabalism, occultism, sorcery, witchcraft, (black) magic.” [1]

Obviously, “occult” covers a lot of ground. However, the word tends to be used as if the occult were strictly and exclusively evil, Satanic, or something to be feared. There is, in fact, no reason for real concern. One might wish to avoid “the black arts” or “black magic”, but “transcendental”, “cabalistic” [Ha Qabala], “puzzling”, or “esoteric” topics carry with them no threat, and may be more appropriately thought of as something to be sought. Even “witchcraft” -- when properly understood as Wicca -- has its appeal, and in that form is very definitely not something to be feared.

Daath, the occult and the dark Sephiroth, is in reality where a lot of the good stuff resides. It is, in our version of the Tree of Life, related to Pluto or Hades -- the latter being known as “from whence all good things come.” Here we have the means of delving into the unknown, the veiled, the hidden arenas. This is the stuff of Death and Rebirth -- as well as its ultimate personification, Reincarnation. This is where we journey, when we make our Descent into the Underworld. This is where the tools of the esoteric trade include: AstrologyNumerologyTarot (all three fundamental to the Ha Qabala and the Tree of Life), the Tao Te ChingAlchemyMagicWiccaDivinationSecrets, and of course,Conspiracies. The latter is, in fact, the truly entertaining aspect of occultism -- provided one can get past the natural anger arising from the discovery of the degree of truth in some of the reigning conspiracies! The rule is always, “Get Ye Over It.”

Daath is located on the Tree of Lifenot in the column of Severity or Mercy, but in the column of Mildness. It’s therefore about as threatening as EducationCommunicationsSynthesis, or the Heavenly bliss of Kether. It’s rather like hearing someone yell, “Bear!”, only to turn and find out it’s Winnie the Pooh arriving on the scene. [And with Winnie, comes the irrepressible, irresistible (not to mention inexplicable) Tigger.]

Daath and the occult is a key pit stop on The Fool’s Journey Just as the Chronicles of Earth are important -- one must know history, in order to avoid repeating it -- so also must one know the hidden agendas, the esoteric, the tools that shed light where too often no illumination ever appears. Instead of following Dorothy’s charge to: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”; it is indeed time to pay attention, and use whatever means necessary to fully pull back the curtain and expose whatever to the light of day. As Marcus Aurelius is reported to have said, "The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."

Once the hidden is seen, it rapidly becomes pretty ho-hum.

As for prophecies of doom and assurances that we're all going to hell in a handbasket (and worse yet, tourist class), these horrifying predictions we might take with just a bit of a grain of salt. Prophecies foretelling of our imminent demise -- or just seeing radical, fundamentalist conservatives appointed as federal judges -- these tales do not necessarily imply that the world is coming to a blisterning end. Maybe a serious case of sunburn...

But in reality... If one truly understands the interconnection among all beings and the universe, if one sees the illusionarynature of earthly existence (not to mention the outrageously funny nature of it), and if one accepts the fact that life is for the purpose of providing stand up comic material for later on... Then one can agree with Allan Hardman's assessment in his excellent article, Prophecies for a New Millennium. And from there it's all pretty much smooth sailing along the shores and shoals of varying degrees of entertainment media.

There, for example, is the story of the making of the movie, Alien, in which it was decided by the director to never show a full view of the really disgusting, evil, extraterrestrial monster which was stalking the crew of the ill-fated spaceship from Earth. The reason was because, when one showed the full view, it was obvious it was just a man in a really disgusting, evil, extraterrestrial monster costume. And thus it wasn’t scary at all.

What was scary was the fact the monster was never seen, and instead only the aftermath of its evil and disgusting doings. In truth, the really scary part was what the imaginations of the movie-going audience could conjure up in their minds. It is far easier to imagine terror, than to be afraid of reality.


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