If you want to know about magick, what should you read? Books!
And what of the internet? This is going to sound hypocritical of me (I write a magick blog, don’t I?), but I think you need to be very careful about reading online occult material. It’s mostly wrong! There are some good sites, and I hope I this site gets the same reputation – you can tell the good sites, as the authors also write books and have good standing. But the general occult web seems to be written mostly by people who’ve not done their research, and every error is repeated and whispered until there’s nothing but frightening falsehoods.
Read whatever you like, but if you want a little guidance, all these books are worth reading. I’ll start with the theory and then get to more practical works. Theory can be an important part of knowing why things work and what you’re getting into, but remember that no amount of theory will ever shake up the universe the way that a ritual will.
Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires by Aaron Leitch
This book gives you a good overview of magick – who did what and when. It’s not an in-depth study, but if you want to get some perspective and know how the systems fit together, this is a good way to learn about the background to the occult.
Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Not an easy read, but this is the one that everybody refers back to. It’s had a huge influence on magick. It’s heavy going at times, but useful to know that lots of occultists from way back then, to the modern day, still use this as a reference. Watch out for the Kindle edition – it’s said to be an incorrect version. Get the physical book.
The Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses by Joseph Peterson
An academic look at primary materials that have influenced a lot of magick, including mine.
The Keys to the Gateway of Magic by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine
Although the authors profess that this old magick is presented as a practical work, it is long-winded compared to modern methods. An interesting book, but avoid it if you don’t like books that also touch on demonic works.
Sepher Raziel: A Sixteenth Century English Grimoire, by Don Karr.
Looks at one of the texts claiming to be Sepher Raziel – and interesting insight into the various related texts.
Sepher Raziel Hemelach by Steve Savedow
Highly controversial translation of one of Raziel texts, but interesting nonetheless.
The Books of Enoch by Jospeh Lumpkin
Excellent background material on angels and other spirits, for serious researchers.
A Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson
The Book of Immediate Magic by Jacobus Swart
There’s nothing immediate about this long book, but Swart gives an overview of kabbalistic approaches. It’s a little dogmatic, but I agree with many of his spellings and pronunciations as they are almost identical to the ones I use in my own work.
Please read my books! They haven’t bee published yet, so what follows is a short list of modern, practical magick.
Words of Power by Damon Brand
With over 200 (mostly positive) reviews on Amazon, I don’t need to say too much. It’s practical magick using combinations of angelic names, and it works. (Not to be confused with another book called Words of Power by a different author!)
The Sorceror’s Secrets by Jason Miller
Recommended for the meditation, breathing and the general feeling of self-help advice, but be cautious with the very casual demonic work that runs through this text.
Instant Magick by Christopher Penczak
This is a book of simple spell-work, but it’s quite safe. Don’t expect miracles, but its interesting.
Practical Sigil Magick by Frater U. D.
You’re certain to come across ‘self-created’ sigils. This books is quite dated and not as practical as you might hope, but this gives you a good overview of approaches.
The 72 Sigils of Power by Zanna Blaise
Slightly misleading title. This is about working with Names of God by casting your eyes over the Hebrew ‘sigils’, which are three letters in a circle. Very effective for work on self-development and causing changes to occur in subtle ways. Highly recommended.