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Book Reccomendations September 02, 2004 10:29 AM

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.  [ send green star]
 
More From My Personal Library October 11, 2004 12:08 PM

Wicca: A Guide For The Solitairy Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

Raising Witches by Ashleen O'Gaea

Crone's Book of Charms & Spells by Valerie Worth

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 October 11, 2004 4:50 PM

Merry Meet,

May I make a suggestion? I usually buy my books through www.addall.com

It searches dozens of book sites for the cheapest price.

Bright blessings

Jewel

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Jewel October 12, 2004 4:38 PM

Thank you for the tip!

Altariel Thank you for the book suggestions.

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 October 15, 2004 8:24 PM

What books do you recommend from

Silver RavenWolf?

Doreen Valiente?

The Farrars?

Raymund Buckland?

I am unfamiliar with any other authors.

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 October 21, 2004 3:55 PM

Has anyone read any books by Edain McCoy?  I am starting to read Celtic Women's Spirituality.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Book recommendations October 21, 2004 10:26 PM

I enjoyed "To Ride A Silver Broomstick" by Silver Ravenwolf

and "The Power Of The Witch" by Laurie Cabot.

I have found Raymond Buckland to be a bit dry ... but that is merely my humble opinion.

Scott Cunningham is probably my favorite author of pagan topics. The pagan community suffered a great loss when he passed ... I am grateful that his wisdom remains!

D.J. Conway has written a few on Celtic traditions.

Jewel, thank you for the suggestion ... I will surely be checking it out!

Blessed be, Angela

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 October 24, 2004 12:30 PM

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.

blessings )O(

moonskrye

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 October 24, 2004 12:31 PM

altariel,

Embracing the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn is absolutely fantastic!

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 December 04, 2004 8:23 PM

I would love to read Laurie Cabots books!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Has anyone read........ December 05, 2004 5:00 PM

"Totem Magic: Dance of the Shapeshifter" by Yasmine Galenorn

or

"Wicca: The Complete Craft" by D.J. Conway

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 December 06, 2004 11:41 AM

I personally don't like D.J. Conway, but am going to be adding Totem Magic to my "library" I hope to eventually get all of Yasmine's books.

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BOOKS December 08, 2004 8:41 AM

Merry Meet:

Have read all the all the reccomendations and it seems that i have read and have all the books reccomended. Any new ones that some one will reccomend.

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anonymous 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.

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Has anyone read.... January 05, 2005 3:58 PM

Pagan Ways by Gwydion O'Hara?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 27, 2005 9:21 AM


21 new, 27 total Lisa C.
my book reccomendations 8:58 AM

   MM, ALL!!!

               As far as books go,my favorite author is Scott Cunningham..In my opinion,he tells it straight foward with no BS!!  I also like these authors...Edain McCoy,Silver Ravenwolf,Raymond Buckland....

                                                   "BLESSED BE"

                                                                                "LISA"

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More Books1 January 30, 2005 2:31 PM

  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!!

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Book Recomendations February 05, 2005 2:11 PM

Merry Meet. These are the books I feel are very informative.

 Wicca, The Complete Craft. by D.J.Conway

Living Wicca, by Scott Cunningham ( all of his books are wonderful)

Eileen Holland is another good Author.

Brightest Blessings and Blessed Be

Shawna

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Ditto February 06, 2005 2:28 PM

Ditto on the Scott Cunningham books Recognize many of the books listed here,and look forward to the ones I haven't read yet.

I think I mentioned this on another site, but  I would like to recommend Ted Andrew's 'School of magic and Mystery' series. It's for kids, but I found useful excercises for myself as well.

BB, Tina

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Book I recommend;) February 16, 2005 11:34 AM

Warm Greetings,

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.

Warm Blessings

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books February 16, 2005 8:46 PM

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  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Authors March 07, 2005 1:31 PM

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.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 March 11, 2005 6:51 PM

I really like Scott Cunningham and Dorothy Morrison

I seem to relate to them,although I like SilverRaven Wolf more and

more,didnt like her books at first.

               BB...Ostara

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books March 17, 2005 7:06 PM

Alterial,

On the books by Yasmine Galenorn, is it Embracing the Sun or is it Dancing with the Sun?  I can find Dancing with the Sun, But cannot find Embracing the Sun.

Thanks

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oops March 17, 2005 7:09 PM

I'm sorry I misspelled your name.

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 March 21, 2005 7:38 PM

Has anyone read "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak?  I just picked it up recently, and like his style.  I'd like to hear your opinions

Big hugss,
Moonie
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 March 21, 2005 8:30 PM

Embracing the Moon and Dancing with the Sun. Did I type them wrong?? If so, sorry.

Altariel

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OK March 29, 2005 6:00 PM

Not a problem.  I went ahead and bought both of them.  I just have a bit more reading before I can get to them.

DARN!!

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 April 01, 2005 1:42 PM

I have heard that Starhawks books are good.  Do I have the right author?  The spiral dance?  Has anyone here read that book?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Starhawk April 09, 2005 6:50 AM

I have some of her books but havent read them yet for my friend gave me some cd's by Starhawk which were really good,you listen to her and really know where she is coming from.

I guess to listen to someone like that is really inspiring for me.

The cd I have is "Wiccan Rituals and Blessings"

It goes into the meaning of Wiccan/Pagan/Witchcraft,the rituals,handfasting,children of this spirituality,prayers,how to creat charms,and meditations

Her book the Spiral Dance I heard was a good book,I have it but havent read it yet...

