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Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on December 28, 2004, 10:31:59 AM
Because of the Incresing number of people wanting spells and to learn magic and have no Idea where to start, Iv put together this book list from the book recomenations thread (http://forums.theveritasacademy.net/showthread.php?t=2561&page=1&pp=20) . This is just to make it neet and tidy and on one post.

The Enochian Towers (Unknown)
 The Heptameron(Peter De Abano)
 Initiation into Hermetics (http://sacred-magick.com/pdf/Files/Best%20Known%20Authors/Franz%20Bardon/Initiation%20Into%20Hermetics%20-%20SME.pdf)(Franz Bardon)[/B]
 A Treatise on Cosmic Fire(Dwual Khuul)
 A Treatise on White Magic(Alice Bailey)
 Psychic Self-Defense(Dion Fortune)
 The Essential Skills of Magic (http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/pentagram_ritual.pdf)(Benjamin Rowe) [Essay]
 Transcendental Magic(Eliphas Levi)
 The Three Books of Occult Philosophy(Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa)
            - Occult Philosophy Book I (http://sacred-magick.com/pdf/Files/Best%20Known%20Authors/Cornelius%20Agrippa/Occult%20Philosophy%20Book%20I.pdf)
            -Occult Philosophy Book II (http://sacred-magick.com/pdf/Files/Best%20Known%20Authors/Cornelius%20Agrippa/Occult%20Philosophy%20Book%20II.pdf)
            -Occult Philosophy Book III (http://sacred-magick.com/pdf/Files/Best%20Known%20Authors/Cornelius%20Agrippa/Occult%20Philosophy%20Book%20III.pdf)
The Focus of Life (http://sacred-magick.com/pdf/Files/Best%20Known%20Authors/Austin%20Spare/The_Focus_of_Life.pdf)(Austin Spare)
Magic without Tears(Aleister Crowley)
Magick in Theory and Practice(Aleister Crowley)
Liber Null and Psychonaut(Peter Carrol)
Liber Kaos: The Psychonomicon(Peter Carroll)
Magickal Use of Thoughtforms(Delores Ashcroft-Nowiki and J. H)
The Tree of Life(Israel Ragardie)
Where the Spirits Ride the Wind: Trance Journeys and Other Ecstatic Experiences(Felicitas D. Goodman)

Now where do you buy these books you ask? Amazon (http://www.amazon.ca) is a start. Good prices too. Short on cash?
 A Bardon Companion (http://www.abardoncompanion.com/) (IIH commentary)
Franz Bardon (http://www.bardon.freespeechsite.com/)
Chaos Magic (http://www.chaosmagic.com/occultlibrary/index.shtml)
Bardon System (http://www.lava.net/~pagios/basic.html)
Hermetic Library (http://www.hermetics.org/ebooks.html)(very Large)
Hermetic.com (http://www.hermetic.com/)
Occult Fourms (http://www.occultforums.com/showthread.php?t=5966) (Quite exstensive)
Sacred Magick (http://www.sacred-magick.com/) (Quite exstensive- No longer free Aside from Crowley. Pay as you go.)
and everyones favorite Veritas Articles (http://forums.theveritasacademy.net/article.php?c=5)

And Finaly, Killthedream's Shopping Guide
Quote from: Killthedream
I kind of bulletin it with criteria and if it fits I will usually buy the book or read it at the bookstore (the benefits of having a sister who works at barnes and noble are nice to exploit)

More then 1 of the criteria have to be negative for me not to read it.

1. I look at the name of the book. If it follows any "2 weeks and Wam! you're _insert anything from magician to ninja to investment banker_" or similar title. If it has a Dummies' guide or Idiots' guide I will probably skim and but never buy. Also, when it comes to occult books, mentioning of Ancient, LONG LOST, and stuff like that naturally peaks my bullshit radar.

2. When it comes to occult books, I look at the author's name. If the author's name has been turned into something like "Ravens Moonblood" or "Lord Cacius Nosferat" I see a lack of judgement and will probably dismiss it. This is partially due to the fact that every book I've looked closer at with a manicured name like that just so happens to not be very good. I know some of these people just had parents who had the unfortunate forethought to go with those names. None of this is certain, its always flexible, remember.

Those 2 happen almost instantly upon looking at books.

3. Then I read the back or inside flap. If its capturing, or it highlights the point or several points (about what the book is giving), I am more inclined to keep reading. If it has excessive graphics, or mainly talks about the writer not the book I am a little uneasy, but then that could be because of the popularity of the writer. So thats barely anything that really affects whether I get the book.

4. I read the table of contents. Table of contents is one of the best ways to just get down to business. If I see things that arent particularly entertaining or most of it is covered in other books, I become discerned.

5. I skim a few random chapters, usually the first halves of them. Look at the style of writing, the introduction is important simply because its the writer trying to say as simply as possible what hes try to convey in the rest of it. Usually by then I'm either sold or not. I also find looking at the bibliography to show a lot to, especially if there isn't one. Thats usually a bad sign for an occult book or book that's based on a "skill"

That's what I usually go on. When I amazon.com for books, I read reviews as well, and then I look at who's reviewing (like are they typing properly and giving an actual review) since authors will have them and all their friends rate it high and put it on the fanbase forums and stuff. So they aren't are true source. Also looking at the other books by the same author let me get into where he will probably be going with it.

