Occult and Esoteric Web Watch Project
Interested in Occult, Esoteric and Pagan subjects? Join our project!
What is the project about?
For a long time now Occult, Esoteric and Pagan subjects are getting an undeserved bad reputation because various shady characters misuse occult and esoteric for fraud and profit.
Religious bigots also played their part. Today in USA word 'occult' became almost a dirty word because of questionably educated religious zealots who somehow try to portray occult as being the same as Satanism. Where did that come from? When word 'occult' was first used people who used it did so with respect. It originated from Latin word occultus meaning 'hidden' or 'veiled'. Hidden forces and truths of nature was the meaning associated with it.
How did they manage to hijack the meaning of once respectable word? Because there is no one who would contradict them. A few bloggers here and there, but no organized effort.
Pagan community is not faring much better either. I suppose we all remember the famous sentence "That's not a religion." by G.W. Bush
Everyone can participate!
You can make a difference! And all it takes is just a few minutes of your time here and there. There are several ways you can help. They all come down to spreading the word and helping our communities to sift out the sites that misrepresent themselves and simply make quality information available to everyone who is interested in occult and pagan subjects..
How you can help
- Occultcenter.com already has a directory of over 20,000 website with occult, pagan, esoteric and spiritual websites. You can contribute your vote for the best websites in certain subject areas.
- Suggest new sites, blogs and pages to list.
- Become a participating blog / website / editor. Put the “Occult and Esoteric Web Watch Project” badge on your website / blog. Not every website can get this badge. This badge means that website displaying it has been reviewed and approved by the people of the occult, esoteric and pagan community and that content on it
- Suggests new ideas for the project.
- Spread the word about the project!
Why we need to do something:
Correct information on occult, esoteric and pagan subjects on the web is heavily mixed in with the propaganda of the religious biggots. Here is one example where they actually outvote other answers on yahoo:
On Yahoo answers one girl asked about Oracle prophecies:
Look at the “best answer” and judge for yourself if it has anything to do with the question in the first place. This is not on some backwater website. This is on yahoo. Now anyone new to these subjects comes there and concludes that this must be a credible information since it's on a reputable website and voted as best.
All big / mainstream sites have similar issues.
Back in the time when Britney Spears just started 'flirting' with Kabbalah it was practically impossible to search for anything Kabbalah related in any search engine without getting links to Britney's Mem He Shin tattoo. When Madonna's Kabbalah center opened it overtook all other Kabbalah related pages in all search engines.
If someone wants to find out more about Kabbalah and googles for it, is Madonna's Kaballah center or pages with pictures of Britney and her red string bracelet really the best links they can be offered?
Sadly that doesn't matter, because that is exactly the sort of content that most people want to see when they google for it and Google supplies it. Let's face it. We are the odd ones out. When most people hear the word Kaballah their first thought is the latest celebrity who is into it. Since that is what most people want, Google does the natural thing and ranks the pages that most people want to see at the top.
Most people couldn't care less about Sephiroth, Qlippoth, Daath and whatever they have to do with each other. Pictures of Britney and Madonna with their Kaballah paraphernalia is exactly what they are looking for and that is what mainstream sites give them.
At the moment when I am writing this, the Google search results for 'Kabbalah' are actually rather good. But if past is anything to go by, that will only last until the next celebrity starts getting into it.
However, try googling for ' 21 grams ' and you will get results for a movie by that name, not the experiments exploring the alleged weight of the soul.
Google ' Freya ' (ancient Norse goddess) and you get female lingerie site, video game characters and a link to Wikipedia page about Freya.
Look for 'ether' – an esoteric concept dating back to ancient Greece and at first Google instant will offer you links for ' ethernet ' and then when you indicate that it is just 'ether' you are looking for ... then you get links for the chemical compound 'ether'.
We could go on with 'Oracle' (database software comes up first, and second and third and... you get the picture.)
Pattern is obvious. Every time something mainstream touches into occult or esoteric terms they just take over on all search engines for the simple reason – most people are looking for that mainstream stuff. Not enough people cares for occult, esoteric and pagan subjects. If we, the enthusiasts don't do something about it, then no one else will.
As Einstein once said: "The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything."