Foucault's Pendulum

He hints that his job as a political department investigator leads him to investigate not only revolutionaries but also people who claim to be linked to the Occult. Casaubon has a romance with a Brazilian woman named Amparo. He leaves Italy to follow her and spends a few years in Brazil. While living there, he learns about South American and Caribbean spiritualism, and meets Agliè, an elderly man who implies that he is the mystical Comte de Saint-Germain. Agliè has a seemingly infinite supply of knowledge about things concerning the Occult. While in Brazil, Casaubon receives a letter from Belbo about attending a meeting of occultists.

List of religions and spiritual traditions

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List of new religious movements. Patheos World Religions library. Statistics on religious belief or adherence. section on major world religions.

International Center of Parapsychology and Scientific Research of the New Age

The International Center of Parapsychology and Scientific Research of the New Age, generally known under the name of Horus (in reference to falcon-god Horus which was the emblem of the group), was a New Age-oriented new religious movement founded in France in 1989 by Marie-Thérèse Castano, and ended in April 1997. This group had about 300 members, including teachers, doctors and scientists. The community of the group was located in La Coucourde, in the Drôme department. In the 1990s, the group was often the subject of strong criticisms in the media, as former members and a 1995 report established by the Parliamentary Commission on Cults in France presented it as a cult.

Peyman Fattahi

His teachings cover a wide range of topics from spirituality to thought and thinking methods as well as parapsychology, metaphysics and esoteric knowledge. He has been the originator of some applied theories among which the Systematic Decision Making using 7/10 Method and poly-what planning formulae have been more popular. Fattahi's appearance is not similar to religious characters and he has insisted repeatedly that he is not a religious man. Although he does not teach about religions and faiths, a large proportion of his teachings are focused to revive divine spiritualism, esoteric cognition and self-awareness.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary GuileyGuiley, Rosemary EllenGuiley, Rsemary Ellen
Christian evangelist John Ankerberg criticized Guiley's understanding of intuition (as she described it in Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience – "intuition invariably proves to be right"), saying that with beliefs like those, rational thinking and spiritual discernment are often discarded. He also interprets from her book Angels of Mercy that she and other New Age writers of angel literature are unwittingly relating to fallen angels/demons.

Slavic Native Faith

Among these foreign influences have been beliefs and practices drawn from Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Germanic Heathenry, Siberian shamanism, as well as ideas drawn from various forms of esotericism. Other influences include documents like the Book of Veles, which claim to be genuine accounts of historical Slavic religion but which academics recognise as later compositions. According to the folklorist Mariya Lesiv, through this syncretic process, "a new religion is being created on the basis of the synthesis of elements from various traditions".

Watkins Books

Watkins100 Most Spiritually Influential Living PeopleHarvey was listed as number 33
Watkins Books is London's oldest esoteric bookshop specializing in esotericism, mysticism, occultism, oriental religion and contemporary spirituality. The book store was established by John M. Watkins, a friend of Madame Blavatsky, in 1897 at 26 Charing Cross. John Watkins had already been selling books via a catalogue which he began publishing in March 1893. The first biography of Aleister Crowley recounts a story of Crowley making all of the books in Watkins magically disappear and reappear. Geoffrey Watkins (1896–1981) owned and managed the store after his father.

Astral plane

astralastral dimensionastral form
Esoteric cosmology. Linga sarira (subtle body). Plane (esotericism). Pure land. Takama-ga-hara. Thought-Forms (book). 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.

Root race

AtlantisEpochthe sixth root race
Blavatsky wrote that, while "all men have spiritually and physically the same origin" and that "mankind is essentially of one and the same essence" —nevertheless, in The Secret Doctrine, Blavatsky posits: "Verily mankind is 'of one blood,' but not of the same essence." The interrelationship between spirituality and root race developmental history is nonlinear and complex. Thus: "Esoteric history teaches that idols and their worship died out with the Fourth Race, until the survivors of the hybrid races of the latter (The Chinese, Africans, etc.,.) gradually brought the worship back."

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception

Great Architect of the UniverseRosicrucian conception of God
Esoteric cosmology. Planes of existence. Rebirth. Subtle bodies. The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception (English online edition). أهداف جمعية الصليب الوردي و نشاطاتها. Internet Archive on-line library: the third edition of the Cosmo, 1911, digitized by MSN. Important Differences in the teachings of Heindel and Steiner.

Esotericism in Germany and Austria

esotericesoteric movement in Germany and Austriaesoteric scene in Germany and Austria
Since the 1980s, mainstream esotericism in German-speaking Europe has been dominated by generic New Age syncretism as it developed in the United States. * Giorgio Galli, Hitler e il nazismo magico, Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, Italy, published in Rome (2005), pages 301, EAN 978881817006347. Karl Spiesberger. Ludwig Straniak. Wilhelm Wulff. A. Frank Glahn. Karl Maria Wiligut. Carl Reichenbach. Hellmut Wolff. Karl Ernst Krafft. Anna Bramwell. 1985. Blood and Soil: Richard Walther Darré and Hitler's 'Green Party'. Abbotsbrook, England: The Kensal Press. ISBN: 0-946041-33-4. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke. 1985.

