Pax Christi, Everybody!
As of late I have been thinking of infamous occultists/heretics and their bizarre stories: of Grigori Rasputin, Alister Crowley, and Guido Von List, and to what extent they may have been channeling powers unholy due to their active participation in the occult and in heresies. This then lead me to wonder how some of the people who I knew that dabbled in these sorts of things might be afflicted themselves.
My dad is certain that they’ve all had brushes with the devil, including some of the more esoteric classmates I once had, but I’m not so sure myself. I mean, I’m pretty sure demons are real and all that, but to what extent can they have power over people, and through what means? It’s hard to say if the historical persons I mentioned were remotely “sorcerers”; Rasputin just prevented the Tsar’s son from taking blood-thinning aspirin and Guido Von List incorrectly predicted the outcome of The Great War, not to mention that Alister Crowley was just an edgy poet that got kicked down a flight of stairs by some Hogwarts “shifters” .They may have been simply whack jobs, and it was so long ago to properly diagnose them. But what about the Wiccans and the Theistic Satanist I have met that claimed to have visions and such? Can Ouija Boards really contact the dead? Are these people just magical thinkers or plain nuts?
The devil obviously has them in his grasp, but to what extent?