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The occult: Various viewpoints

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Overview:

The term "Occult" is one of those poorly defined terms (sometimes called "skunk words") which have many different, and often mutually exclusive meanings.

Unless a speaker or author clearly defines what they mean by the term, their listeners or readers are certain to be confused.

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bulletTrying to define "The Occult"?
 
bulletConservative Christian beliefs about the Occult
 
bulletOccultists' beliefs about the Occult
 
bulletOccultism in the Bible

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bulletAre all Witches alike? Public confusion over terminology
bulletThe Harry Potter books
bulletWitchcraft in the Bible

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Internet Sites about the Occult:

bulletThe most complete data base that we have found on the Occult is the most impressive "Avatar," located at: http://www.avatarsearch.com
bulletPeter-R. Koenig, "The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon" at: http://www.cyberlink.ch/~koenig
bulletA web site dealing with the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) is at: http://www.kabbalah.com/kabbalah/
bulletThe "Occult activities and Manifestations Survey" links Occultic activities with demon possession, multiple personality disorder, etc. They recommend spiritual interventions (presumably exorcisms). See: http://www.awav.net/
bulletSolandia has many pages showing the great variety of Tarot Cards that are currently available. See: http://www.aeclectic.net/
bulletM.P. Hall, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy," Philosophical Res. soc. (1994). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
bullet"Occult Arts" is an  International network service for people and groups involved in the Occult, Paganism, Witchcraft, Chaos Magick, Santeria, Asatru, Druidism, Cabala, Tantra, etc. See: http://www.occultarts.org/

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