ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TANTRA AND THE MAGICKAL ARTS

By: Bob Carasik and Mary Dryovage, summer solstice, 1997

Anand, Margo, The Art of Sexual Magic, Putnam, 1995. Beautifully written and illustrated, it makes some otherwise esoteric approaches to sexual energy comprehensible to the non-initiate. A jargon-free explanation drawing from Jung, Indian philosophy and goddess worship. Inspiring.

Andrews, Ted, Magickal Dance, Your Body as an Instrument of Power, Llewellyn Publications, 1993. Explains the relationship of movement to higher states of consciousness, with instructions on how to choreograph your own evolution. "You will find yourself dancing the Tree of Life, which joins heaven and earth within you." Very doable.

Crowley, Aleister, The Law is for All: an Extended Commentary on the BOOK OF THE LAW, Falcon Press, 1986. "Invoke me, under my stars! Love is the law, love under will. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well." Liber AL, I 57. If you undertake the study of magic, sooner or later you will encounter the works of the Great Beast, Aleister Crowley. Enjoy!

Farrar, Janet & Stewart, SPELLS And How They Work, Phoenix Publ. 1990. This is a practical guide to Wiccan form of magick.

Greer, Mary K., Tarot for Your Self: a Workbook for Personal Transformation, Newcastle Publishing, 1984. A consummately practical guide for working with several popular Tarot decks. Neither condescending nor simplistic. If you can only own one Tarot book, this is it.

Helminski, Kabir Edmund, Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self, Putnam, 1992. Contains a good explanation about how the breath, through meditation, helps you access your higher self. "As a certain psychological space opens up within us through conscious presence, we begin to live differently. Thought, instead of being a largely unconscious process absorbing our awareness and presence, become creative and effective. It recognizes possibilities and builds images.

Judith, Anodea, Wheels of Life: A Users Guide to the Chakra System, Llewellyn, 1994. A thorough, readable introduction to the Chakra System and the correspondences between these centers of bodily energy and various sounds, colors, gems, astrological signs, deities, etc.

Shaw, Miranda, Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism, Princeton Univ. Press, 1994. Shaw presents extensive evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations in sacred sexuality in 14th century India.