You know, there’s not just you. Others will see these things as being attractive, and that you approve of and subscribe to the fashion … and may actually get involved with the potential danger at a deeper level. You might end up being a party to converting someone to an occult lifestyle and putting their soul in jeopardy.
Occult things are not just fantasy. There is real (perverted and sinful) power in opening the door to the satanic. Already you’ve given a commercial for Wicca in your endorsement and have betrayed an attraction to some things. It is good (in a way) that you came here to ask your question (perhaps knowing that you’ll get a better answer at “Catholic Answers” than from the public at large re: the occult). Be sure that the question is an honest one and not surreptitiously just looking for justification from the most permissive answer you get here.
I typed this quickly with the first impression that came to my mind. It was a warning against the potential dangers inherent in messing about with the occult, and is meant in love.
I have seen the “Wizard of Oz” many times and have not been tempted to become a Wizard or a Warlock – but if I was, I hope someone would say a wise word to help straighten me out. :sad_yes:
SPIRITUAL WARFARE: THE OCCULT HAS DEMONIC INFLUENCE
Bishop Donald W. Montrose
I do believe that demonic influence is very real and that it constitutes a dangerous threat to our spiritual well-being. What is written here is, at best, a brief summary of a reality that I have no desire to spend much time exploring. My purpose is simply to give you enough knowledge to be able to at least suspect the presence of the occult so that you can avoid it completely.
In the letter to the Ephesians (1:3-10), St. Paul tells us that God chose us in Jesus Christ before the world began. We are called to be holy and without sin in his sight. God called us to be his children through Jesus Christ. In Jesus and through his Blood we have been saved and our sins forgiven. This is how generous God our Father has been with us. And He has given us the wisdom to understand this mystery, this plan He revealed to us in Christ.
We are Baptized and Confirmed Christians. In both of these sacraments we have renounced Satan, all his works, and the empty promises of the kingdom of darkness. In these Baptismal promises we profess our faith in Jesus Christ and in the Church. Now the kingdom of God is absolutely opposed to Satan’s kingdom. Salvation in Jesus Christ presupposes our rejection of the kingdom of darkness. Our life, though, is a spiritual warfare.
– Bishop Donald Montrose
Per the last line: If you are attracted to spiritual warfare - go major league and play for the
right team. To me, Bishop Montrose himself being averse to even wanting to talk about the occult overmuch is like a big red flag. Be careful. And a bit wary of the pull this store may have on you.
Admittedly the link to Bishop Montrose’s writings deal with the occult as well – but there
we can get good spiritual counsel instead of just fantasy … that might destructive. Or
even VERY destructive over time if indulging a seed of darkness turns into a metastacized cancer within us over time.
I must thank you for reminding me of this article (which may be the full text of a pamphlet Montrose put out long ago). Suddenly my blindness to attractive evils about me abates a bit, and I recognize how much sketchy stuff I’ve let into my life from time to time as “not *THAT *bad.” :ouch:
– King Arthur (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)