As a novice to Wicca, it may be hard to find great resources for information. There are useful tips and even full spells in blogs, forum boards, and a million other places. So, how do you know where to start? That’s why we’ve come up with these five Wiccan books for beginners; five fantastic reads that are loaded with information on every area of magick that strikes your interest. However, keep in mind that even these books are only guides to help you find the path of Wicca that’s right for YOU. Now, let’s get reading…
1. Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Raymond Buckland’s work has influenced and guided countless solitary witches and covens alike. The Complete Book of Witchcraft is definitely in the Number One spot as one of the most recommended Wiccan books for beginners. It features a step-by-step course and instruction in spellwork, sabbats, esbats, herbalism, healing, divination, and much more. The book also contains a test-based workbook that allows you to challenge your knowledge and measure your growth along the way. This complete course in modern Wicca is a trusted classic that belongs on every shelf.
2. The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison
In one of the best Wiccan books for beginners, hereditary witch Doreen Morrison takes you through sections of her own book of shadows. This book is loaded with spells and clear-set instructions on everything from setting up your altar to invocation. And because it’s a book of shadows, The Craft makes an excellent reference book for phases of the moon and sun, sabbats, esbats, magickal tools, deities, and of course, the Wiccan Rede. Discover your path as a witch with practical exercises and spells that will also teach you how to create your own rituals.
3. A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith
You may be surprised to find that the act of praying is not specific to religions like Christianity and Catholicism. In fact, many Pagans pray! Ceisiwr Serith’s A Book of Pagan Prayer is a perfect read for our praying Pagans. The book features hundreds of prayers that can be used in both modern and traditional Pagan practices. You’ll find a prayer for every part of life: the cycles of life and death, handfasting, and sabbats/esbats! Along with plenty of Pagan prayers, Serth also dives into the history of prayer and explains the reasoning behind it.
4. Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witch’s Guide by Leanna Greenaway and Shawn Robbins
Wiccapedia is one of the more visually stimulating Wiccan books for beginners. Celebrity witches Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway give you their modern take on the Craft. This book is a light-hearted read; however, it’s also an excellent reference for the essentials of Wicca to have on your shelf. Some topics covered include the introductory basics to Wicca, divination, meditation, numerology, and much more!
We should note that the authors are very liberal with their opinion, and if you don’t agree with everything they say – that’s okay. The Craft is about YOUR journey, take what works, and leave what doesn’t.
5. A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Janet and Stewart Farrar
A Witches’ Bible is split up into two sections: Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches Way. The first section dives into the sabbats and the meanings behind them. This section also includes some Ceremonies (original to the authors) as well as Celtic folklore and some other European history. The second section explored the ethics and beliefs of modern witchcraft. While the Gardnerian tradition is a big influence in this book, as a whole it is a fantastic look at what exactly makes someone a witch.
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The list of Wiccan books for beginners doesn’t stop here, but hopefully it does give you a good place to start your practice. For more interesting reads on traditional and modern witchcraft, divination, and spellwork, check out the book section of our shop here.