Best wicca, witchcraft & paganism books according to redditors

We found 697 Reddit comments discussing the best wicca, witchcraft & paganism books. We ranked the 289 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

Next page


Wicca books
Witchcraft religion & spirituality books
Books about paganism

Top Reddit comments about Wicca, Witchcraft & Paganism:

u/Dullmoonlight · 62 pointsr/occult

This stone was placed in Haverhill, Massachusetts. This is my seventeen placed stone in the United States. See my history for the others, placed in different states.
I’m an over the road trucker so this is how I’m able to travel quickly.

Two people were involved in calling child protective services on my wife while I’m away traveling. My wife is a stay at home mother who has cancer. The two people spread vicious rumors that I had abandoned my wife and children, called Child Protective Services, and then claimed they were going to personally adopt our children.

  1. The 33 days to completely neutralize the two individuals involved are up. The one who was close friends with my wife lost her job. She was later seen mowing her own and her neighbors yards to have her rent reduced by her landlord.
    The second individual involved deleted her Facebook, reported to mutual friends that she was “backing down from her CPS threat” and was now “scared”.
    After completing this 33 Stone Ritual I will be solely focusing on mass healing rituals for my wife and putting this specific retribution ritual behind me. I don’t believe I will be doing revenge rituals again.

  2. Who knows about my magic practice/ curse?... Absolutely no one knows I practice any form of magic. My wife knows I meditate and thinks I’m a bit woo, but that’s it.

  3. I’m using sharpie to draw King Paimon’s sigil on a palm size stone that I find at or near the location. This is a show of appreciation for King Paimon who’s gone out of his way for me.

  4. How did I evoke King Paimon?.... I meditated into gnosis and called upon King Paimon, I do not use physical means of doing so. This is just MY method. I commented this to a fellow Redditor:
    My wife called me sobbing while I was it of town for traveling. She told me everything that was happening. After we got done talking I went into a rage where I I wanted to hurt someone. I don’t remember ever being that angry but I laid down and just meditated. I eventually called on King Paimon begging for help. This ritual flashed into my head, along with the number 3.
    I added 33 stones in 33 States to go big and I wanted plenty of time to do it, so 333 days. It just felt right.
    So I just focused all of my energy on these two people involved. I asked for them to be tormented, suck their health and energy and give it to my wife as retribution.

  5. If you think this is going to disrupt your own magical practices by me placing these sigilized stones in your neck of the woods then place your own and fight back. I’m not going to stop until this is done. And I have more rituals planned after that which will span the entire country. There are quite a few magicians talking and acting witchy, but only a handful doing something. Are you a magician or just a bum who shares edgy witchy memes?

  6. Why King Paimon? ....I chose King Paimon because he’s the most powerful entity I’ve been working with for the longest and he’s been patient and understanding with me. You go to those you know when you have a big favor.

  7. What are the basics or how to summon entities?...
    I am not an expert. I’m an eclectic magician that uses what works and tosses what doesn’t. This ritual works for me, it might not for you. If you are a beginner you need to get your basics down. You wouldn’t make a paper airplane then suddenly decide you’re ready to fly fighter jets. Please for your safety read the basics.
    But here is a very basic appetizer to give you a little edge to the machete that you’ll need to carve your own path in the jungle that is occult information:

    Start here: This is an easy comic to give you the basics and get your feet wet.

    This is kind of a text book that you can follow if you want a thelemic approach.

    Also I recommend Gems of the equinox.

    This is very beginner friendly and highly recommended:

    This is a fantastic meditation app, free, and very beginner friendly.

    I do not recommend summoning powerful entities without first summoning “safer” beings such as ancestral spirits, but you are going to do what you want. I did. And it’s worked for me. But PROTECT yourself.

    You need to get meditation and focus down pat. I’d recommend evoking an ancestor first since they should have your best interests. Then moving onto other entities.
    The Goetia can be friendly, indifferent, malevolent, or simply plain alien. (Think lovecraftian incompressible)
    *I know King Paimon and Duke Bune are friendly to beginners, overly patient and open as long as you recognize their rank, are humble and respectful.
    This doesn’t mean try to enslave them. That’s not going to work out great for you. What would happen if you blackmailed a powerful head of state of a country? It’d annoy him and in turn people would find you suicided with a double shotgun blast. Approach them like you would meeting a friendly CEO and you should be fine.

    Ultimately realize that you can follow in the footsteps of someone else, but that’s only going to put you on the path devoid of what will really fulfill you. You eventually need to fly, baby bird, And ever off cutting your own path. Don’t get to smug when you get a little practice under your belt.
    There’s always someone better than you, mr. 3rd level armchair wizard who collects 1st edition books from the bookstore only three people in Portland know about.

  8. Thank you for all the kind words and support! And to people who disagree with this ritual, and have been amicably in their disagreement, thank you as well!
u/supajunebug · 18 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Hi, not Wiccan, but eclectic druid, which is also a subset of Paganism. There are loads of online communities to check out! Firstly, I'd say browse the r/wicca, r/pagan, and r/druidism (shameless plug lol) subreddits, as they're filled with loads of info and opinions. Be warned on r/pagan, since there are LOADS of different types of pagans, you'll get some wildly different opinions. There's plenty of other subreddits (r/witchcraft, for example), but those were the ones I started with.

I also love the Pagan channel on Patheos, which if you haven't browsed before, is a really interesting conglomeration of religious blogs. While I don't use it very often, WitchVox is also referenced as a really good online hub for finding local groups.

For books, this one is a fucking fantastic introduction to Paganism as a whole. It was my first real read on the topic. For Wicca in particular, Scott Cunningham is typically the one people point to for learning how to practice solitary. I also found Wicca for Beginners to be a super quick but useful intro. If you want a more general history of witchy goddess nature-worshipy religions, I am currently reading Drawing Down the Moon and love it.

Finally, if you have any Unitarian churches in your area, reach out-- they frequently have pagan or earth-centered study groups you can always visit!

Like I said before, I'm way more druidy, so if you want suggestions for learning about that (or just want to talk pagan-y things to admittedly a baby pagan), lemme know! :)

u/kisses_joy · 14 pointsr/AstralProjection

Happy to expand here. We typically will use Sigils of Jupiter via (edit: skip this link and go to next one)ceremonial magick (this book used to be available free online via PDF but now it's gone so this is the only link I can find) to get there.

Edit: Here's a free version, but I am not sure it contains all the original sigils, and it appears to be some "2003" interpretation of this book. YMMV.

Double edit: I am searching on G to find a better version of Goetia for those interested. I shared it previously and I guess hugged it to death.

Triple edit: Use the previous PDF link. It's fair enough but is missing some sigils. Save it as these PDFs are often wiped clean from the Web.

u/RomanOrgy69 · 9 pointsr/Wicca

For reliable sources:

High Magic's Aid by Gerald Gardner

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

1: Witchfather: A Life of Gerald Gardner: Into the Witch Cult by Philip Heselton

Lid off the Cauldron by Patrica Crowther

The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton

Foundations of Practical Magic: An Introduction to Qabalistic, Magical and Meditative Techniques by Israel Regardie

A Witches' Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar

Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Donald Michael Kraig

Magical Power For Beginners: How to Raise & Send Energy for Spells That Work by Deborah Lipp

Fifty Years Of Wicca by Frederic Lamond

For essential materials,

-An athame

-A wand

-A pentacle

-A chalice

-Incense and censer

> Would I be considered a true Wiccan if I hid it from those around me?

