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Can anyone account for the current popularity of the occult?

I mean, wheras before, ‘magic’ and the supernatural were a sort of clandestine affair now they’re on t.v. on a daily basis. I’m not saying this is wrong or anything, but 20 years ago we never had the interest we do now. Why the meteroric rise in popularity?

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djdundalk
djdundalk
10 years ago

People aren’t getting spiritual satisfaction from mainstream religion and are looking elsewhere. The reason for this is that we have more time than our ancestors had. Modern technology has done that for us and we are actually starting to stop and reflect upon things and even question things that were once accepted without question.

As_It_Is
As_It_Is
10 years ago

Very simple… People investicate the truth and realise mainstream relgious has a history of sick and perverted abuse ie http://members.lycos.co.uk/witchen/torchermethods.html http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23369148-details/Pope+'led+cover-up+of+child+abuse+by+priests'/article.do http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/magdalen.html http://www.netreach.net/~steed/magdalen.html and islam http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2004/october/izadi_161004.shtml http://www.apostatesofislam.com/media/stoning.htm Mainsteam relgion also is vert sexist and homphobic and all loonely about lovely affection outide a baby making marriage http://www.iranliberty.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=18&Itemid=63 http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/saudi/briefing/4.html http://www.rawa.org/honorkilling.htm http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=396745&in_page_id=1770 http://www.thewildgeese.com/pages/magdalen.html etc. Then they find out that they were lied to about witches etc. that they are not all animal sacrificing devel worshipers as many are veges, love aimals, have no concept of the deveil and are all nice caring lovable hippy types even the ones into the heavey meal… Read more »

vikinggodofthunder
vikinggodofthunder
10 years ago

The major religions are just as popular as they ever where but, more younger people are being disillusioned by the inconstancy’s in them. The occultist get a single strait forward answers to the questions they have in life. I myself am a heathen because I found to many falsehoods in the Faith of my parents.

ColorfuLady
ColorfuLady
10 years ago

I don’t believe there is a rise in the popularity of the occult – there is just merely more means of dessiminating information (i.e., more TV channels than 20 years ago, the internet, etc.).

There has indeed been more studies and discoveries over the past 2 decades to make us raise our eyebrows and go “hmmmm???” about things.

Lupa
Lupa
10 years ago

Paganism is becoming more mainstream, largely due to the efforts of those pagans who have been trying to get widespread acceptance through good P.R. Therefore the image of paganism and the occult has become more friendly to the masses, who generally need things to be watered down adn easy to digest. This is why you have an explosion of Wicca 101 books with non-scary content and easy to read language, rather than a mainstream embracing of Aleister Crowley with his deeper topics and more difficult reading style.

ED  SNOW
ED SNOW
10 years ago

A large percentage of Women/girls appear to have adopted Neo-Paganism and its related activities. I do not see a large role available to woman within conventional belief systems, and the concept of new-age belief systems having equality, no book of Truth and no `Big Fish` driving Cadillacs, no doubt encourages individual freedoms. Without doubt new-age beliefs empower those of a superstitious persuasion.

buzz
buzz
10 years ago

Its always been around. Its just gotten to the point that people are becoming more comfortable about discussing, and laying claim to it. I don’t think to many are worried about being burned at the stake anymore.

queenbee
queenbee
10 years ago

The reason many pagans and occultists are more visible is that we now have laws to protect our right to express our religious beliefs. There is still a long way to go, people are still dismissive of paganism as a religion but it is much better than it used to be. Also those who pioneered the New Age movement have now passed their values on to the next generations, spreading the ideas and conventions of paganism much wider. In our more secular society, many people are dissatisfied with established religion and seek a more individual spiritual path. Interestingly enough, this… Read more »

funnelweb
funnelweb
10 years ago

A lot of things that were taboo have become acceptable, the occult is just one of them. When a thing that was taboo becomes acceptable, people who are involved in those things start to come out into the open, tv has reflected this.

ccourtne_99
ccourtne_99
10 years ago

The occult has always had a following. You may just now becoming aware of it. It seems that there is a rising of the occult due to t.v. shows and what not, but it has always been around.

StormyC
StormyC
10 years ago

Just speaking for myself, I got tired of always doing the “right, Christian” thing and then being screwed over royally by the person (who was always a Christian). I couldn’t see surrendering to a religion that called for me to be a door mat. The meaning of life couldn’t possibly be to take lots of abuse and be used until there is nothing left so you die. So I searched elsewhere and found a different religion.

mince42
mince42
10 years ago

Some thoughts… 1. Don’t underestimate the power of advertising and marketing. In part it probably has nothing to do with the content of the Occult. ‘It is there, let us sell it.’ being the dictum. 2. You could go sociological and talk about the loss of religion in the west and the need for an ‘alternative’ means of accessing spiritual experiences/ doing interpersonal magic etc. 3. I find the occult is a good thinking tool. Most of the material is (for me) nearly incomprehensible. Try Crowley. It ends up becoming a template for whatever you want. The first lesson in… Read more »

Sal D
Sal D
10 years ago

It’s a novelty for most. For people who have been associated with it a long time, like myself, it’s no big deal really. It’s just another way of doing things and to look at things.

Arlene G
Arlene G
10 years ago

I think one of the big reasons is that people today want choices. They want choices on the McD’s value meal and they want choices on what religion they want to be.

funny_smartlovely
funny_smartlovely
10 years ago

theyve always been around theres just not somuch stigma attached to them nowadays so its safer to admit your into wicca or whatever where as before youd be burned at the stake if they thought you were a witch never mind if you were one or not. and also the choice of more channels on the tv. producers have to find new things tomake to get people to watch them

singlecell_amoeba
singlecell_amoeba
10 years ago

It’s easier than learning about science and mathematics.

Jan Stolz
Jan Stolz
10 years ago

Boredom. And wishing for something better. Unfortunately for these believers, its all baloney. Its no more real now than it was 100 years ago. In fact, most are exceptional bunko artists (like Sylivia Browne)

gurlu
gurlu
10 years ago

They have always been very popular. Just think about the Middle Ages!

plato
plato
10 years ago

When people turn away from the truth, they look for something to satisfy their spiritual side-the occult has to do with that.

idler22
idler22
10 years ago

Perhaps it can be linked to dissatisfaction with established religions and the rise of ‘New Age’ philosophies.

People feel empowered by something they can learn about and practise without the mediation of authority figures.

Ideas derived from ‘magic’ have informed the work of many thinkers in Great Britain, most notably Sir Isaac Newton.

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