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Title: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on March 20, 2009, 08:37:12 PM
As promised, here is a list of basic books on Wicca (Wicca 101).  This list is by no means complete and hopefully others will add to the list and maybe provide some recommendations.


I've indicated a few comments on some of these. 
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Catnip on March 24, 2009, 07:30:37 AM
What a great list! Thanks Blackmoons Owl ^^
I have read a few of these, and especially enjoyed Scott Cunningham's "Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner", so I can add my recommendation on that one!
*toddles off to Amazon*
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: alwaysone on March 28, 2009, 02:09:07 PM
Question: Where does one find informative books on Wicca? The local chain bookstores carry a small selection of basic witchcraft books geared towards teens. I have been Wiccan for a long time and would like to find advanced study books or more information other than the basics.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on March 28, 2009, 02:23:18 PM
Most books can be found/purchased through www.amazon.com  I have always had a good experience when buying books from them.

http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=401.0 

That link is to a more advanced list of Wiccan books.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on March 28, 2009, 09:05:01 PM
I see EBS beat me to it.  I created a 2nd list of more advanced book titles.  I find a lot of books at "Half Price Books" - though you can order on-line.  If you have a specific title you could ask if the bookstore near you will order it for you (most will - though they may ask you to pay in advanced).  I also find a lot of stuff at Barnes & Noble & Borders.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: alwaysone on March 29, 2009, 02:08:27 PM
Thanks. I did try Barnes and Noble and Borders but didn't find much. I'll have to check on Amazon.com.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Rhea Li on March 29, 2009, 02:39:11 PM
I see EBS beat me to it.  I created a 2nd list of more advanced book titles.  I find a lot of books at "Half Price Books" - though you can order on-line.  If you have a specific title you could ask if the bookstore near you will order it for you (most will - though they may ask you to pay in advanced).  I also find a lot of stuff at Barnes & Noble & Borders.
At my Borders, there is a whole section full of Pagan, Wiccan, and Witchcraft books. Plus two whole shelves of Tarot cards. I love my Borders. =^-^=

Amazon is also very good, but I prefer using the book store. I get to see the book in rl and decide if I should get it or not then. ^_^
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: SilverDragonfly on March 29, 2009, 04:12:02 PM
I agree, I love to leaf through a book before I buy.  However, up here in the boonies, the nearest bookstore is 65 miles away.  :'( 

I've ordered from Amazon, read reviews from other customers, and compared prices for new and used, even other online sources.  I recently received a book that wasn't what I was looking for, returned it, received a prompt refund-no problem.  Not as good as a real-life bookstore, but it's all I've got.   :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on March 29, 2009, 04:14:45 PM
One good thing that Amazon now has is the "Look Inside" feature in many of the books that they sell.

I order everything through Amazon, even if I stop by the Borders near my store and skim though a book first.  I don't buy anything unless I save at least 20% (unless I really really want it).
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Catnip on March 31, 2009, 09:18:16 AM
I've found charity shops are fantastic as well, if you dig deep enough you usually find some gems in the stacks of a good charity shop! There's one up near where my mum lives (which is in the middle of nowhere) and I've got quite a few interesting books about anything from herbs, tarot, meditation, to candle magic from there!

It's cheap, and you also get to enjoy the fact that you've helped a charity! ^^
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Moonlight-and-Raven on April 03, 2009, 05:18:56 AM
I do most of my book shopping on half.com.

I browse Amazon for the reviews, and then search Half by the ISBN. You can usually find really great deals there. Sometimes Amazon will have better prices, but most often they don't.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Moonlight-and-Raven on April 03, 2009, 05:19:55 AM
I live in the South, and Wiccan/Pagan shops are a rare find out here. And the chain bookstores have a very, very limited supply of anything decent.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Betsy on April 06, 2009, 12:26:57 PM
I went to buy five used books on line. The books cost $37, the shipping was $27.50 how does that make any sense? They were all from the same company and media mail is extremely cheap.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on April 06, 2009, 12:45:33 PM
I went to buy five used books on line. The books cost $37, the shipping was $27.50 how does that make any sense? They were all from the same company and media mail is extremely cheap.

You may want to ask the company and ask them if it is an error.  If not, ask them why shipping's so outrageous?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on April 10, 2009, 08:35:01 PM
I went to buy five used books on line. The books cost $37, the shipping was $27.50 how does that make any sense? They were all from the same company and media mail is extremely cheap.
Wonders where they were shipping the book from...  another country?  another planet??  Is it coming in special packaging because its fragile???   I'd want more than just bubble wrap protecting something at the rate...wow.

ooohhh...bubble wrap.....starts popping a sheet of it....... ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Rhea Li on April 12, 2009, 10:01:33 AM
ooohhh...bubble wrap.....starts popping a sheet of it....... ;D
lol
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Betsy on April 12, 2009, 10:12:21 PM
bubble wrap.....ah bubble wrap.....if anything deserves its own cult following it's bubble wrap. ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Demonic Kitten on April 13, 2009, 07:54:17 AM
<-----wonders what the big deal about bubble wrap is all about....*POP* Ooooohhhhh....*grabs bubble wrap and starts popping.

Nevermind.  ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Betsy on April 13, 2009, 02:40:50 PM
Give me Back my Bubble Wrap!!! >:(
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Demonic Kitten on April 14, 2009, 05:53:27 AM
*points to the giant roll in the corner* I think we can share. ^_^
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lestat on April 14, 2009, 05:55:35 AM
*points to the giant roll in the corner* I think we can share. ^_^

lol, I miss read this for another thread. :P

I plan to bubble rap a friends car as revenge for a training wheels attached to my motorcycle prank they pulled. ;)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Rhea Li on April 14, 2009, 06:02:11 AM
lol, I miss read this for another thread. :P

I plan to bubble rap a friends car as revenge for a training wheels attached to my motorcycle prank they pulled. ;)

LOL Be sure to let me know how it goes. ^_^
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Betsy on April 14, 2009, 09:50:50 AM
Cover your floors in bubble wrap then you never have to stop popping.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on April 14, 2009, 10:46:42 AM
EBS reminds everyone this is Wicca Q & A, not TI.  :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lestat on April 14, 2009, 02:48:23 PM
It was a fun segway tho. : /
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on April 14, 2009, 07:35:18 PM
Cover your floors in bubble wrap then you never have to stop popping.

That only works until you popped all the bubbles... ;)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on April 14, 2009, 07:49:38 PM
That only works until you popped all the bubbles... ;)

Cold, real cold.... ;)

ETA:  Just so everyone knows, I view her post as a get-out-of-jail free card for me. muwahaha....
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Venezia on April 15, 2009, 10:25:11 PM
Unfortunately this is a redirection from bubble wrap back to the topic at hand. I noticed a few of Grimassi's books on the list, is there a reason the Encyclopedia and other books such as Italian Witchcraft aren't there? Or are they more advanced, maybe they belong on a different list?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on April 17, 2009, 09:05:22 PM
A few of Grimassi's books lean more towards Witchcraft then Wicca. 
He does have:

Crafting Wiccan Traditions
Wiccan Magick
Wiccan Mysteries
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: SulisGreen on May 02, 2009, 01:33:39 AM
Is it okay to recommend other books here? One of my favorite pagan scholars is Nigel Pennick. He wrote a Pagan Book of Days that I use as a reference for the holidays, and to find new spiritual implications in practically every day of the year. He's also written several books about sacred alphabets and codes, and the Norse Runes, that are well-researched, as far as I can tell, and very helpful. I also really like his Pagan History of Europe. I was amazed to learn how recently there were still pagans actively practicing in Europe, and the scope of forced conversions to Christianity. Sad to know we have our own martyrs and "ethnic cleansings."
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: SilverDragonfly on May 02, 2009, 04:26:19 AM
Is it okay to recommend other books here? One of my favorite pagan scholars is Nigel Pennick. He wrote a Pagan Book of Days that I use as a reference for the holidays, and to find new spiritual implications in practically every day of the year. He's also written several books about sacred alphabets and codes, and the Norse Runes, that are well-researched, as far as I can tell, and very helpful. I also really like his Pagan History of Europe. I was amazed to learn how recently there were still pagans actively practicing in Europe, and the scope of forced conversions to Christianity. Sad to know we have our own martyrs and "ethnic cleansings."

Sulis,  Why don't you add these to the pagan book reviews topic in Pagan Q & A.
I've seen his books, but haven't read any yet and would be very interested in your reviews of these. 
Here: http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=151.0
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Keysol on May 02, 2009, 02:57:42 PM
Is it okay to recommend other books here? One of my favorite pagan scholars is Nigel Pennick. He wrote a Pagan Book of Days that I use as a reference for the holidays, and to find new spiritual implications in practically every day of the year. He's also written several books about sacred alphabets and codes, and the Norse Runes, that are well-researched, as far as I can tell, and very helpful. I also really like his Pagan History of Europe. I was amazed to learn how recently there were still pagans actively practicing in Europe, and the scope of forced conversions to Christianity. Sad to know we have our own martyrs and "ethnic cleansings."

Have you ever read anything by Ronald Hutton? His book The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft is really interesting (though he is a professor, so many of his books read like a text book...lol).
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Amanda on May 02, 2009, 03:06:38 PM
Not trying to be a smarta**. Try googling Metaphysical stores in you area. If that doesn't work, try New Age. If all else fails try the TCC bookstore. I find it rather helpful.  :D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on May 02, 2009, 05:24:25 PM
...or you can just buy from Amazon, like I do. ;)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: wimberlyt on June 22, 2009, 03:42:37 PM
Don't forget The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, 3rd Edition by Denise Zimmerman.
I have it and I love it. ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Fianna on June 26, 2009, 09:35:06 AM
The list seems quite usefull, thanks for posting it :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: LunaSaidar on July 23, 2009, 03:40:54 AM
A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magick Spells (http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Witchcraft-Magick-Spells/dp/0572027044/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248345442&sr=1-5) by Cassandra Eason is a very nice book to start with, it gives you many examples and the tools to create your own rituals/spells :) I sometimes still use it to get my creative juices going ;) Hope it can be added to the list!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: scarlet on August 17, 2009, 12:42:08 AM
Okay, it seems as though it might be best to go through some sort of 'workbook' while also reading other texts.  Is there any specific handbook or workbook that anyone recommends above another and what accompanying works would be a proper compliment?

