An excellent book to use in your own personal research is the Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. This book explores the dark folklores and religions of the world, with a non-christian view on demons and demonology. Some of the topics covered are demonic histories, cases of possession, demons in popular culture, and demons from religious traditions.
Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology contains hundreds of entries from a-z with suggested areas of further reading, and 80 black and white photos on demons, reaching from the past into the present. The historical backgrounds are discussed along with their powers and abilities and their roles in our lives. This book also deals with famous cases of possession, discussing various ways to protect from their harm.
As recommended by several readers, it is not the kind of book to get if you are a beginner as the topics that are covered assume that you have some basic occult knowledge to begin with. In all, it is still a good reference to have on hand for your library. I have enjoyed reading this book from time to time throughout the years.
One happy reviewer stated: “This book really goes into fantastic detail about demons, demonology, the devil, and way way more. I love this book and recommend it to anybody looking for information on this topic, this book is exquisite and very well written. I’m looking forward to reading the other books by this author and exploring all the topics they’ve written about. Overall, fantastic!”
You can read more about Rosemary Ellen Guiley and her writings on the occult and paranormal at her Author Spotlight page.
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Plexus Publishing; Third Edition edition (May 2010)
ISBN-10: 0859654559 | ISBN-13: 978-0859654555
Here’s a fun book to add to your collection! Written by Gavin Baddeley, ordained minister in the Church of Satan and long-time journalist, the metal scene is explored with this fact-filled book. Enjoy this wonderful tome of Satanic fact and fantasy with his book, Lucifer Rising.
Exploring how Satanism has influenced music throughout the years, Lucifer Rising tells the tale of the history of Satanism, the beginnings of occultism through Crowley and the Church of Satan, and how all this fantastic history influenced metal bands from the 60’s onward. In Lucifer Rising you can read about the Black metal scene and how Satanism has had a hand in making some of these bands famous and infamous as well.
Comes with stunning first rate black and white photographs for you to enjoy of metal bands, and previously unpublished photos of rituals from the Church of Satan. This would make an excellent coffee table book! Most of all, Lucifer Rising is well researched and this made it even more enjoyable. If you are into Satanism and metal music, this is the book you need for your collection!
Kerrang Radio reviewed: “The ultimate guide to the influence of Satan in the world of rock music, and all manner of devilish culture. .. Lucifer Risings is a detailed study of Satanism in popular culture. And for the layman, it’s as good a rough guide as you’re likely to find”
Gavin Baddeley states in the introduction: ”..Satanism is neither trivial nor tainted with some moral radiation that it makes it too dangerous to contemplate. Inasmuch as the Western world is still a Christian culture, Satanism is the archetypal counterculture. It’s a vital but neglected aspect of our past, present and – most importantly our future.”
Have you ever wondered what Lucierians believe and what they practice? Experience the path of Luciferianism through the lives of these authors in this anthology book. This wonderful book showcases many different stories of what it’s like to live as a Luciferian. While they have their own unique perspectives, it’s easy to see how they all live through the Luciferian current. Personal stories of transformation and enlightenment will entertain the reader and allow them to see what an incredible path Luciferianism can be.
Gorgeous illustrations adorn this lovely book, along with heartfelt poems and stories that will bring you closer to your own personal understanding of Lucifer as a god and spiritual being. Though-provoking and entertaining, this anthology book will enable you to understand what its like to walk the left hand path with individuality and self awareness through example.
One of the reviewers speaks of how individualism on this path makes them stronger, “there is a celebration of being a rebel in a way that creates challenges, and with those challenges makes important moves in life, in society through inner worlds approached with honesty and courage.” Lucifer: Light of the Aeon is sure to be a favorite in your collection.
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One of my favorite documentaries of all time is the Occult Experience. Produced in 1989, it shows an array of people involved in occult activities. Among these are Anton LaVey, leader of the Church of Satan from his earlier “Satanis” production, and Michael Aquino and his wife, Lilith, both leaders of the Temple of Set. I like that Satanism was included in this documentary with a straightforward angle, actually getting interviews with the people involved in Satanism and Witchcraft.
This documentary also explores witchcraft with Selena Fox doing an outdoor ritual with her coven. Then they move on to the path of Alexandrian Witchcraft, with a special appearance by the King of the Witches, Alex Sanders in a revealing skyclad ritual. The path of Dianic Wicca is also explored with Z Budapest, a feminist witch. These paths are discussed showing what it is like for a solitary practitioner or in a group setting, for one who belongs to a coven.
In combination with all of this the fantasy artist H R Geiger’s work is discussed with the artist himself. It’s a short documentary packed with information about how Occultism thrived during that era. It’s definitely worth a watch just to see what occultists do. This is a delightful documentary! Below is a preview of this wonderful documentary. Unfortunately this item is only available as a VHS at Amazon. Hopefully someday they will reissue it as a DVD.
