What has been the most effective occult book or online resource for a strong foundation in high Magik?

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    I’m looking for a strong Magikal foundation thats not steeped in deity worship or new agey concepts.

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      Betty Crocker’s cookbook

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      What you are looking for doesn’t exist. “Magik” is new-agey, so requesting something not new-agey is futile. Also, the spelling “magik” to make it look special or to differentiate from “stage magic” is just silly. Magic is magic, spell it right.
      I would suggest, if you are not interested in Witchcraft, Druidism, Shamanism, or other such nature-like magic but are searching more for the precise, ritualistic kind, try books by Alestery Crowley.
      I am sure the spiritual/religious/occult section of your local bookstore might have more options.

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      Yeh Uncle Al is your best bet… google ceremonial magic/k

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      I’m with above….serious and “magik” just don’t go together.
      Also, I can’t really say what’s the most “effective,” since different people find different approaches to be more or less effective. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t have such a large collection to sort through! Personally, I think Henry Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy are are a phenomenal foundation for studies in ceremonial magic. Donald Tyson published a version (through Llewellyn of all places) with extensive footnotes that are actually a really helpful and interesting addition.
      There’s nothing New Agey about Agrippa, although he was a Christian. Like all occult tracts from his time period, his work is heavily steeped in Judeo-Christian mythology. However, it’s not a “pray to god while standing on your head to get what you want.” It is names of angels, names of God, etc.

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      Magick, in Theory and Practice, by Aleister Crowley, or Trancendental Magic, by Eliphas Levi.
      @Epona, Crowley first spelled the word “Magick” precisely to differentiate between what he was writing about, and stage magic / conjuring etc.

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      Magic is something you should grow into not jump into. It takes years of study to learn the dos and don’t s of magic.
      Unless you are thinking magic like David Copperfield does?

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