Witchcraft & Magic

Everyday Magic

Dorothy Morrison
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This is a book of spells, not a guide to practising Wicca. While it is beneficial to put the effort into writing your own spells, if you are a beginner you may feel more comfortable using these simple spells to get a feel for what you should be doing. Furthermore Morrison’s book does provide spells for a wide range of goals, and you can start writing your own by basing them on the ones she’s given you.
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Wicca 201

Elements of Ritual, The

Deborah Lipp
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This is quite a detailed book on the Celtic deities, with a Wiccan slant to it. The authors do not give any actual rituals, however they do provide suggestions for appropriate things you can do to honour them. They also take care to differentiate between known fact and hypothesis based on personal experience. The only criticism may be that though the scope of the book is broad, the depth of information on each individual deity is not that good. This should not dissuade you from reading the book if you are looking for a good introduction to the Celtic pantheon.
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Wicca 101

Complete Book of Witchcraft

Raymond Buckland
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In this book Buckland covers a wide range of topics, from history and philosophy through to rituals, sabbats and magic. It’s an interesting read, sometimes for the things it doesn’t say as much as the things it does – don’t read it believing that it is complete, or unbiased. Buckland presents interesting information, not absolute truths! That having been said, the book does have some useful information in it and is thankfully devoid of ‘airy fairy’ feelings. For the most part this is a beginner’s book which will give you a solid foundation from which you can further explore the ideas he presents.
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Traditions & Faiths

Essential Golden Dawn, The

Chic Cicero & Sandra Cicero
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This is a really well-written introduction to the Golden Dawn, and definite recommended reading for any Wiccans who would like to explore where some of the ideas present in Wicca came from. This is further reading as it will help you expand your knowledge on such topics as the history and structure of the Golden Dawn, yet it remains easy to understand and interesting to read through. The Ciceros have geared the book towards beginners, and the book will give you a good grounding in the Golden Dawn.
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Sabbats, Esbats & Moon

Praise to the Moon

Elen Hawke
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Covering the magic and myth of the lunar cycle, this book takes you through phases of the moon, lunar deities, the moon and the zodiac, and more. Hawke writes in a style which is easy to read without being patronising, and gives you a lot of information without sounding dry. The only criticism would be that it is Wiccan-orientated, and so sometimes presents a not-entirely-unbiased view, but bear that in mind while reading it, and you’ll have a good source for moon information.
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