The path of the Luciferian is focused on the central figure of Lucifer as a source of knowledge and enlightenment. Expand your knowledge and dive into the Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy that will teach you what Luciferians believe, what they practice and how they apply this philosophy in their life in a practical way. This is a workbook for spiritual transformation provided by the Greater Church of Lucifer. The Greater Church of Lucifer was founded by Michael Ford, and with his decades of occult experience he provides this enlightening book to those who are curious about Luciferianism.
Produced and written by the Greater Church of Lucifer, Wisdom of Eosphoros: The Luciferian Philosophy serves as an introductory text on the path of Luciferianism, and the guidelines of the Church of Lucifer. This includes insights from Jeremy Crow, Hope Marie and Jacob No, three long-time Luciferians who know and understand the path of Luciferianism. This beginners guide serves to teach you the art of self empowerment and enlightenment in the Luciferian tradition, and a method for applying these teachings in your life.
Lucifer, known by many names both dark and light, is presented in this book as a bringer of enlightenment, unmasking hir as both a god and a devil. Lucifer’s story is found throughout the ages, as a go of witches, as the morning star and the planet Venus.
Along with this traditional Gnostic interpretation, some of the rituals found in The Rites of Lucifer include Light and Darkness in Luciferian Gnosis, Invocation of the Dark Initiator, The Mind of Lucifer, Lucifer as the Trickster and Shadow companion and so much more. Special Guest authors include Rev Bill Duvendack, Edgar Kerval, Daemon Barzai, Cristian Velasco, and Pairika Eva Borowska. For those seeking a spiritual and classical religious path to Lucifer this book would make a great companion for your journey.
One reviewer commented..”The Rites of Lucifer is a bit of history, a bit of knowledge, and a lot of ritual as guidance for you way upon the LHP, Mason’s style of writing will draw you in, it’s easy to comprehend and absorb, much wisdom is within it’s pages.. ” The author Asenath Mason states in the forward: “Our wish is to spread and develop the magical current of Lucifer and other Draconian Gods among practitioners, promote it as an effective tool of self-initiation and expand through active work and application of theory into practice. ”
Originally collected as a series of pamphlets made only for the high priesthood of the Church of Satan, the rituals in this book are multi-cultural and expand on the method of group ritual for Satanists who are interested in the works of Anton LaVey.
The Satanic Rituals serve as a companion to the Satanic Bible, so reading it by itself will not give you a complete idea of how Anton LaVey wanted his rituals to work. Once you have read the Satanic Bible, this ritual book will provide you with the necessary skills on how to perform Satanic ritual. Some of the rituals included are his infamous “Black Mass” and the history behind this controversial ceremony. An example of a Satanic Baptism is also included.
One reviewer mused, in the words of LaVey: “A must have. The Satanic Rituals and The Satanic Bible are the two most influential books I have ever read. Satan demands study not worship!” Quoted from the introduction: “The ingredients of Satanic ritual are not designed to hold the celebrant in thrall, but rather to serve his goals. Thus, fantasy is utilized as a magic weapon by the individual rather than by the system. The essence of Satanic ritual and Satanism itself, if taken up out of logic rather than desperation, is to objectively enter into a subjective state.”
Learn more about the world of Paganism Paganism an Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions, that will not only teach you the common rites and rituals, it also explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged, and this book will also provide an overview of the various branches of Paganism that exist today.
Provided to you are histories of Pagan groups, exercises to practice, answers on what Pagans practice, meditations for your spirituality and ideas on how you can incorporate Paganism into your own personal practice.
As one reviewer stated: “To their credit, though, the authors have crafted a very different kind of book, one of great spiritual depth that could be of genuine and lasting service to anyone who is interested in sorting out the whats and whys of belief. Early on, they outline the “big tent” of Paganism that shelters a dozen or more passageways (Wicca, Druidism, Shamanism, Santeria, etc.), comparing it to Christianity and its popular denominations”
If you want to study Paganism in more detail, Paganism an Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions will give you a good start. It is a useful book for those that want to learn about Paganism as a whole. Highly rated!
By Simon Avon; 1st edition (March 1, 1980) Pages: 288 ISBN-10: 0380751925 | ISBN-13: 978-1470081720
Since its release 31 years ago, The Necronomicon by Simon, as a controversial book, has stood the test of time in the occult as one of the most discussed works on summoning. While it’s true origins may not be known, we are presented with a system of magic and summoning that provides us with a view into the world of Sumerian demons and gods.
The Necronomicon by Simon Blends the flavor of Aleister Crowley, ceremonial magic, and the stories of Lovecraft, a new mythology based on the spirits of the past is presented in this classic text. One reviewer commented on the 31st anniversary hard-bound edition..” Everything about this book screams quality. It is bound in heavy black cloth and the front cover and spine feature deep foil stamping in silver. All 3 previous introductions are also included here as well as the pronunciation guide, additions to the 777 tables..” The Necronomicon by Simon is definitely an Occult classic!