Yes, you would be considered a "true Wiccan." Most Wiccans since the inception of Wicca kept secret the fact they were witches. It's only in very recent times that people are so forward about the fact that they're witches. I myself keep it pretty well hidden. Only those in my coven and my closest loved ones know that I'm Wiccan.

>When choosing a patron/matron do you pick from literally any gods/goddesses?

The concept of a patron/matron deity is relatively new to Wicca. Originally, the Goddess worshiped by the Witches was the Lunar Goddess of Fertility - often called Diana, Aradia, Hekate, Isis, the Queen of Elphame, etc. The original God worshiped by the Witches was the Horned God of Death and Resurrection - often called Pan, Cernunnos, Janicot, etc. However, in recent times, Wiccans (myself included) have begun working with all types of Pagan deities. So in short, yes, you can pick any god or goddess you feel a connection with.

> Can you celebrate the Wiccan holidays and still celebrate things like Christmas?

Yes, most Wiccans still celebrate cultural holidays such as Christmas.

u/WhiteRastaJ · 9 pointsr/Wicca

It's a good book by good authors. If you're interested in it, purchase it.

u/armillanymphs · 9 pointsr/chaosmagick

You should check out Six Ways, though it's not exclusively a witchcraft book.

u/modern_quill · 9 pointsr/satanism

Note for those that aren't aware/lurkers: Peter Carroll's Liber Null and Psychonaut are works in the realm of Chaos Magic, an occult area that has been emerging since the 1970s. Liber Null is a primer, of sorts. Like an introductory textbook for people joining/studying Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT).

u/NolanVoid · 9 pointsr/LeftHandPath

My suggestion is to take LaVeyan Satanism(and the Satanic Bible) with a grain of salt, at least when you are starting out. I'm not saying there isn't something deeper to any of it, but a surface reading is going to get you mired in what is largely a satire on Christianity aimed at duping the credulous into giving the Church of Satan money.

As you read any subject you should not be doing so with the express purpose of looking for something to believe in. Discover what you believe in as you go based on your experiences and through finding out what will produce results, because ultimately if it doesn't change your life and help you manifest your will/desire, then it's not worth anything more than make believe.

Develop critical thinking skills

I normally recommend these works for beginners:

The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult

Liber Null

Condensed Chaos

u/wolfanotaku · 8 pointsr/Wicca

Laurie Cabat wrote a really great book on this subject called "Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition" it really helped things make sense for me.

The other book that helped me a lot was The Witch's Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar. In it, they have combined two of their books into one big volume of info (the book is huge). One of those books is Eight Sabbats for Witches which is hard to find as a single book right now, but is 8 sample rituals as well as a lot of information on the different meanings to the Sabbats.

u/blackbird2raven · 8 pointsr/heathenry

I second The Longship.


Asatru is a type of Heathenry. Heathenry is an umbrella term for religions, philosophies, piety, lifestyles that are based in Germanic Paganism and/or Germanic Pagan culture.

A good place to start is reading books.

Here are the ones I recommend:

A Beginner's book:


And the Poetic Edda translated by Jackson Crawford:


Also, for some spiritual music to meditate to, I recommend starting with


And this song by Heilung:


Ancestors are very important to Heathenry, so I would meditate on some of your ancestors that have passed on, if you don't already.


Connect with the energies of your local land and woods. Some Heathens think these energies are literal beings called Land Wights. Some see them a bit more fluid and amorphous but still relational energies tied to the local land.


I also recommend learning a bit about the three major ritual forms: Blots, Sumbels, and Fainings.


At least, these are the places I would begin.

u/Do_What_Thou_Wilt · 8 pointsr/thelema

The confusion is understandable, and complicated by the (interesting) history of 'Book 4', ...which necessarily, was composed of 4 separate sections, composed over several years . Subsequently, 'Book 4' has been printed (and re-printed) both in parts and in whole - the copy you link here appears to be limited to the first two sections (indicated by "Reprint of 1913 Edition").

a 'complete' Book 4 will contain;

1: liber ABA part 1: mysticism (1912)
2: liber ABA part 2 : magick (elementary theory) (1913)
3: Magick in Theory & Practice (1929/30)
4: ΘΕΛΗΜΑ - The Law (Equinox of the Gods) (1936/37)

u/Gardnerians · 7 pointsr/Wicca

They wrote one of the most quintessential works on Wicca in the 70s. What Witches Do and Eight Sabbats for Witches were later combined into one work called A Witches' Bible, and it remains one of the gold standard texts of modern day Wicca.

The authors are/were initiates of Alex Sanders, who was infamous in Britain in the 60s for declaring himself/being declared in the media as the King of the Witches. He made phony claims of initiation by his grandmother, but as it turns out, he was either taught, initiated, or given the BoS by a Gardnerian priestess.

u/Fabianzzz · 7 pointsr/Hellenism

Sending positive vibes your way, it sounds like you are approaching this issue in a very healthy manner. I also have Household Worship, and I think while a community of Hellenists might find it useful, it may not be exceptionally well suited to you. But if you are looking for a clear cut ritual, you've got it right there.

I'd advise you to look into a burial method that you feel your gods would approve of. Most Gods have some connection to nature, so a natural burial might be fitting. If you are a devotee of Poseidon, perhaps the sea urn might work. Or, if Apollo and the Muses hold your heart, perhaps you may look into having your ashes placed within a vinyl record.

Now, during your funeral, you'll want some expression of your beliefs voiced. Myths might be difficult, as many of your loved ones may not be Hellenic. Fortunately, our faith is peppered with numerous philosophers who have left behind great quotes about our next step. Cicero notably has several:

>That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.

>The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

>The nearer I approach death the more I feel like one who is in sight of land at last and is about to anchor in one's home port after a long voyage.


>The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.


>Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death

If you would like more, I'd love to share with you what I can. What deities are you close to? I can try to think of ways to incorporate them into the ceremony?

And do you believe in an afterlife, or reincarnation, or nothing at all? There are beautiful Greek myths and poems that correspond to all three. Would be glad to see if I could dig some up for you.

u/BDA_shortie · 7 pointsr/pagan

I am assuming you mean pagan origins for christianity. This what I remember from Catholic school.

When the Roman Catholic Church came to Britain and Ireland, Gaul had already brought Druidism over to the islands. So they had many holidays. In order to convert people they added a ton of "saints" to the canon. These included St. Bridgid and other females because they were such popular goddesses that the church could not stop the heathens from worshiping them.

Likewise, as /u/cheesehead144 pointed out, many holidays in the new christian faith were placed to overlap with druidic holidays. They also built the churches in the sacred groves and other nature sites holy to the older faith(s). These acts were done to promote the new religion of the land by crushing the old one.

It is also partly to blame for the way women were treated in those countries. A Patriarchal religion cannot have strong female leaders.

Wikipedia has some good articles about the early history of the catholic church in regards to Gaul, Britain & Ireland.Wikipedia: Catholicism

Also the druid page talks about it.

There are several books talking about the transitional period [Druids] ( for instance.

Also some good primer books include Paganism: An Introduction to Earth Based Religions and it's sister book Pagan Spirituality. They are both a workbook type book designed to help you grow your chosen path.

As far as did pagan faiths around the globe affect other religions, I am less able to answer. When I think pagan I tend to not include faiths that remain steady from before christ's time. Such religions as Tao, Buddhism and Norse.

