Suggested Reading List

We are in the process of doing a complete overhaul of this reading list,l and will also be adding a database of book reviews. Please check back soon. In the meantime, this older version, with a few small updates, is still available.
A great place to find used, rare, and out of print books is at Advanced Book Exchange.

Introduction to Wicca

  • Wicca, The Old Religion In The New Age, Vivianne Crowley
  • A Witches' Bible Complete, Janet & Stewart Farrar
  • Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler
  • The Spiral Dance, Starhawk
  • Natural Magic,  Marian Green


  • The Only Way to Learn Astrology, March & McEvers
  • The Only Way...: Basic Principles, March & McEvers
  • The Only Way...: Horoscope Analysis, March & McEvers
  • The Only Way...: Math and Interpretation Techniques, March & McEvers
  • Mythic Astrology, Liz Greene

Auras and Energy

  • Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith


  • Wheel of the Year, Dan & Pauline Campanelli
  • Festivals of the Athenians, H.W. Parke
  • Aquarian Book of Festivals, J. Cooper
  • 1999 Witches Calendar, Llewellyn

Ceremonial Magick

  • Psychic Self Defense, Dion Fortune
  • Complete Golden Dawn, Israel Regardie
  • Modern Magick, Donald Michael Kraig
  • Philosophy of Natural Magic, H. C. Agrippa
  • Three Books of Occult Philosophy, H. C. Agrippa
  • Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, H.C. Agrippa


  • Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith
  • Luscher Colour Test, Max Luscher

Comparative Mythology

  • New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology
  • Witches God, Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Witches Goddess, Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Ancient and Shining Ones, D. J. Conway
  • Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses, R. J. Stewart

Craft Laws

  • The Witches Way, Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Positive Magic, Marion Weinstein


  • Runes
    • Raido, Jennifer Smith (
    • The Runic Reading List, Runesmith (
    • Leaves of Ygddrasil, Freya Aswynn
    • Teutonic Magic (ISBN 0875422918)

    • Teutonic Religion (ISBN 0875422608)
      both by Kveldulf Gundarsson
  • Scrying
    • Crystal Gazing & the Wonders of Clairvoyance, John Melville
    • Scrying for Beginners, Donald Tyson
  • Divination other than scrying
    • Games of the Gods, Nigel Pennick
    • The Ancient Science of Geomancy, Nigel Pennick
    • Ouija, The Most Dangerous Game, Stoker Hunt
    • Pendulum Power, G. Neilsen
  • Tarot
    • 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack
    • Royal Road, Stephan Hoeller
    • Tarot: ANew Handbook for Apprentices, Eileen Connolly

Fairy Tales

  • Grimms Fairy Tales
  • Blue Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Brown Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Grey Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Pink Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Lilac Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Orange Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Violet Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Yellow Fairy Book, Lang, Ford & Hood
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Brian Wildsmith

Gender Specific Mysteries

  • He, Robert A. Johnson
  • She, Robert A. Johnson
  • We, Robert A. Johnson
  • MotherWit, Diane Mariechild
  • To Know, Jade (out of print)
  • Blood , Bread & Roses, Charlene Spretnak


  • Polarity Therapy, Randolph Stone


  • The Master Book of Herbalism, Paul Beyerl
  • The Herb Book, John B. Lust
  • The Natural Remedy Bible, John B. Lust
  • The Herbal Tea Garden, Marietta Marshall Marcin

Incense and Oils

  • Magical and Ritual Book of Perfumes, Richard A. Miller
  • Wylundt's Book of Incense, Wylundt
  • Aromatherapy, Robert Tisserand
  • Golden Secrets of Mystic Oils, Anna Riva


  • Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabbat-Zinn
  • How to Meditate, Lawrence LeShan
  • Highways of the Mind, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (out of print)
  • The Way of the Goddess, Shantara Khalsa


  • The Moon and the Virgin, Nor Hall
  • Moon Madness, Paul Katzeff
  • Mysteries of the Dark Moon, Demetra George


  • Celtic
    • Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses, R. J. Stewart
    • Pagan Celtic Britain, Anne Ross
    • Celtic Heritage, Alwyn & Brimley Rees
    • The Apple Branch, Alexei Kondratiev
    • See also Irish and Welsh, below
  • Egyptian
    • Ancient Egyptian Religion, Stephen Quirke
    • The Book of the Dead (Faulkner Translation), Raymond Faulkner
  • Greek
    • Light in Extension, David Godwin
    • The Iliad, Homer
    • Theogony, Works & Days, Hesiod
    • The Odyssey, Homer
    • Greek plays by Aeschylus
  • Irish
    • Early Irish Myths and Sagas, Jeffrey Gantz
    • Myth, Legend & Romance: An Encyclopedia of the Irish Folk Tradition, Dáithí Ó hÓgáin
    • Mythic Ireland, Michael Dames
  • Norse
    • Poetic Eddas
    • Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe, H. R. Ellis Davidson
    • Teutonic Magic, Kvendulf Gundarsson
    • Teutonic Religion, Kvendulf Gundarsson
  • Roman
    • The Aeneid, Virgil
    • On The Nature of the Universe, Lucretius
    • Metamorphoses, Ovid
  • Sumerian
    • Mesopotamian Myths, Henrietta McCall
    • Ancient Mesopotamia, A. Leo Oppenheimer
    • Sumerians: Their History, Culture and Character, Samuel Kramer
  • Welsh
    • The Mabinogion, trans. Jeffrey Gantz

