Question by medzthemedik: What magical traditions are there besides occultism/hermetism?
Answer by Tahuti Reincarnate
Occult means secret, so all magical traditions would be “occult,” as well as many nonmagical traditions. (like inner order Jesuit, Opus Dei, Mormon, or Scientology rites)
Hermeticism is very specifically the teachings and traditions that developed out of the teachings of Thrice Magical Hermes, an Egyptian-Greek mythological ‘Christ,’ whose teachings can be found in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Modern Paganism.
So, other traditions.
1. Shamanism: This is a pre-hermetic occult tradition that can be found in all tribal cultures today. Many Native Americans have continued to practice their Shamanic religions into modern society, and many African tribes keep theirs by refusing to assimilate into modern culture.
2. Witchcraft: This has always been a less than accepted magical system, usually practiced by women. Witches were held in awe, and feared by such differeing cultures as ancient Athens, Rome, medeival Paris, and London, African tribal cultures (where Shamanism is accepted religion, and Witchcraft is unaccepted) and modern America. Witchcraft very often explores feminine aspects of magic.
3. The magic found within the Tao is not Hermetic at all. So the I-Ching will be a famous example of non-hermetic occultism.
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