For instance, occultists like François-Charles Barlet and Rudolf Steiner were also theosophers, adhering to the ideas of the early modern Christian thinker Jakob Bohme, and seeking to integrate ideas from Bohmian theosophy and occultism. It has been noted, however, that this distancing from the Theosophical Society should be understood in the light of polemical identity formations amongst esotericists towards the end of the nineteenth century. The earliest known usage of the term "occultism" is in the French language, as l'occultisme.

Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Golden DawnOrder of the Golden DawnThe Golden Dawn
The Second or "Inner" Order, the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis (the Ruby Rose and Cross of Gold), taught magic, including scrying, astral travel, and alchemy. The Third Order was that of the "Secret Chiefs", who were said to be highly skilled; they supposedly directed the activities of the lower two orders by spirit communication with the Chiefs of the Second Order. The foundational documents of the original Order of the Golden Dawn, known as the Cipher Manuscripts, are written in English using the Trithemius cipher.


soulsspirithuman soul
In Helena Blavatsky's Theosophy, the soul is the field of our psychological activity (thinking, emotions, memory, desires, will, and so on) as well as of the so-called paranormal or psychic phenomena (extrasensory perception, out-of-body experiences, etc.). However, the soul is not the highest, but a middle dimension of human beings. Higher than the soul is the spirit, which is considered to be the real self; the source of everything we call "good"—happiness, wisdom, love, compassion, harmony, peace, etc. While the spirit is eternal and incorruptible, the soul is not. The soul acts as a link between the material body and the spiritual self, and therefore shares some characteristics of both.

Etheric body

ethericVital Bodyetheric bodies
In popular use it is often confounded with the related concept of the astral body as for example in the term astral projection - the early Theosophists had called it the "astral double". Others prefer to speak of the "lower and higher astral". Linga sarira is a Sanskrit term for the invisible double of the human body, the etheric body or etheric double (or astral body in some Theosophical concepts). It is one of the seven principles of the human being, according to Theosophical philosophy. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, often referred to the etheric body (Ätherleib or "Life Body") in association with the etheric formative forces and the evolution of man and the cosmos.

Subtle body

subtle bodiesBody of LightYoga physiology
Vehicles of Consciousness; The Concept of Hylic Pluralism (Ochema), vol I-IV, The Theosophical Society in Netherlands, 1978. Powell, Arthur E. The Astral Body and other Astral Phenomena. —, The Causal Body and the Ego. —, The Etheric Double. —, The Mental Body. Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony or The Door to Enter into Initiation. Thelema Press. (1950) 2003. Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Course of Alchemical Kabbalah. Thelema Press. (1969) 2007. Steiner, Rudolf, Theosophy: An introduction to the supersensible knowledge of the world and the destination of man. London: Rudolf Steiner Press. (1904) 1970. —, Occult science – An Outline. Trans.

Astral plane

astralastral dimensionastral form
Bruce, Robert, Astral Dynamics: A NEW Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences, 1999, ISBN: 1-57174-143-7. Buhlman, William, Adventures Beyond the Body: How to experience out-of-body travel. ISBN: 978-0-06-251371-7. Heindel, Max, The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Chapter III: The Visible and the Invisible Worlds), 1911, ISBN: 0-911274-86-3. Leadbeater, Charles Webster, The Astral Plane: Its scenery, inhabitants and phenomena, 1900. Powell, Arthur E., The Astral Body and other Astral Phenomena. Steiner, Rudolf, Theosophy: An introduction to the supersensible knowledge of the world and the destination of man. London: Rudolf Steiner Press. (1904) 1970.


. * de:Hellsehen Astral projection. Aura. Clairvoyance (book). Inner eye. List of topics characterized as pseudoscience. Out-of-body experience. Photoacoustic effect. Postdiction (retroactive clairvoyance). Precognition. Remote viewing. Second sight. Synchronicity. Thought-Forms (book). James Alcock (1981). Parapsychology: Science or Magic? A Psychological Perspective. Pergamon Press. ISBN: 0-08-025772-0. Willis Dutcher (1922). On the Other Side of the Footlights: An Expose of Routines, Apparatus and Deceptions Resorted to by Mediums, Clairvoyants, Fortune Tellers and Crystal Gazers in Deluding the Public. Berlin, WI: Heaney Magic. Thomas Gilovich (1993).

