“Magic is a faculty of wonderful virtue, full of most high mysteries, containing the most profound contemplation of most secret things, together with the nature, power, quality, substance and virtues thereof, as also the knowledge of whole Nature, and it doth instruct us concerning the differing and agreement of things amongst themselves, whence it produceth its wonderful effects, by uniting the virtues of things through the application of them one to the other.”
– Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
A comprehensive list of books on ritual magic.
Below is a list of some of the best and most important books written on ritual magic. Together they cover the history of magic in the Western world and how to practice it. In addition, I have added a handful of other key texts that expand the scope of this list to include magic as it is practiced around the entire world. The objective is to show readers the common substructure for how magic is practiced across cultures and over time.
This is not a list of textbooks of magic (or grimoires) although i have included a few of the most influential books to provide a sample of the books used by magicians to practice the art. The books are in no particular order. I have labeled them PRACTICAL, THEORETICAL or HISTORICAL to differentiate between practical instruction manuals, philosophical tomes, and historical books: