The magnetism of the occult is not confined to history. Failing Christian faith has created an unsatisfied desire for the spiritual, and an accompanying reluctance to believe that commonplace frustrations and anxieties of day-to-day life are all we are ever going to get. Desire for spiritual enlightenment is ineradicable and honorable. But it is often less strong than the longing for spectacular adventure in regions of flame, a miraculous control over the physical world, the ability to see beyond the here and now while carrying shining swords and winning the respect we have always deserved. Abundant sex would be a welcome bonus.
Dinah Birch, “Gripped by beasts.” Times Literary Supplement. 2004.08.06