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130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

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A list of famous wizards, both legendary and real wizards, mystics, and occultists. Pictures included where possible. This is a broad list including mystical wizards and sorcerers alongside more mundane, real-life alchemists. Famous occultists such as these could certainly be considered "real-life wizards". While some may equate the occult with Satanism, this is a misnomer. Occultists and mystics are not the same as cultists.

Who are the most famous wizards in the world? Occultists simply study the unknown, bordering on the supernatural; some may even say magic or sorcery. For mystics, white magic vs. black magic is hardly the point, as knowledge is the ultimate goal. Even modern practitioners of witchcraft, wiccans, are benevolent. So, beyond the spells and potions this list of famous wizards is a list of those who sought knowledge of the unknown, you might even call them . . . scientists. The famous wizard names below feature a quick blurb about each historical figure - if you have a favorite, leave a note in the comments!
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    BirthplaceBraine-l'Alleud, Brabant, Belgium, Belgium


    Legendary Sorceress
    Circé Lethem is an actress....  more
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    Goddess Of Witchcraft
    Rachael Lynn Gabriela Kozak-Salmi (born May 26, 1976), better known by her stage name Hecate, is an American-Austrian experimental industrial and breakcore musician currently based in Kuopio,...  more
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    Legendary Sorceress
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    Queen And Sorceress
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    Apollonius of Tyana

    Dec. at 85 (15-100)

    BirthplaceCappadocia, Turkey


    Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 AD), sometimes also called Apollonios of Tyana, was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman...  more
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    Dec. at 55 (125-180)



    Apuleius (; also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; c. 124 – c. 170 AD) was a Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician. He was a Numidian who lived under the Roman Empire...  more
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    Abaris the Hyperborean

    In Greek mythology, Abaris the Hyperborean (Ancient Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος Abaris Hyperboreios), son of Seuthes, was a legendary sage, healer, and priest of Apollo known to the Ancient Greeks. He...  more
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    Gyges (; Greek: Γύγης; Lydian: ...  more
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    Dec. at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)

    BirthplaceEphesus, Turkey


    Heraclitus of Ephesus (; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος, translit. Hērákleitos ho Ephésios; c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of Ephesus, then part of...  more
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    Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth

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    Neo-platonist Philosopher, Espoused Theurgy
    Iamblichus (Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος; fl. c. 165–180 AD) was an Ancient Syrian Greek novelist. Iamblichus was an Emesene who achieved wide prominence in the 2nd century. He describes himself on being having...  more
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    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder...  more
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    Dec. at 66 (204-270)

    BirthplaceLycopolis, Egypt


    Neo-platonist Philosopher
    Plotinus (; Greek: Πλωτῖνος, Plōtinos; c. 204/5 – 270) was a major Hellenistic philosopher who lived in Roman Egypt. In his philosophy, described in the Enneads, there are three principles: the One,...  more
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    Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism. His political and religious teachings were well known in Magna Graecia...  more
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    Claudius Ptolemy (; Koinē Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος, Klaúdios Ptolemaîos [kláwdios ptolɛmɛ́os]; Latin: Claudius Ptolemaeus; c. AD 100 – c. 170) was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer and...  more
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    Simon the Knowledgeable or Simon the Sorcerer, or Simon the Magician (Latin: Simon Magus, Greek Σίμων ὁ μάγος), is a religious figure whose confrontation with Peter is recorded in Acts 8:9–24. The...  more
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    Solomon (; Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה, Shlomoh), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ Yedidyah), was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of...  more
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    Dec. at 51 (69 BC-18 BC)

    BirthplaceVirgilio, Lombardy, Italy


    Publius Vergilius Maro (Classical Latin: [ˈpuː.blɪ.ʊs wɛrˈɡɪ.lɪ.ʊs ˈma.roː]; traditional dates October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called Virgil or Vergil () in English, was an ancient...  more
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    The Witch of Endor

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    Zhang Jue

    Dec. at 44 (140-184)


    Zhang Jue (; died 184) was the leader of the Yellow Turban Rebellion during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He was said to be a follower of Taoism and a sorcerer. His name is sometimes read as...  more
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    Zhuge Liang

    Dec. at 53 (181-234)

    BirthplaceYinan County


    Zhuge Liang (pronunciation in Standard Mandarin: [ʈʂú.kɤ̀ ljâŋ] (listen) Chinese: 諸葛亮; 181–234), courtesy name Kongming, was a Chinese politician, military strategist, writer, engineer and inventor....  more
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    Abraham Abulafia

    Dec. at 51 (1240-1291)

    BirthplaceZaragoza, Spain


    Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia (Hebrew: אברהם בן שמואל אבולעפיה) was the founder of the school of "Prophetic Kabbalah". He was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1240 and is assumed to have died sometime after...  more