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u/FraterEAO · 13 pointsr/occult

This pretty foundational textbook on Modern Magick.

u/quantumcipher · 12 pointsr/occult

IIRC this book (intentionally) left out the inner order rituals of the R.R. et A.C., as did Cicero's "Self-Initiation" book on the GD, which I would also recommend. These inner order rituals can be now accessed, at least the amended version used by the subsequent Alpha et Omega group (one of the few true G.D. lineages) in "Secret Inner Order Rituals of the Golden Dawn" by Pat Zalewski, much to the dismay of contemporary G.D. groups. You can also find a more novel and elaborate (and equally exclusive) reproduction of the Whare-Ra version of an Enochian manuscript from their Inner Order known as "Ritual X" once you've gone over the other material, or should you wish to add it to your collection.

Whether these will be of any use to you is debatable. If you feel a particular connection with the G.D. current and curriculum give it a shot and see how it resonates with you. If it does not, you can always go the A.A. route and see if Thelema (or your take on it) is your thing.

For a more practical approach, I would recommend "Initiation Into Hermetics" by Franz Bardon first, followed by "Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts" by Donald Michael Kraig. Then decide which path, or lackthereof, you would like to explore from there.

u/chewsyourownadv · 9 pointsr/occult


  • Get into ceremonial technique, if you haven't already.

  • Consider working with something "easier" first; /u/raisondecalcul recommended Seven Spheres, and I'd recommend Ashan Chassan's Gateways Through Stone and Circle as well. Even if you don't work with them, at least consider reading them, as the do provide some insight into this sort of working.

  • Give some serious thought as to why you want to do this. Write it down, revisit and revise, and argue with yourself while prepping. Know what it is you're trying to find or do.

    Do not's:

  • Don't undertake a Goetic operation on a whim. Prepare for it according to the text.

  • Don't take any of the text for granted; don't skip straight to the "fun stuff." Read the whole damned thing, do the prep work, use the recommended materials. It's an initiatory text.

  • Don't break the rules until you've done several operations according to the rules with success.

  • Don't worry about being a satanist. If you wish to find out what is needed, read the book. For starters, it is intended to leverage one's relationship with divinity. Jewish mythology and mysticism figure heavily into this, and you probably won't find yourself talking to the Christian notion of Satan in order to establish a relationship with whatever is evoked.
u/God-Emperor-Muad-dib · 5 pointsr/thelema

Are you a person that's into crafting, painting, woodworking, etc.? If so, studying a little about Thelemic symbols or magickal tools could give some ideas on how to create a unique item for using in a magickal ritual.

If not, Etsy is a fun place to find occult gifts like magickal tools (wands, pantacles, cups, swords, robes, tarot cards, talismans, crystals, art) from craftspeople that specialize in this kind of thing. Almost all aspiring magicians need some or all of these things for ritual in the Thelemic system.

You could also get 'blank canvas' type tools for the magician to create their own talismanic work: a nicely crafted blank notebook as a grimoire/magickal journal or large format blank art paper (and paint/markers/pens) to create sigils, seals, and pantacles.

The books of Thelema are nice for collecting as well, if she doesn't already have these:

u/Lucifereus · 4 pointsr/occult

I'd reccomend getting books or pdf's like Modern Magick 12 Lessons in high magick

Or Franz Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics

Those are quite practical

u/ajwells007 · 4 pointsr/witchcraft

I'm so glad you asked! There's actually a really affordable book called Modern Magick which I recommend to anyone starting out. In this book, Donald Michael Kraig gives clear and well-sourced information on the high magickal arts including a history of the tarot, a history of the Qabalah, magickal techniques, philosophy and much more. This book has been essential to my learning and understanding what magick really is. Within its pages you will also find many references to source material which you may find interesting as well! He encourages the reader to explore and form their own opinions based on scientific experimentation. The reader is also encouraged to take their time. I've had the book for a little over 2 years now and have only made it through the first 3 lessons..

