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Book Discussion What Are You Reading (Occult)

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Lyssia

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I’m terrible with reading only one book at a time, so I’ve got several going. IIH, the Exorcist’s Handbook, Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom to name a few.
Me too. I just finished The Way of Fire and Ice, but am also working my way through Claude Lecouteaux (though that's not technically occult), and am painfully creeping my way through Liber Null and Psychonaut.

Finally found my IIH, though. Turns out, I had to get it on the Kindle. I totally forgot I gave in and got it that way, and spent two months going through every book I own in search of a hard copy. Having found it, I figure I'd better actually start it. 😆
 

Scottish_Pride

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Finally found my IIH, though. Turns out, I had to get it on the Kindle. I totally forgot I gave in and got it that way, and spent two months going through every book I own in search of a hard copy. Having found it, I figure I'd better actually start it. 😆
Lol yeah, I was insistent on a hard copy since I'm weird about that. And so I ended up paying like $40 for a paperback. Definitely treat those copies like gold! XD
 

Mart

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Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon
Yes, that has been answered several times now. I only wrote that comment to remind people not to shorthand everything, which can make learning for beginners incredibly frustrating.
 

NorthMage

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Nov 22, 2021
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Today i ripped through Prometheus Rising - Robert Anton Wilson , What a fucking ride guyz. Anyone Else have the pleasure? Lays out tim learys 8 circuits in a cynical/unknowing of the future way. Quite a humorous.
Me too. I just finished The Way of Fire and Ice, but am also working my way through Claude Lecouteaux (though that's not technically occult), and am painfully creeping my way through Liber Null and Psychonaut.

Finally found my IIH, though. Turns out, I had to get it on the Kindle. I totally forgot I gave in and got it that way, and spent two months going through every book I own in search of a hard copy. Having found it, I figure I'd better actually start it. 😆
--Awe, Liber Null is next on my chopping block, i was quite excited for it. Ive heard it has some great Tech, no worrd of it being painful tho. :? XD
 

Incognitus

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Reading The Magicians Workbook by Steve Savedow and Magick in Theory and Practice by Crowley. These are re-reads that I'm using for book reports on the forum. It's getting to the holiday season, so I probably wont be able to update those threads every day.
 

Jaide

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I'm reading Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore, & Herb Craft by Ann Moura (again) and studying Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.
 

Konsciencia

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I was reading Healing with Light frequencies by Jerry Sargeant. It is a wonderful book, but I stop due to the fact, that I am working with my Higher Self to get some answers rather than go to a book for answers. Many blessings!!
 

ryen

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Currently on “Healing Lost Souls: Releasing Unwanted Spirits from Your Energy Body” by William J. Baldwin. Fascinating read about psychological disorders being influenced by past-life traumas and/or attached entities.
 
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I am a neophyte working on my mindset (hahaha). Golden Dawn loves Eliphas Levi (even though Waite critiqued the hell out of him, and his points were good). I am currently reading a compilation organized by Arthur Edward Waite (secret fanboy) called Mysteries of Magic including a critical essay on Levi's works. I tend to read occult books in sections then meditate on my findings and see how it affects everyday life (as above, so below). Needless to say, occult books are explosive to the mind in a liberating way. It has helped me with my levels of compassion for how individuals interpret the world respective to their level of consciousness since if you were to approach some nihilist and bombard them with occult knowledge, they would definitely regard you as a lunatic and call the police (illustrated with Oedipus and the Sphinx, the figures on the Wheel of Fortune amalgamating into a sphinx which I never knew lol). I was also confused about the Two Pillars (the Duad) until Levi explained how Unity (God or the cause) can only be manifested as the Duad (unity + idea/"perception" of = 2). It also gave me some insight on the importance of the Tetrad but that was my last point in reading.
Levi was an occultist who mentioned the false duality between God/idealism and Satan/materialism since Satan's name is God's written backwards and Satan is really below mankind (who has the Divine spark within) and fed when mankind gives him power. The darkness/materialism is the shadow that the light casts.
Note: I know that some people venerate Satan as Luciferian and Lucifer as a deity differs from Satan.
One thing we must all beware of with respect to occult books are the ones that are grossly misinformed and pillaged with politics for the sake of accessibility (New Age which was initially not that bad and has adulterated into something horrible) and the ones written by the more objective minds who try to explain the occult as a science (Crowley explains why the occult is incompatible with science, since the occult is beyond the flawed logical reasoning of the human mind).
I am sorry if I was too rambley in my "experience" with Eliphas Levi... but...
 

Heliona

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Ok I read Kybalion and now reading Seven Spheres from Rufus Opus and I recommend both very dearly. So if you may have your hands on those books, they would lighten your day/s.
 

Mider2009

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Ramchal not a book on how to do magic but how to refine personality traits. The book is

Mesillas Yesharim​


The Ramchal, Moshe Chaim Luzzato was a Kabbalist in the 17th century who claimed he had magids or spirit guides.
 

Yazata

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De Wijsheid van Bomen Kruiden ("the Wisdom of Trees and Herbs") by Abe J. van der Veen. I doubt there's an English version.
Last year I ordered some Mandrake seed and stumbled upon an excerpt from this book. I really like how he connects things and weaves a story.
It includes a recipe for flying ointment from 1456 among other interesting things.
 
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