I do believe that all the faiths from early recorded history play a major part in our development intellectually, artistically and spiritually as a world. Each new religion must build upon the one they conquered, or else face resistance.

As for the connection astrologically, Wikipedia describes the Age of Aquarius pretty clearly.

> The Age of Aquarius is an astrological term denoting either the current or forthcoming astrological age, depending on the method of calculation. Astrologers maintain that an astrological age is a product of the earth's slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years, on average

> In 1929 the International Astronomical Union defined the edges of the 88 official constellations. The edge established between Pisces and Aquarius technically locates the beginning of the Aquarian Age around 2600 AD.

There seems to be no real link with Christianity and the astrological ages at all, let alone the [Age of Aquarius]
( Astrology was used by Islamic, Greek, Egyptian, Indian & Japanese cultures, but seems to be more of a scientific pursuit (astronomy) in christian cultures through the world.

TL;DR: Religions build upon the one they conquered, or else face resistance and astrology does not appear to have christian connections.

u/weshallrise · 7 pointsr/thelema

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law!

I will answer some of your questions in random order. I am a Thelemite but in no way do I speak for all Thelemites, or for Aleister Crowley.

First off, I would start by contacting Seven Spirits Camp in Tucson. They will no doubt be able to answer many of the questions you have. I would also consider purchasing a copy of "Liber ABA: Book 4" which is arguably one of the most important books any magickian could own. It contains, among others, "The Book of the Law" and "Magick in Theory and Practice"; the latter being a book that will answer many of the questions you asked in your post (and many other questions as well). MTP is, in my opinion, the best book on the subject of magickal practice ever written. Liber ABA is an expensive book but believe me when I tell you it is worth every penny and a whole lot more!

As for other occult groups, you will find people from all of them associated with Thelema. Thelema is not a doctrine that pushes out other beliefs and all of us began somewhere else before coming here. I myself came to the OTO as an ordained Gnostic Luciferian priest. Thelema fit well with my existing beliefs and complimented them nicely. I've met Wiccans (which, by the way, Crowley had a hand in helping to found), Satanists, and even ex-Jehovah's Witnesses if you can believe that! We all share one thing. We are each looking to understand the truth within ourselves. You must do the same for "Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay."

Good luck in your journey!

Love is the law, love under will.

u/Jerrdon · 7 pointsr/neopagan

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-centered Religions is the best basic and yet thorough introduction I have found yet. Highly recommended, for I have not found a book that explains this clearly before or since.

u/UsurpedLettuce · 6 pointsr/pagan

Indigenous polytheism is typically a-doctrinal, and pretty much any reconstructionist or recon-derived religious body is going to be likewise. So there is no one book about "Nordic beliefs", nor any central text that will let you practice as a "Norse Pagan". If you really want to read about the mythology, you can't go wrong with the Eddas and Sagas, and you can choose a translation of your liking for that one. But, it cannot be understated, that mythology is not religion, and if you're interested in approaching Norse Paganism (Heathenry or its derivatives) seriously, you'll need to look into more of the contemporary practice. A book like this one is a good place to start.

If not and you're just interested in the mythology, then /r/Norse is thataway.

u/flexaccount · 6 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse
u/greybeard45 · 6 pointsr/Wicca

There is a good new book released this past July which is all about your question. Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney. She tells all about Gardnerian covens, how to find them, what to expect, how to politely ask the Priestess for admittance, etc.

u/WalkstheSinsemillian · 6 pointsr/witchcraft

Six Ways by Aiden Wachter, it’s pretty new and my personal favorite as a straight forward intro instruction book.

u/SpotISAGoodCat · 6 pointsr/pagan

I am a recovering Christian (grew up Southern baptist, eventually went non-denominational) who is looking for a path of some kind.

My wife has always related to and followed paganism and very easily went back to it after our schism from the church. My mother very strongly associated with Celtic beliefs (our family way back was from the Isles) but she passed away before I was able to talk to her about them in depth. I'm struggling to define what I feel, believe, and desire.

I mention my previous Christianity because that is all I've ever known. I practiced for 39 years of my life by devoting myself to one figure head, reading from one specific book, and channeling one specific spirit. The switch to paganism and its leniency on such practices is both freeing but also a huge adjustment for me to make. I'm not saying I want to devote, read, or channel paganism the same way I did Christianity but I just don't know where to begin. I would love to meditate and see visions of something to lead me where I should be or have dreams that introduce me to something or someone to guide me.

My apologies if this comes off as more of a word vomit than anything else. I would love and appreciate some insight or advice on how to begin this journey. The Seeking website linked above is already open in my browser and I plan to read that. I've also been reading Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions as well. But nothing beats Reddit and hearing from people who have been there themselves.

u/Kalomoira · 6 pointsr/paganism

Well, most Hellenic reconstructionists practice individually. There are some groups but I don't know the status/how viable are most at present.

But a couple to reach out to:

Labrys, which also published the book "Hellenic Polytheism: Household Worship.

Based in Greece is the Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenes (YSEE) which "represents the Hellenic Ethnic Religion and is not a political organization or party".

Elaion is an active group (interacting mostly online but also conducts "PAT" rituals (Practicing Apart Together) in which members conduct the same rituals at the same time).

As for individuals, you might want to crosspost to r/HellenicPolytheism/.

u/gnarlyoldman · 6 pointsr/Wicca

There is a book for that

Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own by Judy Harrow

It might be easier to join an existing coven. Look around.

u/vivestalin · 6 pointsr/GreekMythology

Yes! There are quite a few (at least as far as pagan groups go). There's a large hellenic polytheist community on tumblr (just search tags like hellenic polytheism, hellenismos, or different deities). Here is the wiki article. There have been various groups slowly gaining popularity since the late '90s in and outside of Greece. This book describes what day to day Hellenic worship looks like.

u/roriksson · 6 pointsr/asatru
u/fixedinpost · 5 pointsr/Supernatural

and basically anything listed in the 'also bought'

u/156muffins · 5 pointsr/thelema

Lon Duquette is always a good place to start. His book "The Magic of Aleister Crowley" brings together the basic Thelemic rituals, with his own annotations in a more contemporary voice. It's practically the Coles Notes version of Liber ABA. Lon is the oldest living member of the OTO, so his teaching is highly respected.

u/CaptMackenzieCalhoun · 5 pointsr/Hellenism

. You are just in the learning stages, but I do recommend these books.

1st. Hellenic Polytheism by LABRYS

Due to the fact that the book give you a starting point. Easy to read and very informal to give you a basics as a starting point. Scripts and photos as guides.

2nd Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored by Sarah Kate Istra Winter

Still a beginner book, but with more detail on relationships with the Gods, festivals, and rituals.

u/weazx · 5 pointsr/worldnews

I was at Borders the other day, and found a book titled "Gay Witchcraft", catering to the specific needs of homosexuals practicing magic. I lol'd and took a picture, then deleted it in case someone decided to flip through my phone....

