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A Classic.The first book every Wiccan beginner should own. An outstanding introduction to Wicca from a perspective of equality, respect, and love for Mother Earth. Starhawk's perspective on the Sabbats, rituals, etc, is a foundation for Wicca as a mature spiritual practice. See my book review of The Spiral Dance, by Starhawk . Dreaming the Dark:
Sharing her stories of ecological social action with rituals and chants for remaking the world, Starhawk's Dreaming the Dark is the dream for this century. She offers a vision for more than the Earth's survival. . . but for growth and well-being of us all.Truth or Dare:
A book for a more experienced Wiccan, Truth or Dare leads you through the thorny path of spiritual leadership.
If you are serious about practicing Wicca, this is indispensable. It's a workbook, not just a reference book.Based on the fairy tale of the 12 Wild Swans, it leads you through three different levels of Wiccan experience: understanding the basics, healing your inner self, and priestessing the world. Wonderful as a basis for ritual. You or your Circle can go through one chapter, one level a month. Teaches important Wiccan skills, as well.
A fun reworking of the language that has been used to oppress pagans, the Feminine, minorities, and the Earth.Entertaining and educational. If you ever wondered about what the words you're using, are saying behind your back, you'll definitely want this one on your shelf.
Written by one of the foremothers of the Women's Spirituality Movement, The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries is a classic Wiccan text.Every Wiccan home should have this on its shelf. Especially for Dianic Witches. The Grandmother of Time:
A handy month-by-month resource of (mostly Pagan) celebrations.One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book is the story of a different Goddess for each month, and her descriptions of rituals. Zee can be a little heavy-handed in the feminism department, but this is still a great book for beginners in Wicca. Grandmother Moon:
Zee again offers how-to rituals and more, with her special style. I wouldn't necessarily take all of Zee's advice and historical opinions as fact, but her poetic soul really does speak to the Goddess in me.Generally I disagree with giving out "spell-recipes" that you would follow word-for-word, but for beginner Wiccans this can be a good starting point. The spells are effective, at any rate, and when "The Goddess Speaks," Zee catches Her intent beautifully. The Goddess in the Office:
A wonderful book for the Working Witch.There's not much out there on bringing Wicca into the workplace, and Zee does it with her customary insight, fun, and charm. This is a great contribution to the process of living Wicca in your daily life.
Loving the Goddess Within: Sex Magick For Women reveals the sensual aspect of spiritual worship. To quote Hawthorne, "Love and sex are essential parts of magick...re-enactments of the Goddess's initiating and sustaining energy." The premise of Hawthorne's book is that sexuality and the passionate interplay of energies is integral to Wicca . . . See my book review on Loving the Goddess Within: Sex Magick For Women, by Nan Hawthorne
This book has been the classic introduction to Wicca for a whole generation of solitary Witches. Cunningham's unadorned style and clear instructions on the very basics of the Witchcraft are as useful today as when the book was written. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner offers simple rituals that a novice will have no difficulty following. It also includes an Author's Book of Shadows, to get you started.... Read my book review on Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham Living Wicca:
More on Wiccan practice for beginners.The Magical Household:
Although hesitant to suggest that anyone create a spell "by the numbers," it can be a useful place to start for beginners to Wicca.Cunningham always has rituals that are effective and easy to follow. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic
A useful reference book. Spell Crafts:
Another interesting book for Wiccan beginners.
In the Shadow of the Shaman has so many important tools, and goes into such depth on each, that it is one of my most used Wiccan resources. In fact, I personally found this book to be so incredibly useful, my copy is literally stuffed with page markers, written notes, and a very thorough homemade index. It's based in Shamanism, so it can have minor variations from traditional Wiccan practice, but since Wicca is a Shamanistic religion itself, that doesn't cause any real difficulties. This book is especially valuable to me because it covers a lot of things that other Wiccan books don't. Part of what is so helpful about In the Shadow of the Shaman are the almost 2-dozen charts Wolfe offers, cross-referencing the elements with animals and plants, and much more.
This is one of the most powerful resources I've ever found on manifesting what you want in your life, and keeping away what you don't want. It gives you 22 amazing tools that can turn your life around. And it explains a little-understand aspect to manifesting magick that other books miss. Pardon me for gushing, but I have had this experience for myself, several times, through the lessons in this book. And it can happen immediately! It feels so wonderful and so empowering to be able to take control of your life experiences. A must-read for every Wiccan, if not every human. Seriously, read this book. Even carry it around with you, if reading it is too much. Read a little every morning before you get up and every night before you go to bed, even if only one sentence. Read it every time you start to feel negative emotions start to build. Do the exercises — they will change your life!