Thanks so much in advance. 
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: morningdove on August 17, 2009, 04:05:25 PM
Raymond Bucklands Big Blue Book is set up with assignments like a work book.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: scarlet on August 17, 2009, 11:40:44 PM
Would you recommend getting that one right away or are there "pre-requisites" that you'd advise reading first?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on August 18, 2009, 03:35:34 AM
IMO, Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner or Sabin's Wicca for Beginners are better jumping off books, but The Big Blue Book is fine as well, so long as you take Uncle Bucky's Murrayistic history with a BIG grain of salt.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: morningdove on August 18, 2009, 03:53:58 AM
Would you recommend getting that one right away or are there "pre-requisites" that you'd advise reading first?

FW also recommended two very good books. If I were you I would look at all three and then decide from there what you are going to get. You may see that you like one better over another.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: 1melissa3 on August 18, 2009, 08:31:33 AM
Thank you, BMO, my collection was far from this extensive.  You are very helpful lately! ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: scarlet on August 18, 2009, 12:11:31 PM
Okay.  I *have* already read Wicca for Beginners, it's actually what really got me to take notice that Wicca was a religion that was not only intellectually interesting, but I tended to agreed with - at least on the basic level she described.

I'm in the process of reading Drawing Down the Moon and Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is most likely in a FedEx box with my name on it somewhere.

So I guess the question is, what is a good book after those?  Is it an either or situation with the "Big Blue Book" or should I just read as many books as possible and I'm being way too neurotic about it?

Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on September 21, 2009, 08:40:06 PM
I get a lot of my books on Ebay. I've gotten many for 99 cents and free shipping...YEAH. Especially during slow times. I wait til the last second and swoop in and grab em up. BWAHAHAHA! I had to put myself on an ebay vacation. I have WAY to many books that i haven't even gotten to yet.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: edens garden on September 29, 2009, 10:23:16 PM
I recently read The Craft: A Witches Book of Shadows, and The Craft Companion: A Witches Journal but Dorothy Morrison. I found them in this amazing secondhand book store here in Saratoga Springs called Lyrical Ballad. It is a fairly large, sprawling store with lots of different rooms filled with books to the point there are a lot of stacks on the floor. Just finding them in a place like that is amazing. There was a copy of Drawing Down the Moon for only 3$, but I had no idea what it was so I didn't get it. Luckily it was on a shelf so I am thinking of going back and searching for it, and any other books I can find on Wicca.

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone else here had read them, and if so, what you thought.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Carbon on September 30, 2009, 06:28:45 PM
So I've recently finished reading Scott Cunningham's book that's recommended in the list.

I really enjoyed his book and want to continue reading books written by him.   Would any of you know what would the "next" book after the Guide for the Solitary Practitioner be?  Would it be "Living Wicca"?  Or is that one that would be recommended on me to read next?

Also what path does Cunningham follow?  I don't recall him ever declaring it in the book I have and I've searched a few websites that reveal everything about him but what path he followed.  The closest I found was "and was a member of the Serpent Stone Family, and received his Third Degree Initiation as a member of that coven." from wikipedia but from what I was able to find the coven is a make up of a large range pagan paths.

Any ideas?  I've done some looking around but can't seem to figure it out  :'(
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on October 01, 2009, 11:03:50 AM
Living Wicca is indeed the "sequel" to Wicca.

Scott began his Wiccan path in high school. He was initiated into a few traditions of Wicca, but spent most of his path as a solitary practitioner.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Carbon on October 01, 2009, 12:51:00 PM
Thanks :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Kim Shelton on October 06, 2009, 09:42:46 AM
This is a long and very interesting list you have here.  I have read the Scott Cunningham book, "Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner," yet I haven't read any of the other recommended books.  I have looked them up in my local library here in Claremore, OK. and they are not here.  I also looked in the City nearest to where I lived, Tulsa, OK., yet none are there in their local libraries either, so I ended up buying the Cunningham book.  I guess I just have to look harder.

Kim 8)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Carbon on October 06, 2009, 10:18:54 AM
You could always try buying them off ebay.  I think someone said that's what they do and generally get the books pretty cheap :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on October 06, 2009, 10:39:40 AM
I buy a lot of books from Barnes and Noble. They have used books in great shape really cheap. The most I've ever paid for the shipping is $3.99.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 06, 2009, 09:13:06 PM
This is a long and very interesting list you have here.  I have read the Scott Cunningham book, "Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner," yet I haven't read any of the other recommended books.  I have looked them up in my local library here in Claremore, OK. and they are not here.  I also looked in the City nearest to where I lived, Tulsa, OK., yet none are there in their local libraries either, so I ended up buying the Cunningham book.  I guess I just have to look harder.

Kim 8)

Yeah! Another Okie. My son has raced dirtbikes in your neck of the woods. I have found a lot of books on Ebay and you can get them cheap! (watch for free or low shipping cost or they'll get you)

Speaking of ebay, i am browsing as we speak for Gerald Gardners books and I'm wondering which one to get First. Witchcraft today?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 07, 2009, 12:25:22 AM
Since no one was up to share my insomnia, heres what i found...Witchcraft today by GG, and Wicca for life by R. Buckland.  Here it is two years since I've joined this site and I'm still trying to figure out if Wicca is a good fit for me. A lesson to all you newbies to take your time. It doesn't have to happen overnight.


ETA...I also won The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft by R Buckland for 2.00 Woo Hoo! I always love it when i find a book that cheap and get free shipping.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 08, 2009, 12:39:34 PM
I seem to be in here by myself  :o

After browsing this list I settled on two R Buckland books. Now on another thread, I read how he is off on his information and it seems some think his books aren't worth reading. Who likes these books and who doesn't? If his information is incorrect as some say, why is it on the reading list. I must say I'm a bit annoyed I didn't know this ahead of time. I guess that falls on me for not catching up on this site until lately. I guess the Gardner book is a good one seeing that he founded Wicca. I guess I'll start with that one and wait on opinions on the others so I will at least read them with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on October 08, 2009, 12:45:43 PM
The only real problem I have found with Bucklands books is in his history.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on October 08, 2009, 04:11:07 PM
I personally own Big Blue, Wicca for Life, and Wicca for One.  Save the history, I found them to be worthwhile reading.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 08, 2009, 04:14:28 PM
Is all his historical info wrong or just parts. What areas should I be skeptical of.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on October 08, 2009, 04:27:34 PM
Is all his historical info wrong or just parts. What areas should I be skeptical of.

Be skeptical of anything in his history that dates back prior to 1950.  There is a great deal of Murrayism in his works.  There are far better sources for Wiccan history.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 08, 2009, 05:08:55 PM
What would you recommend as a good history (besides Drawing Down the Moon). I'm really interested in the beginnings and origins of GG's ideas, experiences, etc... that led him to creating a whole new religion. I don't know if this will be in Witchcraft today or not. I'm still waiting for it in the mail.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on October 08, 2009, 05:25:13 PM
One that I found particularly enlightening was Fifty Years of Wicca by Frederic Lamond.  Frederick was an initiate in Gardners Bricket Wood coven in 50's and 60's and spent 50 years of his life in the Gardnerian tradition.

I don't recall a definitive history.  I have read several books and articles by authors and scholars alike and pieced together on my own beliefs as it pertains to this history of Wicca.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 08, 2009, 05:41:04 PM
Thanks FW...I found a copy of that one on Ebay for 5.oo so I went ahead and snatched it up. Now I have to stop myself from buying anymore because I still have others piled around my room that i haven't gotten to yet.  ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 08, 2009, 09:47:03 PM
Since I had taken some time off of my exploring Wicca, a lot of what I had read before had gotten diluted with everything else  in my head so I went back to the beginning with SCs Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. Reading it again I see why it is that i need more. It is a good book but it is more of a how to instead of why. It seems to lack the meat and potatoes for me. It can't stand alone (for me anyway) as a sole guide for Wicca. I hope the newbies on here don't stop with this book alone. I have about 8 books that I haven't read, with 4 more on the way and I truly hope they will fill in the gaps for me. It made me think of the little booklets I used to get in Sunday school. Without reading the bible, it would've been just a tiny little lesson in a BIG religion. If i was young and didn't know all the other things i've read on here or in other books, I might have thought this is all there is to it. That would've been sad.

Sorry for the babbling. I just sort of had what Oprah would call "a light bulb moment" I understood why i felt like I needed more. I just have to make time to absorb it all.

*courtesy of insomnia*
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on October 09, 2009, 04:37:59 AM
It can't stand alone (for me anyway) as a sole guide for Wicca.

I don't believe Scott intended it to be, ergo the pages of "Suggested Reading" in the back of the book.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on October 09, 2009, 06:54:47 AM
I don't think he did either, Its something that just dawned on me while reading it last night. It made me think of my floundering early on before I had read all that I have now. I was just thinking out loud. What i found fascinating my first time around, I found lacking on the second.  It's a good place to start, just don't want to see the young 'uns stop there and think thats it. There is a TON more to learn.


still babbling and thinking out loud. No idea what my point was..lol
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Taliesin on October 19, 2009, 05:47:08 AM
I recommend reading 'Philosophy of Wicca', I find myself agreeing with this author - Amber Laine Fisher. She seems very much so intouch :) Of course views slightly differ with magic. But that's expected.

She explores a lot of the concepts of Wicca; the use of Deity/importance of mythology , the rede [I see it in a different light now ~ I realise its not something that takes a pasifist stance, the rede is something VERY powerful], sexuality, magic, magicians manifesto, connection with nature, etc. Thoroughly a good read.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: The Pet Goddess on October 31, 2009, 03:11:46 PM
Currently half way through Creating Circles & Ceremonies by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory Zell-Revenheart.  EXCELLENT!!

*gotta run... more reading to do*   :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: annalisesg on November 09, 2009, 07:21:45 PM
Drawing down the moon was one of the first books I read when I started researching( you could really call it soul searching) paganism and it helped me a tremendous amount in understanding wher I stood.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: annalisesg on November 09, 2009, 07:25:31 PM
also Beyond The Broomstick by Morgana Sythove is on my to read list it seems to have avery good prespective.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on November 09, 2009, 07:38:09 PM
some stuff about books.

I dig your avatar!  Very thought provoking...
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on November 09, 2009, 10:57:02 PM
I'm reading Fifty Years of Wicca. Its an interesting read. I like how he tells about his different experiences from his time with Gardner on.... I would recommend it.

Before that I read Withcraft Today by Gardner. It kept my attention. I don't have strong feeling for or against it but I would recommend it just for some background on the founder of Wicca and his views on the craft and its origins.

Before that....I read Wicca For Life by Buckland. I enjoyed the first half of the book and then it seemed to take a turn towards the young school aged readers. I skipped those chapters and went on to the more adult subject. It is a very easy read. I think most would learn from and enjoy it.

