This may or may not come as a surprise, but I’ve been a bookworm for even longer than I’ve been a practicing Witch. I used to play “Library” as a very young child, setting up my books all around the living room and loaning them out to my other toys. (When I wasn’t outside playing in the woods and communicating with nature spirits, that is!) So the flourishing of interest in all things Witchy over the past couple of decades has been nothing short of delightful for me, as it brings more and more books on my favorite subjects!
The way I see it, a good Craft book is just as valuable as any other magical tool. They can teach or guide us, answer questions, and provide help if we’re feeling stagnant or lost. But because Wicca and Witchcraft are such vast subjects, there’s no single resource (no matter how comprehensive) that can cover it all. And even if it were possible to do so, there would still be no way to account for all of the different traditions, which are continually expanding, or all of the often-conflicting perspectives among practitioners on just about any topic related to the Craft. Indeed, even the best resources can only provide one window onto an ever-expanding view of this richly textured world.
This is ultimately good news, of course, as this diversity is one reason people find this spiritual path so appealing. And it also means…. you guessed it… more books!
This ultimate Witches’ book list is intended as a comprehensive directory of the most trusted ancient, traditional, modern, academic, practical, theory, and reference books. It’s designed to help you wade through the literally thousands of options for your next Craft guide(s). You’ll find books for beginners, books for experts, and books for those not yet sure of their path. There are short and in-depth guides, historical overviews, encyclopedias, spell books and grimoires, and niche-focused works for topics like cord magic, divination, and working with sigils.
Some titles are very much of their time, dating as far back as the early 1900s. Others have transcended the time they were written to become classics that remain delightfully accessible. Still others are completely modern, harnessing the wisdom of the ages but written from the perspective of today’s generation. But no matter when they were written, all have useful insights to share.
So whether you’re an absolute beginner or have been practicing for decades, you’re bound to find new sources of inspiration here. Enjoy perusing these suggestions as you build your own Witch’s Library, and happy reading!
The Best Place to Start for New Witches
Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic & Witchcraft, The Mystic Library, Lisa Chamberlain, 2020
Are you just starting and looking for a great cornerstone title for your Wiccan book collection? If you’ve ever been curious about just what the Wiccan Religion is, wanted to understand its core beliefs, or needed a clear outline of magical tools, altars, circle casting, and spellwork, start here. Along with an overview of the history and philosophy of Wicca, there are details to help you choose core and adjunct/optional ritual tools, robes and attire, and tools and ingredients to make your spells and rituals effective and personal. Work through the Wheel of the Year, meditate and visualize, and tune into deities and the Divine as you establish the best Wiccan path for you. From calling the Quarters to cakes and ale; from brooms to your Book of Shadows; and from Esbats to Sabbats, this is one of the most precise outlines of the Craft you’ll find.
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, Juliet Diaz, 2019
Magic. It’s inside us all if we can only learn how to harness it. Think of this title as a guidebook to discover how to get in touch with your authentic inner self, casting off any habits and attitudes that don’t serve you. There are spells, rituals, and potions to help you heal, manifest, and protect. Learn the importance of your Book of Shadows, how to establish an altar, and honor the natural seasons. Learn about working with the Moon, the Seasons of the Witch, and techniques to connect and honor your ancestors, drawing on their ancient wisdom.
To Ride A Silver Broomstick, Silver RavenWolf, 1996
This tome aims to demystify Wicca, making it more accessible with a whole chapter on jargon. Whether it’s the science or the religion of Witchcraft that appeals, this book will help you forge your own Wiccan path in your own time. You’ll find a chapter on charging, consecrating, and cleansing your magical tools. Organized into four sections of “shadows,” (background, building, performing, and challenging) it’s an excellent combination of theory and practice, making it a great place to get started.
Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice, Thea Sabin, 2006
This first full-length primer-style work from the author touches on both practical and spiritual aspects of the faith. Readers can delve into numerous fundamental aspects of Wicca, including grounding, meditation, raising energy, shielding, and visualization. Learn about the Wiccan circle as sacred space, the four Elements and quarters, and the Wiccan gods. Once familiar with those concepts, readers can progress to the more complex spell workings and rituals.
The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witch’s Guide to History, Traditions, and Modern-Day Spells, Tonya A. Brown, 2019
Are you looking to get in touch with your inner Witch? Learn timeless spells to harness your innate psychic abilities, allowing you to manifest your heart’s desire? Then this is a great book to pick up. Inside, you’ll find the history of the Craft throughout the ages; work out what type of Witchcraft is right for you; and acquire mastery of spells for protection, love, health, friends, and family, career, and spiritual work. A feature of this book that makes it stands out is the use of sepia panels throughout, highlighting Paganism vs. Wicca vs. Witchcraft, or Witchcraft and womanhood, and other areas of possible confusion around terminology.
The Essential Guide to Wicca for Beginners: 52 Spells and Rituals, Plus Magical History, Amythyst Raine, 2020
One of the most welcoming and inclusive aspects of Wicca is that when it comes to magical practice, there’s no right way or wrong way: you forge your own path. Work through practical suggestions on how to center, setting firm intentions, and focusing your energy. Be guided through writing your spells, and learn how to recognize Wiccan symbols you’ll often encounter. Find instructions on setting up an altar, casting and closing a circle, and preparing, caring for, and using your magical tools. This book contains excellent information on the elements, Wheel of the Year, history, and a wide range of spells.
Spells and Rituals
Wicca Book of Spells: A Beginner’s Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Magic (Volume 1; The Mystic Library), Lisa Chamberlain, 2020
Wicca is as simple or complex as you want it to be. For many, spell casting is one of the most important aspects. If you’re unsure where to start and you’d like to understand creating and adapting spells, this accessible text will take you through everything you need to know. There are thousands of possible spells out there, and this work brings together fifty of the most important. There are spells for health and well-being, including spells to calm anxiety and protect pets. There are spells for prosperity and wealth, including a honey abundance jar spell and one for job interview success. And there are spells for love and relationships, romantic and family, and information about spellwork and divination using essential oils, phases of the Moon, and commonly found household ingredients. (If you’ve ever wondered what else you can do with avocado and chicory roots, magically speaking, look no further.)
The Spell Book for New Witches: Essential Spells to Change Your Life, Ambrosia Hawthorn, 2020
When you come down to it, magic is all about transformation. In Wiccan terms, it lets us establish our connections with nature, drawing new opportunities towards us. Protect those you love. Draw new relationships into your life. Progress your career. And live your best life. This clear and straightforward guide explores terminology and best practice, dispelling some common misconceptions about the Craft. Learn how to create an altar and work with the seasons and cycles of the natural world for maximum effectiveness. There are sections on spellcasting for romantic love, prosperity and money matters, friends and family, healing and health, forgiveness and protection, success, well-being, and abundance.
1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose, Cassandra Eason, 2016
There’s something quite magical about the number 1,001. Even better still, 800 of the spells in this collection are published here for the first time. The twenty different sections of this book explore love, money, career, health, holidays, travel, fertility, good luck, hearth and home, seasons, animals, protection, friends, justice and peace, and the different stages of life. Each spell lays out clearly what you will need, the best day to cast, and the method. The author also gives information on colors, scents, angels, crystals, phases of the Moon, and times of day to strengthen every type of magic.
The Big Book of Practical Spells: Everyday Magic That Works, Judika Illes, 2016
Whether you’re just starting on the Wiccan path, or you’ve been treading the way for years, this practical work is packed with spells for all seasons. You’ll also find information on amulets, totems, elements, spirits, crystals, metals, flowers, oils, calendars, chants, enhancements, protections, and advice on keeping your expectations realistic. This title takes a life cycle approach and has spells and rituals for love, abundance, and divination. So, if you’re looking for fertility spells, marriage spells, spells for animals, or spells for comfort for those who’ve passed, you can find them in the pages of this book.
Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis, Lisa Marie Basile, 2018
While this text is relatively compact, it is very focused. It has sections on love, finding resilience in grief and suffering, being a light in the darkness when we seem surrounded by negativity, and regeneration and recharge. It also has areas on social justice; integrating light, dark, and shadow work; writing magic; and establishing what kind of spellcraft will work best for you. There’s even a section on magic for bathroom stalls, emergencies, and “crying corners.” This specialized guide will find favor with both new and experienced Witches.
Wicca Spellbook Starter Kit: A Book of Candle, Crystal, and Herbal Spells, Lisa Chamberlain, 2018
So you’re about to take your first steps on the Wiccan path, and you’re keen to get started with rituals and spells, but you’re not quite sure if candles, crystals, or herbs are the way to begin? Why not treat yourself to a starter kit? This option combines all three in practical, accessible, and down-to-earth guides. There are 160 magical workings to be found within, with equal appeal for absolute beginners and advanced Wiccans alike.
Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells, Judika Illes, 2009
At over 1,000 pages, this vast work talks the reader through spell-casting principles, key concepts, and ritual tools and techniques. The sections focus on animals, banishing, business and success, cleansing and legal issues, dreams, and divination in the details of the spells themselves. There are spells to draw luck, keep you safe from fire, or create and maintain a happy home. There are love spells, fertility spells, protection spells, weather spells, and spells to draw lost objects home, plus many more.
Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells, Nikki van de Car, 2017
Crystals are one topic in this concise and charming book, but they’re far from the only magical tool at your disposal. The first of three parts looks at healing chakras and auras. Then it delves into Magic for the Weekend Wiccan and explores healing with herbs. Learn about plant-based magic, Pagan holidays, and the parts of a spell. The book concludes with an overview of the Tarot, palmistry, dream interpretation, and astrology. Should you feel like creating your natal chart, there are instructions for that, too.
The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells, Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, 2017
Another title in the Modern-Day Witch sequence, this book draws readers into a magical world of spices and herbs. You’ll discover the secrets of aromatherapy and oils. You’ll gain insights into spells, potions, and brews. This volume draws together the collective wisdom and experience of over fifty of the top Witch practitioners globally: it’s like a masterclass for Witches, in book form. Whether it’s a spell to cleanse or a hands-on ritual for healing you need, consult this volume to find what you need on your Wiccan spiritual journey.
Spellcrafting: Strengthen the Power of Your Craft by Creating and Casting Your Own Unique Spells, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2020
Once you’ve gained an understanding of the tools to use and how to prepare your workspace, established the timings, set your intent, and read up on spells that have worked for others, it’s time to take the plunge and create your unique spells. Whether it’s a charm, a spell, or a potion, this step-by-step guide gently guides you through the writing of your spells. Find out why your magic works, as well as how it works, how to strengthen your magic and improve it, and a little magical troubleshooting for those occasions when things don’t go quite as planned.
Practical Magic for Beginners: Exercises, Rituals, and Spells for the New Mystic, Maggie Haseman, 2020
We live on a physical, practical plane of consciousness, so its practical effects need to be considered at every step when it comes to magic. Discover the magic for new Witches, including the meaning of auras, the power of crystals, and the application of divination. Find out about the seven chakras and their area of influence. Discover the Tarot, astrology, and palmistry as tools for divination, sigils and talismans, dream interpretation, and spirit guides. And finish with some practical spells for you to try out yourself.
Knot Magic: A Handbook of Powerful Spells Using Witches’ Ladders and other Magical Knots, Sarah Bartlett, 2020
Ever passed a tree adorned with colorful ribbons at Beltane or Lammas? Whether its cords, ribbons, string, or all three, knot magic has been with us for centuries. Attract a new love, draw prosperity towards you, and manifest your heart’s desire. Part of the Mystical Handbook series, this collection will teach you the best way to cast spells as well as the best time to perform them. Learn about Witch’s ladders, weaving in talismans with the knots to manifest your dreams, and “unknotting” charms to banish negativity. If you’re unsure which knot to use, you can look it up in the “magical knot directory.” This approachable work will be of particular interest to those wishing to work on this specialized and influential branch of magic.
Cord Magic: Simple Spells for Beginners to Witchcraft, Raven Willow, 2014
Sometimes thought of as a specialized branch of magic, cord (or knot) magic is perfect for beginners. Discover the importance of colors, timing, and the Moon phases to help you manifest everything your heart desires. Learn how to choose your cord, prepare your spell, cast your spell, and, most importantly, close down the spell in this concise and practical book.
Wicca Candle Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Candle Magic, with Simple Candle Spells, Lisa Chamberlain, 2015
One of the most delightful ways to work with the transformative Element of Fire is through candle magic. Simple, elegant, and highly symbolic, candles make it easy to work with this power in the form of a single, mesmerizing flame. Candle magic is a way of harnessing the unseen energy of the Universe into particular thoughtforms that work to effect a change in the physical world—whether that change is tangible, like more money in your pocket, or intangible, like a more positive outlook on a situation that once seemed hopeless. Unlike many other books on this fascinating topic, Lisa Chamberlain’s Candle Magic goes beyond simply providing spells and a brief list of color correspondences. Using core concepts found in the ancient wisdom of the Hermetic Principles, as well as long-held traditions of color associations relating to specific goals, Lisa takes readers through a step-by-step explanation of how fire and color work together to manifest the changes you seek.
Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose, Raymond Buckland, 1996
This recently re-organized and updated work now incorporates 37 rituals. Not sure how to place and prepare your candles? Ever wondered about the difference between altar candles, offertory candles, astral candles, and day candles? Useful tables outline the colors of candles associated with signs of the Western Zodiac, the days of the week, and their associated symbolism. And in this work, the rituals are shown in two forms, Christian and Pagan.
Candle Magic for Beginners: Spells for Prosperity, Love, Abundance, and More, Mystic Dylan, 2020
Not sure where to start? Learn from detailed step-by-step instructions on choosing suitable candles, performing and perfecting your ritual, and, most importantly, how to begin manifesting your heart’s desire through magic. Candle color is significant, but other factors affect your spells, too, such as size, shape, and burn time. There are thirty spells in this guide – spells for love, spells for healing, spells for abundance, spells for protection and spells for enlightenment. So whether you’re looking to invoke the spirit of Aphrodite in a beauty ritual, access the calm and peace of the Druids in a Circle of Serenity, or create a Flame of Protection, you’ll find the recipe right here.
The Book of Candle Magic: Candle Spell Secrets to Change Your Life, Madame Pamita, 2020
A joyous combination of color, light, Air, and Fire, candle magic is one of the most accessible techniques, even for beginner Witches. There’s guidance on putting a candle magic kit together, practical magic, and the power of words. Learn how to customize your candles, plan your spell, and make magic candles. Uncover the importance of numbers related to candle magic, layouts, and how to read the spell. There are also lists of magical herbs, gems, shells, talismans, and symbols. If you’re keen on adding a little pizzazz, as the saying goes, to your candle magic, take a tour through this title.
Wicca Crystal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, with Simple Crystal Spells – The Mystic Library, Lisa Chamberlain, 2021
Whether they’re glistening in the sand or glittering on your hand, gems and crystals have long had a magic all their own. You’ll find them incorporated into ancient artifacts, religious works of art, talismans, keepsakes, and (it goes without saying) magic. Many encyclopedias and guides give detailed outlines of precious and semi-precious stones and many others that deal only with spells incorporating crystals. This book bridges both approaches: there’s a clear overview of thirteen of the most widely utilized crystals in magical practice, plus an in-depth look at how you can use them in practical spellwork for the everyday. The spells in this book use only the stones listed in the text, getting you off to a flying start with your first crystals.
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, Scott Cunningham, 1998
A companion volume to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, this encyclopedia guides the reader through the secrets and mysteries of over one hundred metals and gems. Readers learn how to find stones, cleanse them, and use them for spells, divinations, and Tarot readings. There’s information about the symbolism of both shapes (think diamonds, hearts, pyramids, spheres, and stars) and colors of the stones. Explore the “rainbow of power” with the help of this straightforward guide. This text also helps you explore need, emotion, and knowledge, as well as magical morality.
Crystals for Witches: Rituals, Spells, and Practices for Stone Spirit Magic, Eliza Mabelle, 2020
In the modern magic of our smartphones, watches, and computers, crystals are everywhere, so is it any surprise they’re also important for other kinds of magic? Need to know which crystal is perfect for your situation? Leaf through the pages of this text to learn to select and prepare crystals and integrate them into your rituals and spellwork. There are complete reference profiles for over thirty crystals and shorter outlines for another hundred.
The Magic of Crystals and Gems: Unlocking the Supernatural Power of Stones, Cerridwen Greenleaf, 2017
The magical powers of gems and semi-precious stones have been known for centuries. Are you about to interview for your dream job? Try a green jade amulet. Need to break a habit? Try an amethyst ring. If it’s romance you need, two rose quartz crystals can work wonders. This guide takes you lightly through the power of crystals, gem mythology, crystal consciousness, and crystal healing. And if you’d like to know about birthstones, there’s a chapter for you too. There’s also a section on earrings, chains, brooches, and bracelets, as well as information on scrying, healing, divination, and psychic powers.
Herbal Magic - Oils, Potions, Herbs, and Preparations
Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells – The Mystic Library, Lisa Chamberlain, 2021
There’s intrinsic magic to the natural world, and any Witch can learn how to use it. Herbal magic is essential to Wiccans: plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, and weeds all harness the power of the elements and help keep us in touch with the cycle of life and death. Whether you’re taking your first tentative steps into the herb garden or you’re a little more experienced, you’ll find the approach in this book refreshing. Don’t worry that you’re going to need to incorporate rare herbs harvested once in a Blue Moon for the spells in this book; they all revolve around the same 13 herbs, including basil, cinnamon, lavender, and sage. You probably have many of them in your store cupboards or on your grocery list already (and as a bonus, you can use any leftovers to make your culinary dishes taste great too).
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 1996
Part of Llewellyn’s Sourcebook Series, this wide-ranging and extensive work explores the power of herbs, magical ways, spells and procedures, and magical intentions. The main part of the text explores herbs in great detail. The book concludes with tables and appendices looking at herbs by gender, planetary and elemental rulers, magical intentions, and essential oils. There is also an extremely useful cross-reference for folk names of herbs and a very to-the-point list of magical principles making this is an excellent addition to any reference shelf.
Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing, Amy Blackthorn, 2018
Many of us only notice our sense of smell when it’s impaired. This title helps you explore one of our most important yet often underutilized senses. The author explains why essential oils are so, well, essential; offers a well-argued chapter on “Cleansing Smoke and Clearing Energies,” and explores timing and color. Timing may include days of the week and moon phases. There’s clear information on the different methods of extracting essential oils, base and carrier oils, and synergies of oils working together. There are recipes for anointing oils, reverence blends, and blessing blends; suggestions for room sprays, bath oils, and bath salts; and instructions on how to use the oils in ritual.