Nature Spirituality and Lore

  • Natural Magic, Doreen Valiente
  • Full Circle, Lone Wolf Circles
  • Sacred Land, Sacred Sex, Dolores LaChapelle
  • Folklore of Birds, Laura Martin
  • Sharing Nature with Children, Joseph Cornell
  • Thinking Like A Mountain, Seed, Fleming, Macy & Naess
  • Dictionary of Symbolic and Mythological Animals, J. Cooper
  • Lady of the Beasts, Buffie Johnson
  • Confessions of an EcoWarrior, Dave Foreman
  • Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, J. Lovelock
  • Petersen's Field Guides to...

Pagan History

  • Splendor Solis, Solomon Trismosin
  • Night Battles, Carlo Ginzburg
  • Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath, Carlo Ginzburg
  • History of Pagan Europe, Pennick & Jones
  • Triumph of the Moon, Ronald Hutton


  • The Benham Book of Palmistry, William G. Benham


  • Devoted to You, Judy Harrow et al.
  • A Guide to the Gods, Marjorie Leach
  • The Witches' Goddess, Janet & Stewart Farrar
  • The Witches' God, Janet & Stewart Farrar

Public Relations and the Law

  • The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, Kerr Cuhulain
  • The Truth About Witchcraft Today, Scott Cunningham

Principles of Magic

  • Spells and How They Work, Janet & Stewart Farrar
  • Path to Power, Roger Heisler
  • Natural Magic, Marian Green
  • Good Magic, Marina Medici


  • Adam and the Kabbalistic Tree, Z'ev Ben Shimon Halevi
  • Kabbalah for the Layman, Rabbi Berg
  • The Mystical Qabalah, Dion Fortune
  • The Shining Paths, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki (out of print)

Ritual Construction

  • Celebrating Life, Tzipora Klein
  • Magical Rites From the Crystal Well, Ed Fitch
  • First Steps in Ritual, D. Ashcroft-Nowicki

Robes and Degrees and Dress

  • A Pictorial History of Costume, Pepin Press Staff
  • The History of Costume, Braun & Scheider (


  • Eight Sabbats for Witches, Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Wheel of the Year, Dan & Pauline Campanelli
  • Celebrate the Earth, Laurie Cabot


  • The Wicker Man, Allan Frewin Jones
  • The Hero Within, Carol S. Perason
  • The Cuisine of Sacrifice Among the Greeks, M. Detienne

Song and Chant

  • Circle of Song, Kate Marks
  • Carpe Noctum, Tamarra James (


  • The Occult and Curative Powers of Precious Stones, W. Fernie
  • Precious Stones, May Bauer
  • Book of Sacred Stones, Barbara Walker


  • Mask of Apollo, Mary Renault (out of print)


  • Magical Alphabets, Nigel Pennick
  • The Complete Book of Amulets and Talismans, Migene Gonzales-Wippler
  • Secrets of Magical Seals, Anna Riva

Tool Making

  • Tree Medicine, Tree Magic, Hopman
  • The Complete Metalsmith, Tim McCreight

Wiccan Traditions

  • Gardnerian
    • Witchcraft Today, Gerald Gardner
    • The Meaning of Witchcraft, Gerald Gardner
    • High Magic's Aid, Gerald Gardner
  • General
    • Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler
    • Witchcraft From the Inside, Raymond Buckland
    • Lid Off the Cauldron, Patricia Crowther (out of print)
    • Complete Art of Witchcraft, Sybil Leek
    • The Complete Book of Witchcraft, Katherine Paulsen
    • The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, Lady Sheba (out of print)
    • Natural Magic, Doreen Valiente
    • An ABC of Witchcraft, Doreen Valiente
    • Witchcraft for Tomorrow, Doreen Valiente
    • The Rebirth of Witchcraft, Doreen Valiente (out of print)
    • Witchcraft, A Tradition Renewed, Doreen Valiente
    • Books by Margaret Murray, Lois Bourne, Vivianne Crowley
  • Alexandrian
  • Dianic
  • Faerie

Good General Books

  • Lucid Dreams in 30 Days, K. Harary
  • The Practical Guide to Psychic Self Defense and Well-Being, Denning & Phillips

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