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What would be the top 10 books every Wiccan should have?

If you had to pick 10 books that every wiccan should have (both advance and beginner witches) what would they be? What books should the coven library have?

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  1. The spells bible
    The wicca bible
    The crystal bible
    The meditation bible
    And all the other bibles what go with it except the christians bible itself, im not fully sure of all the other bibles or books as there is so many and im still learning alot about wicca and spells etc

  2. I dont know about 10 books
    but I know the library has all kinds of books on neo pagan wiccan
    scientology all the religions,
    well not all of it.
    but still I know that wiccan books should be there. Its a widely spread religion.

  3. you can start with Peter Pan ! ‘E-GAD’, 4 thumbs down,I’m convinced,Q/A is overwhelmed with overwrought 5th. graders that have flunked at least 3 times!

  4. I’m an atheist, but I was Wiccan for a while, and I’d have to say:
    1. Wicca–A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
    2. Living Wicca–A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
    3. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft
    4. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
    5. A Witches’ Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar
    6. The White Goddess by Robert Graves
    7. The Golden Bough by James Frazer
    8. Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton
    9. An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present by Doreen Valiente
    10. Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
    I think that’s pretty representative. You have Cunningham’s books and the Idiot’s Guide for beginners, Buckland’s for some more advanced stuff along with a review of basics, the Witches’ Bible for coven work, Graves’ and Frazer’s work for some mythology (even though it might be slightly outdated and Graves’ work is just poetic, not academic), Hutton for an authentic history of Wicca (sorry, but it isn’t a survival of paganism from ancient times), and the last two for general history and lore by two people who were in Wicca from the beginning. Enjoy!

  5. 1. Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton
    2. Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
    3. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
    4. Wicca–A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
    5. Living Wicca–A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
    6. Masks of God by Joseph Campbell
    7. Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
    8. Bullfinch’s Mythology
    9. The White Goddess by Robert Graves
    10. The Golden Bough by James Frazer
    Additionally – a good dose of world mythology and other sacred texts are important for perspective like:
    The Ramayana
    The Holy Bible
    The Tao Te Ching
    The Norse EddasThe Koran
    Le Morte D’Arthur
    The Book of Invasions
    And many, many others.

  6. It depends on the tradition of the Wiccans in question.
    Seriously, most books contain the same information, and which one of those books with the same information you need depends on your tradition.
    I’d say start with Gardner’s three, Drawing Down the Moon and Triumph of the Moon…but above those five books, it depends on your tradition.

  7. Honestly, I couldn’t recommend a single list of ten. “Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft” by Ronald Hutton and “Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today” by Margot Adler are definitely up there. “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham” is good for beginners and Gardner’s work gives you a glimpse into the mind of the founder of Wicca.
    Other than that, it depends on what tradition you’re studying and what books you feel provide the most relevant information to your tradition. It’s difficult to compile a list of “the top ten.” After the the basics, it’s really up to the individual to figure out what Information is the most useful to him or her.

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