I hear from bookstore employees that an unusually high number of gay books are sold.

u/kvossera · 5 pointsr/occult
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/liwiathan · 5 pointsr/pagan

I see this book recommended pretty often, and it's the book I initially picked up. It was a very enjoyable read in very understandable vernacular. I know you're asking for something quick, and a book might not be it, but I mostly read this on my lunch breaks. It was nice to have little bits at a time to mull over through my day.

u/Bwongwah · 4 pointsr/satanism

I would recommend the same book that u/modern_quill recommended to me, [Liber Null by Peter J. Carol](Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic

u/Wilgrove · 4 pointsr/Wicca
u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/neopagan

For an introduction, I recommend A World Full of Gods and Paganism: An introduction to Earth Centered Religions. Hope this helps :)

u/atomicpenguin12 · 4 pointsr/paganism

Before I start answering your questions, I want to point out that you are pretty fixated on magic in your questions. I think it should be noted that magic, while it does have a relationship with paganism and some pagan traditions use it very heavily, is separate and distinct from the religious practices of paganism. Not all pagan traditions practice magic and its debatable that this sub is meant for the the discussion of the religious aspects of paganism rather than discussion of magic. You should by all means feel welcome to seek information about paganism here, but if magic is what you are interested in, you might have more luck asking in more magic oriented subs like r/occult or subs like r/Wicca or /r/witchcraft that cater specifically to the traditions that do use magic. I should also mention that I'm by no means an expert on paganism or magic, but I know a thing or two about a thing or two. On to the answers!

  1. I recommend you start by reading as much as you can. There is a lot of information out there, specifically for wicca but applying pretty broadly to paganism, that you can find for free on the internet that should serve as an adequate introduction to paganism and the pagan magical practices. As you read those and learn more, you will be able to better discern good information from less useful information and better choose for yourself which tradition you feel is right for you, but as a beginner I'm of the opinion that even bad information will serve its purpose and later be discarded. I specifically recommend this book as an introduction to paganism (I know you have issues with your family, but if you can get a hold of it I personally recommend this book): Books by Cunningham, Buckland, and Oberon Zell are also pretty beginner friendly, albeit somewhat specific to their traditions. For a digital source, I recommend this: It is digital collection of (supposedly) Gardner's book of shadows and it should serve as a good launching point into Wicca. I also recommend this guide: It's specific to Chaos Magic (I'll talk about it in a bit) and not really pagan, but it covers the basics of magic very eloquently and succinctly. Even if you plan on following a more involved tradition, I think this document is a pretty good launching point.
  2. It's easy to get caught up in the different traditions of magic and I think its important to understand that magic is not a D&D class. Its a practice for spiritual growth and, sometimes, for obtaining material gain. As such, I recommend you don't get hung up on the differences between different magical traditions or try to master all of them. Try out as much as you want and find a path that feels right for you. Having said that, you seem to already to be familiar with witchcraft, as exemplified by Wicca and the less popular Stregheria. This is a folk tradition of magic, more pagan than other paths and based on using tools that are already on hand. The hermetic tradition, as exemplified by the Order of the Golden Dawn, is a tradition that supposedly was created by Hermes Trismegistus, was heavily influenced by Cabalah, passed through Platonic philosophy for a while, and was eventually rediscovered in the Enlightenment and heavily Christianized. It is a very western school of magic and is very abrahamic in flavor and ideally involves a lot of props, specific incantations, and steps. It's also worth noting that Gerald Gardner borrowed many elements from the hermetic tradition when he was founding Wicca and drafting his original book of shadows. Thelema is the magical tradition of Aleister Crowley and was started when he decided that the Order of the Golden Dawn just didn't have enough Crowley in it. I don't know much about this tradition, apart from the fact that originates in hermeticism, but that's definitely a name you'll see around. Chaos Magic is a relatively new paradigm in magic, originating with the Illuminates of Thanateros and emphasizing that it doesn't matter what trappings you use in magic as long as you personally believe that they will work. There are of course various indigenous practices of magic and you might find them interesting to read about, but I recommend you stay clear of them if you aren't a member of that culture. Its a respect thing and, if you're approaching these traditions as an outsider, there's a lot that you won't understand anyway. If you do seek out these traditions, I recommend you find a teacher who can properly initiate you, and one that is actually a member of the culture in question. I definitely recommend you don't seek out Shamanism unless you're called to it (and you'll know if you are).
  3. Other people have said this, but Witchcraft and Wicca are actually not synonymous. Wicca is a tradition of witchcraft, as are other traditions like Stregheria and arguably Voodoo, but witchcraft itself is separate from these and there are many witches who prefer not to associate with such labels. You can call yourself a witch if you feel that the term applies to you. Or you can call yourself simply a pagan if you choose to generally follow a pagan path.
u/Nocodeyv · 4 pointsr/occult

I don't think "demons, aliens, and all things occult" are typically covered in a single, definitive work. Especially because "aliens" are usually part of UFOlogy and not occultism.

Regarding occult topics though:

- The New Encyclopedia of the Occult
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy
- Dictionary of Demons
- A Dictionary of Angels
- The Golden Dawn
- Gems of the Equinox
- The Complete Magician's Tables
- The Magician's Companion

There are literally hundreds of other resources available too, but these are the ones I could think of off the top of my head.

u/BabeOfTheAbyss · 4 pointsr/occult

Magick is for all, I would recommend working on the kabbalah for a start, or reading the liber 4, not necessarily in that order, maybe try liber 4 and then A Garden of Pomegranates by Israel Rgardie and Mystical Kabbalah by Dion Fortune. The Hardcover edition of Liber 4 is a great edition. I have it and it is amazing, and not as complex as most of his writings. This book has a lot of appendixes too, that helps. Having the Thoth Tarot deck and the Book of Thoth and studying its correspondencies with the tree of life is very helpful too.

Fascinating readings anyway.

About what he is in relation to mankind, better judge yourself from his writings.

u/nashy08 · 4 pointsr/occult

Joseph H. Peterson is THE man when it comes to grimoire translations. His annotations are scholarly and top notch. I can't recommend him enough.

u/MetalDumpCan · 4 pointsr/occult

You could try summoning Orobas, and asking him. He's supposed to be relatively friendly and doesn't usually lie to the mage and doesn't try to fuck you over. He is #55 in the Lesser Key (The Crowley, Mathers, Conybear one). His shit says "The Fifty-fifth Spirit is Orobas. He is a great and Mighty Prince, appearing at first like a horse; but after the command of the Exorcist he putteth on the Image of a Man. His Office is to discover all things Past, Present, and to Come; also to give Dignities, and Prelacies, and the Favor of Friends and of Foes. He giveth True Answers of Divinity, and of the Creation of the World. He is very faithful unto the Exorcist, and will not suffer him to be tempted of any Spirit..."

I think he is usually one of the first entities people summon for this reason. I know, like, Lon Milo DuQuette summoned him for help and he helped him get out of some dire financial straights. So if you're up for working with demons again I suggest giving him a shot.

I think this is supposed to be the better version of the Lesser Key

That's all I can think of at this moment, hope it is helpful.

u/the_coffeeguru · 4 pointsr/Wicca

Judy Harrow was an amazing woman, outstanding Priestess, and phenomenal teacher. I wish she had written more books during her lifetime.

That said, one of the books she wrote is on the subject.

u/foxglovesanddragons · 3 pointsr/witchcraft

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions

It will ask you what you believe and lead you through the questions.

u/izi_ningishzidda · 3 pointsr/occult

This is exactly why I decided not to go into the sciences. They're just so devoid of meaning in most areas unless you get really lucky. Otherwise you're stuck with a 9-5 working for some corporation that isn't doing any kind of meaningful work, or even work with a big payoff waiting at the end like curing a disease you're passionate about eliminating, or creating a wonderful piece of technology. I wouldn't work with spirits, personally, if by that you mean angels and demons or ghosts.

