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.
- Doreen Valiente – Witchcraft for Tomorrow – a good book to get started with by the “mother of modern witchcraft”.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ann Moura – Green Witchcraft series. Informative and I go back to again and again.
- 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”.
- Edain McCoy – Sabbats – I enjoyed the practical ideas for celebrating the Sabbats not just in ritual but in day to day activities.
- 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.