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5 Books Every Wiccan Should Own

Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 9/22/2014 to Articles

You've decided you want to learn about contemporary Wicca or another modern Pagan path, and you are curious where to start and what books you should read. After all there are thousands of books that are out there. We have started a small list of books we recommend you start with. Of course if you have any suggestions you would like to share with our readers, we look forward to hearing from you in our comments!

Blessed Be.
Cormac O'Dwyer
Librarian and Senior Witch

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham

Wicca: A GuideCunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

Living Wicca
Scott Cunningham

Living WiccaLiving Wicca takes a philosophical look at the questions, practices, and differences within Witchcraft. You'll learn how to create your own rituals and symbols, develop a book of shadows, and even become a high priest or priestess. Also covered in this Scott Cunningham classic are tools, magical names, initiation, the mysteries, 120 Wiccan symbols, and the importance of secrecy in your practice.

Complete Book of Witchcraft
Raymond Buckland

Here is the most complete self-study course in modern Wicca available, written by the person who first went public with "The Old Religion" in the United States. For group or solitary use, it includes rituals; exercises for developing psychic talents; information on all major "sects" of the Craft; sections on tools, beliefs, dreams, meditations, divination, herbal lore, healing, ritual clothing; and much, much more.
Even those who have practised Wicca for years find useful information in Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, and many covens are using it as their textbook. Profusely illustrated and full of music and chants.

Wicca For One: The Path Of Solitary Witchcraft
Raymond Buckland

Seize control of your destiny with the simple but profound practice of Advanced Candle Magick. In Advanced Candle Magick, you'll use advanced spells, preparatory work, visualization and astrology to improve and enhance your results. Create a framework conducive to potent spell work through the use of planetary hours, days of the week, herb and stone correspondences, and colour symbolism. Create positive changes in your relationships, finances, health and spirit when you devise your own powerful rituals based upon the sample spells presented in this book.

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Scott Cunningham

Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently.

Each herb listing includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft.


Date 9/22/2014
annette cooper
thank you
Date 9/22/2014
I have found that. "The Solitary Witch" by Silver Ravenwolf to be a good beginners book.
Date 9/22/2014
What about Drawing Down the Moon? And I've met Buckland and was not impressed!
Date 9/22/2014
Nicholas Emanuele
I have three out of five but will get the other two ASAP. Thank you for the info. Scott Cunningham rocks.
Date 9/22/2014
Personally, I have not yet found a book that is more amazing than Power of the Witch by Laurie Cabot. Truly a book worth having! I have gifted it to many and all have loved it!
Date 9/23/2014
Jason Kimble
I've read all except Wicca for one. They are all phenomenal works. Very good choices.
Date 9/23/2014
James R Harcrow
all of thim
Date 9/23/2014
Have them all and love them
Date 9/23/2014
jackie semit
Thank you!
Date 9/23/2014
Sinead Jennings
You forgot to mention Wicca Teachings: An Introduction And Practical Guide. The best book on Wicca I have read and I have read all the above.
Date 9/23/2014
Linda Burger
I have them all except for one
Date 12/24/2015
Definitely! Scott Cunningham is one of the best ! Another one , kind of a little old school , but it's called West Country Wicca by RHIANNON RYALL
Date 1/13/2016
Patricia Manzi
The Spiral Dance - Starhawk The Witch's Bible Complete - Janet and Stewart Farrar Drawing Down the Moon - Margot Adler Any Doreen Valiente Poetry

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