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    Default Beginning of a Path

    Hello all,
    Finally done with high school, and now ahead of me are three years serving in the army. I'll have plenty of free time there, and I decided to dedicate myself from now on to study the occults.
    I longed for this for some years now, and finally I can start walking my path towards the light.
    So far I learned Tarotica for a year and a half and achieved some nice results with my divination abilities. Tarotica is not my main path, though.

    My question is simple. As a beginner, I decided to read the "Three books of Occult Philosophy" followed by the "Fourth book of...". I already have them in my possession. I assume that these books should give me a theoretical head start in the field, and a global understanding.
    The hard part is, after I read those, how do you choose a path? Is it based on the interest of the learner solely, does each individual fit into a specific field because of a destined path?

    Also, I'd like to know what I should learn for a good basis, I have to have a very good one before I move forward.
    To sum up, any advice for a beginner would be good. I'm open for suggestions, in any of the occult fields (mainly, white black and red).

    Thanks!

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    I guess I would recommend reading the works of Aliester Crowley. If you are into the occult, you will probably end up reading him sometime, so it might as well be now.
    I would also recommend starting some practices as well, like a banishing ritual and meditation.

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    Sounds logical, and I thought about Crowley too. He published many books, but are any recommended for a beginner?
    I know I should start practicing as well, meditating mostly, but where can I learn the meditation techniques necessary?

    Thanks

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    I have just started myself, and have not read a lot of the higher material, but I found this book and found it useful as a "start up guide" to the occult.



    Modern Magick by DONALD MICHAEL KRAIG
    ((this is like only 25$ or so and easily found))

    It is very basic, and focus heavily on White and Grey magic
    But
    I like it because it gives you rituals to preform, and explains how and why they should be preformed. As you read on these rituals grow gradually more complex.

    I would also suggest (as the book did) you start a Ritual Diary; writing down which ritual you preformed, when, where, how and the results.

    there is also a good chapter on meditation in it.

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    It is a good book. He is one of the nicest men out there, and funny too.

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    Liber Null & Psychonaut by Peter J. Carroll. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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    Hi Dark Guardian i would recommend reading those books suggest by the other members.Psipog.net i a good website to learn how to develop your occult potential and as for choosing an occult path to follow research and choose the one you like most.

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    Thank you all for commenting.

    I also thought about reading the liber Null, but isn't it a book for Chaos Magic learners?

    I've looked through Psipog, and it looks interesting, I'll give it a try.

    I think I have my hands full with books for now. I'll ask for your guidance if I'll be in need.

    Just one last question, any books that can teach me the practical basics so I can start practicing? For now I only read the theoretical material, but soon I'll need to practice.

    Thanks

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    Liber Null & Psychonaut isn't really a beginner's book and Crowley is way too advanced for someone new to exploring consciousness.

    I second the suggestion that Michael Kraig's Modern Magick is a good starting point.
    You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThisIsNecessary View Post
    Liber Null & Psychonaut by Peter J. Carroll. I cannot recommend this book enough.
    i wholeheartedly agree. An amazing work. I didn't read it until recently, and as a result spent a lot of time figuring things out through the school of hard knocks... lolz In my opinion, definitely an essential as far as basic theory is concerned.

    Truth and Wisdom,
    ~Veritas

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