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George Gurdjieff with John Pentland in a roadside café, France, circa 1949. Copyright © 2003 Dushka Howarth

Welcome to the Occult Wiki!

Did you know that postmodern and Beat Generation figure William S. Burroughs had more than a casual interest in mysticism and the occult? Or that U.S. First Lady Mary Lincoln held frequent séances with her husband Abraham Lincoln at the White House? Or that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page owned an occult bookstore in the 1970s?

Occult subjects have fascinated many over the years and continue to influence popular culture. We will be showcasing topics that capture the occult ideas, movements, and figures of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Table of Contents

Getting Started

Historical Contexts

The Nineteenth Century

The Twentieth Century

Where We Are Now

Academic Perspectives

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