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Lately, folks have been asking for recommended reading.

Below is just one list that I have.  It's geared for prospective students interested in magic  (Western Mystery Traditions) and Wicca but there is something for almost everyone.  Many are fictional but have gems of wisdom in them.

They are not in any particular order.


Witches’ Bible Compleat – Farrar
Witchcraft For Tomorrow – Valiente
Lammas Night – Katherine Kurtz
Aradia, Gospel of the Witches – Charles Leland
CovenCraft – AmberK
Spiral Dance – Starhawk
Wiccan Covens – Judy Harrow
Magical Kaballah – Dion Fortune
Psychic Self-Defense – Dion Fortune
Through the Gates of Death – Dion Fortune
Training & Work of an Initiate – Dion Fortune
An Introduction to Ritual Magic – Dion Fortune
High Magic’s Aid – Gardner
Witchcraft Today – Gardner
Shining Paths - Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
The Rebirth of Witchcraft – Doreen Valiente
Witchcraft for Tomorrow – Doreen Valiente

Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today. 1979. Reprint, Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

Apuleius. The Transformations of Lucius, Otherwise Known as the Golden Ass. Various translations; i.e. by Robert Graves. New York: Noonday Press, 1951.

Ashcroft-Nowicki, Dolores. The Ritual Magic Workbook: A Practical Course of Self-Initiation. London: The Aquarian Press, 1986.

Ashcroft-Nowicki, Dolores with Tamara Ashcroft-Nowicki. The Initiate’s Book of Pathworkings: A Bridge of Dreams. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1999.

Bracelin, J. L. Gerald Gardner: Witch. Octagon Press, 1960.

Budge, E.A. Wallis, trans. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani. 1895. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1967

Cicero, C. & Cicero, S.T., (eds.) The Golden Dawn Journal, Book 2. Qabalah: Theory and Magic. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1994.

Crowley, Aleister. Magic in Theory and Practice. Paris: Lecram Press, 1929. Reprinted as Magick. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1973. Edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant.

Euripides. The Bacchae. Various translations: i.e., Williams, C.K. New York: Noonday Press (1990)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart. A Witches’ Bible Compleat. New York: Magickal Childe, 1984.
___. The Witches’ Goddess. Custer, WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1987.
___. The Witches’ God. Custer, WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1989.
Fortune, Dion. The Goat-Foot God. N.d. Reprint, Wellingborough: Aquarian Press, 1989.
___. Moon Magic. Wellingborough: Aquarian Press, 1956.
___. The Sea Priestess. 1938. Reprint, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1996.
___. The Secrets of Doctor Taverner. N.d. Reprint, Columbus, Ohio: Ariel Press, n.d.
___. Esoteric Orders and Their Work

Gardner, Gerald B. A Goddess Arrives. N.p.: Arthur Stockwell, 1939.
. The Meaning of Witchcraft. N.p.: Aquarian Press, 1959.

Gray, Eden. A Complete Guide to the Tarot. New York: Bantam Books, 1970.

Harrow, Judy. Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1999.

Homer. The Homeric Hymns. Various translations: i.e., Athanassakis, A.N. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (1976); Sargent, T. New York: W.W. Norton, (1973).
Hopking, C.J.M. The Practical Kabbalah Guidebook. New York: Sterling Publishing, 2001.

Johns, June. King of the Witches: The World of Alex Sanders. N.p.: Peter Davies, 1969.

K, Amber. Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1998.

Kraig, Donald Michael. Modern Magic. Second ed. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2001.

Kurtz, Katherine. Lammas Night. New York: Ballantine, 1983.

Leland, Charles G. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches. 1899. Reprint, Blaine, WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1998. Trans. by Mario Pazzaglini and Dina Pazzaglini. Foreward by Stewart Farrar.

Mathers, S. Liddell MacGregor, ed. The Key of Solomon. 1888. Reprint, N.p.: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1972.

McCoy, Edain. Astral Projection for Beginners. St. Paul: Llewellyn. 1999.

Murray, Margaret. The God of the Witches. N.p.: Sampson Low, 1931.

Regardie, Israel, ed. The Golden Dawn. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1971.

Reed, Ellen Cannon. The Witches’ Qabala. York Beach: Samuel Weiser, (1997).

Richardson, Alan. Priestess: The Life and Magic of Dion Fortune. Wellingborough: Aquarian Press, 1987.

Sanders, Maxine. Maxine: The Witch Queen. N.p.: Star Press, 1976.

Sharman-Burke, Juliet. Understanding the Tarot: A Personal Teaching Guide. New York: St. Martin’s Griffith, 1998.

Starhawk with N. Macha Nightmare and the Reclaiming Coven. The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1997.

Suster, Gerald. Crowley’s Apprentice: The Life and Times of Israel Regardie. York Beach: Weiser, 1990.

Symonds, John. The Great Beast: The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley. 1951. Reprint, N.p.: Macdonalds, 1971.

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