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 ...
Alfred Schuler - "Blood Beacon" and "Cosmic Circle"
... became the center of certain anti-bourgeois 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 ... Karl Wolfskehl, the founders of this "occult circle" ...
Mathilde Ludendorff - Attacks On The Occult
... 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 ... was dealt 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "occult":

  • (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
  • (verb): Hide from view.
    Example: "The lids were occulting her eyes"
  • (noun): Supernatural forces and events and beings collectively.
    Synonyms: supernatural
  • (noun): Occult practices and techniques.
    Example: "He is a student of the occult"
    Synonyms: occult arts
  • (verb): Become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished.
    Example: "The beam of light occults every so often"
  • (verb): Cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention.
    Synonyms: eclipse

Famous quotes containing the word occult:

    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)

    The thing with Catholicism, the same as all religions, is that it teaches what should be, which seems rather incorrect. This is “what should be.” Now, if you’re taught to live up to a “what should be” that never existed—only an occult superstition, no proof of this “should be”Mthen you can sit on a jury and indict easily, you can cast the first stone, you can burn Adolf Eichmann, like that!
    Lenny Bruce (1925–1966)

    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)