An Essential Occult Reading List

If you’ve seen The Witch, there’s a good chance the Satanic imagery and occult mood of it is still tapping at your spine — and not without reason: people have been obsessed with the occult for centuries, and it never seems to lose any of its charm. After all, the word comes from the Latin word for secret, and I’ve never met anyone who isn’t interested in secrets. So whether you want to learn more about the philosophy behind the occult, or you want to cast yourself some spells, or if you’re just in search of some more material to keep your witchy mood alive, you might start building your occult library with some of the grimoires — er, or just paperbacks — listed below.

Now, the term “occult” is often used as a catch-all to mean anything mystical, supernatural or paranormal, and extends from alchemy to astrology to Wicca to Hermeticism. Let’s just say it’s a wide field. This list intends to be a sort of starting place, with a balance of classic occult and occult-related texts as well as literature with occult elements to enchant readers of every interest level. Proceed.