Occult, Occultism, Occultist
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Body of knowledge and meme-complexes pertaining to actual and/or supposed or postulated realities behind the surface appearances. The term occult also defines anything which is undisclosed, concealed, or not easily perceived.
It may include everything from common superstitions through psychicism and shamanism, to tantra, yoga, mysticism and noetics.
Occultism is often based on the premise that certain correspondences unite all things, so that stars, planets, gems, colors, chakras, elements, toposophic kingdoms, and phyles are interlinked. Various branches of occult studies and practice includes astrology, ceremonial magick, channeling, chionics, crystals, esotericism, hermeticism, numerology, palmistry, paranormal studies, psionics, tarot, and more.
Often absurdly sensationalized, distorted, and trivialized, especially as a rebellion against official religion and establishment. Common pseudo-occult aesthetics include dressing in black, applying teratonous augmentations, and so on.
True occultists are much rarer, and constitute various subcultures and individual endeavors dedicated to penetrating deep into the causal mysteries of universal being and the Universal Mind; including hidden dimensions of existence from the psychic and paraphysical to the divine. (more or less synonymous with the esoterics.)
- Astral Body
- Astral Plane
- Hermeticism, Hermeticist - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Esotericist phyle or group of phyles that in their present form date to the middle first Federation (although their antecedents go back much further, even to Old Earth). Teach techniques of magick and an emanationist cosmology involving zones of thought (also called sephirot); in Cyberhermeticism each pertains to a toposophic or singularity grade; in Neohermeticism each of the Archailects is considered the manifestation of one of these sephirah
- Magusism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Esoteric - occult memeticity based on the development of individual psychic powers, usually by means of wetware and - in some cases, transapientech augments. Some sects are more traditionally religious and public, others tend to reclusive and sometimes elitist. They re not aligned with any of the AI empires.
- Nuage, Nuagism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Tolerant pop-esotericist religion and memeticity-complex dating back to the Atomic Age of Old Earth, based on principles of love and fellowship with all beings, meditation, alignment with nature and cosmic forces, and uncritical spirituality.
- Occult Philosopher - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Term sometimes used in the Sophic League and elsewhere to designate one who seeks the unseen causes regulating natural phenomena, the nature of consciousness, etc.
- Paranormal, Theories of the