This list has been updated over the years and will continued to be updated over time. If you re-post this elsewhere, kindly credit me because it’s taken a long time to compile what I feel are useful resources on the following topics. The very basics are covered in my FAQ.
Last updated: 8/19/2014
- A Pagan Primer — For Those New to Paganism
- Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham
- Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation by River and Joyce Higginbotham
- Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
- Connecting to the Power of Nature by Joe H. Slate
- Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom from the Elders (a collection of articles, essays and general commentary from various pagan authors)
- ChristoPaganism: An Inclusive Path by River Higginbotham and Joyce Higginbotham
- Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
- Wicca for the Rest of Us
- Wicca Resources
- Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
- Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
- The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
- The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (most recent edition only, old editions have inaccurate info that has since been updated)
- Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle by Deborah Lipp
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner and Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham)
- The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes
- Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes
- Crone’s Book of Charms & Spells by Valerie Worth
- Witchcraft: a History by P.G. Maxwell-Stuart
- Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery by Kris Bradley
- Candle Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster
- Master Book of Candle Burning by Henry Gamache
- A Grimoire for Modern Cunningfolk by Peter Paddon
- Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways by Gemma Gary and Jane Cox
- Non-Wiccan Witchcraft Reading List
- Witch of Forest Grove: Sarah Anne Lawless
- Welcome to Witchcraft - A Post for Beginners
Witchcraft by Type:
- Hedge Witchery Resources
- Traditional Witchcraft Resources
- Historical Witchcraft Books
- Sea Witchcraft Resources / Sea Witchcraft Tag
- Cottage Witchcraft Resources
- Kitchen and Green Witchcraft Resources
- Green Witchcraft: Walking the Green Path
- Kitchen in the Cottage
- Urban Witchcraft Resources
- College Witchcraft/Tips
- www.sacred-texts.com (free archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore, and the esoteric)
- Mythology: Myths, Legends and Fantasies by Alice Mills
- Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology: Heroes, Heroines, Gods, and Goddesses from Around the World by Philip Wilkinson
- The Oxford Companion to World Mythology by David Leeming
- World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide by Roy Willis
Hellenic Polytheism and Greek Mythology:
- Reconstruction of Hellenic Polytheistic Practices
- Hellenic Calendar
- An Outline for a Presentation on Hellenismos
- Hellenic Resources by Bayoread
- Hellenic Resource Download Bundle 1 by Elaphos
- Hellenic Resource Download Bundle 2 by Elaphos
- Orphic Incenses
- Hellenic Terminology
- Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters by Donna Jo Napoli
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
- Old Stones, New Temples by Drew Campbell
- Greek Mythology and Prehistory by W. Harris
- The Gods of Reason by Timothy Jay Alexander
- A Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos by Timothy Jay Alexander
- Hellenismos Today by Timothy Jay Alexander
- The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton
- Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? by Paul Veyne
- Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
- Homer’s Iliad, The Odyssey and Homeric Hymns
- The Homeric Hymns (PDF) and The Orphic Hymns (PDF)
- Homer’s Odyssey (PDF)
- Homer’s Iliad (Theoi.com)
- Hesiod: Works and Days (PDF version here)
- The Theogony of Hesiod (PDF version here)
Magic in Ancient Greece:
- Magic in the Ancient Greek World by Derek Collins
- Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel Ogden
- Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Georg Luck
- The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation (PDF)
- Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
- Greek Folk Religion by Martin P Nilsson
- Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager
- Magic in the Ancient World by Fritz Graf
- Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World by Matthew W. Dickie
Kemeticism and Ancient Egyptian Mythology:
- Kemeticism by The Twisted Rope
- The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson
- Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art by Richard H. Wilkinson
- Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
Celtic Recon and Myth:
- Celtic Folklore on Sacred Texts
- The Celtic Recon FAQ
- The Religion of the Ancient Celts (Sacred Texts)
- What is Celtic? 101
- Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael
- The Celts: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Cunliffe
- The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales by Patrick Form
- Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend by Miranda Green
- Gods and Heroes of the Celts by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt
- The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles by Ronald Hutton
- Early Irish Myths and Sagas by Jeffrey Gantz
Asatru, Heathenism and Norse Mythology:
- “Alright, I’m interested in this Norse stuff. Where do I even start?”
