SUGGESTED READING FOR
BEGINNING STUDENTS OF THE OCCULT

This list is tailored for beginning spellcasters with no experience.  We’re well aware that there is a lot of confusing information out there about magic, and we understand how easy it is to get conflicting information.  We believe that the biggest reason for this is that authors often do not identify what their personal philosophies are in their books.  There are many different occult philosophies out there, but the two most popular seem to be witchcraft aka wicca, or voodoo and various offshoots of it, including hoodoo.  None of these philosophies are better than the others, simply different. To make your selections easier, we have, where appropriate, identified each author’s philosophy for you, for some people naturally feel closer to particular spiritual paths.

Most of these books contain tables and lists of colors, herbs, stones, runes and specific days that correspond to ingredients outlined in that book’s rituals. Be aware that different ingredients will have different meanings in different philosophies.

Our advice to beginners is to pick one philosophy that resonates with you and stick with it. Once you have learned a bit, read up on other occult philosophies. You may be surprised by the universality that spans most occult paths— the major occult philosophies have many things in common, both with each other and with other, more mainstream religions.

The best way to learn about the occult is to find a knowledgeable teacher.  But all students of the occult should be also be readers.  Here’s our list for beginners to get you started.

Practical Candleburning Rituals
By Raymond Buckland

This trusted guidebook by popular author Raymond Buckland has introduced candle magick to more than 300,000 readers. From winning love to conquering fear, obtaining money to improving relationships, Practical Candleburning Rituals is filled with simple candle rites that get real results.

This is one of the most popular introductory candle magic books, and it’s easy to read and understand.  Major influences: Hoodoo and Voodoo.
Advanced Candle Magick (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
by Raymond Buckland

Seize control of your destiny with the simple but profound practice of Advanced Candle Magick. Ray Buckland's first book on candle magick Practical Candleburning Rituals explained the basic techniques of directing positive forces and making things happen.

The sequel to Buckland’s first book—more detailed spells, building upon principles learned in the first. Major influences: Hoodoo and Voodoo.
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Earth Power (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
by Scott Cunningham

When you draw a heart in the sand, call on the four winds for assistance, or ask the rain to wash away a bad habit, you are practicing earth magic. By working in harmony with nature, we can transform ourselves, our lives, and our world.

A wonderful meditation on elemental magic. Major influence: Wicca. We love this book and its sequel: Earth Air, Fire & Water .
Earth, Air, Fire & Water (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)
by Scott Cunningham

Seize control of your destiny with the simple but profound practice of Advanced Candle Magick. Ray Buckland's first book on candle magick Practical Candleburning Rituals explained the basic techniques of directing positive forces and making things happen.

The sequel to Buckland’s first book—more detailed spells, building upon principles learned in the first. Major influences: Hoodoo and Voodoo.
Everyday Magic
by Dorothy Morrison

Dorothy Morrison has a daring point of view that magic is not just compatible with technology--the two can actually help one another. Since technology has made our lives more productive, surely it can enhance our magic too.

Practical, down-to-earth advice on using magic in your everyday life. Major influence: Wicca
Spiritual Cleansing
by Draja Mickaharic

This book is a manual of psychic first aid, written to help you clean your spiritual atmosphere and to protect yourself in your environment. Everyone, at some time or another, has met an individual who seems to be surrounded with negativity, or has visited a place that seems imbued with "bad vibrations." Removing these negative vibrations is what spiritual cleansing is all about.
Occult Way
by P. G. Bowen

1939. Seven lessons in practical occultism defined and explained, including philosophical foundation, practical foundation, the ten virtues, balance, invocation, evocation and natural magic. A section is dedicated to answering the learner's questions and contains instructions in physical training.

General advice for the advanced beginner. 
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The Old Girls' Book of Spells
by Cal Garrison
Move over, teen witch... and let Grandma show you how it's done! Billed as the first-ever book of spells for women of a certain age, The Old Girls' Book of Spells: The Real Meaning of Menopause, Sex, Car Keys, and Other Important Stuff About Magic is a fun and practical guide to witchcraft for mature women. Here, Cal Garrison offers the usual self-help spells for getting out of a traffic ticket or bringing more money into your life, as well as remedies for hot flashes, a recipe for herbal viagra and spells for keeping memory sharp.

Practical, funny writing, and very universal spells. Major influence: Wicca
A Witch Alone, New Edition
by Marian Green
Written for serious practitioners, Marian Green's Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic guides those who wish to learn the "old religion" without the aid of a coven. Densely written in a serious tone, Witch Alone is nonetheless an inspiring and poetic read. Exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to take a full 28 nights to accomplish, and are designed to progressively lead one down the path to success. Worshippers of the goddess and those interested in exploring the deeper aspects of their own souls will find this tome deeply informative, but for the neo-pagan committed to learning solitary witchcraft, Witch Alone is a must-read.

Major influence: Wicca
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best starting points.

Major influence: Wicca
The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Reader's Edition)
by Manly P. Hall
Simply put, this is the most beautiful and complete occult book ever published. It represents a lifetime of research into the mythology, symbolism, and magical practices of countless cultures. From the secrets of Isis to the teachings of mystic Christianity, nearly every occult dogma imaginable is represented here. The book is full of giant illustrations, some of which fold out into a magnificent two-page splendor. This is the definitive guide to secret societies, famous figures, and more a must for every personal library.
Psychic Self-Defense (Paperback)
by Dion Fortune
After finding herself the subject of a powerful psychic attack, Dion Fortune wrote this detailed instruction manual for safeguarding yourself against paranormal malevolence. Fortune explores the elusive psychic element in mental illness and, more importantly, details the methods, motives, and physical aspects of psychic attack, and how to overcome this energy. The revised edition of this New Age classic includes an index and an additional explanatory note for contemporary readers. Index.
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