Lucius Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. William Adlington, 1566. Tantra of the Great Liberation (Mahanirvana Tantra), trans. Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe) (Dover Publications, Inc., New York, USA, 1972).
The Book of Ballymote, compiled by Solomon of Droma and Manus MacDonough (Ireland, 1391).
Barddas, Rev. J. Williams Ab Ithel (Welsh MSS. Society, Llan-dovery and London, 1862).
The Bhagavad Gita. Many translations are available. A notable one is The Geeta: The Gospel of the Lord Shri Krishna, put into English by Shri Purohit Swami. (Faber, London, 1969).
John Blofeld, The Book of Change (Allen & Unwin, London, 1968).
Frederick Bligh Bond and Thomas Lea, Germatria (reissue, Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation, London, 1977).
Janet and Colin Bord, Mysterious Britain (Garnstone Press, London, 1972).
Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, The Book of the Dead: An English Translation of the Theban Recension, (Kegan Paul, London, and E. P. Dutton, New York, 1938).
Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan (Penguin Books, London, 1970).
Carlos Castaneda, A Separate Reality (Penguin Books, London, 1974).
Louis Charpentier, The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral (Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation, London, 1972).
Ithel Colquhoun, Sword of Wisdom: MacGregor Mathers and the Golden Dawn (Neville Spearman, London, 1975).
The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ed. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant (Jonathan Cape, London, 1969).
Aleister Crowley, The Magical Record of the Beast 666, ed. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant (Duckworth, London, 1972).
The Qabalah of Aleister Crowley (Samuel Weiser, New York, 1973).
Aleister Crowley, De Arte Magica (The Level Press, San Francisco, USA, N.d.)
Aleister Crowley, Liber Aleph (Unicorn Press, Seattle, USA, N.d.)
Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice (Castle Books, New York, USA, N.d.)
Louis T. Culling, A Manual of Sex Magick (Llewellyn Publications, USA, 1971).
T. F. G. Dexter, Fire Worship in Britain (Watts & Co., London, 1931).
The Elder Edda: A Selection, trans. Paul B. Taylor and W. H. Auden. (Faber, London, 1969).
Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (Princeton University Press, USA, 1970).
The Equinox, Vol. I, No. 3. (Simkin, Marshall, London, 1910, publication sponsored by Aleister Crowley).
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, ed. W. Y. Evans-Wentz (Oxford University Press, London, 1957).
Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, ed. W. Y. Evans-Wentz (Oxford University Press, London, 1973).
C. L’Estrange Ewen, Witchcraft and Demonianism (Heath Cranton, London, 1933).
Dion Fortune, The Sea Priestess (published by the Author, London, 1938).
Dion Fortune, The Goat-Foot God (Aquarian Press, London, 1971).
Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah (Williams & Norgate, London, 1935).
Dion Fortune, Avalon of the Heart (Aquarian Press, London, 1971).
Gerald B. Gardner, High Magic’s Aid (Scire) (Michael Houghton, London, 1949).
Gerald B. Gardner, Witchcraft Today (Riders, London, 1954).
Gerald B. Gardner, The Meaning of Witchcraft (Aquarian Press, London, 1959).
Omar Garrison, Tantra: The Yoga of Sex (Academy Editions, London, 1974).
Robert Graves, The White Goddess (Faber, London, 1961).
Michael J. Harner, Hallucinogens and Shamanism (Oxford University Press, London and New York, 1973).
Jacquetta Hawkes, A Guide to the Prehistoric and Roman Monuments in England and Wales (Sphere Books, London, 1973).
Gerald S. Hawkins, Beyond Stonehenge (Hutchinson, London, 1973).
Ellic Howe, The Magicians of the Golden Dawn (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1972).
Thomas Ingoldsby, (R. H. Barham), The Ingoldsby Legends (Richard Bentley & Son, London, 1887).
Man and his Symbols, ed. Carl Gustav Jung (Aldus Books, London, 1964).
Francis King, Ritual Magic in England (Neville Spearman, London, 1970).
Francis King, Sexuality, Magic and Perversion (New English Library, London, 1972).
The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O., ed. and introd. Francis King (C. W. Daniel Co., London, 1973).
Richard Payne Knight and Thomas Wright, Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus (privately printed, London, 1865).
Rudolf Koch, The Book of Signs (Dover Publications, USA, N.d.).
Charles Godfrey Leland, Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune-Telling (University Books, New York, 1962).
Charles Godfrey Leland, Aradia: or the Gospel of the Witches, (David Nutt, London, 1899).
Lord Lytton, The Coming Race (Routledge, London, 1874).
Eric Maple, The Dark World of Witches (Robert Hale, London, 1962).
The Key of Solomon the King, trans. S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers (George Redway, London, 1889).
John Michell, The View Over Atlantis (Abacus Books, London,1975).
Richard Williams Morgan, The History of Britain (Marshall Press, London, 1933).
Margaret Alice Murray, The God of the Witches (Sampson, Low, London, 1931).
G. F. Northall, English Folk Rhymes (Kegan Paul, London, 1892).
Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron Curtain (Prentice-Hall, USA, 1970).
Jill Purce, The Mystic Spiral (Thames & Hudson, London, 1975).
Jonathan Quayne, The Pearly Essence (Mayflower Books, London, 1969).
Philip Rawson, Tantra (Catalogue of Exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, 1971, Arts Council of Great Britain).
Philip Rawson, Tantra: The Indian Cult of Ecstasy (Thames & Hudson, London, 1973).
The Golden Dawn, ed. Israel Regardie. (Hazel Hills Corporation, Wisconsin, USA, 1969).
