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If there is one book that needs to be read by every Wiccan practitioner, it is this. WICCA: A guide for the solitary practitioner. By Scott Cunningham This book is awesome! There are many people out there who would like to practice Wicca and are unable to find a coven in their neighborhood. This book teaches them all about how to practice Wicca in the privacy of their home. The author introduces Wicca as it is today, a nature loving religion that is also a peaceful, harmonious lifestyle which promotes Oneness with the Divine and everything else around us visible or invisible.

This is a very easy book to read, written in simple, assertive style. Scott Cunningham has also included his Book of Shadows in this book which details rituals for Sabbats and Esbats, recipes as well as other important initiations and rituals that is relevant to any Wicca practitioner.

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
This is a very comprehensive book on Wicca. This book begins with a history and philosophy of Witchcraft and moves on to earlier practices, tools and clothing. There is also detailed information on Coven initiation, self dedication, and other rituals. My favorites were the chapters on Channeling and Divination. The author goes on to describe Auric healing, Gem therapy, Meditation as well as the advantages of positive thinking in Magickal ways of life. Rituals are given a lot of importance in this book. The reader can learn how to create spells, form a coven or establish a church or temple for Wicca. The book ends with a descriptive chapter on the different Wiccan denominations. Overall, this book is, in my opinion, a best reference book to keep forever.

To stir a Magick Cauldron A Witch's guide to Casting and Conjuring by Silver RavenWolf
This book is for beginners who would like to understand Wicca from the ground up and be able to start working spells as soon as possible. The author starts with information on creating your sacred space and conjuring the mechanics o fQuarters. She helps us cast circles, and continues to lead us into major spell working.

Most impatient teens who get introduced to the Wiccan religion are in a hurry to start working spells. However, it is very important to understand how we clear a space and invite the Powers and Energies necessary to guide our intentions. This book also includes information on the Craft Community including the Witches Anti-Discrimination Lobby and the International Wiccan/Pagan press Alliance.There is also a Wicca 101 test to see if you have understood the essentials of practicing Wicca in your life.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about Wicca Books Reviews here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/wiccan-jewelry.html

Fifteen to twenty years ago good books on the topic of Witchcraft were as rare as hens' teeth. The subsequent increase in religious tolerance towards the pagan community and the steady re-emergence of Witches from the broom closet, have resulted in an abundance of really good books on the topics of paganism and Witchcraft.

Selecting the best three or even the best ten would be an impossibility. Each author has his or her own unique way of relating the philosophy, history, tradition and practical aspects of the Craft. The Craft is very often practiced by Eclectics, each having incorporated their own special elements into their practice, thus creating greater resonance with their respective beliefs.

I have my favorite authors, much like the next Witch. So, the three books I am about to review were written by Cunningham, Ravenwolf and Starhawk respectively and available in most countries world-wide. The books are very different - one from the other - in some ways. Ravenwolf writes for the young and the young at heart. Starhawk writes for the serious Witch. Cunningham writes for the gentle. Although diverse, these three authors and their many works over the years are probably some of the best available on bookshelves today. It is however up to each individual to decide which of the books (if not all) are the "right" ones to buy.

Solitary Witch by Silver Ravenwolf (ISBN 0-7387-0319-2: Llewellyn)

This hefty 590-pager comprises of 5 Parts and takes the format of a Book of Shadows. Ravenwolf covers all aspects of the Wiccan Religions and Mysteries in Part 1. Part 2 is dedicated to Objects and Tools. Part 3 provides detailed information on the proficiencies and expertise a Witch needs to acquire. Magick and Enchantments in Part 4 covers everything from Alchemy to Faeries, offers information on correspondences, astral travel and much, much more. The 5th and final Part shows the practical application of Magick in everyday life.

The book is written in a friendly tone and uses everyday language, which makes it an absolute pleasure to read. As with all Ravenwolf's books, this one too is logically structured, highly informative, entertaining and well researched. In spite of its size, the book comes in at the reasonable price tag of around US$ 30.95. "Solitary Witch" is an excellent buy for anybody who would like to own a single book containing everything conceivable about the Craft.

The Spiral Dance 20th Anniversary Edition by Starhawk (ISBN 0-06-251632-9: Harper San Francisco)

Starhawk is definitely one of the stalwarts of the Craft. Her first edition of this definitive work was in 1979 - a time of great prejudice against all things pagan. She is a peace activist, an eco-feminist, Gaia rights campaigner and forever in the front-line when it comes to the reinstitution of the title "Witch" in its rightful place in society. Starhawk never misses a beat.

Her book is no different. Over the first 41 pages offers a brief, concise and interesting overview of the modern history of Witchcraft and the worldview on Witchcraft. After that, in true Starhawk fashion, she accurately covers all the practical aspects of the Craft: Rituals, Invocations and Magick. Starhawk goes further than most authors in offering exercises (61 in all) to assist Seekers, Novices and Initiates alike in developing the subconscious mind. This development is a critical aspect of magick. The exercises in "The Spiral Dance" are, in my opinion, the best of the best out there.

She concludes the 326-page book with a glance at the future - the future of the Craft. This book is a must in the library of any serious Witch. It is written in Starhawk's typical no-nonsense and no-sacred-cow style and underpinned by the absolute love and passion she has for the Lady, for everything of the Lady and for the Craft. At US$ 17, one can't afford not to buy this book.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about witchcraft book reviews here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/witchcraft-book-reviews.html

Witchcraft/Pagan Books for Beginners
A viewer asked: " Which book do you recommend to start me off with all of the basic information?" I was given "To Ride A Silver Broomstick" by Silver Ravenwolf, by a dear friend who saw that my interests aligned with the Pagan spirituality. So I obviously recommend that, but I also recommend "The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book" by Skye Alexander.