Books I recommend to my students

Books I recommend to my students

Required Reading

Deepening Witchcraft – Grey Cat, Of course!

Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal With Destructive Conflict – Kenneth C. Haugk Interesting book written by a Lutherin Minister pointing out that some people are troublemakers and ways to encourage them to go make trouble somewhere else.

Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering to Problem People in the Church – Marshall Shelley. While this book is similar to the book above, it focuses on people who are problems but who can be pursuaded to change.

Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Light – Isaac Bonewits. Such an excellent examination of the organization and mechanics of magic that I send you to read it rather than trying to precis it in my book.

Language in Thought and Action – S. I. Hayakawa. A very interesting and readable book which will help you understand the magic of words.

Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Then – Judy Harrow. Small group management, when the group is made up of Neopagans is a very challenging task. Judy shares both her extensive training and experience with Wiccan Covens with you. It may not solve all your problems but it will surely help.

Spiritual Mentoring: Judy Harrow. Clear, professional advice to help you work with your students.

Philosophy of Wicca: Amber Laine Fisher. One individuals perception of Wicca and its cosmology. I recommend it on a practical level to help you get your beliefs into clear words.

Pagans and the Law: Donna Eilers. This book explains Federal law and the rulings which affect the freedom of Pagns to worship and be. Many people do not understand much about the law and it’s important for you to realize how it works. Donna’s book is very readable and clear.

Highly Recommended Reading

Wiccan Meditations: he Witches Way to Personal Transformation – Laura Wildman There are plenty of books on guided meditations, although the title doesn’t really indicate it, this book helps you learn how to be a good and responsible meditation GUIDE. Laura tells you what to watch for and how to tell if people really are in the right trance state. She also helps you write really good meditations. A must-have if you work this way.

Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience – Gus DiZerega. Gus attempts to point out ways that Pagan and Christians can communicate and reach some understanding of their various paths.

Fallacies and Pitfalls of Language: The Language Trap – Morris Engle. Learning to listen and read with wisdom and discernment.

Arguing Constructively – Dominica A. Infante. An argument isn’t a fight, nor is a confrontation. Why it is good to disagree out loud and how to present your case well and avoid common methods of confusing the point.

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing over — Starhawk and M. Macha Nightmare. One of the jobs of clergy in any religion is to deal with death, dying and the people immediately affected by this passage. This book gives you information, tools and rituals to help you be of real help to those enduring these difficult times.

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft – Ronald Hutton. While Hutton must never be taken as the final word on the history of Wicca, he brings new light to our history and helps us see where the truth will probably bee found. I’d require this, but if I did, people would complain it’s too difficult to read. Frankly, I think if you aren’t fascinated, you really aren’t qualified.

The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles – Ronald Hutton. This book explors just how much we DON’T know about pre-history. This one IS difficult reading but is rewarding if you can make your way through it.

Spirits of the Sacred Grove: The World of a Druid Priestess by Emma Restall-Orr. It provides an indepth discussion about how one woman functions as a priestess through the different cycles of the year. Provides good info on modern Druidic practises in the UK, plus how one woman deals with the problems and situations in her group. It’s really eye-opening.

The Practical Pagan : Commonsense Guidelines for Modern Practitioners by Dana Eilers It’s an excellent assortment of tips and advice Dana has collected from mailing lists and personal experiences. It’s well written.

Books I think are particularly interesting
Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion – Ann Moura. Ms. Moura submits a hypothysis that much of the religion of the Medeterranian began in India. While the book doesn’t prove this point, anyone seriously interested in pre-history would do well to read it. There are many arguments about her hypothysis but I do think the book is worth reading.

Acts of Faith: : Explaining the Human Side of Religion – Rodney Stark and Roger Finke;
and The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy – Stark & Finke. These two books are the work of two Christian sociologists who have taken a fresh and refreshing look at Christianity by the numbers and they provide information of interest to Pagan clergy — probably without the least intending to.

