List of occult terms
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 can also be used to describe the occult, in addition to their meanings unrelated to the supernatural.
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.
- Abbey of Thelema
- Abramelin oil
- Akashic Records
- Alphabet of Desire
- Apparitions - See Ghost
- Argenteum Astrum
- Ascended master
- Astral projection
- Astrological age
- Astrological aspect
- Astrology and alchemy
- Astrology and the classical elements
- Astrology and numerology
- Augury (interpreting omens)
- Automatic writing
- Cartomancy (divination using playing cards)
- Ceremonial magic
- Chaos magic
- Chinese astrology
- Clairaudience (ability to hear voices & sounds super-normally- spirited voices alleging to be those of dead people giving advice or warnings)
- Clairsentience (supernormal sense perception)
- Clairvoyance (ability to see objects or events spontaneously or supernormally above their normal range of vision- second sight)
- Classical element
- Collective unconscious
- Colour therapy
- Cone of power
- Conjuration (summoning up a spirit by incantation)
- Coven (a community of witches)
- Cross of Saint Peter
- Crystal gazing
- Curse tablet
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