Master Book of Herbalism, Paul Beyerl, 1998
This detailed text delves into herbalism from a traditional perspective, starting with herbs’ nature and history. In the section on remedial herbalism, there is advice on storage, the use of a mortar and pestle, philters, infusers, and measures. There’s information on preparations, infusions, decoctions, poultices, ointments, and washes; and instructions on how to macerate, use fixatives, and harvest and dry herbs. You’ll find chapters on the herbalist as a magical practitioner, herbs and astrology, herbs and tarot, amulets, and correspondences with herbs and gemstones. Rituals covered in the text include House Blessing, Purification, Baby Blessing, Lunar Rituals, and the Wheel of the Year. There’s also a section on mythological correspondences and another on alternate common names for herbs.
The Witch’s Herbal Apothecary: Rituals & Recipes for a Year of Earth Magick and Sacred Medicine Making, Marysia Miernowska, 2020
Mother Earth is the source of so much magic to help us with our spiritual and physical healing. Get back in touch with the power all around us, using the Wheel of the Year framework. You’ll learn how to grow herbs and the best time to harvest them (whether from your garden or sustainably, from the wild). Gain skills in how to process plants to make remedies and harness the potency of the seasons. By the time you’ve danced the seasons with the aid of this work, you’ll have an understanding of the spiral of life.
Llewellyn’s Complete Formulary of Magical Oils: Over 1200 Recipes, Potions & Tinctures for Everyday Use, Celeste Rayne Heldstab, 2012
With over 1,200 recipes in this work, you’ll certainly find a potion or a tincture to deal with whatever ails you. The bulk of the book is given to magical recipes. There are oils for air, earth, fire, and water, angelic wings and crystal woodlands, dryads, gnomes, and nature spirits. There are blends for home protection and purification, to draw in abundance and prosperity, career success, and general good fortune. Two sections deal with oils to honor Gods and Goddesses, saints and angels. And there are oils to help you worship Mother Moon each month, as well as Sabbat and ritual, zodiac, and planetary oils. The final section describes the magical properties of a dozen major carrier oils, with profiles for over four dozen of the most utilized essential oils.
Herb Magic: An Introduction to Magical Herbalism and Spells, Patti Wigington, 2020
If you like your herbal magic primers well-illustrated, discover the magical profiles of forty different herbs in this easy guide. Learn about the spiritual aspects of herbs and how you can use them in rituals and spells for wellness and spiritual power. Invite health, love, protection, and wealth into your world. Discover the best times for magical practice, how to build an altar and the importance of intention. There are 75 rituals and spells to help you incorporate herbal magic into your everyday world, and when you’re not quite sure about a herb, double-check the helpful glossary.
Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews: Herbal Potions, Magical Teas, and Spirited Libations, Amy Blackthorn, 2020
Early on, the author introduces the seven steps of the scientific method, including posing your question, designing and conducting your research, forming your hypothesis, experimenting to test the hypothesis, making observations based on data, using your results in your conclusion, and communicating your findings to others in the field. These are then adapted and expanded to form the seven steps of the Witchcraft method. The author shows how you too can brew magic into the most ordinary of vessels and ingredients such as glassware, spoons, beer mugs, and brandy snifters. (Not sure what a snifter is? This book can show you.) Learn to make your own kombucha or vermouth, or just a nice cup of magical tea.
Wicca Essential Oils Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes and Spells, Lisa Chamberlain, 2017
While fragrant and magical oils have been used for centuries, they remain quite mysterious. In this guide for beginners, you learn about how these delightful substances are created, focusing on magical botanical oils. There’s practical advice on using them in your spellwork, with thirteen oils selected for in-depth discussion. What should you look for when acquiring oils? How do you blend them? What magical associations and properties do they have? For this area of magic, it’s essential that you…well… follow your nose!
Solitary and Eclectic Witchcraft
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham, 1989
Cunningham explores the connection between Wicca and Shamanism in this modern classic, discussing deities, magic, tools, music, dance, and gestures. In the first part, he explains both ritual and the preparation for ritual, describes how to establish the altar and the magic, and outlines the days of power, the spiral of rebirth, and information relating to initiation. The second part is dedicated to exercises, magical techniques, self-dedication, and ritual design. In the final section, The Standing Stones: Book of Shadows, he describes the Craft in more depth. These include seasonal festivals, a ritual of gestures, crystal and rune magic, symbols and signs, spells and magic, recipes, and an herbal grimoire.
Wicca for One: The Path of Solitary Witchcraft (2004), Raymond Buckland
Buckland starts by making a case for solitary practice and contemplating the question of where the concept of covens came from. He explores several aspects of Wicca in more detail, including tools and their consecration, temples, ritual and first steps, Esbats and Sabbats, rites of passage, general and specific magic, divination, healing, ethics of being a solitary practitioner, prayer, meditation, development, and final thoughts. Buckland's style is clear and accessible, and he touches on subjects that aren't often discussed, such as reincarnation.
Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation, Silver RavenWolf, 2003
If you're a beginner Witch just stepping on to the path, and you've decided the solitary path is best for you, it can be difficult to find guidance. This work is grounded in the history of the Craft, with five areas of expertise and wisdom: Shadows of Religion and Mystery, Shadows of Objects, Shadows of Expertise and Proficiency, Shadows of Magick and Enchantment, and Shadows of Daily Life. Work through this magical cookbook in alphabetical order, or skip over the areas you already know. This work is focused on youthful Witches in particular, including the young at heart and the generation who came of age around the Millennium.
Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham, 1996
This sequel to "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" is a step-by-step manual for those who consciously bring their Wiccan faith and spirituality into their ordinary lives. He covers tools of learning, the importance of secrecy, whether it's wise to practice when you're ill, magical names, self-initiation, Wiccan mysteries, and everyday Wicca. There's advice on effective prayer, daily prayers and chants, prayers and rites of offering and thanks, simple Wiccan rites, and magic and the solitary Wiccan. The final section talks the reader through creating their own tradition. There are two sections on ritual design, as well as sections on creating a new path, deities, tools, altars, dress, and jewelry. Beliefs, rules, and Wiccan symbols are all covered, while the final three chapters in the main book explore the Book of Shadows, teaching (or "Widening the Circle"), and Living Wicca.
Modern Witchcraft and Magic for Beginners: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Paths, with Magical Techniques for the Beginner Witch, Lisa Chamberlain, 2015
Witchcraft can seem so vast at the start. That’s why an overview of modern Witchcraft is a great way to begin down your path, whether solitary practitioner work appeals, or you’d like to join a coven, or whether you aren’t sure yet. You’ll discover the history and foundations of western Witchcraft and different paths, including Eclectic, Traditional, and Wiccan. You’ll learn about candle magic, invocation, and visualization, with the chance to practice some examples if you so wish. It’s a perfect all-around beginners’ text.
Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witch’s Guide, Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway, 2014
Do you need a manual for combining the mischief, magic, and wisdom of Wicca into your everyday life? Then this title could be an excellent choice. Inside, you’ll find a description of the many tools and ingredients of the trade for a Witch and helps you explore the spiritual world, spell casting, magic, psychic abilities, and divination. This title is also part of the Modern-Day Witch sequence.
Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magick, Harmony Nice, 2018
For many contemporary Wiccan practitioners, natural magic is a way to improve both their own lives and those of others around them. Kindness, acceptance, love, and esteem for oneself are fundamental to the practice. Readers are encouraged to embrace meditation, ritual, and welcoming nature, with a focus on self-worth, creativity, and confidence. Discover what Wicca is, why it’s worth exploring, and how to get started. There are sections on crystals, herbs, setting up an altar, magical tools, how to cope when others are unaccepting of your faith, and how to thrive as a Wiccan in small spaces and urban settings.
The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells, Skye Alexander, 2014
Are you looking for enchanting love potions? Want to create your own sacred space and promote good energy? This guide helps you tap into your magic by creating incantations, potions, and charms. The author guides you through each step of these Craft practices, with detailed suggestions on personalization for your specific situation. As you learn, you’ll gain confidence in your knowledge and inner strength, opening up entirely new worlds of possibilities.
Modern Wicca: Beliefs and Traditions for Contemporary Life, Rowan Morgana, 2020
Working in harmony with nature, maintaining balance, and keeping the peace are all essential to the practice of Wicca. If you’re interested in understanding the principles of the Wiccan faith so you can claim (or reclaim) your innate magic, this work is here to help you focus your intention. There’s an outline of how Wicca has evolved into its modern form, an overview of its history, deities, and the spiritual principles that underlie the festivals we celebrate, including the Moon’s monthly cycles. Learn how to create an altar, acquire, prepare, and care for magical tools and spell cast effectively. Decide which works best for you: coven membership or solitary practice, and learn eight fundamental rituals to help you on your path.
Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic, Lisa Lister, 2017
Discover the history of Witchcraft and why the mere word ‘witch’ led women (it was almost always women) to fates involving drowning, torture, and death by burning at the stake. Use the knowledge in this book to reconnect, remember, and reclaim the power of the Witch; learn about the different versions of Witchcraft and how to rediscover your powers. Walk in harmony through the Wheel of the Year with the cycles of the Moon and the Sabbats; tune in to your intuition; use runes, scrying, and oracle cards for divination; set sacred space, create altars, and cast circles. And learn about five of the different aspects of the Witch: Sorceress, Oracle, Healer, Creatrix, and Force of Nature.
