I don’t know if it is just my viewing habits, but lately I’ve been coming across a lot of videos and blog posts about Pagans and Witches’ book collections. Now I can’t feasibly do that (my library is split between two states), but to add to the conversation I present to you my favorite Pagan-related books. These aren’t necessarily the tomes richest in information, but are the books I go back to again and again. In reality, these books are foundational to my personal practice, so I want to share them with my readers in hopes that they inspire others as much as they have inspired me.
- Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham: It’s the first Pagan book I’ve ever read, and I go back to it once a year. I just love his “do what you feel” ethos and how much time and research he puts into all of his books, especially this one.
- The Spiral Dance by Starhawk: Stawhawk was the first person to introduce me to the concepts of a Pagan community and environmental responsibility, which are now cornerstones of my practice. Also, her practice is badass.
- To Walk the Pagan Path by Alaric Albertsson: I wrote a review of this book a few weeks ago, and still can’t get over how much I enjoyed the read.
- The Grandmother of Time by Z Budapest: I don’t agree with all of Ms. Budapest’s ideas (I prefer circling with both men and women), but I love how much she empowers women to take charge of their lives. Also some of her rituals have become staples of my personal practice.
- The Garden Witch’s Herbal by Ellen Dugan: Basically, a how-to for anyone looking to work with herbs beyond what can be found dried in a Pagan shop. Ms. Dugan is by far my favorite Pagan author. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but I’m working on it!
- Everyday Witchcraft by Deborah Blake: This book is great for practitioners looking to blend their Pagan or Witch practices into their mundane life. This book is a part two to The Goddess is in the Details, but I like this book more than I did the first.
- The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by Starhawk: This book really drove me to reflect on the cycle of life, death, and rebirth and got me through a difficult loss.
- Living Earth Devotional by Clea Danaan: I use this book almost every day as part of my daily practice. It gives short lessons on the connection between the Earth and her children.
- Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler: I had to read this book in stages due to its length, but I really enjoyed its thorough analysis of Pagan paths.
- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham: I work with herbs a lot, so Cunningham’s research and compilation of uses and correspondences has been a real help to me.
Bonus: CharmingPixieFlora‘s early practice (her videos from 2009-2010) has always been a source of inspiration to me. While our paths have since diverged, her videos are where I go when I feel a need to get inspired.
© Ariadne Woods