The Practical Pagan by Dana D. Eilers
Embracing the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn
Embracing the Sun by Yasmine Galenorn
The Magickal Household by Scott Cunningham & Dave Harrington
If you can't afford to buy books brand new visit your local library. You can go to www.amazon.com and look over the secondhand books.
Note: These titles above by Yasmine Galenorn are out of print, so what's out there, is all there is. Unfortunately for us, Ms Galenorn is not going to be writing much, and returning to finding her own spiritual path. Though sorry to see her leave the literary field ((I'm a huge fan of hers)) I send her my Thanx and Grattitude for what she's written for us.
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dorien valiente- A,B,C of Witchcraft gives some great overall view on definitions and resources of things that pertain to many follows of the craft. Natural Magick is a good choice for some very basics on several topics pertaining to the craft.
buckland's -Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft has a lot of good information on some of the basics that pertain to many 'traditions' within the craft. i haven't seen the new and improved version of this book, so no judgement on it.
conway.......well many people question her 'accuracy' on celtic history.
ok, this is where i have to please ask that you take everyone you read with a grain of salt. think about what you read, question it, exam it and in the end, go with the things that 'feel' right for you. no one is perfect and no one has all the answers. we are learning all of the time. something i may have felt to be 'true' for me 15 years ago, may or many not be true for me today.
Witch Crafting by Phyllis Curott December 09, 2004 1:23 PM
Subtitle: A spiritual guide to making magic
I am working my way through her book slowly, enjoying every moment. It isn't just a how-to book or reference at all. It explores the philosophy and practice of Wicca and is such a pleasure to read.
I particularly enjoyed her chapter dedicated to the God and the Scottish term of expression, (paraphrasing big time here), "Never give a sword to a man who won't dance." In other words, if someone doesn't appreciate the joy life has to offer, they should not have the responsibility of taking that joy away from another living being.
She also discusses an aspect of the God I had never heard of before, his joy of life and how dancing and singing is a way to connect with the God. Also, the forest God and connecting to the power of the woods...All amazing stuff! She helped me think of the God as a male deity I would be interested in communing with, the wildly wicked and wonderful fun male energy I adore in men and have found (lucky me) in my husband.
She also wrote the book Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess but I couldn't get into it as much. It is an amazing account of how she found a coven and discovered the magick in herself, I guess I'm just not that into covens.
Here is a few more books that I have and recommend: 1) The Supermarket Sorceress by Lexa Rosean 2) A Little Book of Altar Magic by D.J. Conway 3) Light Up Your Life with Candles,Meditation and Healing by Charlene Whitaker....Let me know what you think if anyone gets them!! Thanx!!
I would love to recommend a book called "Shadows of a Witch, For the Witch that Seeks Balance and Truth" by Shewolf Silver Shadows
The book is over 700 pages and distinguishes the differences between Witchcraft and Wicca in a loving and tolerant manner. The book is FANTASTIC for a beginner to the Pagan Path, or even a non Pagan that just would like to truly learn more.
The author shares personal experiences, successess, faliures and never trys to force you to believe as she does, but think for yourself, make up your own mind.
She is also the founder of the Circle of Light Craft College, but only takes on a smallhandfull of students at a time because she teaches one on one.
i would say go with silver raven wolf, scott c. and gerwina dunwich isn't that bad either janet and stewart F.- a witches god-a witches goddess. i think those are there two best books-verygood books. buckland on the other hand i am not to fond of-no disrespect of course. i highly respect him! mp
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I can honestly say that I have yet to read anything from Ravenwolf, Cunningham, or the Farrars that I haven't found well written and informative. I am also a huge fan of Edain McCoy, I had the opportunity to meet her, and she is just a lovely person. I do have to say that I agree with some of you, I am really not fond of the work I''ve read from Raymond Buckland. While I have utmost respect for him and he has a right to his own ideas, I find him a bit rigid, and he seems to contradict himself sometimes.
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The Complete Book of incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham*
Positive Magic by Marion Weinstein
Inside a Witch's Coven by Edain McCoy
A Witch's Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar*
The ones with a * beside the author means it is a must read. A Witch's Bible is a complete Book of Shadows. It contains many rituals...literally. The book of incense, oils and brews tells you of how to make your own incense, oils and brews. For me, this was a MUST. I can't tell you just how many oils i've made...some for friends some for myself. I also use this book to make perfume oils...the roll on kind.