I hope to move on to some more meaty books soon but i've been going through the beginners reading first just to get some understanding to build a foundation on.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on November 10, 2009, 04:31:53 AM
I hope to move on to some more meaty books soon but i've been going through the beginners reading first just to get some understanding to build a foundation on.

That is a wise thing to do.  In that foundation, you will have exposed yourself to varying opinions on Wiccan theory, practice, belief, and philosophy.  That is much better than reading one author (especially if that author is $RW) and moving on.  You will be able to filter the fluff from the truth and have a comprehensive understanding to base your beliefs upon.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: annalisesg on November 11, 2009, 03:12:43 PM
thank you firewillow. yours is classic.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Moonsong on November 14, 2009, 04:26:34 AM
This is a wonderful list! I've read many of these books as well as some on the advanced list and look forward to checking out the ones I haven't. It's a shame both lists aren't stickied in the newbie forum as it would most likely put an end to at least one of the nasty newbie questions that plague you all.

Yes, I'm new. I didn't introduce myself because I wasn't up for being verbally smacked about and I honestly wasn't sure what approach I should take as none seems to save the newbies from the rath of the oldbies.  ;)

That aside thanks again for the list.

Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: laughingfire23 on November 20, 2009, 02:59:21 PM
I will definitely have to start on this list... as soon as financially able.

I went to the local library yesterday and used every keyword I could think of. I ended up with an Herb book (useless, all medicinal and food uses), SpellBound, a brief history on mythology and magic (everything pretty much centered around Christianity, However did mention the discrediting of Margret Murray), a book on the Chakras, another Mythology book. The catalog included a book on Wicca, and one of the books on this list from Buckland as well as some others on similar subjects, but all of these had the same listing "Item Missing"
**suspicious** the ones that were not checked in due to being lost were listed as lost.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on November 20, 2009, 03:09:32 PM
A lot of books on Wicca, Occult and Witchcraft get stolen from libraries.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on November 20, 2009, 03:29:07 PM
Library hint: Books on Wicca are generally under Dewey decimal number 133.  However, I have found them in the 290-300 range.

And yes, as Arn said, many books on Wicca are lifted from local libraries.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: laughingfire23 on November 21, 2009, 01:06:22 PM
yeah the ones in the catelog were 133.43
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: kymzee on December 23, 2009, 04:54:13 AM
It took half a lifetime for me to finally acknowledge who I am,I just received a couple of the books on your list and I am enjoying my studies,I am new to the craft but not the feelings I have been in denial for too long and now at the young age of 53 I find that I can truly be myself.  Blessed be. :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on December 23, 2009, 03:08:46 PM
Then I shall rejoice with you, Kymzee, for if you are not able to be yourself, then WHO ARE YOU AND HOW DID YOU GET IN MY HOUSE?!?!?!?!?!

*rejoices for awhile then goes hunting LPB* I will find you.....like I said I would....I know you're here somewhere......
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on December 23, 2009, 04:18:34 PM
I may be old, but I'm FAST!!!!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: The Pet Goddess on December 24, 2009, 03:35:40 PM
It took half a lifetime for me to finally acknowledge who I am,I just received a couple of the books on your list and I am enjoying my studies,I am new to the craft but not the feelings I have been in denial for too long and now at the young age of 53 I find that I can truly be myself.  Blessed be. :)

I'll be 53 in March.  It was only recently that I finally was able to overcome Christian guilt and accept that I'm Atheist.

I embraced Paganism and the Goddess for awhile, but have worked my way through them and found they are not for me.  Who knows what the future will bring.  I refuse to lock myself in.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on January 14, 2010, 09:06:24 PM
We should start a book club or a book of the month club. That way we would all be reading the same book and could discuss it more in depth.

Just one of those random thoughts that buzz through my brain daily  ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Healingroze on January 20, 2010, 11:49:29 AM
I really like that idea LPB!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: CharlieG on February 22, 2010, 12:58:50 PM
The real witches handbook by Kate West.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Blackmoons Owl on February 22, 2010, 07:22:44 PM
We should start a book club or a book of the month club. That way we would all be reading the same book and could discuss it more in depth.

Just one of those random thoughts that buzz through my brain daily  ;D
It is something to consider if we can get enough interst.  This is one of the reasons for the workshop but its been a while since we did something like this.  Things to consider are what book, disccusion points from that book that include exercises if its something that involves putting the points into practice, etc   So put your thinking cap on and let me your thoughts.  :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: brandiwine on March 01, 2010, 10:31:29 AM
Thank you for the great book lists, websites, advice and general chatter here. It makes a newbie feel welcome. I've been looking down this path for years and have decided it's time to take a walk. I'm looking forward to the journey regardless of where it leads me.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on March 01, 2010, 11:25:42 AM



We should start a book club or a book of the month club. That way we would all be reading the same book and could discuss it more in depth.

Just one of those random thoughts that buzz through my brain daily  ;D
It is something to consider if we can get enough interst.  This is one of the reasons for the workshop but its been a while since we did something like this.  Things to consider are what book, disccusion points from that book that include exercises if its something that involves putting the points into practice, etc   So put your thinking cap on and let me your thoughts.  :)

Sounds like great idea to me. I'm in.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: CharlieG on March 01, 2010, 11:39:04 AM
We should start a book club or a book of the month club. That way we would all be reading the same book and could discuss it more in depth.

Just one of those random thoughts that buzz through my brain daily  ;D

Good idea!!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: lilpnkbnny on March 02, 2010, 12:33:54 AM
Sorry, I haven't been on much lately. I still like the idea, just haven't had much computer time lately. I've been consumed by taking care of my dogs, trying to work, and having some sort of social life. We should discuss it further. Maybe under the workshop heading like BMO said. I don't think I'd be the greatest leader, but would love to participate. I need to get back on track with my spiritual path. I've taken a huge detour lately.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Raine Morgaine on April 16, 2010, 12:40:07 AM
I just got a bunch of books delivered home, and started with Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham, as I've read Wicca, and found the book pleasing. Now I'm reading To Ride a Silver Broomstick, by Silver RavenWolf, and am disagreeing with her a lot. It's probably her phrasing of things, but still... Out of all the books I've read on Wicca, this is the first time I disagree so much... Does anyone else have this experience with her book?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on April 16, 2010, 03:11:50 AM
Many of the members on here will likely agree with you on that book (and any other book by She Who Shall Not Be Named).

I've read part of a couple of her books, but eventually gave up on it.  As I haven't read that much on her, I'll hold my opinions, but suffice to say I doubt I ever will read another of her books.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: strange_seeker on May 15, 2010, 09:09:35 AM
I live in the South, and Wiccan/Pagan shops are a rare find out here. And the chain bookstores have a very, very limited supply of anything decent.

same here :/ i live in cypress, texas, and in my efforts to learn more about this religion, i've come up dry as far as non-internet-related research is concerned. on the internet, i've found out a lot, plus a few of my wiccan friends have given me some basic information. but not a lot otherwise to draw from. but then again, that's why we have lovely places like this to go to. :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Rowan Coronet on May 15, 2010, 09:48:04 PM
So glad to know that about what's her name, I considered getting a couple of her books on my next buying spree, guess I will save my money  ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: KissTheMiMes on May 25, 2010, 01:01:38 PM
I was just wondering if anyone has read Compendium of Herbal Magick by Paul V. Beyerl and/or Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) by Scott Cunningham?  Because I am really interested in herbalism and wanted to purchase books, but also want to make sure they are good and useful.  Thank you!  :)


Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on May 25, 2010, 02:12:06 PM
I actually have a couple of Cunningham's encyclopedias (Magical Herbs and Wicca in the Kitchen).

They're good.  Gives you something to think on, if nothing else.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on May 25, 2010, 04:15:31 PM
I have "Magical Herbs," "Oils, Incenses and Brews" and "Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic."  I highly recommend all of them.  They make for excellent reference material.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: WiccanPriest72 on May 27, 2010, 07:57:19 AM
I have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs and find it quite good.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: KissTheMiMes on June 02, 2010, 07:52:33 AM
Thank you! ^_^ I'll be sure to order those then.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Deedee on June 22, 2010, 04:55:19 PM
I received this book a few years ago and I was wondering if it is a decent book to start off with?

Its Spirit of the Witch by Raven Grimassi.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: C_A on June 22, 2010, 07:17:26 PM
I received this book a few years ago and I was wondering if it is a decent book to start off with?

Its Spirit of the Witch by Raven Grimassi.

No.  He , (Raven Grima$$i) is in the $amw league as $ilver Raving Woot.

Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on June 22, 2010, 09:34:58 PM
No.  He , (Raven Grima$$i) is in the $amw league as $ilver Raving Woot.



I agree. You would be better off reading from the list here. You won't see either of them (Grimassi or SRW) on that list.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: FireWillow on June 23, 2010, 03:50:08 AM
No.  He , (Raven Grima$$i) is in the $amw league as $ilver Raving Woot.



I concur.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Deedee on June 23, 2010, 05:07:15 AM
Thanks! I printed out the list so I can start picking up some of the books.

That author is in the list though....so if he's no good, you may want to remove these two books from the list.

Grimassi, Raven  --   Wiccan Mysteries

Grimassi, Raven  --   Crafting Wiccan Traditions (a bit fluffy for my tastes)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Arnemetia on June 23, 2010, 10:12:55 AM
Thanks! I printed out the list so I can start picking up some of the books.

That author is in the list though....so if he's no good, you may want to remove these two books from the list.

Grimassi, Raven  --   Wiccan Mysteries

Grimassi, Raven  --   Crafting Wiccan Traditions (a bit fluffy for my tastes)

Oops, sorry. I must have been thinking of the advanced list. Since they are, I am thinking BMO had her reasons for including them.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Deedee on June 23, 2010, 10:35:41 AM
Sounds good and don't be sorry! :) I only wanted to make sure I was doing things correctly!!!!


Thank you again ;)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on June 23, 2010, 04:55:39 PM
Oops, sorry. I must have been thinking of the advanced list. Since they are, I am thinking BMO had her reasons for including them.

The old saying "A wise man learns from a fool's mistakes" comes to mind.......

That and "Some people are only useful for teaching us what not to do".......
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: C_A on June 23, 2010, 08:19:07 PM
That and "Some people are only useful for teaching us what not to do".......

And, "Some people are like SLINKY toys.  Not much good for anything, but a lot of fun to watch as they fall down stairs".
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Rowan Coronet on June 23, 2010, 09:42:17 PM
And, "Some people are like SLINKY toys.  Not much good for anything, but a lot of fun to watch as they fall down stairs".



