“Occult” means ‘hidden knowledge’ and it comes from the Latin Word Occultus. Therefore, it is impossible to determine the motives of someone – whether they are a good or bad person- simply because they have some hidden knowledge. In fact, the Christian Church might be called occultist – Jesus taught in metaphor, and his meanings are often hidden – especially with the well-known shortcomings of translation. Although the pastor of the church I attended when I was a teenager attempted to do a good job of translating the original text, a few words could take up the whole sermon. So the knowledge he had of the original meaning and text could fall under the heading “occult.” Oh, but what a loaded word – that statement may make a few people upset.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky is often called an occultist- she was a teacher of Theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.” Her writings draw on spiritual texts that are widely unavailable to us today. Her writings included more knowledge in the Victorian era than is commonly available now. She used vocabulary directly from the tradition it was drawn from; so reading her writing requires a little research and making effort into finding correct pronunciation for the vocabulary of esoteric philosophy.
You may determine for yourself whether erring on the side of mercy and the light of daring burning in your heart are qualities you would like to have in yourself. Shockingly, you may also be an occultist! (Unfortunately, this does not grant access into any secret societies. Those are a different bird altogether)