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Wiccans: Do you have a step-by-step booklist that will get someone from beginner to a intermediate levels?

I.E. to get them from knowing next to nothing about Wicca, to understanding the various concepts that are used in Wiccan circles. (From Animal Magick, to Qabalah, to Herbal Magick, to Ritual, to Religious Texts… etc)
I do, I just want to see what other books people use.
Excellent booklist slice.
I didn’t say there’d be one specific booklist, but there should be a few curriculums that will get people a knowledge of most of the topics they’re supposed to know.
That’s ok labgirl, I respect your oath.
Ok. I’m going to attempt my own list here…..
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Cunningham… Buckland’s Complete Book of Spirit Communication… Animal Speak, Andrews… The Chicken Qabalah, Duquette… Modern Magic, Kraig… Prometheus Rising, Wilson… The Witches’ God, The Witches’ Goddess, Farrars… Progressive Witchcraft, Farrar & Bone… Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs… Visual Magick, Fries.


  1. I’m not Wiccan, but one of the best books for beginners is “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham.

  2. Wicca is an eclectic religious belief system centering around gods, goddesses, and nature worship. Gary Cantrell, a well known Wiccan author says Wicca is based on “harmony with nature and all aspects of the god and goddess divinity.”1 Wiccan practice involves the manipulation of nature through various rituals in attempts to gain power, prestige, love, or whatever else a Wiccan wants. It uses symbols in its ceremonies and follows the calendar in reference to Wiccan festivals. Its roots are in ancient agrarian Celtic Society. It is considered Neo Pagan (based on old European and pre-Christian belief systems). Wicca does not have a structure of clergy and/or congregations. But it does have priests and priestesses which are in leadership positions within covens that have witches. The varying traditions of Wicca have different requirements for attaining the level of priest and priestess. Some of the more common varieties of Wicca are 1734, Alexandrian, Celtic, Dianic, Dicordian, Eclectic, Gardnerian, and Georgian. Wicca is even recognized as a religion in the military.
    One of the most common aspects of working theology is the teaching of reincarnation and karma. The purpose of reincarnation is to learn lessons through the various lives. “This process of reincarnation is repeated for numerous lifetimes until a development of the Spirit is reached where the spirit can truly merge with the male and female balanced creator/creatrix entity. We returned to the God and to the Goddess.”2 Karma is the law of cause and effect that “does not punish nor reward. It is simply a universal law that reacts to causation until disharmony is illuminated.”3
    Wicca does not claim to be the only way but says that all spiritual traditions and paths are valid to those who practice them.4 It accepts “the fact that all life is sacred, including plant, animal, and human.”5
    Generally, Wiccans do not believe in the existence of a devil (they are not Satan worshippers). They have no orgies or public displays of sexuality in their rituals (though some Wiccan traditions practice nudity and sexuality not open to the public), no bestiality, and no blood sacrifices. They do not practice spells with the intention to harm people. They deny that there are moral absolutes, believe that nature is divine, and seek to be in harmony with the earth/nature.
    Is it recognized as a religion by the government? Absolutely.
    “Wicca is a bona fide religion, Mr. Barr. It has been recognized by the courts, and legal Wiccan clergy can be found in every state in the United States. We have chaplains in many American and Canadian prisons. Our guiding principle, the Wiccan Rede, admonishes us to harm none.”6
    The Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law
    There are two basic codes that the Wiccans live by. First is the Wiccan Rede which states, “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”. This means that a Wiccan is free to use his or her magic as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. The second is the Threefold Law which says that all the good you do will return to threefold in this life. Likewise, all the harm you do will return to threefold as well.
    The God and Goddess
    There is an ultimate life force called “The One,” or “The All” from which the male and female aspects of life emerged, i.e., the god and goddess. The Divine, god or goddess, depending on who you are talking to, can have different names. There can even be references to different gods from other theological systems: Hinduism, Egyptian, Buddhism, ancient Greece, Sumerian, Christian, etc. In Wicca it doesn’t really matter what name is given to a person’s concept of God as long as you have one, or two, or more.
    One Wiccan might consider God to be self-aware, another may not. It all depends on the angle that an individual Wiccan takes in his or her theological construction of what best works. It is a religion of self design. In Wiccan theology, because god can show different characteristics in different ways to different people, Wiccans can have different and even contradictory conceptions of God. This is not a problem to them because they maintain that it is only the limited aspects of individual perceptions of god that appear contradictory.
    “as Wiccans, we acknowledge and worshiped the old gods and goddesses in the form both pleasing to Them and meaningful to us…”7
    Why is Wicca attractive?
    Wicca is attractive for many people who do not desire or appreciate absolute truths. In Wicca, a person is free to discover his or her own “path.” In other words, he or she is free to invent a religious system that suits his or her desires.
    “If you are just beginning a study of paganism, you may need to evaluate many different traditions or paths before finding the one for which you are looking. Your chosen path in the old religion must be one that is uniquely suited to you as an individual and one that lets you speak to the Lord and Lady in your own fashion.”8
    It should be obvious that Wicca is a religion of personal preference. In other words, you are free to invent, devise, and develop a religion that suits your personal wants and interests. Furthermore, in Wicca you may attempt to manipulate your surroundings and other individuals through spells and incantations. This combination of developing a religion that suits your personal preferences and trying to influence others is very appealing to a lot of people.
    1. Cantrell, Gary., Wiccan Beliefs and Practices. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications,
    2004. p. 20.
    2. ibid. p. 27.
    3. Grimassi, Raven., Encyclopedia of Wiccan Witchcraft., St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications,
    2003, 240.
    4. Cantrell, Gary., Wiccan Beliefs and Practices. p. 9.
    5. Drew, A. J., A Wiccan Bible: Exploring the mysteries of the craft from birth to summerland.,
    Franklin Lakes, NJ; New Page Books, 2003, p. 32.
    6. An illogical leap, Washington Times, The (DC), 07328494, May 19, 2004, Letters., pg A16.
    7. Cantrell, Gary., Wiccan Beliefs and Practices. p. 18.
    8. ibid., p. 13.