Oh wow C_A, you must be like really old, I haven't heard that one in years!  :-p
I had a slinky once, but I straightened it out ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: PixiePickle on July 15, 2010, 02:16:30 PM
i have some books i'm looking to get rid of/sell to someone in the UK. PM Me for a list, and I can set up something on Ebay if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Phoenix13 on July 22, 2010, 08:57:09 AM
Its a great list. I highly add a recomendation to sons of the goddess:a young mans guide to wicca and wicca: the complete craft by conway DJ
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: VanHlebar on July 29, 2010, 08:30:24 AM
Thanks for compiling a list such as this for us beginners. After reviewing the list many of the books that I already had on my "wish" list are here so that was very comforting. I am also glad someone stickied this thread, because it was the first item I was looking for and it saved me a little bit of search time.

-Van
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: VanHlebar on August 02, 2010, 12:04:19 PM
Ok so I have finished a couple of books and started two other books over the weekend. I really enjoyed the Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, but Cunningham's Wicca just didn't do much for me. Not really sure why, but I read the book all the way up to Section III where it started in on the Book of Shadows. It took a supreme effort just to get that far.

I have started reading Thea Sabin's Wicca for Beginners and Penczak's Sons of the Goddess. Since Sabin's book is on my Android I always have reading material with me and will probably get through that one a bit slower than Penczak's.

I do found three books today while wandering around my used book stores. I picked up Penczak's, DDTD and Crowley's Wicca. I will probably save DDTD for last just from the shear size of the book. :)

I do have a question/complaint so far, well "complaint" is to harsh but all I can come up with just now. Why is it that author's seem to always fall back on "love and money" spells/potions etc.? I mean, I understand that they need some kind of example, but these examples just make me cringe every time I read them. I am not yet sure about this path, but it still just feels very fake when I read these types of examples. Just me, and I try to take the larger meaning from those examples and try to "forget" about that specific example.

-Van
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: VanHlebar on August 12, 2010, 02:28:39 PM
Finally finished reading Sons of the Goddess A Young Man's Guide to Wicca by Christopher Penczk. It was a very interesting read and yea I should have realized by the title who it was geared towards. I mean it does say "Young Men". Oh well, it was a good read and I got some interesting perspectives that where a little different from the Idiots Guide I read earlier.

I am heading out of town for work next week and taking along Drawing Down the Moon for my next research book.

-Van
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Edward Collett on August 12, 2010, 03:05:40 PM
For Starters, I would suggest "The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book 2nd Edition" by Skye Alexander.
It provides a pretty good summary of histories, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.  It covers all of the basics of Wicca/Witchcraft that could easily get new members (or people simply interested in the Craft) somewhere to go off from it.

You can find information on the Sabbats, Moon cycle, God and Goddess(es), Astrology, Four Elements, Animal/Mineral/Plant Kingdoms, Symbolism in Magic, Divination, Sacred Space, Prayers/Affirmations/Incantations, Tools, etc. and as far as I know it's very accurate.  However, she does use the word magick instead of magic, so you'll have to be tolerant on that.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: CelticFire on August 19, 2010, 05:29:35 AM
I'm horrified at my county's library system.

I used their website to check ALL the Libraries in my area, using the list at the beginning of the thread. There were only 4 books out of the 60 in that list. And I've already read one of them, the rest are all in other libraries - the library in my town is meant to be the theology library in my county!

I currently only have access to libraries because I'm broke. I can't afford any new books until my birthday ><
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Ralack on August 19, 2010, 10:53:30 AM
...

I currently only have access to libraries because I'm broke.
...

Many, but not all, of those books can be bought on amazon.com in a Kindle edition for a much more reasonable price. There is a free Kindle book reader for the PC, Mac, and IPad so you don't have to buy a Kindle to save the money. I buy all books I can find in Kindle format now and download them to my IPad and my Laptop. It's not only cheaper, it keeps the bookselves from overflowing.

Of course if your completely broke this doesn't help. But it allows you to buy many more books when funds do come available.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: nykkifletcher on August 19, 2010, 01:05:30 PM
I'm horrified at my county's library system.

I used their website to check ALL the Libraries in my area, using the list at the beginning of the thread. There were only 4 books out of the 60 in that list. And I've already read one of them, the rest are all in other libraries - the library in my town is meant to be the theology library in my county!

I currently only have access to libraries because I'm broke. I can't afford any new books until my birthday ><

The library in my town lets me order books from any of the regional libraries here. If you can do that, you might be able to get your hands on a wider selection without having to chase them down yourself. It takes a day or so, but I can go pick it up once it's shipped!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Edward Collett on August 19, 2010, 01:34:22 PM
I'm horrified at my county's library system.

I used their website to check ALL the Libraries in my area, using the list at the beginning of the thread. There were only 4 books out of the 60 in that list. And I've already read one of them, the rest are all in other libraries - the library in my town is meant to be the theology library in my county!

I currently only have access to libraries because I'm broke. I can't afford any new books until my birthday ><
I'm good friends with every librarian here in town, and I was flipping out in my head when they were checking out some books for me on Wicca/Witchcraft.  I was like "Oh, please don't bring it up."
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: ejfinch on September 06, 2010, 08:02:56 PM
I buy a lot of books, many of them used and in good condition, from Alibris Books (online). In the past 3 1/2 months, I have read:
from Buckland: The Complete Book of Witchcraft, Saxon Witchcraft, Witchcraft from the Inside
        Margaret Murray: The God of the Witches
        T.C. Lethbridge: Inestigating an Ancient Religion
        Mircia Eliade: Rites and Symbols of Initiation
        Brian Branston: The Lost Gods of England
        Gardner: Witchcraft Today, The Meaning of Witchcraft
        Crowther: The Witches Speak
        Von Worms: The Book of Abramelin
        Farrar: Eight Sabbats for Witches, The Witches' Way
        Micheal Eastcott: The Silent Path (meditation)
        Eden Graf: A Complete Guide to the Tarot (focuses only on Rider-Waite)
        Judith Hipskind: Palmistry: The Whole View
        Wulfeage: Lyblac-Anglo Saxon Witchcraft
        Squire: Celtic Myth and Legend, Poetry and Romance
Currently reading: I-Ching.................................. Now I'm going blind!
     
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: peace on September 07, 2010, 11:57:05 AM
I buy a lot of books, many of them used and in good condition, from Alibris Books (online). In the past 3 1/2 months, I have read:
from Buckland: The Complete Book of Witchcraft, Saxon Witchcraft, Witchcraft from the Inside
        Margaret Murray: The God of the Witches
        T.C. Lethbridge: Inestigating an Ancient Religion
        Mircia Eliade: Rites and Symbols of Initiation
        Brian Branston: The Lost Gods of England
        Gardner: Witchcraft Today, The Meaning of Witchcraft
        Crowther: The Witches Speak
        Von Worms: The Book of Abramelin
        Farrar: Eight Sabbats for Witches, The Witches' Way
        Micheal Eastcott: The Silent Path (meditation)
        Eden Graf: A Complete Guide to the Tarot (focuses only on Rider-Waite)
        Judith Hipskind: Palmistry: The Whole View
        Wulfeage: Lyblac-Anglo Saxon Witchcraft
        Squire: Celtic Myth and Legend, Poetry and Romance
Currently reading: I-Ching.................................. Now I'm going blind!

WOW! This is alot of books. Could you tell me what you thought of them? What is your favorite and why?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: ejfinch on September 07, 2010, 12:28:18 PM
I really enjoyed Farrar's The Witche's Way, actually wasn't just "more of the same" as with a lot of them I've read so far. Although a little difficult to plow through, Celtic Myth, Legend........ was a good one. Having read it, a lot of other things have come together and made more sense. Buckland's "Big Blue Book" has been very handy for someone starting out, as a basic reference. So far, I am enjoying the I-Ching as I am in dire need of a little "zen" right now. I am thinking of trying to get my hands on some Traditional Witchcraft books for comparison and a wider range of information. The Rites and Symbols of Initiation was hard to get through, boring at times, but after reading it (and watching a lot of the History Channel), I am amazed at the common threads running through almost every country, culture and time period. Makes me wonder if there really is all that much difference between the many pagan paths as one would think.................... To me, it just reinforces my feeling that I am heading down the right path!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Eponamagic on September 25, 2010, 12:56:57 AM
Kardia runs an online book store here at wicca.com. There's a large selection of wiccan books for all levels. There's even a book section for beginners.  Anyone looking for books can visit the store. I'm sure Kardia would be able to recommend the best picks on any topic desired.

wicca.com/stores/books
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: strange_seeker on September 26, 2010, 11:33:56 AM
Right now, I'm reading Scott Cunnigham's guide for the solitary practitioner, along with wicca: a year and a day by timothy roderick. reallllllllllllllllllly helpful books. :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Nura on October 17, 2010, 11:48:39 AM
i just ordered. Drawing down the moon by margot adler and Wicca:A year & a day by Timothy Roderick. Are those good for starting out?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: moonshine on November 09, 2010, 01:49:06 PM
well, I did some research for where to start from and most people recommended S. Cunningham's Guide for solitary practitioner. So I got it. Now I'm focused on  A Witch's Bible by Stewart Farrar and Witchcraft Today, Gerald B. Gardner. And than - we'll see.....
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on November 09, 2010, 02:38:33 PM
well, I did some research for where to start from and most people recommended S. Cunningham's Guide for solitary practitioner. So I got it. Now I'm focused on  A Witch's Bible by Stewart Farrar and Witchcraft Today, Gerald B. Gardner. And than - we'll see.....

A Witch's Bible is actually two books in one: "8 Sabbats for Witches" and "What Witches Do" (I think).

Basically, it's a handbook to Alexandrian tradition Wicca.

Witchcraft Today I've never actually read......

H: off to find it now.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: ejfinch on November 09, 2010, 06:15:24 PM
A Witch's Bible is actually two books in one: "8 Sabbats for Witches" and "What Witches Do" (I think).

Basically, it's a handbook to Alexandrian tradition Wicca.

Witchcraft Today I've never actually read......

