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What are the differences?

Can someone tell me the differences between Neo-Pagan, New Age and the Occult if there is any?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:19 PM on May. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The three often overlap but are not the same. Occult means hidden knowledge or spiritual knowledge, it can refer to the practices of people of any religion, or no religion. It generally refers to anything not understood by mainstream society. Alchemists, Mediums, Diviners are all called occult sometimes. Neopagan is a religion that attempts to recreate ancient religions in a way that is meaningful in today's world. Wicca, Goddess Worship, Hellenistic or Celtic reconstructionists are just a few belief systems that generally fall under the term Neopagan. New Age, too, can apply to any religion if they are following the beliefs of a loosely defined group of new philosophers. New Age often refers to things like healing with crystals (etc.) & often has elements of ancient Eastern beliefs explained in quasi-scientific terms.


    Answer by nysa00 at 12:29 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Thank you very much.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:36 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • No problem, I am glad my answer made some kind of sense.

    Answer by nysa00 at 12:41 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • There are differences but at some point they all overlap. Occultist do witchcraft, So do pagans, But occultist believe in the devil, so they aren't traditional pagans. New Ages fall in between because they can have a mix of beliefs...

    Occult religions tend to be more "anti-Christian" paths but not neccessarily pagan. Alchemists are occultist. They believe in Satan and Demons and tend to work with them one on one. Alister Crowly claimed to have met over 1000 demons face to face.

    Neo-Pagan/Pagan religions/paths tend to be more "earth" related. They are mostly all polytheistic in nature and are based in the beliefs and practices of any number of ancient or pre-christian religions.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:51 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • New Age, IMO, isn't really a religious path. As much as it is someone that tries to follow an earth respecting life. They understand that the earth and all things in her are gifts. Some are Christian some are pagan and others are neither. New Age is more of a way of life than a religious path.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:51 PM on May. 24, 2009

  • Occult like Pagan has become a term that means - UnChristian... But that's not really what they orriginally meant. Or what they mean to most that walk those paths. I have done much study in to Occultist paths yet as a Pagan, I don't tend to agree with them any more than I do Christian paths or Buddist paths or Atheistic paths... In today's world there are many things being clumped under these titles. But that doesn't mean that they belong there.

    I reciently heard someone refer to a psychic as an Occultist. They really aren't. In fact many are Christian. They simply have a gift. Had they lived 2000 years ago, they would have been called prophets. But because we are all so extra awair of religious affiliations today we want to be able to classify everything as Good or Evil, and unfortunatle words like Occult, Pagan, Psychic and Witch are not in the "evil" category, whether or not they belong there.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:56 PM on May. 24, 2009

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    Answer by MamaK88 at 10:59 PM on May. 24, 2009

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