  3. This site is great for basic stuff http://www.sacred-texts.com/
    It covers:
    Age of Reason
    Ancient Near East
    Book of Shadows
    Earth Mysteries
    Chaos Magic
    Enochian Magic
    I Ching
    Native American
    New Thought
    Piri Re’is Map
    Sacred Books of the East
    Sacred Sexuality
    Sub Rosa
    Sky Lore

  4. Learning paganism isn’t like taking a course & passing a test. It’s a path to follow. Most pagans I know are eclectic & pick & choose what works for them.
    The You seem to be comparison it to a type of of belief where you have specific texts to follow to join their club.
    PS don’t you just hate people who cut & paste answerers.

  5. Yes, however, it’s the equivalent of oathbound.
    It’s not for those outside my group, in otherwords.
    Sorry. If you’d like a specific suggestion on a specific topic, I’m willing to help.

  6. As Garnerians, we would, naturally, have “Witchcraft today”, a long dry read, to be sure.
    We also have the “Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft” as well as the “Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft”.
    Just about everyone that we know has Buckland’s big blue book on Witchcraft and many of us also have the elemental series of books by Jaq D. Hawkins along with “Animal Speak” and “Animal Wise” by Ted Andrews.
    Scott Cunningham is a very good and respected author for the solitary Practitioner and for eclectics, but misses a lot of the things that traditional paths will gain through proper training in a coven.
    Silver Ravenwolf is a good author as well as a few of the books by Raven Grimassi.
    Our personal library is huge and has far too many books and authors to list completely, but books alone cannot really elevate you to an intermediate level.
    To really elevate from beginner to intermediate, one is better served by working with others either in a traditional coven or with an eclectic group. Books can only teach you so much and input from other sources has more value than you know.
    Not to discount books at all. Our Pagan library, as we said is huge with more than 100 books and we always find something new to add to it.
    But there are also a lot of authors out there that are just plain flakes and sorting them out from the good ones is something that you can do a lot easier when you have outside input from experienced Pagans as a guide.

  7. Slice39’s list is very good.
    I also think that once you become Wiccan, your talents and interests will develop on their own. You may find that you love herbology and crystals, that you prefer tarot over scrying, etc. Then you will want to read books about those subjects. Also you might be fascinated by Egyptians or the Celts, and wish to study more about them. All of these will help you on your path.