H: off to find it now.
H, I believe the two books contained in A Witch's Bible are the "Eight Sabbats for Witches" and "The Witches' Way". They (the Farrar's) state that they follow a "Gardnerian/Alexandrian" Tradition. They were originally initiated into an Alexandrian coven in London, but then left, moved to Ireland and started their own, based largely on Gardnerian Tradition, but retaining a few pieces of Alexandrian Tradition.
 I have also read Witchcraft Today by Gardner, but MUCH preferred "The Witches' Way" by the Farrars.
Elizabeth
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Kim Shelton on November 10, 2010, 12:07:26 PM
I don't know if anyone have recommend this book, but I have read parts of a Starhawk book called "Earth Power."  It is an interesting read about Earth's ecology and ritual that could be done to help it.  Unfortunately, there are more things related to Mother Earth, but an interesting read to say the least.  Anyway, I found this book in my hometown public library (I'm from Claremore, OK)  and it called to me.

Kim 8)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: KissTheMiMes on November 11, 2010, 07:28:21 AM
Does anyone here read and/or use the Llewellyn products/books? I've seen them in magazines and stuff, but I'm not sure if there may be fluff to them, so wanted some other opinions =}!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Kim Shelton on November 11, 2010, 07:46:51 AM
Does anyone here read and/or use the Llewellyn products/books? I've seen them in magazines and stuff, but I'm not sure if there may be fluff to them, so wanted some other opinions =}!i

I have read Scott Cunningham's "Wicca:  A Guide for the solitary practitioner."  I think Llewellyn publishing published this book.  I'm not sure about this, so if anyone knows who REALLY published this book, please tell me.  I would greatly appreciate it.  Anyway, it is a great book with not much, if any, fluff in the book.  On the other hand, the Silver Raven Wolf books are full of fluff, and they were also published by Llewellyn as well as all the Cunningham books.  If you would please read the beginning of this subject, you will find that the Cunningham books are highly recommended.

Blessed Be,

Kim 8) 
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on November 11, 2010, 09:43:00 AM
Llewellyn, I believe, published many of Cunningham's books.

I have a couple of their "products", if such a term is accurate.  A calendar (a very informative calendar, I might add, with some amazing artwork), and a day planner sort of thing, also very informative.

As with anything, take it with a grain of salt, but Llewellyn Publishing is one of the larger producers of pagan works.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: wnster on November 12, 2010, 09:29:34 AM
So, last night, I am in the bookstore in the metaphysical section and I have my iPad open to this thread to choose my next victim, so to speak.

Have you guys found great use from having a Wiccan or Witch based almanac? Do you find a regular almanac is just as beneficial?

I opened one that has a ritual and spell for each day as well as the moon calendar, etc. as you would expect to find in an almanac and it was published by Llewelyn. And I just happened to open one page, start reading, and I literally closed it and said "...wth?..." to discover I was on a paragraph that was put in by Silver Ravenwolf or whoever. I don't know, as unfair as it is, I was immediately turned off and chose another book and walked away but I feel an almanac would be helpful. What do you guys think as a beginner? I want to get a better grasp of the astronomical effect on powerful days, most energy beneficial, etc.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on November 12, 2010, 09:33:43 AM
So, last night, I am in the bookstore in the metaphysical section and I have my iPad open to this thread to choose my next victim, so to speak.

Have you guys found great use from having a Wiccan or Witch based almanac? Do you find a regular almanac is just as beneficial?

I opened one that has a ritual and spell for each day as well as the moon calendar, etc. as you would expect to find in an almanac and it was published by Llewelyn. And I just happened to open one page, start reading, and I literally closed it and said "...wth?..." to discover I was on a paragraph that was put in by Silver Ravenwolf or whoever. I don't know, as unfair as it is, I was immediately turned off and chose another book and walked away but I feel an almanac would be helpful. What do you guys think as a beginner? I want to get a better grasp of the astronomical effect on powerful days, most energy beneficial, etc.

Get one of each, a witch's almanac, and a farmer's almanac.

That way you can compare them.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Kim Shelton on November 13, 2010, 08:26:45 AM
Llewellyn, I believe, published many of Cunningham's books.

I have a couple of their "products", if such a term is accurate.  A calendar (a very informative calendar, I might add, with some amazing artwork), and a day planner sort of thing, also very informative.

As with anything, take it with a grain of salt, but Llewellyn Publishing is one of the larger producers of pagan works.

Thamks for telling me, Hjolmaer.  I really appreate this.

Kim
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: wnster on November 15, 2010, 07:51:15 AM
Quote
Get one of each, a witch's almanac, and a farmer's almanac.That way you can compare them.

If you use a witch's, do you have a preference?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Deborah on November 21, 2010, 12:10:01 AM
I have read the whichcraft of salem village.The people in the book they were mean.THEY killed and lied about people for no reason.And for christian ways.It talk about 2 separate place IN 1692.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Hjolmaer on November 21, 2010, 07:47:10 AM
If you use a witch's, do you have a preference?

My preference?  Comparison.

If they both agree on the same occurrence/date/etc, then you can be fairly sure the information is accurate.

I have read the whichcraft of salem village.The people in the book they were mean.THEY killed and lied about people for no reason.And for christian ways.It talk about 2 separate place IN 1692.

You're talking about the witch-hunts.  During the various Inquisitions.  Most of it was little more than paranoid village folk, jealous/covetous neighbors, and people with grudges.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: CuriousOne on December 25, 2010, 07:22:42 PM
I am so glad to have such a lengthy list to choose from. I also appreciate the *recommendations* markings. Yay!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: millerj91 on March 05, 2011, 05:01:50 PM
Just curious; is the author Vivianne Crowley (several of her books mentioned in the reading list) any relation to Aleister Crowley? Looked through this feed and didn't see anyone ask that, if already answered then sorry for the redundency.
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Post by: Passer Urbanus on March 05, 2011, 05:51:13 PM
Just curious; is the author Vivianne Crowley (several of her books mentioned in the reading list) any relation to Aleister Crowley? Looked through this feed and didn't see anyone ask that, if already answered then sorry for the redundency.

Almost everything I've found says that she has no relation to him.  There was one site claiming she was related to him, but it was quite questionable.  So it's possible that she may be, but it's much more likely that she's not.  After all, Crowley is a fairly common surname, especially in Ireland.  Here (http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=10954) is an interesting thread from another forum about Aleister Crowley's children.  I can't certify that everything they say is 100% accurate, but it's an interesting read.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Khara on March 05, 2011, 07:26:27 PM
I am sure mine will be surprising....


Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help by Marion Weinstein

Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World by Kerr Cuhulain

Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose by Raymond Buckland
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Prester on June 14, 2011, 05:49:45 PM
Copied and pasted your list for much future reading.

Currently, I am reading the Scott Cunningham book and finding it very interesting.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: C_A on June 15, 2011, 10:27:43 AM
Copied and pasted your list for much future reading.

Currently, I am reading the Scott Cunningham book and finding it very interesting.

Thank you.

An excellent idea. 

Which "the" Scott Cunningham?  He wrote a lot of "the" books...
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Prester on July 05, 2011, 05:50:11 PM
"Living Wicca".
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Sunbird To Fire on November 01, 2011, 05:29:56 PM
I tried to read the thread in full but im having troubke loading on ipod does anybody know if there are ebooks available for some of those books. :) preferabbly by scott cunningham.. I have googled ebook app
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dark magus on November 01, 2011, 06:25:03 PM
Some are available for Kindle via the Kindle store
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: KitKat on November 02, 2011, 07:51:09 AM
I am addicted to my kindle and noticed Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner is only 1.99 right now.  I have the hard copy but for 1.99, couldn't pass it up!  There are many titles available for kindle.  I just finished The Goddess is in the Details by Deborah Blake, it goes beyond Wicca 101 books teaching you how to live Wicca spiritually everyday vs only esbats and Sabbaths.  I also have Grimassi's Sprit of the Witch on kindle....did I say I LOVE my kindle...

Kat
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on November 22, 2011, 10:42:44 PM
well, I did some research for where to start from and most people recommended S. Cunningham's Guide for solitary practitioner. So I got it. Now I'm focused on  A Witch's Bible by Stewart Farrar and Witchcraft Today, Gerald B. Gardner. And than - we'll see.....

I am impressed.  The Gardner book especially but I am partial to his work.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Khara on November 23, 2011, 10:24:00 AM
I have to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the Farrars.  There were a lot of rumors and nastiness going around about them and their "school" and their "camp". 

While I think there are a lot of things accetable within one's religious or spiritual practice, those things do not include the harming of other people whether mentally, emotionally or physically.

I don't know how many, or if any of the rumors were or are true, but there were enough people who disassociated themselves with them that I have my wonders.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: marisol on December 01, 2011, 11:26:56 AM
Thanks for the list everyone also the advanced list. I love to read and collect books although lately I have little time for it. Too many interuptions.

Blessings to all
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: LynnW on December 14, 2011, 08:07:08 AM


I'm ambitious and I have a lot of time on my hands. So I'm am going to attempt to read every book on this list. Starting with what I can find at local libraries! Thanks!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Mountain_Mamma on January 04, 2012, 10:11:42 AM
*BUMP*
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: C_A on January 27, 2012, 11:25:23 AM
Since we have had a bunch of "pointing at" for this thread of late, I'll reiterate one of my suggestions to keep it from getting missed...

"Ancient Ways" , "The Wheel of the Year" "Rites of Passage" and "Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries" by the late Pauline Campanelli. 

If you've been to the North/West part of NJ, or ever been to New Hope, you've seen her artwork or her surviving husband's, (Dan Campanelli), they're watercolors, and really quite good.  The bank in Hope, NJ has many of their originals on it's walls.  I guess it was their bank, at one point...they lived in one of the three hundred year old houses nearby.  Her BOOKS, though, are absolute treasures.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: The Pet Goddess on February 07, 2012, 07:49:53 AM
Looked up Pauline Campanelli on Amazon.  Tagged a few books for my wish list.  There is a book of her art work as well as prints for sale on Amazon too.

Thanks for the heads up, C_A.   I always check out book references.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: C_A on February 07, 2012, 08:40:47 AM
I just find their art very..."comfortable".

I needn't be an "art afficionado" to appreciate their works.  They just "fit in" for me.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Buttershark on July 06, 2012, 01:18:51 PM
For those planning to follow the Celtic Wiccan path, "Exploring Celtic Druidism" by Sirona Knight is a wonderful novel. Contains rituals, directions on how to make your own alter tools, and a brief but thorough rundown of everything else a witch may seek starting out.
"The Temple Within" by Denise Iwaniw is a great starter meditation guide book, with a guided meditation disc included.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dark magus on July 06, 2012, 04:33:29 PM
For those planning to follow the Celtic Wiccan path, "Exploring Celtic Druidism" by Sirona Knight is a wonderful novel. Contains rituals, directions on how to make your own alter tools, and a brief but thorough rundown of everything else a witch may seek starting out.
"The Temple Within" by Denise Iwaniw is a great starter meditation guide book, with a guided meditation disc included.

