A Coven of Witch Books
Exploring your inner witch has been quite vogue in popular culture, from “basic witch” memes to #witchesofinstagram. What does it really mean, and are you interested in learning more? These books might be able to help you get started, or take a deep dive into developing an active practice.
The Little Book of Witchcraft by Anna Martin
This beginner book is the most basic and introductory with tools and tips to help you start on your journey. It contains a history of witchcraft and sections about crystals, symbols, magical days, and how to devise your own spells. It also includes actual spells and lists the materials needed, emphasizing the importance of setting your intention for the spell. A simple book for those who want to explore, but more resources will need to be consulted for a deeper understanding.
Witch, Please: A Memoir: Finding Magic in Modern Times by Misty Bell Stiers
This book, while a memoir, is very useful for beginners to know the experience and journey of a modern witch. Stiers’ experiences are universal for many readers, from falling in love and getting married to sharing her Wiccan faith with her family, having children, and experiencing difficult times and loss. Through Stiers’ personal experience you will learn about the gods/goddesses, symbols and tools of Wicca; spells and curses; living day-to-day as a witch; and Wiccan holidays (sabbats) with meaningful and delicious recipes. This book is very grounded, giving readers a hint of what life could be like as a Wiccan.
Wicca for One: The Path of Solitary Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
This book begins with a detailed history of the solitary witch, defending a solitary practice without a coven. This book begins with the preparation and consecration of tools, then preparing the altar or temple for ritual and practice. Next, it provides very detailed instructions for ritual work, while also acknowledging that it is always acceptable to use your own ritual words or the names of your own deity if you wish. The best thing about this book is that it emphasizes the steps of self-dedication, worship days (esbats), rites of passage, sabbats, working magic and sympathetic magic.
The Modern Witchcraft Book of Natural Magick: Your Guide to Crafting Charms, Rituals, and Spells from the Natural World by Judy Ann Nock
Want to add outdoor natural magick to your practice? Intended for the intermediate practitioner, this book does not explain the basics, but gives instruction for preparing the mind and preparing rituals and spells. This title is divided into eleven chapters, and each one contains a history of the spells or rituals, instructions on how to prepare the space and mind, when the spell should be performed, the materials you will need, and the words to be recited. Like a good cookbook, this one is possibly the only one you will ever need, if your focus is primarily natural magick.
Weave the Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft by Laura Tempest Zakroff
This book will give you the deepest dive into modern and traditional Witchcraft. This is not a book of spells or practical how-to like The Little Book of Witchcraft above, but a measured guide to personalize your practice with intention. Zakroff develops, for the dedicated reader, the keys to the witch’s path. Each chapter will help all to hone their path, defining rites, roots, and inspiration; explore their spellcraft through lunar and solar phases, a grimoire, or sacred geometry, and much more; discover the liminal, the “barely perceptible” in the world; and be a practical witch in a complicated world -- and each chapter supports readers through each phase.