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Best of these Witchcraft or Wiccan books?

1.Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens
2.Moon Magick: Myth & Magic, Crafts & Recipes, Rituals & Spells
3.Nocturnal Witchcraft: Magick After Dark
4.Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation
5.Coven Craft: Witchcraft for Three or More
6.Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
7.Incense: Crafting and Use of Magickal Scents
8.Power Spells for Teens
9.Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects
10.SpellCraft for Teens: A Magickal Guide to Writing and Casting Spells
11.Astral Projection for Beginners
12.How to Travel to Other Dimensions
13.Scrying the Secrets of the Future
14.Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications

I want some of these books. Which of these are the best?

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  • I’ll make this easy, scratch off anything targeted to teens, if the word ‘teen’ is in the title, don’t get it. Anything that is supposed to be a beginners guide, scratch off the list.

    You want to go with books that have more reference than they do spell work. Simply having a written spell in front of you is useless, knowing how to use that spell is where magic truly is. So reference books would work much better.

  • The only one of those that is considered a good book is Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. I don’t recognize all the books on that list but I know for a fact #’s 2,3,8, 11, and 14 are really crap.
    I would shy away from anything with “for teens” in the title because there is no reason people who are young need special information – it’s just a marketing scheme.
    Coven Craft is okay but based on the other books on your list I doubt it would be what you’re looking for. I would recommend True Magick (the 2006 edition) also by Amber K over Coven Craft since it’s decent and probably more suited to what you are wanting.

  • If I had a $1 for everytime this question has been asked, and I’ve answered it….

    One of the good/bad things about Paganism/Wicca/Witchcraft (depending on your view) is the very personal nature it can take on. What I mean by that is the path of ‘achievement’ is very much given over to the individual itself.

    Take Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. The author is very knowledgeable and comprehensive in his instructions, but what he (and every other author) fails to mention is that the instructions listed are merely guidelines.

    Let’s take the aspect of candle magick. So-and-so did this with this sort of candle and used this sort of sign and got this sort of result. Seems pretty straightforward except for the fact that the result was very much dependent on the very personal energy that was created when doing such and such. Thus, while some people will tell you to use red candles for love spells, those spells might not work for someone who associates red with jealousy or anger. Try creating a love spell out of an angry candle and your next relationship won’t just be contentious, it will be downright confusing.

    For people just starting out, they often approach Witchcraft/Wiccan like they approach any other kind of learning: this person says its true so it must be true (like 1+1=2 is true in every math textbook true.) It’s not false but it can make your foray into Wicca more difficult than it can be. You’ll read Buckland or Cunningham’s books and instead of being enlightened, you’ll just be confused and stupified (Cunningham does that for me.)

    Trying to get other people’s input about books to read is like trying to get other people’s input about what size clothes to wear. You intimately know what fits and what doesn’t, and taking the advice of someone else may or may not help you. My advice is for you to pick out the book you feel the strongest ‘pull’ towards.

    I don’t care if that book has a cover drawn by a 2yr. old and looks like it was written by the same people who write the owner’s manual for VCR and DVD players. The best way to learn this particular subject is to develop your own instincts. The book you keep coming back to, over and over again, is probably the one you should start off with. that book will lead you to others, and those books will lead you further on.

    All journeys begin with the first step, and all witchcraft really begins with the first book that gets you going. That is something that can only be marginally suggested by someone else. You have the compass, you’re part of the Matrix, “Use the force, Luke.” Outside isn’t where learning begins, it’s inside.

  • Merry Meet,

    I suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.

    If you are a teen, I suggest Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf and Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan. They are not completly accurate, but they will help you out.

    Blessed Be

    Nyjh

  • I can’t give you any advice on teen witchcraft books…but astral projection is amazing, so I would suggest 11 and 12. Spirit communications is also something I’ve always found interesting, so maybe 14.

    I prefer natural witchcraft and candle magick, so I would seek books on natural or green and candle craft. Remember that some of the ingredients called for will be rather expensive, so you may also want to look into kitchen witchery (there are sites online that will complement a few of the books you’re looking at, if you can’t find anything on this topic for teens).

  • The only books on your list that I have read are those by Raymond Buckland. The Complete Book of Witchcraft is one I often recommend. The Book of Spirit Communications isn’t really about witchcraft, but I like it.

  • I agree- anything by Scott Cunningham. “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” was my first book, and it worked really well. Taught me a lot. Out of your list, I would say Buckland’s Book of Witchcraft. It has a lot of information, and includes history and a wide variety of divinations and spells. Really good reference guide to have.

  • Anything by Buckland or Cunningham is supposed to be good. But the only title I recognize from your list is Nocturnal Witchcraft. It’s not a bad book, has some interesting insight on a darker approach to magic (not dark as in evil, mind you), but a lot of the info you could probably find elsewhere and maybe even better explained.

  • Short answer (longer answer when I get home):

    Anything by S. Cunningham is something you should take the time to skim thru if not read. . . start there and then branch out. . . is the best suggestion

    Edit:

    I would suggest if you have your heart set on those list of books. . . go to the lib and pick the ones that you have already decided your more intersted in and read thru them. . . if you like them then go buy them, if you don’t your not stuck with a book you don’t want. I haven’t heard of any of them. . . but I will say go and skip anyone that is selling for teens. . . silver raven wolf is one that is full of fluff and unless you know what your doing I wouldn’t read her stuff. . . I have read it for a laugh tho.

    as far as writting spells, I use other people’s ideas and make them more my own to make it personal. Alot of spells out there are all fluff and of no use, that’s one reason people suggest to make spells personal. that way and you can’t get mixed up and mess up as bad doing a spell that you might not totally understand.

    So go to your local lib and have at it.

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