There is a place for the essence of consciousness in things, for example m1thr0s once told me that he would not been able to divine the secrets of the I Ching so readily if he did not, on some level also love and respect Fu Hsi or King Wen, as there is a kind of consciousness link going on there that lives in infinity.

Some deities have been very helpful to me, not so much with finding a very lucrative career, but in aiding me financially so I had the time and energy to both manage a household and an occult business (The Abrahadabra Institute) the goddess of happy households, Hestia. She is helpful in a way that is not time consuming or intrusive and her presence is only asserted when she thinks it is very important, for example, getting married to the right person or calling attention to things to refocus on the happiness of the family, like making a special dinner or freshening up the decor. Anyone who has been to my house knows I'm basically Suzie homemaker and most of this I would attribute to her influence and my natural Yin inclinations. I sort of invoked her on a whim one day and she has stuck with me ever since then, much to my surprise. So yeah I would recommend Hestia since it doesn't sound like you're in need of anything "occult" right now, and she deals with the basic desires and happiness of earth-bound life.

With Hestia, in the traditional way which can be acquired from the LABRYS Polytheistic Community in Hellas:

You want to always have a flame going in the house, somewhere. If that is a gas stove, great, that is also her traditional location, the cooking fire. If not, you can use those cheap mexican candles they sell for witchcraft at the grocery store in the glass vials, unless you have a cat they will burn for a week and not go out.

u/BRockTheIslamicShock · 3 pointsr/occult <- buy this, you will be equipped to read the other books on the goetia once you have read it.

u/Skollgrimm · 3 pointsr/asatru

My advice? Do whatever feels right to you. Many modern heathen organizations have developed new rites and ceremonies, such as the profession ritual you've been reading about. I don't think it's based on anything historical, and it just rubs me the wrong way because it strikes me as a holdover from the religion of the White Christ. On the other hand, heathenry is not the religion you were born into, so it may seem entirely appropriate to have a profession ritual. Additionally, we shouldn't feel bad about practicing our religion differently than how our ancient ancestors practiced it, since religions evolve over time. We couldn't even practice it their way if we wanted to, given the huge gap of information we have.

As far as a good place to start, I hear a lot of good things about this book:

u/EnvySweet · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice

And of course Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

u/DavidJohnMcCann · 3 pointsr/pagan

Most pagan religions — reconstructionism, Shinto, Shenjiao, Hinduism — have much the same approach: you share food and drink and make symbolic offerings like fire and incense. Actions can also be offerings, like song, music, and dance. A bunch of flowers is always nice. Then there are gifts like statues, paintings, or just nice objects. Ancient Greeks offered everything from pottery animals to sea-shells. Of course votives like that do tend to build up: temples used to bury them eventually! Gifts to charity can be vowed as offerings to appropriate gods — I give annually to a hospice in honour of Hades and Persephone and to a veterans' charity for Ares.

A good book is

Hellenic polytheism: household worship

and you can find more advice on specific gods at

u/AllanfromWales1 · 3 pointsr/Wicca

The most obvious book on traditional Wicca is Janet and Stewart Farrar's A Witches' Bible

u/belk · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Buckland's book is huge and essentially reads like an encyclopedia. You might not subscribe to a subset of the material, but it's great to get ideas.

I can attest that Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham is a good read. That might have been the one you read. Also, Wicca for Beginners is pretty good if you're still looking for intro material.

I've also found Full Contact Magick to be useful, though there isn't really anything about altars in there.

u/Larktoothe · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Welcome to the community! There's really no right or wrong way to start, but as far as a "newbie"/beginner goes, there are a couple beginner's guides that I'd recommend any interested novice pick up. Wicca For Beginners is a great place to start for a general overview of the practice. A more extensive guide would be A Witch's Bible, and if you're looking for more Druidic/"Green Witch" type material, the Grimoire for the Green Witch is pretty extensive.

That should about cover basic/introductory stuff. I've been practicing Wicca my entire life, so feel free to PM me if you've got any questions. I'd be more than happy to introduce you to Paganism.

u/ThorinRuriksson · 3 pointsr/asatru

As far as texts, a good beginners book is A Practical Heathens Guide to Asatru by Patricia M. Lafayllve. Not perfect, but one of the better starter texts I've seen.

I'm not big, myself, on regular prayer. I stick to blots on the important days, and individual sacrifices where I feel they are needed. To my brand of heathenry to gods don't need us bothering them all the damned time.

u/dragon_morgan · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Christopher Penczak wrote a book on gay witchcraft, I haven’t read it yet but I enjoyed his beginner witchcraft book

u/lrich1024 · 3 pointsr/pagan

I found Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions to be useful when I was just starting out.

u/mrsbunnyy · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Hi! I'm new here :o And new to paganism in general. I have ordered Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy and Practice so I'm waiting for that to come in. I've been doing research on the internet while I wait.

I don't think I will try anything until I've done enough research to be comfortable.

Anyway, just kind of rambling at this point. Good luck on your interview! :)

Btw, does anyone use tumblr? There are some pagan and wicca focused blogs that seem to be decent resources, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to tell if it's BS or not.

u/Chadwich · 3 pointsr/occult

I recently fell into the Occult world as well. A was given a deck of tarot cards. It was the Rider-Waite deck. I started reading about it and a spark lit. Now I am consuming everything I can get my hands on.

I like MindandMagick as well. Also, I found this video on the Hermetic Principles very helpful and well explained.

As for reading, I have started reading the Liber Null by Peter Carroll and Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine. Recommend both if you're interested in Chaos Magick.

Some of the seminal works on Wicca are Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. by Scott Cunningham and Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland.

Good luck on your journey. Personally, I am starting small by working on my meditation, mindfulness and single-pointed thought. Also, studying the tarot a few cards at a time.

u/WinsomeRaven · 3 pointsr/occult

> Liber MMM

Its also a part of Liber null if your interested in more information on the topic.

u/elvgrin · 2 pointsr/occult

Here is a link to arguably the best introduction to wicca that there is.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

This was the first "occult" book i have ever purchsed/read. I am not a wiccan but that book "opened the doors" for me so to speak. Once I realized that i was interested in much more than just wicca the following book by peter j carrol steered me in the right direction based on the practical exercises in an almost textbook like format.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

u/Dilwyn6 · 2 pointsr/occult

It sounds like you have the vibration thing figured out, but if you struggle with it, you could practice out loud when you have privacy to get a feel for it.

Yes, those are the tools I was talking about. If you can store that stuff discretely, then you should be good to go for continuing with the book.

For book recommendations, I will first give the disclaimer that I’m not an expert/adept/whatever, there are many books to choose from, and different people would recommend different books. Also, it is a common mistake (that I’ve made myself many times) to jump from one book/system to another without working any of them long enough to make meaningful progress. The key to progress is putting in the work and sticking with it—not finding the best book. If you like Modern Magick, you should continue to work with it until you've gotten everything from it that you can.

