Egregore (also spelled egregor; from French égrégore, from Ancient Greek ἐγρήγορος, egrēgoros ‘wakeful’) is an occult concept representing a non-physical entity that arises from the collective thoughts of a distinct group of people. Historically, the concept referred to angelic beings, or watchers, and the specific rituals and practices associated with them, namely within Enochian traditions.
In more recent times, the concept has referred to a psychic manifestation, or a thoughtform, which occurs when any group shares a common motivation—being made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of the group.
Later the term and concept found its way into other languages. Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse, or The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, was a novel written in French by the Polish author Count Jan Potocki (1761–1815) in the Russian Empire in the early 19th century which features the term ‘egregores’, referring to “the most illustrious of fallen angels.”
The term ‘egregore’ was also used by the French author Victor Hugo, in La Légende des siècles (1859) (“The Legend of the Ages”), where he uses the word égrégore first as an adjective, then as a noun, while leaving the meaning obscure.[non-primary source needed]
Éliphas Lévi, in Le Grand Arcane (“The Great Secret”, 1868) identifies ‘egregors’ with the tradition concerning the Watchers, the fathers of the nephilim, describing them as “terrible beings” that “crush us without pity because they are unaware of our existence.”
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