i was wondering if you knew any books or something to learn about magick/ect? i find it really interesting but there's so many places to learn about this stuff. what would you recommend? thank you so much!!
To quote the Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”.
Western Esoteric Tradition begins in ancient civilizations. As such, read all the texts that deal with their religion’s lore and traditions: the Eddas, Orphic Hymns, Homer and other’s works, mythology really.
Then pick up The Three Books of Occult Philosophy by my favorite Catholic occultist/mystic of all time, Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Then another foundation text are the Rosicrucian manifestos from a few centuries ago, in addition to the Emerald Tablet.
Throw in texts like the Sefer Yetzirah, the Sefer Raziel, the Kybalion, The Cloud of Unknowing, the Cantile of San Juan de la Cruz, the 900 Thesis of Pico della Mirandola, the Quran’s Suras, and then very old grimoires like the Lesser Key of Solomon, the Greater Key of Solomon, the Red Dragon, the Grand Grimoire, the True Grimoire, the Heptameron, the Grimoire of Pope Honorius, etc.
Work through the Holy Texts of Thelema and really just through the whole of the works of what I call the the Revival Generation, i.e. Crowley, Waite, Mathers, etc.
Then for the sake of completion, just read some of Cunningham’s works. then force your way through stomaching the incompetence of Ravenwolf’s work, just so you understand the palpable ignorance and stupidity many come from around these here parts.
Now I would also pay special attention to your own heritage and roots. Try to see where your family comes from and what they believed. I would recommend at this point studying the history of religion and the history of western civilization.
Research folk magic practices among Abrahamics in recent century and contemporarywise.
Then pick up works by Michael Ford, Kenneth Grant, just research Left Hand Path in general. Here I also recommend reading the comics Hellblazer, Lucifer, Sandman, Death The Deluxe Edition, Endless Nights, The Filth, The Invisibles.
And then reread the Bible, the Tanakh, and the Quran.
And after you’ve read and studies all of that, practicing some stuff here and there along the way, you’ll be about five to ten years into the future and will have some sense of what you actually want to do with your life.
Of course this is all assuming you’re part of a Western narrative. If you’re part of an Eastern narrative, then it’s really more of a question of Reconnecting rather than Reviving since your ancient techniques of Herbs and Chakras and Implicit herbal properties and Three Doctrines never died.
CRUSH THE IDEA THAT NONBINARY PEOPLE HAVE TO BE MASCULINE IN ORDER TO BE ANDROGYNOUSFOREVER AND EVER