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Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

4 stars
Dr. Anne Ross (Tempus, 2nd ed., 2000)

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Mystical, revealing details of ancient and olde Scottish Highland Pagans written in a balanced sympathetic and objective manner by a Gaelic-speaking archaeologist and magical practitioner.

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Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants

Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants [Illustrated Edition]

4 stars
Ernst and Johanna Lehner (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1973)

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Pen-and-ink illustrations of ancient Pagan glyphs and plants decorate this exploration of ancient, medicinal herbal lore and the magical uses of food.

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Greek Magical Papyri

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume 1

4 stars
2nd edition, trans. by Hans Dieter Betz (University of Chicago Press, 1996)

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The title word “Demotic” isn’t a typo of demonic: That material is Coptic. The illustrated main corpus is a collection of 2nd-century B.C.E. to 5th-century C.E. Egypto-Greco-Roman magical spells, rituals, and invocations from ancient papyrus spellbooks, many of them found in the tomb of a magic man in Thebes. Also known as the Papyri Graecae Magicae, or PGM.

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Witchcraft Today

Witchcraft Today

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (Citadel Press, anniv. edit., 2004)

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An expanded edition of the 1954 classic by the father of the modern Witch renaissance. Covers myriad magical topics, including Picts, pixies, Pagan persecution, cauldrons, and Kabbalah, and includes a biography of Gardner and contributions from some Wiccan elders regarding the Olde Religion’s past, present, and future.

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Spiral Dance

The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess

3 stars
Starhawk (Harper-Collins Publishers, 1999)

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An eclectic primer about ancient and modern Goddess-worship and Pagan cosmology; written by a contemporary magical practitioner and co-founder of the Reclaiming trad.

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Meaning of Witchcraft

The Meaning Of Witchcraft

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (1959, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2004)

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Authentic beliefs, customs, history, practices, and theology of followers of the Olde Religion; written by a public, trained High Priest who ran the Witch Museum on the Isle of Man and is responsible for the Craft’s popularity today.

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Goodly Spellbook, The

The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems

5 stars
Lady Passion (Dixie Deerman) & *Diuvei (Steven Rasmussen) (Sterling Publishing, 2nd edition, 2014)

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Illustrated, definitive, fascinating guide to Witchcraft that explains how everyone can use common ingredients to work effective magic to help themselves, others, and the planet; written by trained, experienced Gardnerians.

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