Available books on Wicca
The following books are popular introductions to Wicca for either solitary
practitioners, or new coven members. (A coven is a group of Wiccans). There is no "best" introductory book to
Wicca. Religion in general, and Wicca in particular, involves intensely personal
experiences. Some traditions and books will appeal to you; others will not.
If you follow the links to Amazon.com, you might consider buying a lower
cost copy via Amazon's marketplace of new and used copies.
|Margot Adler, "Drawing down the moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess
worshipers and other Pagans in America today," Penguin USA, (1997)
Rated by Amazon.com in the top 3,500 of all books sold. Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store|
|"Circle, Coven & Grove," Llewellyn Publ,, (2007). Amazon comments: "Part
instruction manual, part personal journal, and part Book of Shadows, this
all-in-one ritual handbook is an ideal tool for busy Witches, new covens,
and new priestesses, priests, or coven leaders. Celebrate the Wheel of the
Year with original group rituals that can be used as written,
personalized to reflect your coven's unique style, or modified for solitary
practitioners. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customers. Review/order
|"Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the
Wonderful World of Witchcraft," Llewellyn Publ,, (2008). Amazon comments:
"Whether you're curious about the art of witchcraft and just setting out on
your path or looking to add more spellcrafting skills to your repertoire,
this must-have book is meant for you. From altars to the zodiac, all things
witchy are presented alphabetically in quick and easy bites for fast
reference." Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customers. Review/order
|"Buckland's complete book of Witchcraft,"
Llewellyn Publ,, (1986).This is an excellent introductory book on Wicca. Review/order
|"The Tree: The complete book of Saxon Witchcraft," Red Wheel/Weiser,
|"Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner,"
Llewellyn Publ., (1990). This book is very highly rated by reviewers. It
Amazon.com's #1678th most popular books! That may not sound very
impressive. However, Amazon sells millions of titles.|
Amazon.com review: "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is
the essential primer from one of the best known authors on Wicca. Focusing
on the importance of individualism in your spiritual path, Cunningham
explains the very basics of Sabbats (holy days), ceremonies, altars, and
other nuts and bolts of Wicca that a solitary practitioner may have trouble
finding elsewhere. While Wicca shouldn't be your sole point of
reference when considering Wicca as your way of life, it is one of the best
this book. This is the most popular book purchased by visitors to
|"Living Wicca, A further guide for the solitary practitioner,"
Llewellyn Publ., (1993) This is a sequel to the previous book.
Cunningham shows methods of integrating Wicca into your everyday life.
Rated by Amazon as the 7,468th most popular book. Review/order
this book. It is tied for third place among the most popular book
purchases by visitors to this site.|
|Eileen Holland: "Spells for the Solitary Witch,"
Weiser Books, (2004). This book explains how to prepare and cast 87
spells. The author suggests alternatives for hard-to-find ingredients. Review/order
|"To ride a silver broomstick: New generation Witchcraft,"
Llewellyn Publ., (1993) Review/order
this book This is an immensely popular book. It is tied for third place among the most popular books
purchased by visitors to this web site. However, it is lacking in
historical accuracy in many places and rather intolerant of
monotheistic religions and their followers.|
|"To stir a magick cauldron: A witch's guide to casting and
conjuring," Llewellyn Publ., (1996). This book
concentrates on intermediate-level magical practices. Review/order
|"To light a sacred flame: Practical witchcraft for the
Millennium," Llewellyn Publ., (1999) Review/order
|"Teen Witch: Wicca for a new generation,"
(1999). Some might not be impressed by the cover of this book. However, the contents give an
excellent introduction to Wicca for youths. Review/order
|Shanddaramon, "Self-initiation for the Solitary Witch:
Attaining higher spirituality through a five-degree system," New Page
Books, (2004). Aside from one picky interview, Amazon.com reviewers gave
this book the maximum, 5 star, rating. Review/order
|Starhawk, "Spiral dance: A rebirth of the ancient religion of the
Great Goddess," Harper, San Francisco, (1989) This is a revised
version, published on the occasion of the original edition's 10th anniversary.
It "leans heavily toward the feminist aspects of Wicca..." Review/order
|Paul Tuitean & Estelle Daniels, "Essential Wicca,"
Crossing Press (2001). This book "covers all the bases -- core
beliefs and practices, basic and group rituals, festivals and
gatherings, holy days, and rights of passage." It contains a
glossary with over 200 entries. This book comes very highly recommended
by Amazon customers, having received a perfect "5" rating. Review/order
A series of novels for youths:
Amazon.com provides a list of their Wiccan bestsellers at:
http://www.amazon.com/ It is updated hourly.
|Cate Tiernan has written a series of novels for youths from 12 or 13
and older. They form the "Sweep" series, starting with Book of
Shadows, and continuing with The Coven, Blood Witch, Dark Magick,
Awakening, Spellbound, The Calling, Changeling, Strife, Seeker, Origins,
Eclipse, Reckoning, and Full Circle.|
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Other Wiccan books:
|Raven Grimassi: "The Wiccan mysteries: Ancient origins and
teachings," Llewellyn Publ., (1997). Review/order
this book According to Amazon.com: "Raven Grimassi traces
the origins of rites and practices peculiar to the craft and uncovers their
|Judy Harrow, "Wicca covens: How to start and organize your
own," Citadel Press, (1999). Review/order
this book This book has been given high ratings by reviewers.
However, its title may be confusing. It deals mainly with resolving
conflicts within existing covens, not describing how to start a coven
from scratch. "Covencraft" (see below) may be a better guide
to help form a new coven.|
|Ellen Hopman & Lawrence Bond, "People of the Earth: The
New Pagans speak out," Inner Traditions Intl Ltd,(1996)
this book This book contains interviews of dozens of Pagans, from
Margot Adler to Oberon Zell. It informs the reader of the tremendous
diversity within Neopaganism.|
|Evelyn Heinemann, "Witches: A psychoanalytic exploration of the
killing of women," Free Association Books, (1999). Review/order
this book This is a book on the burning times. The author argues that Freud and others were seriously
mistaken in their understanding of killing of women in the 16th
and 17th century. She "asserts that the witch
phenomenon is an example of the potential for destructiveness by the
human imagination and shows the necessity of understanding unconscious
processes in social phenomena today." The first
chapter is available online. |
|Ronald Hutton, "The Triumph of the Moon," Oxford
University Press, (2000). Review/order
this book This book describes the precursors to Neopaganism in the
19th century which led to modern Wicca in the UK. Thoroughly researched;
|Amber K, "Covencraft: Witchcraft for three or more,"
Llewellyn Publ., (1998). Review/order
this book A "...complete guidebook for anyone who desires to
practice Witchcraft in a caring, challenging, well-organized spiritual
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