Half way through August I find myself in an unreasonable panic. I haven’t finished my summer reading yet! Now, I’ve been out of school for…well, let’s just say a long, long time… but still I begin each summer with a list of books that I must read. Working where I do, I have access to an amazing library of occult and esoteric titles – books that I’ve been wanting to read for years, books that I’ve never heard of, and books that unnerve me just a little. Really – I wish you all could see these shelves! But one problem that arises with this kind of access is where to begin. What are the essentials – the “required reading” that anyone interested in an occult education must tackle? If you were offering an introductory course on the occult – what would you call it (Western Esoteric Classicism 101? Mystic Studies? Terrible Tomes?) and what would you put on your syllabus?