Recommended Craft Reading
Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the
Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America
Today. Penguin, revised edition, 1997, $16.95.
A well-known journalists study of the modern Pagan movement. Already
out of date on some topics, but still an essential classic.
Amber K. Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More.
Llewellyn, 1998, $17.95. Invaluable reference for anyone interested
in starting or running a magical group. Covers mundane subjects,
such as applying for tax-exempt status, and magical ones, like initiation
requirements and rituals, in equal detail -- a rarity.
Amber K. True Magick. Llewellyn, 1991, $4.95.
Introduction to the basics of magick, written in a readable, clear style.
Excellent choice as a first book, or as an overview for non-Wiccan relatives
Ardinger, Barbara. A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations.
New World Library, l995, $12.95. Basic eclectic rituals.
Budapest, Z. The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries.
Wingbow, l989, $17.50. Classic of Dianic Craft. Rollicking, inimitable
and packed with misinformation.
Campanelli, Pauline. The Wheel of the Year: Living
the Magical Life. Llewellyn, 1989, $12.95. Seasonal
activities and recipes. We can't all live in the country, but we can
dream about it.
Clifton, Chas. S., editor. Witchcraft Today, published
by Llewellyn. Volume I: The Modern Craft Movement, 1992,
$9.95. Volume II: Modern Rites of Passage, 1993, $9.95.
Volume III: Witchcraft and Shamanism, 1994, $9.95. Good essays
on topical issues in modern neo-Paganism: not specifically Wiccan.
Cunningham, Scott. Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner.
Llewellyn, 1990, $8.95. A BOS and guide for the solitary beginner.
General eclectic Craft principles and ethics.
Crowley, Vivianne. Wicca: The Old Religion in
the New Age. Thorsons, revised edition 1996, $16.00.
An excellent introduction (from the perspective of a Witch who is also
a Jungian therapist) to British Traditional Craft.
Curott, Phyllis. Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's
Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess.
Broadway Books, l998, $25.00. Insightful and helpful beginners
DeGrandis, Francesca. Be a Goddess!
Harper San Francisco, l998, $14.00. Practical do-it-yourself mysticism.
Eisler, Riane. The Chalice & The Blade: Our
History, Our Future. Harper San Francisco, 1987, $10.95.
A re-examination of our past, present, and future; weaving together
evidence from art, archaeology, religion, social science and history.
As the New Age Journal said, "The greatest murder mystery and cover-up
of all time."
Elsbeth, Marguerite & Kenneth Johnson. The
Silver Wheel: Women's Myths & Mysteries in the Celtic Tradition.
Llewellyn, 1996, $14.95. Meditations, exercises, and tests to
uncover the archetypal Goddess within you.
Farrar, Janet and Stewart. The Witches
Way. Bookpeople, 1984, $27.95 and Eight Sabbats for Witches.
Bookpeople, l988, $16.95. Materials from the authors Alexandrian
Tradition. These two titles have been published in one paperback
volume, A Witches Bible Compleat, by Magickal Childe;
although this edition is more easily available, the authors recommend
that readers avoid buying it because of difficulties over their royalties.
Farrar, Janet and Stewart. The Witches' Goddess,
Phoenix Publishing, l987, $14.95, and The Witches God,
Phoenix Publishing, l9879, $15.95. Basic mythological background
Green, Marian. The Elements of Natural Magic.
Element Books, 1997, $9.95 and A Witch Alone: 13 Moons to Master
Natural Magick, Thorsons, 1991, $16.00. Green provides
an outstanding introduction to natural magic and solitary work.
Iglehart, Hallie. Womanspirit: A Guide to Women's
Wisdom. Harper & Row, 1983, $7.95. Practical, down-to-earth
feminist approach to spirituality.
Johnson, Kenneth & Marguerite Elsbeth. The
Grail Castle: Male Myths & Mysteries in the Celtic Tradition.
Llewellyn, 1995, $14.95. Quizzes, meditations, ritual work and
mythic stories to integrate the Father, Warrior, Lover and Wise Man
Libera, Caitlin. Creating Circles of Power &
Magic: A Woman's Guide to Sacred Community. The Crossing Press,
1994, $12.95. Ritual scripts, exercises, meeting suggestions and
advice on group dynamics.
Morrison, Dorothy. In Praise of the Crone: A
Celebration of Feminine Maturity. Llewellyn, 1999, $14.95.
An upbeat handbook to menopause and introduction to your Personal Crone.
Won my heart when she called her own Crone "She-Who-Nags!"
Simms, Maria Kay. The Witches Circle.
Llewellyn, 1996, $19.95. Speaks of the authors personal
journey to find Wicca. Details how she began her own circle, which
revolves around astrology. Original rituals and instructions on
making robes and masks.
Starhawk. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Religion
of the Great Goddess. Harper, 1989, $17.00. This classic
of feminist spirituality has been a bestseller among Witches for more
than twenty years.
Starhawk, Anne Hill, Diane Baker. Circle Round:
Raising Children in Goddess Traditions. Bantam Doubleday,
l998, $25.95. A comprehensive parenting guide for people of all
faiths and beliefs, based on the Goddess tradition's appreciation of
the Earth (the Goddess) and the view that life is a never-ending cycle
of birth and death.
Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare and the Reclaiming Collectiive.
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying. Harper, San Francisco,
l997, $17.00. Practical rituals with prayers, chants, blessings,
meditations, essays, and insightful personal stories to offer a new
understanding of death and a powerful new approach to the various stages
of dying and grieving.
Valiente, Doreen. Natural Magic. Phoenix
Publishing, 1985, $11.50, and An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present.
Bookpeople, 1988, $16.95. Both are excellent introductions, composed
of short interesting essays on a wide variety of witchy topics.
Weinstein, Marion. Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help.
Earth Magic Productions, 1994, $15.95. Widely respected feminist
Craft manual. Excellent on magical ethics.