I see a lot of requests for guidance on books which are total crap. Maybe it's the author spamming up the forum, or maybe you just don't know where to look.
Magic is not for stupid people. You don't need a huge base of knowledge, but it's not going to be learned quickly or cheaply.
Get some books which you have a hard time understanding, and then work at understanding them. Take your time! Anyone who offers you forty pages of big-letter text with easy to follow instructions is not going to be of much use in the long run.
Which books you think are necessary? I find the heptameron, greek magical papyri, books of solomon, picatrix, agrippa's books containing valuable information. But there are many things that are impossible to learn by focusing on such books. For example, how can one decrypt characters of the spirits and magical words into names? There are some ways in Agrippa's book but they work on too few examples
What is necessary depends a great deal on what you are hoping to accomplish.
In Matthew 13:12, Jesus has a words or two about this kind of thing. If a person is not prepared for good information, it can become bad information.
Before wading into the Heptameron, consider getting a wider knowledge of the underlying theology. A person who has read Dante and Homer will take home so much more from the Heptameron than someone who hasn't, and anyone who paid attention in Catholic school should recognize most of the tropes. Giving the Heptameron to a random person and expecting them to perform rituals with it is not likely to benefit them without some prior knowledge.
Occult Philosophy by Agrippa remains the standard western canon, and to it a student could do a lot worse than to add something like Liber Aba by Crowley, and some basic astrology textbooks.
More than anything occultish, a person interested in magic should be an avid admirer of nature in some aspect, whether animals or subatomic particles makes no difference.
Magic is not anthropology or literature, but draws instead from some indistinct resource beyond the current levels of knowledge. I suggest that people acquire that basic knowledge as a priority in terms of magical progress.
Some years ago, Raven Grimassi was writing popular books on Italian witchcraft, but they were ridiculously cheesy and somewhat dubious in content. By contrast, Carlo Ginzburg was writing books on the exact same subject (I Benandanti, The Night Battles, etc) which were much more complex, not illustrated, and had tiny print for twice the number of pages, with a massive bibliography.
Ginzburg's audience was literally millions of people: he was a big name author despite being much more difficult to understand than Grimassi. His books were simply better, as it is better to have the full story and struggle to make sense of it than to have a partial story that appeals to the author's fantasies.
Keep a beehive long enough to have enough wax to make candles, and you'll learn more than you can with hundreds of books on candle magic.
What I am really speaking against here is the eagerness with which people will embrace shortcuts. Instead of spending $5 on a spell to make quick cash, I am suggesting spending that $5 on knowledge that will last a lifetime and contribute to making much more cash in the long run.
So it is better to read about mythologies and theology and religionandr the interpretation of religious texts before reading magical books? What do you think about the books of pernety that focus on the interpretation of mythologies?
I honestly think that all newer books arent good books about magick.
Also, some questions I'd like to ask, I'm not sure if I can ask them privately somehow as they dont relate to the topic
I need to disagree with you! As much as I like your opinion on this topic... Once I used a ritual from a similar author who "spams" books like crazy, but the rituals worked better than I would have expected! You could say that it was just luck, but I don't think that the events that occured directly after the ritual could be considered luck.
Ok, but I read several posts across few forums that his books give results and many people vouch for his books. I haven't yet used any of his methods. You think his methods are result oriented against methods which will help you to understand magick properly?
Whether it "works" is not the point, and I am not meaning to speak of his books alone. There are several others that get passed around the occult sites, and all fit a similar format. My own books also fall into this category of short one-topic titles. I don't think that this is really where a student needs to be looking for practical or informational resources. Instead I suggest getting a book that requires learning something new and different, perhaps getting the reader out of the comfort zone.
Some people go to cookbooks for recipes. That's fine too, but if you aren't aware of some basic principles of cooking, your baked treats will be bone dry or fail to taste as nice as they should.
It's less about personal development and more about knowing WTF you are doing. Nobody who has a clue is using these "books," and nobody who is using them can get a clue by doing so.
And that assumes the recipe is a workable one. MOST of the small-time authors selling these things are obviously padding their reviews, and the quality of the writing is one step away from terrible. You are not being given something "quick, super left-hand path," you are being fed lies and false marketing.
When you try to cheat, you get cheated. This stuff may not be rocket science, but you're not going to unlock the secret keys of cash with a $5 kindle file with one lame spell.