There’s something alluring about the mysteries of occultism. It draws in the young and old, sparking questions and deep fascination in their minds. Occultism is often denoted as a satanic practice, especially by most churches. This is not the case, though. It literally means “knowledge of the unknown”. It is often thought of as an exclusive practice for a specific set of people, but occultists say this may not necessarily be so. They are only doing a more in-depth study of the spiritual realities. Anyone who wishes to do so is welcomed to explore their world.
Occultism is related to magic, alchemy, astrology and also includes religion and the spiritual realms.
Exploring the less-travelled realm sparks a sense of excitement to a lot of curious individuals. Here is a roundup of top five occult books. These reads will widen your knowledge about the unknown. It will also help you understand community members who are deeply in-touch with their spiritual roots.
- The Book of Lies
This is a book published in 1913. It was written by the English occultist names Aleister Crowley. The book has 93 chapters which are guaranteed to answer most of your questions about occultism. It has poems, ritual instructions as well as cryptograms. The full title of this books was Which is also Falsely Called BREAKS. The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo, which Thought is itself Untrue. Liber CCCXXXIII [Book 333].
- The book of Thoth (The Equinox)
This is written by the same author and is considered as a classic in the field of magic. It is even used as a reference book by occult practitioners who want specialize in Crowley’s tarot. The book is divided into four parts: (1) The theory of the Tarot, (2) The Atu or Keys, (3) The court cards and (4) The small cards.
- Liber Null and Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic
Written by Peter J. Caroll, this book is for the committed occultists. It is packed with strong rituals ideal for a group magic. If you’re planning to be a community leader to your occult circle, pick up this book. It also serves as a manual that discusses the theories and practice of magic.
- The Magician’s Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism (Llewellyn’s Sourcebook)
This book has everything you need to know about magic. Unlike most resources which only include the western occult systems, this one explored the eastern practices too. It thoroughly discusses more than 35 models of magic to help the reader grasp the secrets of alchemy, magical alphabets, the chakras, etc.
- Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick)
This book is a favorite in the occult community. It has helped young practitioners grow in knowledge and practice. It is widely popular in the modern Wicca, featuring step-by-step guides in doing witchcraft. It features photos and illustrations and even includes exam questions. This is recommended for witches who want to learn the craft by themselves.
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