More sources on the topic of initiation and magic

From Anthroposophy

The topic pages on Initiation provide a view focused on the teachings of Franz Bardon, Rudolf Steiner, and Daskalos.

However this is an extremely broad topic very much alive in the world, albeit with minority segments. Many blogs, forums, and groupings of practitioners abound in various traditions.

Therefore this page provides an extension to further reading and exploration. It is a small selection that will be extended, and please send in your suggestions (the page was just initialized but is not providing a balanced overview yet).


  • Jean Dubuis: The experience of eternity (2008)


  • Donald Michael Kraig: 'Modern magick' (2010)
  • Georg Lomer: Seven hermetic letters
  • Josephine McCarthy
    • Magical Knowledge I: Foundations - the Lone Practitioner
    • Magical Knowledge II: The initiate
    • Magical Knowledge III: Contacts of the Adept
      • see also Quareia for a number of free books
  • Draja Mickaharic
    • Practice of Magic: an introductory guide to the art
    • Magical practice
    • Magic simplified


Kriya yoga

  • Parmahansa Yogananda (brought the basic teachings of Kriya to the West in 1920)
  • Satyananda Saraswati: 'A Systematic Course In The Ancient Tantric Techniques Of Yoga And Kriya'

About individuals

  • Ray Grasse
    • An Infinity of Gods: Conversations with an Unconventional Mystic, The Teachings of Shelly Trimmer (2017)
      • Shelly studied for several years with the famed yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, see eg interview
    • Urban mystic: recollections of Goswami Kriyananda (2019)
      • Goswami Kriyananda (1928-2015) studied under Shelly Trimmer and is the founder of the Temple of Kriya Yoga, based in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Marten Crawford
    • The adept magician (2014) - a description of someone who succesfully followed Bardon's initiation system over decades, all three books and beyond.

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