The occult arts have been present for thousands of years in different civilizations and historical moments. We know it is a topic of interest and that is why we have gathered books on esotericism in PDF format, which you can access in this section.
Occultism always refers to phenomena that happen inside, in the essence of people, and to be initiated in its different practices it is necessary to fulfill certain requirements. To know more in depth about this, consult our books of esotericism.
Although in the scientific sphere they are dismissed, the truth is that large groups of people value them and use them to obtain solutions to their problems and, in general, to live a better life.
In addition to the lack of scientific proof of its postulates, there was also the great persecution suffered by its followers in the Middle Ages. At that time, all these esoteric arts were condemned and catalogued as witchcraft.
Today, that idea remains in our collective imagination, however, that has not prevented the advancement of esotericism in the modern era.
Paranormal phenomena are taken very seriously by certain communities and attempts have been made to give them a more scientific character, although without much success. At present, mediumship, psychism and metaphysics find many followers.
In this sense, esotericism is a whole world yet to be explored, and which seems to continue to evolve in spite of the rational thinking that tries to discredit it. Many contemporary thinkers consider the limitations of the human mind that tries to reason everything as an obstacle to the opening to other dimensions of consciousness.
On the other hand, more and more people are trying to integrate science and spirituality, instead of separating them. Esotericism is also very much related to the idea of creating bridges between the two paradigms.
However, not everyone seems to be destined to practice it, since one of its tenets dictates that only those who possess the gift can open the door to those energetic or spiritual planes that no one else could perceive. Extrasensory perceptions are still considered “rarities” that not everyone is willing to develop.
The truth is that the esoteric mancy is far from disappearing, as long as the world is a place where we all fit. Gone is the medieval obscurantism, giving way to an era where we try to shed light on matters of the spirit.
Learn more about this interesting subject by taking a look at our collections of esoteric books, which will open the doors to the increasingly enlightened magic of the occult.
1) Alchemy Books
Alchemy is an esoteric belief that is linked to the transmutation of matter. The most accepted theory about the etymological origin of the word alchemy is that which is formed with the Arabic prefix al- and the Greek word khumeia which means “mixture or fusion of liquids”.
Alchemy as a precursor of the chemical, physics and astronomical knowledge we know today, is said to have reached its apogee in Alexandria where the knowledge of the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks was united with the technology of the Ancient Egyptians. Schools of alchemy were very popular for about 2,500 years, in regions such as Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, China, India, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
Alchemy had a bad reputation for much of its history. In some places it used to be the art of deceivers and tricksters, and in medieval Christian Europe it was considered a source of occult knowledge, witchcraft and cabalism.
2) Astrology Books
Astrology is defined as the study of the position and movements of the stars and their influence on people and events in the world. In its beginnings, astrology was even considered an academic discipline of scientific status. However, with the discoveries and evolution of physics and astronomy, it was relegated to the background.
Among all the constellations of the firmament, only 12 are part of astrology. They are the zodiac constellations and correspond to the 12 months of the year. The knowledge of the zodiac is attributed to the Chaldeans and Assyrians and it is estimated that it was described about 1000 years BC. However, astrological knowledge is universal, since many different civilizations have used this type of knowledge.
Astrologers use mathematical calculations to establish the proper coordinates, calculating the position of the planets and seeing how these relate to the personal predispositions of each individual.
3) Black Magic Books
It is an occult science that attempts to produce effects opposite to those of natural laws in favor of the practitioner. In this sense, black magic can also be defined as a series of knowledge and practices of incantations to subdue the evil spirits of occult evil forces to cause harm to others.
Black magic is usually practiced in private spaces and not in public view, as it is considered somewhat harmful. Despite its style and all that black magic entails, there are many people who do not believe in it or the powers that can be invoked by its practices.
This magic resorts to rites and actions that may involve violence towards human beings and even animals to obtain results. In addition, it sometimes resorts to the use of corpses to perform necromantic works.
4) Buddhism Books
Buddhism is basically a non-theistic religion, but it also represents a philosophy, a method of spiritual training and a psychological system. It has been developed from the teachings of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in northeastern India in the 5th century BC.
Buddhism has as its precept the reincarnation of the human being in order to free it from material suffering. The Buddhist world, characterized by having neither a beginning nor an end, considers the nirvana state as the ideal state reached by the individual when it is freed from its attachments.