List of New Age topics

Astral projection. Aura (paranormal). Elementals. Gaia hypothesis. Gaia philosophy. Lucid Dreaming. Near death experience. Out-of-body experience. Paradigm shift. Past life regression. Perception. Psi (parapsychology). Reincarnation. Soul travel. Subtle body. Automatic writing. Charismatics. Clairvoyance. Dreaming. Extrasensory perception. Indigo children. Levitation. Longevity. Mediumship. Oracles. Palmistry. Parapsychology. Psychokinesis. Remote viewing. Telepathy. Time travel. Atlantis. Avalon. Bermuda Triangle. Earth. Earth mysteries. Kun Lun Mountains. Lemuria (continent). Ley lines. Machu Picchu. Mount Kailash. Mu (lost continent). Portals. Shambhala. Shangri-La. Stonehenge. Alchemy.

Jack Parsons (rocket engineer)

Jack ParsonsJohn Whiteside ParsonsJohn "Jack" Whiteside Parsons
Following his apparent success in doing so, Parsons recounted having an out-of-body experience invoked by Babalon, who astrally transported him to the biblical City of Chorazin, an experience he referred to as a "Black Pilgrimage". Accompanying Parsons' "Oath of the Abyss" was his own "Oath of the AntiChrist", which was witnessed by Wilfred Talbot Smith. In this oath, Parsons professed to embody an entity named Belarion Armillus Al Dajjal, the Antichrist "who am come to fulfill the law of the Beast 666 [Aleister Crowley]".

Sylvan Muldoon

Sylvan Muldoon (February 18, 1903 – October 1969) was an American esotericist who promoted the concept of astral projection. According to Muldoon, astral projection is an out-of-body experience (OBE) that assumes the existence of an astral body separate from the physical body and is capable of travelling outside it. A 2012 Princeton University Press publication by Hugh Urban asserted that one of Muldoon’s most popular books formed the basis for theories of the Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard which he claimed were his own. Muldoon was born in Darlington, Wisconsin, and was the second child of his parents Henry F.

Silver cord

cord-like connection
Matthew Henry's commentary, for example, states that the silver cord refers simply to the "spinal marrow." * Astral projection. Out-of-body experiences.

Astral body

astralastral formsemotional body
., mystical or out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveller leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dreambody or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms". Hence "the "many kinds of 'heavens', 'hells', and purgatorial existences believed in by followers of innumerable religions" may also be understood as astral phenomena, as may the various "phenomena of the séance room". The phenomenon of apparitional experience is therefore related, as is made explicit in Cicero's Dream of Scipio. The astral body is sometimes said to be visible as an aura of swirling colours. It is widely linked today with out-of-body experiences or astral projection.

Robert Monroe

Monroe InstituteThe Monroe InstituteSoul retrieval
His 1971 book Journeys Out of the Body is credited with popularizing the term "out-of-body experience". Monroe achieved worldwide recognition as an explorer of human consciousness and out-of-body experiences. His research, beginning in the 1950s, produced evidence that specific sound patterns have identifiable, beneficial effects on our capabilities. For example, certain combinations of frequencies appeared to enhance alertness; others to induce sleep; and still others to evoke expanded states of consciousness.


According to Owen (2005): Theosophy draws on Neoplatonic emanationism, in particular the concept of separation from and return to the Absolute, and reworks the Eastern concepts of karma and reincarnation to provide an evolutionary theory of both humankind and the universe. Theosophy contends that all organisms—including animals and human beings—and all matter "flow" from a pure spiritual formation in the Absolute to a material one over time to become materialised and that they will later return to the Absolute after the cosmic cycle of life.

Akashic records

Memory of NatureAkashic Recordever-living records
Only a trained occultist can distinguish between actual experience and those astral pictures created by imagination and keen desire." The Austrian theosophist and later founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, used the Akashic records concept mainly in a series of articles in his journal Lucifer-Gnosis from 1904 to 1908, where he wrote about Atlantis and Lemuria, topics related to their purported history and civilisation, etc. Besides this, he used the term in the title of lectures on a Fifth Gospel held in 1913 and 1914, shortly after the foundation of the Anthroposophical Society and Steiner's exclusion from the Theosophical Society Adyar. Levi H.

Sleep paralysis

Phi Amold haghag ridden
The intruder and incubus hallucinations highly correlate with one another, and moderately correlated with the third hallucination, vestibular-motor disorientation, also known as out-of-body experiences, which differ from the other two in not involving the threat-activated vigilance system. A hyper-vigilant state created in the midbrain may further contribute to hallucinations. More specifically, the emergency response is activated in the brain when individuals wake up paralyzed and feel vulnerable to attack.


hypnagogichypnagogic hallucinationhypnagogic hallucinations
Proprioceptive effects may be noticed, with numbness and changes in perceived body size and proportions, feelings of floating or bobbing as if their bed were a boat, and out-of-body experiences. Perhaps the most common experience of this kind is the falling sensation, and associated hypnic jerk, encountered by many people, at least occasionally, while drifting off to sleep. Thought processes on the edge of sleep tend to differ radically from those of ordinary wakefulness. For example, something that you agreed with in a state of hypnagogia may seem completely ridiculous to you in an awake state.


