Occultism

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This is in accordance with ritual and has the full consent of the participant.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1328968/Pagans-march–harmless-eccentrics-dangerous-cult.html

[ASND hears we’re seeing  growth in participation in such rituals  here in the U.S. too – especially  among youthWell,  good thing ,  we say – especially since those rituals are so  often misunderstood  by  bigoted, ignorant Christians .  Most Christians don’t even realize that Christianity is just revised pagan  philosophy  and  mythology  anyway.]

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Speaking of Growth…

As I strolled through the streets of Key West on a 24-hour getaway with my daughter, I noticed something that I had never witnessed in Key West before: occultism seems fully woven through the culture.

http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/prophetic-insight/15485-jezebel-occultism-and-the-end-time-war-on-the-saints#readmore

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Out of the Shadows: Wicca Grows in Austin and Beyond

http://reportingtexas.com/out-of-the-shadows-witchcraft-expands-in-austin-and-beyond/

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Witchcraft Goes Mainstream, by Brooks Alexander

http://www.apologeticsindex.org/2610-witchcraft-goes-mainstream-by-brooks-alexander

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Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-millennials-are-ditching-religion-for-witchcraft-and-astrology-2017-10-20

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Wicked within: U.S. plunges toward ‘occultism and demons’

http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/wicked-within-u-s-plunges-toward-glorifying-occultism-and-demons/print/

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Rabbi warns of resurgence of black magic, witchcraft, fortune-telling

http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/rabbi-warns-of-resurgence-of-black-magic-witchcraft-fortune-telling/print/

and…

Witchy fashion is 2017’s most exciting, subversive trend

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/07/26/witchy-fashion-2017-s-most-exciting-subversive-trend/479771001/

and…

Witchy fashion is 2017’s most exciting, subversive trend

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/07/26/witchy-fashion-2017-s-most-exciting-subversive-trend/479771001/

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A witch-themed store opens in eastern Lawrence to serve a growing pagan population

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/town_talk/2017/sep/27/a-witch-themed-store-opens-in-eastern-la/

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Speak No Evil: Witchcraft’s popularity on the rise in Hudson Valley

http://westchester.news12.com/story/36227191/speak-no-evil-witchcrafts-popularity-on-the-rise-in-hudson-valley

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The Secular Response:

Debunking the Sixth Sense

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140114092142.htm

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Psychic flees as audience discover knocks to be man in attic

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/336915/Psychic-flees-as-audience-discover-knocks-to-be-man-in-attic

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Wales ‘psychic’ guilty of tricking young women into sex acts

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/06/23/wales-psychic-guilty-tricking-young-women-into-sex-acts/

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ESP evidence fails key test of repeatability

We cannot see the future.  That’s the conclusion from a meta-analysis of [2010] studies attempting to replicate astonishing findings on ‘precognition’  – which suggested that people’s behaviour is influenced by events that haven’t yet happened.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2012/09/esp-evidence-fails-key-test-of.html

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Psychic fails to foresee €210,500 tax bill

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/1212/1224327773119.html

[ASND presumes she was just caught napping.]

[For several years.]

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The Religious Connection:

Decline in belief in God masks rise in superstition

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/decline_in_belief_in_god_masks_rise_in_superstition

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At a former funeral home in a town inextricably linked to witchcraft, secular Jew Malcolm Jarry opens a new heaquarters for his Satanic Temple, a controversial movement with up to 50,000 members worldwide

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-haunted-salem-a-jewish-church-founder-preaches-the-art-of-satanic-social-change/

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Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9730618/Mayan-apocalypse-panic-spreads-as-December-21-nears.html?religionnewsblog

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Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents blame weather on “end times”

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-usa-weather-religion-idUKBRE8BC1CX20121213?religionnewsblog&buffer_share=dec2a&utm_source=buffer

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Top 10 Doomsday predictions that didn’t come true

http://www.voxxi.com/top-doomsday-predictions-didnt-come-true/?religionnewsblog&buffer_share=7201a&utm_source=buffer

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Hypnotism:

It seems to have done the trick.“

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Hypnotist_warms_up_workers

[ASND wonders what Mr. Kerwin will say when they’re all  found   dead   from   hypothermia ,  which  none of them will even notice . ]

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One student at Collège du Sacré-Coeur was reportedly left hypnotized for five hours until Maxime Nadeau, the young hypnotist, called his mentor to the school for an emergency intervention.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/06/15/quebec-hypnosis-show-high-school.html?cmp=rss

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Henry Guasch, 19, of Mountain View, said that after crossing the coals while chanting his mantra of ‘Cool moss,’ he felt powerful.

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_21125630/san-jose-21-people-treated-burns-after-firewalk

[Why is it some people doubt Tony Robbins’ obvious   gifts ?]

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“… devotees are urged to celebrate the Sun God with ‘unabashed sexuality and promiscuity’.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336181/Pagan-prisoners-given-time-worship-Sun-God.html

[ We saw  a couple weeks ago that these kinds of  religious   ceremonies  were increasing world-wide. I say again,  praise  the  goddess ! ]

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“… she retreats into [her mom cave]… lights candles or burns incense, listens to meditation music [and] somtimes she talks to her mom, whose ashes she keeps in the room.”

[Wow,  necromancy .  That’s a  cool trick .  Sounds like  good work  when  you can get it .]

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Some people are more open to spirits than others.  Often some family members can see a pet who has passed on, while others cannot.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2043261/Animals-afterlife-The-dead-pets-touch-owners.html

[ Amen  to that.]

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Correlation w/ (or Causation by?) Liberalism:

Is Today’s Far Left ‘Possessed’?

https://stream.org/is-todays-left-possessed/

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Satanic Temple Founder Says Over Half of Members Could Be LGBTQ

http://www.christianpost.com/news/satanic-temple-founder-says-over-half-of-members-could-be-lgbtq-193065/

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Modern witchcraft combines feminism, self-help, and wellness.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/these-modern-witches-want-to-cast-a-spell-on-you

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Lana Del Rey confirms attempt to use witchcraft against Donald Trump

http://www.nme.com/news/music/lana-del-rey-used-hex-on-donald-trump-2113859

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Witchcraft: The latest in political lobbying?
Hexing elected officials appears to be trendy new tool

http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/07/witchcraft-the-latest-in-political-lobbying/

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WikiLeaks: John Podesta Invited to Bizarre Occult Ritual, ‘Spirit Cooking’

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/11/04/wikileaks-john-podesta-invited-to-bizarre-occult-ritual/

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Nancy Pelosi ‘Swears’ Spirit of Susan B. Anthony Spoke to Her in White House

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pelosi-swears-spirit-susan-b-anthony-spoke-her-white-house

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Cornish ‘white witches’ guilty of ritual sex abuse on girls

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/14/cornish-white-witches-guilty-ritual-abuse?religionnewsblog.com

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Labeled a dangerous cult by some, it has been reported that Visarion and his followers believe in [extra-terrestrial] aliens, think suicide is A-OK, and believe that the end of the World is immanent.  There are rules here that I was warned about: no cussing, no tobacco, no alcohol, no meat…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Cv5hZfOmk

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Christianity & The Occult:

The World of the Occult

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4217647/k.5B0C/The_World_of_the_Occult.htm

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The Occult Connection

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4217659/

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THE OCCULT—What does the Bible say about it?

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-occult.html

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The Occult: The Authority of the Believer Over the Powers of Darkness

http://joshmcdowellmedia.org/FreeBooks/The%20Occult.pdf

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