Contemporary Witchcraft – Foundational Practices for a Magical Life 2021
There are an abundance of approaches to witchcraft and modern Wicca today with many encouraging an “anything goes” approach, opposed to what Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern witchcraft, set out. Contemporary Witchcraft: Foundational Practices for a for the Magical Life offers an alternative for the seeker who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of a more traditional approach to the Craft.
Practising the Witch’s Craft 2010
An anthology of stories which is a comprehensive and engaging guide to Southern Hemisphere witchcraft. Its unique focus on the region’s distinct environment and energies, along with personal anecdotes, make it an invaluable resource for both beginners and experienced practitioners seeking a region-specific approach to magic.
Australian Druidry 2017
A sometimes attendee at Pagan Fringe events in Wentworth Falls, this is Julie’s first book, Australian Druidry. Favoured by those starting out on their Druid pathway in Australia.
A Deed Without a Name – Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft (2013)
Penned by local Traditional Witch Lee Morgan, this is an excellent and short read. Packed with ways to work and identify traditional methods, this is an essential read if you’re looking for practical local lore and guidance.
Rebecca Major & Caithe Cameron
A Wiccan’s Walk in Oz 2015
This text offers a unique exploration of Wiccan practices in Australia. This informative book presents diverse perspectives on adapting traditional Wiccan rituals to the Southern Hemisphere’s distinct environment, providing valuable guidance and inspiration for practitioners seeking a region-specific approach.
Roxanne T Bodsworth
Celebrating the Sacred Wheel of the Year in Australia 2020
Sunwyse celebrates the sacred Wheel of the Year – the annueal seasonal shifts and changes in Australia. Following the Wheel is a way of developing a greater awareness of the natural cycles that govern life on Earth whilst having fun in the process.
Wicca & Traditional Witchcraft
Traditional Wicca – A Seeker’s Guide (2018)
A comprehensive and insightful book that caters to a diverse audience. While it focuses on coven-based Wicca, it is also an invaluable resource for individuals seeking to explore the broader pagan community. The book delves into the core principles, rituals, and beliefs of Traditional Wicca, making it an essential read for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Sorita d-Este & David Rankine
Wicca magickal beginnings (2008)
“Wicca: Magickal Beginnings” delves into the origins and development of Wiccan practices and witchcraft. The book provides a well-researched and comprehensive exploration of the historical roots and influences on modern Wicca. An essential read for those interested in understanding the foundations and evolution of this spiritual path.
Witchcraft for Tomorrow (new ed 1993)
Doreen Valiente was one of the founders of modern Wicca and was initiated into four different branches of the Old Religion in Great Britain. She is the author of An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present, Natural Magic, The Rebirth of Witchcraft and Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed. She made many television and radio appearances, discussing witchcraft and folklore and displaying items from her collection of witchcraft objects. Doreen Valiente died in 1999. Still worth a read even now.
Modern Wicca – A History from Gerald Gardner to the Present (2008)
Drawing on his decades of personal involvement with Wicca, Michael Howard offers an intimate portrait of Gerald Gardner’s life and traces the history and development of modern neo-pagan Witchcraft. This is a brilliant must read if you’re interested in the history of Wicca and its development.
Laura Tempest Zakroff
Weave the Liminal (2019)
A contemporary text that explores Withcraft through a modern lens. A hands-on guide to the Modern Tradition of Witchcraft, this book helps you find an authentic expression of how to practise Wicca in a way that works for you. Delve into spellcraft, metaphysics, and ritual, and learn how to journey into the liminal realm to meet with divinity and spirits.
A Little Bit of Wicca (2017)
Often underrated, Cassandra Eason’s concise “A Little Bit of Wicca” provides a valuable summary of essential Wiccan practices. This compact guide is perfect for a quick read while enjoying a pot of tea, and is highly recommended for those seeking an accessible and informative introduction to Wicca.
Mastering Witchcraft: A practical guide for Witches, Warlocks, and Covens (ed 2006)
A classic since its intial publication in 1970 some might say its dated now (and it is), however it still stands as a practical and pragmatic guide. Plenty of spells, divination and guides on protection and counter magick and vengeance and attack.
Janet & Stewart Farrar
A Witches’ Bible (ed 1996)
A combination of two previously published texts Eight Sabbats for Witches 1981 and The Witches’ Way 1984 this is a now comprehensive work that brings both together in one hefty tome. You’ll find this on most Traditional Initiate bookshelves and in most neo-Wiccan’s libraries as well. It’s dated now, and care may be taken to remember when it was first published, howeer it’s still a relevant text.
Gerald B Gardner
The Meaning of Witchcraft (ed 2004)
Published in 1959 not long after laws punishing witches were repealed in Britain, it was the first sympathetic book written from the point of view of a practicing witch. The Meaning of Witchcraft is still an invaluable source book for witches today. Chapters include: Witch’s Memories and Beliefs, The Stone Age Origins of Witchcraft, Druidism and the Aryan Celts, Magic Thinking, Curious Beliefs about Witches, Signs and Symbols, and The Black Mass. Will give any new practitioner some insight into what Gardner was like and what the world of Wicca was like in the late 50’s.
Wicca A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World (1996)
Vivianne Crowley’s text delves into the core beliefs, rituals, and practices of Wicca, making it an invaluable resource for novices and experienced practitioners alike. Particularly interesting if you’re into Jungian analysis and symbology.
Michael Howard and Gemma Gary
Liber Nox – A Traditional Witch’s Gramarye
In this concise and important treatise Michael Howard delineates between various modern neo-pagan Wiccan traditions, cunning folk traditions, heathen folk or the ‘pagani,’ and an assortment of ritual magicians and pathworkers in order to present a ‘gramarye’ distinctly for those who aspire to the ‘Old Craft.’ The seasonal rituals are based on traditional witchcraft and folklore sources and have been specially written for this book.
Children of Cain – A study of Modern Traditional Witches 2020
The mid-twentieth century saw the birth of popular occultism in Europe and the New World, including an interest in witchcraft. Chief among these was Wicca, a recension of ceremonial magic and nature worship advanced by Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders, now widely regarded as a religion. However, lesser-known streams of the witch-current thrived the shadows, having older historical roots, and linked to a body of practice – witch-bottles, knotted cord spells, curses, exorcisms, sexual magic, and charms ranging from the conjuration of angels to protection for livestock and hearth. This is Traditional Witchcraft, whose origin in part lies with the sorcery of the cunning-folk of Britain and Colonial America. Eschewing the popular occult limelight, its perpetuation as a mystery-cult continues as a largely closed group of initiates. Now revised and expanded, the second edition of CHILDREN OF CAIN is the definitive history of Traditional Witchcraft and its key operatives in Britain and the United States, and is based on over forty years of research and private collaboration with practitioners of this mysterious form of folk magic.
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