Category Archives: Books

Pagan Bookshelf: 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 »

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Critical Thinking Skills for Pagans

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(Excerpted from “The Wiccan Mystic”, chapter four.) Information on the occult and on alternative religious paths such as Wicca is readily available now more than ever before. Most mainstream bookstores carry at least a few books with titles like “Easy Wicca” or “Casting Spells in 3 Simple Steps,” or might have a wider selection from scholarly philosophical tomes to straightforward… Read more »

Putting Critical Skepticism In Practice: Tips For Critiquing An Occult Book

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(This is an excerpt from my book, “The Wiccan Mystic.” It’s from chapter four, following a section about critical thinking and healthy skepticism.) Don’t judge a book based on findings that came out after the book was published. Do judge a book based on the material that is presented. Note the worthwhile information while acknowledging other sources of newer or… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Spooky Fiction for Samhain

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Samhain, or Halloween as it’s commonly known in North America, has long been a time for ghost stories and spooky tales. Some authors, like Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker, have become famous writing horror. But when it comes to Halloween tales, there is one writer who is master: Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury has October in his bones, his… Read more »

Pagan Bookshelf: Communing with Nature

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One of the reasons many people turn to modern Pagan religions is to seek a way to incorporate respect for Nature into their spirituality.  Some religions, such as Wicca, have a decidedly Earth-revering emphasis.  How can we enhance our understanding of Nature and build a deep connection with the flora, fauna, and mineral realms?  There are quite a few books… Read more »