Since my list of initial books ended up segmenting more than I anticipated, I thought I’d share some more books (already). These are books that I found helpful between the stage of ‘new witch’ and ‘what am I really doing’ witch. In some ways, these were books that helped me setup my own routine. What would I really take away in practice? Because of that approach, some of these books might be considered ‘Wicca 102’ books.
My Ever Expanding Expansion of Books
Out of all the books on the list, this was the book that was easiest for me to expand into. As the followup to Wicca, the transition didn’t even feel like a change. The book was immensely helpful, and I excitedly started to make an ‘actual’ binder of correspondences and personalized information. This book really helped me determine where I needed to research more, or what I was lacking in implementing.
Since I was now ordering books at this point, I decided to always purchase at least one history based book. All along, I’d desperately wanted to read this book. Finally getting a copy of it felt amazing, and reading it even more so. In some ways, I’m glad I started here instead of delving into Margaret Alice Murray right away. This book was a somewhat slow but in-depth read for me as well, so extra time might be required by some.
As a female witch, I somehow felt obligated to read The Spiral Dance. Since so many had referred to it in the past, I was happy to receive my own copy of it. However, I don’t really know how I feel overall about the book. While I highly recommend it, what I enjoy most of all is the poetic way Starhawk writes some philosophical points. In the end, this book was incredibly important to many witches and is seen as a must.
For reference material, I love this book. As far as I can tell, the information is quite accurate (an added difficult to achieve bonus). When I started, I wanted to do the ‘right’ thing and switch from my mostly Greek Pantheon to a Celtic Pantheon. Because of that, this book was part of a set with the same theme. Out of all the books I purchased for that study, this book was the best. I highly recommend it with an added book of pure mythological stories for added depth.
I really love this book in concept. By that, I mean the idea as a whole is wonderful. The Morrigan has become a very popular figure and deity, so this book needs to exist. However, the information in this book is difficult to work with at best. I suppose a witch could work well with it in some ways, but historically, it is inaccurate. For me, that was difficult when correcting my misconceptions.
As a note, I should say that every book on Druidry I picked up has not worked out for me. I’m someone that cares a great deal about history, and so, the inaccuracies can sometimes stick out like a sore thumb. Like I said, the book is worth reading, I like some of the concepts even. However, I didn’t feel like this was really ‘the ancient way’ to do it. I was younger, foolish, and yet, intuitive it seems (I still at this point believed in the popular historical misconceptions but had doubts).
Remember how I said, admittedly, I didn’t always know what I was doing? Well, I think this book really sums that up. The teaching style embodied in this book is not one I do well with. Perhaps, ultimately, that’s why druidry is difficult for me (the teaching style). Because of that, I found this book extremely time consuming, and ditched it in favor of the other Celtic Mythology themed books. For someone interested in druidry though, this may be a great resource (but I honestly don’t know).
This book was much smaller than I anticipated it being. However, I think it’s the right size for it nonetheless. While the book is probably the perfect size, it lacks the kind of depth I was hoping for. The Arthurian Tradition itself is probably not widely practiced, and therefore, material is more than likely difficult to come by. For me, I ultimately created my own Arthurian based set of symbols and rituals. But, the book was an interesting read and a rather unique look at witchcraft.
My first Raymond Buckland book! For me, Raymond Buckland would become much more important. With this book however, I purchased it just because I recognized the name, love candle magic, and wanted a ‘souvenir’ from my first ‘witchy’ shop. This book is by far and away the best book I’ve read in regards to candle magic. I do recommend it, and I do recommend expanding into some form of color based magic at some point.
Yup, I expanded into lunar energy! At the time, this was a really big step for me. After conquering the sabbats, esbats were my next challenge. This book is great on exploring the moon and at a good pace. Some books I’ve found to be rather easy to read for busy people (like moms, students, or working individuals) and others tend to be more relaxed. This book is great, and I must say, I do love the practicality of it!
To conclude, these books were filled with lessons for me. Many of the lessons had to do with researching authors, historical misconceptions, and personal intuition. While these books aren’t necessary the core of my practice, some of them are incorporated in subtle ways. Overall, I’m interested to see if anyone else likes some of the books I didn’t. If you did, let me know! I’d be happy to hear if I should take another look.