Use of the Internet: Questions to "Occultists"

Use of the Internet

A questionaire for Occultists
by Peter-R. Koenig

In March and April 1997, I sent around a questionaire to 282 occult-related e-mail addresses. Addressees were surfers-only, maintainers of large and/or smaller web sites and also people who run a -L of their own.

The questions did contain some word shells/euphemisms into which the receiver could project their own concepts: "active", "passive", "consumation", "occultism", "inspiring" etc. Some of my questions were more "suggestive" type questions regarding my essay on "The McDonaldisation of Occulture".
Since my reputation as an observer of the "Caliphate" may have hindered some members of that particular group in answering my questionnaire, the reader should of course bear that in mind when reading the responses.

59 of the 282 answered the questionnaire = 21% in total.

  • 83% consider themselves explicitly "active", 11 or 7% "passive" consumers of the Web.
  • 42 or 4% have a definitively "positive" opinion on the occult net-culture ("creativity"), 30 or 5% a rather "negative" one.
  • 47 or 5% somewhat complain about the "self-referentialistic" aspect of the web sites. 13 or 6% find it "useful".
  • 37 or 3% do explicitly think that occultists have a "different approach" to the Internet than the "average" user.
  • Those who maintain a web presence of their own report mostly very minor ("zero"/"few"/"very little") "inspiring reaction(s)" to their presence per month (except 4 examples with more than 0-1 such mails: 20, 30, 50, 600).
  • 8 0r 5% have sent return questions to my website in regards to the questionnaire. 2 participants requested information on when and where the results of this questionaire are to be published.

Of course, this "analysis" is not an academic one, I just wanted to collect a somewhat general "feeling" of what's "going on" in the "electric Occulture".

You might find here not only my questionaire but also a collection of the most impressive and most significant answers. Let me say Thank you very much.
[Correction of the translation of this page was provided by Kon Vlahos.]

See also the Collection of 36 Re-Collections.


  • Spermo-Gnostics
  • The Secrets
  • Correct Gnosticism
  • Smoke gets in your Aiwass, I and II
  • Nosferatu's Baby
  • Heinrich Tranker Baphomet Rosycross Regarding Aleister Crowley's antidemocratic, racist and misanthropic writings, followers point out: "The reason [...] aspects of Thelema are omitted [in public discussion] indicates the actual problem with presenting Thelema as a religion and attempting to get Thelema sanctioned by the government or approved by the public: Thelema is ultimately in contrast to and transgressive of normative society. Thelema rejects the morals and values of normative society and acts to transgress and violate these norms. From the inclusion of intoxicants in ritual, to the positive view of sexuality, which frequently is seen as promoting promiscuity, to the pro–authoritarian and Nietzschian aspects of Thelema, normative society has much to reject in Thelema and conversely, Thelema encourages its adherents to reject most aspects of normative society.". "Journal of Thelemic Studies", 1;2, 2008, page 40. See The Templar's Reich.

    Discussions on the Nature of the O.T.O. Phenomenon

  • Ecstatic Creation of Culture
      Deutsche Version: Ekstatische Erzeugung von Kultur [overdubbed version] — Die kommerzielle Plünderung der okkulten Leitfossilien. Version 2011.
      Tradução portuguesa: Criação Extática de Cultura.
  • The McDonaldisation of Occulture
      Deutsche Version: Die McDonaldisation der Okkultur — Das Internet im Spannungsfeld potentieller Schöpfung. Version 2011.
  • Halo of Flies
  • Use of the Internet
  • Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana: Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping
      Traduction française: Jeu de rôle d'une O.T.O.-Fatamorgana.
      Traduzione italiana: La versione play-game di un O.T.O.-Fatamorgana
  • Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis
  • Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay
      Traduction française: Fétiche, auto-induction, stigmatisation et jeu de rôle.
      Traduzione italiana: Il feticcio, l’auto-induzione, lo stigma, il gioco di ruolo.
      Tlumaczenie polskie: Fetysz. Rytualy. Resocjalizacja: Tozsamosc przez stygmat. Autoindukowana schizofrenia. Odgrywanie ról.
  • Le pouvoir createur [en français]
  • Saturn-Gnosis
  • Saturn's Art of Living and Loving
  • Sexmagic and the Fraternitas Saturni
  • Albin Grau Pacitius Fraternitas Saturni Saturn-Gnosis Nosferatu Pansophia

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