I dislike books on the subject that arent well-researched. Attempts at humor aren't really annoying or anything but if I see it excessively I get somewhat perturbed. References to religious sources and the ilk are fine as long as they arent used as examples of ability or "THIS REALLY HAPPENED". Which is hard to explain I'm sorry, but its like if an author says Moses parted the seas, you can too! or uses myths to justify and give credence to their ideas when better ones are available or should be more modern. Like using Merlin as a source of someone "who gets it". It all depends of the subject, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind uses of the rhyme scheme of Homer's Illiad and comparing it to how a majority of modern skizophrenics talk I am more likely to understand. But flat out certainties and I become wary. I can see things from viewpoints, but I prefer a more neutral stance on things.

I hope this helped

Thanks to everyone who posted in That Thread for makeing this list posible.  
:) Stickied! :)

EDIT: Added direct links to PDF files. Just click on the book title (Work in Progress)
Title: Excelent
Post by: BlackAnt on January 16, 2005, 11:15:18 AM
I could download Initiation to Hermetic. I will read it in short. Please, what can be considered the basic to magic? I mean what tipe of exercises? How I know Im ready to start making magick?

I meditate in zen and practice qi gong every day, mmm... almost every day. I practice draw energy and make psi balls. I can make psi balls. But Im interested more in magick than in psionic.

Sorry for my barbarian speech
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kyo on January 16, 2005, 12:21:15 PM
the basics of magic will be found in prophecies articles, he also gives exercises, and don't worry about your speech, its better than most native english speakers on this site.
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: BlackAnt on January 16, 2005, 05:17:43 PM
Where can I get this book in PDF o DOC format? I cant buy it for a lot of reason: distance, money, accesibility.

Magick in Theory and Practice(Aleister Crowley)
The Focus of Life(Austin Spare)
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy(Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa)
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ECKS on January 25, 2005, 07:32:27 AM
You could probably download all these books at http://www.occultforums.com
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on January 25, 2005, 03:01:57 PM
Now see thats why I put a lionk to the occult forms there, in bold ;)

Now who stickied this? Who was it? Id like to thank them. :)
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Nereus on January 25, 2005, 03:39:21 PM
Actually, you may not need to suck up their bandwidth, shortly... If I ever get this here doomsday device off the ground-- More at 11.
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: AngryLeprachaun on January 25, 2005, 03:48:19 PM
I was looking for books to learn from.  Thanks for making it neater, so that I can gather all the books up. :)
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Spartan117 on February 25, 2005, 05:08:35 AM
http://www.occultforums.com/showthread.php?t=5966 (http://www.occultforums.com/showthread.php?t=5966)

A list of subjects, click on the subject you want, and it will show a big list of PDF articles/books on that subject.
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on February 28, 2005, 04:13:51 PM
Can I ask why this is the second time someone has posted the same link to a page that was already on the list?  :confused:
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Spartan117 on March 01, 2005, 08:38:22 AM
Right, sorry people, didn't notice the link in another post at first. =)
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: kakkarot on March 02, 2005, 06:28:10 AM
I'd just like to point out that the authors of A Treatise on Cosmic Fire are Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul. The spelling mistake on the one author listed threw me off a bit but I found it listed on amazon.com under just Alice Bailey
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0853301174/026-8429425-1467609

I've also found an online site for it, and it looks at a glance to be the whole book but I've not even started reading it yet so I couldn't tell you http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/fire/toc.html , where both Bailey and Khul are listed as the authors.

Hm, I've also found a site which has a rather negative view on Mrs. Bailey http://www.teosofiskakompaniet.net/BlavatskyvsBailyALC.htm#A%20TREATISE%20ON%20COSMIC%20FIRE though more research would be needed on the part of the reader (you) to determine whether any of those claims are true.

~kakkarot
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Wandering nomad on April 10, 2005, 12:56:12 AM
umm..can you tell me of a book for someone who is just stating and knows practiculy nothing.i heard i should read loots of occult books or something but i don`t know
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on April 10, 2005, 08:14:45 AM
Any one of these books is probably a good place to start. They all have high recomendations. However the Bolded one, Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon is probably the best begginer book as it covers a section on theory and in the second part of the book, gives exercises for the very beginner.  Such as Thought Control and Self Reflection. Also a good site to have with IIH is A Bardon Companion (http://www.abardoncompanion.com/). a commentary on the steps in the book.
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: SilentlyScreaming on May 24, 2005, 06:49:45 AM
This site doesn't offer anything on the occult, or magic(k). It does however offer information on the body, and various guides for bodybuilding, yoga, and so forth. have an look http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbmaintrain.htm
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: clazie on June 16, 2005, 01:16:20 AM
http://www.magusbooks.com (http://"http://www.magusbooks.com")

This has always been a good source for books for me. Nice selection and they will find books for you too.

