10 Practical Books to Help You Get Started With Magick and the Occult
Sometimes, it can be overwhelming to chose between such a wide variety of books about magick and witchcraft that are currently on the market. There are always plenty of options for more generic beginner's books that don't always go too much into details or offer a good overview of various practices. So we decided to put together a list of some books that can help offer you a solid foundation to start an occult practice as a general overview. The reason is, even though these books may not be Instagram Famous, they do offer a simple and solid understanding of the basics of esoteric thinking and how life works on the material and more subtle levels, which will help prepare you for having a solid grasp of the reality that lies in front of you as well as in the beyond.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
People might wonder why we would suggest philosophy at the outset. One of the keys in occultism is to "know thyself" and, in this sense, the aim of the philosophers to perfect oneself and work towards being good are also the aims of a lot of occultists. Considered to be one of the closest embodiments of Plato's philosopher king, Marcus Aurelius offers a key work here, not only in the philosophy of Stoicism, but in general.
Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus
Following Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus was apparently someone Marcus Aurelius studied and was influenced by a great deal in his work, which plays out in his writing. So, if you like Marcus Aurelius, these selected works attributed to Epictetus are exceptional. Epictetus is very down to earth and, at times, quite funny. His work is very practical and we recommend these works on philosophy first as occultists need a firm footing in the physical world, which philosophy gives a good understanding of.
The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes
The Science of Mind has a lot of really good stuff in it. It was said that the book was previously more occult in its original release, as they were pressured to take a lot of the occult stuff out due to the times, but, now, supposedly they've put it back into the later editions that were published. Ernest Holmes takes a very good universal approach in his works that occult students will benefit from, regardless of their denomination or belief system, if any. We also recommend some of his other works, such as This Thing Called You.
Various works by Carl Jung
You can't really go wrong with Carl Jung. We don't recommend any work in particular, but to simply get familiar with his material. Probably one of the most sourced writers in this field. Good for Shadow Work, Dream Analysis and Interpretation, along with so much more related to the field of psychology. After all, psychology is really important when it comes to knowing yourself. If some readers find his writing style a bit too advanced or academic, simply get an idea of the key concepts he's teaching in his "system" from more simplified or easy to understand sources.
Meditation As Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa
This is an excellent book on meditation and some of the various practices related to it. A good starting point for getting familiar with the foundational work that is considered a requirement for being successful at occultism.
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
Creative Visualization is a classic in new age literature, but it's actually really practical and not just a bunch of fluff. It's an excellent book to get you started with the art of visualization and manifestation. Shakti Gawain was also a fan of the Silva Method, where she claimed to have learned the basic technique for creative visualization when taking the Silva Mind Control Course. For those interested, the Silva Method also has some interesting techniques that can be useful as well. It was really popular, so a lot of people, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, have practiced it.
The Practice of Getting Material Things Through Creative Visualization by Ophiel
Ophiel is a very interesting author, but, one thing is for sure, he really understood the nature of manifestation and does an exceptional job outlining its principles in this book. Key for understanding what is capable in spell work and manifestation so people have realistic expectations at the beginning, rather than wasting years misunderstanding things. Such an important book.
Quantum Touch by Richard Gordon
Probably one of the most practical books on healing out there. No initiations needed. You can start working with it, once you understand the principles, right away. The book has a great writing style that's super easy to understand.
The Golden Dawn Audios by Israel Regardie
This isn't a book, but audios that are so excellent that we thought they were worth mentioning here. It will save you a lot of time if you're into the Golden Dawn or simply want to learn how to perform the Qabalistic Cross, the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP), the Middle Pillar Ritual, along with many more accompaniments, guided by the voice of none other than Israel Regardie himself. An extremely practical and well-structured outline.
The Miracle of New Avatar Power by Geof Gray-Cobb
Finally, The Miracle of New Avatar Power (NAP) gets results. We put it last here because it features work with spirits, but, really, any beginner can pick up this book and start getting results from it. Its current just seems to work for people. Though, I would say that having some background training, like with some of the previously mentioned books and audios, can always help. If the magician or witch so desires, you can certainly go onto working with the author's other books, such as The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals and also his very underrated book, Acupineology.
With these works, you will help build yourself a very well-rounded foundation. Keep reading and studying, but learn to realize when certain systems would be a waste of time and not worth pursuing, so you can keep creating the life that you want for yourself.