The following books are popular introductions to Wicca for either solitary
practitioners, or new coven members. (A coven is a group of Wiccans who meet together to perform rituals). 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 a follower while others will not.
If you follow the links shown to Amazon.com, you might consider buying a lower
cost copy via Amazon's marketplace of new and used copies. They are often priced at a fraction of the cost of a regular book.
"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
Yearwith 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
"The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witch's Guide to History, Traditions, and Modern-Day Spells, Althea Press (2019). Amazon review: "Channel the witch within—a beginner’s guide to history, tradition, and modern-day spells.
Imagine a door between the world you know and a world where tradition, ritual, and the occult lie. The key to unlocking it is in this book. Open it—and invite magic into your life. The Door to Witchcraft teaches new witches everything they need to know to start their witchcraft practice. From harnessing your natural psychic abilities to manifesting your desires with timeless spells, this book guides you through every step of the magical process. Inside The Door to Witchcraft you’ll discover:
Witchcraft through the ages—Learn the history of the craft and the evolution of the practice up to the present day.
How to tap into your powers—Decide what kind of witchcraft you want to practice and master fundamental techniques for traditions, rituals, and ceremonies.
The art of casting spells—Manifest your intentions with witchcraft spells for love, health, career, friends and family, spiritual work, and protection."
"Buckland's complete book of Witchcraft,"
Llewellyn Publ,, (2002).This is an excellent introductory book on Wicca. Review/order
"Buckland's book of Saxon Witchcraft," Red Wheel/Weiser,
(2005). One of the best sources of information for solitary practitioners -- those not affiliated with a cove, Review/order
"Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner,"
Llewellyn Publ., (1993). This book is very highly rated by reviewers. It
Amazon.com's #1,678th 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
"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.
Vivian Crowley, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World,"
Thorsons., (2003). Publisher's review: ""Explains "the way of the witch,'' the path to self-discovery, showing how Wicca--rapidly regaining its former popularity--has real relevance in today's world."
Amanda Yates Garcia, "Initiated: Memoir of a Witch," Grand Central Publishing, (2019) Review by author Gabriela Herstik: "Yates Garcia takes us on a sweeping, expansive, generous, and beautifully intuitive journey into feminine power in Initiated. She leads us fearlessly into the dark underworld of patriarchal oppression, intergenerational trauma, loss and grief, where, she says, every witch must go to find her magic. This book is a powerful political protest and a call to return to first principles as a nation, a society, and a people. Come to it seeking your own artistic and intellectual path, and leave trusting yourself, trusting others, and trusting in the unconditional love you will find in the collective soul of the world."
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
S. Kohreh Kermani "Pagan Family Values: Childhood and the Religious Imagination in Contemporary American Paganism,"
NYU Press, (2013). "Kermani has provided a valuable window not only onto a ‘new religious movement’ but onto the very problem of ‘religion’ in America."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review DatabaseReview/order
Ashleen O'Gaea "Raising Witches: "Teaching The Wiccan Faith To Children," New Page Books (2002) Review/order
"To ride a silver broomstick: New generation Witchcraft,"
Llewellyn Publ., (2002) 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., (2013). This book
concentrates on intermediate-level magical practices. Review/order
"To light a sacred flame: Practical witchcraft for the
Millennium," Llewellyn Publ., (2005) Review/order
"Teen Witch: Wicca for a new generation,"
(1998). The contents give an
excellent introduction to Wicca for youths. Review/order