What actually is Occultism and Ritual work in Art and Culture?
"We are the Hollow Men, the Stuffed Men, the folks of rags and tatters and velvet gowns. We possess nothing that isn’t lost, discarded or stolen. We are the caretakers of the dead and the thieves who steal the coins from the dead’s eyes. But not before they pay their toll, for we are nothing without the dead and that which came before.”
This little quote from the Mage World of Darkness game really stuck with me over the years. At one point it actually seemed strange that I’ve borrowed inspiration for my spirituality from a work of fiction… but that’s what I’ve got. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels this way. Grown up with no spirituality, no spiritual path or practice. Child of a spiritually bankrupt culture.
So we gather up and stitch together our practice from fragments we appropriate other cultures. We prefer dead or abandoned cultures where no one can tell us we are doing it wrong, because of course we are doing it wrong, but we’re doing it the best that we can. We’re the beggers and scavengers of culture.
We’re searching for meaning and connection we were never taught, that we may have never known until we experience a drum circle, or see an image of an Egyptian or Hindu goddess. These things resonate with us and a song starts in our heart where there was no music before. We get the words wrong, and we twist the melody, and what we think is a perversion of the original tradition. Our song is laced with heresy and blasphemy and we have the audacity to call it beautiful.
But that’s what we are, heretics and blasphemers. We’re the apostate children of a hollow culture. We reject our culture and are too tainted by it to be accepted anywhere else. So we band together and with our found and stolen pieces we bind them together as best we can. We find as much harmony as is possible for the likes of us.
— Austin Osman Spare (via occulttrainingwheels)