The Ultimate Guide to Witchcraft: A Modern-Day Guide to Making Magick, Anjou Kiernan, 2020
Magic is not for the select few. We all can connect to the power of the natural and supernatural worlds to support our intentions. Blending ancient practices with modern context, this guide gives aspiring Witches a practical, easy-to-follow path through the study of natural Witchcraft and ritual. Whether you are looking to commune with spirits across the veil; need an amulet for protection; or wish to build your magical apothecary, create a grimoire, or curate a crystal collection for vibrational work, this guide will empower and inform your craft. Learn how to harness the power of the Moon, Elements, and seasons to amplify your spells and divination work. Filled with beautiful illustrations and designed to give easy access to the information you’re looking for, each of these references provides simple-to-follow expert guidance as you learn and master your practice.
The Wheel of the Year and the Sabbats
Wicca Wheel of the Year Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sabbats, with History, Symbolism, Celebration Ideas, and Dedicated Sabbat Spells, Lisa Chamberlain, 2017
In many beginners’ guides to Wicca, there’s often a couple of paragraphs outlining each holiday or day of power on the Wheel of the Year. This title dedicates a chapter to explore each Sabbat, including their role in the cycle of the Goddess and the God. By honoring the eight Sabbats of the year (also known as days of power), we can help ourselves live in the modern world and celebrate the natural change of the seasons. This title also explores the shifting dynamics of the God and Goddess throughout the year.
Seasons of Wicca: The Essential Guide to Rituals and Rites to Enhance Your Spiritual Journey, Ambrosia Hawthorn, 2020
Sabbats and Esbats give structure to the Wiccan year and the way we practice our Craft. In this title, you’ll learn about the magic of the seasons, how to harness the power of the Sun, and experience the power of the Moon and its phases to bring about protection, purification, and healing. There are rituals and rites for blessing and banishing, harvests, dreams, dedication, appreciation, handfasting, handparting, wiccaning, and funerals. There’s a look at some of the most frequently found traditions to help you personalize your approach: Celtic, Gardnerian, and Solitary Wicca. This is a practical overview of the Wheel of the Year, enabling you to integrate Wiccan magic into your everyday life.
Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day, Llewellyn and Melanie Marquis, 2015
Part of Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials series, this title explores both old and new ways to celebrate the rites of the Sabbats. Back in the days when most of us worked the land, Beltane was the start of summer in the northern hemisphere: a time for celebrating fertility and the long, joyous days ahead. There are sections on spells and divination, recipes and crafts, prayers and invocations, and rituals of celebrations. Beltane is a time to put plans into action, and with the assistance of practical guidance, including the correspondences for the day; this book shows you how. The other series titles cover Ostara, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.
The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Wheel of the Year: From Samhain to Yule, Your Guide to the Wiccan Holidays, Judy Ann Nock, 2017
This guide explores the Wheel of the Year, beginning with Samhain. Each chapter then examines a different day of power, outlining celestial and astrological influences and associated events. There are also guided meditation scripts, charms to perform, and practical craft suggestions. This text covers the rebirth of the God at Yule; First Light in the Dark of Winter at Imbolc; the arrival of spring at Ostara; the fertile Earth at Beltane; the song of summer at Litha; “Between Hope and Fear” at Lughnasad; and Harvest Home at Mabon.
Year of the Witch: Connecting with Nature’s Seasons through Intuitive Magick, Temperance Alden, 2020
This title focuses on cycles, whether they’re biological, celestial, or seasonal. For many Wiccans, the Wheel of the Year incorporates Samhain and Yule, Beltane, and Mabon, but what about other ways to celebrate and work with nature’s seasons? This book’s approach helps readers create their own practices, intuitively and in harmony with the natural world’s rhythms where they live: culture, climate, and local spirits. Find out about the enduring relevance of the traditional neopagan Wheel of the Year and the basic principles of magic as it connects to the land. Discover the traditions, historical facts, and cultural background of the major ceremonies. Finally, learn about stewardship of the land and how it impacts your spiritual practice.
Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice, Llewellyn and Susan Pesznecker, 2015
One of the festivals found across the world in various forms, Yule, or Midwinter, is a way to help us get through the dark days of winter. During this magical time, feasts are prepared, candles are lit, magic and rituals are performed, and crafts are made. Inside this title, you’ll find a plethora of information on candles, wreaths, Yule logs, gifts, hot chocolate, spices for mulling, salts, and more. There are rituals, recipes, correspondences, and lore in the pages of this work, which is one in a sequence of eight for the Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.
TThe Ultimate Guide to the Witch’s Wheel of the Year, Anjou Kiernan, 2021
Packed with diagrams, charts, and photographs, this richly textured work guides the reader through the changing seasons as the Wheel of the Year turns in the northern and southern hemispheres. There’s guidance on how to pronounce each Sabbat, and information about alternative names in different traditions, including Norse, Druidic, and Christian, where appropriate. Animals and deities associated with the festivals are mentioned, with notes about the corresponding cardinal directions, elements, food and drink, herbs, incense and oils, musical instruments, stones, symbols, themes, trees, and zodiac and planetary influences. There’s a paragraph or two about ancient sites, practical projects and suggested rituals, details of modern spells and ancient traditions, and information on what each Sabbat meant to particular groups, such as the Egyptians and the Celts.
Witchcraft Classics, Encyclopedias, and Bibles
The Meaning of Witchcraft, Gerald Gardner, 1959
Gerald Gardner often called the father of modern Witchcraft, published his first book on Witchcraft shortly after England repealed English Witchcraft laws. As the first book by a practicing Witch, this was a landmark text. This well-researched work explores the history of Witchcraft as a pre-Christian spiritual tradition. The book’s chapters cover the memories and beliefs of Witches, Stone Age Origins of Witchcraft, Druids and Aryan Celts, magical thinking, beliefs about Witches, and signs and symbols.
The Complete Art of Witchcraft, Sybil Leek, 1971
In the heart of England’s New Forest lies the tiny village of Burley, strongly associated with Sybil Leek, one of the founders of modern Witchcraft. Her beguiling book covers the history and fundamentals of what she describes as white magic and alchemy, invocation, reincarnation, ritual, and more. The work draws a distinct line between what Leek describes as the sacred rituals of true Witchcraft and sinister rites, and while some aspects reflect the time the book was written, it is a must-read.
Where Witchcraft Lives, Doreen Valiente, 1962 (revisited edition 2014)
Another key figure in early modern Witchcraft, sometimes referred to as the Mother of Modern Witchcraft, Doreen Valiente’s first work on the subject explores Witchcraft in Sussex, the powers of Witchcraft, folk-rites, and the role of the Horned God. The histories she compiled are based on the currently somewhat controversial theories of Margaret Murray. Valiente’s scholarly approach, however, offers insight into Witchcraft in the early 1960s.
A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook, Janet and Stewart Farrar, 1982
Need to cast and banish a Magic Circle? Look no further. There’s information on just about every aspect of Witchcraft, such as rites, spells, tools, how to run a coven, and some more advanced practices like astral projection. So sit yourself down by the fire, real or metaphorical, make yourself comfortable, and flip the pages of this two-in-one volume, including The Witches’ Way and Eight Sabbats for Witches.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, Raymond Buckland, 1996
In essence, this is a course in Witchcraft in book form. Each lesson in the workbook even has exam questions at the end, allowing you to chart your progress and record your training. There are fifteen lessons in total, allowing the reader to gain knowledge of solitary practice and covens; sabbats and esbats; dreamwork, divination, and channeling; spellwork, herbalism, and healing.
Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World, Judika Illes, 2014
In these pages, there are calendars, divinities, dictionaries, and archetypes; travel guides, mysteries, and warnings about herbs (as well as information on safe herbs and rituals). You’ll also find information on modern Witches, mythic witches, demons, and goddesses from around the world. Many topics in Witchcraft are explored; what a Witch is, animals, books, botanicals, fairies, fairy-tale witches, food and drink, the archetype of the Hag, women’s mysteries, persecution, and many more. There’s also a mini-guide: Thirteen Clues That YOU Might Be A Witch.
Green and Hedge Witchcraft
The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More, Arin Murphy-Hiscock
From the first chapter on the path of the green Witch, the reader is guided to discover their innate power, turning their home into a sacred space, making an outdoor space equally sacred, and tuning in to the Earth. There's information about the seasons, equinoxes, and solstices. There's advice on working with the Sun and the Moon, with trees, flowers, herbs, and stones. There are pragmatic suggestions for your herb garden and how to care for it, and advice about house plants if you only have indoor space. There are also recipes for making a spell bag, dream pillow, balm, healing teas, rejuvenating baths, restorative elixirs, and potent kinds of vinegar.
Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals, and Beyond, Paige Vanderbeck, 2020
Along with an overview of what green Witchcraft is, there are recipes for glamor potions, home protection, healing bath salts, rituals for self-love and acceptance, and divination dream pillows. One chapter concentrates on putting green witchery to work in the garden. If you've never tried gardening by moonlight or rituals to resurrect plants you thought you had lost, give them a whirl; the instruction manual is right here. Learn about herbs and greens, how to brew a psychic hangover tea, about wood and how to source it and prepare it, and turning it into your own wand or broom (or both). Or call on the earthly wisdom of the ages in the form of crystals and stones.
