I'd like to recommend two books for the more advanced student of magic and Witchcraft.
First, an unashamed plug for a new book by a wonderful friend of mine; "The Witch's Eight Paths of Power: a complete course in magick and witchcraft", by Lady Sable Aradia (Weiser Books, San Francisco; 2014). Sable is a 3rd degree initiate in the Star Sapphire tradition, and has her own website at www.sablearadia.com
. This is definitely not
"just another Wicca 101", and emphasises ways of entering altered states of consciousness as an essential prelude to any magical process.
Also recommended; though not specifically about Witchcraft, it teaches genuine techniques of practical magic; "Finding Your Way in a Wild New World", by Martha Beck (Free Press, New York; 2012). I came across this book quite by chance in our local library and it blew me away. Far beyond the usual "self-help", "The Secret" kind of drivel, it is described on the flyleaf as "a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It's a journey to the thing that so fulfills you that, if someone told you, "It's right outside - but watch out - it could kill you!" you'd run straight towards it, through the screen door without even opening it."
It begins with an encounter with a wild mother rhinoceros in an African game reserve "the size of Switzerland", and goes on to describe the four essential technologies of magic: wordlessness, oneness, imagination and forming - and the overwhelming importance of sheer playfulness
. Yes, it's that
kind of book.
These two books kind of complement each other in many ways; both are highly recommended.