-Clazie
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Tsumaru on June 16, 2005, 11:26:25 PM
Quote from: SilentlyScreaming
This site doesn't offer anything on the occult, or magic(k). It does however offer information on the body, and various guides for bodybuilding, yoga, and so forth. have an look http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbmaintrain.htm

Yeah, umm...we're in the Magic section. Not sure why we want to be bodybuilding in here. <_<
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: AMF The White on June 17, 2005, 06:13:23 AM
Check out
http://www.rinf.com/disinfo/magick_ebooks.html (http://www.rinf.com/disinfo/magick_ebooks.html)

It has some pretty good books, as well as a wide selection. All for free download!
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: SilentlyScreaming on June 19, 2005, 12:52:38 PM
Quote from: Tsumaru
Yeah, umm...we're in the Magic section. Not sure why we want to be bodybuilding in here. <_<

Some peoples pratice may require them to improve there body.
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Tsumaru on June 19, 2005, 11:12:48 PM
Some peoples practice may also require them to use candles, but I'm not going to link someone to a candle-making site am I?
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on June 20, 2005, 04:05:40 AM
I agree. It was a rather dumb idea, but its not hurting anyone or the thread. However arguing is just cluttering the thread with needless posts, and that means its harder to find actual suggestions and continuing to spin further and further off topic until the thread becomes locked and no more suggestions can be made. is this what you want? IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT!? :teethy:

*Beats tsu and Silentlyscreaming over the head with teh Uber powerful Mallet of Silence*
 :P
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Tsumaru on June 20, 2005, 11:08:23 PM
*cowers in fear of the Uber powerfull Mallet of Silence*

=(
Title: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: AMF The White on June 21, 2005, 11:15:02 AM
Quote from: Tsumaru
Some peoples practice may also require them to use candles, but I'm not going to link someone to a candle-making site am I?


Good point, there, Tsu. ^_^
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: SleepWalker on August 13, 2005, 12:33:39 AM
AMF there is no "e" in the link.
There ya go.
http://www.rinf.com/e-books/magick_books.html (http://www.rinf.com/e-books/magick_books.html)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ih8pepsi on August 27, 2005, 07:29:37 PM
Sadly, my web browser(Firefox) won't open any .pdf files. It used to, so maybe I've just messed up something. I'll check. It's either that or use Internet Explorer. Yuck.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on August 27, 2005, 07:39:04 PM
My firefox opens PDfs
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: SleepWalker on August 28, 2005, 11:54:20 AM
Sadly, my web browser(Firefox) won't open any .pdf files. It used to, so maybe I've just messed up something. I'll check. It's either that or use Internet Explorer. Yuck.
Your adobe version is possibly outdated
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Vinncent on September 09, 2005, 05:50:16 PM
Shouldn't this topic be stickied? Because it looked awfully far down on the topic list when I was looking for it.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Adept on September 09, 2005, 07:32:03 PM
It should and was before the move to vsociety. and the ebook indexes wer lost under piles of posts too.

*pokes the mod squad*
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Trillis on February 21, 2006, 11:18:13 AM
Quote
The Enochian Towers

Does anyone have any information regarding this book. I'm sure google would previal, however I'd perfer valid imput from Veritasians. :)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Creature on February 21, 2006, 02:32:54 PM
I drove down to Davenport's Borders the other day and saw a book History of Magick by Levi translated by A.E. Waite (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0877280770/sr=8-1/qid=1140561052/ref=sr_1_1/102-8877705-4862510?%5Fencoding=UTF8)  I wanted to get it but am short on cash so first I wanted to check and see if there's an online e=book version.  Is there?

/me checked in our e-book list and couldn't find it :(
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Camer222 on March 08, 2006, 06:01:14 PM
Grimorie of the Green Witch  by Ann Moura  is also a good book for wiccans. Nothing on black/molevlient magick but really covers on symbolism. It also has a whole section on sabbats and how to celebrate them.
I personally love the book.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738702870/qid=1141869268/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-0402546-8011334?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Fromadistance on March 10, 2006, 07:53:24 AM
So we're supposed to list books that we found really useful and stuff?

Aight, if you're into Qabalah or Tarot, or High Magick in general, even if you don't like Crowley or own the Thoth Deck, check out the book that goes with it, The Book of Thoth.  It helps if you do have some backup knowledge about these two subjects (a la Regardie's Garden of Pomegranates in my case... another good one).

Every once in a while I have the balls to pick up something by Crowley and start reading it... and I'm always astounded.

Except for the Book of the Law.  That was oddly dissapointing.  Probably because that was the only one I had no comprehension of though.

Distance
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: SethLaRoth DeShawl on April 26, 2006, 05:14:10 AM
Grimorie of the Green Witch  by Ann Moura  is also a good book for wiccans. Nothing on black/molevlient magick but really covers on symbolism. It also has a whole section on sabbats and how to celebrate them.
I personally love the book.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738702870/qid=1141869268/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-0402546-8011334?s=books&v=glance&n=283155
A Wiccan that practices the so called "Black" magick does not deserve to call themself Witch OR Wiccan.

The Witches Magickal Hanbook is Also a good read for the solitary practitioner.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: psi_vamp on August 15, 2006, 10:57:05 AM
Another good source to find out about books is everyones favourite, wikapedia! Thanx, ~bloodmoon hermit (sounds better than psi vamp lol!)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Camer222 on August 15, 2006, 02:19:19 PM
Quote
A Wiccan that practices the so called "Black" magick does not deserve to call themself Witch OR Wiccan.
Thats y i said its good for wiccans :biggrin:
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Enchia on August 16, 2006, 01:18:35 AM
Are there any other good book beside summoning spirits by konstantious and Practice of Magical Evocation and the treatise on elemental magick who deals with the behavior of elementals?

Or does anybody has some good books who have some good basic magick knowledge except the Kybalion and Psychic self-defence? Maybe somebody knows a good book like Dion fortunes Psychic self-defence book?

