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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 3:47 pm
This is where we'll compile a list of all Pagan/Wiccan/New Age related books! If you have any books that you'd like to add to the list, please post here and I'll add them as soon as I can.

In your post, please be sure to include the title of the book, the author of the book, and which category the book belongs in (if it belongs in a category that is not yet listed, I will add it)

If you would like to add a book to this list, please use the following form for each book to help us out:




Complete Book of the Zodiac by Jonathan Cainer

Asatru (Norse Heathenry)
Our Troth (Volumes I and II) by Kveldulf Gundarsson

Books for advanced practitioners
Advanced Witchcraft by Edain McCoy
The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes
Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp
Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle
The Goodly Spellbook by Dixie Deerman & Steve Rasmussen
Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism by Graham Harvey
The Study of Witchcraft by Deborah Lipp
The Teen Spell Book, Magick for Young Witches by Jamie Wood
The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton

Books for beginners
An ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente
Amulets & Talismans for Beginners by Richard Webster
Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Magic and Wisdom of Witchcraft by Phyllis Curott
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Celtic Magic by DJ Conway
A Charmed Life: Celebrating Wicca Every Day by Patricia Telesco
Circle Round by Starhawk
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft by Denise Zimmerman and Katherine Gleason
Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More by Amber K
Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature by Starhawk
Earthwalks for Body and Spirit by James Endredy
Earth Wisdom: Reconnecting to Yourself through the Power of Nature by Aubrey Wallace
Eight Sabbats for Witches by Janet and Stewart Farrar
Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura
A Grimoire of Shadows: Witchcraft, Paganism and Magick by Ed Fitch
High Magic's Aid by Gerald Gardner
How to Bewitch: A Manual of Modern Witchcraft by Raven Tempest
How to Make White Magic by Raje Airey
Lid off The Cauldron: Handbook for Witches by Patricia Crowther
Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham
The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
Natural Magic by Doreen Valiente
Natural Magick by Cassandra Eason
Norse Magic by DJ Conway
The Pagan Path by Janet & Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham
The Rebirth of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente
Rocking the Goddess: Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner by by Anthony Paige
To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf
To Stir a Magick Cauldron by Silver RavenWolf
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Study of Witchcraft by Deborah Lipp
Teen Witch By Silver Ravenwolf
The Teen Spell Book, Magick for young Witches by Jamie Wood
The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton
The Wicca Bible by Ann-Marie Gallagher
The Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland
True Magick by Amber K
Way of Four by Deborah Lipp
Way of Wicca by Vivianne Crowley
What Do Pagans Believe? by Graham Harvey
When Someone you Love is Wiccan: A Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Co-Workers by Carl McColman
Where to Park your Broomstick by Lauren Manoy
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice by Thea Sabin
Wicca for Life by Raymond Buckland
A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the Mysteries of the Craft from Birth to Summerland by A. J. Drew
Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins and Teachings by Raven Grimassi
Witch: A Magickal Journey by Fiona Horne
The Witch's Bag of Tricks: Personalize Your Magick & Kickstart Your Craft by Melaine Marquis
Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente
Witchcraft: The Old Religion by L.L Martello
Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook by Janet and Stewart Farrar
Your Book of Shadows by Patricia Telesco

Cooking by Moonlight: A Witch's Guide to Culinary Magic by Karri Allrich
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunnigham
Kitchen Witch's Cookbook by Patricia Telesco

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall
Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
The Essential Crystal Handbook by Simon and Sue Lilly
Love is in the Earth by Melody

Divination books:
The Tarot Directory by Annie Lionnet
Past Life and Karmic Tarot by Edain McCoy
How to use Tarot Spreads by Sylvia Abraham
How to Read the Tarot: The Keyword System By Silvia Abraham
Tarot: The Complete Kit by Dennis Fairchild

1001 Dreams by Jack Altman
Zolar's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Dreams by Zolar

Occult Underground. This website contains various free electronic books (e-books) that can be accessed instantly. The authors range from the famous Aleister Crowley to Anton LaVey and even H P Lovecraft and Confucius!

