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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

Ritual Abuse: Primary and Secondary Source Books

Baskin, Wade. (1971) Dictionary of Satanism. Philosophical Library, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “A handy, comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics relating to the awesome power and cult of Satan, in myriad forms and under many different names, from ancient times to the present. Distilled from hundreds of reliable sources, both religious and secular, the entries include men and movements, orders and objects, rites, rituals, incantations, events, legends, and occult practices that have fascinated the mind of man through the ages. It also contains entries relating to a host of unorthodox beliefs and irrational acts, such as the murder of Sharon Tate, which have only recently come to light.”

Blood, Linda Osborne. (1994) The new Satanists. Warner, NY, NY.
NOTE: Contains information about the history of Satanism, details of documented ritual abuse cases, and information about current Satanic groups and organizations. Also documents the arrest and investigation of Lt. Col. Aquino for his alleged rape and occult ritual abuse of children who attended the Army day-care center in Presidio, CA. There are descriptions of similar investigations into alleged ritual abuse at other military day-care centers.

Cavendish, Richard. (l967) The black arts. Wideview/Perigree, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The World of the Black Magician – Names and Numbers – The Cabala and the Names of Power – The Stone and the Elixir – Astrology – Ritual Magic – The Worship of th4e Devil –The Grimoires – The “Hebrew” System in Numerology – Notes – Suggestions for Further Reading
NOTE: This is a concise, readable overview of Western black magic. Cavendish has also written books on mythology and in-depth studies of the various topics covered in The black arts. From the publisher: “This book describes in detail the practice, theory, and underlying rationale of black magic in all its branches - the summoning and control of evil spirits, necromancy, psychic attack, Devil worship, witchcraft, the Black Mass, evil charms and spells - as well as other branches of occult theory - numerology, astrology, alchemy, the Cabala, the tarot. Ancient black magic, the beliefs and practices of the great black magicians of the past 150 years, and the theories of cabalists, astrologers, and numerologists of the present day are all fully covered in this book”

Aleister Crowley

(Note: Crowley was a prolific writer, with approximately sixty books to his credit. We have listed only those with sections that seem most apt to have served as source material for abusive rituals.)

     Crowley, Aleister. (1969) The confessions of Aleister Crowley: An autohagiography. Cape, London. Also (1970) Hill and Wang, NY, NY and (1979) Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, England and Boston, MA.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1973) Book 4: Magick. Edited, annotated, and introduced by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. Routledge and K. Paul, London, England.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1973) Magick without tears. Edited by Israel Regardie. Llewellyn, St. Paul, MN. Edited with annotations by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. Duckworth, London, England. Also (1982) Falcon Press, Phoenix, AZ and (1983) Magick without tears: unexpurgated, commented (being the Oriflamme, volume VI, no. 3-4). Duckworth, London, England and Society Ordo Templi Orientis International, Nashville, TN.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1973) The book of the law (technically called Liber al vel legis sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI) An Ixii sol in Aries March 21, 1973 e.v. Thelema Pub., Oceanside, CA.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1974) Magical and philosophical commentaries on “The book of the law” Edited and annotated by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. 93 Publishing, Montreal, Canada and S. Weiser, York Beach, ME.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1974) The works of Aleister Crowley. Gordon Press, NY, NY.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1975) The law is for all: An extended commentary on “The book of the law.”  Edited, with an introduction, by Israel Regardie. Llewellyn, St. Paul, MN. Also (1983) Falcon Press, Phoenix, AZ.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1976) Magick in theory and practice. Dove, NY, NY.
     Crowley, Aleister. (1983) The holy books of Thelema. S. Weiser, York Beach, ME.
     Burnett-Rae, Alan. (1971) Aleister Crowley: a memoir of 666. Edited by Victor Hall; with four poems by Aleister Crowley. Vision Press, London, England.
     Grant, Kenneth, (1973) Aleister Crowley and the hidden god. Muller, London, England.
     King, Francis. (1977) The magical world of Aleister Crowley. Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, NY. NY. Also (1977) Weidenfeld and Nicolson: London. England.
     Parfitt, Will, and Drylie, A. (1976) A Crowley cross-index. ZRO, Bath, England.
     Regardie, Israel. (1970) The eye in the triangle; An interpretation of Aleister Crowley. Llewellyn, St. Paul, MN. Also (1982) Falcon Press, Phoenix, AZ.
NOTE: Regardie was Crowley’s personal secretary and felt he understood Crowley’s thought and intentions. He also has written many books on the Golden Dawn and ceremonial magic.
     Sutin, Lawrence. (2000) Do what thou wilt: A life of Aleister Crowley. St. Martin’s Press, NY, NY.
NOTE: This has been called the definitive biography of Crowley. It sets his life and thought in the context of Victorian England and America.
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Daraul, Arkon. (1962) A History of Secret Societies. Citadel Press, Secaucus, NJ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foreword - The Old Man of the Mountains - The Latter Days of the Assassins - The Rise of the Knights Templar - The Fall of the Knights Templar - The Path of the Sufi - The Secret Rites of Mithra - The Gnostics - The Castrators of Russia - The Charcoal Burners - Holy Warriors of Spain - The Cults of the Ancient Mysteries - False Cults and Societies - The High Priesthood of Thebes - The Decided Ones of Jupiter the Thunderer - The Order of the Peacock Angel - The Masters of the Himalayas - The Secrets of the Witches - The Cult of the Black Mother - The Rosicrucians - The Holy Vehm - Devotees of the Guardian Angel - The Illuminated Ones - Tongs of Terror - Primitive Initiation Societies
NOTE: Not all these groups were/are secret, but all are interesting.

