The best books on ceremonial magic

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High Magick

By Damien Echols,

Book cover of High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row

Reading High Magick, opened my eyes. Before my formal magickal training, I innately knew that Magick and Witchcraft open a path to access the divinity within. My Wiccan Elder High Priestess recognized this inner sight and chose me for private Magickal lessons with tailored parables in the oral, storytelling Goddess tradition. I didn’t realize I had been learning High Magick. Although structured in a linear, Divine Male perspective, this book offers the same endpoint: Magick is a direct connection to the Divine Source. I have always applied magick to transform trauma into wellbeing and Damien Echols, sentenced to death and later acquitted, did the same. By incorporating magickal practices, he preserved his humanity and safeguarded himself against negativity, thus elevating his awareness to envision his release from prison.


Who am I?

When my Mexican maternal grandmother died the month before I was born, she left the door between the worlds ajar. Conversations with my nana’s spirit instilled faith that I could converse with all spirits, from the consciousness of land to trees, herbs, and even ideas. Being raised a Christian Scientist taught me the power of mind over matter and instilled the authority and responsibility for my own wellness through my Divine essence. This upbringing prepared me for my Witchcraft path that considers self-care as tending of my Divine spirit, illuminates the Divine light in all of Life, and teaches how to manifest Magick through our relationships, self-love, and personal healing.


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The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

By Jamie Della,

Book cover of The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

What is my book about?

The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft teaches the reader they are a reflection of the Divine Source, which grants the authority to create Magick and manifest by forging connections and conversations with the natural and supernatural worlds. The first third of the book is devoted to outlining magickal correspondences, like ingredients for a recipe that can be substituted or added depending on the reader’s preferences. The remaining two-thirds of the book consists of fifty spells focused on self-empowerment, self-love, and total wellness (physical, emotional, and mental). With the help of timeless myths and fables, as well as personal anecdotes, each spell and ritual offers empowering insight to help you uncover your innate Divine essence. You can access the Divine through Magick and Witchcraft.

Healing Magic

By Robin Rose Bennett,

Book cover of Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living

I felt a kindred spirit in Robin Rose Bennett, author of Healing Magic, when I interviewed her for an article in SageWoman Magazine. She has her own school, WiseWoman Healing Ways-Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings. We passionately agree that respectfully connecting with the unique conscious spirits of the plant world as the foundation of Green Witchcraft. Healing Magic emphasizes that the rote memorization of plant’s attributes is not nearly as imperative as humbly communicating with herbal allies, especially when asking for their healing powers of self-care and wellness. This book teaches a path to connect with the emotional intelligence of the natural world that will in effect bolster the healing powers of connection and personal Magick.

Who am I?

When my Mexican maternal grandmother died the month before I was born, she left the door between the worlds ajar. Conversations with my nana’s spirit instilled faith that I could converse with all spirits, from the consciousness of land to trees, herbs, and even ideas. Being raised a Christian Scientist taught me the power of mind over matter and instilled the authority and responsibility for my own wellness through my Divine essence. This upbringing prepared me for my Witchcraft path that considers self-care as tending of my Divine spirit, illuminates the Divine light in all of Life, and teaches how to manifest Magick through our relationships, self-love, and personal healing.


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The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

By Jamie Della,

Book cover of The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

What is my book about?

The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft teaches the reader they are a reflection of the Divine Source, which grants the authority to create Magick and manifest by forging connections and conversations with the natural and supernatural worlds. The first third of the book is devoted to outlining magickal correspondences, like ingredients for a recipe that can be substituted or added depending on the reader’s preferences. The remaining two-thirds of the book consists of fifty spells focused on self-empowerment, self-love, and total wellness (physical, emotional, and mental). With the help of timeless myths and fables, as well as personal anecdotes, each spell and ritual offers empowering insight to help you uncover your innate Divine essence. You can access the Divine through Magick and Witchcraft.

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft

By Christopher Penczak,

Book cover of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft is one of the most influential books I have ever read. The book lays a fantastic foundation for any witch, starting with going inward and developing meditation and psychic skills to enhance your magick. In the dedication in my book, I wrote that Psychic Witch was sort of my love letter to The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, and it truly is. The Anniversary Edition includes expanded material and a foreword by Laurie Cabot, whose work, particularly her book Power of the Witch, has also been immensely influential on both of us as authors. Christopher once told me that my book was to The Inner Temple of Witchcraft what The Inner Temple of Witchcraft was to Laurie's Power of the Witch, and you can see a line of influence on these topics from Laurie to Christopher to my book. This was one of…


Who am I?

