Occultism is a collective term for numerous practices that call upon dark or diabolical powers and forces or make contact with demonic beings.

  • Superstition (e.g. belief in the use of talismans and amulets)
  • Astrology, horoscopes, zodiac signs
  • Wahrsagen, Hellsehen, Kartenlegen

What is occultism and esotericism?

Occultism can refer to many practices, all of which make use of dark or diabolical powers and forces, including contact with demonic beings. For example, there are „witch doctors“ who treat their patients with magical powers, and fortune tellers who can predict the future through the inspiration of Satan (although there are also fraudsters in this field). There are also dowsers with their pendulums, and diviners who use a rod or forked twig to find water. It is impossible that these abilities come from God, as they can be stopped by prayer. Wizards, shamans and medicine men can heal the sick with satanic help. All this can have devastating consequences, such as great mental distress. (see → Consequences)

Occult movements can be found all over the world and affect every culture.

Occult practices include:

  • Superstition (e.g. belief in the use of talismans and amulets)
  • Astrology, horoscopes, zodiac signs
  • Fortune-telling, clairvoyance, card reading
  • Witchcraft, belief in spirits
  • Spiritism, Ouija board, table lifting, astral projection
  • Satanism, blood pacts
  • Dowsing, magical healing
  • Black magic and white magic
  • Spiritism disguised in religion
People who are skilled in the use of occult powers are known as shamans, medicine men, witches, sorcerers, mediums, astrologers, gurus, yogis and healers. They contact spirits and use their dark powers.

Several thousand confessional conversations have shown me in a shocking way how much modern man clings to old customs and magical practices, despite the high level of knowledge of the natural sciences. If these magical processes were only harmless superstitions, enlightenment would not be so urgently needed. Thus, however, many people perish mentally from magic.

Dr. Kurt E. Koch

Esotericism is a „twin“ of occultism

The word esotericism has its origin in Greek and means the same as ‚occultum‘ from Latin: ’secret, hidden, turned inward‘. The Duden describes esotericism as a „borderline science“ and as „an ideological movement that aims at the self-knowledge and self-realization of man by drawing on occult, anthroposophical, metaphysical and other teachings and practices“.

The online dictionary „thefreedictionary.com“ puts it this way:
1. (a kind of) secret doctrine
2. certain religious, mystical, or philosophical rites, ideas, and customs accessible only to initiates (spiritual).

Esotericism combines occult practices, as well as healing methods, rites and thought from Far Eastern religions. Some esoteric methods have the self-salvation as a goal; also the Hindu conception and worship of the inner deity is partly conveyed. The contact with spirit beings, angels and light figures shows the spiritualistic character.

Esoterische Heilverfahren und HeilpraktikenEsoteric Healing Methods and Practices

  • Homeopathy
  • Yoga
  • Autogenic Training
  • Hypnosis
  • Transcendental Meditation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Bach Flower Remedies
  • Gemstone Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Channeling
  • Feng Shui
  • Spiritual Healing…

Esotericism has the same anti-Christian roots as occultism: it does not recognise the God of the Bible as God and claims that man can achieve „enlightenment“ and create a universe in which he rules as God.

Esotericism and occultism ultimately lead to dependency and bondage: an openness to the transpsychic, the metaphysical, the supernatural and the demonic.