About Us

The Mystica is an online encyclopedia from 1997.


Editorial Department
Alan G. Hefner

Research Department Alan G. Hefner

Graphics Micha F. Lindemans

Advisory Board

Special Counsultant
Micha F. Lindemans

James Dilworth

Staff Writers

James Dilworth
Alan G. Hefner, A.G.H.



There are over 3000 articles presented. Initially this volume seemed small to other on-line encyclopedias, but the encyclopedia’s objectives are not small, they still are universal. The first objective is to objectively describe past and present ideas, concepts, beliefs, and practices in the worlds of the occult, mysticism and paranormal. By doing this, the MYSTICA hopes to achieve its second objective, which is to educate. To many people the regions of the occult and mysticism are strange, and often even thought to be sinister. But when the truth about these phenomena is revealed they are usually seen and understood differently. Also the practitioners of such phenomena may be seen differently too. They usually appear to be ordinary people holding different ideas.

As the encyclopedia developed other sections were opened. The newest of these sections in the encyclopedia is “Hinduism,” which attempts to describe and explain the practices and beliefs of the Hindus, as well as showing relationships between the religion and occult and mysticism.

The section of “Great Mysteries” contains places where occult and mystical occurrences have happened such as AtlantisAveburyStonehenge, the Rollright Stones and other mystical phenomena. By describing such places it is hope to acquaint the visitor with the environment surrounding such phenomena.

Another area that was opened the paranormal section dealing with the occurrences of psychic phenomena such as ESP (extrasensory perception)Kirlian photography, and Psychokinesis (PK).

The encyclopedia intends to have a writing section named the Mystical Enchantments. This section will contain public announcements and information about sites and events concerning the worlds of the occult, mysticism and paranormal in cyberspace. It will also house poems and short works as submitted by visitors. This is an area for personal experiences, feelings and views. Short works such as invocations, blessings and poetry will be considered too, but when from another source the source must be given.

Lastly, and perhaps most of all, the MYSTICA hopes to be entertaining. Knowledge just for its own sake usually does not mean much or do much for the visitor, but if the visitor finds an idea or practice which he likes and wants to explore it further or revisit the encyclopedia, then the encyclopedia’s purpose has be fully achieved. Visitors can also ask for further information on a particular topic or related topics even not yet in the encyclopedia by using the feedback option.

Some of the topics you will find here, are about:

  • Akashic Records: What are they and how are they presently used by psychics and average persons?
  • Francis Bacon: Was he just an English poet, essayist, and statesman? Or, was he of royalty? How did his occult ideas influence England and even America?
  • Druidism: What was this strange religion which held the ancient Celtic people together. Who were the Celts and how did they live? Why are remnants of the religion still practiced today?
  • Reincarnation and Karma: Why are these two beliefs so important to some persons? Why do they base their lives around them?
  • Voodoo: What is the origin of this religion?

These and other questions are answered in the encyclopedia which is far from complete. New articles will be added regularly. Visitors are invited to return to view the new additions. Visitors are also invited and encouraged to submit articles of their own which will make the encyclopedia grow faster. Rules for submission of articles appear on the main menu. There are just a few of us working on this project, so all help and feedback are graciously accepted.

Finally, the MYSTICA, like her new sister-site Mythical-Folk on the MYSTICA.ORG will be always opened to everyone and forever free.



Name: Spirit And Sky Top Site Award 2004

Date: February 4, 2004

Awarded by: Spiritual Directories http://www.spiritandsky.com

Criteria: On-topic and informative for the category it is in

Name: Reality Shifting Award of Excellence.

Date: September 20, 2003

Awarded by: http://realityshifters.com/

Criteria: Your Mystica web site demonstrates excellence in content and design, while being informative and unique, and helping people shift their reality in a positive direction.

Recognition: Selected as an approved site for an educational Internet service called WebPathExpress. This exciting service, developed by the Follett Software Company, helps students find online resources for homework assignments, reports and other areas of research. http://www.fsc.follett.com/products/webpathexpress

Date: February 26, 2002

Criteria: In an effort to point students to the best resources on the Internet, we have selected
https://www.themystica.com as one that provides excellent educational value.

Name: Star of Wisdom Award

Date: March 2, 2001

Awarded by: Astral Hearts at http://astralhearts.com

Criteria: The Star of Wisdom is given to websites which promote spiritual wisdom on the Internet in all areas of spiritual and personal growth. Presentation of content, and graphic design are also considered in selecting from nominees presented by individuals and Astral Hearts staff members.

Recognition:We are glad to announce that the page with this URL:

The Mystica – Online Encyclopedia Definitions, Mythology, Religion, Occultism

has been included in Länkskafferiet (the Link Larder) [http://lankskafferiet.skolverket.se/]. The Link Larder is a database for educational use which consists of subject structured and quality
assessed Internet information resources chosen for Swedish pupils, especially those between 10 and 15 years of age.

The Link Larder is a part of the Swedish Schoolnet http://www.skolverket.se/skolnet/english/index.html] and was comissioned by and has continuing support from the National Agency for Education.

Date: December 11, 2000

Recognition: Submission to Academic Resources Channel

Date: August 5, 2000

Criteria: In recognition of your remarkable network achievements, the information
about your online work has been published in selected issues of the RSCI
Journals Collection.

Name: Britannica Internet Guide Award

Date: February 1, 2000

Awarded by: Britannica.com

Criteria: Editors selected site as one of the best on the Internet for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and usability.


Date: December 14, 1999

& MANJUSHRI-MANDALA (Established 1975)

Criteria: – For your kindness of awarding our page, giving us a banner-link or
some other web-kindness or just because we like your outstanding site
we reward you with the unique ***”IAS & MANJUSHRI MANDALA KINDNESS
REWARD 1999″***. This is not an award one can apply for. May this
Tibetan dragon-king (drug dru) grant you even more wisdom, energy,
success, health, prosperity and esp. a long life. –

Name: Recommended Site for February ’99

Awarded by: Aternate Realities in Art and Thought

Criteria: Granted for providing an extraordinary service to the Esoteric/Occult/Magickal communities on the web.

Awarded by: newhoo.comA Search Engine

Date: September 07, 1998

Area: Reference, Encyclopedia: Subject-Encyclopedias: Paranormal

Awarded by: Eye On the Web

Date: May 07, 1998

Area: Religion & Philosophy: New Age/Paganism sub-category

Criteria: Based on content, usability, graphics and overall design.

Awarded by: AvatarSearch–SearchEngine of the Occult Internet

Date: March 10, 1998

Criteria: The Mystic Site of the Web Award exists exclusively for the benefit of the Mystical and Occult Communities on the Internet. Its sole purpose is to provide a means of recognition for a Web Site’s Achievement and service to the community.

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