Monday, August 13, 2012

My List

Recommendations

I was asked what sort of books I would recommend the practicing magician. Well, it took some time and thought (and just two days ago I finally bought a brand new computer and loaded my art program and Word program onto it so hooray!) but I finally am ready to share what I think are extremely helpful or enlightening sources of magical thought. Some are pure fiction, some are psychology but all have something I found special in the way they help me look at magic. These are books, or films I keep going back to, That I reference in conversations in magic, when I begin experiments these are my go to places for a jump start or inspiration or they just make me think and finally, some that I feel will make you think. Always keep in mind, just because someone teaches you martial arts does not mean you should take that art and beat the crap out of anyone in your way. Some things should be learned or known for the perspective they can offer towards other things.

Alex Grey
Any and all art by Grey should be studied, and in my opinion made so familiar with it becomes easy to see within the mind’s eye. Check out his Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) it is a short film where he brings you on a tour of his life, work and belief.

Crowley
I recommend studying the Thoth deck as well as 777 because of the rich amount of symbolism you will slowly aquire do to the study. Take your time with each and expect to be confused, frustrated, lost and every now and then enlightened. Then one day you will find a thread, then another and realize this whole time this frustrating process transformed your mind into a symbol deciphering machine.

Dennings and Phillips
Planetary Magick is a gem of a compendium, pick it up, read it, flip through it, study it section by section, work it. When combined with some of the other books here get ready for some power packed insights.

DuQuette
Anything by DuQuette, seriously the man is amazing at taking the occult and making it easy to digest. Check out Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millennium, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot and I also hear and plan on buying soon his Enochian Magic book.

Farber
I found this book Brain Magick a few months back and let me tell you there is some great stuff here. A lot of his book I felt came out of my own head in different words. If you in any way dig my ideas check this book out and better yet work some of his system, especially if you are just starting out.

Fitch
Grimoire of Shadows is Initiation into Hermetics for Wiccans. Check it out if you like Wicca or Bardon and wish Bardon had more skyclad or if you wish your Wicca was more set on making you a avatar of divinity.

Gaiman
The man has a knack for personifying and giving character to abstract ideas. He has the mind of a evocation genius, he is in my mind one of the greatest storytellers around.

Hauck
Alchemy or hermetic language confuse and bewlider you? Check out his Emerald Tablet and finally be able to go “I understand alchemy!”

Heller
There is no such thing as hypnosis, just as fish say there is no such thing as water. Monsters and Magic Sticks will help you make sense of why so much of the brain and other people make no sense.

Howl’s Moving Castle
The animated feature has all sorts of neat little magical ideas in it for the creative and magical minded who enjoy rich animation and a good story. Also, find out where Christian Bale discovered his Batman voice.

Jaynes
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the BiCameral Mind. Read it, slowly, carefully, look up words and ideas unfamiliar to you. Realize so much about yourself, society, religion, history, magic, psychology and oh so much more. Merge with Farber, Wilson, Heller and Denning’s and Phillips’ works to get a big wowza moment in magic. Warning this book has nothing to do with occultism or magic, yet it will make any magician or occultist see how evocation, symbolism, spirit communication and so on is translated through the brain and how we make sense of the universe.

Kraig
Modern Magick is packed with all sorts of good info, use it along with 777 like a writer would use a dictionary and thesaurus.

Lawley and Thompkins
Metaphors in Mind will help you understand why people talk the way they do and how you can make sense of others while maybe even help rewire their brains.

Legend of Earthsea
Good fantasy and good writing, see the origins of Harry Potter

Leitch
Secrets of the Magical Grimoires is a book at first glance does not look like it would be a page turner, but it is an amazing read filled with our magical history. Stir in some Jaynes for flavor.

Packwood
Memetic Magick is one of those books you start to read and think to yourself the author must be mad. Then you either start to see what he is talking about or you go mad right along with him. It is OK though it is a good madness.

Spirited Away
Like Howl’s Moving Castle, a good imagination booster rocket.

The Matrix
Programs. Understand programs, the mind, belief, and see the code as kabbalah.

V for Vendetta
Freedom, it can only come from one place. This is not about overthrowing the government or anarchy, it is about overthrowing your fears, doubts and controls that keep you from thinking.

Waking Life
Just a good flick to put on and soak in the philosophy.

Whitcomb
The Magician’s Reflection. The fill in the blank version of 777.

Wilson
Everything by Wilson. Especially Maybe Logic, watch it over the course of 3 years at least 10 times. Then take a break, come back a couple years later and watch it a few more times after watching the Matrix and Waking Life. EVERYTHING will then make sense.


So that is it, that is my desert island collection of media. Hope you enjoy and maybe see where some of my ideas caught fire from and better yet I hope your own fires get started by them as well!

31 comments:

  1. Hi Justin,

    Finally you got a computer. Hooray for all of us.

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  2. Justin! I have another question. Do u think one can practice Thelema and Bardonian Hermeticism at the same time , or do those paths contradict them selves ? I'm drawn to both of them. cheers /M

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    1. If not I would have some bad news for one of my best friends haha. He is big on the Book of the Law and Crowley, he is also has a working and a appreciation for Bardon as I do.

