occultism


oc·cult·ism

noun \ə-ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəl-\

: the belief in or study of supernatural powers

Full Definition of OCCULTISM

:  occult theory or practice :  belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers
oc·cult·ist \-tist\ noun

First Known Use of OCCULTISM

1881

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occultism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theories, practices, and rituals based on esoteric knowledge of the world of spirits and unknown forces. The wide range of occult beliefs and practices includes astrology, alchemy, divination, magic, and witchcraft and sorcery. Devotees of occultism seek to explore spiritual mysteries through what they regard as higher powers of the mind. The Western tradition of occultism has its roots in Hellenistic magic and alchemy (especially the Hermetic writings ascribed to Thoth) and in the Jewish mysticism associated with the Kabbala.

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