With that in mind, I will say that I am fond of John Michael Greer as an author. While I’m more interested in his work on Druidry, he does have a trio of books, which I've seen recommended, that relate to the kind of magick in Krieg's book:

Learning Ritual Magic

Circles of Power

Paths of Wisdom

Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn is probably also worth reading for the original GD teachings that JMG and DMK learned from.

u/Ghost_in_the_Mac · 2 pointsr/asatru

Good afternoon ma'am.
First of all, you have to "educate yourself" on asatru only because of you, because it is your will and not anybody elses. That's not how it works. It won't work for you in the long run.
I would recommend for you to start with this
Has lots of practical knowledge, not just theorics.
After this if you want to dive deeper just ask.
BTW, keep an eye on your husband. That resentful, mysoginistic behaviour won't end well.

u/mushroomfather · 2 pointsr/pagan

I'm reading Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions. I like it so far, but I'm only at chapter two.

u/alwaysathebeach · 2 pointsr/Hellenism

You can most certainly think of some prayers on your own— after all the Gods do want to hear from YOU. I use a few different books to help me out with set prayers. They are these books:

  1. (a wonderful book to help get you started. Lists prayers, how to make offerings, etc.)



    The last two list hymns and prayers to different Gods and they’re just wonderful. My prayer routine at night for example consists of praying some of the prayers in these books to the Gods Im closest too, then I i pray this prayer ( and then I say different prayers to the different Gods—I talk to them personally, thank them for all the blessings, ask them to protect me, any special petitions, etc. Usually I pray with a candle lit and some incense burning. Offerings can consist of different things—food, coins, wine, etc. I use sea shells and rocks for Venus since she came from the sea, plastic little dolphins for Neptune since he’s the King of the Sea, olives for Athena. Basically, things that mean something to the Gods. Doesn’t have to be too elaborate :)

    Your last question is a really good one and one I can’t immediately explain. Sometimes you just feel it— i always feel sooo calm when praying to Hestia and Venus. And sometimes you see manifestations of things you pray for under the realms of certain Gods. I ask Apollo for help with writing at times and when the inspiration comes I feel very connected to him. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful on that question—although it is a good one!
u/SolarRebellion · 2 pointsr/occult

It is very difficult to establish any kind of reading order for occult studies. Occultism itself is an infinitely tangled strand of truths, half-truths, and lies. It is difficult (perhaps in possible) to identify a starting point and (getting lost is part of the fun).

Nonetheless, I will do my best to identify some possible entry points.

  • Crowley Created a reading list for A.'.A.' initiatives. This is not a bad place to start if you are interested in the Thelemic approach.
  • If Chaos Magick interests you, Liber Null & Psychonaut is not a bad place to start.
  • My personal favorite approach would be to start withUndoing yourself with energized meditation and other devices After sufficiently "deprogramming" yourself, you may hugely benefit from reading The Dao De Ching, The Torah, The New Testament, the Koran, The Bhagavad gita and other sacred texts not necessarily associated with esotericism. These books contain the most profound truths beneath layers of bullshit (the bull being Taurus/ the sacred cow/ ra) and allegory.
u/drascus · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Well first of all Bless you for taking on the responsibility. My experience has been that it is tough to assume leadership roles in these types of groups. You might want to consider switch off the leadership roll yearly or something like that otherwise you will get burnt out. Especially where none of you are formally trained or have initiations under your belt. You will want to make sure that you monitor your energy levels and also try to keep drama at a minimum. I suggest the following book to help you out [Wicca Covens] ( Also there is this book that will help you take your studies to the next level the second circle I hope that helps.

u/HeartExalted · 2 pointsr/nosleep

Nah....more like, a body of rituals and lore around the summoning of supernatural beings, such as demons. For example:

u/obscure_robot · 2 pointsr/occult

You can find the Equinox online here.

The print edition of Book 4 is much better than any of the online copies I've found. However, I find that Daniel Ingram's guidance on breathing and meditation is more direct and easier to follow.

You may want to look into a few Crowley biographies before you dive too deep into purchasing all of his books. Context may help you decide whether you want some guidance here and there or are ready to commit to the entire path.

u/Napex13 · 2 pointsr/occult
u/viciarg · 2 pointsr/AleisterCrowley

Reading Crowley in original can be hard, especially for a non-native speaker. I usually recommend Lon Milo DuQuette: The Magick of Aleister Crowley as a starter. It offers very good and easy to understand instructions and explanations for the main important rituals, including pentagram and hexagram rituals.

u/BeingOfLight55 · 2 pointsr/occult


This hurts so much to read it makes me want to cry.

You're so cringe worthy.

"It only ever brought me more of what I wasn't interested in"

"I will even go so far to say that known rituals such as these attract more negativity"

Cause you fail to understand it.

holds hands up* please don't be like the other guy who said im full of shit because you don't agree with everything I say, no PLEASE, point out the flaws..correct me if you can, but I can promise you if you put any real effort into researching this ritual you will see how flawed your view is.

LBRP can and will destroy anything that is not that stable in the magicians life not always but it does happen. It's not bad...those things need to be sorted out anyways.

The LBRP helps you reach a state of balance, if knocking shit over and breaking it helps you find balance it may do so, it may of actually already been in the process of playing out that way but the lbrp may of some how made it happen faster.

Im basically trying to get at this...

The LBRP is powerful and must be understood.

It's really about what you think and your perspective you carry into it. If you go into hating angels, not knowing what may come out of it, and not understanding the purpose or operating system or mechanics of it, and why you do what you do...and how its going to effect your mind and your life then yeah dude... you may have shit experiences with it.

But just because your thoughts are bad, and you have had troubles with the LBRP to tell another being that beings feed off you during it is laughable. You really think over a thousands magicians who does this ritual would of reported being a personal buffet... but that's not the case is it...

It's always people who pick up this ritual and then they don't stick with it...they just do it, have bad experiences and bail.

ITS YOUR MIND SET, I promise you. It's your perception.

I've done this ritual on shrooms & dmt, nothing ate me. If that was the case I should of got fucking eaten alive.

Things have fallen in my life like a tower but they were going to fall anyways, the LBRP has brought me closer to the divine and my inner knowing. The lbrp teaches me about magick, it has a lot of knowledge instilled inside it from doing it and wisdom that comes from doing it... this is why Crowley label'd it the stone of the wise.

IF crowley never said beings eat off you, and he did the star ruby... a ritual like the LBRP then you guys are full of crap, I know you're full of crap, but Im shocked into how and why you believe such crap.

LBRP is as safe as drinking water. Ill leave it at that.

if you think drinking water is going to give you cancer then you may associate everything that comes with it and everything in it with cancer...but that doesnt make it cancer. perhaps to you... but thats your perspective not everyones, don't force it upon others and spread your perspective like a cancer.

Check this out , may help you understand paradigms & beliefs.


    Think of it like this...

    If we're in a car together and I love jamming reggae music but you love jamming rap?

    and the whole time in the car you're blasting that rap music hardcore having the time of your life.

    by the time we reach the destination of our road trip or what ever who is going to be drained more? or "fed" off of more... you or me? who is going to be drained... Me. because I like reggae and you're blasting rap music.

    Your rap music is fuel for you, cancer to me.

    what you radiate with, others might not.

    so if something as simple as listening to music can cause irritation, drainage, energy malfunctions etc..

    You best believe when it comes to magick you need to find a system that resonates with you and that you understand more... If you don't the ritual may indeed harm you more then designed because your perspective isnt alighn'd with it therfor you get burned when others get fueled.

