You have probably never heard of this word before. I might even have coined it for this context myself. It serves a very important purpose.
Esoterica is a very broad term; so are equivalent words like occult and metaphysical. Better brains than mine have attempted to codify it and I will let you simply partake in a sampling.
Western esotericism, also known as esotericism, esoterism, and sometimes the Western mystery tradition, is a term under which scholars have categorized a wide range of loosely related ideas and movements which have developed within Western society. —Wikipedia
“Somewhat crudely, esotericism can be described as a Western form of spirituality that stresses the importance of the individual effort to gain spiritual knowledge, or gnosis, whereby man is confronted with the divine aspect of existence.” — Henrik Bogdan
“Esotericism is a multi-disciplinary field of spiritual knowledge contained within all religions which concerns the principles and qualities of magic and mysticism. No matter what religion (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.), all spiritual paths have an esoteric aspect that focuses on an interpersonal relationship with God, Spirit, the Divine, etc. In essence, all religion has two components within its make-up, regardless of the denomination: the exoteric and esoteric.” — Daniel Moler
Spiritual belief systems are as old as human history; the science of psychology is not. In fact, modern psychology and esoteric tarot have pretty parallel timelines. The cauldron of academic cultural thought as it was brewing in late 19th century Europe spawned them both. Mindfulness, Flow, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the MBTI personality types, even the concept of Emotional Intelligence itself are all part of this emerging de-ritualized mind science which has an affinity many esoteric concepts and magickal techniques. Again, I’m going to rely on others to provide some definitions and context.
“Psychology is a broad and diverse field that encompasses the study of human thought, behavior, development, personality, emotion, motivation, and more.” -Kendra Cherry
“Originally, matters of the psyche were considered religious matters. Therefore, questions of religious behavior permeated explorations into the workings of the soul. They were considered inseparable. This is particularly true for Judaism, which considers health of the soul dependent on religious practice. – Yechezkel Gold
Psychoterica draws from secular psychology, classical mysticism, ceremonial magic and traditional metaphysics. It doesn’t require a spiritual path or a belief in divinity and the spiritual realm external to human consciousness. However, it isn’t exoteric either. Simply put? Its the esoteric side to psychology and it began with more or less with Carl Jung. Ever successfully used affirmations to break a self-sabotaging behavior or thought process? Congratulations. You were successful at a psychoteric technique. Specifically, you preformed Mental Magick.
Psychoterica helps us understand ourselves and our fellow humans. Mysticism helps us have a personal connection to Divinity. Just as a religion can have both esoteric/exoteric aspects, a topic in esoterica tarot or general occultism might be a mix. Consider metaphysical to be my umbrella term for all of this.
In 2021, you can expect a lot of blog posts about psychoteric topics. I have special passion right now for studying the MBTI personality traits and their application to the Court Cards. I think will be really helpful in helping readers interpret their spreads about relationships as well as some inner alchemy of my own.