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Animal Talk: Interspecies Telepathic Communication by Penelope Smith
Enchanted Cat by Ellen Dugan
Familiar Spirits by Donald Tyson
Your Magickal Cat: Feline Magick, Lore, and Worship by Gerina Dunwich

Gods & Goddessess
Goddesses in World Mythology by Martha Ann and Dorothy Myers Imel
Isis Magic: Cultivating a Relationship with the Goddess of 10,000 Names by M. Isidora Forrest
Magick of the Gods and Goddesses by D.J. Conway
The Storyteller's Goddess: Tales of the Goddess and Her Wisdom from Around the World by Carolyn McVickar Edwards

Herb books
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients: A Wiccan Guide to Spellcasting by Lexa Roséan
Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Gujde to Herbal Remedies by Martin Coventry
Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes

Goddess Meditations by Barbara Ardinger
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft By Christopher Penczak
The Outer Temple of Witchcraft By Christopher Penczak
The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft By Christopher Penczak
The Temple of High Witchcraft By Christopher Penczak

Magickal Mystical Creatures by D. J. Conway

Nocturnal Witchcraft
Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantionos
Summoning Spirits by Konstantinos

Rune books
Taking Up The Runes by Diana L. Paxon
The Book of Runes by Francis Melville

Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition by Laurie Cabot
Dancing with the Sun: Celebrating the Seasons of Life by Yasmine Galenorn

Spell books
Book of Spells by Soraya
The Book of Spells by Michael Johnstone
Cassandra Eason's Complete Book of Spells by Cassandra Eason
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic by Scott Cunningham
The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes
The Goodly Spellbook by Dixie Deerman & Steve Rasmussen
The Great Book of Spells by Pamela Ball
Making Spells for Good Magic by Raje Airey
Spells for Teenage Witches by Marina Baker
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Spells by Michael Johnstone
The Wicca Spellbook by Gerina Dunwich
A Victorian Grimore By Patricia Telesco

Other books
The Book of English Magic by Richard Heygate and Philip Carr-Gomm
Book of Hours: Prayers to the God by Galen Gillotte
Book of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess by Galen Gillotte
Celebrating Times of Change: A Wiccan Book of Shadows for Family and Coven Growth by Stanley J.A. Modrzyk
Celtic Women's Spirituality: Accessing the Cauldron of Life by Edain McCoy
Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk.
The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Dianne Sylvan
The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Confessions of a Teenage Witch: Celebrating the Wiccan Life by Gwinevere Rain
Cottage Witchery: Natural Magick for Hearth and Home by Ellen Dugan
Essential Aromatherapy by Jenny Plucknett
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz
The Fortune-Telling Book: Reading Balls, Tea Leaves, Playing Cards and Everyday Omens of Love and Luck by Gillian Kemp
The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer
Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Guide to Fortune Telling by Brockhampton Press
Psychic Powers by David Lawson
Signs, Symbols, & Omens by Raymond Buckland
Teenage Survival Book by Marina Baker
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development by Christopher Penczak
The Witches' Almanac
The Wiccan Prayer Book: Daily Meditations, Inspirations, Rituals, and Incantations by Mark Ventimiglia

Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work by Michelle Belanger
Vampires In Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices by Michelle Belanger
Vampires- the Occult Truth by Konstantinos

Wicca fiction
Balefire series by Cate Tiernan (4 books total)
Bell, Book, and Murder by Rosemary Edghill
Blue is for Nightmares, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Circle of Three series by Isobel Bird (15 books total)
Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sweep series by Cate Tiernan (15 books total)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Witch Blood by Anya Bast
Witch Fire by Anya Bast  
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:21 am
Wasn't quite sure where to put this, but since it is book related, I thought I'd put it here. (obviously feel free to move it if necessary)

How to Find Your Way in a Library (A Witches Guide to Dewey)

Unless you are fortunate enough to have access to a good Pagan store (see Witchvox listings for details of your nearest!), buying Craft books from a general bookstore can be a sub-optimal experience. Yes they will probably have some books on Witchcraft/Wicca, but the choice, quality, and depth of those available may be limited. Also, you are likely to find that they will expect you to pay for the privilege before you take them home and read them.

Fortunately there is an alternative - your local Library.

