Esoteric knowledge is knowledge that is secret or not generally known.
Historically, esoteric knowledge is not generally known in large part because it is deliberately kept secret from those outside a select group. Such knowledge was confined within certain disciplines, such as magic and freemasonry. This is not the case any more as most groups, such as the Theosophical Society and the Rosicrucian Fellowship, teach freely to anyone, often without cost. Because of this openness, the reflexive aspect of the esoteric prevails: that it is complex and difficult to grasp except by the fewer, more perceptive or aware.
Compare this with Exoteric knowledge.
- Esoteric Buddhism
- Esoteric Christianity
- List of spirituality-related topics
- New Age
- Western mystery tradition
- Wikipedia (2005). Esoteric knowledge. Retrieved July 11, 2005.