Wicca Tree Magic: A Wiccan's Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Trees, with Tree Spells and Magical Crafts, Lisa Chamberlain, 2019
For many Witches, trees are the most sacred of all living plant forms, teaching about patience, longevity, and symbiosis while connecting the worlds of Air and Earth. Learn how to work with the energy of trees in spells, whether with bark, branches, leaves, or the fruits and nuts trees produce. Unusually for titles about tree magic in Wicca, this work focuses on thirteen trees native to North America, exploring their history and lore and their use in magic and their energetic properties. The emphasis is on working with the tree in a spirit of respect. There are also ideas on making a wand from a tree branch and a table of correspondences to support rituals, meditations, and spells. This title offers an excellent starting point for this relatively underexplored aspect of the Craft.
Entering Hekate's Garden: The Magick, Medicine & Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft, Cyndi Brannen, 2020
One of the best-known triple Goddesses, Greek deity Hekate, or Hecate, has long been known as an important Witchcraft figure. If it's practical advice you're seeking on how to use botanicals, especially those linked to Hekate and her daughters Medea and Circe, look no further. The practice of plant spirit Witchcraft is brought up-to-date in this work, combining historical knowledge with contemporary techniques. There are 39 monographs in this work. Suppose you've always wondered about the power of aconite, damiana, and American mandrake or wanted to gain an insight into the magical importance of lavender, juniper, garlic, fennel, dandelion, and bay laurel. In that case, you'll find the answers in this mystical guide, woven through with poetry.
The Way of the Hedge Witch: Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2009
Readers of this book will learn about some of the most practical ways to create magical charms, recipes, spells, and dishes to nourish both body and spirit. Food isn't only for sustenance; it's a way to sustain the spirit as well. There's information about rituals to both purify and protect home and hearth, as well as details of the sacred flame. And there are dedicated Gods and Goddesses of the Hearth and Kitchen who are only too happy to help when called upon.
The Elements in Witchcraft
Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic, Scott Cunningham, 1996
The seventeen chapters of this work present some basic magical techniques, ensuring you are firmly grounded, before exploring each Element in turn, as well as nine other types of natural magic. There are over one hundred spells, rituals, and rites in this book, so whether you're the happiest working with Earth, Air, Fire, or Water, or unsure, take a look inside. Alternatively, learn how to work with stone, trees, images, knots, candles, wax, mirrors, rain, fog or storm, or the sea. Three useful appendices explore colors, runes, and herbs. A great starting point if you're not quite sure about this branch of magic or want to brush up on your knowledge.
Wicca Elemental Magic: A Guide to the Elements, Witchcraft, and Magic Spells, Lisa Chamberlain, 2014
An Element-centered practice is a rich and rewarding way to deepen your connection to deity, nature, and the universe. Within this text, you’ll find how the psychic energies of each Element are found within every person on the planet and that by connecting spiritually with a particular Element, you can help address an imbalance in your life. This title also delves into the all-important Fifth Element, known in many traditions as Akasha, or simply Spirit. In this guide, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain covers it all: the basics of incorporating the elements into your rituals, as well as less-often discussed topics like animism, elemental personalities, and using these forces of nature to help you enhance your magical perception. In addition, you’ll find tables of correspondence covering the magical properties of each Element, as well as associated colors, spell ingredients, ritual tools, and more at the end of the guide. Elemental Magic will be a treasured reference, magical guide, and springboard for you to make your own discoveries about the power of the Elements and the magic they have to offer.
Bewitching the Elements: A Guide to Empowering Yourself Through Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, Gabriela Herstik, 2020
There is a current desire amongst society to reconnect with the world at present. While it's traditionally taught that there are four Elements, there are, in fact, five. Along with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, there's the fifth element of Spirit. Spirit allows you to connect to your innate sense of power, while Water lets you sound out the depths of your emotions. Fire, burning brightly, is the embodiment of passion, including anger. With Air, you can command the intellect, the breath, and the present moment, and Earth helps you ground yourself, with boundaries of compassion as required. Be mindful and be connected: this book will show you how.
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic, Scott Cunningham, 1996
In this follow-up text to Earth Power, the author explores more advanced and detailed techniques for working with all four Elements. Traditionally, Earth is used in workings for money and employment; Air for travel and the intellect; Fire for courage and protection; and Water for healing and love. This work explores star magic, candle magic, snow and ice magic, and magnets. Mirrors, stones, and even wishing wells and the ocean all make an appearance. You can use simple props to represent the Elements such as bowls of water, stones, plants, and candles. The final chapter talks the reader through creating their own rituals. This practical text is especially suitable for practitioners who want to take their work with the Elements just that little bit further.
Water Magic (Elements of Witchcraft, 1), Lilith Dorsey, 2020
In this first entry to Llewellyn's Elements of Witchcraft sequence, it's all about Water. Not only the ocean, but rivers, lakes, and the “Water Wheel of the Year.” Call on the power of the deities who rule this Element – life-giving, purifying, sublimely spiritual. Learn about folklore and myths around water; discover water herbs, botanicals, stones, shells, and crystals, and tap into spirits of the water guides eager to help you on your journey. There are suggestions for magical washes, baths, and salts, as well as using water in dreams, divination, spells, rituals, and holiday celebrations.
Sea Magic: Connecting with the Ocean's Energy, Sandra Kynes, 2008
Both our bodies and planets consist of about 70% water. It's no wonder the sea is often used as a symbol of the unconscious, subconscious, and imagination. Vast areas of the oceans still have yet to be explored. In this guide, the author helps you tap into the mystical energies of the ocean. And if you live far from the sea, don't fret; some techniques and meditations can help you access the power of the sea. You could choose a sea fetch or totem animal, for instance, to accompany you on a shamanic voyage, or work with the power of the Moon to connect with the sea, and access the infinite, renewable power of your unconscious mind.
Divination and Intuition
Tarot for Beginners A Guide to Psychic Tarot Reading, Real Tarot Card Meanings, and Simple Tarot Spreads, Lisa Chamberlain, 2019
One of the most popular tools for divination we have, the Tarot, has been with us for centuries. It’s more than just part of a fortune teller’s essential kit, though. It can add depth and insight to reflection and meditation, suggest solutions to life’s challenges, and help weave a path to and through the future. The second edition looks at the origins of the Tarot and its potential to help in the 21st-century. Along with suggestions for gaining familiarity with the cards themselves, including Major and Minor Arcana and Court cards, there are clear, no-fuss instructions on how to tailor and personalize readings and spreads. And one of the unique aspects of this text is that it isn’t centered around a particular deck. Need advice on how to choose a deck? That’s here, too.
The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot, Skye Alexander, 2017
The Tarot is an entire subject area in itself. Many dedicate a lifetime to studying it. However, its primary functions are to offer insight into situations, divine a possible future, and potentially use it in magic. The book starts with a short history of oracles, and explores the origins of the Tarot, the language of symbolism, numerology, and using the Tarot. Each card of the Minor and Major Arcana is explored in depth. There are twelve sample spreads to help you learn about reading the cards and a final main section on using the cards in magic. Two areas explored in depth are love spells and spells for prosperity and abundance.
Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes, Lisa Chamberlain, 2018
While not quite as commonly utilized as Tarot cards, runes are another important spiritual tool. Runes can be sent out into the wider Universe to accomplish a magical goal; alternatively, the user may seek and receive guidance from the invisible realms about a particular situation. Learn about the origin of runes; their role in Norse mythology; the most widely known runic system (the Elder Futhark); rune scripts, bind runes, and talismans; and even how to create your own runes. Although runes are Germanic in origin, this text takes a multicultural approach, combining old traditions and Neopagan thought. Fun fact: did you know the word “rune” comes from the Norse word “runa,” meaning “to whisper” or “a secret”?
Intuitive Witchcraft: How to Use Intuition to Elevate Your Craft, Astrea Taylor, 2020
This title reveals how to embrace the wisdom of your inner voice as you explore the endless possibilities of Witchcraft. With Astrea Taylor's guidance, you can unlock your intuitive magical potential and celebrate the truth of who you are. Intuitive Witchcraft also offers insights from some of the best writers, thinkers, and leaders in their fields, helping you become your most empowered self. Discover how to work with energy, interact with deities and spirits, and create a personal practice that fits your beliefs and lifestyles. Learn to face your shadow side, make the mundane magical, use divination tools, and much more. Whether you're a beginner or advanced practitioner, this incredible book illuminates the path to intuitively manifesting your greatest desires.
Moon Magic and Astrology
Wicca Moon Magic: A Wiccan's Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Lunar Energies, Lisa Chamberlain, 2016
Are you looking for magic in the night sky? The Moon influences us all (though we might not always realize it). And while the Full Moon and the New Moon are often the focus of our attention, they're not the only phases that can add power to our spells and rituals and insight into our world and magical practice. Gain a fundamental understanding of the foundations of lunar magic; find out how the energy of our silvery neighbor affects animals, people, and the Earth. If you've ever wanted to know what a Blue Moon means, the impact of a Lunar Eclipse, or how the Moon's phases align with the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone), this is the book for you.
Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles, Yasmin Boland, 2016
The Moon is associated with night and dreaming, and this guide invites you to create your dream life with the New Moon. This text helps you "tune in" before talking through the Moon phases and what they mean. There's information on star signs and rising signs and what it means for the New Moon and Full Moon to be in each astrological house. The appendices provide advanced prediction techniques, a short reference guide to signs of the Western zodiac and signs, and dates for international New Moon and Full Moons through 2026.
Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want, Diane Ahiquist, 2002
This well-structured text describes moon spells, when to perform them, and the lunar calendar. There's guidance on where to conduct spells, why and how to perform them, different formations, finding time, and a moon spell checklist. There's a lovely section on how to create and walk a Moon Circle, as well as instructions for creating a magical atmosphere, including food, beverages, clothing, and music. The Element of Water is explored, with a section on the unique healing modality of Tarash. The work concludes with information about Chinese and Western astrology and numerology.
Moon Magic: A Handbook of Lunar Cycles, Lore, and Mystical Energies, Aurora Kane, 2020
While most people are likely to think of the New Moon or the Full Moon, there's so much more to our lunar neighbor. There are over 100 chants, rituals, and spells in these pages to help you harness the power of the Moon, plus a guide to Esbat celebrations and insight into how the Moon reflects the phases of our spiritual journey. One of the interesting aspects of this work is how the Moon moves through every zodiac sign, how each astrological phase impacts the practice of magic, and what your personal Moon sign means for your magic practice. There are discussions of the Black Moon, True Blue moon, Voice of Course Moon, and lunar eclipses.
The Moon Book: Lunar Magic to Change Your Life, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener, 2020
Silent, silvery observer, magic mirror, and mysterious influencer of the tides—there’s something genuinely mystical about the Moon. This addition to your bookshelf offers a framework showing you how to incorporate the complete lunar cycle into your practice. There are suggestions on how to understand your personal emotional and energetic cycles with the aid of the Moon, whether waning, waxing, dark or full. There's information about eclipses, blue moons, and how to use the power of the Moon when it comes to seeding ideas, tapping into your conscious and unconscious mind, transformation, and gateways to the Unknown.
Witch's Altar and Tools
The Book of Altars and Sacred Spaces: How to Create Magical Spaces in Your Home for Ritual and Intention, Anjou Kiernan, 2020
Anjou Kiernan shows you how to create altars and sacred spaces based on the Wheel of the Year. Simple rituals and DIY projects give you the tools you need to mindfully reflect upon the seasonal Sabbats and holidays. Whether building a sacred fire pit for Beltane or Feast Table for the Autumn Equinox, learn how to honor the sacred doorways of the year and bring magic into your daily life.
The Witch's Altar: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Sacred Space (The Witch's Tools Series), Jason Mankey, Laura Tempest Zakroff, 2018
From prehistoric times to the modern day, the altar has been a pivotal tool for ritual and magic. From building and maintaining your altar to exploring the use of mobile and hidden altars, this book offers advice, techniques, and fun for Witches of all ages and skill levels. Learn about the altar's role in history and mythology, personalization, and how different altar locations may affect your practice. The Witch's Altar also includes contributions from leading writers, including Jenya T. Beachy, Lilith Dorsey, Lon Milo DuQuette, Angus McMahan, Louis Martinié, Lupa, Gwion Raven, Natalie Zaman, Andrieh Vitimus, and many more. Filled with spells, recipes, and tips, this book provides everything you need to help you create the altar of your magickal dreams.
Working with Deity and Spirits
Wicca Magical Deities: A Guide to the Wiccan God and Goddess, and Choosing a Deity to Work Magic With, Lisa Chamberlain, 2016
One way Wicca differs from most traditional world religions is its philosophy that individuals can co-create their world with the forces of nature. Go beyond the often brief introductions to the God and Goddess found in most beginner guides to Wicca, with the origins of the Wiccan deities and their varying manifestations among different Wiccan traditions. What’s more, this title explains the difference between traditional duotheism and more eclectic polytheistic practices, both of which are found among the diversity of forms within this dynamic religion. This work explores the identity of the God and the Goddess in depth, their origins, and why names for them differ among traditions. You’ll learn about sixteen ancient deities, with information on the most popular from the Celtic, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian pantheons. There’s a multitude of ideas for working with and honoring them in your own magical practice.
Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft, Cyndi Brannen, 2019
Known by many names, triple goddess Hekate (sometimes written as Hecate) presides over magic and spells. She rules the night, crossroads, doorways, and more, and legend has it that she witnessed the abduction of Demeter’s daughter Persephone and assisted with the search to bring her back. Work with Hekate to find your keys to personal development; discover the names of the goddess, her symbols, and her Wheel of the Year. Come to understand and appreciate her characteristics, how to honor her, divination, spell crafting, the sacred plants that grow in her garden, and the different types of sacred space. Should you wish to become a Keeper of Her Keys, the final chapter includes instructions for an optional self-initiation.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Saints, Angels, Fairies, Demons, and Ghosts, Judika Illes, 2009
Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. We’re all surrounded by elementals, deities, and spirits all the time; it’s just a case of tuning in. However, it helps if you know what you’re tuning in to, which is where this guide to the invisible comes in. Learn about goddesses of the Kabbalah and the Celts; Dragon Ladies and White Ladies; the Green Man and the Green Fairy; mermaids, fairies, djinn, and more. Over one thousand spirits are tracked within the pages of this encyclopedia, which also offers suggestions for working with them.
Planners and Organizers
Wicca Book of Spells Witches' Planner 2021: A Wheel of the Year Grimoire with Moon Phases, Astrology, Magical Crafts, and Magic Spells for Wiccans and Witches, Lisa Chamberlain et al.
If you ever feel lost in your practice, pick up a copy of this title. It has helpful to-do lists, appointments, and information about the timing and cycles of the natural world, including moon and sun sign changes and planetary retrogrades. There's knowledge about crystals and herbs, amulets and charms, Faeries and spirit communication, kitchen and folk magic, Sabbat lore, and so much more. So don't get stressed; get organized! (And if you feel like whipping up a flying ointment, there's a recipe for that as well.) This planner is for 2021, but has information that you can easily carry over into future years. It's the first-ever daily planner from Lisa Chamberlain. She combines her knowledge with other well-known Wiccan authors, including Ambrosia Hawthorn, Sarah Justice, Autumn Willow, Leandra Witchwood, Stacey Carroll, Kiki Dombrowski, and Severina Sosa.
The Good Witch's Perpetual Planner, Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, 2019
Suppose you wanted a concise, no-fuss guide to the phases of the Moon, the Wheel of the Year, a to-do list, and short and snappy guides to crystals, candles, herbs, and cleansing (amongst other underpinning principles of everyday Wicca practice). In that case, this text will fit the bill. Since it's perpetual, you can keep on using it for years!
Grimoires and Book of Shadows
The Complete Grimoire: Magickal Practices and Spells for Awakening Your Inner Witch, Lidia Pradas, 2020
Sometimes referred to as a Book of Shadows, a grimoire is a Witch’s manual and handbook. Witches will often start by becoming familiar with the spells and rituals others have tried and tested through the centuries before adapting and recording their own recipes and instructions. Pradas’ concise, practical guide takes readers through the key pillars of Witchcraft. Learn how to procure the best tools for you, set up an altar, and how to work safely with spirits and deities. Find out how to cast a circle, create a sigil, and what the best methods are to make moon water. And learn how to celebrate the Sabbats as you follow the Wheel of the Year on your journey.
The Wiccan Book of Shadows: A Magical Guide to Personalizing Your Own Spells and Rituals, Ambrosia Hawthorn, 2020
Your Book of Shadows is your personalized journal and spiritual recipe book all in one, and this text is unique because it incorporates spaces to allow you to journal as you read. Record your learning of Wiccan history, beliefs, recipes, rituals, and spells. Along with discussions of the sabbats and esbats, there’s information on sigils, ogham staves, and sacred runes. There are also suggestions for spiritual baths, magical brews, and candle magic. As a bonus, the ingredients suggested are all easy to find.
Wicca Book of Shadows: A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Your Own Book of Shadows and the History of Grimoires, Lisa Chamberlain, 2015
A Book of Shadows is an excellent way to help you collate your practice in a personal reference guide, recording your spiritual growth along the path as you go along. As with any practical skill, one of the best ways to start is to find out what other practitioners have included. For the tech-savvy 21st century Witch, there’s even a section on creating a digital Book of Shadows.
The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present, Ronald Hutton, 2017
Academic historian Ronald Hutton takes a deep dive into the origins, beliefs, and context of the Craft in Europe. A central theme is the fear of witches and how it might be eradicated. Hutton takes us from ancient times to the witch trials of Europe. He casts a scholarly eye over attitudes on witchcraft throughout the world, from North to South America, Australia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America, Margot Adler, 1979 (original edition) and 2001 (revised)
Surprisingly little has been written, at least in book form, on the history of the Neopagan culture in the United States. This book has author interviews with those following this path. The book also incorporates beliefs, religious experiences, and lifestyles. Adler explores Paganism and prejudice, presenting a portrait of a religion without converts. She explores the Wiccan revival, the Craft in the 1970s, magic, ritual, women, and feminism in the Craft, men’s spirituality, and living on the material plane. It’s an objective assessment of early modern U.S. Wicca and critical in the best sense of the word, looking at all sides of the story.
