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Influential Occultists and Other Figures

 

Historical

Plato – Philosopher

Aristotle – Philosopher

Plotinus – Neoplatonic Philosopher

Iamblicus – Neoplatonic Philosopher

Pythagoras – Philosopher and Mathematician

Pseudo-Dionysius – A pseudepigraphic author of an influential series of texts that popularized neoplatonic philosophy and integrated it with Christian theology.

Albertus Magnus – Catholic saint and important theologian from medieval Germany.

Nicolas Flamel – Purported alchemist; his life and work were later highly fictionalized. He was a well documented, real person who lived in France in the 14th century. He worked as a scribe and owned a manuscript shop.

Roger Bacon – Medieval English philosopher who is alternately considered a wizard or early proponent of the scientific method.

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa – Author of “Three Books of Occult Philosophy”.

Giordano Bruno

Marsilio Ficino

Giovani Pico della Mirandola

Paracelsus

Robert Fludd

Johann Weyer

John Dee – Advisor to Elizabeth I, Dee was an alchemist, philosopher, mathematician, scholar, astrologer, diviner, and progenitor of Enochian magic in the 16th century.

Edward Kelley – Dee’s assistant and “scryer”.

Count of St Germain – A mysterious man who lived in Europe in the 1700s. Later accounts attested that he was immortal and he himself claimed to be hundreds of years old.

Emmanuel Swedenborg – Influential Swedish mystic; author of the book “Heaven and Hell” which details the afterlife as revealed to him by God.

Eliphas Levi

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Aleister Crowley – Famous occultist and infamous “wickedest man in the world”. Founder of Thelema.

Manly P. Hall

A. E. Waite

Austin Osman Spare

Gershom Scholem – Preeminent scholar of Kabbalah.

Dion Fortune

Eckhart Tolle

 

Fictional or Highly Fictionalized

Doctor Faustus/Faust – A German scholar who sells his soul to the devil in a popular legend.

Hermes Trismegistus (Thoth) – The divine progenitor of Hermeticism.

Solomon – Biblical King of Israel, son of King David, Solomon was considered a powerful mage and exorcist. The Key of Solomon is a popular magical text ascribed to him in which he describes how to summon and bind various demons.

Simon Magus – Sorcerer featured in the New Testament, namesake of the sin of simony.

Abramelin the Mage – Purported author of the influential Book of Abramelin.