Occult knowledge has been around since the beginning of time, but unknown to the masses and sometimes the topics are avoided altogether. For someone who is interested in beginning to learn about the occult, it may be difficult to decide where to start. Whether you’d like to learn about the phases of the moon and how its gravitational pull affects us as humans, or numerology and the origin of language, there are more than a few books that will hold the answers of which you seek. I’ve compiled some occult book must-haves that range from beginner occultist to the experienced occult researcher.
But don’t blame me for what happens to your mind if you choose to read them.
Astrology’s Origin & Why We Worship Outside Sources
Symbols, Sex, and the Stars by Ernest Busenbark
This book may very well hold the answers to some of humanity’s oldest questions. Busenbark explores the origins of sun and moon worship, and how we as humans began to personify outside forces such as planets, bodies of water, weather, and more. Numerology, astrology, language origins, and the hidden meaning to some commonly used symbols in today’s world are some of the occult topics covered in this masterpiece.
Symbolism in Today’s Age
The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images by TASCHEN
Jam-packed with essays describing the hidden meanings and world wide use of symbols in our world. The Book of Symbols references the psychological, religious, cultural, historical, and artistic aspects of each symbol, giving you the full picture of how much depth and power even the most common symbols truly hold.
The Ultimate Occult Resource
A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult by DK
“Occult dictionary” are two words that come to mind whenever I think about this book. Containing over 300 pages, DK dives deep into the shadows of the unknown history on some of the most taboo topics such as alchemy, rune stones, animal worship, magick, and much, much more! For those that get overwhelmed with books that are too wordy—this book contains many beautifully descriptive pictures and illustrations.
For Those Interested in Darkness
The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish
Some authors shy from topics such as demons and dark magic, but not Cavendish. This book illuminates some of the darker topics and teachings of the occult, helping us understand the knowledge and importance they each hold in the realm of occultism and magic. For those interested in tarot, runes, and the kabbalah—you’ll likely be satisfied with this dark yet enlightening literature.
Harnessing the Power Within You
Llewllyn’s Complete Book of Divination by Richard Webster
Within the last couple of years there’s been an explosion of interest in Divination such as tarot, pendulums, runes, palm reading—and basically any way we as humans can use tools to connect with a source of power and knowledge. This book touches on the many different tools and practices that will help you decide which method may be best for you to try out for yourself. Divination holds the keys to benefiting you in countless ways, and this book will be a first step in walking in your own empowerment.