egregore

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From French égrégore (spirit of a group),[1] from the Ancient Greek substantive of ἐγρήγορος (egrḗgoros, wakeful) meaning watcher, angel in the Book of Enoch.[2]

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egregore (plural egregores)

  1. (obsolete) An angelic being from the Book of Enoch.
    • 1815, Robert Mayo, A New System of Mythology:
      When men multiplied, says the author, they had daughters of an exquisite beauty, so amiable that the Egregores, or the guardian Angels, conceived a violent passion for them.
    • 1884, Benjamin Charles Jones, Allegories, discources, dissertations, disquisitions, episodes, legends, parables, problems, & proverbs on fact and fiction, past and present, and the world:
      [] but I must be fair, and point out that there are those who fancy he is a fallen angel, an Egregore, a guardian angel of somebody else's property, and if he really is an 'Egregore he may be grandfather to the Nephelim, and great grandfather to the Eliud.
  2. (occult) An autonomous psychic entity that is composed of and influencing the thoughts of a group of people.
    • 2013, Anaiya Sophia, Sacred Sexual Union: The Alchemy of Love, Power, and Wisdom:
      In magical esoteric circles an egregore is commonly understood to be a magical psychic entity consciously or unconsciously created by a couple or a group as an encapsulation and merger of their collective aspirations and ideals.

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  1. ^ Victor Hugo, "Le jour des rois", La Légende des Siècles IV, V, and "L'Italie – Ratbert", La Légende des Siècles VII. Both in the Première Série, 1859.
  2. ^ Eliphas Lévi, "The Great Mystery" (1868) p.127-130, 133, 136