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  • Paschal Beverly Randolph (1825 - 1875)
    Paschal Beverly Randolph was an American medical doctor, occultist, Spiritualist, trance medium, and writer. Randolph is notable as perhaps the first person to introduce the principles of sex magic to ...
  • Franz Xaver Ritter v. Zwack-Holzhausen (1756 - 1843)
    Franz Xaver of Zwackh (also Zwack ) on Holzhausen (born October 31, 1756 in Regensburg , † November 7, 1843 in Mannheim ) was Royal Bavarian State Councilor and first President of the Bavarian Rhine ...
  • Lana Stewart
    Lana.. thanks for solving that case.. AB

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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