If you're interested in choosing a Wiccan name for yourself, your child, your pet, your business, or whatever else, The Complete Book of Magical Names is a fabulous resource. The Complete Book of Magical Names leaves other baby name books in the dust. Not only does it specialize in names of interest to pagans, but the explanations are richer, more detailed. McFarland also offers suggestions for the type of personality that the names will suit.
One of my most treasured reference books. I use it regularly. I can't recommend Walker's books highly enough! Very helpful for creating magick spells and Wiccan rituals. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
Another of my most treasured reference books. Very helpful for creating spells and rituals.
A ground-breaking book on the Goddess throughout history. Puts to rest at last all those patriarchal myths that there never really was a female deity.
Another classic Wiccan text. A must-have.
This is a wonderful book, exploring the Divine as Feminine.
At last a book that explains the heroic journey that women undertake! The hero's journey is an archetypal process that every male goes through on the path to maturity. Until fairly recently, it's been assumed that women, if we go through such a process at all, would have the same basic experience. It's probably of little surprise that this is not the case. Murdock's book is a wonderful guide through the feminine journey of self-discovery.
A brilliant book. Probably the best resource on historical evidence of the Goddess, and what it means.
Describing several feminine archetypes, in the form of Greek Goddesses, Bolen helps us identify the strength and wisdom each woman carries within her. A wonderful introduction to some of the Goddesses from a very personal viewpoint . . . perfect for Wiccans both female and male. Gods In Everyman
As Bolen has done for women with Goddesses in Everywoman, she offers the same gift to men in this companion volume. Since you have aspects of both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine, both these books are wonderful at helping you uncover the positive aspects of the gender duality with yourself. Because they help you personalize these deities within yourself, they're particularly good introductions to the deities for Wiccans.
The Power of Myth
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Pathways to Bliss:
Thou Art That:
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space:
Transformations of Myth Through Time
Myths of Light:
A classic introduction to much of the Goddess mythology in current neo-Pagan philosophy, such as the Triple Goddess and the Sacrificial King. It's not an easy read, though, and is probably best understood once you already have some background in the Goddesses. Still a worthwhile endeavour. The Greek Myths: Complete Edition
A good introduction to Greek Mythology, although it's best not to take Graves' ideas as entirely factual. Best read along with other resources, for serious students of mythology.
A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions (Oxford World's Classics) This is a classic reference book for mythology and religion, as well as Wicca. At the time (1922), it was a groundbreaking expose on ancient religion, paganism, and the rise of Christianity. Consequently it was heavily censored in its early editions. This edition thankfully presents all the original material, including in-depth examination of the myths of Sacrificial Kings. Much easier to read, and more confined to factual reality than Graves, The Golden Bough is a vital addition to any Wiccan library.
"A New Earth" — how could this not be an excellent book for Wiccans? Aren't we all dreaming of and working for the day when the Earth is reborn? When humanity sees the Earth — and each other — with new eyes, with love and respect? While Tolle doesn't elaborate on this New Earth, he effectively illustrates how to get there. This book is one of my "bibles." It stays beside my bed, and I read from it (or one of my other bibles) every night and morning. I can't recommend it highly enough. It will change your life, and free you from the suffering that surrounds you. Read my book review on A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle Stillness Speaks
The Power of Now:
Practicing the Power of Now:
An intriguing read, telling the story of when Gopi Krishna's Kundalini energy rose spontaneously. He details the effects of this widely-misunderstood phenomenon. An excellent warning book for those tempted to shortcut spiritual growth and raise Kundalini energy improperly prepared! The Awakening of Kundalini
The Wonder of the Brain
A novel of Swami Radha's journey to spiritual awakening. Intriguing and inspiring, and an easy read. Time to Be Holy:
The Divine Light Invocation
Gives instructions and information on this most powerful of spiritual practices. I've often said that the Divine Light Invocation is THE most powerful magickal practice I've ever experienced. This book will tell you all about how to do use it to best effect for yourself. Kundalini: Yoga For The West
Not an easy read, this, but an intensely powerful workbook on spirituality. Realities of the Dreaming Mind:
If you'd love to learn what your dreams are trying to tell you, this is the book for u.` Mantras:
Light & Vibration:
I call this the most important book on Hatha Yoga to date, at least in the West. Swami Radha guides you to accessing your body's inherent wisdom — a practice that is vital for Witches. If you want to develop intuition or psychic ability, this skill is key. It's a workbook, but it's accessible and makes the process highly enjoyable. Recommended! The Yoga of Healing
This little book contains most of what helped me heal from chronic fatigue and chemical hypersensitivity. So I'd certainly recommend it! The Devi of Speech:
From the Mating Dance to the Cosmic Dance:
Some of this will seem alien to Wiccans... the part on celibacy springs to mind. Still, sex is so complicated by our society, and so important in Wicca, that it's beneficial to explore the underlying issues. This book is very useful for that.