I guess the main question for you would be, what are you interested in? There are so many books for so many veins of magick. You may be interested in black magick, spiritual growth, historical or philosophical curiosity, or perhaps you are interested to tip the scales ever so slightly in your favor. Whatever the case may be, there are many books with which you will find what you are looking for. I prefer the occult vein of magick myself.

u/lolai209 · 4 pointsr/magick

Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig

A bit of daily practice goes a long way. Keep a record of your activities. Make it fun !

u/Metatronix · 3 pointsr/occult

It sounds like you are wanting some usable ritual work. Some books that do a good job of easing you into ceremonial magic are:

  • Modern Magick - A good primer, from beginner to more advanced work.
  • By Names and Images - Covers the basics, but get more advanced more quickly. Gets into Skrying more quickly.

    And to lesser extents

  • Middle Pillar - Covers the basics of Qabalistic philosophy
  • Garden of Pomegranates - Gets a little more advanced into Qabalistic Philosophy with some good Skrying "how to" as well, such as testing entities, visuals, etc.
u/Anyasweet · 3 pointsr/magick

If there is any magick 101 book, it's Modern Magick by Donald Michal Craig. I've been practicing for years and this is one of the best books I've seen. It's pretty all encompassing without missing important details. It's mostly hermetic principles, but covers a wide range of practices. If I were to get an apprentice this would be the book I taught them by.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/occult

First, you might do some work before leaping right into the Geotia. I'd recommend Modern Magick to you like I'd recommend it to anyone. Start slowly, without

Second, it might turn out that you simply don't have the psychic sensitivity to do an effective evocation by yourself. That's okay! John Dee, who was one of the greatest magicians of the Renaissance, didn't have the psychic vision to do an effective evocation or scrying on his own. So he partnered with Edward Kelley, and had Kelley act as the "receiver." So why not follow in his footsteps? Find someone you know who seems to be very psychically potent, and ask them to work an evocation with you.

u/CarthageForever · 3 pointsr/occult

Modern Magick - Donald Michael Kraig.

This is without a doubt the best instructional book in Ceremonial Magick I could recommend. I have personally given dozens of copies of this book away to friends over the years.

u/ThelemaAndLouise · 3 pointsr/occult

i can't help you with making rituals as i'm pretty new to the practical side myself. i haven't read these, but they've been highly recommended by multiple people:

[modern magick by daniel michael kraig](

advanced magick for beginners by alan chapman

> How do I undo the conditioning that causes me to irrationally fear/reject/recoil at any mention of the Devil, Serpent/Snake, Baphomet, and other spiritual concepts that would go against my Pentecostal upbringing?

practice, both in the sense of trying repeatedly and developing a practice. the more educated you become about the significance of these symbols, the less the perverted pentacostal interpretation will appeal to your instincts or even stand out.

knee-jerk reactions from ingrained beliefs are a function of the lower emotional and animal body. you (your reason) are riding a horse that gets spooked whenever it sees a snake or a goat, and whenever it gets spooked, you get spooked and attribute significance to the horse getting spooked. someone with mastery over their horse would calmly allow the horse to be spooked and simply rein it in.

u/whitetrashwitch · 3 pointsr/occult

Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig has got sections on this - explaining the spheres and also giving practical techniques for using them.

From what I've heard the book is one of those "omg I can't believe I read that X years ago" type books that people cringe about, lol. So maybe don't take it all at face value and be prepared to use it as a starting point.

u/Frater_DIPL · 2 pointsr/magick

I am working through Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts I am also forming a small group of people working through the material. Just for discussion and reflection. If you are interested message me.

u/chapstickninja · 2 pointsr/magick

I see that there are many great answers below so I won't repeat them. I will however suggest a great beginner book, Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig that will answer a lot of your questions and give you some good material to start out with. It covers a lot of the basic material and explains a lot of the jargon and terms you might not know if you start off with something more advanced like Crowley. You can also browse /r/occult, it seems to be more active than /r/magick, and there's a good bit of info on the sidebar there.

u/adam_blvck · 2 pointsr/magick

If you're dabbling in this stuff anyway, try getting yourself a copy of [Modern Magick](Modern Magick) to get ground to stand on. Pretty much all magick is mind/psycho magic anyway.