Rudolf von Sebottendorf

, better known under his pseudo-aristocratic alias Rudolf Freiherr von Sebottendorff (or von Sebottendorf) was a German occultist, writer, intelligence agent and political activist. He was the founder of the Thule Society, a post-World War I German occultist organization where he played a key role, and that influenced many members of the Nazi Party. He was a Freemason, a Sufi of the Bektashi order - after his conversion to Islam - and a practitioner of meditation, astrology, numerology, and alchemy. He also used the alias Erwin Torre. Glauer was born in Hoyerswerda in the Prussian Province of Silesia (present-day Saxony), the son of a locomotive engineer.

Is Theosophy a Religion?

Esoteric Buddhism. "The Esoteric Character of the Gospels". The Key to Theosophy. "Occult or Exact Science?". "Philosophers and Philosophicules". Theosophy and science. Theosophy and Western philosophy. "What Are The Theosophists?". "What Is Theosophy?". "Is Theosophy a Religion?". "Is Theosophy a Religion?".

Max Heindel

Heindel, MaxCarl Louis von Grasshof
Occult Principles of Health and Healing (ISBN: 0-911274-81-2) www. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine, from his 1905/6 lectures (edited 1933; Introduction by Manly Palmer Hall) www, an addendum. New Age Vegetarian Cookbook, 492 pages. Christian Rosenkreuz. Afterlife - Life review - Silver cord. Age of Aquarius - Astrology - Epochs (Anthropogenesis). Alchemy - Astrology and alchemy - Rose Cross: Alchemy and Astrology. Bible. Clairvoyance - Memory of Nature - Music of the Spheres. Christ - Second Coming. Christian mysticism - Esoteric Christianity - Vegetarianism. Esoteric cosmology - Plane (cosmology) - Subtle bodies. Esoteric knowledge - Esotericism - Mysticism - Occultism - Theosophy.

Sri Aurobindo

AurobindoAurobindo GhoshSri Aurobindo Ghosh
Sri Aurobindo's close spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa (b. Alfassa), came to be known as The Mother. She was a French national, born in Paris on 21 February 1878. In her 20s she studied occultism with Max Theon. Along with her husband, Paul Richard, she went to Pondicherry on 29 March 1914, and finally settled there in 1920. Sri Aurobindo considered her his spiritual equal and collaborator. After 24 November 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion, he left it to her to plan, build and run the ashram, the community of disciples which had gathered around them.

Index of Jainism-related articles

Pratima (stages of spiritual rise for lay person). Prayer. Proselytism. Prostration (gesture). Public nudity. Puranas (literature). Pushpadanta (9th Tirthankara). Pyrrho (Greek philosopher). Queen Trishala. Quotes (Wikiquote). Raga (music). Rajabai Clock Tower (history). Ramayana (Indian epic poem). Ratnatraya (philosophy). Reality. Reincarnation (afterlife). Relationship between religion and science. Relativism. Religiocentrism. Religion (comparative). Religion and environmentalism. Religion and peacebuilding. Historical Vedic religion. Religious conversion. Religious education. Major religious groups. Religious law (comparative). New religious movement (history). Religious pluralism.

List of topics characterized as pseudoscience

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The following religious/spiritual items have been related to or classified as pseudoscience in some way: * Koranic scientific foreknowledge (Islam) – Koranic Science (or Qur'anic science or Hadeeth science) asserts that foundational Islamic religious texts made accurate statements about the world that science verified hundreds of years later. This belief is a common theme in Bucailleism. * Christian Science is generally considered a Christian new religious movement. However, some have called it "pseudoscience" because its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, used "science" in its name, and because of its former stance against medical science.

Levi H. Dowling

The church also incorporates other New Age teachings. It is similar to the "I AM" movement and the Ascended Master Teachings. In a biographical sketch included in the original publication of Self-culture, Levi is said to have taught and lectured medical students in the use of electricity in medicine. The Aquarian Christine Church considers Dowling an Ascended Master. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. Akashic records. Edgar Cayce. Clairvoyance. Esoteric cosmology. Plane (cosmology). Morphogenetic field (Rupert Sheldrake). Mindstream. Terma. Tertön. The Story of Levi Dowling and the Aquarian Gospel. Levi's letter of April 17, 1865.

Wouter Hanegraaff

Wouter J. HanegraaffWouter J[acobus] Hanegraaff
From 2002 to 2006 he has been president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion, and, from 2005 to 2013, president of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is now an hononrary member of the ESSWE. His dissertation New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought was published by Brill in 1996. Two years later a USA paperback version was published by State University of New York Press. This work constitutes one of the first non-polemical academic reviews of the New Age movement, presenting an analysis on the basis of its important texts.

North Atlantic Books

Genres published by North Atlantic Books include internal martial arts (through its imprint Blue Snake Books), somatics, homeopathic medicine, shamanism, Martian mysteries, alternative medicine, the history and philosophy of medicine, natural foods, New Science, Buddhism, parapsychology, Western esotericism, Sufism, deep ecology, gay and lesbian studies, conspiracy theories and Jungian psychology. In 1980, North Atlantic Books was incorporated within the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. They are a client of Random House distribution services.


The Rosicrucian spiritual path incorporates philosophy, kabbalah, and divine magic. The Order is symbolized by the rose (the soul) and the cross (the body). The unfolding rose represents the human soul acquiring greater consciousness while living in a body on the material plane. Unlike the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was open to both sexes and treated them as equals. The Order was a specifically Hermetic society that taught alchemy, kabbalah, and the magic of Hermes, along with the principles of occult science. The Golden Dawn maintained the tightest of secrecy, which was enforced by severe penalties for those who disclosed its secrets.