Saturday, January 6, 2007

Some favorite magickal books


Last night I was looking thru some of my favorite books on different magickal subjects. At this point, I have quite a collection! I thought that I would share some of the books, I turn to again and again for information. These are listed in no particular order:

  • Ancient Ways and Wheel of the Year, both by Diane Campanelli ~ these are great books about the sabbbats of the pagan year, the activities and crafts associated with the different months, and beautifully written short rituals. there are nice illustrations and some photos, as well. They are both great introductions to our sabbats, and why we do what we do when we do it :0)

  • Wicca for the Solitary Practioner by Scott Cunningham~ This is what I consider the Bible for starting out on the Wiccan path. Full of rituals and information, it's a very comfortable book to work with. I still refer to it often, as Cunningham's writing is so solid.

  • Good Magick by Marina Medici~ this book is full of beautiful photos to illustrate the chapters on crystals, plants, candle magick and lots of other useful things. At first i thought that it was too slick and glossy to be useful, but the information is helpful and it's really well-done.

  • Queen of the Night, Rediscovering the Celtic Moon Goddess by Sharynne Macleod NicMhacha~ this book was written by my friend, Sharynne, a Celtic scholar, writer, singer and incredible woman! Full of folklore, mythology and beautiful rituals, this is a wonderful resource! the book is written in 13 chapters based on the moon's lunar cycles. While Sharon is scholarly, her writing makes the subject fully accessible to the rest of us. It's published by Red wheel/weiser, ISBN#: 1-57863-284-6

  • What's Your Wicca IQ? by Laura Wildman~ This fun and informative book is written by another friend of mine, Laura. Set up in a question/answer format, it's full of information that even the seasoned practitioner will find new and useful! every question is multiple choice, sorted by subject. There are chapters with titles such as," burn two candles and call in the morning", which covers spellcraft. Yours truly helped to write the chapter section covering herbal magick! Laura and I had allot of fun doing this together! This is published by Kensington Press, ISBN#: 0-8065-2347-6

  • Tarot for Yourself by Mary K. Greer~ This is a great workbook to learn the Tarot! There are worksheets, information, layouts and other exercises to help you learn how to do readings. This works with any deck, too!

Well, I think that's enough for now! I have many other books that I refer to often, but I'll save those for another day! What are some of your favorite books about magick?

Have a great day! ~ tracyw

answer: bolline or silver knife

1 comment:

Deb said...

Hi Tracy!

For reference books, how about
The White Goddess by Graves
The Golden Bough by Frazier
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, by Cunningham
Anything by RJ Stewart (if you are into Celtic stuff)
Any mythology books you can get your hands on.

I have a collection of reference books which I use for my writing (SF and fantasy) and some of them are pretty useful for magical reference, too. These include A Field Guide to Demons and A Dictionary of Angels. You probably wouldn't be surprised to see how many gods and goddesses and other characters predating Christianity are referenced in those two books!

Deb