    Hope this helped.
u/western-skyline · 2 pointsr/pagan

As to Paganism or Neopaganism, try this book: Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions

u/S4MH41N · 2 pointsr/Vikings_TvSeries

Yes. I became interested in Viking culture not long before I heard of the show, but the show has definitely helped keep my curiosity going. My interest in Norse history goes like this:

  • Interest spiked after realizing Immigrant Song by Led Zepplin is about Vikings (around mid 2012-ish)

  • Started looking into the culture, discovered Wardruna

  • Bought a book about runes, the myths, etc

  • Vikings comes out on History channel (I remember thinking, "Man, Wardruna should do music for this show!" And then mfw)

  • Recently started looking into Asatru and stuff that is still going on in this age that can be tied to Vikings

    My interest in the Vikings isn't necessarily about the specific dates, locations, etc. It's more about the lifestyle, the myths, the attitude they had. And Vikings does a great job, IMO, of keeping that interest going. It's inspiring me to get in touch with nature again, learn how to do things I've never done, etc. Plus it's entertaining!

    EDIT: Here's the two books I've bought (so far) regarding Viking history. You'll note that they're basically children's books. The first one deals with the myths on a children's story level, the second has more in depth analysis on the myths, but without the pictures. I think simply reading about the things the Vikings may have lived by is better than just learning what date Bjorn raided "whatever-land". Anyways, here's the two books I have:

    Book of Norse Myths: Kid's book with pictures, walking you through the myths on an introductory level

    The Norse Myths: A much more comprehensive book about the myths

    I also have two other books related to Norse history or culture:

    Practical Guide to the Runes

    Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru: For learning about the way a heathen's mind works and how he lives his life. I don't follow the stuff in the book, but I'm putting some of it into practice as I explore my ancestral connections
u/son_of_creation · 2 pointsr/infp

I love esoteric stuff!

The 19th century occultist Joséphin Sar Peladan wrote in his work Comment on devient mage:
"Do not look for another measure of magical power than that the power within you, nor for another way to judge a being than by the light that he sheds To perfect yourself by becoming luminous, and like the sun, to excite the ideal life latent around you—there you behold all the mysteries of the highest initiation." There's merit in that.

Mind you many esoteric subjects as well as occultism are riddled with a lot of bullshit and many critics take advantage of that to discredit it altogether - but there are gems to be found.

I'm reading a book at the moment called Learning Ritual Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice - it's quite interesting.

Any reading recommendations and resources will be appreciated if linked in this thread. Things like mentalist and good magic tricks (not cheap gimmicks), showing people cool stuff and having them ask "how did you do that?!" is really enjoyable and people remember it.

u/terriblehashtags · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Sidebar and wiki, obviously. You might also want to try out a couple books and resources to get you started. I'm partial to Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions to give an overview of all of the various aspects of nature-based religions (so it covers Wicca, modern druidism, and other paths).

If you're looking for more of a magical introduction, though, Lisa Chamberlain's Wiccan series isn't abominable. "Wicca for Beginners" is a good read in particular if you're looking for more on specifically Wicca.

Be aware that there seem to be as many interpretations of the Wiccan path and magic practice overall as there are stars in the sky and so you'll run across people who will disagree/despise any book you pick up. Also, for many, Wicca is a religious practice, not just a magic path. (For me, magic and religion are deeply intertwined.) So it's not just "sorcery" or a magic path that you're going to be exploring--you'll also be learning about deities and spirits that many practitioners truly believe exist and should be respected/worshiped for magic to "work."

... and then you'll run across Wiccans who say the gods are allegorical and it's all just a symbolic way to think about cosmic energy. It runs the gamut.

So yeah, start there, and it ought to give you a pretty good foundation from which to continue your magical and spiritual explorations.

u/dreamsoffreedom · 2 pointsr/Wicca

I've never made my own but I heard this book is helpful.

u/RajBandar · 2 pointsr/occult

777's great to have on standby as a handy reference, especially when you're constructing rituals & operations, at the most basic level it helps to get things just so 😃
I'd say 'Living Thelema' is an excellent intro to the subject and always good to get different perspectives on things-even if some it is the similar info. It's packed with really good explanations of and guides to basic and some more advanced ritual & practice & lots of advice concerning self-motivation & personal daily practice etc. No better or worse, but for me slightly more approachable is Lon Milo Duquette's 'The Magick of Aleister Crowley; A Handbook of The Rituals of Thelema'

They actually work well in tandem & compliment each other nicely. There's a 'Speech in the Silence' collection of lectures & podcast on YouTube

Lots of groovy stuff on there covering a wide range of Thelemic subjects. David Shoemaker does a lot of podcasts on the channel lecturing on much of the ground that's covered in 'Living Thelema' It's not exactly an audiobook but great to listen to whilst you're doing the washing up! Lon Milo Duquette does a few on there too along with IAO131 & others. Well worth a listen to get a handle on contemporary Thelemic thinking.
Enjoy & good luck! 👍

u/theeTangenT · 2 pointsr/thelema
u/ever_l · 2 pointsr/pagan

If a book appeals to you, I picked up this one recently. What's neat about it is that it has exercises in it such as going for a nature walk to connect with the current season, meditation to meet a deity, and so on. It serves as a good source of general pagan information while also giving you the tools to figure out what YOU believe.

u/Groft_VanMoor · 2 pointsr/italy

Ma a lui chi l'ha insegnato il Voodoo? Ah, no, c'è WikiHow "usare una bambola voodoo in 6 passi".

Pensa se avesse scoperto questo

u/WeoftheThing · 2 pointsr/pagan
u/BrainFukler · 2 pointsr/occult

Living Theurgy is a pretty thorough book on the subject. And it's not $247 for a paperback.

Ars Theurgia Goetia has a different set of spirits from Ars Goetia, these being "aerial" and "one part good, one part evil." Calling spirits into objects is a very old practice and is much more diverse than just Theurgy. Often the object is a vessel of water or a clear crystal, and these traditions were the inspiration for the whole "genie in a bottle" thing. The Hygromanteia and the Almadel are good examples.

u/MoonRise93 · 1 pointr/Hellenism

This book is great for going over household worship and some traditions involved with it. I really enjoyed it.

u/runBAMrunfaster · 1 pointr/asatru

A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru has been a pretty good foundation for me, give it a crack. It lays down a lot of the basics, including generally accepted forms of both blóts and symbels.

u/zummi · 1 pointr/occult

Living Theurgy

Also going to develop my own system of ancestor worship so will be reading a lot about that.

u/catherineirkalla · 1 pointr/Paranormal

Going by OP's description The Book of Oberon sunds like it has some similar content - or at least similar aims.

Grimorim Verum is a pretty famous 'black magic' book.

The Lesser Key of Solomon is probably the most well known.

I'd expect there would be some parallels to thing in Agrippa as well.

u/MoodyThursday · 1 pointr/paganism

WiccanTogether has been an amazing source of information and like-minded people for me.

Paganism is an umbrella term for anything that falls under non-Abrahamic or mainstream religion- so it's A LOT. I would highly recommend the book Toward the Wiccan Circle and Paganism: An Introduction to Earth Centered Religions.

