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anonymous asked:

Which authors have influenced you the most in your study of magic? Could you give a book list/recommendation (not looking for any specific topic, just whatever has felt particularly inspirational to you). Thanks much, and thanks for sharing everything you have!

Chaos Magic:
- Stealing the Fire from Heaven
by Stephen Mace.
- High Magick: Theory and Practice (Volumes 1 & 2) by Fr. U.D.
- Prime Chaos by Phil Hine
I loved this one when I was younger; now my love for it has cooled considerably.

- Nox & Koth by Stephen Sennitt
While I still have some fondness for this text, all of my experiments based on some of the essays in it were… toxic and horrible. lmao. Buyer beware. Sometimes you get older, look back, and marvel that you didn’t give up, because what you were doing did not work out well.

Necromancy / Spiritism:
- Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden.
While focused primarily on the history of necromancy in Greece/Rome, the later chapters - particularly involving working with the dead and ritual technology - make it a bible for anyone hoping to begin practicing traditional necromancy.

- The Geosophia (Volumes 1 & 2) by Jake Stratton-Kent.
Note of bias: I am very, very fond of the author and his outlook. But that shouldn’t discount how good these books are. Every time I crack them open, I notice something new. Recently it was the use of ‘celestial script’ in both Arabic materials and how they directly date back to the PGM.

- The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation by Hans Dieter Betz.
If you can’t get a copy, Hermetic Magic by Stephen Flowers has some of the same rituals. I pretty much carry around Betz’s ‘Goetic Bible’ with me everywhere, though, and will bust out the Stele of Jeu at the drop of a hat.

- The Spirits’ Book and The Medium’s Book by Alan Kardec

Witchcraft:
- Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
It is the only book on the subject you really need. There are a lot of authors on the subject who are pretty ‘meh’. Huson is not.

- The Night Battles and Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg
Historical information on a wide range of sources of the medieval Sabbat, including but not limited to, the Venusberg, Livonian werewolves, and cunning-men who became consorts with the Queen of the Fairies.

- The Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scot.

Fairies / the Good Folk:
- The Book of Treasure Spirits edited by David Rankine.
Sooooooooooo much goodness from 16th and 17th century magical manuscripts.

- The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet edited by David Rankine
Christ. I can’t get enough of it.

Grimoires:
- The Grimorium Verum edited and translated by Joseph H. Peterson

- The True Grimoire by Jake Stratton Kent

- Pacts with the Devil by Christopher Hyatt and S. Jason Black
This one was hugely formative for me, and got me into a lot of trouble. (I tip my hat to both - now dead - authors. Gentlemen, thanks.) I would not recommend their other book, Urban Voodoo, however.

I could probably go on and on. lmao. I really love books.