Mundane Reading as Part of One’s Magical Workings

Reading book at lake


… and part of mine involves spending half an hour a day reading about what you’re looking to accomplish.

If you’re looking to make money, then spend time each day reading anything you can get your hands on about money, business, marketing, finance, copywriting, sales psychology, and so on. (And work to create it on the physical. Experience will quickly teach you what’s real and what’s BS.)

If you’re looking to attract love, then read everything you can get your hands on about charisma, attraction, communication, self-improvement (we all have some part of our lives that can use a little work), increasing your number of IRL friends (because meeting a prospective partner becomes easier with the more people you know), and so on. And again, work to implement the new knowledge/skills on the physical.

If you’re looking for better health, then start reading up on medicine (first in general and then specific issues), diagnostics, microbiology, and so on. The more you know about the physical mechanics of a given illness or condition, the better able you’ll be to direct your spiritual work as opposed to shooting in the dark (the principle of as above, so below). And of course supplement this with proper guidance from a physician.

In fact you may even notice a cross-over between what you’ll need to read for different subjects. Make note of that as well as transferable knowledge and/or skill sets.

What I do, is I read for about half an hour a day during the evenings, give or take the time to finish the chapter where I currently find myself (I’m a completionist at heart; I really don’t like leaving chapters unfinished or stones unturned).

This can be likely applied to any given purpose or intention (works for everything I’ve tried it with thus far), and draw their life from the Second and Seventh Keys to Effective Prayer:

2nd. “Love Yourself” – If you love yourself, you want to expand yourself, which includes expanding your levels of knowledge and skill.

7th. “Ain’t Nothing to It but to Do It” – Manifestation from the spiritual can be likened to calling down rain to the physical. Yet what crops grow if the soil has no seed? By physical action we plow the soil and plant the seeds, so the rain finds good soil.

We can also call to mind the Picatrix (Book 4, Chapter 5), which tells us there are “ten arts [the magician] must know,” and then lists many more than ten: agriculture, seafaring, governing people, leading armies, engaging in combat, calling animals and birds, grammar, legal reasoning, mathematics, engineering, and so on. The magician is expected to be a well-rounded person.

In like manner this process cannot be done from a mindset of “anxiety for result.” Rather, this should be approached from a mindset of “how do I increase my skill set to improve my workings, and how can I better create more receptive conditions on the physical?”

And besides, has it ever been a bad thing to increase your knowledge level?

PS: In the future, I may post a reading list for mundane subjects. Stay tuned!

About Agostino

Originally from Queens, N.Y., and having grown up in Dayton, OH, Agostino Taumaturgo is a unique figure. He is the product of the unlikely combination of coming from a Traditional Roman Catholic background and a spirituality-friendly home. It was in this home that Agostino first learned the basics of meditation, prayer, and spiritual working. In time Agostino completed his theology studies and was ordained to the priesthood and was later consecrated a bishop. He has since left the Traditional movement and brings this knowledge to the “outside world” through his teaching and writing, discussing spiritual issues and practical matters through the lens of traditional Christian theology.
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2 Responses to Mundane Reading as Part of One’s Magical Workings

  1. S. T. Silva says:

    “PS: In the future, I may post a reading list for mundane subjects. Stay tuned!”

    I think you didn’t. Could you? Thanks!


    • Agostino says:

      Can’t believe I totally forgot about this, sorry ’bout that. From the date, I posted this right before the Covid hysteria started, so that’s probably why.

      When it comes to mundane reading, I’d say there are two categories: general (as part of magical training) and particular (in addition to whatever you’re working toward with a given operation).

      In general, I’d recommend books like Psycho-Cybernetics which can help clear subconscious blockages and get your psyche aligned. Reading up on psychology can help with this too, since it’ll give you the building blocks to recognize things within yourself, as well as give a stronger toolkit for avoiding self-deception.

      For specific reading, it depends on what you’re working toward. For example most occultists try for money magic, so it makes sense to read everything you can get your hands on re: money and entrepreneurship (Rich Dad Poor Dad is a good start).

      If you’re talking about healing magic, then get thee to the bookstore and read some medical texts. Or there’s probably some medical school with a YouTube channel, watch their videos in the order they tell you to.

      Love magic, then reading up on interpersonal interaction can help, even “How to Win Friends and Influence People” can be helpful, and maybe a good book on seduction and flirtation (sadly I don’t know any titles). I know this isn’t a lot, but hopefully it’ll help give you a roadmap for compiling a list.


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