Unless otherwise mentioned, the articles and quotes on this page are from H.P. Blavatsky, one of the founders of the modern theosophical movement. The rest are from writers who were her co-workers and contemporaries in the nineteenth century.
For H.P. Blavatsky, like the 19th century occultists whose tradition she continued and transformed, occultism didn't automatically mean black magic. The term occultism stood for what some see as an underground Western shamanistic tradition. This tradition has also been called Western Esotericism. The articles and quotes below show what Blavatsky meant when she used the term Occultism: she consistently meant White Magic, or that esoteric knowledge that transforms men into Gods on earth who bless and save humanity. The path towards that goal is in her words 'set with perils of every kind', which is why one first needs to live a pure, unselfish life.