My grandmother’s mom lived in rural Mississippi just outside of Greenwood where some of her ancestors of Choctaw and African descent spent their lives in forced servitude. Roxanne, my grandmother’s mom was never a slave; she was the family’s first born emancipated. As such, she was afforded the opportunity to have input on her future education and after taking a liking to a mid-wife, learning the trade, Roxanne delivered her first baby at sixteen year old. Not only did she win trust and respect from everyone in her community for her skills as a mid-wife, she was soon respected as a healer.
She learned what herbs and roots are needed to make medicines to stop pain, break fevers and treat burns. By the time she was twenty one, she was regularly called upon to tend the young and elderly until one day she was labeled as a witch by a doctor who came to treat a young boy and saw, to his surprise, the boy healed and active.
In those days and in those places, a medical doctor came to his patients with no intentions to visit blacks, natives, or poor whites unless he was already enroute to treat a worthy middle class or wealthy patient. Having no emergency room treatments available, those unfortunate souls needed to care for themselves. As such, it is easy to imagine that doctor’s disappointment and surprise when he saw that his services to the boy were no longer needed. He examined the boy and told his parents that Roxanne used “Black Magic” to heal their son. They knew little if anything about Voodoo, so everything that was unexplained was labeled as such. For Roxanne, the accusation not only caused her to lose the trust of her black neighbors – good Christian folk – but she was also ostracized like Hester Prynne.
I use her sad story to explain many things, one of which the misunderstanding that limits our ability to learn and improve as human beings. I have come to discover that throughout history, various forms of knowledge – beneficial knowledge – has been censored, forbidden and misrepresented to our disadvantage. Occult science is, without doubt one of the best examples.

by Jan Luyken
Original caption: The Anabaptist martyr Anneken Hendriks tied to a ladder being hoisted toward the fire in 16th century Holland. Undated copper engraving by Tieleman Janszoon van Braght (1625-1664). BPA#2 5474 1685

Over time, many falsely accused lives were unjustly taken. The famous Salem Witch Hunts is a gory example. There are few conversations presenting the possibility that occult science is not evil or anti-Christian. As we all know, Christianity has waged wars against all sciences, not just the occult. History shows that science and literacy have always been huge threats to the “True Faith.” Considering this, I grow curious to know if the war against the occult had alternate intentions. Was the Church protecting humanity or taking from it?
When I reflect on the history of literacy and study the devastating impact that the printing press had on the Catholic Church, I cannot help but to suspect an element of foul-play by the church in its self-preservation efforts. What need would we have for the church if occult science provided a way for humanity to have a direct link to the Supreme and His angels? What if the occult science provided insights to the use of human ability that is dwarfed by the educational and religious dogma looming over us?
It seems that the patrons of the occult sciences have answers to these questions. In addition, these patrons claim that the science is not a simple monolithic study, but a multileveled disciplined, one that includes biology, chemistry and physics. Occult science supporters claim that their studies, while including traditional science, are consistent with the Puranas, Vedas, Book of the Dead, and other such ancient writings. It accepts the concept of indestructible matter and that all mater is energy having force and principles of polarity ruling over them. It supports the concept of fractals as supported in Sacred Geometry and indirectly mentioned in biblical and Apocrypha text.
Whereas traditional science relies on the Scientific Method as a means to qualify facts, occult science differs in that its patrons believe that eyes and ears without an understanding of heart and intangible forces of energy is inefficient. Let’s take the example of the way planetary energy affects us. Modern science cannot, using the scientific method, explain how a sunny day affects the masses in an emotional or psychological way, but we know that it does. Occult science relies on the understanding and agreement that the energy released by the sun influences the energy that we receive and release in a cyclical way. Traditional science cannot call this fact, but our experiences tell us otherwise.
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What is troublesome for me, when it comes to trusting science, is that results are often manipulated to fit a desired result. If we consider how often this happens, it becomes impossible us to know what science proves or doesn’t prove. Take for example the global warming issue. According to the promoted findings, the world is warming, and most of the lay people, like me, would believe as much until we, by chance, come across the mountain of evidence that contrast the global warming “facts.” If we go down that rabbit-hole, we’ll learned a few interesting things; most of which, is that the data and the way data is gathered is not accurate or consistent and is often more suggestive than fact. Not to bore the reader with details, but the data on earth temperatures cover a span of less than 140 years. It was agreed by most researchers that 1998 the earth’s temperature rose 1.12 degrees above the average. It was then believed that 2005 was higher, but there are other reports that show 2005 temperature was only 1.04 degrees higher than the average. Many hidden reports conclude that the earth’s temperature is not consistently rising.
What is more shocking is that our political leaders are well invested in the dissemination of “factual” scientific information and influencing the results of scientific study. As reported in U.K. Daily Mail, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change compiled results of a global warming study that revealed a 2007 report concluding that the earth’s average temperature had not risen in 15 years.
With all of this, one is left in limbo, not knowing what to believe. Whereas we cannot trust the information that is passed on to us in forms of general knowledge, we are pickled in that we have to head to the reported findings that influence our health and daily lives. When it comes to the occult science, ironically, there is a similar reliance on the same collection of data and conclusions. The only difference is that in occult science is a provision that allows us to experience and experiment first hand and individually. Natural Science or Occult … take your pick.

