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The 20 Most Important Books That Nobody Reads on the Occult, Magick and Witchcraft

Updated on December 11, 2012

So you really want to Practice Magick and Witchcraft?

I have noticed the large amount of people that are interested in the Occult, Magick, and Witchcraft on the Hub Pages. And there is a lot of good basic information being given. But the truth is there is a line you cross eventually where natural ability and ritual expertise must be complimented with scholarship in the more esoteric disciplines of alchemy, history, and magickal theory - otherwise you will just keep generating power without purpose or understanding of how to use it. Now this is for those who want to seriously pursue magickal practice as an art, and it is recommended that you also compliment this with learning in science, literature, and psychology to become a modern Magus. But for arguments sake, here are the 20 Books that I feel every occultist, magician, or witch should read in order to become adept and progress to that higher level of wisdom and magickal power. I will be happy to answer any questions in the commentary for those who are truly interested. Love Under Law.

1. A Criminal History of Mankind by Colin Wilson

2. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall

3. Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley

4. The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Aggrippa Von Nettesheim

5. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

7. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

8. The Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson

9. People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck

10. Valis by Phillip K. Dick

11. Le Morte de Arthur by Thomas Malory

12. The Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker

13. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

14. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

15. Danse Macabre by Hans Holbein

16. The Anatomy of the Body of God by Frater Achad

17. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare

18. Junkie by William S. Burroughs

19. Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies by Russ Kick

20. The Morning of the Magicians by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier


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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Thanx for your comments Nathanael. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Nathanael 5 years ago

      I would suggest the following before around eighty per-cent of the books listed above: Prometheus Rising (Wilson), The Zelator (Hedsel), Liber Null (Carroll), The Origin of Species (Dawkins), Undoing Yourself (Hyatt), Freakonomics/Superfreakonomics (Levitt/Dubner) and Catch 22 (Heller)... That's just off the top of my head..

      Specifically, I would also replace Hitler with Nietzsche (as this is who he stole his very few good ideas from) and point out that The Bible is not on this list. Really? Not even The Torah? While on this train of thought, what about The Qur'an, Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, Analects of Confucious or Gnostic Gospels?

      Lastly, I can't help but point out that David Icke simply *makes shit up* and he has admitted this on multiple occasions. I would advise against taking much of what he writes very seriously at all.

      Definitely agree with the Aleister Crowley and Philip K. Dick inclsions though...

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Thanx BJB.Keep on Hubbing.Blake4d

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      But now you must write about because you caught my attention!Please.

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      By the way Magnoliazz...yes I am aware of the twin brothers Annunki mythos associated with Egyptian mythology and Indo Aryan cosmology. I won't get into it here, for it is far to wide of a subject. Maybe I will write something about it in the future. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Thanx for all your wonderful comments. And no I don't mind my hubs being used for anything, especially a chatroom. LOL. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      Hi, Blake4d,

      sorry to hi-jack your hub.


      Sometimes I think , and sometime words have power for me. I must be careful, I forget sometimes. I can't cuss because I never know what will happen.

      I promise I am A good witch simply because I believe Christ died on the cross for me. However I have learned to stay away from any kind organized religions.

      My my life I have had spirit around me , good and bad.

      I agree it runs in families. Both my girls have abilities too. My husband calls me his witch.

      I hope Blake4d isn't mad at us for using his hub as a chat room!

      Oh, I never try to find a well yet.

      I hope you and Blake4d write many more hubs!

      It is okay if you want to e-mail me. But I am not good at it.

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hi BJ Benson!

      We are always on the same page you and I.

      I understand you when you talk about your natural ability. I never really understand why people have to study this stuff to do magical things. Am I right that you simply THINK of what you want and it happens? (Just wondering, you can probably dowse for water...right)? That's how it works with me. I think there is a genetic link to this too.

      I have ancestors who were known for their psychic abilities. Is it the same way for you too?

      You have inspired me to write some more about my own ghostly experiences....if I can ever stop reading hubs and start writing. With so many interesting hubs, that's hard to do sometimes!

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      I found your collection interesting. Having natural ability I really don't worry about spell books. Even thou I have several. Most of the books you listed including some of William's work I have read. (I love to read) I don't know if all of them will help with true magic or not, but it will bring you to a higher level of worldly understanding.

      I always love your hubs. When you read a book it is good to know why the author wrote the book and their history. It can even enlighten you more. Just a tip.

      wonderful hub

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      You should visit Tarapith in India, its the hub of occult, magick, witchcraft and hex!! The cremation gound there is a dreaded zone where all the "Tantrics" practise and perform this art!!

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I did not even know these books existed! You are such an interesting guy! I love stuff like this!

      I'm heading over to Amazon to check some of these out.

      Just you know about the David Icke Biggest Secrets? Its interesting, because it explains the history of so many things. Although I do not agree with most of the theories, it is good to keep an open mind and at least ponder the possibilites.

      Icke believes the Aryan race was created by the ancient Gods, who were really lizards/dragons, and that their descendents rule the world even today. I know how crazy this sounds, but even the history channel mentions the Annunki in their Ancient Aliens series.

      Thanks for another interesing hub, this one may open many interesting doors!

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I did say that these are the books that noone reads, or wants to. For most the discipline of reading a body of work would be good for them, I have seen too many people glean their whole occult knowledge from a couple of paperback books and think that they have covered the last six thousand years of human history overnight.

      I only throw that one in there because, if you really want to get a grasp of how cryptic symbology and propoganda are woven into most esoteric literature, there is no better reference than Shakspeare. And it also his works shed much light on freemasonry, christianity, and alchemy from the Western perspective. I am also assuming that most people do not want to teach themselves Hebrew, Sanskrit or Latin to read the works that Shakespeare drew his alchemical inspirations from. But who knows, but I think you might be able to get by without it. Just don't tell William I said so . Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I can understand most of your selections, Blake, but the COMPLETE WORKS of Wm. Shakespeare? Surely you jest. That would take me at least several hours.

      Maybe I'll just settle for a lower level of wisdom.