In the last few months I have discovered that my mother doesn’t know what hermeticism is, doesn’t know what sigils are, has never heard of Aleister Crowley, doesn’t know anything about Egyptian mythology (and seemed to think it was devised after the time of Christ… O.o). However, she has heard of the golden dawn (though I don’t think she knows anything about them beyond that they where an occult order - I don’t think she knows it is still existent). And, she knows a little bit about kabalah (or so she says).
She is usually really open minded with anything supernatural/mystical but if we talk about any of this stuff (she knows I study the occult) she always seems overly skeptical and uninterested. Says she follows the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy now (which I must say has A LOT of similarities to various occult beliefs) and that all that astral stuff and other entities are a distraction - all part of the illusion. Well sure, if you do believe that everything that is not the pure god essence is in the mind/illusion - it doesn’t make other entities any less real within their realm of existence, even if they are an illusion overall we are in the illusion too, so we are both illusions - does that make us any less existent? I can get the ‘everything is illusion and we must overcome it to reach enlightenment’ thing (i believe it myself on a similar level - it definitely appears throughout occult philosophies) but when I tell her about other entities (angels, demons, elementals, egregores, you name it) she seems to think they don’t exist at all and uses the whole illusion thing as the reason. But that’s not the same thing!
Also she contradicts herself as she claims to have seen a demon-like spirit that had been summoned by some amateur satanists (sounded like they didn’t know how to banish it). She has also known spirit mediums and such that channel entities to talk through them.
She also more or less thought sigils (sigils for a specific intent, not spirit’s sigils… I didn’t even go there) were a load of poppycock. I explained the theory behind them briefly. She said that the sigil would only affect the mind of the person who believed it would work. I said - what about external influences? Angels, demons, god-forms etc involved (if it’s that type of Sigil)? What about the universal mind theory - that out unconscious minds are all connected somehow? What about the belief that our unconscious mind is a gateway to the astral and mental planes where every human being has access through their unconscious? (I could have gone on for hours giving all the reasons and theories, but I didn’t)
…she changed the subject.
Anyway, all said and done, it’s really not that bad. Mildly frustrating, sure - but at least she’s not a fundamental Christian who thinks I’m worshiping the devil :)