Just trying to figure this one out...."follow the Celtic Wiccan path" & "Exploring Celtic Druidism".....sort of like the left and right swing of a pendulum innit?
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Post by: Buttershark on July 06, 2012, 05:03:28 PM
Well, a Celtic Wiccan is one who follows a more earth-based path than the other branches. More stock into herbs, crystals, the like. There are slight variations to traditional rituals as well, and a few more "rules" and specific gods. As the Druids were the priests of the Celts, if one would like to be a Celtic "witch" or shaman, it is pretty handy and interesting to study the Druids. I am sorry I did not make myself more clear. Another bad choice of words on my part. :)
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Post by: dark magus on July 06, 2012, 07:41:56 PM
Not at all, I'm just not so sure you can smunch Druidry and Wicca into the same box. As you might note from a few threads on the matter of Druids, there is precious little actually known about the ancient Druids. Nothing is recorded by them. Anything we do have was written by the people who killed them so I'm guessing it may be a tad biased.
As to modern Druids...they're making it up as they go! Personally, the majority of the ones I've encountered are mostly Tolkien fanatics and can't decide if the Hobbit was real. I even knew a guy who called himself Gandolf the White.

Not meaning to offend anyone who calls themselves Druids but at the same time not to concerned if I do. All I can base my opinions on are the people I've met who call themselves Druids......and those folks are just down right weird!
Then we come to the issue regarding Wiccans. To say Wicca is to say the color Red. Ever look to see how many different tints and shades of Red exist? Because of all the off shoots, diluted versions and twisted versions, versions that use the name but are way out there in left field in practise.......I have no idea what wicca is any more.
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Post by: Buttershark on July 06, 2012, 08:09:06 PM
     Ah yes very good points, Magus. I am in much the same opinion as well, as such a new religion as Wicca is always changing to the point where one wonders about validity. For a system to work, there needs to be at least some form of constancy or pattern involved. When people follow a feeling, and not a set of guidelines as in more organized religion, things can get lost and cluttered along the way.
     
     The book actually does mention, being written by a modern Druid, that much was lost due to conquerors and nonbelievers. The Romans and such. But the author does her best in a very basic but detailed manner to compile what IS known (such as the Gods, who were mostly recovered) and to eliminate fluffiness. Whether you consider yourself a Druid, or Wiccan, it is from what I have seen, written in a very similar outlook. A good and intriguing read, nonetheless. Also, yes I have met these very... odd, Druids. But I assure you she is VERY down to Earth in her teachings.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: ForestFaith on August 08, 2012, 08:03:29 PM
Well I went to the bookstore today to look for some more books. As I pulled a few out and thumbed through them I noticed I was getting some very strange looks, as if I had a head growing out of my butt or something.Didn't end up getting anything. However, when I did buy a book a couple weeks ago  I could tell the woman at the register was judging me and wanted to say something....


   UPDATE: There is infact NO head growing out of my butt.......
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: naturalpaganmomma on August 08, 2012, 09:08:02 PM
The first day I checked out books from my village's library, the librarian who assisted me seemed a little freaked out by my choices. I continued to act normal and polite because I am normal and polite. Then as I left the library with the books, my kids, and my sister in tow, I had a nice chuckle because she was the one who had acted abnormally with her bug eyes and way too large, nervous grin.

For those of us who get strange looks we could wiggle our fingers out in front of us, say, "Boogedy, boogedy, boo!", and see if anyone screams and faints.  ;D
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Post by: Scorched Eartha on August 08, 2012, 09:14:53 PM
If you ever want a cheap laugh, pop into the local WORD Bookstore (Run by the Pentecostal Church here. I'm sure they have them there too) and ask for The Holy Books of Aleister Crowley.

Doesn't half get lulzy real quick.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: naturalpaganmomma on August 08, 2012, 09:42:05 PM
If you ever want a cheap laugh, pop into the local WORD Bookstore (Run by the Pentecostal Church here. I'm sure they have them there too) and ask for The Holy Books of Aleister Crowley.

Doesn't half get lulzy real quick.

ROFLMAO!!!! I can just imagine to reactions.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Edorion on October 10, 2012, 07:01:10 PM
Something that bothers me, is that at my local Hastings (book store), books on paganism and wicca are in the "new age" section instead of the "religion" section. Makes me want to open a book store and put the bible in the "children" or "fiction" section. They could at least put them in the "self improvement" section.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Draconis Rex on October 10, 2012, 07:08:50 PM
Something that bothers me, is that at my local Hastings (book store), books on paganism and wicca are in the "new age" section instead of the "religion" section. Makes me want to open a book store and put the bible in the "children" or "fiction" section. They could at least put them in the "self improvement" section.

                                :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: oldghost on October 10, 2012, 08:53:33 PM
Paganism is not a religion , it goes like this 
 
Paganism = the cultural live styles of really smart people
 
Wicca = the religion of Pagan
 
Witchcraft = the magical practice's of Pagan people
 
That's my view .
 
As for your book store I'd right them a letter  stating your disagreement with the treatment of your RELIGION . No need to say anything about legal action and the violating of laws , just don't do that  ::) ;) ;) .
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Edorion on October 11, 2012, 11:04:13 AM
Completely agree with those views. I think I will write a letter. Better to take action than to just whine about it.  :-p
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: oldghost on October 11, 2012, 12:34:31 PM
Do it , set them on the right path . We are not second class citizens. We have just as many right as anyone else .
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: marisol on October 11, 2012, 01:16:08 PM
The book stores have been putting our books under New Age for at least 30 yrs. They don't know what to do with us. If they acknowledge pagans the christians will get them.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Draconis Rex on October 11, 2012, 01:28:39 PM
Easy solution, create a section called Paganism. The whole thing is ours alone then  :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on October 11, 2012, 07:44:10 PM
The fundies would go nuts over it here. 
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: oldghost on October 11, 2012, 10:38:42 PM
FYI , EBS they are already nuts.
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Post by: lucifer on October 12, 2012, 05:20:27 AM
FYI , EBS they are already nuts.
For Truth
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Post by: Draconis Rex on October 12, 2012, 05:39:59 AM
I also concur!
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on October 12, 2012, 09:20:42 AM
FYI , EBS they are already nuts.

No arguement from me.....
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dawnsky57 on December 30, 2012, 12:45:38 PM
Thanks for posting this list, I already have many of these, but am happy to know the others which are for those new to Wicca. You never know how advanced a book might be, so this is so helpful
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: marisol on December 31, 2012, 07:19:09 AM
Guys there are so may books to read, you'll be reading for the rest of your lives. ;D
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Nim on January 16, 2013, 06:14:35 PM
Great book list!!!! I saw many that I either have or have had over the years. This is a great resource list. I was so glad to see The Spiral Dance, it was the first book I read on Wiccan studies.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Draconis Rex on January 16, 2013, 06:19:38 PM
There is also an advanced list Nim, this link will take you to that.
http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=401.msg10310#msg10310 (http://wicca.com/forums/index.php?topic=401.msg10310#msg10310)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Nim on January 18, 2013, 08:52:47 PM
Thank You I spent quite a while going thru it the other day. I found several good additions to my ever growing library. Gotta love Nook & Kindle without them I'd never get any help moving!   ;)   LOL
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dorrie on June 26, 2013, 01:17:05 PM
I went to the local library yesterday and used every keyword I could think of.

The catalog included a book on Wicca, and one of the books on this list from Buckland as well as some others on similar subjects, but all of these had the same listing "Item Missing"
**suspicious** the ones that were not checked in due to being lost were listed as lost.

Same here so many of the books are missing or lost in our library system, I am thinking kids are removing/stealing them and not returning them
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Earthbound Spirit on June 26, 2013, 01:31:50 PM
I went to the local library yesterday and used every keyword I could think of.

The catalog included a book on Wicca, and one of the books on this list from Buckland as well as some others on similar subjects, but all of these had the same listing "Item Missing"
**suspicious** the ones that were not checked in due to being lost were listed as lost.

Same here so many of the books are missing or lost in our library system, I am thinking kids are removing/stealing them and not returning them

You would be correct. :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dorrie on June 27, 2013, 03:00:01 PM
Cunningham's Wicca just didn't do much for me. Not really sure why, but I read the book all the way up to Section III where it started in on the Book of Shadows. It took a supreme effort just to get that far.

I felt exactly the same way-I was bored but pushed on.

Anyone read Phyllis Curot's book? Opinions? 
http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Crafting-Spiritual-Guide-Making/dp/0767908457/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1372370335&sr=1-2&keywords=curott+phyllis
I got it at the library a long time ago and remember liking it (of course it is now lost)

I may try that one, Buckland's blue book is on the way as well :)
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Ashe Isadora on June 27, 2013, 03:33:50 PM
I still feel sentimental about Scott Cunningham's books because they were a doorway for many of us several decades ago.  They still move me and I still recommend them, but that's me.

Now Buckland's Big Blue Book never did much for me though I appreciate its historical value in the Craft.  Look out for some mistakes about Craft history though,unless the publisher has corrected that.  I much prefer Deborah Lipp, who is also BTW but explains things much better IMHO.

Now I'm off to re-read Phyllis Curott.......
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Aine on June 27, 2013, 04:02:47 PM
I have a small collection of books, Wicca by Cunningham, as well as a few more by him, but recently purchased a book on the spur of the moment type of deal. Haven't read it yet, still reading Wicca, and don't want to skip parts, like I keep trying to do.

But, has anyone read "Celtic: Myth and Magick"  by Edain McCoy?
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dorrie on June 27, 2013, 04:22:08 PM
Now Buckland's Big Blue Book never did much for me though I appreciate its historical value in the Craft.  ..

bummer, well everyone has a different likes and dislikes-I can always resell it on amazon if I don't like it

would you recommend me getting Curott?  She has a book of shadows and Witchcrafting-I was thinking of getting Witchcrafting

Thanks!
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Post by: Ashe Isadora on June 27, 2013, 05:10:42 PM
Oh, Aine. Ouch.  I have not read that book specifically but McCoy is notorious for being a publisher's hack with tons of really bad, inaccurate info.  She is not well thought of in the Neopagan community.  No offense, you wouldn't believe how much money I forked over to Llewellyn publishing when I was starting out.

Buckland at least is accurate on most things, I just find his style a little dry.  But you could do worse.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Aine on June 27, 2013, 05:22:53 PM
Oh, Aine. Ouch.  I have not read that book specifically but McCoy is notorious for being a publisher's hack with tons of really bad, inaccurate info.  She is not well thought of in the Neopagan community.  No offense, you wouldn't believe how much money I forked over to Llewellyn publishing when I was starting out.