Katchen, Martin H. (1992) “Satanic beliefs and practices.” In Sakheim, David K. and Devine, Susan, Eds. Out of darkness: Exploring Satanism and ritual abuse. pp. 21-43. Lexington Books/Macmillan, NY, NY.
NOTE: (from the introduction) Provides some insight into the significance that these groups (i.e., Satanic groups) attribute to rituals, symbols, objects, numbers, and dates.

Anton LaVey

     LaVey, Anton Szandor. (1969) The Satanic Bible. Avon, NY, NY.
     LaVey, Anton Szandor. (1971) The compleat witch; Or, what to do when virtue fails. Dodd, Mead, NY, NY.
     LaVey, Anton Szandor, (1972) The Satanic rituals. Avon, NY, NY.
     LaVey, Anton Szandor. (1992) The devil’s notebook. Feral House, Portland, OR.
     LaVey, Anton Szandor. (1998) Satan speaks! Feral House, Venice, CA.
     Barton, Blanche. (1990) The secret life of a Satanist: The authorized biography of Anton LaVey. Feral House, Los Angeles, CA.
     Barton, Blanche. (1990) The church of Satan: A history of the world’s most notorious religion. Hell’s Kitchen Productions, NY. NY
NOTE: Approved by the Church of Satan. Feral House: Los Angeles, CA.

Lockwood, Craig. (1993) Other alters: Roots and realities of cultic and Satanic ritual abuse and multiple personality disorder Compcare Publications, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: The background information is especially useful.

Los Angeles County Commission for Women. Ritual abuse: Definitions, glossary, the use of mind control. Available from: Ritual Abuse Task Force, 383 Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
NOTE: Small, concise booklet, often cited.

Melton, J. Gordon. Ed. (2003) The encyclopedia of American religions. Visible Ink Press, Canton, MI.
NOTE: from the publisher: “Students will find this resource comprehensive as well as compelling, with coverage on more than 2,300 North American religious groups in the U.S. and Canada -- from Adventists to Zen Buddhists. Information on these groups is presented in two distinct sections. These sections contain essays and directory listings that describe the historical development of religious families and give factual information about each group within those families, including, when available, rubrics for membership figures, educational facilities and periodicals.”
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Newton, Michael. (1993) Raising hell: An encyclopedia of devil worship and Satanic crime. Avon Books, NY, NY.
NOTE: Short, accurate entries on a variety of subjects. Extensive bibliography, but entries are not referenced.

Peterson, Alan H. and Marquis, Doc, Eds. (2004) Signs and symbols of Satan. American Focus Publishers, Edison, NJ.

