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Books I Like and Recommend

This is where I'll post books I like and recommend, plus a little info or review about them. The titles are clickable.


Book of Witchery by Ellen Dugan *****

This book is basically anything and everything you would want to know about the 7 days of the week. There are deity associations, colors, spells, plants, metals, planetary associations, and much more. Ellen Dugan has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend her books in general. 


Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation by Silver Ravenwolf  ****

Some people like her, some people hate her. Personally, I find some things in her books useful and overall I enjoy her books. My philosophy and advice for those first starting  out is to read a little of everything an decide for yourself what you do and do not like, but don't limit your reading to one author or one book. No single book has everything you need to know in it, so check facts in other places. This book is useful, in my opinion, because there's a ton of information in it that I originally found in about 10 other books, so I like using this as a sort of reference.

Everyday Magic: Spells & Rituals for Modern Living by Dorothy Morrison *****

I think this is a very handy little book! Dorothy has a decent sense of humor and she's very practical. After reading this book, I started looking at things I use everyday in a whole new light and began to truly see magickal applications for everyday things. 


Grandmother Moon by Z. Budapest ****

I really, really like Z. Budapest's books! This book is a bunch of information and stories about the moon. 

 

The Grandmother of Time by Z. Budapest *****

This book is wonderful! It's divided into one chapter for each month and there are spells, rituals, and celebrations devoted to Deities for nearly every day.

 

Sabbats: A Witch's Approach to Living the Old Ways by Edain McCoy ****

I like this book a lot because there's a lot of information about the Sabbats, along with rituals, crafts, recipes, and stories.

 

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall *****

The name says it all. There are two of these, but I only have the first one and it has been a life saver. This little book is full of information about the more common stones and crystals.

 

The Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes ****

This is a handy reference book. Granted there are a few names missing from this book that many feel should be included, but overall it's very useful, in my opinion. There are Gods, Goddesses, and more in there.

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism by Carl McColman *****
I love this book. It's a great introduction to Paganism, with enough information to give you the basics of a few popular "branches" of Paganism.



The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk *****
The name of this book says it all. This book is phenomenal, or at least I thought so. I was never a big fan of Astrology, but I decided earlier this year to broaden my knowledge about some subjects, and picked this book as one of my introductions to new subjects. I have the edition that comes with a CD-ROM and let me tell you, I absolutely freaking love it! I went through making my chart and all that, thinking the whole time how it was total BS, but by the time I finished reading everything, my opinion changed drastically.


 
Positive Magic by Marion Weinstein *****

This book blew my mind. I highly recommend it, along with her other book and if you are considering buying them and find them for less than $10, snag a copy ASAP! I watched several sites for months before I finally got a copy of each for less than $20. This book has history, but more than anything it was, to me, a whole new way to look at Witchcraft (well, compared to the other books I had read when I got my copy).


Earth Magic by Marion Weinstein *****

This book goes along with Positive Magic and I suggest reading it first, and following up with this book. Some people recommend the other way around, but to me that wouldn't make sense because Earth Magic began as a sort of expansion on one of the chapters in Positive Magic.


Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

I'm no even going to rate this book because I have such mixed feelings about it. I agree with something others have said: This book should have been called Buckland's Complete Book of Wicca because this is Wicca, not Witchcraft alone. If you're interested in Wicca, this is the book to start with in my opinion. Personally I found it boring and not very useful for me, but I'm not Wiccan and I already knew a lot of what I was reading by the time I got a copy.

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