Interested in witchcraft but don't know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with new terms, practices and the massive isle at the book store? This comprehensive list is a good place to start. Dip your toes in, get your feet wet, learn the ropes and join a worldwide community of practitioners.
Click the image of the book to be taken to the book's amazon page. The books are in no particular order.
Christopher Penczak is an accomplished practitioner and teacher. This book is the first of his series, which follows the elements through the pentagram. There is one book for each; progressively getting more advanced as they go. His writing style is entertaining, thoughtful and accessible to all skill levels. He breaks down each concept in the craft into bite size pieces and even includes a homework lesson for each stage. His books are well referenced and include many images and symbols. He incorporates graphs and diagrams to make it visual and easy to follow. I highly recommend this series to all witches, beginning or advanced. For the advanced it is a good review of beginning skills as well as a fresh take on some long standing ideas.
2. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard - by Oberon Zell Ravenheart
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart co-founded the Church of All Worlds in 1962. It was the first legally recognized pagan church. If Harry Potter and wizards appeal to you, this is the book for you. It has everything from alchemical symbols, to latin word charts, to camping and survival skills, cloak and wand making and much more. It is a go to reference and must have for any wise wizard. Oberon also has a real life school you can attend and they offer online courses as well. It is called The Grey School of Wizardry.
3. Teen Witch - by Silver Ravenwolf
Silver Ravenwolf's Teen Witch is a classic. It also happens to be one of my all time favorites. It is perfect for any teenager beginning the in craft as well as those young at heart. It opens with a very thoughtful letter to parents who might find the book under their teen’s bed. The letter clearly states what wicca is and isn’t and helps sooth any fears they might have. This book is another one that is fun and easy to read. Silver has many spells that teenagers will find useful, things like remembering for a test, simple weather spells and finding out if your crush likes you.
4. Northern Mysteries and Magick Runes and Feminine Powers - by Freya Aswynn
5. The Candle and the Crossroads - by Orion Foxwood
Orion Foxwood is an excellent teacher. He is by far one of the most popular speakers at Pantheacon. He is both hilarious and wise. He teaches a mix of Applichian Conjure Rootwork and fairie tradition. His style of teaching and his meditations will appeal to anyone interested in the esoteric.
Llewellyn’s Witches Calendar is definitely a must have for all witches. It comes in traditional calendar form as well as a notebook form. Each day shows the sign the moon is currently in and the time it will leave that sign. It shows major astrological transitions as well as holidays, important witch historical facts, and birthdays of leaders in the community. It is also full of great artwork and poems. When I was in college I used the notebook to write down the day’s homework as well as plan for ritual and retrogrades. This is a quick to reference, easy to carry notebook that will enhance your spell planning skills.
This is another book from Llewellyn that is a staple of any good bookshelf. Just like the title implies, it really is the ultimate guide to herbs, incense and oils. It explains the correspondences for each herb, their healing properties and has recipes for making oils and incenses.
8. To Ride a Silver Broomstick - by Silver Ravenwolf
So fabulous she made my list twice! Silver Ravenwolf's writing style is easy to read and entertaining. This book is basically the grown up version of Teen Witch. It is an excellent introduction to the craft and basic skills.
This is hands down the BEST book on protection and defense. Do you often feel drained after talking to certain people or going certain places? This book explains why and how to keep your energy through difficult interactions. Michelle Belanger is wise and compassionate. She explains that some people can not draw energy from the earth and instead draw it from others. She teaches that these individuals are not necessarily malicious and can learn to use this unique skill to heal and ground others. She teaches powerful defense skills for all things you might encounter in the psychic realm.
Sylvia Brallier is a power house of energy. If you ever get the chance to work with her in person, GO! She teaches intense energy work and breathing techniques. She is a shaman, a psychic, an artist and bubbly and fun to boot! She is also one of the most sought after presenters at Pantheacon and anywhere she goes. She packs the house and people leave her sessions weeping tears of joy or release. It is both exhausting and deeply fulfilling at the same time. Check out her book for lessons in energy and breath work.
Guest Post by Diana Ravenwood