More books on the History of Wicca

Crafting the Art of Magic, Book I: A History of Modern Witchcraft, 1939-1964 – Aidan Kelly. Kelly believes that Gardner invented everything — although he also believes Gardner couldn’t have done it since he was dyslectic. Interesting book but not to be taken for truth. I strongly suggest reading this book AND the next together and after you read Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon.

Rebirth of Witchcraft – Valiente. Valiente was one of Gardner’s high priestesses and headed the group who were the first to split off — due to a disagreement about publicity. Her account of the early years of Wicca in England is very interesting and makes good reading.

The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth – Robert Graves. This is a book written by a poet about his muse. It is not a history — he didn’t claim it was history. It is, however, a very interesting and visionary book and Graves’ perceptions of the Goddess appear in modern Wicca.

What’s Your Wicca Iq? – Laura Wildman. This book is interesting in itself — it’s fun to see just how much you do know. It’s also useful to use to check how much a new student already knows. Or use it for a trivia game!

Suggestions from students and readers

Pagans and Christians is also a book by Robin Lane Fox, seems pretty comprehensive. You might let others know there is more than one just in case they grab at a book sale and don’t pay attention to the author..which is what I did…..just knew the title, not the author. I liked it anyway!

Emotional Blackmail: When the People in… When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You by Susan Forward, Donna Frazier I think it would be VERY useful in terms of the counseling part of a priest/ess job description. Yes, it is more personalized, but it still might offer some insight on exactly HOW to point out to someone that they are engaging in this behavior.

Pagan Celtic Britain by Anne Ross Celtic Books will be added to each category of this list. Specialized lists will also be accumulated by subject. I.e. counseling, history, etc.

Other good books you won’t regret reading

In Praise of the Crone: A Celebration of Feminine Maturity – Dorothy Morrison. Dororthy’s wry, witty and iconoclastic personality comes through her words most clearly. If you’re bummed about reaching menopause, Dorothy will let you in on other ways to feel. I highly recommend it.

Power of the Witch , by Laurie Cabot

Can a Left Brain Learn Magic

Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic… by 3 Anonymous Initiates [A bit pricey for such a small, and slim, book! It’s a book on Hermetic philosophy, included simply because it’s teachings so closely mirror those of the New Physics!)

Books on New Physics recommended by Wade White

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the new physics , by Frita Capra

Holographic Universe , by Michael Talbot [A favorite of mine!]

Stalking the Wild Pendulum: , by Itzhak Bentov

Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter & Mind, by F. David Peat

Looking Glass Universe: , by F. David Peat

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity , by L. Smolin

Physics and Psychics: The Search for a World Beyond the Senses, by Victor J. Stenger

The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics & Cosmology, by Victor J. Stenger

Mind into Matter: , by Fred Alan Wolfe, Ph. D.

Bridging Science and Spirit , by Norman Friedman

The Quantum Self Human Nature & Consciousness as Defined by the New Physics, by Danah Zohar

Mysticism and the New Physics , by Michael Talbot The Holotropic Mind, by Stanislav & Bennett

The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Natural World, by Maggy Goswami

Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics, by Nick Herbert

The Conscious Universe : The scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena , by Dean Radin

Space, Time and Medicine , by Dr. Larry Dossey

The Conscious Universe : , by Paul Davies

In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics & Reality, by John Gribbin

Schrodinger’s Kittens & the Search for reality: Solving the Quantum

Hyperspace: .The Universe and Its Mysteries by John Gribbins

Who’s Afraid of Schrodinger’s Cat : An A-to-Z Guide to All the New Science Ideeas You Need to Keep Up with the New Thinking, by Ian Marshall & Danah Zohar

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics, by Julian Barbour

Enjoy… And, have a truly beautiful day! Blessings… Wade White

PLEASE NOTE: that these books are not listed in any particular order within the categories.