Greets
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: psi_vamp on August 16, 2006, 10:36:48 AM
For summonings try necromancy.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Enchia on August 16, 2006, 11:14:24 AM
Summoning and necromancy are VERY different. With summoning you summon a non-human entities such a elementals and with necromancy you control/summon human entities (Ghosts)

Correct me if I am wrong though
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: psi_vamp on August 17, 2006, 02:56:14 PM
Yes thats what i meant. Lol oj. Thanks for the lesson
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: clairvoyant on September 21, 2006, 03:28:55 AM
Are these books available in all countries?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: liquidwaterman on October 01, 2006, 06:23:47 PM
Are these books available in all countries?

Not sure, but a good amount of them can be found in full on the internet
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: cyropsion_26 on October 01, 2006, 07:19:59 PM
Hey guys, long time no see.
Here's a good one, took me forever to find.
http://satanicsingles.com/library/Practical_Sigil_Magic_-_Frater_U.D.pdf
This is pretty much the book on sigil magic, its scanned so there are no errors.
Enjoy.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Zelos on November 08, 2006, 07:41:03 PM
I don't know if there's an e-book version of this out there, but I recently bought "A Garden of Pomegranates:  Skrying on the Tree of Life" by Israel Regardie.  It's a very good book on the Qaballah and the symbolism therein.  As I understand it, this book is in the same series as "The Tree of Life," which was previously mentioned in this article.  I almost bought that, but this was cheaper and I'm on a budget.  I can't seem to put it down.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Bladesmith on November 28, 2006, 12:07:17 AM
I apologise for the potential redundancy of this question, but can any of you recommend a good book on the history of Hermetic magic? I see a lot of names mentioned on the forums (Abramelin, Paracelsus, etc.), but have little knowledge about them, and would like to learn more. Mainly, I am interested in the old adepts' own journeys' to try to use their insight to aid me in my own studies. Thank you for your insights.


---The Bladesmith---
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Enchia on January 09, 2007, 12:00:54 PM
Check this site;

http://www.occultresource.com/ (http://www.occultresource.com/)

It's forum is underactive but the pdf section is great, it even has rare books like The Tree Of Life.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on August 14, 2007, 12:01:50 PM
hey, I was shopping in a bookstore (a rather popular book store in south jersey) and I saw a shelf dedicated to the occult.
The only problem is, that it's categorized as 'New Age', so of course there's a bunch of Wiccan fluff, which can be easily spotted by just reading the title and looking at the author's name.
HOWEVER, there are 2 or 3 books that sparked my interest. Most notably was 'History of Magic' which is quite long and rather in extensive detail. Before I actually buy the book, though- I need to know if it's fluff or not. The author's last name was 'Levi', but I don't think it's the same Levi on your list.
Thanks for the help.  :dog:
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ShapeLess on August 14, 2007, 01:26:37 PM
The History of Magic: Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of Its Procedure, Its Rites, and Its Mysteries (Paperback)    If thats the book your talking about from what I see it looks pretty decent with its first line, "THE apocryphal Book to Enoch says that there were angels who consented to fall heaven that they might have intercourse with the daughters of earth." I'd go get the Book of Enoch, i have it, just haven't read it yet. So correct me if i'm wrong but this looks like a ptretty decent book, History of magic.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on August 14, 2007, 01:34:35 PM
Well... wow. o.O
That was quick. Err... Thanks! I'll pick it up. Hopefully it is not gone.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ShapeLess on August 14, 2007, 01:40:49 PM
lol wait for someone elses point of view, don't wanna make you spend your $$, for no reason. lol. just don't wanna hurt my fellow community member.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ShapeLess on August 14, 2007, 01:48:23 PM
Sorry for the double post but this is for all people looking for books in the NYC area. Downtown 5th ave is a small store called East West Books. It has all the books any occult follower could need. Including Crowley's entire writings (what I like) . Heres the site, i think you can order.   http://www.eastwestnyc.com/
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on August 14, 2007, 10:54:06 PM
Well I looked at the book briefly and I just needed some one else's opinion. I wouldn't mind other's though- has anyone actually read the book?
  :headwall: They really need a wizard emoticon
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: ShapeLess on August 15, 2007, 09:46:57 AM
ill tell you what, if you dont get a reply soon, ill go get it and read it. My book store by me should have it.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Emira on August 16, 2007, 07:16:32 AM
The History of Magic: Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of Its Procedure, Its Rites, and Its Mysteries by Eliphas Levi is an informative read, if that's the book you are refering too (there are quite a few different books with the name The History of Magic.) But I would suggest checking some of the libraries in your area before buying it, the public library here has a copy maybe yours does too.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on August 16, 2007, 02:48:42 PM
I'm going today to get it. I think Eliphus Levi is supposed to be a trusted source? Anyway i'll skim through it then i'll buy it if it is not fluffy enough.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Bluestone on December 29, 2007, 03:31:19 PM
Hi, I'm new to the list and have enjoyed reading the posts. I'm wondering if anyone is aware of a book called "The Magical Mason", by William Wynn Wescott, available in ebook format? My local library tells me that there are only six copies in the country (US) in the library loan system. While a hard-copy would be wonderful, an ebook would do. Thanks.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Rawiri on January 02, 2008, 07:38:44 AM
I have an ebook version of that book on My laptop, it's 16MB. Does Your email allow attachments that big? Get back to Me, I'll send it somehow.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Micky-P on March 14, 2008, 12:19:59 AM
I was at a book shop called Kinokunia today, they have shops all over the world, they sell Japanese books, but thats just a small section of what they have, the one I went to is HUGE Takes up the whole top floor of this shopping center.