Fabulous! Transformative! I used this meditation daily as an energy boost when I had chronic fatigue, and it really helped. Body Garden & Reflections on Water
This is a beautiful meditation to help you relax your body and mind. Even more, though, it helps you access the hidden springs of power in the body. Need I say more? Power of Mantras
Hari Om (Mantra)
Om Namah Sivaya (Mantra)
Mantras Songs of Yoga (Mantras)
As spiritual practice becomes a household concern, awakening in daily life rather than on mountaintops, Work as a Spiritual Practice is a critical component. I found this book helped me with my spiritual-work.
The Sufi practices are based in mysticism and devotion. Perfect complements to Wiccan practice.
An all-too rare account of one woman's journey to Bliss through devotion.
A classic. What needs to be said?
Power vs. Force explores the nature of true power, which is always of the spirit. As Hawkins demonstrates, force is only on the material level, and so is constantly needing to be justified and backed up with rhetoric. Power, on the other hand, never needs justification So much of Wicca is based on Power. That's why this is a highly recommended book. In fact, not just for Wiccans, but for everyone for hopes for a day when the world lives in peace. This has been one of the most uplifting books I've ever read. Hawkins quantifies the power inherent in various energy fields, or emotions. And then goes on to show how much more powerful a single individual operating from Love is, compared to a thousand people operating from Fear. It gave me hope for the future. And put into perspective what each person's work in the world is, at this point in time. Read more in my book review on Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, by David R. Hawkins
This is the book that introduced the concept of morphogenetic field theory to the public. An captivating concept, well-explained. The Rebirth of Nature:
Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness
The Cosmic Serpent is a enthralling exploration of a radical concept... What If All The Shamans Around the World Were Telling The Truth? And how might shamanic mysteries relate to the new scientific discoveries of today? I read this book straight through without putting it down. Then I read most of it again. In other words, this is a great book.
The World Is Sound:
Vibration is the underlying fabric of the universe. It's what everything is created by. The potential of this simple bit of knowledge is staggering! As the proverb goes, "Singing is praying twice." The intention is one prayer. The actual sound is another. Because sound creates reality. I can find no end to the repercussions of this idea, which is why this book fascinates me endlessly. If you're interested in sound, music, or vibration, this is the book for you!
Zukav succeeds in explaining mind-blowing concepts without involving any mathematics. I deeply appreciate this ability!
Another excellent resource on the new sciences. Highly readable.
Okay, I'll admit I haven't read this book yet. But the title is brilliant! It's only a matter of time . . . .
A marvelous how-to book with lots of stories about telepathically communicating with animals — your own, your friends', and wild animals too. The exercises are realistic and easy to do, and really help develop this skill. I highly recommend this book as a practical way to develop a very important skill for Wiccans, and a fun and useful tool for anyone who has animals in their lives.
One of the best books ever. Absolutely changed my perspective on human-animal relations. Everyone on the Earth should read this book... it would transform the planet. The chapter on Freddy the Fly alone is worth getting the book!
Wilson can be a little out there, even for me. Still, a captivating book.
Absolutely fascinating! I got this book for my birthday last year and sat out on my lawn for 4 days reading it. I couldn't put it down! What I love most about Sheldrake is his insistence that to categorically deny the "paranormal" only because it doesn't fit with our current scientific dogma . . . is completely unscientific. He doesn't get carried away with unsubstantiated claims, though. He puts forward, with disarming simplicity, the results he has found. Then he asks for further research. The Sense of Being Stared At includes some material from his earlier book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, but it was so exciting that I had to read both books anyway! Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home:
More anecdotal and experimental studies of psychic phenomenon by Rupert Sheldrake. Not all of it is rigorous science, but Sheldrake doesn't attempt to pass it off as such. This is a starting point, he insists. But he proves there's certainly enough evidence to justify more research.
This is one of the best books, ever. I know that I love a lot of books, and I tend to enthuse more than I probably should. Nevertheless, this is truly one of the books that reshaped my mind. Dunne examines the nature of consciousness, dreams, and time with intriguing results. For instance, he discovered — and studied — the phenomenon of dreaming forward in time. In other words, dreaming of events that haven't yet happened, but will. One of the questions he asks is... Is this something everyone naturally does?
A heavy read, as you might expect when one of the foremost yogis and one of the foremost quantum physicists get together to talk spirituality, science, consciousness, and time. I read it in small bites. But they were delicious bites.
An excellent resource for Witches.
This book is pretty new to me, but it looks really valuable. I love the photos... I find them much more helpful than illustrations.
Another excellent resource for Witches.
This herbal is focused more on the medicinal properties of herbs than the magickal properties. But if you're looking for that sort of thing, it's a strong reference book.