It is perhaps an indicator of the growth of Neo-Paganism that today most (even small to medium size) libraries will have some books on the subject and some of these can be of surprisingly good quality. Admittedly, there is still a need to 'separate the wheat from the chaff' – but if you look, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. Most importantly, it’s usually free!

Unfortunately, the Dewey Decimal Classification, (which is used by most general libraries to arrange the books on the shelves by subject) can make finding this material less than straightforward.

Books that you might consider to be on the same or a related subject can often be found far apart – sometimes in quite separate sections of the library: and this is not because they've been misplaced, but because this is how the vagaries of the classification system have ordered them.

To get some examples of what can happen, let's have a look at www.worldcat.org. Here it is possible to find libraries, which hold a particular title across the globe, and by following links to their individual catalogues, see details of how they have been classified.

Searching on Worldcat for libraries which hold editions of 'Witchcraft Today' by G.B. Gardner very quickly shows that nearly all of the libraries that use the Dewey Decimal Classification give this volume a classmark of 133.4 – which places it with other works on Witchcraft, and close to works concerning other aspects of the occult: But not all. A very small number of libraries have given recently acquired copies of this work the classmarks 290 or 299.

Repeating this process with Buckland's 'Wicca for One' gives somewhat different results. A large number (approximately 40%) of libraries use classmark 133.4 for this title but the majority (60%), including the Library of Congress, use a different classmark – 299.94.

To summarize, some libraries will place Buckland's book close to Gardner on the shelves – others will place them in completely different sections: What is happening here?

Well, Dewey is called a Decimal system because it is divided and subdivided in tens (and is theoretically infinitely subdivisible), so the codes between 000 and 999 are divided into 10 main classes, 100 divisions and 1, 000 sections: 000-099 is for General Works, 100-199 is for Philosophy and Psychology, 200-299 for Religions, 300-399 for the Social Sciences; and so on.

Inevitably the system reflects the prejudices and mores of its creator Melvil Dewey and of late 19th century America where it was formulated.

In the first (1876) version of the classification Witchcraft is tellingly given the classmark 133 for "Delusions, witchcraft, magic". This section was subdivided in later editions, and Witchcraft was given progressively more specific classmarks of 133.4 and 133.43.

Although these classmarks dealt mainly with historical works on the Witchcraft persecutions, when 'Witchcraft Today' came out it was naturally placed in the same classmark - and as specifically Wiccan titles appeared they were classified in the same way.

This continued until the 22nd Revision of Dewey was released in 2004 and a new classmark was provided - 299.94, for "Religions based on modern revivals of witchcraft", of which Wicca was cited as a specific example. However, this new classmark was not prominently highlighted in the Changes Notes for the new revision, and has been slow to be adopted by libraries.

As recently as May 2006, Janet Tapper was still arguing the case for Wicca to be considered as a religion by libraries rather than as part of the occult. Things are beginning to improve, but remain patchy - which is why the Buckland title referred to above has such inconsistent results. In some library systems the same book can be seen to have different classmarks in different branches!

Central libraries – such as the Library of Congress – are hugely influential in determining how books are classified as many libraries will simply follow their lead and use the same classmark. Reasons why this doesn't lead to total uniformity are that some librarians will continue to use a certain classmark either out of habit; because they believe it will help their readers by placing them with other related books; or to maintain consistency of classification if they are using an older version of Dewey.

Unfortunately, even the Library of Congress seems to be inconsistent, with Buckland's "Wicca for One" (2004) getting the 'new' classmark of 299.94; and some more recent works, like Thea Sabin's "Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy and Practice" (2006) still being given the 'old' classmark of 133.43.

What this means in practice is that to get the most out of what your library has to offer you need to know your way around the shelves and look under several different classmarks. Nor is useful material confined just to the classmarks specifically for Witchcraft/Wicca.

With all the specifically Wiccan/Witchcraft texts available nowadays, and the innumerable sources on the web, it is some times easy to forget how much can be learned from books on folklore, comparative religion and mythology.

George Knowles has notably recounted how Laurie Cabot first came to Witchcraft, through study directed by a Witch who was one of the librarians at the Boston Public Library long before "Witchcraft Today" or other modern Witchcraft texts were available.

