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Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions

Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, & Superstitions

4 stars
Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde (1887; Sterling reprint, 1991)

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Enchanting, authentic, archaic folklore, magic, omens, prophecies, and proverbs compiled by the mother of author-wit Oscar Wilde.

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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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Amulets and Superstitions

Amulets & Superstitions

4 stars
E.A. Wallis Budge (Dover Publications facsimile reprint, 2011)

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Seminal tome; written by a British Museum Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities.

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Prisoner Advocates Guide

Pagan Prisoner Advocate's Guide by Lady Passion of Coven Oldenwilde

Pagan Prisoner Advocate’s Guide

5 stars
Dixie Deerman (Lady Passion) (Free e-book, Smashwords, 2013)

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This illuminating free handbook details a Wiccan clergywoman’s two decades’ experience advocating for incarcerated and institutionalized Pagans persecuted behind bars. High Priestess Lady Passion reveals her techniques for securing their religious rights — empowering any volunteer to do the same and aid this vulnerable segment of the Craft community.

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Ask-A-Priestess

Ask-A-Priestess: Magic Answers and Spells From a Real Witch by Lady Passion of Coven Oldenwilde

Ask-A-Priestess: Magic Answers & Spells From a Real Witch

5 stars
Dixie Deerman (Lady Passion) (Smashwords e-book, 2010)

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Wish you had a wise woman on-call for spells, spirituality & solutions to stresses? Lady Passion answers magic questions from folks worldwide — empowering all to work Witchcraft to help themselves and the planet thrive. From jobs to Jesus, fairies to flying ointments, and pets to persecution, no topic is taboo for this R.N. Witch counselor!

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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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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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An ABC of Witchcraft

ABC of Witchcraft

4 stars
Doreen Valiente (Phoenix Publishing, 1973)

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Alphabetized information about Craft beliefs, traditions, lore, and practices; written by a witness to the modern rise of Witchcraft.

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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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Witch Book

The Witch Book

4 stars
Raymond Buckland (Visible Ink Press, 2002)

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Alphabetized, oft-illustrated information about magical practices, fads and traditions, and some ancient and modern occultists; written by a trained Gardnerian Witch elder who’d given our The Goodly Spellbook a rave review.

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Good Magic

Good Magic

4 stars
Marina Medici (Fireside, 1989)

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Teens to adults will like this guide to Pagan candle, herb, natural, and basic ritual magic; written in lyrical, non-dogmatic fashion, it’s illustrated with mood-enhancing photographs.

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Alexandria: The Journal Of The Western Cosmological Traditions

Alexandria 1: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 1, ed. David Fideler (1991 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 2: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 2, ed. David Fideler (1994 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 3: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 3, ed. David Fideler (1995 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 4: The Order & Beauty of Nature

4 stars
Vol. 4, ed. David Fideler (1997 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, & Culture

4 stars
Vol. 5, ed. David Fideler (2000 Phanes Press)

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Explorations of Pagan topics such as the Life of Hypatia, an Orphic Hymn to Artemis, the Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks, The Science & Art of Animating Statues, and Pythagorean Harmonics, etc.; written by academic researchers and magical practitioners.

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