Recommended Witch Books:

Beliefs, Practices, & Traditions of Pagans, Witches, & Wiccans

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)

Review:

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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An ABC of Witchcraft

ABC of Witchcraft

4 stars
Doreen Valiente (Phoenix Publishing, 1973)

Review:

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

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Drawing Down the Moon

Review:

Craft history, information about diverse magical practitioners, groups, and Covens, and resources; written by a traditionally trained Gardnerian Witch; the author included information about Coven Oldenwilde in this 20th-anniversary update of her 1986 original edition.

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Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines

4 stars
Patricia Monaghan (New World Library, 2014)

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Lore about Goddesses worldwide, including their magical correspondences and powers, feast days, myths, and much more.

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Good Magic

Good Magic

4 stars
Marina Medici (Fireside, 1989)

Review:

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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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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Review:

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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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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Plato’s Republic

Republic

4 stars
Plato, translated by C.D.C. Reeve (Hackett, 2004)

Review:

A seminal tome by a Classical Pagan who argued that archetypal ideas govern matter and time, and explains magic’s philosophical bases.

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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)

Review:

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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To Ride A Silver Broomstick

To Ride a Silver Broomstick New Generation Witchcraft

1 stars
Silver Ravenwolf (Llewellyn, 1993)

Review:

A shallow re-hash of beginner material such as Scott Cunningham’s, written by a non-magically trained practitioner.

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Witch Book

The Witch Book

4 stars
Raymond Buckland (Visible Ink Press, 2002)

Review:

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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Witchcraft Today

Witchcraft Today

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

Review:

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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Witchcraft: The Old Religion

Witchcraft The Old Religion

5 stars
Leo Martello (Citadel Press, 1973)

Review:

Magic that rings true, rare interviews with seminal Gardnerian figures, and a fascinating 1970s-era view of the challenges that Wicca’s burgeoning popularity posed the Craft community; written by a Strega practitioner and ground-breaking activist for Pagan and gay rights.

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