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  • Julius Evola (1898 - 1974)
    Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola (Italian: [ˈɛːvola]; 19 May 1898 – 11 June 1974), better known as Julius Evola (/ɛˈvoʊlə/), was an Italian philosopher, painter, and esotericist. He has been described ...
  • René Guénon (1886 - 1951)
    René-Jean-Marie-Joseph Guénon (French: [ʁəne ʒan maʁi ʒozɛf ɡenɔ̃]; 15 November 1886 – 7 January 1951), also known as ʿAbd al-Wāḥid Yaḥyá, was a French author and intellectual who remains an influentia...
  • Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772)
    Emanuel Swedenborg ; born Emanuel Swedberg on 29 January 1688; died 29 March 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlif...
  • Baal Shem of London (1708 - 1782)
    Baal Shem of London From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Baal Shem of London Besht.jpg Variations of this portrait, originally subtitled "Baal Shem", are popularly used to represent Israel Baal Shem...
  • Federico Gualdi (1600 - d.)
    Federico Gualdi (probably born around 1600 ) was an Italian alchemist . He declares himself of German origin but the information is not certain because it is not documented. A portrait of Gualdi ...

The occult (from the Latin word occultus "clandestine, hidden, secret") is "knowledge of the hidden". In common English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable", usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that "must be kept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and in most contexts the three terms are interchangeable.

It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body of current and historical literature and spiritual philosophy related to this subject.

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