Magic: A History: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present. Chris Gosden, 2020
Oxford Professor Chris Gosden talks the reader through magic in the context of human society since about 40,000 BCE. It’s a magical, mystical, historical tour in book form, from London to Paris to Mongolia, from the Old Stone Age to the present. Gosden takes us through Mesopotamia and Egypt, China, the Eurasian Steppes, Africa, Australia, the Americas, and Europe. He covers Chinese, Jewish, Greek, and Roman magic. He not only brings us up to the present day but speculates on the future.
A New History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, & Pagans, Jeffery B. Russell, 2007 (revised with new illustrations)
Curious about the roots of European Witchcraft, heresy, and inquisition, the witch-craze, or the decline of Witchcraft? You’ll find many detailed overviews in part one of the text, while part two offers more on the role of modern Witchcraft, neopagans (movement and sources), survivals, and revivals. There’s also an analysis of the importance of film and the Internet in disseminating information about modern Witchcraft.
The Witch Cult in Western Europe, Margaret Murray, 1921
Murray’s views are not universally accepted today, but this remains a seminal text. Murray uses work from contemporary observers, chroniclers, and legal records to highlight how a bona fide pre-Christian religion, designated as “devil worship,” was forced underground by persecution through the centuries. Murray covers admission ceremonies, divining, fertility rites, the Sabbat, sacrifices, spells, and the “witch mark.” The complete work includes five Appendices, a Bibliography, Notes, and analysis of ‘flying ointments’ from a chemical viewpoint.
A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult, Suzannah Lipscomb, 2020
Are you interested in prehistoric tales of shamanism and animal worship, or information about modern Wicca? Or how about Witchcraft as it appears in many works of modern literature, television, and cinema? This author is an academic historian and presenter, and this straightforward outline is clear and lacks sensationalism. Ancient roots, curse or cure, scholars and sabbats, secrecy and ceremony, and modern magic are among the areas covered in this beautifully illustrated volume.
Witchcraft Self-Care, Healing, and Mindfulness
Wellness Witch: Healing Potions, Soothing Spells, and Empowering Rituals for Magical Self-Care, Nikki Van De Car, 2019
It's too easy to forget sometimes that we're responsible for taking care of ourselves. That's why, in this title, you'll learn about mantras and meditations, tinctures and tonics, crystals and herbs, aromatherapy blends, and smudge sticks for magical wellness. Discover rituals and routines for calm, the power of herbs to heal, and how to tune in to the invisible forces all around us. This title is filled with accessible and practical projects, so if you've always wanted to learn how to create your own smudge sticks, charge your own crystals, and sanctify your own sacred spaces, this book will be especially appealing.
The Witch's Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit, Arin Murphy Hiscock, 2019
You may know how to look after your mental and physical health, but what about spiritual health? This title focuses on just that. You'll find sections on how to become the best spiritual self you can be, using rituals, spells, and herbal remedies inspired by Witchcraft. There are mantras, meditations, and activities to help you pamper your mind, body, and spirit. Reconnect with nature's healing energies with the Green Space meditation; work through a therapeutic ritual to release guilt; or make your own body butter with oils and crystals to help focus your intent, releasing sadness and channeling joy instead.
Kitchen and Home Witchcraft
Wiccan Kitchen: A Guide to Magical Cooking & Recipes, Lisa Chamberlain, 2020
For many of us, the kitchen is one of the most magical places in the home, and this practical guide will show you how to make it a truly sacred space. If you've never previously thought of stirring money luck into a stir fry or a love spell into a tropical smoothie, delve within these pages for these ideas and more. There are recipes to make the Sabbats and Esbats of the year even more festive, whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced creator of magic. Find out about the energy and magic of natural foods and how they can help you on your path towards manifesting your goals. There are also tables of correspondence for elemental energies, herbs, and pantry staples.
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, Scott Cunningham, 2003
This book begins with a look at magic in your kitchen through food, tools, eating rituals, vegetarianism, and festival foods. In the second part, Cunningham uncovers the magic of food groups such as bread and grain, sweets, cakes, pies, vegetables, fruit, spices, herbs, honey, syrup, carob, and chocolate, nuts, salt, vinegar, soup, and noodles. This title also dives into food from sea and river; beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages; tea and coffee; eggs; and dairy. The third section looks at diet in magical terms of love, protection, health, healing, money, sex, spirituality, psychic awareness, peace and happiness, purification, weight loss, and other diets. And in the final section, Cunningham shares some of his favorite recipes.
The Book of Kitchen Witchery: Spells, recipes, and rituals for magical meals, an enchanted garden, and a happy home, Cerridwen Greenleaf, 2016
Full of charming illustrations, this short and sweet text takes readers through building a kitchen altar, tools of the trade, spells, magical meals, blessings and cures, a kitchen garden, the Wheel of the Year, and keeping a journal of your journey. There are incantations, folk wisdom, charms and meditations, information on astrological aspects, phases of the Moon, the alchemy of color, and which Goddesses of the Hearth and Home to invoke.
A Kitchen Witch's Guide to Recipes for Love & Romance: Loving You * Attracting Love * Rekindling the Flames, Dawn Aurora Hunt, 2020
It's a traditional image: the Witch performing spells to help the seeker attract new love, keep a mate, renew the magic. And where better place to cook up a little love and romance than in the kitchen? This guide contains 55 romantic and easy recipes plus 33 magic rituals for love, friendship, and family harmony. It's sprinkled with personal tales, anecdotes, and beautiful illustrations amidst the recipes for avocado chocolate mousse, stuffed zucchini pinwheels, or strawberry, spinach, and feta salad. After all, who can resist pomegranate mimosas and muddled raspberries, and isn't the way to a lover's heart, according to the proverb, through the stomach?
The Natural Witch’s Cookbook: 100 Magical, Healing Recipes & Herbal Remedies to Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit, Lisanna Wallance, 2020
One of the central aspects of Wicca is to honor the natural world that sustains us. Learn how to find the benefits of every ingredient you use in your recipes, whether it’s an ointment, feast, tonic, or mask you’re making. There are ingredients to help prevent pain, fight days of blue moods, boost your energy, cleanse your skin, purify the body, and give you the best chance at optimum health., There’s a quirky sense of humor evident in some of the recipes (such as “Moon Macarons for Dreaming”) because, after all, isn’t joyful laughter one of the very best forms of magic?
The Hearth Witch's Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day, Anna Franklin, 2017
After an introductory section outlining everything you need to know about a Witch's kitchen, including food ethics and ritual food, the author explores each Sabbat in turn from a food perspective. It starts with Imbolc and moves on to Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasa, Mabon, Samhain, then Yule. There's a section on making wine, beer, and cider from just about anything: fruit, flowers, vegetables, even leaves. There are chapters on mead, liqueurs, and cider vinegar. There are also sections on preserving food, recipes for beauty, advice on gardening, herbs for healing, and home remedies. And if that isn't enough, there are sections on essential oils, magical herbalism, incense, vegetables, along with valuable appendices on color correspondences, planetary influences, and magical herbal correspondences.
The House Witch: Your Complete Guide to Creating a Magical Space with Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2018
In the best of circumstances, our homes and houses reflect our personalities: who we are and what's important to us. And for a practicing Witch, dwellings become a sacred space. They're the safe haven where we can practice rituals, spells, and herbal magic. Gain insight into the preparation of food to nourish the mind, body, spirit, and soul. Learn how to create your own magical cookbook of charms, recipes, and spells, as you call on the gods and goddesses of the kitchen to protect and purify home and hearth, turning your home into a center of magic.
Protection Spells: Clear Negative Energy, Banish Unhealthy Influences, and Embrace Your Power, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2018
It sometimes feels like we're bombarded with [negative information about things like climate change, the economy, unpleasant viruses, and other health issues. That's before considering toxic relationships, impossible jobs, difficult living situations, and everyday uncertainty. That's why the more than 100 spells for protection in this book cover body and spirit, house and home, family and friends, and being out and about. There's a chapter on rituals and another on protective objects like stones, symbols, and other objects.
The Magical Shield: Protection Magic to Ward Off Negative Forces, Frater U. D., 2016
Protect yourself against psychic attacks, energy vampires, curses, and bewitchments. The practices in this book will work no matter what your personal beliefs or convictions. With creative approaches to extremely powerful magic, these easy-to-read teachings will show you how to work with sigils, mantras, mudras, rituals, protective entities, awareness, habits, and mental models. You don't have to commit to any specific religious or philosophical beliefs to conquer the negative energies and intentions in our world. Simple to apply in everyday life with no previous experience necessary, these techniques will help you grow your spiritual awareness and develop powerful protection for the mind, body, and spirit.
The Witch's Shield: Protection Magick and Psychic Self-Defense, Christopher Penczak, 2004
In this thorough and thoughtful protection magic handbook, you are urged to take responsibility for your own actions, ask what you might learn from any situation, and hold compassion for those you may view as doing harm. Penczak takes a threefold approach to protection magic in this guide for Witches, Pagans, shamans, and psychics. First, find out how to protect yourself using personal energy, will, and intent. Next, discover how to connect with your guardian spirits, angels, and patron deities. Finally, learn how to use traditional spellcraft and rituals for protection.
