what are some good Wiccan books to read for a beginner?

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Well I know this spoiles the surprise but I know what my boyfriend is going to get me for Christmas I wanted to know for sure so that I could tell other people what I wanted cuz I didn’t want somebody to accidentally get me the same thing as him cuz that has happened before in my family. Well he wants to get me some Wiccan books because I am trying to become Wiccan and I already have some books in mind that people have suggested to me saying they are good for beginners. “The complete book of witchcraft by Raymond Buckland”, “Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham”, “The solitary witch:book of shadows by Silver Ravenwolf”, “To ride a silver broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf”…those are the books let me know if they are good and where I can find them. Also how much they cost at like borders and such wherever they are sold. Thank you…also I already have “Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham” it’s the first Wiccan book my boyfriend got me please help me out and if you don’t want to take the time to figure out how much they are sold for at certain places just give me some places I can look and see if they have it. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I started with “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Suess
    it was the beginning of a great wiccan experience !
    may Nature Bless You

  2. Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf. She really teaches you alot. I hope you become a really splendid Wiccan one day, dear! :] Have fun with your studies. Wicca is a really truly great religion experience.

    • Do you practice what you preach or do you just enjoy being critical of someone elses beliefs? Why are you on this site unless your wondering about the other religion/

  3. I would pay more attention to Buckalnd and Cunningham than Ravewolf, but other than that, I think you have a good reading list. I might only add Spiral Dance by Starhawk as a decent primer, although I would also caution you to take her rather anti-male bias with more than a grain of salt.

  4. The Real Witches Handbook by Kate West was my favorite beginner book. It is detailed but not heavy like I find most Silver Ravenwolf. She is practical and clear and has a very good understanding of the Wiccan path imo. Also, I really liked The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. It is not about ritual or spells but about living life as a witch everyday and creating the daily routines that expand and maintain your spirituality. I thought it was beautiful.

  5. Stay away from Ravenwolf…at least until you’ve read a few things that weren’t solely created for the sake of making the woman heaps of money.
    If you already have “Wicca: A Guide…” by Cunningham check out “Wicca for Beginners” by Thea Sabin. I’m in the middle of it now and so far it’s really good about explaining the purpose behind ritual, meditation, etc… without getting caught up in the possible theatrics of it all. Very basic, but very well-organised and well thought out. Also grab some history books concerning Wicca while you’re at it. Check out the website below for links to some of these histories, hell, read the whole website:

  6. You already have a good list. Pretty much anything by Scott Cunningham is worth reading. You might also want to try Buckland’s complete book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland or maybe Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today by Margot Adler.

  7. Honey dont be foolish
    You need to stay far away from that as much as possible! It is evil even though you dont think it is. Say no to cults & religions but say yes to Jesus instead; he is the answer. He is the way the truth & the life. Choose to become a Born Again Christian instead. Do that today. Abandon that wiccan garbage
    God bless
    Loomis

  8. You can find out how much they cost online. Personally, I suggest Amazon, as you can often buy used books from third party dealers.
    I strongly suggest staying away from anything by Ravenwolf. She frequently doesn’t know what she is talking about, she’s unethical, she’s hateful, and she seems more interested in making Wicca sound cool than actually explaining it. You can find my full objections here:
    http://wicca.timerift.net/ravenwolf.shtml
    Cunningham is great. I highly recommend him. Also, Thea Sabin’s Wicca for Beginners
    Lots of people like Buckland. I personally am not a big fan of that book. It’s out of date, if nothing else.
    More suggestions:
    http://wicca.timerift.net/book_recommendations.shtml
    http://wicca.timerift.net/books.shtml

  9. Merry Meet Kristina,
    If you are interested about learning more about Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. First being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.workingwitches.com/ or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/ , both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web though like any site they have some issues.
    Also if you are close enough to a group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.
    If DVD’s are to your liking try Witchcraft Rebirth of the Old Religion by Raymond Buckland (DVD), Discovering Witchcraft by Janet and Stewart Farrar (DVD), Ancient Mysteries Witches by A&E (DVD), Craftwise Volume 1: Candle Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Craftwise Volume 2: Cord Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Wish on a Spell, Vo. 1 by Deborah Gray (DVD), Practical Magick DVD, The Craft (DVD).
    If books are what you’re interested in I also 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 and there are many books out there by him.
    Ultimately, study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you. Also, read all the books you can the good ones as well as the bad ones.
    Remember, you are the one that decides who’s a good or bad author not someone else because every author in my belief has something to offer, all you have to do is ignore the information that is not accurate. Oh and when the opportunity raises cross reference the information learned for accuracy.
    I hope my blurp helps out.
    Blessed Be
    Nyjh

  10. I’m just starting out and i’m reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft: Thrid Edition by Denise Zimmermann and Katherine A. Gleason. And i’m picking up Wicca: A Year and a Day 366 days of Spiritual Practice in The Craft of the Wise by Timothy Roderick and Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. Blessed Be!

  11. Merry Meet:
    I suggest Natural Magick: The Essential Witch’s Grimoire… good beginner stuff… but it also has a list of stones and herbs that you will always use! It’s my favorite book.
    Denise

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