Category Archives: Books

Pagan Booklist: 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 Booklist: 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 Booklist: 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 »

Pagan Booklist: Traditional Witchcraft

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Like with many categories of modern occultism, particularly among spiritual or religious groups, there is a lot of debate about what makes someone a part of the group and what excludes someone from that group. The category of traditional witchcraft sees its fair share of this type of debate – if you ask a group of thirteen witches to define… Read more »

Pagan Booklist: Spirit Work

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Some magickal practitioners focus on working with non-physical entities, whether these entities are described as elementals, faeries, ghosts, ancestors, angels, demons, saints, loa, intelligences, or deities. Different systems have different ways of categorizing and classifying — some are very strict about putting anything they consider to be “other” as automatically evil, while some practitioners might see those same entities as… Read more »

Traditions, Superstitions & Folk-Lore by Charles Hardwick (EPUB)

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TRADITIONS, SUPERSTITIONS, AND FOLK-LORE, (Chiefly Lancashire And The North Of England:) Their affinity to others in widely-distributed localities; their eastern origin and mythical significance. by CHARLES HARDWICK (Originally published in 1872) Available courtesy Project Gutenberg. Other formats available for download at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39934

“Lifting the Veil” by Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone

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Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone have done it again with “Lifting the Veil” — another instant classic which will surely be recommended for years to come.  A must-read for Wiccans, Witches, Occultists and Pagans wishing to explore or strengthen ecstatic and trance connections with the Divine and spirit realm.  Janet and Gavin’s deep understanding of the topic and years of… Read more »

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches (EPUB)

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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland was published in 1899, and is now in the public domain. It documents what Leland believed was a surviving witch cult in Italy.  While its historical claims are disputed, it was influential in the development of modern Witchcraft and Wicca.  This EPUB edition was formatted by Ben Gruagach.

Christmas In Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan by Clement A. Miles (EPUB)

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An interesting book from 1912 exploring the history of the Christian holiday of Christmas, particularly its Pagan roots.  This EPUB edition obtained from Project Gutenberg.  Other electronic formats of this book are available at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19098

The Common Book of Witchcraft and Wicca (PDF)

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“Pagans don’t have a holy book, they have libraries.” – Phaedra Bonewits The Common Book of Witchcraft and Wicca was created in 2014 by Witch School, International, Inc., with the project spearheaded by Ed Hubbard. It was created specifically to be easily shared, in the public domain, without infringing on copyrights.  It contains a wide variety of articles, chants, poems, ritual ideas, and… Read more »