I love me a discussion on books!
So I just got my copy of John Beckett's "The Path to Paganism" which I highly recommend. This book really should be on your shelf regardless if you are just starting out, or are a seasoned pagan. I don't think I have read a more balanced and mindful approach to the topic (And I have a pretty good library going).
So... what great books can you recommend, or conversely, anything you would say is junk?
That sounds interesting.Right now I'm not reading anything , but I was looking in Amazon books on Traditional Witchcraft by Gemma somebody.
Although it is about Cornish witchcraft it is highly recommended.
I'm reading "Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions" by Joyce and River Higgenbotham. I'm also working my way through "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft" by Christopher Penczak.
I may just end up re reading one of my books.
Have you written one? If so, that is cool.
A friend gave me Blood and Mistletoe; the history of Druids in Great Britain that I just started.
Really depends on what field interests you, as for "Witchcraft", there's really one old book that teaches the Craft "raw", meaning as Witchcraft truly was, and is, no fluffiness etc., And that's Paul Huson's, "Mastering Witchcraft." He holds nothing back, cursing, hexing is covered as well as lighter magick. Excellent history lessons as well.
If your taste is more for the modern "Wicca" flavor, Lady Sabrina's, "Modern Wiccan Magick For Beginners." this one I deem the Witchcraft version of Donald Michael Craig's "Modern Magick: Third Edition." which teaches Ceremonial Magick.
As for Ceremonial, or "High Magick", most definitely Frater U.D's "High Magic I & II." Those are for anyone seeking to practice High Magick WITHOUT the Golden Dawn flavor, and tools. Though if the G.D. interests you, a must have is "Modern Magick: Third Edition." The only issue I have with that work is Donald sways the reader into using Golden Dawn tools, tarot etc., I personally, prefer practicing with my own themes and decks, BUT, as I stated, if you're interested in the Golden Dawn, grab it!
"Modern Magick" also possesses the best history lessons and has a ton of information that anyone who wants to dabble in High Magick must have.
As for Druidism, not my field, don't have too much knowledge in that form so, perhaps someone on here who does, can provide help in that practice.
Hope this helps, Blessed Be.
I have to agree with you on Huson's book. I found a first edition hardcover with the embossed wheel (but no dusk cover) in a used book store for 4 bucks. Couldn't believe it! Definitely no fluff here!
Excellent list fo other books there too, thanks!
You're welcome, yeah, after 15 years I've collected a huge library, unfortunately I'd have to say 85% of it is junk, lol. Oh well, that's how one learns.
Those were the only 4 that I'd recommend for beginners in both those paths. Forgot to mention for those who grab "High Magic I & II", you will need a beginner book on the Qabalah and the Tree of Life. Any form of High Magick involves the Qabalah.
"Modern Magick" gives you an introduction, but two other books that compliment them greatly is , David Rankine's "Climbing The Tree of Life", or Ted Andrew's: "Simplified Qabala Magic."
All excellent recommendations - I have most of those.
I have modern Magick and Mastering Witchcraft.
At the moment, I am reading "Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess" by Stephanie Woodfield. The Morrigan is my patron goddess, and a friend purchased the book for me as a present.