Recommended Reading

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Essentials / Where to begin:

Intro to Western Mystery Tradition – Lords of Light by W.E. Butler

Intro to Esotericism – The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall

Intro to Qabalah – The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune

Intro to Hermetics – Kybalion – The Three Initiates

Reference Books:

Cabalistic Encyclopedia David Godwin

A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism by Gareth Knight

The Complete Magician’s Tables by Stephen Skinner

Three books on Occult Philosophy by Agrippa

777 by Aleister Crowley

The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art by Wasserman

Alchemy, Herbalism:

Real Alchemy: a primer of practical alchemy by Robert Bartlett

The Alchemists Handbook: Manual for Practical Laboratory Alchemy by Frater Albertus

Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs by Manfred Junius

Mastering Herbalism by Huson

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Arboretum Mysticum (see sections on Qabalah, Magic, Reference)


Astrology for Initiates by Papus

Astrology for the Soul

Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning by Richard Hinkley Allen

Crystals and Stones:

Everyday Crystal Rituals by Naha Armády

Love is in the Earth by Melody

Book of Stones by Robert Simmons

Crystal Enlightenment by Katrina Raphaell

American Indian Secrets of Crystal Healing

101 Power Crystals by Judy Hall

Stones of the New Consciousness by Robert Simmons

Developing Intuition:

How to Meet and Work with Spirit Guides – Ted Andrews

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer, PhD

Angels and Ascended Masters by Doreen Virtue

Principles of Hermetic Philosophy – Dion Fortune

On past lives: Initiation by Elizabeth Haich

Golden Dawn and Occult Orders:

The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie

Rebels and Priestesses: Women of the Golden Dawn by Mary Greer

The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order by Paul Foster Case

Healing Arts:

Healing, the Divine Art by Manly P. Hall

The True Art of Healing by Israel Regardie

Psychomagic: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Urban Shaman by Serge King

Personal Power through Awareness by Sanaya Roman


Thrice Greatest Hermes by Mead

The Hermetic Museum by A.E. Waite

Hermetica Edited and Translated by Walter Scott

Kybalion – The Three Initiates

The Secret History of Hermes Trismegistus by Florian Ebeling

The Eternal Hermes from Greek God to Alchemical Magus by Antoine Faivre

Hermetic Philosophy and Alchemy by Mary Anne Atwood

The Hermetic Link – From Secret Tradition to Modern Thought by Jacob Slavenburg

Magic and Magical Practice:

The Magus: A complete system of Occult Philosopy

The Magician: His Training and Work by Walter Ernest Butler

Qabalistic Concepts by William Gray

The Magical use of Thought Forms by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

In Names and Images: Bringing the Golden Dawn to Life by Peregrin Wildoak

Transcendental Magic by Eliphas Levi

Middle Pillar by Israel Regardie

Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon:

Qabalah/ Tree of Life:

Paths of Wisdom, a guide to the Magical Cabala by John Michael Greer:

Garden of Pomegranates by Israel Regardie

Ladder of Lights: A Step by Step Guide to the Tree of Life and the Four Worlds by William Gray

The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford: Dilettante’s Guide to What You Do and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation by Aryeh Kaplan

Other Good authors on the Western Mystery Tradition include:  W.E. Butler, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, Chic and Tabitha Cicero, Pat Zalewski, Gareth Knight.


The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages by Paul Foster Case

The Way of the Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Robert Wang – Qabalistic Tarot

Lon Milo Duquette – Understanding Crowley’s Thoth Tarot

Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot by Rachel Pollack

The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life

Tarot for Your Self by Mary Greer

Eastern Studies:

Chakras: Energy Centers of Transformation by Johari

In My Own Way – an autobiography by Alan Watts

Metaphysical Meditations by Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda

Native American:

Black Elk Speaks

Fools Crow: Wisdom and Power