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  3. Hei Justin!
    Beutiful list!
    When you post a new artwork??
    Thanks!

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    1. Well at the moment I am painting tarot cards for the new order I am helping create, I may post a couple but will have to cut the information tag off the bottom so the order's secrets stay safe.

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    2. Hei Justin!
      Thanks your answer!
      And the art of the spirits?
      You will do more?
      And the arts of your old DA account?
      Thanks!

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  4. I will probably post some new art and revised art eventually from before on my new deviant art account http://telesmatic.deviantart.com/

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  5. Justin,
    You mentioned Alex Grey. Have you heard of an event called Knowphest (www.knowphest.com)? It's in Los Angeles. I wonder if these guys are into magic because of some symbolism on their site. Alex is going to have COSM on exhibition there and will be doing a performance. Anyway, blessings on you and yours brother...

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  6. No I sure haven't! I will check it out thanks! I know Alex Grey does yoga and from CoSM I know his wife does a type of magic at least because she had her own personal magical alphabet.

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  7. Hei Justin!
    How are you?
    Have you a personal magical alphabet?
    Its possible you explain to me how work a magical alphabet? What is the diference enter a magical alphabet and a alphabet used in KTK (or KTK is a magical alphabet?) ?
    Thanks!
    And sorry if I'm confused! lol

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  8. I'm good!
    A magical alphabet (I use the term magical alphabet and alphabet of desire interchangeably even when I should not lol) is a series of symbols that illustrate your map of the magical universe, so yes KTK can be and is a magical alphabet. Hebrew can and is a magical alphabet and is probably the most frequently used of the magical alphabets because it is symbolic, represents the universe, and is unfamiliar to the conscious mind (It is therefore more effective in the symbolic-soul-"unconscious") An alphabet of desire can be used as a magical alphabet, it is a series of symbols representing wants, needs, and drives commonly used in magic. One can have two separate alphabets or one can merge the two ideas (Runes come close to this concept) You will not find much help online or in many books with Alphabets of Desire based on Spare. A few google searches will essentially give you all you will find. It is very personal and comes from within, an alphabet could be 10, 30, 100, or 1000 symbols, just goes off of your needs.

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  9. Hei Justin!
    And about Cristopher Hyatt and Robert Anton Wilson?
    You dont recommend then?
    Thanks!!!!!!!

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    1. Could have sworn I had posted Hyatt, alas I forgot. RAW is Robert Anton Wilson ;)

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  10. Hei Justin!
    How are you in this new week?
    Have you do some magic tinctures and elixirs sometime?
    Its possible you speak a little about this?
    Thanks!

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    1. I have made tinctures and elixers before. It is actually on of my little hobbies. I have healed a friend of several issues with it through my methods. It is something tough to explain though, other than Bardon's loading method I can't quite explain my practice.

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  11. Hei Justin!
    And Grant Morrison? You reccomend him?
    Thanks!

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    1. Ya, he has written some really profound stuff.

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  12. Watch Howl's Moving Castle! The child within me enjoyed that Magickal Movie! :)

    I was crossed-eyed in confusion when it come to trying to understand Robert Wilson... then I watch his documentary. After it... I realized some of that wily bastard ramblings started to make sense!

    Yeah man... the Psychedelic Eclectic "Metis" in him is very strong within him man! Hihi! :D

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    1. Ya, it is a great little movie for waking up the child within! Lots of fun.

      Definitely, once you start to get his means of communication of truth down then he begins to really blow your mind.

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  13. Hei Justin!
    How are you?
    Have you any tip of a book of NLP?
    Thanks!
    Have a good weak!

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    1. I am good, just tired, 7 days, 12 hours a day, closed tonight and work at 5am tommorow lol.
      Monsters and Magic Sticks by Doctor Heller is in my opinion easy and understandable, start there.
      You too!

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  14. Hei Justin!
    How are you?
    What do you think about Carlos Castaneda?
    Have a nice week!
    Thanks!

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    1. Someone posted a comment on one of the other blogs about his works and we have a little discussion about him, I forget which blog it was. Anyway, I am not a huge fan, he seems to me as someone who writes a lot about his experience in a way it seems like he is teaching great mysteries but in reality it is a way for him to show off or bloat his ego. If taken for interesting stories as a source of inspiration, akin to good fiction sure he is OK.

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  15. Hei Justin!
    Happy christmas!
    Im reading American Gods now, and I have one question to you:
    In you study of mythology, who is the god who everyone forgets? (from pages 222-5 in the American hardback edition)
    And you have read the "chapter" where Shadow find Jesus? (this is a new complement in the thenth edition)
    Thanks!

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    1. Merry Christmas!
      As to the mystery god, I have no clue. I always guessed it was Mammon but I really have little evidence, other than the Las Vegas connection. Gaiman has never revealed it as far as I know, mystery is always fun I think, lets the imagination blossom.
      I have an older edition, may have to pick up the new one!

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  16. Hei Justin!
    Are you good?
    What book you recommend to study the way of th Golden Dawn?
    Thanks!

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    1. The complete Golden Dawn by Regardie. That and the flying rolls.

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  17. i think you forgot iiih...

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    1. Nah, it is my list. I have read it more than any other book, I'm good!

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    2. i was sarcastic

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