Buckland at least is accurate on most things, I just find his style a little dry.  But you could do worse.

  Hmm, it is a small lesson I have had to learn at some point. What drew me to the book is my interest in Celtic Pagan traditions, and her book had a large section on Celtic Deities.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Ashe Isadora on June 27, 2013, 05:29:14 PM
MM Aine, I don't want to discourage your interest, it's fabulous.  Try RJ Stewart, Caitlin and John Matthews and The Mabinogian by Charlotte Guest, which I think you can download for free. You can't go wrong on Celtic stuff there.  Have fun.
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: oldghost on June 27, 2013, 06:52:51 PM
Mc Coy has a rep for being a gloryhound and  a few people that I know who have read her says she a joke .
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Khara on June 28, 2013, 07:47:31 AM
Personally I feel Raymond's "Big Blue Book"  better know as "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" to be an amazing reference guide for those new to the path and those who've walked it for years.  The man knows more than many of us will ever have the opportunity to forget.

I use his candle magic books in many of my classes and his altar guides are spot on.

I'm not commenting on any of the other books you have suggested Ashe, your taste is certainly as far from my own as night and day.  Then again I prefer to get my information from experienced practioners who have chosen to write rather than just anyone who can tell a pretty story.

Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: oldghost on June 28, 2013, 08:09:25 AM
Mc Coy stated that she had to self initiate herself because no one else had the ability to , she must know it all .
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: dorrie on June 28, 2013, 03:19:36 PM
Personally I feel Raymond's "Big Blue Book"  better know as "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" to be an amazing reference guide for those new to the path and those who've walked it for years.  The man knows more than many of us will ever have the opportunity to forget.

I am looking forward to it
Title: Re: Wiccan Book List - List for those starting out
Post by: Aine on June 29, 2013, 02:35:06 AM
Personally I feel Raymond's "Big Blue Book"  better know as "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" to be an amazing reference guide for those new to the path and those who've walked it for years.  The man knows more than many of us will ever have the opportunity to forget.

I use his candle magic books in many of my classes and his altar guides are spot on.

I'm not commenting on any of the other books you have suggested Ashe, your taste is certainly as far from my own as night and day.  Then again I prefer to get my information from experienced practioners who have chosen to write rather than just anyone who can tell a pretty story.

Thank you, Khara, I believe my boyfriend has told me to try and find this book, been forgetting to stop into a bookshop. Got to finish what I own, though, before I buy more. Besides the Celtic book by McCoy, I bought "Wicca" by Cunningham, as well as "Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" (If my thumb was any more green, plants would be growing from it, too.) as well as "Earth, Air, Fire, and Water", both by Cunningham. Have you read either of the last two books? Were they informative?

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Post by: C_A on September 07, 2013, 11:15:42 AM
Anyone read Phyllis Curot's book? Opinions? 
I got it at the library a long time ago and remember liking it (of course it is now lost)

I may try that one, Buckland's blue book is on the way as well :)

I gave up on Mme. Curot after reading her books on Italian craft.
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Post by: Earthbound Spirit on September 07, 2013, 01:44:35 PM
Damned good to see you my friend.  I hope you are feeling better.  :)
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Post by: Myrea on September 08, 2013, 10:39:11 AM
I have few of the books on the list, but I find those really good for finding "wicca 101" info. A lot of the other authors I had not heard of before, but after some research online, I found out that those books haven't been translated. So I won't find them in the Dutch section of a book store/library...
Even though my English isn't bad, it does require a small adaptation. I've been thinking about ordering some online. Apart from Cunningham and Buckland, which book(s) from the list would you guys/girls recommend (like, a top 3 of your books)?
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Post by: Ashe Isadora on September 08, 2013, 12:10:58 PM
Hi Myrea!  I recommend Amber K's True Magick.  She doesn't come up on as many most recommended lists as she should, and her books on CovenCraft and Crafting Ritual are also very, very good.
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Post by: Ghostwolf001 on September 08, 2013, 04:01:17 PM
Does anyone have an opinion on the works by Thuri Calaria.
I've got one of her books on my kindle, but not really sure about continuing with it.
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And since I'm already got this going does anybody have any good books/ resources about Hedge Witches & their craft...
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Post by: IrishEyes on December 01, 2013, 08:19:21 AM
This has most likely already been offered as a suggestion some where down the thread, but I have found what I look for at www.Amazon.com
Since I am a newbie,there are I am willing to bet books for the more learned and wizened Wiccan out there in esoteric book shops! you know the little hole in the wall book shops with shelves way up high that you have to roll the big ladder along the wall to find what it is you are looking for. My favorite book shops, alas the big chains are devouring the little hole in the wall stores, the mom and pop hang outs for us book worms, I think they only exist in movies now. Anybody know how to find this kind of old fashioned store and would like to share?
Hope this helps someone if it was not already posted.
Irish Eyes


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Post by: Ashe Isadora on December 01, 2013, 10:45:53 AM
I wish.  I know exactly what you mean, those musty old bookstores have their own magic. I've seen them one by one go out of business, even my beloved Acres of Books in Long Beach Ca. 

There is one old magic/book shop that's still around cobwebs and all.  If you get to California try Ancient Ways in Oakland. Dusty, been around forever and they know or knew EVERYONE.  Totally not New Age and totally cool place. Even smells old which I love.
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Post by: IrishEyes on December 01, 2013, 01:26:13 PM
I knew someone should get me and my love for those old, as you so rightly called them "musty" old book shops.
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Post by: oldghost on December 01, 2013, 03:20:53 PM
One of the easiest ways to find small old book stores is to go to your local library and search through phone books for the town your in or those close by. Don't just look under book store , look for antique store also and call them and ask how long they have been in business and if they have and books on what you are looking for .
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Post by: IrishEyes on December 01, 2013, 05:32:42 PM
You've done it again OG, made me think outside my comfort zone. I am going to search online and then other places. I will keep the community posted. I am at this time interested in healing, be they herbs, spells, magic. I know take it slow and read! read! read! I have found a couple that are practitioners in the Craft and they have agreed to be mentors for me. I get good vibes from them, they are peaceful. They are even looking for books for me on my second sight as of this weekend. They have some good connections they tell me. I have good intentions, so I hope I follow the right path for me.
Thank you again Old ghost.
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Post by: oldghost on December 01, 2013, 06:22:32 PM
These should be must have herbal medicine books .  "Secrets of Native American Herbal Remedies  by Anthony Cichoke "  " Culpeper's Complete Herbal Nicolas Culpeper "  " Natural Remedies For Dogs and Cats by C.J. Puotinen "  , other you should look for " Essential Herbal Wisdom by Nancy Arrowsmith "  " Grow it Heal It by Christopher Hobbs "  " The Herbal Medicine Chest by Sujata Bristow "  and herbal books by Holly Bellebuono . :)  It a place to start .
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Post by: IrishEyes on December 01, 2013, 06:56:19 PM
Cool wrote them all down for study times, thank you again for sharing your hard earned wisdom.
You know a lot!!!!!!
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Post by: oldghost on December 01, 2013, 09:29:54 PM
 :) Anytime  :) .
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Post by: lola.s on December 28, 2013, 12:49:26 PM
I am currently reading The Philosophy of Wicca, and it is fascinating. It has really turned me on to Wicca as I love to ask questions and learn. I have had some really interesting (friendly) debates with my mum about it. I don't have it to hand so I can't put who the author is but if anyone's interested i'll find out.
x
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Post by: Draconis Rex on December 28, 2013, 01:43:12 PM
Philosophy of Wicca - Amber Laine Fisher  ;)
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Post by: lola.s on December 28, 2013, 02:36:27 PM
Good boy Draconis :^D i was told by Isis (through my Reki healer) that a book would pressent it's self to me and it felt as though this one did.
X
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Post by: TheGreenWizard on April 01, 2014, 08:16:50 PM
I have to ask this since I'm reading it now, butů


What is everyone's opinion on Raven Grimassi, especially in regards to the author's book, Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe?


I'll hold back my opinion so I can see others first. :)
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Post by: Ashe Isadora on April 02, 2014, 03:44:04 AM
Grimassi is not a reliable source for information on Stregheria.
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Post by: C_A on April 04, 2014, 11:14:40 AM
I know I've said this before, but I don't know if it was in this thread. 

Many years ago I coined the phrase "Wicca With Meatballs".  You can just guess my motivation for that.

Italian Folk Magic / Italian Witchcraft have NOTHING to do with W w/M.  Nothing.  There ARE resources for such things "out there", but they take a bit more diligence.   Firstly, having had an Italian family / upbringing / relatives are almost a must.  One needs to understand the dynamic of Italian paese culture - something you don't get from a travelogue or a week's vacation.  Start, for instance, by using the correct term...Stregoneria.  Names such as Solitario, Agostino Taumaturgio, Capravecchio, and Sirena have some fairly good writings "out there".

Some would counter my aspersion by adding that "all info is good info".  To some extent, that is true.  You can glean a nugget or two from any author, even if they are an "auteur".  Even such people as $RW and Fiona Horne have "nuggets" in their rantings...errr..."writings".

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Post by: Ashe Isadora on April 04, 2014, 05:46:21 PM
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.
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Post by: Questa on June 25, 2014, 12:31:05 PM
Wow!  I've just joined and am new to all of this, and I must say, that is a great list!  I supposed I should start out with the "beginners" books.  Our local Barnes & Noble has a huge section of books on the subject so I'm going to print me a list and go shopping! 

Thanks for all the great info!
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Post by: jazbaby2468 on September 06, 2014, 05:34:49 PM
thanks for the list. it is very helpful. Jazz
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Post by: Amberhawk on October 11, 2014, 07:57:28 AM

Definitely can support this. I can honestly say I'd definitely recommend her over (dare I say the name...) Ravenwolf by far. She also has a more recent book (as of a few years now) out with her partner Azrael Arynn K that follows along the same lines.

Hi Myrea!  I recommend Amber K's True Magick.  She doesn't come up on as many most recommended lists as she should, and her books on CovenCraft and Crafting Ritual are also very, very good.
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Post by: oldghost on November 07, 2014, 11:35:37 PM
Here is a site you may want to check out .

http://www.sacred-texts.com/ trad.htm
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Post by: C_A on November 08, 2014, 08:08:58 AM
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.

