This sounds a bit like an oxymoron (given that it most literal cognate is popular, well-known, hidden knowledge) but it seems to me that, in studying the occult starting with less-known theories and so forth, it seems to be that certain topics are better understood than others.
- Ouija boards
- A literal belief in Satan, Lucifer or the Devil as described in the Bible
- Spirit (demon) procession
- Guardian Angels
- Potions and Kitchen witchery (often negative connotations)
- Wands (Harry Potter)
- Mystic powers (Yoga-based most common)
- Poppets (Voodoo dolls)
70%-80% of the time many of the people who know about occult knowledge are god-obeyers who want to think their world is more fantastical than the reality they have imprinted themselves in. This is not to say that Ouija is rubbish, rather the techniques of popular Ouija communication are very limiting and specific in ways that don’t help anyone attempting to use them. In other words, since people are conditioned to believe in ghosts or Satan being the only beings to talk through the boards, and often are taught this in a Christian context, they believe subconsciously that only harm can come from this “dabbling”.
Personally even though I don’t reject Ouija boards or the possibility of certain spirits existing (in theory, all spirits plausible can and do exist, even if only mentally), I get really sick of pop-occult stuff because it’s dosent feel like the real, honest thing. Especially when presented in an American pseudo-Christian perspective or a watered-down Wicca cult practice. (Christianity and Wicca themselves aren’t terrible religions, however the former lies to make deciples afraid and the latter is based on all-light-Goddess faith that, although isn’t dogmatic, is very narrowing in scope).
What’s your opinions on pop-occultism and other things you’ve noticed?