Witchcraft Famous Modern Mystics  

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A list of modern mystics and modern wizards. Pictures included where possible. These occultists and famous mystics are the founders of new religions and ways of thought, including Christian mystics as well as the practitioners of what some would call "pagan beliefs."

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. Occultists simply study the unknown, bordering on the supernatural, some may even say magic or sorcery. For mystics, mystical 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 mystics presents those contemporary mystics who have sought knowledge of the unknown.

Margot Adler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 68 (1946-2014)
Witch And NPR Reporter Margot Susanna Adler was an American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess, and New York correspondent for National Public Radio.

Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 66
Author, Artist, Teacher Antero Alli was born 11 November 1952, in Finland. Alli currently resides in Berkeley, California, where he conducts workshops and stages theatrical productions, some of which have been released ...more

Kenneth Anger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 92
Disciple Of Crowley Kenneth Anger is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been ...more

Fairuza Balk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 44
Actress Fairuza Balk is an American film actress. She made her theatrical film debut as Dorothy Gale in Disney's Return to Oz. Balk also made appearances in Valmont, The Craft, The Island of Dr. Moreau, ...more

Franz Bardon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 49 (1909-1958)
Occult Author, Magician Franz Bardon, was a Czech stage magician and student and teacher of Hermetics. He was born in Opava, Austrian Silesia. During World War II Bardon was held in a concentration camp for refusing to ...more

Michael Bertiaux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 84
Author, Occult Artist Michael Paul Bertiaux is an American occultist and Old Catholic Bishop, known for his book Voudon Gnostic Workbook, a 615-page compendium of various occult lessons and research papers spanning ...more

William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 83 (1914-1997)
William Seward Burroughs II was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, ...more

W. E. Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 80 (1898-1978)
Esoteric Author Walter Ernest Butler, was a working occultist and esoteric author in Britain.

Laurie Cabot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 85
Witch, Priestess, Author Laurie Cabot is an American Witchcraft high priestess, one of the most high-profile witches in the world, one of the first people to popularize Witchcraft in the United States, and author of ...more

Marjorie Cameron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 73 (1922-1995)
Artist, Actress Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel, known simply as "Cameron," was an artist, poet, actress, occultist, and wife of rocket pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons. After serving in the U.S. ...more

Peter J. Carroll is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Peter J. Carroll
Occultist, Author, Founder Of Chaos Magic

Carlos Castaneda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)
Sorcerer, Writer, Anthropologist Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, ...more

Jinx Dawson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Ceremonial Magician, Artist, Recording Artist

Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 44 (1917-1961)
Filmmaker And Haitian Vodou Priestess Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a ...more

Ramsey Dukes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Ramsey Dukes
Occult Author

Gerina Dunwich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
age 59
Witch And Occult Author Gerina Dunwich is a professional astrologer, occult historian, and New Age author, best known for her books on Wicca and various occult subjects. She is also involved in paranormal research and ...more

Julius Evola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 76 (1898-1974)
Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola also known as Julius Evola, was an Italian philosopher, and esotericist. Evola regarded his perspectives and spiritual values as aristocratic, masculine, ...more

Dion Fortune is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 56 (1890-1946)
Occult Author Dion Fortune born Violet Mary Firth, was a prominent British occultist, author, psychologist, teacher, artist, and mystic. Schooled in Western Esotericism, she was influential in the modern ...more

Gerald Gardner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 80 (1884-1964)
Author And Founder Of The Religion Of Wicca Gerald Brosseau Gardner, also known by the craft name Scire, was an English Wiccan, as well as an author and an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist. He was instrumental in bringing the ...more

H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 74 (1940-2014)
Artist, Designer Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual ...more

Kenneth Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 87 (1924-2011)
Occultist, Author Kenneth Grant was an English ceremonial magician and prominent advocate of the Thelemite religion. A poet, novelist, and writer, with his wife Steffi Grant he founded his own Thelemite ...more

Manly Palmer Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 89 (1901-1990)
Occult Author, Teacher Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages.

Frieda Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)
Occultist, Artist Marguerite Frieda Harris was an artist, and, after she met him when aged 60, an associate of the occultist Aleister Crowley. She is best known for her design of Crowley's Thoth tarot deck.

Max Heindel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Dec. at 54 (1865-1919)
Author Max Heindel, born Carl Louis von Grasshoff in Aarhus, Denmark on July 23, 1865, was a Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer, and mystic. He died on January 6, 1919 at Oceanside, ...more

Phil Hine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Occult Author Philip M. Hine, more commonly known as Phil Hine, is a British writer, book reviewer, and occultist. He became known internationally through his written works Pseudonomicon, Condensed Chaos, and ...more