The occult (from the Latin word occultus "clandestine, hidden, secret") is "knowledge of the hidden".<ref>Crabb, G. (1927). English synonyms explained, in alphabetical order, copious illustrations and examples drawn from the best writers. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.</ref> In common English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable",<ref>Underhill, E. (1911). Mysticism, Meridian, New York.</ref> usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that "must be kept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences.<ref>Blavatsky, H. P. (1888). The Secret Doctrine. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing.</ref> The terms esoteric and arcane can also be used to describe the occult,<ref>Houghton Mifflin Company. (2004). The American Heritage College Thesaurus. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Page 530.</ref><ref>Wright, C. F. (1895). An outline of the principles of modern theosophy. Boston: New England Theosophical Corp.</ref> in addition to their meanings unrelated to the supernatural.
It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body of current and historical literature and spiritual philosophy related to this subject.
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