Alright you scallywags, I know most of you are going to try and pirate these. For legal purposes, I'm going to state that I do not endorse pirating.
Yeah, I know you guys come and ask about which books I'd recommend - thinking that I learned all of this from books... and when asked which books I'd recommend... Truthfully, I often draw a hardcore blank.
Before I continue with what you want to know (I imagine you all with googly eyes behind this screen reaching out with your hands saying "GIMME GIMME"), you should be warned that with all books, comes much needed discernment... which is why I offer my online course, Foundations to Magic. FOM will teach you cheat codes on how to quickly advance while giving you the knowledge of proper discernment. Get the Class Here: https://www.occulthours.com/plans-pricing
I used discernment with quite literally EVERY book that's recommended here. Iff any book here were an end-all-be-all, I would have never continued taking classes after 4 years of researching occult and reading books. BOOKS ARE NOT THE END-ALL-BE-ALL. GET REAL EXPERIENCE - WITH EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS!!!
You might be surprised to know that I have an Occult Library with over 2,000 books and I typically NEVER reference to them. I can tell by how someone's magic works, that they are only a book-using magician.
Some of these books will give spells I don't advise doing, some will give you spells that don't work, and others will give you decent information, spells, and rituals that can be usefully implemented. Another forewarning is that some of the protection magic and spells taught in these books are really not going to help in most hex scenarios (learned from personal experience) - so don't think just because you did a cleansing/protecting ritual that you get to walk scotch free, this is dangerous because it can give people a false sense of security that can lead to further damage. BE WARY and TREAD CAREFULLY - most of you might find the warnings in here painfully annoying or nag-like, but I haven't seen any other experienced practitioners give people a piece of the truth in regards to these books.
The books I enjoy and favor the most are highlighted below in purple. Side notes for the books and authors will be in red.
Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group - Chic and Tabitha Cicero
I came across this book while going through Golden Dawn classes, for those who don't have the luxury of taking classes, this book is pretty much everything you're looking for, minus the real time demonstrations. To learn all things Ceremonial, Chic and Tabitha are the go-to authors.
Modern Magick: Twelve Lessons in the High Magickal Arts - Donald Michael Kraig
This is a modernized style of Ceremonial Magic, very practical work for Western traditions.
Condensed Chaos - Phil Hine
Phil Hine is known for teaching Chaos Magic. Highly Recommended author for folks looking to learn Chaos Magic
The Secret Teachings for All Ages - Manly P. Hall
Man & His Symbols - Carl Jung
Initiation Into Hermetics - Franz Bardon
New Energy Ways - Robert Bruce
For practical energetic work and strengthening of psychic senses.
Raymond Buckland or Scott Cunningham: they have a lot of generalized information on witchcraft and spells, but it's decent to skim learn. Their material will take a bit of trial and error, but I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of their content.
Damon Brand and the Gallery of Magick Books: I love how they're quick, straight, and to the point, but there is a lot in these that can go wrong since it is mainly spirit magic; which some are "angels" that a lot of people have never even heard of... I will say that their Demonic Pathworking book by Corwin Hargrove is nice, but again - these books kind of lack the important details when working with these spirits. Nonetheless, if you are a victim of these books, contact me for work or guidance. Truthfully I have most of his books and series, I've only read 3 of them and they were amazing. Dangerously simplistic though, with information that could take someone down a huge misleading rabbit hole.
Robert Anton Wilson: no comments needed
Let me know which topics you guys want to learn more of, and I will make more book recommendation posts.