In the new age section, under magic/witchcraft they had some very interesting books, specifically copies of Initiation Into Hermetics and The Art of Magical Invocation, as well as a collection of 4 of Alister Crowley's books. There was another one called The Magicians Index or something it was essentially tables of information with diagrams on every subject within magic you can imagine, perfect reference guide. Now while there was alot of fluff and crap books, I can only imagine how many reputable and useful books there are I didn't take the time to investigate,

If anybody lives near a Kinokunia its worth checking out
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Big Boss on March 14, 2008, 07:41:59 AM
While I'm thinking about it, I have two books for the list.

The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems
The Poetic Edda: The Heroic Poems

For anyone interested in Runic magic or even just the stories, these are a great read.

Also, the first post in this thread links to the old veritasacademy.net. For someone looking for the "Book Recommendations Thread" it might be nice to fix that link.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Micky-P on May 22, 2008, 02:21:57 AM
I bought an invaluable resource book today

The Complete Magician's Tables
by Stephen Skinner
Golden Hoard Press 2006

A book covering a ridiculously broad spectrum of the occult, such as

Angels (Biblical, Apocryphal and Gnostic)
Buddhist Meditation
Christianity
Dr john Dee's Angels
Emblems and Alchemy
Feng Shui, Chinese Taoism, and Taoist magic
Geomancy
Heavens (Zodiac, Planets, Houses, Decans, Mansions and constellations)
Islam
Judaism
Kabbalah
Letters, Alphabets and Numerical Values
Magic of the Grimoires (Angels, demons, spirits)
Natural Magic (animals, plants, stones, herbs and perfumes)
Orders, Grades and Officers
Pagan Pantheons
Questing and Chivalry
Rainbow colour scales
Sacred Geometry
Tarot
Timeline (Magicians, Kabbalists, Astrologers, Alchemists)
Vedic Hindu Meditation and Magic
X Reference to Greek Isopsephy
I Ching
Zones of the mind, body and soul

All composed in easy to find, cross referenced tables.

While this doesn't contain descriptive information on these topics (it would be a great deal larger if it did) it is the perfect reference book for those who are familiar on the a topic covered and just need to quickly refresh their memory.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: YHSHV on July 19, 2008, 08:10:43 PM
I've read Garden of Pomegranates, which I've seen recommended here a few times, and I must say-out of Regardie's works, this one is the worst.

Tree of Life was fantastic, I don't see how he followed that up with GoP, or maybe the order was vice versa'd? Either way, they were both written before he joined the Golden Dawn.

The correspondances for the Paths are a mess more than they are helpful, they should be ignored.  The correspondances for the Sephiroth are mostly good (I especially like how he organizes the Egyptian Gods), but some are more confusing then they are helpful.

He contradicts himself horridly in his arguement against Christianity, saying that it doesn't and cannot be applied to QBL, but that trashes his earlier statements that any and all ideas can be applied to QBL!  And Christianity fits surprisingly well if you know how to do it.

He also stresses the Judiac origin of the QBL, over and again, which I can refute easily (the emanations, the 10 sephiroth, gematria, etc. all have GREEK origins), but that doesn't matter, the Jews did preserve it for us, and for that I'm grateful! :D

Anyway, for the QBL, there are many, many better books/introductions.  To start with, I'd go with:

Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune
QBL by Frater Achad (I wouldn't recommend the Appendicies for the beginner, but the book itself is outstanding for such)
and Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang

These three, read in order, will give you way more than enough to get started!!

Best wishes.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on September 07, 2008, 09:04:47 PM
I saw a book by Aleister Crowley called "Magick: Book 4" or something. I thought it was the fourth book in the series, so I didn't get it. Unfortunately, it was in the section with all of the New Age stuff. But the book itself was around 80 dollars... is it any good?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Hech on September 08, 2008, 06:12:45 AM
Aleister Crowley's Magick: Book 4: Parts I-IV is a very large volume of occult material. If I remember correctly, it's apparently fantastic. I'm not sure you would benefit much from it (or many other serious occult books for that matter); you need a lot of practical experience (and instruction from a teacher wouldn't hurt) to gain the true understanding of many different magical texts.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kichara on September 08, 2008, 02:58:48 PM
If there are other more basic books you could read for free on the internet then read those. There are a few good books you must buy but very few.  I am talking about legally free books btw.

EDIT: changed "god books" to "good books"
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on September 08, 2008, 09:11:13 PM
Wait, was that a spelling error? "God Books" or "good books"? Anyway, what are they? The same ones listed at the beginning of this topic? The ones Prophecy mentioned?
And if you say IIH one more time I'll kill you. : P
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kichara on September 09, 2008, 05:17:48 AM
Most of the ones on Prophecies list is specifically what I was thinking of when I said that, but there are loads of others as well.

On Prophecy's list there are only 7-8 that you have to buy. Although the first one is one of them.  If you haven't already read it The Kybalion (http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/kybalion.pdf) is good to read, and you will end up rereading it at later times as well.




