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    Your Favourite Occult and Esoteric Books

    Please, list some good occult and esoteric books you know of.
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    If you are looking for something that will allow you to engage more deeply with the mystery of existence then I have come accross few better texts than "A universe from nothing" by the Physicist Laurence Krauss.

    This is a lecture by Krauss on the topic of how the universe got started, but he has a book out with the same title where he gives a fuller albeit harder to follow explanation. There is even an audio version available for download on isohunt.

    A universe from nothing.
    Close observation may result in feelings of horror, wonder and awe at world you find yourself inhabiting.

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    Anything by H.P. Lovecraft. That man was brilliant.

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    Aleister Crowley shold be mentioned and definetely Israel Regardie. He wrote some interesting books on the golden dawn.

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    The Italian traditionalist and critic of modernity Julius Evola has written a lot on esoteric topics...

    English translations of Evola on Arktos.com
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    Too many to list, really.
    I'd definitely second anyone recommending Crowley, Regardie, and Evola. Also worth checking out is the Book of Enoch, the Lesser Key of Solomon, Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and anything by Phil Hine.
    Also, go to this site:
    www.ajnabound.com
    Some good occult books as well as good music on here.
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    He has already been mentioned a few times, but Evola and the UR Groups "Introduction to Magic" might be the best place to start, it is no nonsense stuff. The problem with a lot of occult or spiritual literature in general is sifting through the New Age BS and getting to the real deal. I'd especially avoid any theosophical stuff, like the writings of H.P Blavatsky.

    For a general overview of various occult and esoteric topics, I recall reading Manly P. Hall's "The Secret Teaching of All Ages" when I was around 14 and it being a good introduction.

    I also hear Franz Bardon's "Initiation into Hermetics" and other books by him are worth checking out for the practical aspect. Some people also highly recommend Gurdjieff and his student P. D. Ouspensky, though I can't say much about them.

    Overall though, I find that after reading through various pieces of occult, esoteric, and spiritual literature, I was led away from the occult and more toward regular spiritual topics. In such a case one of the best things you can do is familiarize yourself with the Upanishads, the Tao Te Ching, the Dhammapada, and the writings of guys like Rumi, Meister Eckhart, Ibn Arabi, Huangpo, and various pieces of Tantric literature.

    Again, Rene Guenon and Julius Evola are probably good choices in this regard too. Of all of Evola's books I think his book on Buddhism, "The Doctrine of Awakening" was his best work.

    Happy reading, but keep in mind you can read all the spiritual or esoteric literature in the world and gain nothing. It all boils down to sadhana, spiritual practice, action, asceticism, self-mastery, contemplation, etc. A funny thing about seeking after knowledge is that the knowledge comes only when you stop seeking.

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    While not exactly occult material, I get a lot of satisfaction from The Rigveda and the Avesta.

    I also like:

    1). Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You by Debbi Kempton Smith.

    Since many book that deal with astrology are dry and boring, this piece is refreshing. Debbi explains astrology in a light-hearted and humorous manner.

    2). [Mithras: Mysteries and Inititation Rediscovered by D. Jason Cooper.

    This book examines the Mithraic Mysteries through the perspective of actual occultist! What is interesting about this book the occult in archeology. What may be difficult for scholars to understand is obvious to an occultist.
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    If you are interested in the Tarot and if you´re able to read german try the books from Hajo Banzhaf.

    He was a great author on books about the Tarot.

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    If I had to list my top five.

    1. Prometheus Rising/Quantum Psychology by Robert Anton Wilson. I know that's 2 books, but they are so complementary that they belong together, IMO.

    2. The Law is for All by Aleister Crowley. Crowley is essential really, but there's still no one book I could direct you to for his magickal thought. If this is too much, try Magick without Tears instead.

    3. 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. Best intro to theory and use of Tarot. At least it was to me.

    4. Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine. Good intro to Chaos magick, although I prefer old-school structured ritual. Personal choice.

    5. Pacts with the Devil by S. Jason Black and Chistopher S Hyatt. Better on the history and theory rather than the practice, I think. But I've yet to make enough experiment to make that call!


    Thanks, Stormer, for the Mithras book. I'll need to check that out. Reading a lot about Mithras lately.




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