Good books about Paganism, Witchcraft, Wicca?

Question by Anna: Good books about Paganism, Witchcraft, Wicca?
Hey there. What are some good books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and other pagan religions? Preferably with an inconspicuous name that doesn’t actually say “Wicca” “Magick” “Pagan” etc.

Thanks 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by MSB
That’s a tough one. I would say look for:

Drawing Down the Moon
Spiral Dance
Triumph of the Moon
Out of the Shadows
The Way of Four
Stations of the Sun
Sea Priestess (fiction but worth reading, by Dione Fortune under a different name I recall)
Circle Round (actually for parents but gives a good overview of Paganism through raising a Pagan family)

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Q&A: If Gardnerian craft is such a “secret”, then why do they publish so many books about themselves?

Question by Green Pagan 4.0: If Gardnerian craft is such a “secret”, then why do they publish so many books about themselves?
If you look up Wicca on wikipedia, you’ll be completely bombarded with all of the “secret ways of the wise” that were (as far as I can tell) fabricated by Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente for marketing purposes.

There are 3 or 4 people from that coven that are hailed by mainstream society as the High Priests and Priestesses of “modern day wicca” and it seems that all they do is sell their books and collect praise (without any significant amount of fact-checking involved).

If it’s all such a secret and they can decline to reveal any relevant information, then why would anyone bother buying their stories?

Furthermore, why is Gerald Gardner seemingly the only witch cited on Wikipedia?

Best answer:

Answer by kagmi
Haha, well more people are interested if you say it’s a secret, and then you can sell more books. 😉 Apparently it takes a while for people to notice that the whole publishing books thing contradicts it supposedly being a secret…

And of course if you say it’s a secret that’s a great excuse for not having to explain things, like why the techniques in your books don’t work for everyone, or how you did something that’s physically impossible.

The “High Priests and Priestesses” themselves might not even realize they’re doing this, but that’s how the logic works…

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Older books on Paganism?

Question by Mel: Older books on Paganism?
I know there are a million and one questions about “books about Paganism”- but does anybody know offhand of any good books that are “old”? I’m not exactly sure what I even mean by old, just… I guess it would be cool to read something that wasn’t written before the boom in the 50s, and again in the 80s and 90s, you know? I’m looking for respected literature that’s a little more timeless.

Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by taliswoman
All I can say is that Gerald Gardner was the founder of modern wicca, and you really can’t get any older than that. Don’t forget tho, with the old comes the different. They had different ideas back then, and different views on women and men. If you want a fictional book, try mists of avalon by M Z Bradley. I though it was a very good account.

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Great Books for the Pagan and Wiccan Parent

Teaching paganism to your children can be difficult. In the past, there have been few resources available aimed at pagan and Wiccan child-rearing. In the past few years, several great texts and workbooks have appeared that help pagan parents help their children along the path. Here are some favorites:

Pagan Homeschooling: A Guide to Adding Spirituality to Your Child’s Education by Kristen Madden

(Spilled Candy Publications 2002)

This book is a great primer for parents to raise their children in a pagan tradition. It not only discusses how to begin to home school your pagan child but is also filled with activities, spells, rituals, and arts and crafts.

Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill

(Bantam 2000)

Circle Round focuses on teaching children earth-centered traditions, including the eight pagan holidays in the wheel of the year and shares recipes that are easy to make with your children. There are traditional stories retold and favorite rituals (like carving the Samhain pumpkin) explored.

Family Wicca: Practical Paganism For Parents and Children by Ashleen O’Gaea

(New Page Books 2006)

Family Wicca was originally published ten years ago and remains the go-to resource for pagan families. Although written through a Wiccan lens, this resource can be successfully interpreted by many other Pagan paths. This book covers all stages of life including death, birth, and hand fasting. Family Wicca also teaches how to answer difficult questions about the Path from children and non-Pagan family members.

Witches’ Datebook by Llewellyn

(Llewellyn 2008)

Llewellyn Press releases a Witches’ Datebook and a Witches’ Calendar every year. Not only is it helpful for a pagan parent to plan with, but is full of pagan recipes, rituals, and astrological information. A great resource to have your children plan their homeschooling lessons in. The dates of all of the Sabbats are included.

Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities For Parents and Children by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw

(Destiny Books 1995)

This book is full of activities related to the Wheel of the Year to share with your children, including making smudge sticks, making handmade ornaments for the Yule tree, and making dream pillows. There are many activities related to nature such as gathering wild food on a nature walk. It also includes a handy list of supplies you will need for all of the activities.

Pagan Children’s Workbook by Lady Eliana

(Twin Serpents 2006)

This small book is a great introduction for young children who are learning the pagan path. It includes descriptions of the holidays and rituals as well as coloring pages. Not a lot of meat here but a good workbook for younger children.

Written by Angie Mohr
Writes for work, writes for play…

Wicca Books Part 1

Review of Books for beginners and not-so beginners Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practioner – Scott Cunningham Bucklands Complete Book of Witchcraft – Raymond Buckand Solitary Witch – Silver Ravenwolf Wicca, the Complete Craft – DJ Conway The Craft – Dorothy Morrison Wicca, a Year and a Day – Timothy Roderick Earth, Air, Fire & Water – Scott Cunningham Natural Witchery – Ellen Dugan Living Wicca- Scott Cunningham Out of the Broom Closet – Arin Murphey Hiscock Solitary Wicca for Life- Arin Murphy Hiscock Wicca for One – Raymond Buckland

Q&A: What ten books would you save in a fire ?

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Question by missmayzie: What ten books would you save in a fire ?
If I could hold it to just ten:
-“The Power of Now”-Eckhart Tolle
-“The Freud Reader”-edited by Peter Gay
-“The New American Bible” Catholic World Press
-“The Story of a Soul”- Therese Martin
-“Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil”-John Berendt
-“Loving Each Other”-Leo Buscaglia
-“The Encyclopedia of Chicago”-edited by James R.Grossman;A.Keating & J. Reiff
-“Malignant Self Love:Narcissism Revisited”-Sam Vaknin
-” Disorders of Narcissism”-Elsa F. Ronningstam
-“Therese and Lisieux”-Pierre Descouvemont & Helmuth Loose
Sorry if I failed to make myself clear- it is just a hypothetical question about BOOKS -for those who READ ..IF you could save ten books-what would they be – not WHAT would you save in a fire . .

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Answer by lins
they all seems to say the same thing on and on…

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