The things that we can’t explain, or the things that are hidden beneath the surface, are interesting to us. Almost there, but not quite. That’s what the occult is all about, and there are a lot of occult books about it.
What is occultism?
Having faith or studying the supernatural is called occultism. It’s usually done in a secret or hidden way. Divination, magic, witchcraft, or alchemy are usually part of it. But it also talks about things like ghosts and vampires, which are things that aren’t real. There are sub-genres like supernatural and paranormal that are part of it. The occult genre is usually different from fantasy books because it doesn’t build a world. Instead, it uses animals and practices that people believe in.
It turns out that occult books are all about things that aren’t in the realm of science, but that people believe in anyway.
Nonfiction Occult Books
A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult by DK
This huge book is an in-depth look at the history of magic and all things spooky. In the beginning, there are chapters about prehistoric times. Then, it moves on to modern ideas, like the rise of occultists in the 20th century, wicca, and new-age practices. It’s also shown! It has a lot of pictures to go with everything the book tries to explain. However, even though most of the book is about western beliefs, it’s a good text for new people. It will help you understand how magic and the occult came to be and how they changed over time.
Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals by Luisah Teish
Some traditions from the African diaspora, like Orisha, are part of Jambalaya. It includes both theory and practice. As well as having chapters about civil rights movements and spiritualism, this book may also have some recipes for spells and rituals that the reader can try out herself. The book is really all about making friends. This isn’t the only thing: It also has a few occult, magical practices that aren’t as well known around the world. Teish does a great job of putting memoir, folk wisdom, and African American beliefs all together in one book, all in the same book.
The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca by John Michael Greer
This book is also a history of the occult, and it shows how it has changed over time. There are detailed and specific stories and knowledge from all over the world in this book, which is written in chronological order. It starts in the 6th century BCE and ends in 2012. From the Philosopher’s Stone to Kabbalah, this is how things went. Each short post will teach you about a different subject in the occult.
Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea
If you want to be an occultist, you need to read some Tarot! It’s one of the most well-known occult ways to get information. This book is for people who are new to the deck. If you want to learn more about something that has been done for a long time, this book is for you! Each card has a funny picture and an explanation. It also tells you how to bring the energy of that card into your own life. This book is a great, up-to-date guide to divination. It’s a must-have for people who like occult books.
Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide by Caroline Watt
You might be interested in parapsychology, which is the study of psychic and paranormal things. This book is for people who are just starting out and wants to learn more about how these things work. People who study parapsychology take a look at how the field has changed over time as a science, with an open mind and a lot of data. Even if you don’t believe in the occult, this book on the subject is a good place to start.
Fiction Occult Books
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
This book is about a book dealer named Lucas Corso. He is hired to make sure that a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo is real. That’s not all: His journey leads him to a thrilling adventure with devil worship and swashbuckling characters like those in Alexandre Dumas’s books. This means that he will now have to find two copies of a very old book that claims to have instructions on how to call the Devil. If you like mysteries and adventures, this is a great book to read. It’s about travel, murder, books, and the occult.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
First-year student: Alex Stern is a member of the Yale class of 2015. But she’s also one of the people who keep an eye on Yale’s secret societies, the Houses, and their occult rituals, which are called “houses.” Having been through a rough childhood that included multiple murders, this is her chance to get back on her feet after this. Because Alex can see ghosts, she gets to go to Yale for free. There are more forbidden, sinister and deadly things the Houses do than anyone thought. To solve the mystery and stay alive, Alex now has to do all of this on his own. There are occult things hidden in plain sight in the Ninth House, making it one of those books that you can’t put down.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners is set in New York City in the 1920s. Evie O’Neill is the main character. She lives with her uncle, who is a big fan of the dark arts. She’s afraid that he’ll find out about her powers. When they both go to a murder scene with dark symbols, Evie realizes that her powers could help her find the person who did it. There is an evil that lurks in the background in Bray’s book, which makes it feel eerie and spooky. In addition, this book is the first in a series that blends history and magic very well.
The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu
Ropa is a ghost hunter. She makes money by giving messages from the dead to people who can’t read or write them. One day, the dead say that someone is enchanting children, taking away their happiness, and leaving them as husks. So, she starts to look into it. In order to find the person who did this, she will call on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism. As she goes through the process, she will find an occult library that is hidden beneath Edinburgh’s city streets. This suspenseful book is full of dark twists and turns. It’s a great book for people who like dark things.
The Alchemists of Kush by Minister Faust
One boy grows up in one time and another grows up in another time. The Alchemists tells both stories. Each boy is looked after by a mystic who promises to change them or die trying. People who came from Sudan as refugees are shown in this picture. The first boy is Raphael Garang, a young man. This is the second one. It is called “Hru-Sa-Usir.” He lived next to the Lower Nile 7,000 years ago, and he was very close to it. Both boys have the same stories and problems, and they both go down the same roads, too. This book is both beautiful and complicated. It features a different kind of alchemy, which is another thing that happens in occultism.