(A2A) Donald Michael Kraig’s “Modern Magick” was my first serious book on practical occultism as well. It is an ideal book for beginners because (a) it contains a lot of suitable material to get you started; and more importantly (b) it also has an extensive bibliography which will clue you in as to where to go and what to read to pursue your studies further.
Other books I generally recommend:
- “The Art & Practice of Astral Projection” – Ophiel;
- “The Mystical Qabalah” and “Sane Occultism” – both by Dion Fortune;
- “The Middle Pillar” – Israel Regardie.
- “Hermetica” – Freke & Gould
- “The Golden Dawn” – Israel Regardie;
- “Magick In Theory & Practice” – Aleister Crowley;
- “The Alchemist’s Handbook” – Frater Albertus;
- “Initiation Into Hermetics” – Franz Bardon;
(Even more advanced):
“The Greek Magical Papyri In Translation” (H D Betz), “Transcendental Magic – its Dogma and Ritual” (Eliphas Levi), “Light on Yoga” (BKS Iyengar), other books by Dion Fortune, Israel Regardie, Crowley, S L MacGregor Mathers, primary texts on Adam McLean’s Alchemy website / Joseph H Peterson’s website, etc, etc, etc.
Source: Alex Sumner’s answer to What is your source of occult information? – Quora
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Did The Kyballion cross your radar at the same time?
Not really: I hear lots of people recommending it all the time, but I never really got into it.
there are some glorious orders, etc that we join that have reading lists, as you advance through grades, if that is the way they are organised. I was pointed towards The Kyballion in such an instance a long time ago. I ignored it and am only just reading it, and wished I had earlier. It seperates so much of the dross..
For many of us, Levi, Crowley and Regardie were the go-to bibles of the late 19th early 20th centuries. As were WWW, MacGM, Blavatsky, Besant and so on.
However, there are still watering holes and warning along the path, as Christian Rosenkreutz discovered in The Chemical Wedding.
Our choice and directions in the company of others is legion.Thank god, elegant and emerging minds still visit Hampstead and other Oasis.
John T O’Halloran