A selection of numerous notable mystical traditions, as well as the corresponding practices and rituals.

OccultTibetan BuddhismWestern EsotericismWiccaYoga

Mystical Traditions

(sorted alphabetically)

Occult symbol


Occult comes from 'occultus' (Latin) which means hidden or secret, but occultism rather refers to 'knowledge of the paranormal' and deals with a deeper spiritual reality.

  • Automatic writing
  • Channeling
  • Divination
  • Ouija Board
  • Self-induced hypnosis or trance
  • Spellcasting

Buddhist symbol

Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism uses three methods of spiritual practise of Buddhism: Foundational Vehicle, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The goal is to reach enlightenment in order to more efficiently help other beings reach it as well.

  • Analytic meditation
  • Deity yoga visualization
  • Mantra (e.g. 'Om Mani Peme Hung')
  • Mudras
  • Phowa (transferring consciousness)
  • Samadhi (incl. Samatha) meditation
  • Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism)
  • Taking refuge to the Three Jewels

Esoteric symbol

Western Esotericism

Western mystery tradition includes a number of spiritual traditions from the Western society, such as alchemy, herbalism, astrology, tarot, and ritual magic, to name just a few.

  • Astral projection
  • Divination
  • Evocation
  • Initiation rituals
  • Mediumship

Wicca symbol


Wicca is nature-based and pagan in origin, with roots in ancient Europe (predating Christianity). Wiccans worship the Triple Goddess and the Horned God. Magic and altruistic rituals are a common practise.

  • Drawing down the Moon ritual
  • Evocation
  • Handfasting
  • Initiation rituals
  • Self-initiation rituals
  • Spellcasting
  • Wiccaning

Om Yoga symbol


Yoga originates in India and refers to a range of mental and physical traditions. In Hinduism it is additionally one of the six astika schools of Hindu philosophy, and their goal.

  • Asana (Yoga postures)
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama (Breath control)
  • Shatkarma (Purification of the body)