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I am new to posting on this site and I have sat and thought about what to say many many nights and I think I have finally come to a conclusion on what it should be.
When I was first starting out on my path I had no where to turn to. I had no idea what I was doing really, and I was COMPLETELY confused as to where I should start. After a while of doing things on my own I searched and searched for some kind of online classes so that I would have some kind of structure in my studies but everything was way to expensive. And then I found Lady Beltane here on her page.
My long, yet short, journey to this page has led me to wanting to help new and budding witches find things they are looking for. To help them like I wished someone would have helped me when I was first starting out. I know that a lot of the people who visit this site are already training with Lady Beltane in some form or fashion but I was a newbie once that stumbled upon this page so I know there will be others. And I do apologize if this post is very long and/or redundant for some of you.
For those of you who have stumbled upon this site who want to train with Lady Beltane, or who is just looking for more information for your solitary path; please know that you are not alone. I know it can feel very overwhelming, and it can make you want to turn away from the path because it can be confusing. Honestly, you will be confused a LOT. But remember that it will all fall in to place the more you read up on things and the more you do things. Wicca and Paganism is full of wonderful mysteries, and they are meant to be confusing until they reveal themselves to you when you are ready. So for those who are new, who have NO idea where to start, I leave you with this. There will be a plethora of books out there for you to read on the basics of Paganism and Wicca. One of MY personal favorites is Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham: I found it the most helpful and resourceful. It covered almost everything I could have needed to know at the onset of my path.
I am part of a group on facebook for new witches and I see a lot of questions about things that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with as a budding witch. Don’t be too worried about your Book of Shadows just yet, its something you can put together once you get further into your studies and actually understand what it is. I have seen a lot of people stress about this and they have no idea what Wicca or Paganism really is or if it really is for them. And spells, they are complicated to try and understand at that level, and its not recommended for you to even try one until you know what you are doing for too many reasons to count. Tools, don’t feel rushed to get them. Take your time, learn about them, understand what they are and what they are used for because I can tell you now, you won’t even use most of them. This is the time for you to gather up all the information you can; the history, the basic understanding of what Wicca and Paganism is, about the culture, about the beliefs, the different aspects and pantheons; its a time for you to morph your own truths and beliefs about everything, you are finding out who you are in this new world. There is a wealth of knowledge out there for you to find! Don’t stress, don’t put a time table on things, and do not put expectations on anything. And never EVER forget that there are a lot more out there like you who are more than willing to help you out and answer your questions.
These books are on a variety of subjects related to Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. I have not read anywhere near all of them, so I warn you that most of these are not my personal recommendations. I thought that it would be better to simply compile the ones I’ve seen most recommended and let you choose the ones that sound good to you. I must let you know that I do not approve of any books that “sell” spells incorrectly, any books that try to make Wicca and Witchcraft seem all hip and trendy, any books that try to proselytize or advertise Wicca and Witchcraft as higher or better than other religions, or any books that have things in them that go against the Wiccan Rede. I *am* into easy introductions and I am not against books that cater to beginners. (I have met a lot of people who dislike “beginner” and “how-to” Wiccan or Witchcraft books because they apparently learned “the hard way” somehow, either through family traditions or through climbing the ranks in secret societies for years; they sometimes resent “secrets” being given away so easily, but I prefer knowledge to be shared.)
If you have or do read any of these books please leave a short review in the comments section of this post for other witches/pagans. This may help a novice or advance witch or for that matter, even me find a good book that will help us learn something new or different way to do something. Remember we all learn from each other and that should never stop.
What follows is a list of the books related to Paganism, Witchcraft, and Wicca which I consider to be worth reading. Unlike my Pagan Fiction reading list, this is intended to be a selective (not exhaustive) list. I have also included a few books which I don’t recommend; however, I generally prefer to give attention to those books I find to have value, rather than bashing the ones I find useless. I have left out some major books on Witchcraft and Paganism, not because I haven’t read them, but because I don’t find them particularly interesting or relevant to my practice.
I update this list as I read relevant books (and I read constantly), so check back every so often and see what’s new.
Foundations of Magick and Witchcraft. These are books which give the foundations of practice. I don’t refer to them as “basic” because I find that I can still learn a lot from these books many years after first reading them.
Advanced Practice of Magick and Witchcraft. The material in these books generally assumes you are familiar with the foundations given in the first set of books. This section includes more in-depth exploration of particular topics. ( )
Now that you’ve decided you want to learn about contemporary Wicca or another modern Pagan path, what should you read? After all, there are literally thousands of books on the subject — some good, others not so much. Be sure to read What Makes a Book Worth Reading? for some insight as to what separates the good from the bad.
• Why These Books?
This list features the thirteen books that every Wiccan – and many other Pagans – should have on their shelves. A few are historical, a few more focus on modern Wiccan practice, but they’re all worth reading more than once. Bear in mind that while some books may purport to be about Wicca, they are often focused onNeoWicca, and do not contain the oathbound material found in traditional Wiccan practice.”
The article continues to name the books and explain why Ms Wigington feels they should be read by Witches and/or Pagans. I do own two of the books on the list and recommend them. They are The Spiral Dance by Starhawk and A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Janet and Stewart Farrar. There are others on the list that as finances permit I plan to buy. I hope this helps someof you that having been asking about good books to get to read about The Craft.