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The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles : Their Nature and Legacy
Ronald Hutton

Synopsis 
This book surveys religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity. Hutton draws upon new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he considers a range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism: from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines,  jewelery,  weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore. The author reveals the important rethinking that has taken place over Christianization and the decline of Paganism, and reviews the progress that has been made in tracing the survival of pre-Christian beliefs and imagery into the Middle Ages. Dr Hutton also shows how a host of received ideas have been demolished, and how the pagans of ancient Britain were far more creative, complex,
enigmatic and dynamic than has previously been supposed. 

Advanced Wicca : Exploring Deeper Levels of Spiritual Skills and Masterful Magick
 
Patricia Telesco

A good read. 
I found this book offered good information to the reader, and indeed most of the techniques are that of somewhat an advanced level. But the author does phrase the book in a very easy-to-read style, that allows you to brush over each subject. But i'm sure like any good book you'll read it again. 

Alexandrian and Gardnerian Book of Shadows

Athena Gardner

An excellent book 
I was glad to get this once so secret book. It contains all the rites and instructions for organised coven worship but is of value to the sole practitioner. It is useful to refer to when reading material by the Farrers for example and for devising your own rites. there is a certain dignity about it which in itself is inspiring. 

Apprentice to Power : A Wiccan Odyssey to Spiritual Awakening

Timothy Roderick

Synopsis 
Practical, spiritual wisdom designed to help readers find both sanity and spirit in their lives. This book is based on the author's apprenticeship to elders of Wicca, the earth-centered mystic system from old Europe and should help inspire thoughtful living and empowerment.



The Book of Shadows

Phyllis Curott
Inspiring! 

I love this book! It's so accurate, so consise.  I  especially love the way that Ms Curott writes her story in a way that makes it seem like a story, so that you end up reading it not only for the information in it but just because it's an enjoyable read. I'd recomend it to once-born and pagan friends alike. 


The Book of Shadows

Lady Sheba

Synopsis 
Stating that the time for secrecy has gone, and seeking to re-establish the craft's respectability, the author hand-copied this holy book of Wicca, traditionally handed down by word of mouth. It describes rituals, invocations, the laws of the craft, and eight ceremonies for the Sabbat. 


Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

Raymond Buckland

This 1986 classic is not only an excellent introduction to the Wiccan religion and earth-based religions in general, but a workbook which can take the serious student to the equivalent level of third degree Gardnerian. Though Raymond Buckland was a student of the late great Gerald Gardner, this manual does not adhere to a
specific branch or denomination of witchcraft, but seeks to teach the elements and philosophies common to all whether Celtic, Saxon, Finnish or what have you. Buckland is credited with bringing the "old religion" to the US and covens and solitary witches practicing the craft in the US today have him to thank for getting it out of the closet. While Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft is a must-have for any serious Wiccan practitioner, it is full of down-to-earth spiritual wisdom which makes it a wonderful addition to the library of any broad-minded seeker on the path toward the One. --P Randall Cohan 


Celebrating Times of Change : A Wiccan Book of Shadows for Family and Coven Growth

Stanley J. A. Modrzyk

The author, Stanley J.A. Modrzyk , 11 January, 1999 
"Celebrating Times Of Change" - like its companion work - "Turning Of The Wheel" was written to give those interested in Wicca, as a Religion, not only the basic tenets of the Craft, but complete and unabridged rituals with which to celebrate the times of change both within the personal family as well as the Coven family. The
work includes Handfasting, Wiccaning, and Passage rites that can be used straight from the book to honor these Times of Change within the personal family. Likewise for the Coven family, this book contains 

COMPLETE Affirmation, Dedication, and Degree ceremonies which can be used right from the book. Taken from actual rituals used by the First Temple Of The Craft of W.I.C.A. - one of America's first and oldest legal Wiccan churches - these rituals are meant for you to start from, and, then, rewrite to work with the particular
Coven structure that is - or will be - yours. They are yours to Work as Thou Wilt! Blessed Be! 



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

The author, Anne Hill info@circleround.com , 28 December, 1998 
My parents are Protestant, my in-laws are Episcopalian, my children have been raised Pagan, and my teenage niece and nephew, whom we are fostering, come from a Muslim household. Diane, Starhawk and I wrote Circle Round with this kind of family diversity in mind. We have explained all the basic tenets and holidays of Goddess tradition in language that is easily accessible for people of all faiths, as well as the children in our lives. The feedback I have gotten about the book from my own family members has been heartening, to say the least, and has opened the way for many fruitful conversations about our faith.

A Community of Witches : Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States (Studies in Comparative Religion)

Helen A. Berger

Synopsis 
Explores the beliefs and practices of neo-paganism and witchcraft, more generally known as Wicca. Imported to the US from the UK in the late 1960s, this study shows how it absorbed the social concerns of the time, such as feminism, environmentalism and a mistrust of authority. 


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft
Denise Zimmermann, Katherine A. Gleason

Very clear and easy to read 
I brought this book on impulse as I was browsing and can say that it has earned it's place on my permanent bookshelf. It sets out the basics and how to set up your own Book of Shadows very well. I find it really comes into its own when you just need to look something up as all the information is really easy to find.


Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft

Raven Grimassi

Synopsis 
This text provides both a historical and cultural foundation for modern Wicca and witchcraft, presenting both as a spiritual path, connecting ancient traditions with a practice system. The author, a practitioner of the Craft, links disparate aspects to present a valuable work of reference. 

The Wicca Handbook 
Eileen Holland

Everything you need to know 
This book pretty much covers everything you need to know about Wicca for both the beginner and experienced practitioner. Great advice, very in depth correspondence tables, this has it all! 

Principles of Wicca 
Vivianne Crowley

Synopsis 
This text provides a modern view of the ancient tradition of Wicca, explaining the philosophy and practice of  this spiritual path. Simple guidelines are given to show the beginner how to start practicing Wicca. 

21st Century Wicca : A Young Witch's Guide to Living the Magical Life
 
Jennifer Hunter

so valuable 
this was one of the first books I ever read on Wicca and I remember at the age of 15 feeling so lucky that I had come across this book. It had everything I needed when I first became interested in paganism and Wicca-support, simple exercises and a good background on Wicca but most of all it make me feel part of something- I found her writing warm and comforting. I would definitely suggest anyone reading this book but especially newcomers who may be feeling a little lost and overawed at everything. 
The Golden Bough 
Frazier, James George

Synopsis 
This work provides a thesis based on the idea that man progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. It discusses fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat and many other symbols and practices. 


Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance
 
Jones, John with Chas Clifton

Synopsis 
This text recaptures the vigor and power of ancient witchcraft through an innovative fusion of Shamanism and Pagan ritual. It describes how the use of masks in witchcraft ritual can lead to altered states of consciousness, creating a direct channel of
communication between the masked dancer and the Pagan gods. The authors discuss the power of the mask, the historical and religious connections between masked rituals and the underworld, and a discussion of the trance itself. 
Covencraft- Witchcraft For Three Or More
 K Amber

Synopsis 
This is text is a handbook for learning about the inner workings and administration of a magical group. Amber K is a High Priestess of Wicca, and here she shares two decades of Wiccan experience. Learn what a coven is, and how you can make your coven experience more enjoyable and rewarding. 

Aradia, Gospel of the Witches
 
 Leland, Charles Godfrey

Synopsis 
A reprint of Leland's late 19th Century translation, together with a new translation, showing where Leland made his original errors as a result of his lack of comprehension of the local dialect. Leland's work was an attempt to preserve an ancient but dying tradition. However, it later became a key text in the revival of that tradition. 


Women Of The Celts
 
Markale, Jean

One of the best books on Celtic History and gender issues  
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Celtic History, gender issues, or feminism. The work is factually accurate and detailed (highly unusual for this newly popular field) AS WELL AS entertaining and readable. For the Celtic enthusiast, I also recommend Markale's other books.. whether you are just beginning your journey to know the Celts or know a great deal on the
subject, his books are excellent! ENJOY!!!!! 


The Triumph Of The Moon-A History Of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
 
Ronald Hutton

Synopsis 
Hutton examines the nature of witchcraft and its development, and offers a microhistory of attitudes to paganism, witchcraft, and magic in British society since 1800. Village wise folk and Victorian ritual magicians, classicists and archaeologists, leaders of woodcraft and scouting movements, Freemasons and members of rural secret societies, all appear in the pages of this book. Also
included are some of the leading figures of English literature, from the Romantic poets to W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves, as well as the main personalities who have represented pagan witchcraft to the world since 1950. 
Celtic Mysteries: The Ancient Religion 
Sharkey, John

Synopsis 
Discusses the religion of the ancient Celts and shows burial chambers,  standing stones, cromlechs, and sacred wells in Ireland. 

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series)

Scott Cunningham

chockfull of knowledge 
This is the most carefully researched compendium of pagan herbal lore I've ever found. He has everything in here from the botanicals themselves to astrological correspondences to powers attributed to the plants and their parts. And to his credit, he has appendices in this book to cross-reference all of the information contained in the encyclopedic body of the book. His bibliography is also very valuable as he gives astute advice and observations on some of these resources, such as the Golden Bough ("Take with a large grain of salt"). I still refer to this book regularly and I've had it 10 yrs now. Excellent scholarship and of interest whether you are pagan or not, whether you are Wicca or Witch (and thank you, Scott, for giving us the difference between Wiccans and Witches in your glossary). Mr. Cunningham left us a wonderful legacy of practical pagan resources in his books.

 


Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic

Scott Cunningham

Essential to any practising Wiccan
Every time I'm preparing myself afor a spell I look through this book, triple checking that I have the correct stones for the job at hand. I also found the color section at the beginning very useful. The only bit of criticism I have is that there weren't very many actual spells in the book but if you're just looking for help with making your own spells then this is the book for you!

WICCA: a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
 
Scott Cunningham

absolutely the best book for a solitary witch 
this book is without doubt the best book for a solitary. it gives practical in-depth descriptions and sound advice. Every segment of the craft is explained. Each event or sabbat is detailed. it is just a superb book and every new witch should own a copy, every disbeliever or bigot should read this and understand that witches are
good and are definitely not devil worshipers. I found this a good book to give to family who were worried about my new interests

 


 

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