        BB....Ostara

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 April 11, 2005 12:21 AM

Not so much a book or books, per se, but www.witchvox.com has a number of useful articles and essays...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Bright Blessings! April 11, 2005 1:43 AM

Thank you all for the excellent book recommendations...I have a few of those already, but not the rest!  Thanks again from a Newbie!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
More recommended reading May 19, 2005 2:05 PM

MM All,

Here are more books.

Wicca-The complete Craft by D.J Conway

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.

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Joyce.. May 21, 2005 9:25 AM

i have Cunninghams as well...

which are your favorite recipes?

wendy wendy

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Favorite recipe May 23, 2005 2:15 PM

Wendy,

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?

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 June 17, 2005 8:38 PM

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.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
old school July 13, 2005 12:18 PM

I would like to add that many seekers should look at some of the "older" writings for information not limiterd to "wicca".

Dion Fortune

Gerald Gardner

Doreen Valiente

M Blavatsky

Waite

Budge

Farrar

m Adler (how I wish she would update this)

Frazer

Leland

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. Veronica

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 July 14, 2005 10:50 PM

Are there any books that deal with traditional witchcraft as opposed to wicca??  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 15, 2005 8:01 AM

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.

peace love and happiness

Sharing IS fun

Veronica

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anonymous A change from Wicca... July 27, 2005 1:07 AM

Right now I am currently reading a book called

"The Druid Source Book"  compiled by John Matthews

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.)

Blessings,
~*~Lone Wolf~*~
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contact me at apollia@yahoo.com, on AIM at Apollia222 or MSN as kittee_kat@hotmail.com
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another favorite author November 14, 2005 6:12 PM

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.

Recommended titles:
A Charmed Life
An Enchanted Life
Spinning Spells, Weaving Wonders
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 November 16, 2005 10:16 PM

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.

Can't wait to see what others mention....

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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.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 01, 2006 4:22 PM

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk.

Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler.

Working Inside Out: Tools for Change by Margo Adair.

The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner by Scott Cunningham.

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practioner by Scott Cunningham.

Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment by Laurie Cabot.

Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition by Laurie Cabot.

The Family Wicca Book: The Craft for Parents and Children by Ashleen O'Gaea.

Family Wicca: Practical Paganism for Parents and Children by Ashleen O'Gaea.

Raising Witches: Teaching the Wiccan Faith to Children by Ashleen O'Gaea.

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Lore, Rituals, Activities, and Symbols by Ashleen O'Gaea.

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 July 01, 2006 5:43 PM

For moderate to advanced level work...anything by the late Ellen Cannon Reed.

I also love Edain McCoy for things Celtic.

D.J. Conway for beginner's stuff; anything by Scott Cunningham; and Ray Buckland's big blue book (Complete Guide to Witchcraft I think)

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by M Macha Nightmare (& StarHawk)is a must for any library.

All of StarHawk's books are well worth a read.

Ted Andrews for Animal Magick

Ed Fitch ha a book (something from the Crystal Well) that is awesome.

For Men's mysteries, The Flowering Rod.  It's out of print but well worth the hunt.

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 July 03, 2006 3:09 PM

Although not Wiccan, these are excellent too...

The Essential Kabbalah,

The Essential Rumi,

The Bhagavad-Gita,

The Tao Te Ching,

The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Books by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dali Lama are great too.

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 July 07, 2006 3:24 PM

Covencraft by Amber K

Pagan Homeschooling by Kirsten Macfadden

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 July 07, 2006 10:19 PM

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.

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Have you tried? July 20, 2006 8:24 AM

Konstantinos has wrote a number of books, all which make quite perfect sense even for those who do not agree with his teachings.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  July 20, 2006 9:38 AM

Natural Witchcraft; the timeless arts and crafts of the natural witch by Marian Green

(http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0007120214/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-9162864-5195368#reader-link)

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 July 21, 2006 1:13 PM

Which ones Ruth Ann?? I haven't found any unethical (well by my standards) spells in there yet.

Altariel

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 July 21, 2006 1:43 PM

By my trad's definition anything that might interfere with the free will of another, or cause harm or distress to self or others is unethical.

I bought the crone's book of words and was surprised by how many of the spells in it were hexes.

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 July 24, 2006 4:16 PM

In my beliefs everything has it's place, and need. There must be balance, light/dark, good/bad, spell/hex, or chaos takes over.

JMHO,

Altariel

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Book recommendations July 27, 2006 12:11 PM

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.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 30, 2006 8:14 AM

My favorite, the book I've probably used more than anyother is
D J Conaway's "Celtic Magic"

very useful
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 August 17, 2006 5:06 PM

I have Elemental Magic by DJ Conway.

I also just started reading a book called Clan of The Goddess by CC Brondwin.

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Favorite Authors/Books May 23, 2007 8:07 PM

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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 June 25, 2007 1:53 PM

Sounds like a great book!

I am also reading right now the Craft of the Wild Witch, by Poppy Palin

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 July 01, 2007 2:31 PM

For fun reading (fiction)

The Goddess Summoning Series

 ie. Goddess of the Rose

Goddess of the Sea

Goddess by Mistake ...and more  by PC. Cast

Awesome short stories "The words of the Witches" for us, about us, by us.

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 January 09, 2008 10:49 PM

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.

Blessed Be
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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).

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 November 17, 2008 3:29 PM

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.

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