I love the Medicine Cards. They are a form of divination, not based on the traditional Tarot (with suits and Major Arcana), but based on the Native American wisdom of animal spirits. I've always found them insightful and thought-provoking. This was the first "Tarot" deck that I used, and I still use it decades later. (See the box below for more of my favourite Tarot decks.)
I haven't actually tried this out, but it looks stimulating and I'd like to. Meanwhile, I thought I'd share it with you.
An stimulating collection of information!
The classic allegory of one being's spiritual journey. Illusions:
A mind-opening tale of how the world really works. The Bridge Across Forever:
It's hard to tell where, or IF, autobiography leaks over into fiction. But it makes for stimulating reading! Running from Safety:
Remember in Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah how Shimoda kept quoting from his Messiah's Handbook? Weren't you just dying to get your hands on that book? Well thankfully Richard Bach has finally released it! I love this book. I open it at random, and it tells me the deepest spiritual insights that relate to my situation right this minute. I read an enlightened tidbit, and my consciousness immediately expands. I don't think they're kidding when they call this a Messiah's Handbook. How could you resist?
The Gregg Braden Audio Collection:
The Mystery of 2012:
The Divine Matrix:
The God Code
This was a thrilling video! Greg Braden's strength is his ability to pull together bits of information from all over the place, and create a fascinating bigger picture. This video is Braden at his best. Beyond Zero Point:
In the Gaia Hypothesis, Lovelock proposes that the Earth and everything on Her is actually one organism that lives. This is a fascinating book, relatively easy to read, and convincing. Lovelock has captured something that most of us feel intuitively . . . which is why I think he's enjoyed such popularity. Since this is something that Wiccans believe if not sense, this is a great book to read. Ages of Gaia: A Biography of Our Living Earth (The Commonwealth Fund Book Program)
This book goes into more scientific depth on the Gaia Hypothesis.
This is the book that, more than any other but Power vs. Force, has given me a certainty of hope for the future. One of the most important concepts, in my opinion, is "emotional contagion." A fascinating study, which fits completely with my own experience of energy fields.
The Church and the Second Sex
Beyond God the Father Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation
The groundbreaking book on Behavioural Kinesiology (Muscle testing).
This is one of the best resources available for Pagans... and anyone else who is a healer or a sensitive soul. (Not sure if you're one of the "sensitive" ones? Well, if you're a Pagan, chances are! Check this page to find out...) This sensitivity is an asset, but only once you've learned to protect yourself. Most of us are unaware of how much we take on other people's emotional and physical issues. And those of us who are aware are seldom skilled in keeping their energy boundaries clear and strong. This disc and book provide invaluable tools. It will make an amazing difference in your life. Your Aura & Your Chakras:
A fabulous Wiccan "Utopian" novel that becomes more relevant with each year. Explores the ultimate question for our times . . . How do we overcome a system of violence, without becoming violent ourselves? There are some painful scenes, but unlike most entertainment these days, it is not gratuitous nor overly disturbing. I'm highly sensitive to such things — as my spouse will attest! — and still find this one of the most inspiring novels I've ever read. And re-read. And re-re-read.... Walking to Mercury
The prequil to The Fifth Sacred Thing, Walking to Mercury tells the story that led to that inspired community. You are likely to find it a story you can relate closely to. I saw myself reflected in its pages, even though many of the events and details differed. This makes the book a jewel that I keep re-reading . . . Being a priestess in this world, I am fairly starved for reflections of my reality.
A fabulous re-telling of ancient Goddess tales from around the world. Shows a rich appreciation of the Divine as Feminine, and tells the stories from Her perspective for a change. Beautifully-told. Inspired. A delight for all ages. Forms a wonderful basis for community rituals. We have used many of these stories as the context and content of ritual and sacred drama.
This is the BEST Pagan storybook! Wonderful tales that heal the lies told about the Divine Feminine over millennia. Beautifully-crafted tales to delight adults and children both. Deeply satisfying, inspiring, energizing tales. Edwards shows a rich appreciation of the Divine as Feminine, and tells the stories from Her perspective for a change. A delight for all ages.
I love everything Richard Bach writes. And when he turns his hand to children's stories, the results are just as magical and inspiring. This is a wonderful book. Read it cozied up with your kids or your loved ones. There's No Such Place as Far Away
This is, even for Bach, an exceptionally short book. But what it lacks in filler, it makes up for in an exquisite sensitivity and depth of insight. A beautiful book to share with your children.
Not your ordinary sappy children's story! Hecate the Bandicoot is a kid's book with a bit of a bite. This is what happens when fluffy Fanny Thimble captures a gnarly bandicoot for tea-party torture. Surprisingly gratifying!
With Brightest Blessings,
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