celestialParadiseheavenly kingdom
It is believed in Theosophy of Helena Blavatsky that each religion (including Theosophy) has its own individual heaven in various regions of the upper astral plane that fits the description of that heaven that is given in each religion, which a soul that has been good in their previous life on Earth will go to. The area of the upper astral plane of Earth in the upper atmosphere where the various heavens are located is called Summerland (Theosophists believe hell is located in the lower astral plane of Earth which extends downward from the surface of the earth down to its center).


Theosophy is in opposition to the spiritualist interpretation of evolution. Theosophy teaches a metaphysical theory of evolution mixed with human devolution. Spiritualists do not accept the devolution of the theosophists. To theosophy humanity starts in a state of perfection (see Golden age) and falls into a process of progressive materialization (devolution), developing the mind and losing the spiritual consciousness. After the gathering of experience and growth through repeated reincarnations humanity will regain the original spiritual state, which is now one of self-conscious perfection.

Lucid dream

lucid dreaminglucid dreamslucid
Astral projection. Dream yoga. Oneirology. Pre-lucid dream. Recurring dream. Sleep paralysis. Yoga nidra. Blanken, C.M. den and Meijer, E.J.G. "An Historical View of Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them; Practical Observations by Marie-Jean-Léon-Lecoq, le Marquis d'Hervey-Saint-Denys". Lucidity Letter, 7 (2) 67–78; 1988. Revised Edition in: Lucidity,10 (1&2) 311–22; 1991. Tholey, Paul (1983). "Relation between dream content and eye movements tested by lucid dreams". Perceptual and Motor Skills, 56, pp. 875–78. Tholey, Paul (1988). "A model for lucidity training as a means of self-healing and psychological growth". In: J. Gackenbach & S. LaBerge (Eds.), Conscious mind, sleeping brain.

Helena Blavatsky

Madame BlavatskyHelena Petrovna BlavatskyBlavatsky
The theosophical movement of the nineteenth century: the legitimation of the disputable and the entrenchment of the disreputable * 1) To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or colour. 2) To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Science. 3) To investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man. Alice Bailey. Benjamin Creme. Helena Roerich. Schola Philosophicae Initiationis. Rudolf Steiner. Theosophical mysticism. Theosophy and Buddhism. Theosophy and Christianity. Theosophy and Hinduism. Theosophy and literature. Theosophy and music. Theosophy and visual arts.

Plane (esotericism)

planes of existenceplane of existenceplane
Astral body. Astral projection. Aura. Chain of being. Many-worlds interpretation. Multiverse (religion). Plane (Dungeons & Dragons). Silver cord. Spiritual evolution. Spirituality. Subtle body. Transcendental realism (Evola). Blavatsky, H.P., The Secret Doctrine, Theosophical Publishing House, 1888. Heindel, Max, The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Chapter III: The Visible and the Invisible Worlds), 1911, ISBN: 0-911274-86-3. Poortman, Johannes Jacob, Vehicles of Consciousness. The Concept of Hylic Pluralism, The Theosophical Society in Netherlands, 1978. Yogananda, Paramahansa, Autobiography of a Yogi, Los Angeles, CA: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1946, Chapter 43. Vedic cosmology - planetarium.

Oliver Fox

Astral Projection: A Record of Out-of-the-Body Experiences. University Books.

Max Heindel

Heindel, MaxCarl Louis von Grasshof
After attending lectures by the theosophist C.W. Leadbeater, he joined the Theosophical Society of Los Angeles, of which he became vice-president in 1904 and 1905. He also became a vegetarian, and began the study of astrology, which he felt gave him the key to unlocking the mysteries of man's inner nature. He met his future wife Augusta Foss around this time. However, overwork and privation brought him severe heart trouble in 1905, and for months he lay at the point of death. Upon his recovery he said he was more keenly aware of the needs of humanity.

Theosophy and music

Music and TheosophyBailly and TheosophyDe Grandis and Theosophy
Nevill Drury wrote about the Morrison's album Beautiful Vision (1982) that its texts were inspired by the Theosophical publications of Bailey and her "Tibetan Master", especially for songs "Dweller on the Threshold" and "Aryan Mist". * In Russian * Theosophical publications * * * List of the journal publications about music Hinduism and Theosophy. Philosophy of music. Theosophy and literature. Theosophy and visual arts. Thought-Forms. "What Are The Theosophists?". "What Is Theosophy?".