Recommended Occult Reading

In my previous post I alluded to the fact that many modern students of the occult arts in their various forms are not acquainted with the classical texts on the subject. It is easy to criticize but more constructive to share and so I have given the subject some thought and compiled a list of the books that I found most useful in my own studies of magick.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, any student that is familiar with even half of them will find themselves on the right path in the Hermetic Arts while people that are curious can draw a more accurate image of what magick is actually all about. Most of these books are in the public domain and can be downloaded online and I suggest that my readers visit Christina Debs excellent online library where most, if not all of them can be downloaded for free.

In no particular order, the basic reading list that I came up with is:

The Magus- The Celestial Intellegencer , Francis Barrett

Magick White & Black, Franz Hartmann

The Emerald Tablet, Hermes Trismegistus

Corpus Hermeticum, Hermes Trismegistus

Techniques of High Magick, Francis King & Stephen Skinner

The Chaldean Oracles, Zoroaster

Mystical Qabalah, Dion Fortune

The Zohar

The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz

The Golden Dawn, Israel Regardie

Dogma et Rituel, Eliphas Levi

Occult Philosophy, Henry Cornelius Agrippa

The Key of the Mysteries, Eliphas Levi

The Tree of Life, Israel Regardie

Kabbalah Unveiled, S L MacGregor-Mathers

Witchcraft Today, Gerald Gardner

The Meaning of Witchcraft, Gerald Gardner

The Spiral Dance, Starhawk

Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler

The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, S L MacGregor-Mathers

Egyptian Secrets- White and Black Art, Albertus Magnus

The Book of Secrets, Albertus Magnus

The Book of the Law, Aleister Crowley

Magick in Theory and Practice, Aleister Crowley

The Book of Folly and Wisdom, Aleister Crowley

Liber LVX, Aleister Crowley

The Book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley

Liber B vel Magi, Aleister Crowley

The Goetia, various translators

The Key of Solomon, various translators


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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3 Responses to Recommended Occult Reading

  1. mikereverb says:

    Great list. Unfortunately, I’m only familiar with The Goetia, Key of Solomon, and The Emerald tablet, but the others definitely sound like worthwhile reads.

    I intend to include magic of a darker kind within my novel, so these recommendations will certainly plant some inspiration in my mind.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. SpiderGoddes says:

    Excellent list! I have read 13 of these texts, and have added the others to my “To Be Read” list.

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