Recommended Reading

Here is a list of my personal favorite books on the subjects covered on this blog:

Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages is an essential book in any library. It is an encyclopedia of all things esoteric, and includes detailed knowledge of Hermeticism, Ancient Greece, Druidism, and much more.

The Emerald Tablets was written 36 000 years ago by Thoth, and is one of the primary books in the philosophy of Hermeticism. It is a fairly light read in that the book is small, though the strange poetic nature of the written will surely affect your mind.

This book was compiled by scholars nearly 2000 years ago, and is a collection of writings by Hermes Trismegistus. Because most of what Hermes wrote was lost in history, this is one of the primary books on Hermeticism, and an essential read for those who want to learn the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.

The Kybalion was written in 1908, and attributed to “3 Initiates”. It is my favourite source on the Hermetic Principles, and provides a detailed description of each of the seven, which are mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, cause and effect, and gender.

Along with Plato, Cayce is considered one of the primary sources of information on Atlantis, which he channeled during psychic trances between 1923 and 1944. This book was authored by Cayce’s son, and includes many of Cayce’s insights and vivid details of Atlantis. Although the wording is a bit strange at times, it is a fun and light read.

Reading Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis is essential for understanding the subject, and this is an excellent copy of great Greek philosopher’s description of the lost civilization.

This book is one of the great classics on the subject of Atlantis. Donnelly was a congressmen and researcher who compiled vast amounts of research in ancient cultures, geology, and theology in order to support his thesis that Atlantis had existed.

Black softcover, 550 + 4 pages, footnotes, 3 appendixes, 43 b/w illustrations with captions. *** Topics include: History and monuments of alchemy. Medieval alchemy. Alchemical laboratory. Hermetic cabala. Spagyrics. Salamander of Lisieux. Alchemical myth of Adam and Eve. Louis d’Estissac. Spells and wonders of castle of Dampierre. More. *** Originally published 1929

‘The Book of Secrets of Albertus Magnus: Of the virtues of herbs, stones and certain beasts, also a book of the marvels of the world,’ edited by Best and Brightman is a very interesting 128 page paperback English edition of a text, which was originally published in the 16th century and attributed to 12th century bishop Albertus Magnus.

Zecharia Sitchin was a scholar who sold millions of copies of his books, which he wrote starting in the 1970’s and popularized the idea of extraterrestrials being involved in human origins. His translations of the ancient Sumerian tablets brought the idea of the Anunnaki and the planet of Niburu to the public awareness.

Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, this revised edition features extensive corrections, a new introduction, and a new ritual, “The Rites of Eleusis.” This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works–rather than the myth–of Aleister Crowley are all about.

Aleister Crowley’s magnum opus, in which he systematically expounds on mystical and magical theories and techniques. This profusely illustrated edition brings together the complete texts of all four parts of Liber ABA (Book 4) in one volume under the overall title Magick.

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick brings together the myriad occult philosophies and techniques necessary for a thorough understanding of the esoteric arts. This magnificent treasury is filled with fascinating insights from today’s most esteemed working practitioners, developing the rich details of a dozen topics that together comprise the Western Mystery Tradition.

Continuously in print for over 100 years, the SD remains today the most comprehensive sourcebook of the esoteric tradition, outlining the fundamental tenets of the Secret Doctrine of the Archaic Ages. Challenging, prophetic, and strikingly modern, it directly addresses the perennial questions: continuity of life after death, purpose of existence, good and evil, consciousness and substance, sexuality, karma, evolution, and human and planetary transformation.

Once, all life in the universe knew the Flower of Life as the creation pattern — the geometrical design leading us into and out of physical existence. Then from a very high state of consciousness, we fell into darkness and forgot who we were. For thousands of years, the secret was held in ancient artifacts and carvings around the world and encoded in the cells of all life.

The Egypt Code was written by Robert Bauval and originally published in 2006, and describes all the intricate and fascinating ways in which the pyramids of Egypt correspond with the stars of the sky. Bauval is an Egyptologist and engineer, and points out mind-blowing details about the construction of the pyramids.

This was one of the first books I read on these subjects and it helped instill a fascination for ancient mysteries that will probably last my entire life. Graham Hancock’s work explores the Great Sphinx, ruins and temples in Mexico, and much more to suggest there had been an advanced civilization in remote antiquity.

John Anthony West’s revolutionary reinterpretation of the civilization of Egypt challenges all that has been accepted as dogma concerning Ancient Egypt. In this pioneering study West documents that: Hieroglyphs carry hermetic messages that convey the subtler realities of the Sacred Science of the Pharaohs.

This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages. Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller.

If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of an everyman’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

A collection of the writings of Plato and his Socratic dialogues is essential for any aspiring philosopher. Fortunately, this Stief Books publication contains every work that has been attributed to Plato, both canonical and of dubious authenticity

Wheels of Life takes you on a powerful journey through progressively transcendent levels of consciousness. View this ancient metaphysical system through the light of new metaphors, ranging from quantum physics to child development.

This is the story of a monk, a hauntingly beautiful and deeply inspiring journey of awakening within Chakpori Lamasery, the temple of Tibetan medicine. It is a moving tale of passage through the mystic arts of astral projection, crystal gazing, aura deciphering, meditation, and more.

In the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they have direct experience of a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe.

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