What is occult?

  • (adj): Hidden and difficult to see.
    Example: "An occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The occult (from the Latin word occultus 'clandestine, hidden, secret') is "knowledge of the hidden."

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Some articles on occult:

Religion and The Occult - Religious Jewish Views
... known as Kabbalah has been dedicated to the content eventually defined by some as occult science ...
The Great Beast - Legacy and Influence - Occult
... Crowley inspired and influenced a number of later Malvernians including Major-General John Fuller, the inventor of artificial moonlight, and Cecil Williamson, the neo-pagan witch ... One of Crowley's acquaintances in the last months of his life was Gerald Gardner, who was initiated into O.T.O ...
Jacques Bergier - Work
... on a neo-surrealistic tour of modern European history focusing on the purported influence of the occult and secret societies on politics ... of the ideas it raised, such as connections between Nazism and the occult ... by conspiracy theory enthusiasts and those interested in ideas of forbidden history and occult studies ...
Alfred Schuler - "Blood Beacon" and "Cosmic Circle"
... forces tending towards an interest in the 'occult', among which were found the secretive cult of the 'Blutleuchte' ("Blood beacon") ... An occult circle (Munich Cosmic Circle) gravitating around Karl Wolfskehl, Alfred Schuler and Ludwig Klages developed a doctrine according to which the ... the poet Karl Wolfskehl, the founders of this "occult circle" ...
Mathilde Ludendorff - Attacks On The Occult
... Emil Kraepelin and in the course of her study developed a strong opposition to the occult, attacking the work of Albert von Schrenck-Notzing and arguing that occult practices had been responsible for the ... with at length in her work Insanity Induced Through Occult Teachings ... On a personal level, Ludendorff's hatred of the occult also stemmed from her support for the völkisch movement and her desire to construct a new ...

More definitions of "occult":

  • (verb): Hide from view.
    Example: "The lids were occulting her eyes"
  • (noun): Occult practices and techniques.
    Example: "He is a student of the occult"
    Synonyms: occult arts
  • (verb): Cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention.
    Synonyms: eclipse
  • (noun): Supernatural forces and events and beings collectively.
    Synonyms: supernatural
  • (verb): Become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished.
    Example: "The beam of light occults every so often"
  • (adj): Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding.
    Example: "Occult lore"
    Synonyms: mysterious, mystic, mystical, secret, orphic

Famous quotes containing the word occult:

    Capital is money, capital is commodities.... By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.
    Karl Marx (1818–1883)

    The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    There is no more foul or relentless enemy of man in the occult world than this dead-alive creature spewed up from the grave.
    Guy Endore, and Tod Browning. Prof. Zelenn (Lionel Barrymore)