Witchcraft Books on my shelves (Non fiction)

Looking at my shelves, there are staple non-fiction witchcraft books that I have kept me after many moves and many bookshelves. These are the ones I go to again and again for reference, sometimes for comfort and guidance (because witches need this too). So here comes another list in no particular order:

  • Ronald Hutton – Triumph of the Moon. This is a more academic history of modern witchcraft and it’s beginnings. It’s always important to have the foundations and history of your spiritual movement or path. I’ve been to a couple of talks by Ronald Hutton and have always been impressed with his knowledge but then he is a professor at the University of Bristol.

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

  • Doreen Valiente – Witchcraft for Tomorrow – a good book to get started with by the “mother of modern witchcraft”.

Witchcraft for Tomorrow

  • Kate West – “Real Witches” series from garden magic to kitchen magic to advanced skills, this series has something for everyone. I like her accessible writing style and I’ve seen her at a talk in real life and she seems lovely, this translates into her books.

The Real Witches' Handbook: A Complete Introduction to the Craft

  • Rae Beth – Hedge Witch: A guide to solitary witchcraft – I think I found this beautiful lyrical book particularly fulfilling as a solitary witch and it was the first time I found the term “hedge witch”, which resonated with me. It’s written in the form of letters to her apprentices.

Hedge Witch: A Guide to Solitary Witchcraft

  • Ann Moura – Green Witchcraft series. Informative and I go back to again and again.


Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore and Herb Craft

  • Scott Cunningham – All! – Scott Cunningham’s books have been the source of information for many of my spells and pouches, especially the “Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs”.

Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series)

  • Edain McCoy – Sabbats – I enjoyed the practical ideas for celebrating the Sabbats not just in ritual but in day to day activities.

Sabbats: A Witch's Approach to Living the Old Ways (Llewellyn's World Religion and Magick)

  • Judika Illes -The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts – It’s a massive collection of spells! You can usually find inspiration for anything!

Are there any non fiction witchcraft titles that have pride of place on your shelves? Who would you recommend?

I’m currently reading an eArc copy of “The Psychic Witch” by Matt Auryn due out in Feb 2020.

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I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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1 Response to Witchcraft Books on my shelves (Non fiction)

  1. Betsy White says:

    Well…I am a witch/pagan so I have a lot of non-fiction witchy books, but some of my favorites are books by Devin Hunter, Ellen Dugan, Jason Mankey and Alaris Albertson. 🖤

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