It's undeniable that there was an explosion of mass interest in occultism during the 60s and 70s. But why it occurred still is up for debate. An anonymous commont left on an earlier post offered another explanation - one I didn't know about:
U.S. interest in the occult bubbled to life in the hands of rocket scientist/occultist Jack Parsons in the late 1940's and early 1950's.
While Parsons was single handedly discovering the powers of jet propulsion and creating the concept of space travel, Parsons was a full blown Pasadena sex sorcerer, teaming up with the notorious L.Ron Hubbard in his reckless magickal activities.
This was a heavy sci-fi beat era enterprise, creating a fascinating cross section of U.S. military heavy hitters and not-kidding-around occult artists (such as 'scarlet woman' Marjorie Cameron).
The results of their bizarre interests bubbled back to life in the hedonistic, sinister late 60's, with the heavy bad chi producing antics of Anton LaVey, Sammy Davis, Jr, Michael Aquino, Jay Sebring and others. Definitely a creepy, fascinating time period - the jet black Jungian shadow of the pastel colored sixties dream....
An epic comment. I didn't know any of this stuff! I did a tiny bit of reading on this guy, and he sounds like quite a character - he developed rocket fuel, has a moon crater named after him, and was an avid Crowley disciple. Who is this "scarlet woman" mentioned in the comment? I'd like to know more about these mysterious individuals supposedly responsible for the occult craze of the seventies. Anyone have some info?