Israel Regardie, The Tree of Life (Samuel Weiser, New York, 1972).
Wilhelm Reich, The Function of the Orgasm (Panther Books, London, 1968).
Frederick W. Robins, The Smith: The Traditions and Lore of an Ancient Craft (Riders, London, 1953).
Paul Screeton, Quicksilver Heritage (Thorsons, Wellingborough, 1974).
Edward Sellon, Annotations Upon the Sacred Writings of the Hindus (privately printed, London, 1865).
Idries Shah, Oriental Magic (Paladin Books, London, 1973).
Lewis Spence, The Magic Arts in Celtic Britain (Riders, London, 1946).
Lewis Spence, Encyclopaedia of Occultism (Citadel Press, USA, 1974).
The Sepher Yetzirah, trans. Knut Stenring (Riders, London, 1923).
William Stirling, The Canon (Garnstone Press, London, 1974).
Montague Summers, History of Witchcraft and Demonology (Kegan Paul, London, 1926).
Alexander Thorn, Megalithic Lunar Observatories (Oxford University Press, London, 1971).
Doreen Valiente, Where Witchcraft Lives (Aquarian Press, London, 1962).
Doreen Valiente, An A.B.C. of Witchcraft Past and Present (Robert Hale, London, and St Martins Press, New York, 1973).
M. Volin and N. Phelan, Sex and Yoga (Sphere Books, London, 1968).
Erich Von Daniken, Chariots of the Gods (Corgi Books, London, 1971).
Erich Von Daniken, In Search of Ancient Gods (Souvenir Press, London, 1974).
Benjamin Walker, Sex and the Supernatural (Macdonald Unit 75, London, 1970).
Alfred Watkins, The Old Straight Track (Garnstone Press, London, 1970).
Alan Watts, Nature, Man and Woman (Wildwood House, London, 1973).
E. M. Wishaw, Atlantis in Andalucia (Riders, London, 1929). George Hunt Williamson, Road in the Sky (Neville Spearman, London, 1965).
Sir John Woodroffe (Arthur Avalon), Shakti and Shakta (Luzac & Co., London, 1918).
Daily Mirror, 14 June 1975.
’The Straight Path in Wisdom Teaching’ by Allen Watkins, The Ley Hunter, No. 18, April, 1971.
’The Quest for Gaia’ by Dr James Lovelock and Dr Sidney Epton. The New Scientist, 6 February, 1975.
The Wiccan, Nos. 40, 41 and 42.
Of the books listed here, I would like to mention briefly some which are in my opinion particularly helpful to the student of present-day witchcraft and paganism. Janet and Colin Bord’s Mysterious Britain gives a good outline of things to be seen which are illustrative of Britain’s mysterious past. It also indicates some of the lines of enquiry which are being followed to reveal more of our hidden and lost traditions.
Louis T. Culling’s A Manual of Sex Magick, though written in a popular and even rather naive style, nevertheless gives real information upon this subject, which Mr Culling was the first person in modern times to publish in plain words. (Incidentally, my own book Natural Magic also contains a chapter entitled ’Magic of Sex’).
The researches of Mr L’Estrange Ewen into the recorded history of British witchcraft are detailed and extremely valuable.
The occult novels of Dion Fortune are both entertaining and full of practical esoteric knowledge. They were mostly written in the 1930s and tend to reproduce the idiom of that period; but their value is lasting. The Sea Priestess contains some fine invocations in verse to the goddess of the moon.
Gerald B. Gardner’s Witchcraft Today has become a classic and been several times reprinted. It is a basic source book.
Charles Godfrey Leland wrote of witches and gypsies with real sympathy and insight. His books reveal first-hand knowledge of the subjects he devoted his life to studying. He was the first president of the Gypsy Lore Society and one of America’s greatest collectors of folklore. His publication of Aradia: or The Gospel of the Witches in 1899 was a landmark in the history of modern witchcraft. (This book is now available in several reprinted editions.)
Margaret Murray’s books, too, have become classics. In addition to The God of the Witches, I would add her other volume, The Witch Cult in Western Europe, as being indispensable to the serious student of this subject. Both are available in various paper back editions.
John Michell is a remarkably original writer about Britain’s prehistoric culture, whose books are imaginative yet carefully researched. His View Over Atlantis genuinely deserves that over worked adjective ’epoch-making’.
Philip Rawson is the outstanding present-day writer upon the Tantric traditions of the East. He has succeeded in popularizing this subject without losing its profundity, by no means an easy task.
Israel Regardie is the writer to whom we owe the unfolding of the knowledge of the Order of the Golden Dawn, with its revelation of the practical magical techniques of the western tradition. Occult students are also greatly indebted to Francis King for his researches into the history of Western occultism, though naturally I differ from his opinions about witchcraft.
Paul Screeton and John Michell continue the pioneer work of Alfred Watkins into the ley-line system and its mysterious energies. Not everyone will accept these theories; but they reveal many intriguing possibilities. Another notable pioneer of research into borderline energies is the late T. C. Lethbridge, who has written a whole series of books on this subject.
There are of course many other useful and important books for the student to discover. These notes are written in the hope of providing the beginner with some guidance in the collection of an occult library.
One final word of attribution. The words contained in the ’Affirmation’ of the Self-Initiation Ritual in Liber Umbrarum, beginning ’Beloved Pan, and all the other gods who haunt this place …’ are adapted from a prayer used by Socrates, as given at the end of the Phaedrus of Plato, which was written in Athens in the fourth century B.C.