- The Eddas: The Keys to the Msteries of the North by James Allen Chisholm (PDF)
- The Poetic Edda (PDF)
- The Prose Edda (PDF)
- Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova
- Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs by John Lindow
- Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek
- Teutonic Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie
- The Nature of Asatru: An Overview of the Ideals and Philosophy of the Indigenous Religion of Northern Europe by Mark Puryear
Crystals and Stones:
- The Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall
- The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall
- Crystal Healing by Judy Hall
- Rocks & Minerals by Chris Pellant (identification handbook)
- Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham
- Crystal Grids: How and Why They Work by Hibiscus Moon
- The Book of Crystal Spells by Ember Grant
Herbal (Magical, Medicinal):
- The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl
- Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul Beyerl
- The Green Mantle: An Investigation Into Our Lost Knowledge of Plants by Michael Jordan
- The Book of Magical Herbs: Herbal History, Mystery, & Folklore by Margaret Picton
- A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guides)
- Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham (good for quick reference, but not in depth information)
- The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
- A List of Threatened Magical Herbs
- Resources to Start Learning Local Plants
Notes: please take care before using herbs for medicinal and/or supplemental purposes. Many herbs are toxic (some authors fail to mention this!) and/or have harmful side-effects. Always do research and consult a professional before use.
Fae and Faerie Faith:
- Resources for the Fair Folk
- Fairy Faith 101
- Working with Faery (Info and Resources)
- The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans
- Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson
- Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology by Edred Thorsson
- The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Runes by Nigel Pennick
Authors to avoid (due to misinformation, historical inaccuracies, poor research, and/or failure to cite sources):
- Silver Ravenwolf
- DJ Conway
- Edain McCoy
- Ann Moura
- Ralph Blum (runes)
- approach Llewellyn-published books with caution — there are some great ones, but many aren’t well researched and may contain misinformation.
- if all else fails, Google the author and ask around to see what people have to say about them - many bad authors have entire pages or discussions dedicated on why to avoid them!
- always fact check information (especially if it involves ingesting anything or putting anything on the skin — just because an ingredient is natural does not mean it isn’t harmful/toxic)
- How do I know what to believe? Critical Thinking and Pagan Books
A quick and dirty chart to tarot cards and their common meanings. Be open to different interpretations of these words. Researching deeper into the meaning of each card is recommended if things are still unclear, or these definitions aren’t jiving with you.
A great quick reference for people just starting to lose the book and go in with only the cards. With years of reading, I still haven’t memorized them. But like faelight said, researching deeper is recommended. (The book and the chart may say one thing, but if your gut says another, it’s probably right).
handy quick reference! great inspiration to make your own, too.
I’ve reblogged this before, but I find this chart pretty danged helpful so I’m reblogging it again so I don’t lose it.
I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS POST FOR MONTHS.
You should’ve asked me. A) I have the images saved on my phone for personal reference B) because it’s saved to my phone, I know it’s in my tarot tag somewhere. BUT YEY NOW YOU HAVE FOUND IT.
Reblogging again so people see it because damn if it ain’t handy.
Some different types of non-Wiccan witchcraft!
- finding your witchcraft
- what type of books reading material do you suggest
- welcome to witchcraft a post for beginners
- how to do witchcraft research for newbies
- reading list for non-wiccan witchcraft, paganism, and more
To be honest, I’m a little sick of typing the words “cultural appropriation.” I’m even a little sick of THINKING the words “cultural appropriation.” It’s not that I think it’s not important - I’m doing a whole post on it! It’s more that, as a mod at Pagans of Color, we get TONS of questions asking “is x or y cultural appropriation” and we go through the basics many, many times. But I mean, I understand the anxiety about making sure you’re doing things respectfully. Especially as someone who follows an eclectic path, drawing from different traditions. It is for those pagans in particular that I write this - the eclectics. Those who need the most guidance in navigating the cultural appropriation landscape.
