Western Esotercisim at the Quest Bookshop

Western esotericism or Hermeticism (from Hermes, the Greek god of occult knowledge) refers to the collection of the esoteric knowledge of the Western world. This includes, but is not limited to, alchemy, theosophy, Rosicrucianism and Western forms of ritual magic. The tradition has no one source or unifying text, nor does it hold any specific dogma, instead placing emphasis on "inner knowledge" or Gnosis. Various groups including Hermetic organizations, neopagans, Masons, and Thelemites, continue to practice modern variants of traditional Western esoteric philosophies.