"New Age" is being very polite.  There are those that refer to those writings as the self-motivated, systematic rape of Italian culture for personal gain.
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Post by: oldghost on December 18, 2014, 05:54:15 AM
An for those of you who have young children here a good book to help you start them on if you want them to follow your path .
" Circle Round : raising children in the Goddess tradition " by Starhawk .
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Post by: Augadelume on January 13, 2015, 01:37:42 PM
Hey there everyone I was wondering if anyone knew the best books on Reiki and alternative healing, with particular emphasis on energy work?
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Post by: oldghost on January 13, 2015, 08:02:13 PM
Aug , always start slow before you hit the higher levels , here's two to start with .

Reiki : a beginner 's guide by Sandi Leir Shaffrey   and The Basics of Reiki  :  by Penelope Quest . From there you can go on to more advance and detailed books .
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Post by: Augadelume on January 14, 2015, 06:24:50 AM
Thank you og yes I meant books for beginners on that subject thank you  ;D
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Post by: oldghost on June 26, 2015, 12:08:15 AM
While not a book this DVD set should hold interest for those starting out .

Women & Spirituality : The Goddess Trilogy . Produced by the National Film Board of Canada . It has 3 disc the first Goddess Remembered : A salute to 35,000 years . Part  The Burning Times and the last part Full circle . A little over 3 hours but you should find it of interest .
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Post by: Alchymist on June 26, 2015, 12:27:33 AM
Hi, og. Yes, that NFBC trilogy has been around for a while, and while it is quite well produced and tells a fascinating tale, I wouldn't rely on it too much for historical accuracy. For instance, in most of Europe, most accused witches and heretics were tried and convicted by secular courts rather than the Inquisition per se; and torture and executions were about as common in Protestant nations as in Catholic countries. Accompanied by a few large pinches of salt, though,  it is perhaps worth watching.

Alchymist.
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Post by: Bastet31 on June 29, 2015, 02:35:10 PM
Interesting selection of books.

I actually brought two of the books that were recommended on this page e.g. WICCA: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World by Vivianne Crowley (very insightful, a lot of information- so taking my time to process it lol) I also have the book Wicca for beginners: Fundamentals- Thea Sabin. (Still have to read).

I'm still new to Wicca and Witchcraft and would love to gain more knowledge. Can anyone here recommend books which I may find interesting?

Where I live its is very hard to find Local Covens, so will stick to the Solitary Witch Path. I'm really drawn to Egyptian Gods/Goddesses and Celtic Deities. I'm interested in finding out more about mythology relating to Celtic and Egyptian Deities?

I'm also drawn to Earth-based healing (Native American). Would like to find out more about herbs, potions, spells (would probably have to wait awhile yet to get to that stage), Also ceremonial and traditional practises in Wicca and Witch Craft?

I do use the internet for some research but you cannot beat getting lost in a book whilst being transported to a different world etc lol :D

Many thanks and Blessed Be everyone  :) xxx
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Post by: LadyOfShalott on September 27, 2015, 09:05:24 AM
So helpful! There are so many books out there, and a lot seem...cheesy? Looking forward to building my library! Thank you!

I've read both Wicca, A Guide for Solitary Practitioners and Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham, and enjoyed both. :)
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Post by: TheGreenWizard on March 26, 2016, 09:14:33 PM
Grimassi is not a reliable source for information on Stregheria.
I know I've said this before, but I don't know if it was in this thread. 

Many years ago I coined the phrase "Wicca With Meatballs".  You can just guess my motivation for that.

Italian Folk Magic / Italian Witchcraft have NOTHING to do with W w/M.  Nothing.  There ARE resources for such things "out there", but they take a bit more diligence.   Firstly, having had an Italian family / upbringing / relatives are almost a must.  One needs to understand the dynamic of Italian paese culture - something you don't get from a travelogue or a week's vacation.  Start, for instance, by using the correct term...Stregoneria.  Names such as Solitario, Agostino Taumaturgio, Capravecchio, and Sirena have some fairly good writings "out there".

Some would counter my aspersion by adding that "all info is good info".  To some extent, that is true.  You can glean a nugget or two from any author, even if they are an "auteur".  Even such people as $RW and Fiona Horne have "nuggets" in their rantings...errr..."writings".
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.
Whoops, I did some research on the ways Stregheria and Stregoneria contrast.  It does make more sense that Stregoneria, or Italian folk magic,would be heavily influenced by Catholicism. Stregheria appears to be more Neopagan.
At any rate, Grimassi's take is very new age, so let the reader beware.

"New Age" is being very polite.  There are those that refer to those writings as the self-motivated, systematic rape of Italian culture for personal gain.

This is what I thought. I read through the book, and only a few things popped out at me that were interesting/what I thought were accurate. The rest of was complete hogwash. Unfortunately, bought the book years ago and now can't decide if I want to simply donate it to goodwill. Urgh.
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Post by: Ashe Isadora on March 28, 2016, 10:03:01 AM
Isn't amazing how much more discerning a seeker becomes after a few years?  I had shelves full of Edain McCoy, Silver Ravenwolf, etc. when I was new.    I spent a ton of money,  Most of us grow out of the phase, but not all...
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Post by: marisol on March 29, 2016, 11:44:14 AM
I have been told many times the book I was reading was a waste of my time. I believe all books hold some worth. It is up to the reader to find it. Book lists can be helpful, due to the fact there are so many books out there. But if I followed the book list only, what might I miss that could have been of use to me?

I place great value on the opinion of our members here. I do not believe they would mislead me in anything. But I can be a stubborn
person and will read the book before I ask for anyone's opinion. But that's just me and we all do things differently.

To read or not to read that is the question! ;D
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Post by: LadyOfShalott on April 01, 2016, 08:59:10 AM
Isn't amazing how much more discerning a seeker becomes after a few years?  I had shelves full of Edain McCoy, Silver Ravenwolf, etc. when I was new.    I spent a ton of money,  Most of us grow out of the phase, but not all...

It hasn't been years for me, more like year, but I've bought a lot and read a lot of books. What I've noticed looking back on notes I made while reading, is how my opinions and thoughts have changed.

Ashe, I believe you told me in one of my firsts posts how this would probably happen, but for example even the word "prayer" made me go "Ugh. Eew!" at first, and now I pray pretty often, and think about the whole process very differently...but it's wonderful to feel like I'm finding my way rather than being told "This is the way." Much more enjoyable experience! :)
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Post by: Mystik Witch on April 05, 2016, 06:02:36 AM
I sure wish we had a like button. I agree with you LadyOfShalott. I, to, have spent a ton of money on books and other things. To learn everything I can. I am finding what is in the books is a lot of the same thing only written in a different way. So I have decided I am going to just be lead by spirit, and allow the energy to lead me to what is next for me. I think it is time for the experience to show me what and where to go from here. Don't get me wrong, everyone on here has been very helpful and I am very grateful for all the wonderful advise that has been shared. I just think its time for me to figure out what is for me and what isn't.

I have already figured out this path is where I am supposed to be. My family has accepted the decisions I have made and for the most part are supporting me. Still having a hard time going out to my circle after the long day is over, the work is all done. Its like everyone is saying in another post, I have got to push through it.

I do what to thank everyone on here for your support. When ever I come on here I get the boost I am needing. It's a great family to belong to.

Blessed Be! MW
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Post by: Alchymist on April 06, 2016, 12:52:18 AM
There are a great many books on Wicca and Witchcraft, and it's unfortunately true that many authors simply read each other's books and repeat what they've read - even, occasionally, repeating each other's mistakes - so there tends to be a depressing sameness about so many of them ..... this isn't to say they're not worth reading, though. Most of them have some useful information to impart, something that you perhaps won't find anywhere else. But when you've moved ahead a bit beyond the basics, much can also be found in books that are not directly about Wicca or Witchcraft.

I've recently been reading a book called "Yoga and the Quest for the True Self," by Stephen Cope (Bantam, New York, 1999); it is a more or less autobiographical account of the author's (supposedly) four month sabbatical at the Kripalu yoga centre in New England which turned into a ten-year stay. At the end of his time there the centre imploded when it was discovered that the Guru, who insisted on celibacy for his students, was having affairs with female staff and students ...... There is, however, much wisdom between the book's covers, wisdom that can be applied to areas other than yoga - and, I think, to our own area.

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It is of the utmost importance that teachers not be deified. Nothing undermines the potential of an environment to be truly transformational more than a teacher who is seen to be perfect, all-knowing, or "the ultimate authority". In the best transformational spaces, even brilliant, charismatic or truly enlightened teachers are understood to be explorers and guides, not gods ... even these powerful guides are understood to be transitional. They must, finally, set us free to be ourselves.

The best transformational environments avoid telling us who we are. Rather, they  support us in finding out who we are for ourselves.
                                                       (Pages 30-31; bolding added)
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"Liberation, in the Tantric traditions, is gained not through renunciation, but through entering fully into the play ... of energy and consciousness.

The candidate for wisdom does not seek a detour by which to circumvent the sphere of the passions - crushing them within himself and shutting his eyes to their manifestations without, until, made clean as an angel, he may safely open his eyes again to regard the cycle of samsara [i.e., the normal cycle of birth, life and death] with the untroubled gaze of a disembodied apparition. Quite the contrary: the Tantric hero ... goes directly through the sphere of greatest danger"

                              [Quoting Heinrich Zimmer, "Philosophies of India," Princeton 1951]
                                                      (Page 56; bolding added)

This last part, I feel, could just as easily apply to the aspiring Witch as to the "Tantric hero"; ideally, the Witch seeks to interact directly with the world around him or her, rather than trying to seek some kind of Nirvana-like detachment.

Blessed Be everyone - witches and Tantrics alike,

Alchymist.


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Post by: oldghost on April 10, 2016, 12:25:52 AM
The last few years I have been getting more into the archeological research into early European records and that of the early aspect of old world magic and it's relationship to those of the practices and there interrelationship to that of the so called new world . It's almost like going back to college again but at my own study pace . Have to start writing up a paper
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Post by: oldghost on June 07, 2016, 06:25:36 PM
For those of you that wish to know more about Doreen Vaiente , there is a book that just came out about her .

"Doreen Vaiente : Witch " by Philip Hazelton .
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Post by: Amberhawk on June 09, 2016, 06:03:14 AM
He did a few on Gerald Gardner too. I have them back on my pagan shelves somewhere but they were fairly in depth on his life and the development of Wicca. I believe the second was written to clear up some things he either missed or was mistaken on in the first but either way, both good reads and I feel important to anyone wanting to know where it came from. I'll look into this one on Doreen Veliente since they worked together on it so long.