occult 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
Margot Adler Died 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.

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Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Antero Alli age 64 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
Kenneth Anger age 90 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
Fairuza Balk age 42 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
Franz Bardon Died 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
Michael Bertiaux age 80 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
William S. Burroughs Died 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
W. E. Butler Died 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
Laurie Cabot age 84 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
Marjorie Cameron Died 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
Carlos Castaneda Died 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
Jinx Dawson Ceremonial Magician, Artist, Recording Artist

Maya Deren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Maya Deren Died 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

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Gerina Dunwich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Gerina Dunwich age 56 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
Julius Evola Died 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
Dion Fortune Died 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
Gerald Gardner Died 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
H. R. Giger Died 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
Kenneth Grant Died 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
Manly Palmer Hall Died 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
Frieda Harris Died 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
Max Heindel Died 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
Phil Hine 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

Christopher Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Christopher Hyatt Died at 65 (1943-2008) Author, Teacher, Publisher Christopher Hyatt, born Alan Ronald Miller, was an American occultist, author, and founder of the Extreme Individual Institute. He is best known as president of New Falcon Publications.

Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Alejandro Jodorowsky age 88 Filmmaker, Comic Book Writer Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

Gareth Knight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Gareth Knight age 85 Occult Author Dr. Basil Wilby, aka Gareth Knight is a British esotericist and occult author.

Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Anton LaVey Died at 67 (1930-1997) Occult Author Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a ...more

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Sybil Leek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Sybil Leek Died at 65 (1917-1982) Witch And Occult Author Sybil Leek was an English witch, astrologer, occult author and self-proclaimed psychic. She wrote many books on occult and esoteric subjects. She was dubbed "Britain's most famous ...more

Martinus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Martinus Danish Occultist

Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Alan Moore age 63 Magician And Comic Creator Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, ...more

Grant Morrison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Grant Morrison age 57 Comic Writer And Magician Grant Morrison, MBE is a Scottish comic book writer, playwright and occultist. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics's ...more

John Whiteside Parsons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
John Whiteside Parsons Died at 38 (1914-1952) Occultist, Author And Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, better known as Jack Parsons, was an American rocket and chemical engineer, rocket propulsion researcher, inventor, businessman, writer, and Thelemite occultist. Parsons ...more

Israel Regardie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Israel Regardie Died at 78 (1907-1985) Occult Author, Magician Francis Israel Regardie, known simply as Israel Regardie, was an occultist, a writer, and Aleister Crowley's personal secretary and transcriptionist, widely known for his books and commentaries ...more

Jane Roberts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Jane Roberts Died at 55 (1929-1984) Author Dorothy Jane Roberts was an American author, poet, self-proclaimed psychic and spirit medium, who claimed to channel an energy personality who called himself "Seth". Her publication of ...more

Robin Skelton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Robin Skelton Died at 72 (1925-1997) Witch, Poet Robin Skelton was a British-born academic, writer, poet, and anthologist. Born in Easington, Yorkshire, Skelton was educated at the University of Leeds and Cambridge University. From 1944 to ...more

Starhawk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Starhawk age 65 Witch And Occult Author Starhawk is an American writer and activist. She is known as a theorist of feminist Neopaganism and ecofeminism. She is a columnist for Beliefnet.com and for On Faith, the Newsweek/Washington ...more

Rudolf Steiner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Rudolf Steiner Died at 64 (1861-1925) Founder Of Anthroposophy Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary ...more

Doreen Valiente is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Doreen Valiente Died at 77 (1922-1999) Priestess And Author Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente was an influential English Wiccan who was involved in a number of different early traditions, including Gardnerianism, Cochrane's Craft and the Coven of Atho. ...more

Leila Waddell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Leila Waddell Mystic And Muse

Robert Anton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Robert Anton Wilson Died at 75 (1932-2007) Author Robert Anton Wilson was an American author, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, psychologist, and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and saint ...more

Frances Yates is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Frances Yates Died at 82 (1899-1981) Scholar And Author Dame Frances Amelia Yates DBE FBA was an English historian who focused on the study of the Renaissance. In an academic capacity, she taught at the Warburg Institute of the University of London ...more

Donald Tyson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Modern Mystics
Donald Tyson age 61 Occult Author