Becoming a Buddhist in the full sense implies committing oneself to the central ideals of Buddhism. These are the Buddha, or the ideal of enlightenment; the Dharma, the teachings and practices of Buddhism; and the Sangha, the community of people also following the path who provide friendship, encouragement, inspiration and guidance.
5) Clairvoyance Books
A clairvoyant is an individual who has a supernatural ability to anticipate the future or to discover that which is not known. Since these faculties are impossible to verify through the scientific method, it can be said that the clairvoyant attributes them to itself without being able to reliably demonstrate the validity of its claim.
Among the different types of clairvoyants there are those who announce the future, others who guess past events. Others who practice remote viewing, which today is a trend practiced by many and which enables them to announce current or contemporary events, that is to say, in the short term.
There are also the so-called mediums or spiritual clairvoyants who contact spirits, or entities that inhabit another astral plane.
6) Dream Books
Dream as rest is a necessary psychobiological function for man and that allows him to recover his psychic and physical activity. To do this, humans deactivate our body and place ourselves in a state that allows it to restore itself.
During dream all activity and behavior is possible and permitted. Dreams depend on the experiences lived by each human being; they can also be nightmares that are dream activities that make the subject feel uncomfortable and threatened.
The best approach to dream interpretation is a question that psychologists have a hard time agreeing on. Many, like Sigmund Freud, adhere to the idea that dreams point to unconscious desires, while others, like Calvin S. Hall, advocate a cognitive approach in which dreams reflect different parts of our waking lives.
7) Kabbalah Books
Kabbalah is the discipline that proposes to transform reality through words. This definition – which is very similar to psychoanalytic proposals – includes three aspects: theoretical, meditative and practical, in order of increasing complexity.
It is a Jewish form of gnosis and aims to penetrate into the knowledge of the mysteries of divinity. It is a Jewish mystical tradition that flourished in the teaching of two schools: the practical school based in Germany, which concentrated on prayer and meditation, and the speculative school of Provence and Spain in the twelfth and fourteenth centuries.
The teachings of Kabbalah are based on several books. The two most important are the Sefer Yetzirah (of formation) and the Zohar (the basic text of every practitioner). Among the lessons offered in Kabbalah are: meditation, astrology, reading texts in Hebrew, quantum philosophy or the reading of the line of palms.
8) Law of Attraction Books
The law of attraction is a belief that is based on the energy that we emit (high / low – positive / negative) will be able to attract another energy similar to the one we emanate. This Law is a metaphysical (rather than physical) philosophy that says that your power of thought affects your outer world, in ways that go far beyond the physical realm.
The Law of Attraction states that you will attract into your life whatever you dedicate your energy, focus and attention to, whether you want to or not. Mahatma Gandhi already said:
Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors. Keep their behaviors positive, as their behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
9) Mental Power Books
Mental power is the ability of the brain to exercise its cognitive functions, a faculty that all human beings have to a greater or lesser extent.
There is no talk of precognition or telepathy; but rather the intellectual capacity of the human being, the ability to understand and learn more or less complex concepts, the ability to imagine or reflect, the ability to rationally analyze a problem to find the most correct solution
“If our body is stressed, tired, or if we are upset, anxious, irritated and with a negative attitude, we will block our ability to generate healthy and objective responses,” explains specialist Mariana Spalvieri
10) Numerology Books
Based on empirical and scientific, ancient and contemporary knowledge, beliefs and traditions, numerology is a divinatory practice that establishes a mystical relationship between numbers and human beings, as well as physical and spiritual forces.
Numerology is the idea that the universe is a system as a whole and once broken down we are left with the basic elements, which are the numbers. These numbers can be used to help us better understand the world and ourselves as individuals.
In ancient times it was treated as a science by early mathematicians, even emerged the theory of “the music of the spheres” of Pythagoras, who believed that the behavior of the Universe corresponded to a series of numerical proportions that maintained a harmony. But nowadays its use in the scientific field has been discarded.
11) Occultism Books
The group of pseudosciences, doctrines and activities linked to magic and mystery is known as occultism. Dedicating oneself to these matters that pretend to control the natural world and approach hidden universes is also called occultism.
Occultism is related to operations that seem to depend beyond the 5 senses, that is why it is affirmed that occultism has to do with the presence of spiritual forces and, this practice has the purpose of divining the past, present and future, as well as curing diseases.
The branches and disciplines that make it up are sorcery, cartomancy, palmistry, divination, tarot, spiritism or witchcraft, among many others. In all of them there is a secret component, in other words, it is a knowledge that is not accessible to the majority.
