Suggested Reading!

There is an old, old, joke in the Pagan community….

“If the Abrahamic faiths are Religions of the Book,
Then the Pagan faiths must be Religions of the Library!”

This is a list of books  that I have personally read, or at the very least have read an edition of.  It is my hope that this list is contains valuable reading for anyone who feels called to a Pagan spirituality.   Amongst the titles here, this list encompasses a variety of books about Paganism from beginner to intermediate… the advanced study of Paganism often takes one entirely outside the topic area of Paganism and into History, Psychology, Sociology, Physics, and other areas of study.  There are also books that are simply of interest to me as a Pagan or where the story or topic resonates with my own ongoing spiritual journey and religious experience, and so I present them for your consideration.

As I am a Witch, or a Wiccan (depending on your Tradition and/or p.o.v.), I guess that list is has a definite Witchcraft focus.  It also needs some serious additions made to it as in the last 10 years a WHOLE LOT of very excellent and serious and smart books have been written about Paganism.

So check back here every once in a while, especially as I mention a book in the blog…

And please remember, wherever possible, order your books through a local Pagan, or Pagan-friendly, independent book store!

Bliss and may your library ever grow,
Pax

PS- Several of these books are written at a college reading level and are best taken is small bites….


Topical Index

General Paganism

Hellenic Polytheism

Magic / Magick

Poetry

Resonates with Paganism

Spiritual Practice

Witchcraft


General Paganism

+A Book of Pagan Prayer
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 192 pages, Red Wheel/Weiser
Author: Ceisiwr Serith
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1578632552

+A World Full of Gods: an Inquiry into Polytheism
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 200+ pages, ADF publishing
Author: John Michael Greer
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0976568101

+Being a Pagan:
Druids, Wiccans and Witches Today
Bibliographic Data: Hardcover, 392 Pages, Revised, Inner Traditions International, Limited, November 2001
Author: Bond, Lawrence / Hopman, Ellen Evert
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0892819049

+Drawing down the Moon:
Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 662 Pages, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, October 2006
Author: Adler, Margot
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0143038192

+Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves:
Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 316 Pages, University of California Press
Author: Sarah M. Pike
Status: In Print?  (as far as I can tell it still is in print)
ISBN: 0520220862

+Isis in the Ancient World
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 336 pages, The Johns Hopkins University Press
Author: R. E. Witt
Status: In print
ISBN: 0801856426

+The Other Side of Virtue
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 240 pages, O books
Author: Brendan Myers
Status: In Print
ISBN: 9781846941153

+The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 384 Pages, Harper San Francisco 1997
Author: Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare, and the Reclaiming Collective
Status: In Print
ISBN: oo62515160

Note: Available from M. Macha Nightmare via her website!

+Sacred Paths for Modern Men: A Wake up Call from Your 12 Archetypes
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 277 Pages, Llewellyn Publications, December 2007
Author: Dewr, Dagonet
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0738712523

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Hellenic Polytheism

+Dionysus: Myth and Cult
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 266 pages, Indiana University Press
Author: Walter F. Otto / translated by Robert B. Palmer
Status:? in print?
ISBN: 0253208912

NOTE: This is not the edition, or translation, of the work that I read; but this book is a must read for anyone interested in Dionysus, specifically, as well as the Witches God in general.

+Greek Religion
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 512 pages, Harvard University Press
Author: Walter Burkert
Status: In Print
ISBN: 978-0-631-15624-6

+Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 164 pages, Createspace
Author: Sarah Kate Istra Winter
Status: In Print
ISBN: 978-1438231921

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Magic / Magick

+A Complete Guide To The Tarot
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 256 pages, Bantam
Author: Eden Grey
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0553277529

+Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells
Bibliographic Data: Hardcover, 1108 pages, Harper One, 2008
Author: Judika Illes
Status: In Print
ISBN: 9760061711237

+Foundations of Practical Magic:
An Introduction to Qabalistic, Magical and Meditative Techniques
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 160 pages, Aeon Books
Author: Israel Regardie
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1904658113

+A Garden of Pomegranites: Skrying on the Tree of Life
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 552 pages, Llewellyn Publications
Author: Israel Regardie,w/additional material/editing by Chic Cicero and Tabitha Cicero
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1567181414
NOTE: This is a recent edition of the work that I have only been able to skim, research indicates that the only changes the Cicero’s made to the body of the work was to modernize some of the spelling and Hebrew and to add extensive footnotes, as well as adding their own material at the end of the book.

+The Golden Dawn:
A Complete Course in Practical Ceremonial Magic
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 848 pages, Llewellyn Publications
Author: Israel Regardie
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0875426638
NOTE: No, I didn’t read the whole thing, this one I use as more of an encyclopedia of ritual and magick… not that I wouldn’t be willing to work in the Golden Dawn system, perhaps, someday…

+Kissing The Limitless
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 250 Pages, Weiser Books
Author: Coyle, T. Thorn
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1578634350

+Magick Without Tears
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 528 Pages, New Falcon Publications, U.S.   (4thed.) September 1984
Author: Aleister Crowley
Status: Out of Print  ~Online Edition Available Here~
ISBN:094140417X

+Psychic Self Defense
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 224 Pages, Red Wheel / Weiser
Author: Dion Fortune
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1578631513

+The Tree of Life: An Illistrated Study in Magic
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 552 pages, Llewellyn Publications
Author: Israel Regardie,w/additional material/editing by Chic Cicero and Tabitha Cicero
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1567181325
NOTE: This is a recent edition of the work that I have only been able to skim, research indicates that the only changes the Cicero’s made to the body of the work was to modernize some of the spelling and Hebrew and to add extensive footnotes, as well as adding their own material at the end of the book.

+Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 519 pages, Llewellyn Books
Author: Judith, Anodea
Status: In Print
ISBN: 978-0-87542-320-3

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Poetry

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Resonates with Paganism

+The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 384 Pages, Simon & Schuster, November 2004
Author: Covey, Stephen R.
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0743269519

+Bell, Book, and Murder: The Bast Mysteries
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperpack, 448 pages, Forge Books,
Author: Edghill, Rosemary
Status: ?In Print? – unsure of status, available online
ISBN: 0312867689

Note: Fantastic fiction mystery novels set in the “New York Metro-Pagan Community”.

+Eat, Pray, Love
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 352 pages, Penguin
Author: Gilbert, Elizabeth
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0143038419

+God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter
Bibliographic Data: Hardcover (paperback due out 2011), 373 pages, HarperOne
Author: Stephen Prothero
Status: In Print
ISBN: 9780061571275

+On Becoming a Counselor: A Basic Guide for Non-Professional Counselors
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 416 Pages, Enlarged, Crossroad Publishing Company, September 1980
Author: Charles, Sara C. / Kennedy, Eugene
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0824513339

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Spiritual Practice

+Kissing The Limitless
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 250 Pages, Weiser Books
Author: Coyle, T. Thorn
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1578634350

+Ordinary Magic: Everyday Live as Spiritual Path
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 368 pages, Shambhala
Author: John Welwood (editor)
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0-87773-597-2

(Not directly about magic or magick, about meditation and mindfulness and so I guess in a round-about way about magic and magick after all…)

+Stumbling Towards Enlightenment
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 231 pages, Celestial Arts
Author: Geri Larkin
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0890878498

+Tantra For Gay Men
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 156 pages, Alyson Publication, 2002
Author: Bruce Anderson
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1555837492

+Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 519 pages, Llewellyn Books
Author: Judith, Anodea
Status: In Print
ISBN: 978-0-87542-320-3

+When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 148 pages, Shambhala
Author: Chodron, Pema
Status: In Print
ISBN: 978-1-57062-344-8

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Witchcraft

+A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 150 pages, Pendraig Publishing, 2009
Author: Peter Paddon
Status: In Print
ISBN: 9780984330218

+An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 416 pages,
Author: Doreen Valiente
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0919345778

+A Witches Bible:
The Complete Witches’ Handbook
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 554 Pages, Phoenix Publishing, Incorporated, August 1996
Author: Farrar, Stewart / Farrar, Janet
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0919345921

+Book of Shadows:
A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom and Magic of Witchcraft
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 320 Pages, Broadway Books, October           1999
Author: Curott, Phyllis
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0767900553

+Elements of Ritual
Air, Fire, Water, & Earth in the Wiccan Circle
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 288 Pages, Llewellyn Publications, April 2003
Author: Lipp, Deborah
Editor: Pierro, Victoria
Status: In Print
ISBN: 073870301X

+Evolutionary Witchcraft
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 320 Pages, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, October 2005
Author: Coyle, T. Thorn
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1585424366

+Love Spell:
An Erotic Memoir of Spiritual Awakening
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 368 Pages, Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, January 2006
Author: Curott, Phyllis
Status: In print
ISBN: 1592401651

+The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 384 Pages, Harper San Francisco 1997
Author: Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare, and the Reclaiming Collective
Status: In Print
ISBN: oo62515160

Note: Available from M. Macha Nightmare via her website!

+Progressive Witchcraft:
Spirituality, Mysteries, and Training in Modern Wicca
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 288 Pages, Career Press, Incorporated, January 2004
Author: Bone, Gavin / Farrar, Janet
Status: In Print
ISBN: 1564147193

+The Rebirth of Witchcraft
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 224 pages, Robert Hale Ltd.
Author: Doreen Valiente
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0709083696.

+Sacred Mask Sacred Dance
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 224 pages, Llewellyn Publications
Author: Evan John Jones
Status: ?out of print?
ISBN: 1567183735

+The Spiral Dance:
A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
20th Anniversary Edition
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 336 Pages, 20 Edition, HarperSanFrancisco, October 1999
Author: Starhawk
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0062516329

+Triumph of the Moon:
A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 512 Pages, Oxford University Press, Incorporated, May 2001
Author: Hutton, Ronald
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0192854496

+Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 203 pages, Phoenix Publishing
Author: Evan John Jones and Doreen Valiente
Status: ?out of print?
ISBN: 0919345611

+Witchcraft for Tomorrow
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 208 pages, Robert Hale Ltd.
Author: Doreen Valiente
Status: ?Out of Print?
ISBN: 0709052448

+Witch Crafting:
A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic
Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 352 Pages, Broadway Books, September 2002
Author: Curott, Phyllis
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0767908457

+The Witches God: Lord of the Dance
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 278 pages, Phoenix Publishing
Author: Jannet Farrar, Stewart Farrar
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0919345476

+The Witches Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity
Bibliographic Data: Paperback, 319 pages, Phoenix Publishing
Author: Stewart Farrar, Janet Farrar
Status: In Print
ISBN: 0919345913

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So feel free to suggest other books to me, or comment on those above or post any books related comments here!

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4 thoughts on “Suggested Reading!

  1. The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over, by Starhawk, M. Macha NightMare and Reclaiming Collective, HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.

    Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online, by M. Macha NightMare, Montreal: ECW Press, 2001 (OOP but available from me).

    • (smacks palm to forehead)

      When the lady is right, she’s right. I remember reading this one and the On Becoming A Counselor at about the same time (years ago now) because I was so earnest about the Witch as Priest to the Lady and Lord… will be adding it forthwith Thanks for the reminder!

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