Witchcraft books for newcomers (not closely Wiccan primarily based)

Witchcraft books for newcomers (not closely Wiccan primarily based)

I’ve nothing towards Wiccan practices, I’m only a beginning electrical witch searching for some good newcomers books. Additionally I’m searching for extra the fundamental information than the spells side.

15 thoughts on “Witchcraft books for newcomers (not closely Wiccan primarily based)”

  1. I love love love [this zine](https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/525278668/brainscan-zine-33-diy-witchery-an?ref=shop_home_feat_4) by [upthewitchypunx](http://upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com) on Tumblr. It’s written more as her personal story of exploring secular witchcraft but its a beautiful resource for other folks who are still early on (or just in general, tbh). She’s also got a ton of great resources on her Tumblr – her tag for beginner witches is [here](http://upthewitchypunx.tumblr.com/tagged/witchling).

    Justsecularwitchthings on Tumblr has a big resource posts of potential readings for folks looking for non-Wiccan-centric witchcraft resources that you can find [here](http://justsecularwitchthings.tumblr.com/post/121792385262/reading-list-for-non-wiccan-witchcraft-paganism) but I can’t vouch for any of them personally since I’m not super familiar. Although they aren’t books, some other blogs I follow that have good resources for beginners are [recreationalwitchcraft](http://recreationalwitchcraft.tumblr.com) and [thiscrookedcrown](http://thiscrookedcrown.tumblr.com).

    I think the thing about secular witchcraft or building an eclectic practice is that there isn’t really a go-to “beginners book” – a lot of it is interpreting folk practices depending on what works for you. So, if you’re interested in herbs a beginners book might be something that focuses on herbal folk remedies to get a better understanding of potential herb correspondences. If you’re interested in magic based on intention you might get a lot out of books about beginning different types of meditation practices, etc. etc.

  2. I’m a traditional witch, so I’ll post some good intro books to those sorts of non-wiccan paths.

    * Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
    * Witching Way of Hollow Hill by Robin Artisson
    * Treading the Mill by Nigel Pearson
    * Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Jackson
    * Traditional Witchcraft; A Cornish book of Ways by Gemma Gary
    * Liber Nox; A Traditional Witches Gramarye by Michael Howard

  3. For eclectic witches, you’ll have to hunt through various sources. Blogs and bits from various books that speak to you are your best bet, and don’t be afraid to forge your own way. I have a general beginner article with a few suggestions for various avenues to explore here:

    Part I: http://theravenandthelotus.com/help-im-new-to-magick-where-do-i-begin-part-i

    Part II: http://theravenandthelotus.com/help-im-new-to-magick-where-do-i-begin-part-ii

    Maybe something in there will be helpful, and I love everyone else’s blog suggestions. I’ve just followed a few.

  4. I always highly recommend a good primer on the history of modern neo-paganism, “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margot Adler as a good place to get background on more than just Wicca. I also recommend a Ann Moura’s books too, I think someone already mentioned Grimoire’s of A Green Witch, but everything she writes is good. Scott Cunninham is Wiccan but his encyclopedias are applicable very broadly. Eden Gray’s Complete Guide to Tarot is about the Tarot deck, but it’s got a lot of really interesting facts about symbols, numbers, and themes that link Tarot to witchcraft, if you are into that sort of thing.

  5. I absolutely love this book. The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems. Goes into great detail of the why and how of some things witches do and have done forever. It also provides backgrounds of witchcraft as well as thorough correspondence tables and different things you can do to make your practice *yours*. Not to mention useful and simple spells to start you out.

  6. You might want to check Raven grimassi’s books. His tradition is Italian witchcraft, like things passed down through his family. It may not be what you are looking for but could lead you in an interesting direction. Blessings.

  7. Well. Wicca is a magickal path in and of itself. Dont discount basic techniques and information if its of use. You know, meditation tips, casting, general spell work.

    Need not take up the rules of the religion just to use the basics as an outline.

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