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The goddess movement, also called the women-spirit movement, apparently considers its first major gathering to have been a conference attended by about 1,200 women at the University of Massachusetts in late 1975.....Both the Old and New Testament make repeated references to the practice of witchcraft and sorcery, and whenever these practices are referred to they are always condemned by God.(George Vandeman, Psychic Roulette, Nashville TN}}}, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 1973, pp. Christine Downing, head of San Diego State University's religious studies department, estimates that many - if not most - spiritually sensitive women in the women's movement are willing to replace the biblical God with a frankly pagan and polytheistic approach.A brief, unscheduled appearance - met with enthusiastic applause - was made by Z Budapest.Today, in a massive spin-off from the culture-wide interest in the occult, this has changed. In Cleveland you can rent a witch to liven up a party.Tens of thousands across America - some of them with university degrees - are dabbling in witchcraft, Satanism, voodoo, and other forms of black and white magic. There are some 80,000 persons practicing white magic in the United States, with 6,000 in Chicago alone.
Daniel Cohen list a couple of possible reasons: First, there is the eternal appeal of magic, the promise, however muted, that there are secrets available that will give a person power, money, love, and all those things he or she desires but cannot seem to obtain.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.