Sigils and Symbols
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, Laura Tempest Zakroff, 2018
Sigils are magical symbols that are designed to influence ourselves and the world around us. This illustrated book offers an innovative and fresh approach to sigil magic that is accessible and intuitive. You don't need a degree in art or magic to make effective sigils. Learn how to manifest your will through your very own designs. Explore traditional and modern meanings of shapes, symbols, numbers, letters, and colors while receiving guidance on adding personal meaning to your marks. Sigil Witchery includes methods of application, tips for choosing materials, and important considerations for both temporary and permanent sigils. This book helps you develop your own powerful sigil magic.
Practical Sigil Magic: Creating Personal Symbols for Success, Frater U.D., 2012
Sigil magic is one of the most efficient and economical of magical disciplines. It can be performed without complicated rituals and is independent of philosophical and dogmatic premises. Most importantly, it will give even beginning Witches the chance to work with the power of the Will and enhance their own abilities. This classic reference work will provide Witches with instruction that will empower and advance their magical practice.
Magical Symbols and Alphabets: A Practitioner's Guide to Spells, Rites, and History, Sandra Kynes, 2020
Energize your Wiccan or Pagan practice with rich symbol systems and magical alphabets. Discover how astrological symbols, zodiac signs, and fixed stars can be used to invigorate spells and rituals. Connect with the power of the elements and explore tools like the ogham and runes for divination and spiritual connection. Learn how to use sigils and esoteric alphabets so you can live more deeply in the powerful magical energy that is all around you. While you can use symbols to boost the energy of spells and rituals, learning the fullness of their history will help you utilize them for the specific needs we confront today.
Folk and Cultural Practices
Folk Witchcraft: A Guide to Lore, Land, and the Familiar Spirit for the Solitary Practitioner, Roger J. Horne, 2019
Complete with practical exercises, descriptions of craft theories and models, hand-drawn illustrations, and the author's working grimoire, Folk Witchcraft provides the student Witch with an insightful perspective on the craft that is firmly rooted in the past but adapted for the present. Experienced Witches will deepen and enrich their practices by connecting more fully to traditional magics from hundreds of years in the past. With over 50 rituals, charms, and exercises, this title offers a refreshingly simple approach to the craft that is non-dogmatic, flexible, and rewarding as a personal spiritual practice.
Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia, Jake Richards, 2019
If a folksy stew of family stories, lore, omens, rituals, and conjure crafts the author learned from his great-grandmother, grandmother, and grandfather interests you, then pick up this title. The Witchcraft practiced in Appalachia is very much a folk magic of place, a tradition that honors the seen and unseen beings that inhabit the land and the soil, roots, and plant life. The materials and tools used in Appalachian Witchcraft are readily available from the land. Readers will be guided in building relationships with the spirits and other beings that dwell around them and how to use the materials and tools that are readily available on the land where one lives. This book also provides instructions on creating a working space and altar and making conjure oils and powders. Many tried-and-true formulas are also offered for creating wealth, protecting one from gossip, spiritual cleansing, and more.
New World Witchery: A Trove of North American Folk Magic, Cory Thomas Hutcheson, 2021
One of the most comprehensive collections of Witchcraft and folk magic ever written, New World Witchery shows you how to integrate folk traditions into your life and deepen your understanding of magic. With nearly 500 samples of folk magic, stories, artifacts, rituals, and beliefs, Hutcheson guides you to the crossroads of folk magic, where you'll learn about different practices and try them for yourself. This book also provides brief profiles of significant folk magicians, healers, and seers, so you can both meet the practitioners and experience their craft. Get ready to create a unique roadmap to the folk magic all around you.
Psychic Witchcraft and Energy Practices
Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation, Mat Auryn, 2020
How many times has your intuition told you to pay attention to something? And how many times have you ignored it? Magical and psychic powers are our human birthright, and this work will teach you how to get in touch with those latent powers, offering suggestions for meditation, relaxation, and having a child-like approach to the world. You'll also learn about extrasensory perception (ESP), shielding and purification, terrestrial and celestial energies, and multidimensional manifestations. Auryn describes the Elements; fundamental soul truths; the triple soul of the Witch; the lower self, the shadow, and the inner child; the higher self and true will; Witch fire; and the state between the worlds. This work would be especially enticing to advanced practitioners with strongly developed self-protection abilities.
Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft, Laura Tempest Zakroff, 2019
Boundaries. Thresholds. Shorelines. Between two worlds. These are all ways to describe the liminal. While we live in the modern world, working with traditional Witchcraft techniques and approaches can sometimes be something of a journey. This volume aims to help readers explore and define what it means to be a Witch in our contemporary setting. How do we overcome issues that might block our path? This is not a book of spells or rituals. It's not a manual, in the strictest sense, or a Book of Shadows. It does, however, look at the history of the Craft, helping you work out how to describe your practice, whether it's through memories, modernity, or the metaphysical. The RITES approach is used: Roots, Inspiration, Time, Environment, and Star, helping you interlace modern and traditional.
Paganism for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Nature-Based Spirituality for Every New Seeker, Althaea Sebastiani, 2020
As one of the foremost Pagan religions, nature-based spirituality is fundamental to the philosophy of Wicca. Start with a journey through practices common to Paganism, explore the core beliefs, and widen and deepen your own spirituality. Find out which pantheon of gods and goddesses resonate with you, and understand the importance of freedom of choice, self-reliance, open-mindedness, and so much more. Find out about the rituals, symbols, and tools that help you channel your power for effective magical practice. Whether it's Wicca, Druidry, Celtic Polytheism, or another path, you’ll be better informed once you've read this well-researched text.
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions, River Higginbotham, 2002
If you want an example of the real effects of Paganism, try to imagine picking up trash, cleaning the meadows, and living a green lifestyle. Try to think of a child who passionately tells another child to stop ripping flowers apart because they are harming the earth. Paganism is a new way to see life and to connect yourself with nature. It may also bring you unique opportunities, healthy friendships, and a deep love for yourself that you never knew existed. This book, made specifically for beginners, is the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about Paganism and earth-centered religions.
Young and Teen Witchcraft
Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation, Silver RavenWolf, 1998
Teenagers and young adults make up a large section of the growing market for books on Witchcraft and magic. That's why Silver RavenWolf decided to give teens their own handbook on what it takes and what it means to be a Witch. Humorous and compassionate, Teen Witch gives practical advice for dealing with everyday life in a magickal way.
Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens, Ellen Dugan, 2003
Dugan invites teens to study and work with the four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water and learn many different forms of real magic, including crystal, herb, stone, color, and candle magic. Magic might not be as flashy as the movies make it seem, but real Witches work magic every day through the magic of the natural world, the magic of the Craft, and especially the magic of the heart and mind.
The Young Witch's Guide to Magick, Cassandra Eason, 2020
Young would-be Witches will find answers to their life questions in this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated introduction to magic. This title is akin to Witch school, where author Cassandra Eason teaches her magical secrets. In this introduction geared especially to young adults, Eason targets teen issues like figuring out a future career path, dealing with bullies, changing bad luck, building self-confidence, and handling problems at school. Her spells use astrology, candles, crystals, colors, flowers, and moon power, and she also explores coven rituals and seasonal celebrations. Whether you’re trying to get your crush’s attention, pass your driver’s test, or simply let your natural beauty shine through, you’ll find the path to making your world better, and your dreams come true.
The Teen Spell Book: Magick for Young Witches, Jamie Wood, 2001
Teens who desire personal empowerment, a connection to old traditions, or an alternative spirituality will be enchanted with this definitive volume of spells and Wiccan lore. The Teen Spell Book contains such essential information on how to cast a spell, tools of the trade, Wiccan holidays, and an invaluable resource guide. Wood provides 75 spells, including finding a true friend, banishing sexual harassment, and foreseeing the future. This title is also illustrated with vintage art of fairies, magical creatures, and enchanted nature. Enjoy this ultimate guide to girl (and guy) power.
The Junior Witch’s Handbook: A Kid’s Guide to White Magic, Spells, and Rituals, Nikki Van De Car, 2020
This title is an empowering guide for young Witches featuring the kinds of magic they can create for themselves every day. It is intended for children between the ages of eight and twelve who are curious about the possibility of something more. This handbook focuses on three major areas of the Witch’s life: friendship, personal fulfillment, and family. Each section includes spells, rituals, potions, and other helpful information, such as tables about crystals, chakras, and herbs.
There are thousands of books on Witchcraft in general, so this list should not be considered definitive, but the titles included here are well-sourced and trusted by countless practitioners of the Craft. I hope some of these suggestions help you build (or refresh) your own Witch’s Library! And be sure to check back periodically for updates, as exciting new titles are published every month.
A final note for those just starting out: due to the diversity of the various spiritual paths that fall under the umbrella term of “Witchcraft,” you’re bound to encounter information that contradicts something else you’ve already read, or even what you already intuitively know. This can make it feel to beginners as if they’re constantly at risk for “getting it wrong.” But while there may be correct and incorrect ways of practicing specific traditions within Wicca, there’s absolutely no one who can tell you that your own inner spirituality is missing the mark, no matter how different your practice may seem to be. Ultimately, as you gain experience and confidence, you'll find the author's voices and the subjects that resonate most with you.
Fortunately, there’s one thing that just about everyone in the Wiccan and larger Pagan community will agree on: the importance of continuing to learn as much as you can. Even for the most experienced Wiccans, Witches, and other Pagans, there’s always more to learn. So pull up a chair and have fun browsing these titles, and enjoy your next deep-dive into the wide world of Witchcraft!