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Astrology, numerology, cartomancy...: why so much fascination for esotericism?

Audio 48:30


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By: Amélie Beaucour

1 min

Esotericism takes an increasingly important place in our societies.

According to a poll in France, from December 2020, in the midst of a health crisis, 41% of respondents said they believed that their astrological sign influenced their character (compared to 30% of Americans), figures that have been rising for twenty years with further growth. strongest among 18-24 year olds, 70% of whom believe in parasciences.


Experience, entertainment, better self-knowledge, emotional support... esoteric practices have become real multifunctional tools.

The rise of social networks has also made it possible to give more visibility to practices that are often little or poorly known.

If the use of esotericism can be disturbing, if some do not believe in it or doubt its effectiveness, it is clear that the uses are spreading within our societies.

How to understand this growing attraction for esotericism? 



- Damien Karbovnik

, historian of religions, specialist in contemporary esotericism and sociologist at the

University of Strasbourg

- Eloïse Méhard

, palmist and co-creator of the

Café Contresort

in Paris

- Maheva Stephan-Bugni

, teacher, creator of the Instagram account and the astrotruc blog.

Author of

Astrotruc - Decipher your horoscope with pop culture!

(Marabout Editions, 2022)

and an exchange with 

Birahim Touré

, RFI correspondent in Dakar, Senegal on the divinatory art of cowries in Senegal. 

Musical programming:


- KOG  



– Oumou Sangare 


– Handsom Boy Modeling School. 


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