 I couldn't resist. >.> (http://files.vsociety.net/data/library/Section%205%20(C,%20I,%20O,%20U)/Bardon,%20Franz/The%20Holy%20Mysteries/Initiation%20into%20Hermetics.pdf)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Hech on September 09, 2008, 06:19:35 AM
On Prophecy's list there are only 7-8 that you have to buy. Although the first one is one of them.  If you haven't already read it The Kybalion is good to read, and you will end up rereading it at later times as well.

I'm told that if you practice diligently and begin reading now, you'll end up rereading almost every book on that list, but if you don't practice diligently, then one read is enough because you won't reap much benefit. Experience gives understanding. The Kybalion is a most fantastic book, however.




Two are better than one. (http://files.vsociety.net/data/library/Section%205%20(C,%20I,%20O,%20U)/Bardon,%20Franz/The%20Holy%20Mysteries/Initiation%20into%20Hermetics.pdf)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on September 09, 2008, 03:09:12 PM
Actually, the more I practice the more I understand what I'm reading. It's amazing. What are the 7-8 that you would recommend?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kichara on September 09, 2008, 04:52:25 PM
I was going to post the first 8 of the books list but I will just go ahead and post the whole thing since it isn't in this thread yet.

This was posted by Prophecy a year and 8 months ago.

Here is a booklist of things that could get you started:

The Tree of Life, by Israel Regardie
The Art and Meaning of Magic, a collection of papers by Israel Regardie
The Kybalion, by Three Adepts
The Key of the Mysteries, by Eliphas Levi
Transcendental Magic, by Eliphas Levi
Higher Worlds, by Rudolph Steiner
Corpus Hermetica, by Hermes Trismegistus
Studies in Occultism, by Helena Blavatsky
Teachings of an Initiate, by Max Heindel
Isis Unveiled,  by Helena Blavatsky.

Apart from these, other books you would do well to read in order to best formulate a complete understanding of hermetic science would be:

Magick in Theory and Practice, by Aleister Crowley
The Teachings and Work of an Initiate, by Dion Fortune
Psychic Self Defense, by Dion Fortune
On Animal Magnetism, by Anton Mesmer
The Etheric Vision and what it Reveals, by Max Heindel
The Rosicrucian Mysteries, by Max Heindel
Ancient and Modern Initiation, by Max Heindel
The Emerald Tablet, by Hermes Trismegistus (must be read)
The Lemegeton of Solomon, by King Solomon
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, all three books, by Abraham the Jew
The Equinox, Book 4, by Aleister Crowley

This is a somewhat random selection of readings in order from beginning material to more advanced material (particularly Heindel's work), and then ending with a book which contains a large selection of actual events in the field of occultism that is highly informative for any student.  After reading these, you should be ready to read, in this order for best understanding:

The Great Work, by Joseph Pernety
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy, by Heinrich Cornellius Agrippa

At this point you will have a practical understanding of the many aspects of hermetic science, and so you should begin to read Initiation into Hermetics, by Franz Bardon.  This book is much simpler than the others, and far more profound and practical for the student.  However, with the knowledge that has met its fruition through all the previous books you will be able to read between the lines in this one, know instantly the many implications of all of his statements, see the true uses and value behind all of his exercises, and know by what means the basic principles he provides in this book may be extended.

Now this is not to suggest that all of this has to be done for good understanding.  Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics can, without harm, be the very first thing you read, and in this way you will have something good to actually practice with and apply while you are working on expanding your necessary theoretical knowledge.  However, if approached in this means the entire book should be reread some years later after other learning has occurred, for a more complete understanding of its contents.  By the time all of this has been read and understood, you will possess the key to understanding true alchemy, and so you may read the following and understand them well:

The Aphorisms of Urbigerus, by Urbigerus the Wise
Aurora of the Philosophers, by Paracelsus
The Book of Vexations, by Paracelsus
The Twelve Keys, by Basil Valentine
The Secret Book of Artephius, by Artephius
Natural Magic, by John Baptista
The Treasure of Treasures, by Paracelsus
The Archidoxes, by Paracelsus
The Six Keys of Euxodus, by unknown.

Somewhere amongst all of this you will want to begin to study the Qaballah, and you may begin this lengthy and exhausting task wherever you desire, but it is necessary for a full understanding of the mechanisms of magic and how they may be applied practically.  For this purpose, you should read the following:

The Mystical Qabalah, by Dion Fortune (345 pg.)
The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah, by J.F.C. Fuller (92 pg.)
Elements of the Qabalah, by Eliphas Levi (25 pg.)
Sepher Yetzirah (23 pg.)
Sepher Bahir (59 pg.)
Kaballah Unveiled, by S.L. MacGregor Matthers (182 pg.)
The Zohar (24 volumes)
NOTE: I asked Prophecy about this section and he reordered it. I also have the pages numbers next to each because I calculate how long it will take me to complete each book >.>

If you ever find yourself with the resources, finances, time and patience to go through all of this, you will no doubt know more about true magic and all of its aspects, theories and applications than nearly anyone you will ever meet, and almost certainly anyone you are likely to meet in person without coming into the high ranks of certain Orders.  Regarding the latter, the following are some presently active Orders that are all beneficial and possess high-ranking and effective magicians amongst their ranks:

Servants of the Light (SOL)
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC)
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (HOGD)
Societas Rosicrucianis in America (SRIA)
Rosicrucian Fellowship
Sodalitus Rosae Crucis et Solis Alati
Builders of the Adytum

End of Prophecy's post.