12) Reincarnation Books
Reincarnation refers to a religious belief that advocates the idea that the essence of people can acquire a material body repeatedly upon death. Many religions around the world hold this belief, such as Buddhism and Hinduism.
For Hinduism, reincarnation is part of the cycle known as karma. It is a kind of wheel or chain in which a person’s actions affect their successive reincarnations until the dharma is sufficient to end the cycle. Buddhism denies the existence of a permanent self that reincarnates from one life to another.
Buddha affirms that the only thing that passes from one life to another is karma. On the other hand, in Greek philosophy, an exponent of reincarnation was Plato, although not all philosophers believed in it, for example Aristotle.
13) Spells Books
We understand by spell any act or action that aims to transform or alter reality from the use of methods normally considered dark by religion, methods that can resort to black magic, witchcraft or other forms of unofficial practices .
When the objective of the spell is to divine the future it is called a spell and when it seeks to subdue the will of another person or object or to influence them, an enchantment, a curse or a blessing. It is a substantial component of many pagan religions and is also part of some monotheistic religions, while others such as Christianity explicitly forbid its practice.
The use of spells dates back to the Magi of Zoroastrianism and ancient Egypt, who together formed the secrecy of the Hellenistic religion and the Greek and Roman mystery religions. All contain early examples of the use of “magic words,” wands and other tools, rituals, magic circles, mysterious symbols or sigils, and spirit mediums.
14) Tarot Books
Tarot is a divination technique in which a deck of cards (usually 78 cards) is used to analyze past or present events or even those events that are supposed to happen in the future. The cards are meant to provide information about the innermost truths of your higher self.
Tarot is a card game used in many European countries since the middle of the 14th century. During the 18th century some of the tarot cards began to be used to read the future, creating custom decks for cartomancy and developed for these occult purposes.
People who believe in the authenticity of this knowledge expose to the tarorist some problem or concern (for example, love, work or family) and the tarot reader consults the cards to give an answer to the question raised.
15) Theosophy Books
The term theosophy literally means «wisdom of God». This word began to be used among some Platonic philosophers of the Middle Ages. In this context, the theosophist is the person who knows reality because they are inspired by God. Theosophy has an intuitive foundation.
Although the earliest examples of theosophical thought appear in Sanskrit metaphysical treatises from the 8th century B.C., theosophy is usually associated in the West with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a Ukrainian occultist who claimed to have received her doctrine from religious teachers who had reached a higher plane of existence.
A central element is faith in «The Masters» or «Mahatmas» and the supposed revelations of these characters, whose doctrine is to be accepted without objection.
16) White Magic Books
White magic is that oriented to do good or for charitable purposes. It has been used for years by: priests, fortune tellers, emperors, among others. Initially it was used to ward off bad omens and to improve crops.
It was used in Ancient Rome, Ancient Athens to Ancient Egypt; with the use of many methods. Some of those methods were: amulets, potions, infusions, talismans, among others. This has given it a historical importance and today, a unique relevance, making it widely used by people.
White magic brings results such as: healing, prosperity, blessings, material goods, etc. Within white magic there are protection spells, good luck catalyst spells and invocations generally with the help of incense smoke, which are made in honor of the protective entities of the magicians.
17) Witchcraft Books
Witchcraft is the set of magical and superstitious practices developed by witches and warlocks. Humans have believed in witchcraft since prehistoric times, although interpretations of the phenomenon vary according to culture and time.
Witches and practitioners of witchcraft were condemned to death in Europe until the 18th century. Before that, witchcraft was considered an act of heresy by the Catholic Church and subjected to the Inquisition.
Witchcraft, like many other magical practices, is considered a black magic because it appeals to spirits, characters and forms that official religions do not recognize and that are understood as unreal or innocuous.
18) Zen Books
Zen is based on the search for enlightenment through techniques that avoid conceptual schemes. Originally, Buddhism was based on a progression of different states of meditation as a path to elevation. For Zen, there is a direct and spontaneous access to the higher state that precedes nirvana, without the need to experience the previous states.
Zen meditation, as well as all Zen thought, is characterized by the desire to suppress all that is unnecessary or superfluous. This is done because, by eliminating the noise that surrounds us (whether acoustic, visual, emotional, etc.), the mind becomes calmer and more able to concentrate on the meditation process.
Zen Buddhism starts from a general principle: our life is in our hands and what we do with it depends on us. This idea or principle is not arrived at in a mysterious way, but requires a process of mental preparation, which can be trained through the practice of Zen.
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