Today, November 18, 2013, is supposed to be acknowledged as “National Occult Day”.
Occult is defined as the study of what is hidden. In Latin the word, occultus means clandestine or secret. Arcane or esoteric are often used interchangeably with occult. It really has nothing to do with the paranormal, other than much of the paranormal world is hidden to us.
We don’t hear or use the word occult as much as in past times, though I do belive most people believe that it has to do with the paranormal world, telepathy, spiritualism, astrology, etc.
Why do we need a “National Occult Day”? I suppose the same reason we need National Pancake Day or National Star Gazing Day – people involved in a hobby or a group want to promote it!
There’s much on the web and in libraries to consider regarding the history of the occult; I encourage you to read up on the many differnt meanings and usages of the word and decide for yourself. I am currently reading a book dating to 1964, “Exploring the Occult” by Douglas Hunt.
I am finding in studying the paranormal and all related, that the age of books and information does not detract at all from the research!
Enjoy your day, no matter what it’s called!