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Here is a smorgasbord of texts relating to esoteric and occult beliefs. Although miniscule in comparison to even the smallest of the world religions, or even of the Neopagan community with which they are often incorrectly grouped, these groups have a huge presence on the Internet. This page archives some of the best material in this category.

Some of these texts should be taken very seriously; others are completely farcical; we mostly leave it up to the reader to decide which is which.

Featured Books

Paradoxes of the Highest Science
by Éliphas Lévi; translated by Anonymous [1922].
Comments by an Eminent Occultist (H.P. Blavatsky?).

Tertium Organum
by P.D. Ouspensky [1922]

The Secret Teachings of All Ages
by Manley Palmer Hall [1928, copyright not renewed]
A comprehensive introduction to the Esoteric, including the Qaballa, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.

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

The Way of Power
by Lily Adams Beck [1928, not renewed]

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

Chaos Magic

Chaos Magic Archives
A collection of Internet texts relating to Chaos Magic can be found here.


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 133,998 bytes.
This text was a starting point for Erisianism. Robert Anton Wilson had a hand in this text (going beyond just writing the introduction), which is one of the first 'copyleft' documents.

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
The ultimate Dada religion, the Church of the SubGenius, the cult of 'Bob Dobbs', is not for the irony-deficient. The entire body of

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.

Golden Dawn

Historic Lecture 10,291 bytes


New Thought

The Law and the Word
by Thomas Troward [1921]
Troward on the 'Promise' of the Bible: Eternal Life, and the Word made Real.

The Hidden Power
by Thomas Troward [1921]
A collection of Troward essays.

Dynamic Thought
by Henry Thomas Hablin [1921]

Creative Mind
by Ernest Holmes [1923]
A succinct resume of Holmes' New Thought philosophy.

The Science of Mind
by Ernest Holmes [1926]
Holmes' book is representative of the very popular postive-thinking, self-help philosophies, many of which, like Holmes, originated in in Southern California in the 20th century.


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

This 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) 35,932 bytes.
TOPY Manifesto (the Greyer book) 41,977 bytes.
Thee Sigils Book (The Black Book).
TOPY FAQ 6,671 bytes.
TOPY transmission #1 8,087 bytes.
TOPY transmission #2 22,595 bytes.
Interview with TOPY 9,858 bytes.