I would also recommend searching the following YouTube channels:

  • MoodyThursday (myself)

  • CharmingPixieFlora

  • Pagyptsian (especially the older videos)

  • DragonFeather369

    Although some of the above resources have been labeled as "Wicca", they are a great platform from which to jump towards your own specific brand of Paganism :-)

    Blessed Be (And feel free to PM me)
u/UrbanHeathen · 1 pointr/asatru

Elves, Wights, and Trolls

The Tradition of Household Spirits

Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices

Theodish Houserites

Become familiar with reddit's search function, it will save you a lot of time! This sub has been around for a few years now, so there are plenty of very helpful posts archived.

u/PegTheRabbit · 1 pointr/magick

You want this version of the Lesser Key. Actual grimoires are usually an interesting mess of bad writing and poorly copied latin or greek. While interesting, they're usually a source of adventure in reading let alone use.

u/mel_cache · 1 pointr/Wicca

There are a couple of books out there on setting up a coven. Try Wicca Covens, by Judy Harrow, and Coven Craft by Amber K.

u/jbrake · 1 pointr/movies

I haven't seen the movie, but Valak is a demon mentioned in Crowley's book [The Goetia] ( Valak was basically the general of hell, commanding 30 legions.

u/Vitols666 · 1 pointr/occult

I was in a very similar position. These are my favorite books, modern and very practice based.

Aidan Wachter - Six Ways

Jason Miller - The Sorceror's Secrets

u/dw_pirate · 1 pointr/pagan

This book isn't a bad place to start. It's a tad on the fluffy side, but it's an okay primer.

u/Akasha25 · 1 pointr/occult

Then try meditating for just five minutes at any given time, maybe in the morning and in the evening or when it is oppurtune for you to do so. Maybe you should if you live where it is possible go to a public ritual and see how it goes. I can only encourage you to read and to do research, maybe trough the Inet . Find something that fits you, your life and will to commit. Here are a few book recommendations for you:

Sorry if they are a bit basic but it is a good start. I have excluded Chaos magic and satanism as i dont have much knowledge in these fields and dont want to give you wrong infos.

u/sunryke · 1 pointr/pagan

I recommend Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions
And good luck my friend

u/DownWithThat4 · 1 pointr/occult

Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic

u/Hergrim · 1 pointr/Fantasy

Oooooh, I'm actually not all that familiar with Early Modern Germany, but I think I've found a few books that may help you with the religious, political and military aspects. Some of these books are pretty expensive, so I'd recommend finding a good library or seeing if your local library does inter-library loans with larger libraries. Usually you have to read the books pretty quick, but it saves paying $150 for a book if you're not in a position to do that. Just be sure to take plenty of notes!

I'd also be willing to look at what you've got but, like I said, I may not be as useful as I first thought.

The Reformation: A History

The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy

The Rise of Modern Warfare: 1618-1815

The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe

The Witchcraft Sourcebook

Germany and the Holy Roman Empire: Volume I

Society and Economy in Germany, 1300-1600

Flesh and Spirit: Private Life in Early Modern Germany

Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany

Ecology, Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Germany

Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany

The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany: Civic Duty and the Right of Arms

He Is the Sun, She Is the Moon: Women in Early Modern Germany

The Realities of Witchcraft and Popular Magic in Early Modern Europe: Culture, Cognition and Everyday Life

The Lesser Key of Solomon

The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570

u/blindpiper · 1 pointr/asatru

The Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru is everything you're looking for.

u/RedShirtDecoy · 1 pointr/Norse

Here are the books I started with that have been very helpful...

I did not start with the Eddas, I started with this book...

[The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland](

It is a modern launguage retelling of the Lore in an easier to follow format. I read this book first so I have an understanding of the specific myth then I dive into the Eddas.

I also purchased a few Asatru specific books that give an overview of the Gods and Goddesses, give a brief history lesson, and discuss some of the rituals of Asatru like Blots, holidays, toasts, ect.

Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism

A Practical Heathens Guide to Asatru


Heathenry: A Study of Asatru in the Modern World This one I have not read yet so I have no idea how good it is.

I also purchased The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology

I have a really hard time reading the Eddas since I have always had a hard time with that type of poetry so I have only purchased the one Edda and I am slowly making my way through it. There are a few different Eddas out there so read reviews of them on Amazon before buying to see what everyone is saying about it.

I didnt do this with the Asatru Edda and after I bought it found out they tend to fill in holes in the myths with their own assumptions. Im not educated enough to give examples but most of the reviews mention it. I was advised not to read that version until I become more familiar with the Lore as it was written first. Also, this book is as physically large as a school text book. It is soft cover but very awkward to hold and read.

Good luck. I am very much a beginner but have found the above resources helpful.

u/desktop_version_bot · 1 pointr/occult
u/michaelnero · 1 pointr/heathenscholar

Added items according to the posts from /u/anarchoheathen. I'll update with /u/bi-furious' post tomorrow evening. Also, can someone sort out the categories for Odroerir Journal, Culture of Teutons, and Myth of Eternal Return? I haven't read them and want to make sure they're listed properly.


  • If You're New to Asatru - Steven Abell
  • An Asatru Blog
  • A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru - Patricia M. Lafayllve
  • Four Documents on Asatru - Bill Linzie


  • The Poetic Edda
  • The Prose Edda


  • Anglo Saxon Rune Poem
  • Norwegian Rune Poem
  • Icelandic Rune Poem
  • An Introduction to English Runes - R.I. Page
  • Runes and Runic Inscriptions - R.I. Page


  • Heimskringla
  • Sagas of The Icelanders
  • Saga of the Völsungs
  • Saga of the Jomsvikings
  • The Agricola and Germania - Tacitus
  • The History of the Danes - Saxo Grammaticus
  • Beowulf


  • Life in Anglo-Saxon England - R.I. Page
  • Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths - R.I. Page
  • The Viking World - Stefan Brink, Neil Price
  • The Road to Hel: A Study of the Conception of the Dead in Old Norse Literature - Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson
  • Odroerir Journal
  • The Culture of the Tutons - Vilhelm Grönbech
  • The Myth of the Eternal Return - Mercea Eliade

    Weekly Study Group

  • Week 1, 1/7/15 - The Völuspá
  • Week 2, 1/14/15 -
  • Week 3, 1/21/15 -
  • Week 4, 1/28/15 -
u/dusty_horns · 1 pointr/occult

New Hermetics book has some really cool novice materials to get you started on magickal thinking, ritual creation and practical application.. if you are sort of getting started and that is what you are asking. The chaotes are usually a wellspring of practical stuff as well so you can explore that online and find good materiel, especially from the first gen authors. I jizzed in my pants when I discovered Phil Hine way back when, helped a lot in making sense of what I was doing and experiencing, as opposed to a lot of other authors in the field I just had trouble resonating with. While doing that and practicing you can read up on some classical magelit.

u/Blongwell · 1 pointr/thelema

I am brand new to the theory of Thelema. I was overwhelmed by the amount of material, all of which seemed to be absolutely mystically esoteric. From a bit of study and opinion I found that Book 4 is the magnum opus for Aleister Crowley's work, and was written as a straight forward guide; understandable to beginners and full enough to continue improving the adept.
Last week I purchased the second revised edition and could not be more pleased with my introduction to Thelema.
This is where I recommend to begin. I have not set it down since it arrived and have gone from a minor curiosity to a full study of each text it references; many of which are included within it's appendix.

Magick: Liber ABA, Book 4
It is a sizeable book with a price to match, but it is the corner stone; beautiful and durable I will add.

Every book recommended for students can be found here as well.

Some of the books are not linked in the A.'.A.'. website, but can be found in a quick copy paste the title Google search.

u/NewChristianThrwwy · 0 pointsr/HellenicPolytheism

I doubt greek epic poems would tell me how to worship and how to view the world as a hellenic pagan?

Was thinking something more like this:

A general guide of sorts.