With this in mind, here is a list of classmarks where useful and relevant books can be found using the Dewey Classification (Examples of some texts which have actually been assigned these classmarks by the British Library are included in the notes):

Demonology and Witchcraft

Magic and Witchcraft
Perhaps the most widely used, and over used, classmark.

Spells, Curses, Charms
This is subdivided as follows:
.442 Love spells and charms
.443 Good luck spells and charms
.446 Therapeutic spells and charms

Public Worship and Other Practices: Witchcraft
Not widely used. (As far as the British Library goes - not ever used, and that is saying something!)

Greek and Roman Religions
The pagan religions of classical Rome and Greece. Also some general works on modern Paganism
i.e. The Busy Pagan: Living the Wheel of the Year in the Modern World/Graham Miller; illustrations by Anita Luckett.

Celtic and Germanic Religions
A very untidy section of the classification. Norse and Celtic Mythology/Religion are quite different things: Yet they are frequently found sharing the same classmarks right across this section.
i.e. Freyja - the Great Goddess of the North and The Celtic Year.

Other Religions
General catchall for books on Neopaganism that the classifying librarian can't think where to put!

Examples are: Offering to Isis: knowing the goddess through her sacred symbols, M. Isidora Forrest and Old peoples, new songs: a collection of songs and chants for the modern ’pagan’ community compiled and introduced by Aeron Medbh-Mara.

299.31 Ancient Egyptian Religion
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
i.e. Egyptian paganism for beginners: bring the gods and goddesses into daily life

Religions based on modern revivals of Witchcraft:
Including Wicca
Although this classmark is technically for Witchcraft as a Religion, there is some evidence that librarians are doing the same as they did with 133.43 (only in reverse), and lumping Magic[k]al practice and religious practice together.
i.e. Circle, Coven and Grove: a Year of Magickal Practice / Deborah Blake.

Criminal Law: Witchcraft
The law relating to Witchcraft
i.e. Witchcraft and the Act of 1604 / edited by John Newton and Jo Bath.

Myths and Legends
This classmark is primarily for Mythology as a cultural rather than a religious phenomenon: But of course there is much material that touches both aspects. This section is extensively subdivided, according to culture and location.

For instance:
398.2089916 - Celtic Mythology

As with Mythology above, there is much of interest hidden in this section.
i.e. Moon Customs and Superstitions / T.F. Thiselton-Dyer and Sabine Baring-Gould.

This table is far from comprehensive, and any comments would be welcomed for future revisions. What it does show clearly that there is much confusion and inconsistency amongst librarians about the best place to put works in the area of neopaganism: and that it can be very worthwhile to broaden a search for material beyond the obvious classmarks.

Good Hunting!

Copyright: Copyright J.P. Brettle 2008. Reproduction permitted if source and author acknowledged.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:57 pm
I'd just like to take the opportunity to rave about Margot Adler's "Drawing Down the Moon." Its already on the list (not to mention half of the authors I've read before have referred to her) but I found a copy at Barnes and Noble today and its absolutely fantastic. I'm only a few chapters in but so far its one of the best books I've read about the craft and paganism in general. I totally recommend it to everyone, no matter how experienced you are. If nothing else its a great piece to read about the social and psychological aspects of the neo-pagan movement. Its soooooooo good. XD  
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:10 am

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:56 pm

There's also a group of books out there that are called The School of Magick and Mystery which is for young readers. There's also one called Circle Round, by Starhawk, which is raising children in the goddess religions. There are a lot of resources for people raising their children in the pagan paths too.  
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:19 am
I would recommend adding Vampires In Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices by Michelle Belanger to the "vampires" section, as it gives diverse opinions about real vampires in their own words. Very cool.

There's also Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work by Michelle Belanger that can be either under Vampires or in Other Books as it deals with not only the psychic vampire condition but also techniques for energy manipulation that apply to everyone who wishes to use energy.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:54 pm
Books for Beginners

WICCA for Beginners by Thea Sabin

PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:53 pm
Wicca Fiction

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:58 pm
So, I bought 'Where to Park your Broomstick."
It's amazing. Highly recommended.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:42 pm
I just thought I would give you a link I found...Magick Books They have a ton of free e-books that are about many different subjects including wicca, alchemy, taoism, and buddhism...They also have books by Crowley and Waite on there.


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