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Recommended Books

LinksIf you are looking to explore further some of the topics we cover on the Byzant website, then there are a number of books we can recommend. Each description is accompanied by a link to its entry.
The Magician's Companion Subtitled "A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism", what Bill Whitcomb's voluminous reference work lacks in depth, it makes up for in scope.
777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley Three Kabbalistic texts of Aleister Crowley are included in this volume: 777, Gematria and Sepher Sephiroth. For the more experienced reader, 777 offers the quintessential table of symbolic and religious correspondences with the Tree of Life.
The Mystical Qabalah A solid introduction to the Western Kabbalah and the Tree of Life, written by Dion Fortune, a member of the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The New Living Qabalah Subtitled "A Practical and Experiential Guide to Understanding the Tree of Life", Will Parfitt's book is an applied introduction to the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life, based on the maxim that 'True awareness springs from direct experience.'
Magic and the Western Mind "Ancient Knowledge and the Transformation of Consciousness" is the subtitle of Gareth Knight's engaging history of the Western Mystery Tradition.
The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend The subtitle, "The Archetypal Themes, Images, and Characters of the Arthurian Cycle and Their Place in the Western Magical Tradition," is a volume in itself, but Gareth Knight's inspired exploration is a rewarding read.
Who's Who in Egyptian Mythology A good, concise reference work on ancient Egyptian deities, myths, history and culture; with pen-and-ink illustrations.
Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion is an invaluable, illustrated reference work covering Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Zen. Highly recommended.
The Complete Yoga Book James Hewitt's thorough exploration of Yoga practice contains three volumes in one book: the Yoga of Breathing, Yoga of Posture and Yoga of Meditation.
The Elements of the Chakras A concise and well-written introduction to the theories behind and uses of the chakras: the subtle energy centers of the human body originating in Hindu philosophy.
The Dhammapada The Dhammapada is an important text of Theravada Buddhism, sometimes taken to be sayings of the Buddha himself, setting out the basis of Buddhist philosophy and acting as a guide on the path to enlightenment.
Te-Tao Ching A preeminent Taoist text, the Tao-Te Ching is attributed to the sage Lao-tzu and consists of two halves dealing with the Way (Tao) and true Virtue (Te). Robert Henrick's translation is based on more recently discovered texts in which the sequence of the halves is reversed, hence the non-traditional order of the title.
Bhagavad Gita The sixth book of the epic Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, or 'Sacred Song', is a central text of the Hindu scriptures, in which Krishna instructs his disciple Arjuna in the paths of higher knowledge and self-realization.
The Pagan Book of Days Nigel Pennick's book is "A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year", and covers the celebrations and legends associated with most days of the year.
The Druid Renaissance Subtitled "The Voice of Druidry Today", this is a compelling collection of articles on Druidry and its relevance to the modern world, including a Druidic version of our discussion of the Wheel of Changes.
Wicca : A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Scott Cunningham's book is a good starting point for anyone wanting to explore the beliefs, practices and festival observances of modern Wicca.
The Astrologer's Handbook Sakoian and Acker's book is an excellent introduction to casting and interpreting natal charts in western astrology.
Letters of John Keats As editor Robert Gittings rightly observes, the letters of the young English poet John Keats contain "some of the most profound comments on art, philosophy and the human condition that any single person has produced".
Memories, Dreams, Reflections The fascinating autobiography of Carl Gustav Jung, written collaboratively with his friend and colleague Aniela Jaffé at the very end of the great man's life.