Shortly after my college days, I developed a series of questions that I would present to women I met who interested me enough to make me want to know more about them than how well they performed on the dance floor.  Not to take anything away from the dance floor.  One should not underestimate what can be discovered on the dance floor.  Neither should one understate the difficulty in the cold sales pitch needed to get a complete stranger isolated in a crowd of moving bodies.  When on those occasional times I was successful, the next challenge was to leave the dance floor with the girl, luring her away from her friends’ assuming eyes.  Finally, away from the dance floor, somewhat able to hear each other’s words over the music, I would ask at some point in the conversation what color dress she would like, if I was to buy her any dress that she’d ever want.  It was my way of asking “What is your favorite color” and not sound like a goof.   Furthermore, when I juxtaposed her answer to the clothes she wore at that time, I gained a little insight on her psyche.  This was good for me in my attempt to level the playing field.  You see, the guy already plays his hand when he asks the lady to dance.  Now, she already knows he’s in to her.  He doesn’t know, however, that she’s in to him.  Yeah she may be curious; she may even like something about him, but he never knows for sure what it is.  She could be out for a free drink – he’ll never know, so the guy has to find a way of leveling the playing field.

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At this moment in my life, I understood how to get from people information that was not necessarily volunteered.  I understood the power of symbolism.  I learned that the colors a person wore more frequently had connections to their personality, securities or insecurities.  It would be an over simplification to say that most people who often dress with bright, flamboyant colors are seeking attention or hiding their insecurities.  But there is some degree of truth to such assumptions.  Despite the amount of research in this matter, little information has been disseminated on the effects that colors have on the human psyche.  Jill Morton is an instructor for Color Matters, which is an online class with a full curriculum.  In her courses, she teaches how colors have profound effects on the human mind and behavior; additionally, she shows that colors embody messages that often sway thinking and influence emotional reactions.

To go a little further, after a day or two, I would ask a lady to make an animal symbol to represent me.   Then I would ask that she did the same for herself.  From her answer I would infer her expectations in a relationship.  If she described me as a lion and described herself as a rabbit, I inferred that she wished for a secure, somewhat aggressive, and almost imposing man in her relationship – not forceful, gentle at times but in no way a pushover, still sensitive enough to stroke her ego and enjoy intimate and meaningful moments.  In some cases, I turned, ran and never looked back.  The point is that I understood that if a pitcher is worth a thousand words, a symbol is worth a hundred more.

I use symbols in my writing, quiet a bit.  I like to play with the conspiracy theorist who find Illuminati symbolism in everything.  The truth is that if Rihanna makes a hand symbol in a music video, it will have no effect on the viewer unless the symbol’s meaning is interpreted in the way it was intended.   Cultural ideas and definitions are what makes cultural symbols work.  Remember the scene in DaVinci Code when Robert Langdon made his presentation and revealed that the priest in Spain use the same symbol as the Ku Klux Klan?  The symbols of the hooded robes had one meaning in Spain and a different almost opposite meaning in America. He did the same thing with the Poseidon’s trident when the crowd assumed it was the devil’s pitch fork.

This is not to disqualify symbolism.  Psychologists know that symbols have very effective uses that can hold complex ideas and beliefs.  In 1935, using symbolism, Carl Jung developed the Active Imagination technique to treat patients.  This technique parented others like autogenic Therapy and guided affective imagery to help treat patience.  Along with psychologists, Wiccans understand that symbols hold various transferable energies.  In Men Djinn & Angels – Awakening, there is a scene where Charles takes letters from the Angelic Alphabet to create a symbol, and using a Wiccan technique, he heals his sick aunt.  In this technique, the spell is activated when the image is burned or destroyed (with the proper type of mental, spiritual, and physical energy).

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The use of symbols by characters and in narration or plot line can be a fun way to tell a story.  I believe it also provides depth to characters and plot by giving an extra layer that could inspire higher level thinking.  When I write, I often try to convey a message as well as tell an entertaining story.  Sometimes the names of my characters are used as symbols.  This was a technique I picked up from To Kill A Mockingbird.  Nathanial Hawthorn and Edger Allen Poe were writers who influenced me to use symbolism in my writing and now I enjoy doing so.  In Men Djinn & Angels – Awakening, Talib’s name is an example of name symbolism.  The two ships that sale over the waters dividing continents are symbolic, and Charles’ trip to England with his Grandfather is symbolic as well.

With all this being said, I believe that symbols can be powerful tools.  As far as the conspiracy theories of mass hypnoses, I think there is some truth to them, however exaggerated they may be.  I often laugh about a YouTube video I saw a couple of years ago where some guy elaborately uses the “clues” from a Kanye West No Church In the Wild video to prove how Obama and Prince William will lead the US to war against Russia.  I think it is safe to say he was wrong.  But if you are a writer, I encourage you to use symbolism.  If you read many books, look for the use of symbolism and you will get much more from your reading experience.