Before we elaborate on how Tantra is used as occult, Firstly, please understand the terms :
Sadhna = A Technique of Spiritual Practice
“””Tantra Sadhna””” = A systematic form of worship and meditation, for harnessing energies of higher realms (spiritual world) for spiritual and/or material growth.
And then the Trinity of Words :
Tantra = Tan ka Tran (protection by expansion of body)
A Real Tantra Sadhna starts with initiation from a Guru who gives a Diksha (Energy Transfer) along with Shiksha (technical knowledge and mantra according to your specific soul nature), and then seeker has to go through many stages as his Sadhna matures gradually… taking higher level initiations. The path to complete Siddhi of Isht leads to Self Realization and “Moksha” (enlightenment) itself!
A Quick View of World Occult History
Tantra Traditions Worldwide
There have been many forms of occult around the world…
Shamans… The African Vodoo… The European root Witchcraft Chinese Magic
If you read and compare anyone of this with Tantrik Occult, you will realize in no time, that Tantra Occult is by far the most well explained and deeply researched form of any of these.
Still the fact is, when using spiritual powers for solving worldly purposes, then one has to be more careful with morality, the karmik intention. As Tantra is pure science.
Also the fact to remember is, Tantras for spiritual growth cannot be totally separated from Tantras for wordly gains.
In reality, even to be use certain Tantras for worldly gains, one needs to have some spiritual level. A basic spiritual knowledge and practice base is required to be able to use ones spiritual power for worldly purpose too. So building the level of subtle consciousness, inner vision is always first step.