  8. I do, sort of. I make them read the works of Witchy writers in order of them being written, beginning with Leland all the way up to and including (retching) Silver RavenWolf. Yes, I include SRW in my reading list because I want them to be able to see for themselves that there IS fundamentalism in Witchcraft just as in the other Religions. I want MY students to be able to seperate the valid from that which is not.
    Furthermore, I insist on my students discussing their reading with me before they go on to the next book. Asking questions, giving me their interpretations of what they read, and allowing me to correct their misunderstandings as they progress. I do not indoctrinate them to MY belief system, so I do not try to change their own viewpoints on the material, merely to correct their misunderstandings of what they’ve rread.
    I believe that if they are able to follow the development (RE-development) of our many paths to spiritual growth, their knowledge will be as complete as possible. I insist that they get ot learn the most complete history of Witchcraft, from Paleolithic times to the modern era. I also get them to read the Holy books of at least 5 other Religions, including 2 versions of the Bible (KJV and the Vulgate). I believe that as Witches and Wiccans we MUST be able to know about and understand those who would condemn us for our beliefs.
    Yes, I AM a tough task-master. Witchcraft is NOT supposed to be an easy path and to BE a Witch means that you will be a priest(ess). Accordingly, you must have the SAME qualifications as a Priest of any other Religion. As there are NO “seminaries” for Wicca, then the work must be AL done under a sort of “independent study” program. When MY students have completed their 3 year and three day cousre of study, thjey have ALL the same level of basic knowledge as ANY beginning Priest or Minister of any of the Mainstream Religions. IN other words, they are FULLY qualified Witches and are able to follow advanced cousres of study into what ever speacialty that they choose to follow with a solid and firm foundation underneath them.
    Brightest Blessings,
    Raji the Green Witch

  9. Gad! You mean there’s supposed to be a _structure_ somewhere after the beginning/introductory level? News to me! If there was one…somebody forgot to put me on the “distribution list”. :-))
    I was under the impression that most “wing it” with an ongoing investigation of other systems methodology and techniques…then “graft” same onto what they were doing.

  10. Short answer – No.
    Books can be an invaluable source of information. Books provide details about history, capture experiences, and provide tools for development and self discovery. Books are not the end all, be all in knowledge. Especially in Wicca. I can not provide a generic list that will take someone from point A to point B for several reasons. First, to be Wiccan is to be an initiate. I don’t necessarily mean an initiated member of a Tradition, I mean that you are fully and wholly experiencing your religion. At some point you have to put the books down and *do*. On a related note, it is also a mystery tradition. Mysteries must be experienced. You can not learn a mystery from a book. I can not provide a generic book list because each person is different. What will be a great book for one person will be useless to another. What one will find inspiring, another will find dull.
    There are core subjects that my tradition teaches, we have a curriculum. Some of those have required books, but much of the material is taught through another method such as ritual or training which is of course oath bound. There are books that I personally think are useful to most and subject matters that I think most can benefit from. I’ve listed them in other answers, but here they are again.
    Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon is a very good account of our history and should be read by everyone.
    Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance is a book many find very inspirational and if they don’t it’s considered a classic and should be read based on status alone.
    Amber K’s True Magick (2006 Edition) is a good intro to Magic and covers a lot of ground.
    Essential Wicca by Daniels and Tuitean is my preferred 101 book.
    When, Why, If… by Robin Wood is an ethics workbook and is very well done.
    Natural Magic and Witchcraft For Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente and both well done and enjoyable and classics.
    Rosemary Guiley’s Ency of Witches and Witchcraft is the best encyclopedia out there.
    Ted Andrew’s Psychic Protection is an excellent intro to the subject.
    Deborah Lipp’s Elements of Ritual is excellent.
    I think everyone should read Gerald Gardner’s books, and I think most people benefit from reading Crowley though of course he is not Wiccan. Bonewits is another I have a lot of respect for.
    Past that, a student needs books that will introduce them to their mythology of choice (or their tradition), they will probably be interested in some subjects of psychic development and a divination of choice. There’s herbs, stones, healing, astrology, ritual design, personal memoirs, the list could just go on and on. There are tons of books and authors that I enjoy, but without knowing the student I can’t say what one should read. The student will know what they should read and if they are working in a Tradition, have guidance.

  11. No I don’t.
    I own many books and have owned many books that I have passed onto to others as I have not needed them anymore.
    There are many fantastic books and I have mentioned some of them before. It ain’t all in the books though.
    It is so much more therapeutic to hunt them out yourself and learn what you know is right from them.
    It wouldn’t feel right to give you a list of books to read.
    Practice makes learning and reading is study.

  12. I can recommend one…..
    “Teaching WitchCraft: A Guide for Teachers and Students of the Old Religion” by Miles Batty
    This book is designed like a classroom textbook. It’s a lesson-by-lesson syllabus for teaching the essentials of WitchCraft, organized in two parts.
    Part One covers the history, philosophy and ethics of the Craft, and Part Two examines the inner workings of a Coven, the theory and practice of ritual, spellcrafting and magickal components.
    Each lesson include study questions and some have interactive classroom modules, and there are a midterm and a final exam. The study questions are designed to help the student examine what he or she knows, not just copying and repeating from the book.
    Teaching WitchCraft is available from Amazon.com for $29.95.
    There, commercial blurb over.


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