The book includes thorough explanations of rituals that might help you right now (relaxation ritual, magick attack reversal, & I.O.B. style self-exorcisms) and later once you get both feet on the ground.

u/nnnslogan · 1 pointr/occult

Do all the exercises in this book. Then you'll know more and maybe have some experience. Take it slow.

u/Lily_Weidner · 1 pointr/occult

I highly recommend Modern Magick by Donald Kraig. It was recommended to me when I first started out. :)

Also, check out The History of the Occult Tarot by Ronald Decker. It contains plenty of good overview/perspectives of thought.

Lastly, I just recently read Thelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work & Philosophy of Aleister Crowley by Colin Campbell The book is a great introduction to Thelema.

u/Frater6of600 · 1 pointr/occult

first post long time lurker I have been following the GD tradition for over a decade so i can shed my own personal viewpoint if that helps. I believe that everyone who practices the occult in any way, shape or form should pick and choose what he or she likes. That being said if you follow the GD system to its conclusion you can and will have a strong base of occult knowledge. You could also join the OTO, AA, BOTA or a number of other groups where you will find credible, proven systems that work for those operating it. No one system is right or wrong. So pick what you like and dedicate yourself to it.

I enjoy the GD work because it provides a strong framework for me when i write my own rituals. There are a number of magical systems within the walls of most legitimate GD Temples which gives you a good platform for your future. If you are blessed to live within driving distance of one you should, if you are interested, seek them out.

The system itself is well put together and incorporates a system that works if you apply it. However, the problem with any social organization is always its members. You will, whether in school, temple, work, sports, or any other group/social activity, inevitably run into assholes. You will also run into amazing, loving, smart, wise, intelligent, caring, powerful people and every other mindset you can imagine in human form. So meet with the group first and see if you like them regardless of its affiliation.

If you are not near a GD temple never fear you can self initiate at home! It does take some work and dedication but you can learn and do everything you need from whats out there in print right now. Some of the books I would look at to begin with are probably from the author [Israel Regardie] ( More specifically [this book] ( would be a good place to start in conjunction with [this book] ( as a compliment.

There are modern temples run in many parts of the world but one of the major ones are run by the [Cicero's] ( a quick google search will find you everything you need about the major groups in existence today. Try not to get too hung up on lineage and drama within the bubble of GD, there are good occult groups and bad judge for yourself what is right for you.

I apologize in advance for my grammar, lack of reddit know how, and general newness to the community I hope you got something out of my rant.

u/ChuckEye · 1 pointr/witchcraft

If she doesn't already have Donald Kraig's Modern Magick, it's a good and well rounded primer to a variety of topics.

u/Awkward_Newt · 1 pointr/occult
u/Habanero_Eyeball · 1 pointr/conspiracy
u/lymantriidae_ · 1 pointr/occult

AMORC look really good but I have been told they lack practical magical work. You may also like to work through a book such as Modern Magick by Kraig

u/Belerion · 1 pointr/occult

Don't worry if you feel like your mind is not disciplined enough yet. Regular practice and study will make you more disciplined. If you have issues with mental illness, that is something to consider. In my experience, occult practice accentuates or intensifies mental health issues and problems in thought. However, at the same time, the practices also make you more equipped to deal with those problems. So there's a balance.

There will be those who disagree with me, but I think that for someone in your position (i.e. concerned about mental stability and potential side effects of occult work), Chaos Magick is not the best choice. Because the system lacks much structure or rigidity, it's possible that things might start happening before you're ready to deal with them. I would recommend a ceremonial system, so that you begin by learning how to protect and stabilize yourself.

I recommend reading through Modern Magick and see how you like it.