I have read quite a few of the books and it is a great selection and goes in a very fluid order even for those who do not practise diligently enough to understand all the books deeply.  If you need one of theses books, I have most of them on my computer. If you enjoy reading, or if you really would like some more background on theory then I would highly suggest this Book List.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Jesse9209 on September 09, 2008, 06:31:14 PM
Hey Kichara, I asked you a while ago and you said it wasn't on the computer but did you happen to get On Animal Magnetism By Anton Mesmer on your computer? If so I'd appriciate it. Its one I think would be useful for me. I havn't read much on what is called animal magnetism mainly bardon and proph's writing on vital energies. What are some of the thing it talks about?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: `Nazukarr on September 09, 2008, 06:58:00 PM
Quote from: Kichara
If you need one of theses books, I have most of them on my computer. If you enjoy reading, or if you really would like some more background on theory then I would highly suggest this Book List.

It would be prudent of you to consider uploading these texts to the V-Library since you are essentially offering them to the entire community for free.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kichara on September 09, 2008, 07:16:13 PM
I don't know how to upload stuff to the V-Library >.>
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Albatross on September 09, 2008, 09:46:01 PM
What about photocopied (and probably illegal) ebooks? I don't suppose those would be suitable to upload? It is hard to know which are illegal ebooks and which aren't.

-I've included an attachment listing all of the ebooks that I have. Have a look and I can email you whatever you want - there are quite a few there.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on September 11, 2008, 06:22:55 PM
Whoa, that's awesome... thank you so much, Kichara, for posting that! That really is quite amazing. I'd like to buy all of that, personally... but I assume they are rather hard to find? And concerning the IIH, I've only seen it in the PDF file, is it an actual book? Where can I buy these from?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Orthas on September 12, 2008, 02:42:33 AM
Kichara perhaps you could speak to Kobok and ask how you upload them, it would be great to have most of Prophecy's list in the v-library.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on October 08, 2008, 04:12:53 PM
If I were to buy the Kyabalion, which version should I buy?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: liquidwaterman on November 13, 2008, 04:50:42 PM
He also stresses the Judiac origin of the QBL, over and again, which I can refute easily (the emanations, the 10 sephiroth, gematria, etc. all have GREEK origins), but that doesn't matter, the Jews did preserve it for us, and for that I'm grateful! :D

Really?
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: taaraka on November 22, 2008, 11:51:39 AM
If I were to buy the Kyabalion, which version should I buy?

You asked this question some time ago and may have your answer already...but I'll say it anyways . There is only one version of the Kybalion. It can be a little hard to read because of the language but is well worth it...then again most of these books are not exactly easy reads!

Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on December 10, 2008, 03:05:39 AM
I meant which edition, publisher, etc... There are a bunch of them.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: DannyLeeMatthew on January 22, 2009, 07:37:36 PM
I meant which edition, publisher, etc... There are a bunch of them.

If you haven't gotten around in purchasing the book, I bought this edition.  http://www.amazon.com/Kybalion-Three-Initiates/dp/B001KY63AG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232681623&sr=8-4

There are some errors throughout the book but nothing I couldn't discover without attentive reading. Unless, of course, there are mistakes within deeper meaning that I have missed. Although, according to the PDF that was posted in the last page, the chapters and information that had been written matches the book I ordered.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on January 23, 2009, 02:46:11 PM
Oh, sweet. That's helpful. I'll get around to that.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Pursuit of Knowledge on February 07, 2009, 01:09:41 PM
Is there any certain edition of Bardon's IIH that is "better" or has more to it? I ask this in the same way that Regardie's Tree of Life has been added to with many helpful footnotes by the Cicero's. Amazon.com has a bunch of different editions, 1962, 1971, 1981, 1987... many are sold out, save for 2001.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: YHSHV on February 07, 2009, 05:11:16 PM
"Really?"

No, and I am sorry to have misled you.

I'm relearning everything I thought I knew and doing it again.

Perhaps you should do the same? :D
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Pursuit of Knowledge on February 09, 2009, 05:36:04 PM
Working on it. Since I was at boot camp, I've begun to totally reevaluate everything I do, and everything I do and/or think I have been doing with magic.

Concerning the IIH, I did order a NEW copy for $64 on Amazon. It turns out it was mislabeled and named as NEW when it was really used. It reads very good condition. Perhaps I will not be scammed and actually get my book. I have it all printed out as records.

Ah well, time to retire back to the barracks, good night.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Kichara on February 09, 2009, 09:05:10 PM
If you payed $64 for it you were scammed either way.......http://www.merkurpublishing.com/franz_bardon_initiation_into_hermetics.htm the publishers.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Pursuit of Knowledge on February 11, 2009, 09:15:18 PM
The one I bought is a hardcopy. The softcovers are all over my online search results.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: liquidwaterman on February 21, 2009, 02:22:15 PM
XD

"Really?"

No, and I am sorry to have misled you.

I'm relearning everything I thought I knew and doing it again.

Perhaps you should do the same? :D
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: quelonnio on December 29, 2009, 12:41:53 PM
For beginners, I want to add:

Manly Hall - The Secret Teachings of All Ages (ideal to get a big picture)
Jean Dubuis - The Fundamentals of Esoteric Knowledge
Jason Augustus Newcomb - The New Hermetics (a "salad of tools"  :wink:)

"We state that everything wich can help, everything which leads to the gate of the Temple can be and should be revealed to anyone who wishes to advance on the esoteric Path.  It is also understood that he should work and in turn, share the information with others - the secrets which were unveiled." - Jean Dubuis.

