Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Love is the law, love under will.

Recommended books #2 – Introductory (part II)

The selection of books presented in this article is the basis on which a healthy culture is built and is dedicated to those seekers interested in knowledge. In order to be closer to the light of the Hermetic tradition and to be prepared to deepen the mysteries of the Ordo Templi Orientis, it makes sense for any seeker to have a great knowledge of Order and Magic itself.

The History of Magic

Eliphas Levi

First published in 1913, this classic text is an invaluable source book on the history and practice of magic and occultism. The contents include: Magic of the Magi, Magic in Ancient Greece, the Kabalah, Primitive Symbolism, Mysticism, Oracles, Magical Monuments, Magic and Christianity, Pagan Magic, Kabalistic Paintings and Sacred Emblems, Sorcerers, Magic and Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and more.

The Art of Meaning of Magic

Israel Regardie

A bird’s eye view of the whole field of magic, covering divination, evocation, invocation, vision and initiation. Some of the practical tips on what used to be called Scrying in the Spirit Vision cannot be found elsewhere even in large and rarer texts, and the method of Tattva cards and the Qabalah are given with examples of results achieved. There are interesting explanations of the magical art in the light of Jungian psychology. Complete with full page plates of Tatvas for the serious reader and student to experiment with.

Magick in Theory and Practice

Aleister Crowley

This book is considered to be the foremost book on ceremonial magic written in the twentieth century and is recommended to initiates. This is a valuable book to anyone interested in occult studies.

Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

Donald Michael Kraig

For more than two decades, “Modern Magick” has been the world’s most popular instruction manual on how to work real magick. Now, author Donald Michael Kraig, with decades more experience, research, training, and study, has created the ultimate version of this contemporary classic. This expanded edition features an updated design, more personal stories, and a wealth of new information, including more than 175 original images and a completely new chapter on three emerging trends in magick and how readers can put them to use. What hasn’t changed: the comprehensive scope and clear, step-by-step ritual instructions that have made this book an indispensable guide for more than 150,000 magicians.

One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley’s Spiritual Legacy

Keith Readdy

Based upon academic research at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, One Truth and One Spirit is a much-needed work that covers a previously unexplored history of the modern religious movement known as Thelema. This work details the theoretical framework of Aleister Crowley’s spiritual legacy in the O.T.O. and the A?A? and covers the years of Thelema since Crowley’s death in 1947.

One Truth and One Spirit approaches a complex topic with a complex history, with exhaustive citations and sources, but it is written for anyone interested in the subject of Thelema. The author utilizes published source material as well as previously unavailable information, which makes this a unique contribution to the available literature.

One Truth and One Spirit is expected to be of interest to the novice, the scholar, and the seasoned practitioner of Thelema. The work provides a general historical overview of Thelema from a theoretical vantage point, explores the historical development of the movement from the 1960s to the 1990s, and applies the author’s own critical discussions on the topic itself.