Five Books

As is the case with most writers I read a lot of books. If I am not writing, or thinking about writing, I am almost certainly reading something. So when today’s postaday 2011 topic asked me to list the five most important books that I’ve read it seemed like an easy subject to tackle. I knocked up a quick list of my favorite books and soon realized that five was going to be a hard number to get it down to. Looking at the question more closely it asks specifically for five important books. But, important to whom? It would seem that if you were to ask five people to list their five most important books there would be five different book lists. So I decided to list the five books that have changed my thinking and, in some instances, the direction that my life has taken.

 Beginning at number five on my list would be One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This masterful novel that explores the rhythms and cycles of life, with its intricate story lines and overlapping plotlines showed me what could be done within the format of the novel in the hands of a skilled and inspired writer.

Number four on my list is The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. This book was Hesse’s magnum opus and expressed his humanist philosophy to its fullest. This tale of a mystical game by which any and every human concept can be expressed, where winners are judged by the elegance and inspiration behind their gambits in the play of the game, turned me towards a world less material and more open to enlightenment. It taught me to live in the moment

The third book on my list is The Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche. In this, his final but incomplete book Nietzsche’s collected notes explain the driving force behind all action as the Will to Power, the desire to be the dominant existence. His most famous quote comes from the pages of this long and complicated tome- God is dead!

Second on this list is the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, an ancient book and one of the canons of Taoism. The Lao Tzu, as it is also known, describes the nature of the Tao, the energy that flows through the universe and sustains it. Its cryptic, poetic passages offer instruction and advice on how best to be at one with the Tao and require deep contemplation to reveal their essential meanings.

The first book on my list is The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley. In this short book I found a philosophy that is practical and an explanation of the universe that I can identify with. The Book of the Law announces the beginning of the Aeon of Horus and was, according to Crowley, dictated by the minister of the God Horus who was named Aiwass. It remains a unique book in my experience and reading it altered the entire course of my life so I suppose that make it important to me at least.


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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