I actually have several. But my number one is the healing bath herbal brew. I have made up my own variation of this. The one I make for myself is the strongest. I have given my family and friends a little bag of the herbal so they can make it themselves. What is your favorite?
An absolute favorite of mine is called " Ariadne's Thread" by Shekinah Mountainwater. Also has anyone read any of Z Budapest's books , especially The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries, Grandmother Time, Grandmother Moon? Both of these authors are more geared towards Dianic Wicca. Or Ed Fitch "Magic Rites From The Crystal Well. And for anyone interested in working with the Norse God/desses would enjoy reading a book by Freya Aswyn called "Leaves Of Yggdrasil". Plus a couple of great research books for fellow witches would be "The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft" by Rosemary Ellen Guiley", "The Magician's Companion" by Bill Whitcomb, and "Drawing Down The Moon" by Margot Adler. Anyways, there are a few for ya to look into.
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I would like to add that many seekers should look at some of the "older" writings for information not limiterd to "wicca".
m Adler (how I wish she would update this)
Viviane Crowley. These authors have essential information, and ideas even if some of them have been debunked (ie Frazer). I have worked in library services for over 10 years and have a passion for good old books. these are some that grace my shelves. I do not really care for any book written since 2000, and the ninties were in my mind inindated with regurgitated information from these older texts.
Merry Meet Terri! that could be loaded question for some. From my understanding Pretty much all cultures across the globe have some aspect of witchcraft in their cultures. So I would have to ask, what culture are you interested in learning their magical practices. I was raised that Wicca, is a specific path, a tradtional oath bound path pretty exclusive to the Gardnerian.Alexanderian path. Wicca has sorten fallen into a more exceptable word for witchcraft in alot of places. I have studied wicca and read the book, but I am not a Wiccan as I have not made Oathss to their Dieties, nor been introduced/ initiated in a coven.
I recommend reading a great book called North Star Road, and Drawing down the Moon for an overview of the different paths. ANy of teh books I had previous posted can be halpful. Buckland is not Wiccan, but draws from them, and I found all of his books insightful and thought provoking.
Explore your libraries shelves in the mythology section too-lots of hidden goodies lie there.
It is quite an informational book, and seems very well written (lots of passages from ancient monks and other persons that have been collected). While I have not finished the book yet, it seems to be really good considering the lack of information that remains in the world about the truths of the Druidic culture. Another good book as well (a bit older, mine is copyright '92) about Buddhism and Jung philosophy is
"Self and Liberation" by Daniel Meckel and Robert Moore
Hope you guys enjoy these two books, chock full of good information (I must warn you, besides just being entranced by the ancient religions of our Pagan ancestors, I am a student who is well I guess you could say "obsessed" with learning about all religions - one of my dreams is to someday be able to have a website that will show the most information in a non-biased way about every religion there is - both old and new, sort of like religioustolerance.com but not Tolerance - accepting and sharing of teachings is my hope.)
Hi, I'm new to the group. Just wanted to put in a good word for one of my favorite authors, Patricia Telesco--she and Dorothy Morrison are my favorite living writers on magic. Trish Telesco's writing reflects an awful lot of common sense, and her style is very clear and accessible.
I am a bookaholic and I have books by all the above writers some of my favorites are:
Ellen Hawke; Frost & Frost; Konstantinos; Grimassi; Morrison; Ted Andrews; Amber K; Silver Ravenwolf; Laurie Cabot, Buckland, and on and on
I found Drawing Down the Moon to be a very dry read and very long and not necessarily pertinent to today, but I have it as a part of the well rounded library. I enjoy Buckland as a workbook format since I love self discovery tests and such, his other books are pretty clear and concise. Silver Ravenwolf's Solitary Witch and Amber K's Covencraft are very good resource books not the kind you just pick up and read cover to cover but excellent reference material. I met and participated in a workshop presented by Ted Andrews and I love his books and find his information very helpful I especially use the animal totem books and nature books of his. The Farrar's Witches Bible did not appeal to me in the least, it was very dated and not very usable in it's current format. I did find that Vivanne Crowley's book Paganism a very wonderful book to give to those who are "afraid" of this path we wander down so lovingly. I loaned it to a friend who had no idea of witchcraft and is born again Christian and she was fascinated and wanted to know when she could join me in circle work. It's very clear but not to detailed it gently lets those who are nervous, into your world. A highly recommended "get to know the craft" book. I then have lots of various books on the different areas of interest such as tarot, runes, celtic, tree wisdom, candle workings, stones, crystals and lots more.