Petersen, Jesper Aagaard, Ed. (2009) Contemporary religious Satanism: A critical anthology. Ashgate Pub, Burlington, VT.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part I: Broader Studies: History, Tradition, Legitimacy: Satanism: Performing Alterity and Othering - Infernal Legitimacy - Darkness Within: Satanism as a Self-Religion- Self-Conscious Routinization and the Post-Charismatic Fate of the Church of Satan from 1997 to the Present – Embracing Others than Satan: The Multiples Princes of Darkness in the Left-Hand Path Milieu – The Devil’s Down in Dixie: Studying Satanism in South Georgia – Part II: Regional Studies: The Peculiarities of Lutheran Satanism: Between Crime and Atheism in Cyberspace – Satanism in Estonia -  Cyber-Satanism and Imagined Satanism: Dark Symptoms of Late Modernity - Social Democratic Satanism? Some Examples of Satanism in Scandinavia – “With my Art I am the Fist in the Face of god”: On Old-School Black Metal - Italian Martyrs of “Satanism” : Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and Father Giorgio Govoni - Speculating on the Point 003 Percent? Some Remarks on the Chaotic Satanic Minorities in the UK – Part III: Primary Documents: Reflections on Satanism - Excerpts from the Left-Hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent - Dark Doctrines: Two Examples - The Satanic Politic – The Culture Cult
NOTE: from the publisher: “The Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey on April 30, 1966. In his hands, Satan became a provocative symbol for indulgence, vital existence, natural wisdom and the human being’s ‘true’ animal nature. At present, religious Satanism exists primarily as a decentralized subculture with a strong internet presence within a larger Satanic milieu in Western culture. The various expressions of modern Satanism all navigate in today’s detraditionalized religious market through the creative appropriation of popular culture, philosophy, literature and religion. Though most are inspired by LaVey, the great majority of contemporary Satanists are not members of the Church of Satan. Contemporary religious Satanism could be understood as a complex negotiation of atheism, secularism, esotericism and self: a ‘self-religion’ in the modern age. The concrete solutions are varied; but they all understand the power of transgression allying oneself with a most powerful symbol of resistance, namely Satan. Despite the fascinating nature of religious Satanism, it has attracted little scholarship until relatively recently. This book brings together a group of international scholars to produce the first serious book-length study of religious Satanism.”

Regardie, Israel, Cicero, Chic and Cicero, Sandra Tabatha.  (1995) A garden of pomegranates: Skrying on the tree of life. Llewellyn, St. Paul, MN. 
NOTE: From the publisher: “Long considered the best single introduction to the Qabalah for magicians, the third edition of Israel Regardie’s A Garden of Pomegranates is now ... easier to understand, more complete, and up to date. It now includes over 300 pages of never-before-published information from two Senior Adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Expands Regardie’s definitive text into a practical manual for Qabalistic magic: Includes path-workings and guided visualizations for the 32 Paths of Wisdom: Suggests a course of study for learning the Qabalah and incorporating its teachings into daily life: Shows how to create your own personal Qabalistic mantra using gematria or Hebrew numerology: Includes a technique for Rising on the Planes, so you can explore different Qabalistic worlds: Features a Middle Pillar-style exercise for exploring and activating different parts of the soul:
    The Qabalah is the ancient system of Hebrew mysticism that is the foundation of Western magical and esoteric studies. Its primary symbol is the Tree of Life, a diagram that can aid in the study of the nature of the Universe, the essence of God, and the human mind, spirit, and soul. A Garden of Pomegranates is the clearest introductory guide on this subject.”

Wilson, Colin. (1973) The occult. Vintage Books, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part One: A Survey of the Subject: Magic-The Science of the Future - The Dark Side of the Moon - The Poet as Occultist - Part Two: A History of Magic: The Evolution of Man - The Evolution of Magic - The Magic of Primitive Man - Adepts and Initiates - The World of the Kabbalists - Adepts and Imposters - The Nineteenth Century--Magic and Romanticism - The Beast Himself - Two Russian Mages - Part Three: Man’s Latent Powers: Witchcraft and Lycanthropy - The Realm of Spirits - Glimpses
NOTE: From the publisher: “Colin Wilson’s classic work is an essential guide to the mind-expanding experiences and discoveries of the occult in the 20th century. He produces a wonderfully skillful synthesis of the available material - one that sees the occult in the light of reason and reason in the light of the mystical and paranormal. The result is a wide-ranging survey of the subject that provides a comprehensive history of magic, an insightful exploration of our latent powers, and a journey of enlightenment.”


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