Introduction To Ritual Magic
In Dion Fortune’s day it was more difficult to be open about magic and other occult ideas and hence the veils of secrecy were commonplace.
The magician and writer Gareth Knight adds his expertise to Dion Fortune’s work, perhaps saying what Fortune would have liked to say if she were writing today, and bringing this treatise of ritual white magic upto date.
Dion Fortune founded the society of Inner Light which later spawned a number of other mystery schools which are still active today.
Many of her writings are brought together by Gareth Knight in this book and cover a range of topics from astral work to mind training, mind magic to initiation and of course the power of ritual magic.
Fallen Angels - Watchers and the Witches Sabbat
Fallen Angels is a grimoire, a record of magical workings with the Fallen Angels from the Book of Enoch.
It’s a book on the left-hand part of philosophical musings in conjunction with the ritual magic, either acted out in a sacred place you’ve created with candles incense athame (ritual knife) altar, sigils etc, or played out as a visualized sacred drama in your mind.
The Fallen Angels themselves are seen as they are Deific Masks ( symbolic masks of gods, angels, spirits, demons etc) which the magician can interact with or symbolically wear in order to bring about material changes in your life.
This grimoire has records of initiatory rituals with the Fallen Angels themselves that supports your spiritual growth as you become one with their powers.
The Fallen Angels are seen as rebel fiery seraphim which descended to Earth to bring about spiritual growth for humankind. In the angelic guise these angels represent the knowledge and magic of the Higher Mind.
This grimoire also offers teachings and rituals related to the Nephilim, the giant children of the sexual union between Fallen Angels and human women. They represent the power of working with the unconscious mind, the demonic. Working with the higher mind and unconscious mind together magically leads the magician to higher state of consciousness and spiritual and magical power.
Real Magic - The Science Behind Clairvoyance, Telekinesis and Telepathy
Real Magic, the most recent book from the prolific Dean Radin, chief scientist at the institute of noetic sciences, researcher in Psi - telekinesis, telepathy etc.
In this amazing book Radin speaks of how he’s been studying magic from a scientific perspective for about 40 years, adding with his dry humor, that for the first 39 of those years he would have vigorously denied that that was what he was doing.
Radin says that his book is about real magic, not the magic of slight of hand or fraudulent behavior but magic weaved through the fabric of reality.
Real Magic talks about how the question of whether magic and other paranormal experiences exist are not even being discussed now, as there’s so much statistical evidence for their existence that it’s overwhelming.
Real Magic is about the relationship of science and magic and why science is so resistant to the idea of magic that it’ll repress any entertainment or serious research into the subject. This, of course, flies in the face of the investigative nature of science.
A fascinating read.
Groundbreaking magician and writer of the left hand path, Michael.W.Ford outlines the path of the Adversary within his balanced between light and dark framework of Luciferianism.
Ford describes and elaborates on his points of power, spiritually challenging your every assumption and prodding you onto your own path of spiritual freedom.
No matter whether you’re philosophically atheist or theist in your thinking or belief structure, there’s a path here to the ascension of your consciousness and your potential omnipotence.
Ford describes the structures of ritual magic which you can either act in a room (or in nature if you choose) or you can play out like a psychodrama in your mind.
The process uses magical symbols introduced into your unconscious mind which open the gates to the collective unconscious, material change, spiritual initiation and growth.
The Science Delusion
Prominent biologist Rupert Sheldrake wrote this groundbreaking book that challenges science as an ideology and/or a definer of what is reality.
The Science Delusion celebrates science as an intellectually rigorous methodology but exposes it as a belief system which he says has now been spread to the entire world. Rupert Sheldrake says that this belief system of science, or worldview, inhibits and/or restricts free inquiry which is the very lifeblood of the scientific endeavor.
I love this book because it unpicks this science world view which is so often wielded as an ideological weapon to crush any spiritual and/or magical independent investigation and practice. It turns out that science is not equipped to define reality.
Advanced Magic For Beginners
Alan Chapman‘s book was written when he was 26 years old and shows a remarkable magical maturity.
There are two stylistics things that are particularly attractive to me, the book’s humor and its irreverence.
In terms of the content it bypasses those questions like is magic real or is it all fake and moves you into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of magical practice. For, as Chapman writes, the point of magic is not a theoretical debate, real knowledge is about experience a magical experience comes from the doing of the magic.
Magic, for Chapman, then comes from the discipline of daily practice, the building of skill and knowledge that’s realized by keeping a journal of your magical workings and the insights that arise from reflection and recording results.