"Basically, the New Hermetics is a synthesis of Western esoteric thought, Jungian psychology, the ideas of neuro-linguistic programming, the eight-circuit model of consciousness, and Scientific Illuminism" - Jason Augustus Newcomb
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: tlolaymen on July 05, 2010, 07:23:48 AM
Thanks! Appreciate a lot!
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Armond on July 30, 2010, 08:17:20 PM
I found a couple more sites with extensive occult libraries...

http://www.scribd.com/people/documents/1463124-thelema418 (http://www.scribd.com/people/documents/1463124-thelema418)
 and
http://www.hermetics.org/ebooks.html (http://www.hermetics.org/ebooks.html)
and
http://english.grimoar.cz/?Loc=nam&Lng=2 (http://english.grimoar.cz/?Loc=nam&Lng=2)
and an online version of Crowley's magic without tears
http://hermetic.com/crowley/magick-without-tears/ (http://hermetic.com/crowley/magick-without-tears/)

... I'm always happy to help fellow magicians and seekers of knowledge.  :)  
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: xphyt on August 28, 2010, 10:09:14 PM
our offerings of text:
http://deathbylollipop.com/forum/index.php?topic=50.msg1156#msg1156

some of it is in free pdf form on our website!
Enjoy.

DTTI::HTNF
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: michael.25 on August 29, 2010, 08:14:23 AM
Interesting book list.  I've read seth before but had no idea he was DK:MU
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: HarrisonFnord on August 29, 2010, 08:29:50 AM
From what I understand, he's kind of proto-DMKU.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: michael.25 on August 29, 2010, 08:43:20 AM
Ah, got ya.  Tactical magic was a good one anyway, although I've got to own up to getting it free from bittorrentz :)
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Lilith on April 06, 2011, 03:17:01 AM
I find http://theoccult.bz/main.php to be of a great use..
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: intellem0s on April 07, 2011, 09:10:19 PM
I've been trying to get apart of that website for the longest..
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Lilith on April 08, 2011, 03:43:35 AM
It is very, very useful. I think you got to be invited to join now..
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: intellem0s on April 08, 2011, 07:52:21 PM
Not so far Lil. But I'm holding my breath.  :wink:
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Lilith on April 14, 2011, 09:24:36 AM
wow, only few call me Lil :)

I think i have one invite left..
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Shadow_Dragon on June 28, 2011, 11:44:27 AM
Before I deployed to Afghanistan I downloaded "The Kybalion" for free on my iPhone. I just started reading it recently and i'm halfway through... it's an incredible piece of work and to one who readily seeks the Truth it provides intense clarity. I highly, highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: mondashiwai on September 08, 2011, 06:46:00 PM
Dear Intell and Lilith,
the occult. bz is open to take new members again, do try to register, i've recently gotten a membership to go in and share my occult PDFs.
i hope you guys can get in there too.
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Cutios3 on April 27, 2012, 04:21:34 PM
There are various free occult books (amongst other things) available at the two sites below. 

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

spiritwritings.com (http://spiritwritings.com)


Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Book
Post by: supadude on July 14, 2012, 04:51:16 PM
there are a bunch of pdf files on alot of stuff here such as the kybalion, the emerald tablet, and more stuff

http://www.golden-dawn.com/eu/displaycontent.aspx?pageid=239-hermetic-collection
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Dancing_Crow on June 02, 2013, 09:02:32 PM
I'm not sure if this was shared or not but I stumbled across this archive years ago and I'm pleased to see it is still around. It's a fairly solid set of books on the Occult. Enjoy.

http://www.esotericarchives.com/
Title: Re: Book List and How to shop for Occult Books
Post by: Noa on November 28, 2016, 09:09:07 AM
Over 15 years and nothing truly changes here.... *sigh* x) Dive in with eyes closed, right? So for whoever finds this topic....(I mean 2013... tssk...)

I am missing a title here. If you are serious about learning hermetics and wish to get a solid grasp of the content and it's sources, preferably before you start at "popular" magical hermetics, give the following title a read. It is the closest translation to the original texts and provides a vast amount of notes and sources, helping you further on your way. Not only by pointing out many other books that might serve you but also comparing the text to most other translations and other texts like the Kor Kosmou, the prinicples and the Nag Hammadi Codices . It will also help you determine what books are mostly similar to what you have already read and what will be new information.
(The book is meant as study material, so expect university-level notes and comparisons, not just between texts but between the interpretation of words in different languages. It is not a book you'll read front to back in one afternoon, as the book is about 80% notes sending you back and forth between the pages. It will take some studying but without grasping the knowledge your efforts with magick will be futile, or come at a very high cost. If this is too much work for you, find a hobby instead. I don't mean to be rude, but that is simply how it is.)

Anyhoos:
HERMETICA;
The greek Corpus Hermeticum and the latin Asclepius in a new English translation with notes and introduction.
Brian P. Copenhaver

"I too wish to be immersed, my father." ~Tat
"Unless you first hate your body, my child, you cannot love yourself, but when you have loved yourself,
you will possess mind, and if you have mind, you will also have a share in the way to learn." ~Hermes Trismegistus