That’s why today, I’m here to tell you: it isn’t as hard as you think. Chill out, and follow the three R’s of cultural appropriation, that I just made up, in no particular order:
- Reaching out
But first, an introduction.
I remember a little while back getting an ask saying something like “As an eclectic pagan/chaos mage/whatever who draws from different paths, can I work with deities and magic from other cultures without culturally appropriating?”
In my head, I immediately (and with a tiny bit of snark) thought, "I dunno, can you?”
Let me explain. I DO think it is often fine to draw from religious, cultural, and pagan traditions outside of your own. In fact, I LIKE THAT. I don’t think everyone has to stay within their own thing, only practicing what their ancestors practiced, into infinity. In a way, I think it can be a form of whitewashing, as in I am so afraid of learning from other cultures that I will practice my white European thing forever, and so will everyone I ever teach or work with, and it will be as if other traditions do not exist.
But! But! But! You have to do it right. Now, let’s get into it.
1. Reaching out. By this, I mean that if you find a tradition/culture/religion you’re interested in, talk to somebody from that practice. In person is great, but online is okay too as long as you can tell they’re legit (ie not a white “Native American shaman” or whatever people call themselves). Just be honest. “Hey, I’m interested in learning about x, worshiping y deity, etc. How can I do this respectfully, if that’s okay?” In my experience, people are happy to help. On the flip side, if someone says “No, sorry, this is a sacred closed tradition that has been through a lot of oppression and we want it to ourselves,” then that’s the end. Especially if lots of people say that. Respect that.
SIDENOTE: Sometimes people will say that about traditions that are in fact pretty open and not oppressed (as in, “NO YOUR PEOPLE CAN’T BE HEATHENS”). I really can’t tell you anything other than use your brain and your critical thinking skills and you’ll be able to tell the difference.
Which brings us to: 2. Research. Learn stuff! From people and from recommended books! And yes, from the Internet if you find a legit source! That’s really as simple as that gets. LEARN A LOT!
3. Respect. It really ties in to the other two, and is more of mindset than a how. If someone tells you something you’re doing is offensive, listen to them. They might be right. Do more research, more reaching out. Learn about the practices of that religious tradition - sometimes you should try to follow them very closely, sometimes you have room to adapt and make it your own. Research. Reach out. Ask questions, but also educate yourself. There are lots of “cultural appropriation 101” links around - just do a quick google search. That’ll really help and give you a base from which you can ask your more specific questions.
I think that should cover it for now. Remember, as a POC, I do this stuff too! I follow this process! When I started my devotion to Persephone I legitimately wasn’t sure if it was okay for me to do as a non-Greek. I’d rather be overly cautious than offend a group of people. It didn’t take very long to find out it was totally fine. And the research part? It won’t end for me for a looong time, if ever. The more I learn, the better I feel in my own practice. Approaching an eclectic pagan path with respect is good!
The end. Thanks for listening! Disclaimer: I am not an expert, I don’t have a PhD in anything, I’m just an eclectic pagan who happens to be a POC. If there’s anything in here you think should be changed, I will listen carefully. Of course, if I get racist hate for this you will be blocked.
The top photo was taken on Beltane, and the bottom one was taken on Samhain last year. I just love them. Two of my favourite pictures in the world.
|Anonymous: do you have a spell for self-forgiveness?|
Purpose: To forgive yourself and find peace.
You Will Need: The Fool from a Tarot deck, or a copy of it. A photo of yourself. A ribbon, bag or piece of cloth. A candle.
Notes: Just a suggestion, the New Moon is a great time for letting things go.
Step One - Place your photo of yourself face-down atop the Tarot card, so that the two are facing one another. Wrap them in cloth, tie them together, or slip them into a bag and cinch it closed. Recite:
As the snake sheds its skin,
and the Fool starts anew,
I ask for forgiveness
for myself, long overdue.
Step Two - Place the card and photo in front of your candle and light it. Recite:
By witch and image and Fool,
bathed in brand new light,
I banish my judgement cruel,
and set my mind aright.
Step Three - Put the card and photo under your pillow or mattress and leave it undisturbed for a full moon cycle.