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Esoteric and Occult

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This page indexes resources at this site in the Western Esoteric tradition. There is much more related to this topic at this site, listed below.

 The Divine Pymander
of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, translated by John Everard [1650]

 The Virgin of the World
of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, translated by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland [1885]


 The Isiac Tablet of Cardinal Bembo
by W. Wynn Westcott [1887]
Is this mysterious ancient tablet the key to the Tarot?

The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme
by Jacob Boehme, edited by Franz Hartmann [1891]
An anthology of the German Christian mystic’s thought.

 The Art of Worldly Wisdom
by Balthasar Gracian, translated by Joseph Jacobs [1892]

 The Chaldæan Oracles of Zoroaster
by W. Wynn Westcott [1895]

 A Wanderer in the Spirit Lands
by Franchezzo (A. Farnese) [1896]
What lies beyond the land of the living?

Cosmic Consciousness
by Richard Maurice Bucke [1901]
Three dozen cases of illumination, with detailed commentary.

The Science of Breath
by Yogi Ramacharaka (pseud. William Walker Atkinson) [1904]
Yogic breathing exercises, a key to health and happiness.

 Raja Yoga
by Yogi Ramacharaka (pseud. William Walker Atkinson) [1906]
An early 20th century book on mental focus, repackaged as Raja Yoga.

 The Goal of Life
by Hiram Butler [1908]
The occult secrets of the Order of Melchisedek, and their ability to transcend reality and become as Elohim.

 Jesus, the Last Great Initiate
by Edouard Schuré, tr. by F. Rothwell [1908]
The historical context of Jesus, and the esoteric significance of his teachings.

The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary
by Karl Eckartshausen, tr. by Isabel de Steiger, intro. by A.E. Waite [1909]
A Christian mystic who quit the Illuminati describes the process of enlightenment in hermetic language.

by Rudolf Steiner, tr. by Elizabeth Douglas Shields [1910]
The tripartate human, reincarnation, higher planes of existence, auras, and more.

 Yoga Lessons for Developing Spiritual Consciousness
by A. P. Mukerji (pseud. William Walker Atkinson?) [1911]
Learn the secret techniques of the Yogis to conquer fear, de-hypnotize yourself, and build character…

Numbers, Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues
by W. Wynn Westcott [1911]
The lore of numbers, including Pythagoras and the Kabbalah.

 The Kybalion
by Three Initiates (pseud. William Walker Atkinson) [1912]

 The Signature of All Things
by Jacob Boehme, translated by Anonymous [1912].
A Christian mystic explains the hidden meanings implicit in everything.

The Confessions of Jacob Boehme
by Jacob Boehme, compiled and edited by W. Scott Palmer, Introduction by Eveyln Underhill [1920].
A succinct look at the world-view of Boehme, a Renaissance German mystic.

 The Philosophy of Natural Magic
by Heinrich Cornelius AgrippaHenry Morley and L.W. de Laurence [1913].
A key work on the deep background of magic.

 Comte de Gabalis
by Abbé N. de Montfaucon de Villars [1913]
An esoteric classic about the elementals.

 Wisdom of the Ages
by Zertoulem, automatically transcribed by George A. Fuller [1916]
The testament of Zertoulem, prophet of Tlaskanata, produced by automatic writing.

 Hidden Treasures of the Ancient Qabalah
by Elias Gewurz (pseud. William Walker Atkinson?) [1918]
A western occultist looks at the Kabbalah

 Occult Science in India
by Louis Jacolliot tr. William L. Felt [1919]
A western traveller explores the secret powers of Indian holy men.

 The Human Atmosphere
by Walter J. Kilner [1920]
The first attempt at a scientific study of the human aura.

 The Consciousness of the Atom
by Alice A. Bailey [1922]
Alice Bailey’s vision of a universe alive, conscious, and evolving on all scales of existence.

 Initiation, Human and Solar
by Alice A. Bailey [1922]
Alice Bailey details the spiritual hierarchy of the esoteric solar system, and the role initiation plays in that system.

 Mysteries of the Qabalah
by Elias Gewurz (pseud. William Walker Atkinson?) [1922]
Theosophy infused with Jewish mysticism

 Paradoxes of the Highest Science
by Éliphas Lévi, translated by Anonymous [1922].
With comments by An Eminent Occultist. (H.P. Blavatsky?).

 Tertium Organum
by P.D. Ouspensky [1922]
The Fourth Dimension as a key to spiritual existence.

 The Secret Teachings of All Ages
by Manley Palmer Hall [1928]
A comprehensive introduction to the Esoteric, including the Qaballa, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.

 The Way of Power
by Lily Adams Beck [1928]

 The Most Holy Trinosophia
by Comte de Saint-Germain and Manly Palmer Hall [1933]
A curious book by the supposedly immortal Rosicrucian master, St. Germain.

