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Introductory books about the Wiccan religion

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Introductory 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 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, 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.

bullet book cover Margot Adler, "Drawing down the moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess worshipers and other Pagans in America today," Penguin USA, (1997) Rated by in the top 3,500 of all books that they have sold. Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store

bulletDeborah Blake:
bullet book cover "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 this book

bullet book cover "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 this book

bulletTanya Brown:

book cover "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."

Review/order this book in Kindle format for $0.99 or Paperback format for $12.65 plus shipping.

bulletRaymond Buckland:
bullet book cover"Buckland's complete book of Witchcraft," Llewellyn Publ,, (2002).This is an excellent introductory book on Wicca. Review/order this book

bullet book cover "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 this book
bulletScott Cunningham
bullet book cover "Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner," Llewellyn Publ., (1993). This book is very highly rated by reviewers. It is's #1,678th most popular books! That may not sound very impressive. However, Amazon sells millions of titles. 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 starting points."

Review/order this book. This is the most popular Wiccan book purchased by visitors to this site.

bullet book cover "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.


book cover 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."

Review/order this book.


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."

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More introductory books on Wicca:

bullet book cover 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 this book

bullet book cover 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 Database Review/order this book

bullet book cover Ashleen O'Gaea "Raising Witches: "Teaching The Wiccan Faith To Children," New Page Books (2002) Review/order this book

bulletSilver Ravenwolf:
bullet book cover "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.

bullet book cover "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 this book

bullet book cover "To light a sacred flame: Practical witchcraft for the Millennium," Llewellyn Publ., (2005)  Review/order this book

bullet book cover "Teen Witch: Wicca for a new generation," Llewellyn, (1998). The contents give an excellent introduction to Wicca for youths. Review/order this book

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This list is continued in the next essay.

Copyright 1995 to 2019 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Last updated 2018-NOV-09
Author: Bruce A Robinson
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