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
. 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
(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
(Benjamin Rowe) [Essay] Transcendental Magic
(Eliphas Levi) The Three Books of Occult Philosophy
(Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa)
- Occult Philosophy Book I
-Occult Philosophy Book II
-Occult Philosophy Book IIIThe Focus of Life
(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
is a start. Good prices too. Short on cash? A Bardon Companion
(IIH commentary)Franz Bardon Chaos Magic Bardon System Hermetic Library
(very Large) Hermetic.com Occult Fourms
(Quite exstensive)Sacred Magick
(Quite exstensive- No longer free Aside from Crowley. Pay as you go.)
and everyones favorite Veritas Articles
And Finaly, Killthedream's Shopping Guide
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)