 Unveiled Mysteries
by Godfré Ray King, (pseud. Guy Warran Ballard) [1934]
A trip through time and space with St. Germain, Ascended Master; the roots of the “I AM” Activity

 Mankind United
by Arthur Bell [1936]
A classic California cult.

 Tilak of Tibet
by Ann Hackett [1944]
A long-forgotten esoteric novella.

 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment
by Rudolf Steiner, translated by George Metaxa [1947]
On the path to esoteric initiation: the subtle body, higher planes, and the mystical Guardians of the Threshold.

Elsewhere at this site

Alchemy  Americana  Atlantis  Chaos Magic  Erisian  Enochian  Fortean  Freemasonry  Golden Dawn  I Am  New Thought  Nostradamus  Piri Re’is Map  Oahspe  Rosicrucian  Tarot  TOPY  Thelema  Theosophy  UFOs  Vampires  Links 


 Alchemy Index
The texts of the alchemists have deeper meaning for those who seek spiritual transformation.



 Americana Index
Texts from the American past with esoteric knowledge.



 Atlantis Index
Read classic texts from the 19th Century about lost continents and doomed forgotten civilizations.


Chaos Magic

Chaos Magic Archives
A collection of Internet texts relating to Chaos Magic.


This loosely affiliated set of anarchistic belief systems can best be described as a dadaist cult of the Goddess of Chaos, Eris. It is closely associated with the contemporary counter-culture, borrowing heavily from (or attributing its beliefs to) Paganism, Shamanism, Ritual Magic, and Cybernetics.

 Principia Discordia
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A starting point for Erisianism, one of the first ‘copyleft’ documents.
Robert Anton Wilson had a hand in this text (going beyond just writing the introduction),

 The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism
by Hakim Bey 287,797 bytes
Hakim Bey’s anarchistic-shamanistic-neotribal views greatly influenced rave culture and the tatooing/body piercing craze of the nineties.

The SubGenius Manifesto
Bob Dobbs,
The ultimate Dada religion, the Church of the SubGenius, the cult of ‘Bob Dobbs’, not for the irony-deficient. The entire body of SubGenius literature is now online here [External site].

Enochian Magic

Enochian Magic Archives
Enochian Magic was originally developed by Dr. John Dee, (1527-1608). This is a complex system of ceremonial magic, utilizing an otherwise unknown language chanelled by Dee.
 The Calls of Enoch
These angelic invocations, the central text of Enochian Magic, are not to be taken lightly.


 The works of Charles Fort
Charles Fort’s books were the original X-Files; he cataloged and attempted to explain all kinds of anomolous phenomena.


 There is now a separate Freemasonry index.

Golden Dawn

 Historic Lecture by W. Wynn Westcott 10,291 bytes

New Thought

 There is now a separate New Thought Index.


 The predictions of Nostradamus
The quatrains of Nostradamus are some of the most famous prophetic books in history. In French and English.

Piri Re’is Map

 The Piri Re’is Map
The best known evidence for a global ice age civilization.


 The Book of Oahspe
Oahspe is a ‘channelled’ 19th century book.


Rosicrucian Texts
One of the first secret societies, revived in modern times.



 Tarot Index
Read up on the Tarot, then get a tarot reading. Includes Waite’s Pictoral Key and several other books on the Tarot, extensive images of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck (plus an extensive FAQ about the RWS copyrights).


Thee Temple ov Psychic Youth

TOPY is a chaos magic group with tantric and cybershamanistic beliefs founded by Genesis P-Orridge, of the groundbreaking 90s proto-techno music collective Psychick TV (although he is no longer directly associated with it).

An introduction to the Thee Temple ov Psychic Youth (the Greybook)
TOPY Manifesto (the Greyer book)
Thee Sigils Book (The Black Book)
TOPY transmission #1
TOPY transmission #2
Interview with TOPY

The official website of TOPY is [External Site].



 Texts of Thelema
by famous occultist Aleister Crowley who founded the organization A.’. A.’. (Argentium Astrum — the Silver Star) as well as others by members of the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis — Order of the Eastern Temple) (founded by Theodor Reuss and Karl Kellner in 1895).


 Theosophy Index Includes the full text of The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled.


UFO Archives
A fascinating late twentieth century belief system, which eventually took on the aspects of a millenarian cosmic cargo cult.


The Vampire Codex
by Michelle Belanger.
There are Vampires among us. Ms. Belanger has graciously donated this text which describes her beliefs on this topic.


Twilit Grotto: Esoteric Archives
This site has a massive collection of etexts on esoteric subjects, including many texts from rare manuscripts and public domain books. Numerous resources which dovetail with ISTA. Highly recommended.