I’m about to sound very stupid, so excuse me for a second.
When I read a lot of occult texts, I find an odd sort of terminology unique to such texts, which though I can basically glean the meaning of it, still seems strange to me.
And I feel that when I’m doing my own sort of occult writings, perhaps I sound not as sophisticated because I don’t use these odd terms.
Here are some examples:
- Praxis: I get this is basically practice. But, why don’t we just use the word practice? Is there a difference? My googling has revealed that basically praxis is theory put into practice, and practice is just the repetition of some action. But it still seems rather a fine line.
- Arte: Obviously it’s a form of the word “art”, but as above, why don’t we just use the normal word? Is there a difference? Are we just trying to sound sophisticated? Googling has not uncovered anything here unfortunately.
- Nexion: I see this peppered throughout various texts. I think it means just a gateway or portal of some kind but want to be sure I’m not missing anything.
- There may be others I haven’t thought of. Feel free to point them out.
I know this sounds silly, but I find many magickal texts rather intimidating because I have no idea why they’re writing in this odd way. E.A.'s works are at least pretty down-to-earth because they lack a lot of this flowery language.
Perhaps there’s nothing to it, and if so, I apologize. But I figured here was the safest place to ask without being ridiculed as uneducated. I need some sort of “how to speak in flowery magickal language” guide.