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Maypole in Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor PA

2020 has been a rather unusual year due to a global pandemic which has resulted in stay-at-home orders in many places, and all the usual public events being cancelled. Some, like the Beltane Fire Society in the UK, decided that this year they would hold their festival online instead of in the usual way. Even though the event is now… Read more »

So You Want to Become A Wiccan? Tips for Getting Started

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I’ve seen the question come up more and more often lately: “I’m interested in becoming a Wiccan. How do I start?” Here are some articles and suggestions for books to read that will give you a solid beginning. First, you need to get a better idea of if you want to become a Wiccan, a Witch, or a Pagan. What’s… Read more »

Pagan Booklist: Wicca for Beginners

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There are lots and lots of books out there about Wicca. Which ones are good for beginners? Here’s a list highlighting some of the best. “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham is probably the best book to start out with as it provides a solid foundation in the ideas that are the foundation of Wicca, along… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Witchcraft History

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There are lots of books about the history of witchcraft. Many do not even mention modern practitioners, let alone witchcraft religions like Wicca. Some do mention modern practitioners but fail to fact-check claims resulting in some of the worst speculations being reported as fact. Here are some books about the history of witchcraft, ancient and modern, that tend towards being… Read more »

The Illustrated Key to the Tarot – The Veil of Divination, by L. W. De Laurence [EPUB]

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An introductory book for learning about Tarot from an early popular author & publisher. The cards used for illustrations are from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which was first published in 1910 only eight years before this book came out in 1918. Other formats of this public-domain book are available from Project Gutenberg.

Pagan Bookshelf: Magickal Herbalism

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Witches are known for their use of plants for working magick. Incenses, brews and potions, oils, powders, washes, even magically charged foods are all ways of employing Green Magick. One of the most popular books on herbs, their properties and uses was published back in the 1600s. The book proved useful to magickal practitioners as well thanks to listing the… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Trance

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Many magickal practitioners use altered states of consciousness, often called trance, as a way to tap energies and connect with beings that are usually beyond our everyday reality. Trance allows us to draw from the inexhaustible well of inspiration. It allows us to commune with the Divine, and to work wonders. In Wicca, Gardner taught that there were eight main… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Biographies

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We modern Pagans are a rather literate lot.  In addition to the many handbooks, theoretical works, folklore collections, poems, songs, rituals, and workbooks in print, there are also quite a few illuminating biographies and autobiographies.  Reading about the lives of others following magickal and Pagan spiritual paths can help us understand better what came before and where our community might… Read more »