This week on Facebook I was tagged to post seven of my favorite books. While we were not supposed to include any explanations why there were our favorites it got methinking. What were the most memorable books I’ve read? In addition, what were my favorite books on witchcraft and magick?
Wow, choosing books was a lot more difficult than I imagined. Attempting to narrow down the list of books that have had an influence on the Craft and on myself wasn’t easy. Which books spoke to me from page 1? Was it the author’s voice or the magickal content that reached out and grabbed me? There were some books that had bits and pieces that stuck with me and with others, I felt as if I’ve memorized each word. My library holds so many wonderful and intriguing volumes that it took me quite a while to narrow it down. Without further ado, I give you a list of 10 of my favorite books on witchcraft.
Most Influential (also favorite) Books
- To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf – I believe this was the first book I ever read on witchcraft. It was amazing to me that I could just pick up a book and read about that piece of me that was missing. While some of the information in this book no longer resonates with me, I will forever be grateful to have found this book. It truly helped get me started on my path.
- Buckland’s Compete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland – Buckland’s book opened my eyes to another facet of the Craft. This is where I began to define how my own Craft was going to develop. His ideas of creating your own tools resonated with me and I crafted my first wand after reading this. To this day I still use his work as a reference tool.
- Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, by Scott Cunningham – I know very few people in the magickal community that have not read at least one Scott Cunningham book. His words are still influencing young witchlings today. Scott’s easy style and simple, yet powerful, workings shaped many of my early rituals and spells.
- True Magick, by Amber K – From the moment I picked up this book I knew I was home. Amber K’s autograph inside this book had a profound impact on my life. These simple words, “Remember always, that the magick is within you.” took me from a timid beginner towards working with a coven, later becoming high priestess, and beyond.
- Garden Witchery, by Ellen Dugan – When I bought this book I was in a precarious place in my magickal life. I was unsure of where I was going in my Craft – and in my mundane life. This book set me on the path of the Garden Witch and becoming an Herbalist.
More Amazing Books
- Practical Solitary Magic, by Nancy B Watson – Nancy Watson’s book was the first book we read together as a coven. While much of this book didn’t resonate with me (though the material was excellent), it will always hold a special place in my heart. This helped our coven to learn and grow together, helping to solidify our bonds through our Craft.
- Real Magic, Isaac Bonewits – This one of those books that made me go “wow”. It made me stop, think, and reexamine everything. One of the things I loved most about Isaac was his ability to do just that. I include this in the reading lists to all my students just for that reason. Witchcraft isn’t just about the magick, but the intellect as well.
- Spiral Dance, by Starhawk – One of the most iconic books of its time, The Spiral Dance awakened a whole generation to Witchcraft. A “must have” for anyone exploring this path. I know the influence it had on me continues to this day.
- Avalon Within, by Jhenah Telyndru – About 10 years ago or so I was working with a group who used this book for personal transformation. While I did not stay with the group to complete this work with them, I did read and complete it on my own. This powerful volume is one every witch – especially those who are on a Celtic path – should include in their library.
- Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews – I found this book rather late in my “career”. I had the pleasure of being in one of Mr. Andrew’s workshops/lectures at a Pagan conference. His voice and magnetism were mesmerizing. He brought into the light a piece of my soul I hadn’t noticed before. He truly touched me and his words remain with me to this day.
There you have it, a list of 10 of my favorite books on magick and witchcraft. Now it’s time to go hit up Amazon and find some possibly new favorites to read and add to my library. May you have fun reading and finding your own list of “favorites”.