Is the occult real

For the introduction

What is occultism?

The word "occultism" comes from Latin and means something like "hidden, secret". This means that we are dealing with phenomena that cannot be scientifically explained. This is an umbrella term that includes the various methods and practices, such as magic or spiritism, but also Satanism.

What do people who study the occult believe?

Occultists believe that there is an animated “spiritual” world next to our “normal” world with which they can come into contact and which they can influence.

Do Occultists Believe in God?

Certainly not to a God in the Christian sense. There are directions in occultism in which a concept of God is somehow present. There are also followers who expressly deny the existence of God. Finally, ideas of universal forces that work through everything visible and invisible are also widespread. Mostly, however, it is pointed out that man himself is or can become God.

Why do you deal with this "other world"? (1)

The occultist is interested in using and influencing these existing forces for himself and his interests or protecting himself from them.

Which occult methods are known?

The most widespread are certainly the spiritualistic (2) methods such as moving a table, moving glasses or pendulum. Here it is claimed that with the help of these techniques contact can be made with spirits of the "other world" or the deceased. There is also the conviction that one can make use of one's powers by performing certain rituals; this is then called magic.

Are there any examples of this?

Someone wants to draw the attention of his dream partner to himself and awaken his feelings of love. Or someone wants to harm their enemy. For this purpose, rituals (3) are carried out with candles, magic spells, runes or other symbolic objects.

And does it work?

Apparently yes. Wherever techniques such as pendulum or back glasses are used, it seems to work. When the glasses are turned, the glass suddenly moves as if by magic and even gives meaningful answers. These impressions are often so overwhelming that simple, scientifically well-founded (physical, psychological, etc.) explanations are not considered. Where magical rituals are held, the effect is no longer so easy to prove. The change in behavior of the occultist predominates here: only the belief in the effect changes the behavior, which can lead to unexpected results, freely according to the formula: The result corresponds to the expectations (“self-fulfilling prophecy”).

Then what is "black magic"?

In occultism, so-called “white magic” is differentiated from “black magic”, with “black” standing for destructive and ranging from harmful magic to Satanism.

What is Satanism?

Originally the term describes the belief in Satan as the opponent of God. Linked to this is the reversal of all supposedly Christian values: instead of white - black, instead of good - bad. Freely lived pleasure instead of responsibility for the other; Revenge instead of charity.

Today there are a multitude of very different forms of Satanism.
Belief in Satan as a person no longer plays a role in most of these groups. For this, the focus is on people with their striving for power and their fantasies of omnipotence, according to the motto:
"Do what you want be the whole law" (Aleister Crowley).

How are Satanists organized?

There are religious-like groups that act in secret, use ritual clothing and hold liturgical celebrations (so-called "religious satanism"). The group of supporters is likely to be larger in number, who can be found in loose networks or smaller associations and who, with the help of initially inconspicuous offers on the Internet or through publishers, spread their ideology and look for new members. In addition, there are a number of individualists who live their satanic convictions and, for example, present themselves accordingly on the Internet. Finally, the occult-magical practices among young people should be mentioned ("syncretistic youth satanism").

Are Gothic Followers Satanists?

No. Gothic is a youth culture that places the dark and depressive attitude towards life at the center of life and deals with death, the afterlife, darkness and other topics, some of which are socially taboo. However, there are also points of contact between the Gothic scene and Satanism in the (black) outfit and the preoccupation with these ideas.

... and what do you think of vampirism?

Vampirism has recently become fashionable among teenagers. The youthful "vampires" read scriptures that are typically attributed to Satanism. Vampirism is always problematic in terms of health (AIDS, hepatitis) and psychological problems if, for example, you inflict bite wounds on each other or drink blood. As with other occult-magical practices that are widespread among young people, vampirism also often represents a form of escape from reality; one suffers from being helpless and impotent in everyday life.

How is Satanism to be assessed among young people?

Here, too, the range is very wide. The young people mostly try out what they think they know about Satanism. A spiritualistic session in the form of a "black mass" can serve as an introduction, in which contact with Satan is apparently established. Further occupation with the topic takes place in groups of peers as well as in groups under the guidance of adults. In both cases, dependencies can develop through corresponding power structures. These can lead to psychological problems and conflicts and result in both physical assault and other criminal offenses.

Then how do you recognize the Satanist?

At first glance, not at all! A reliable statement can only be made if the person concerned reveals his affiliation to Satanism and his value system through his actions or his confession. Both the appearance (if any: black clothing, white make-up) and the use of relevant symbols (inverted cross, pentagram, Satan's greeting, etc.) are not sufficient evidence of belonging to Satanism.

What role do drugs and sexuality play in Satanism?

Experience reports show that there is a more permissive approach to drugs and sexuality in the scene. Both drugs of all kinds and sexuality are used to break down conventional values ​​and inhibitions. This happens with the alleged goal of gaining new, more comprehensive experiences and knowledge (so-called sex magic). It is not uncommon for the limits to sexual self-determination to be violated and criminal offenses to be committed.

Why is Satanism receiving so much attention today?

Satanistic thinking, with its fixation on the self as the measure of all things, seems to fit our economy and society. Elbow thinking, egoism and the fight by all means are stylistic elements that we find again in Satanism. Therefore Satanists see their ideology as the more honest answer to the real social structures.