Hey everyone I wanted to make a thread to discuss books. Ones we’ve read, ones we wished we hadn’t or had, maybe the origins of certain techniques or methodology. Let us know what you’re reading and if you find it interesting enough tell us why we might want to add it to our reading list.
I’ll start us.
I’m reading “Against the Light” by Kenneth Grant. I got this title from an LHP practicioner on FB who was critical of Karlssen and his Dragon Rouge Order materials and it’s take on Sitrah Achra and Qlippoth. I really am not thoroughly read with modern writers on the subject. My reading this far is mostly old Hebrew theological texts, and that is only gonna take you so far, it’s like thinking you know something because of someone else’s experience or description. You may get some insights this way but you’re not going to really know what’s the distortions in perspective are until you can compare with your own experience. So I e started, gingerly with the modern pure LhP authors ideas on the matter and it’s helping alot.
Now that was a mouthful…I said all that to Segway to this. Grants ‘Against the Light’ has had me hooked from the first 50 pages. It’s not like his other books I e read that I couldn’t understand enough of to motivate me to more than skim of even finish. This is a great book. It’s not a theological text, or LHP UPG love fest Grant style, idk, it’s really hard to describe what this is like. I actually kinda feel like I’m reading Dion fortune fiction or Crowley fiction, or even Lovecraft occult horror… it’s good stuff so far. Like Crowley, Lovecraft and Fortune loved to weave spiritual truths, and even technique into their fiction, grant is kinda doing the same thing but with his own way. His other books were really hard to read without having a masters degree Kaballah, gematria, etc. This is smooth and goes down easy.
I recommend this book to other people.
Care to share?
Edit update:. Please share with me (us rather) any book youve read or are reading now that you think could benefit us, or be an enjoyable read.
Are we talking books about praxis, or books in general?
If the former, the last I read was Peter J Carroll’s The Apophenion, which I loved 90% of. It is the perfect mix of metaphysics and quantum mechanics which I personally adore. Giving some scientific (or as some might argue, pseudoscientific) approach to Chaos Magick, or any metaphysical praxis in general, in a very well-thought-out and structured manner.
It is quite dense and takes a bit of willpower to read in entirety, but I do love Carroll’s works, and I think it is absolutely worth reading.
Way cool! Chaos Magick in general is something I’ve had on my “to explore” list of to dos for like ten years. I don’t know why or how it always gets back burnered by something else I got going on. I read the psychonaut and liked that alot and do have the basics of the A.O. spare sigil technique down pat. I probably could benefit from P.Carrolls book.
I like books that use a scientific approach or pseudo scientific approach to illustrate their points.
For the books I read at the moment… There is a few lol, I always read multiple books at the same time (bad thing to do).
I want to learn sex magick lately, so I’m reading “Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit” by Jason Miller. It’s very well explained so far, he gives some breathing methods at the start, ways to sense energy… I’m still at the start, but so far I like it.
“Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits, & Hoodoo Saints” by Denise Alvarado, it’s pretty interesting, explains some of the lore of New Orleans quite well.
And then I’m reading “Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious” by Carl Jung. Do I really need to explain ?
There is a lot of other books I bought that I still haven’t read yet, probably over 10-20