The books I reach for most are Covencraft, Solitary Witch, Grimoire for the Green Witch, Elements of Ritual, Progressive Witchcraft and Advanced Witchcraft, Melody's stone books, The Cambridge Planetary Handbook, mineral/gemologist books. I just recently got the book A witch's Notebook by Ravenwolf since I like her style and it appears to be another good book. I just love to talk books. Although I find myself looking through the witch books at the store to see what is new most of my books come from the history sections and science sections. As an artist I have ordered and received boo-coos of books containing printer typographic borders, lettering, frames etc. to draw from for decorating my books of inspiration, transition and shadows. I found them beautifully inspiring.
Not Pagan but good anyway November 18, 2005 2:12 AM
I would like to recommend The Cherokee Book of Days, all 3 volumes. They are books full of quotes and advice from various Indian figures. I find them really inspiring and even though they're not Pagan or Wiccan books, I think inspiration is a good thing to have if you're a witch or not. The author is Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
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Covencraft is an excellent book; so are Raven Grimassi's books...all titles.
Be careful with the "Crone's book of words" & the "Crone's Book of Spells". There are a number of spells and charms in those books that cross a line from strictly harmless magick (no matter how historical they may be). Some of them are downright unethical and can cost big Karma.
All books by Scott Cunningham, Ted Andrews are excellent. I like Konstantinos and Christopher Penzchak as well. As a rule of thumb, if what you read in books on the Craft, resonate with you fine, but, whatever doesn't hold true, discard it. Everyone has their own interpretation and you have to decide if their interpretation is what you want in your space or not. I've always been told, trust your intuition as to what rings true for you.
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I personally love anything by Scott Cunningham or Ann Moura. I also recently began reading The Elements of Ritual by Deborah Lipp. So far I really like it. Rather than reiterating the same directions for casting a circle and performing a ritual that you find repeated in so many books on the Craft today, the author really delves into the meaning behind each step and element of casting a circle and the reasons behind them. It is a particularly useful read for anyone who likes to create their own spells and rituals or who wants to experience more meaningful rituals. ***************************
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Moonie M., My husband finished reading "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak a month or so ago and is just about foaming at the mouth waiting for me to get him the others. He said that it was a great book and very informative. It is my turn to read it now. Hope this helped.
A few different book ideas August 12, 2008 10:56 AM
The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft, by Kathryn Paulsen
Earth, Air, Fire, Water: More techniques of Natural Magic, by Scott Cunningham
Earth Magic, by Scott Cunningham
Green Witchcraft, by Ann Moura
Hereditary Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi (Stregheria, arcane scripts)
Practical Candleburning Rituals, by Raymond Buckland (gave a good basis for candle magic)
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham
Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (good references)
Oriental Magic, by Sayed Idries Shah (from Ancient Near East to Far East)
Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magic, by John J Coughlin (presents the dark side of living Paganism, dark goddesses, and dark subcultures)
Ancient Religions, by Vergilius Ferm
A History of Pagan Europe, by Prudence Jones & Nigel Pennick (wide array of Pagan European history)
The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer
Magic, Witchcraft and Paganism in America: A Bibliography, by J. Melton
Paganism in the Roman Empire, by Ramsay Macmullen
The Sumerians: Their History, Culture and Character, by Samuel Noah Kramer (Sumero-akkadian myth and life)
The Witch Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology, by Margaret Murray (whatever the reader thinks of her is irrelevant. Reading this account, and then considering the torture methods of the time period is of utmost importance)
Walkers Between the Worlds: Western Mysteries From Shaman to Magus by John & Caitlin Matthews (Traces the development and remnants from tribal spirituality to organized religion and shares discourse on the cultural value of both)
The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, by Monica Sjoo (is not without feminist bias, but has some very good information about symbolism in paleopaganism).
I'm not sure if they've been mentioned already, but I found Gus diZerega's Pagans and Christians to be very insightful; it changed my life. Raven Grimassi's Italian Witchcraft is excellent, too; I find it enlightening. And, of course, anything by Scott Cunningham. Raymond Buckland is good if you want to learn about the Romany way of life and magick; he put out a Gypsy tarot that I find extremely accurate.