I am a witch, professional psychic, occult teacher, and multi-award-winning author of the international bestselling book Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide To Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation. I have been fascinated with the topics of magick and psychic ability since a young age and have been researching both topics and how they intersect since about eight years old. I've had the honor of studying under some of the most prominent witchcraft teachers, elders, and witchcraft traditions. I’m constantly asked by readers which other books I recommend after reading mine, so here are the top picks I feel are essential for every psychic witch’s library that have been highly influential on my work.


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Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

By Mat Auryn,

Book cover of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

What is my book about?

Discover how to be a powerful psychic witch with this book on wielding energy and awakening your psychic senses. Psychic Witch explores the relationship between psychic ability and magick, interweaving them to create a strong foundation for accessing the full potential of your mind, body, and spirit.

Mat Auryn reveals some of his most closely guarded tips, secrets, practices, and meditations so that you can master the perception and manipulation of energy. Featuring over ninety exercises and the inner tools you need to perform magick anywhere and at any time, Psychic Witch helps you tune in to yourself and the subtle energies of the world.

Soul Retrieval

By Sandra Ingerman,

Book cover of Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self

Witchcraft offers a path for incorporating Magickal ritual into a healing practice. When we experience trauma, we fragment our spirit and these disconnected parts become our shadow selves that block the manifestation of our deepest desires. This is what happened to me and why I weave together Magick and retrieving lost parts of our souls. Only when we come to wholeness with the deep healing practices found in Soul Retrieval can we reclaim these splintered aspects of self and focus all, not merely part, of our energy onto creating the life of our dreams. Soul Retrieval helped me address my mental wellness and release suffering, which has in turn given me a magick touch for manifestation.


Who am I?

When my Mexican maternal grandmother died the month before I was born, she left the door between the worlds ajar. Conversations with my nana’s spirit instilled faith that I could converse with all spirits, from the consciousness of land to trees, herbs, and even ideas. Being raised a Christian Scientist taught me the power of mind over matter and instilled the authority and responsibility for my own wellness through my Divine essence. This upbringing prepared me for my Witchcraft path that considers self-care as tending of my Divine spirit, illuminates the Divine light in all of Life, and teaches how to manifest Magick through our relationships, self-love, and personal healing.


I wrote...

The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

By Jamie Della,

Book cover of The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft

What is my book about?

The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft teaches the reader they are a reflection of the Divine Source, which grants the authority to create Magick and manifest by forging connections and conversations with the natural and supernatural worlds. The first third of the book is devoted to outlining magickal correspondences, like ingredients for a recipe that can be substituted or added depending on the reader’s preferences. The remaining two-thirds of the book consists of fifty spells focused on self-empowerment, self-love, and total wellness (physical, emotional, and mental). With the help of timeless myths and fables, as well as personal anecdotes, each spell and ritual offers empowering insight to help you uncover your innate Divine essence. You can access the Divine through Magick and Witchcraft.

The Psychic Vampire Codex

By Michelle Belanger,

Book cover of The Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work

Michelle Belanger is a psychic vampire and an intellectual leader of the real vampire community. This book draws on her experiences of coming to self-identify as a psychic vampire and she actually began writing it in notebooks while in college. The Psychic Vampire Codex provided vocabulary for people in this community to talk about their experiences and a metaphysical theory of what exactly psychic vampires are and why they are different from other people.

I have had the opportunity to meet Belanger and she is a really fascinating person. She founded a metaphysical community called House Kheperu and offers workshops on magick and psychic energy.  She is also a fiction author, musician, activist, and many other things.


Who am I?

In 2009 I published a book on the real vampire community. I didn’t know that Twilight was about to sweep America and I inadvertently became a “vampire guy” for a few years. I appeared on Geraldo and NPR. I was interviewed by the Colbert Report (but it never aired). I even talked to MTV about hosting a show where I interview teenage vampires. Then we all got into zombies instead and my fifteen minutes of fame were over! I learned a great deal researching my book and giving talks on vampires. In 2010 I taught a special class at Tufts University on vampires where I assigned selections from these books.


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Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism

By Joseph Laycock,

Book cover of Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism

What is my book about?

There exists a community of people who identify as “real vampires.” Some of them actually consume human blood (usually small amounts, with the consent of their donor). The vampire community has its own subculture, traditions, and specialized vocabulary. Some people have interpreted the vampire community as a “religious cult” while others have dismissed them as mentally ill. I spent time with the vampire community and found that their identity is neither “religious” in the traditional sense, nor inherently a sign of mental illness. But they do feel they are different from other people and the word “vampire” has become a kind of shorthand for talking about this difference. I found vampires so interesting because they demonstrate the ways in which culture presents increasingly new ways of talking about and understanding ourselves.  

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