|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2002|
|All occult rituals center around the theme of summoning supernatural power to effect a cause. The authors show some of the methods people use to access this power.|
The hallmark of occultism is spirit contact in numerous forms, be it with alleged gods, nature spirits, “luminous ones,” astral beings, “angels,” visualized deities, etc. Usually, contact with the spirits is achieved under whatever guise the person feels most comfortable with, whether personal entity (angels, astral forms), psychological phenomena (higher self, archetypes), or impersonal concept (Akashic records, energy transference) or enlightenment, etc. Initially, such contact becomes the means to power and as in shamanism, mediumism, etc., dependence on the spirits is a natural result.
All occult rituals center around the theme of summoning supernatural power to effect a cause. As one witch told us, “During rituals we raise power and send power to do whatever we wish done, whether it is good or evil.” In occult magic, proper ritual is needed in order to secure the magical intention successfully and safely. Lifelong occultist David Conway explains:
In magic ritual, every object is carefully chosen for its symbolic reality and/or effect upon the mind of the occultist. Proper objects are necessary for particular goals and proper sounds with required vibrations are expected to successfully influence the astral planes.  Absolute precision is vital unless one wishes to court disaster:
Thus, as Conway warns, “But even the cleverest and most knowledgeable magician realizes that the demons of the pit are waiting for the one false step that will deliver him to them.” 
Drugs and sex (typically perverted sex) are rampant in the occult. Conway observes in Magic: An Occult Primer:
In The Dust of Death British scholar Os Guinness also supports the correlations between drugs and spirit possession. In essence, drugs place the mind in an altered state which can open the door to the world of the occult:
Along with a number of other commentators he observes that ritualistic “Satanism is often related to heroin. A tragically high proportion of those involved in the Satan groups are also junkies.”  Psychiatrist R. Kenneth McAll reveals that “it is common for addicts, especially for those addicted to heroin and alcohol, to become involved in black magic and visa versa.” 
Conway also discusses the use of magical power in order to attain one’s goals. This is characteristically accompanied by temporary loss of sanity and spirit possession. His discussion typifies the essence of the common, if more radical, forms of occult practice (whether East or West), and so we cite this revealing if startling passage at length:
As should be obvious from the above reading, occult philosophy and practice involve another world entirely. Literally millions of people today are risking everything to seek this world and its alluring powers. Yet a mere generation ago, the occult hardly even existed in America. The question is, how did we get here from there?