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Starting a thread to share books and reading recommendations for all things pagan, witchy, and occult. Please respond to this post with any titles you'd recommend or want to share, and for visibility. Bonus internet points if you include a summery or start a discussion about the reading materials too! πŸ€“ :at_ok:

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Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia

Here's a book on American witchcraft on the east cost and close to home for me. A lot of what I read in here connected with me for traditions in my family, things I remeber my great grandmother doing when I was a small child, and a helpful contextualization of the elements and considerations of settler witches, and how those were justified in a society where the church had even more influence than it does today.

I highly recommend this if you live in the region, are interested in American , or are just looking for a way to start connecting with the world's found in hills and valleys.

City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells, and Shamanism

This was an inspiring read as someone that lives in a city and was worried about finding a connection with my surroundings. It helped me reframe my understanding of , what can be, and ways to connect. It opened the door to for me and helped warn me away from gate keeping that believe there's only a few narrow paths to follow when it comes to this type of .

Again, highly recommended for any witches living in a city or urban area, or anyone that wants help seeing magic in the everyday around them πŸ‘

I did pick up my first copy of the . I don't understand the and largely the significance much, I'm looking forward to reading the included forward and explanation and diving down a few holes for sources to follow up with.

Tarot for Dummies :tarot_card:
If you're new to or need a , this is actually a good book to keep around. It covers the basics of what tarot is, popular and possibly unexpected applications, each of the cards themselves, and different ways to read them. This is a book for everyone with something for everyone interested in tarot.

Find a copy at your local library, used book store of you're lucky, or online. I suggest getting your own copy so you may mark it up, leave notes, and bookmark all the references you need. πŸ€“ πŸ“–


A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

Having come up in heavily christian and catholic culture and having rejected it, never had any sort of connection with me. That said, i really connected with this book because it provides prayers, , etc that fit into beliefs with gods and those without. It also has a large portion dedicated to ideas and thoughts when composing your own, which is great.
Overall i definitely recommend this if you're interested in prayer, , and making your own.

Recommended to me from this video, which i also recommend to you if you'd like some reading.

@Crazypedia just bought it! Many thanks for the tip and this thread πŸ˜ƒ

@Crazypedia I've been referring to Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot quite a bit. Its got all the details about the cards -- numerology, astrology, related myths and archetypes, as well as the card meanings from Mathers, Waite, Crowley, and lots more for each card. It's a great all-in-one reference.

@Crazypedia Healing Pluto Problems by Donna Cunningham is one of my go to, although it's a little dated in parts.

@Crazypedia I didn't find out for years laters that he was a misogynist but, Isaac Bonewits' Real Magic is still a good book on magick

@Crazypedia Ronald Hutton's "Pagan Britain" helped me understand Celtic reconstructionism in a completely different light than the way I used to think about it. More broadly, Peter Grey's "Rewilding Witchcraft" (eco pessimism warning) changed my entire existence & purpose on this earth, whatever mixed readings I get on him as a person. Other than that, I have the capacity to be a voracious reader but I'm very shy to read what others have written about occult/pagan topics.

@Crazypedia 93.

These are in the order they came up in my card catalog.

The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual (second edition)
Author: Christopher S. Hayatt, Ph.D
ISBN: 9781935150329

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
Author: Richard Alan Miller
ISBN: 0-89281-401-2

Seizing Power: Reclaiming Our Liberty Through Magick
Author: Stephen Mace
ISBN: 1-56184-239-7

The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance
Author: Laura Tempest Zakroff, editor
ISBN: 9781947544161

Magician's Companion: A Practical And Encyclopedic Guide To Magical And Religious Symbolism
Author: Bill Whitcomb
ISBN: 9780875428680

I cannot recommend this book enough:
The Four Powers
Author: Nicholas Graham
ISBN: 9781905713042

Alchemists Handbook: (Manual For Practical Laboratory Alchemy)
Author: Frater Albertus
ISBN: 9780877286554

Another excellent text:
Kissing The Limitless: Deep Magic And The Great Work Of Transforming Yourself And The World
Author: T. Thorn Coyle
ISBN: 9781578634354

Egregores : The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny
Author: Mark Stavish
ISBN: 9781620555774

Liber 767 Vel Boeingus
Author: Jozef Karika
ISBN: 9781905713400

Maat Magick: A Guide To Self-Initiation
Author: Nema
ISBN: 9780877288275

A Heretic's Guide To Thelema
Author: Gerald del Campo
ISBN: 9781905713189

21st Century Mage: Bring The Divine Down To Earth
Author: Jason Augustus Newcomb
ISBN: 9781578632374

Magick Without Tears
Author: Aleister Crowley
ISBN: 9781561840182

One of my partners got me to read this, and it's impressively practical:
The Satanic Witch
Author: Anton Szandor LaVey
ISBN: 9780922915002

Angels, Demons & Gods Of The New Millennium
Author: Lon Milo DuQuette
ISBN: 9781578630103

My Life With The Spirits: The Adventures Of A Modern Magician
Author: Lon Milo DuQuette
ISBN: 9781578631209

Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
Author: Rodney Orpheus
ISBN: 9781578633265

The Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques For Navigating The New Economic Reality
Author: Gordon White
ISBN: 9780738744711

Author: Philip H. Farber
ISBN: 9781573531078

Surprisingly useful:
Magick Of Reiki
Author: Christopher Penczak
ISBN: 9780738705736

A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree Of Life
Author: Israel Regardie
ISBN: 9781567181418

Sex And Rockets: The Occult World Of Jack Parsons
Author: John Carter
ISBN: 9780922915972

Generation Hex
Author: Jason Louv
ISBN: 9781932857207

Tree Of Life, A Study In Magic
Author: Israel Regardie
ISBN: 9780877281498

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@Crazypedia There are so many, but I think what has been most foundational for me is Robert Anton Wilson's, "Cosmic Trigger". He describes his own personal trip (in all the shades of meaning) through a spiritual/strange experience that one might almost call shamanic.

The way he describes his experiences and some of the technical subjects and references to Crowley are graspable and funny. Learning to have that wit and attitude through the kind of things he experienced alone is invaluable.

The one that's stands out right now is Queering Your Craft, which might be the best witchcraft book I've ever read (not that I've read a million but it's been a long hobby).

And Grovedaughter Witchery is also great, and I love her podcast too.

@gryphon ooh, I just checked out the copy of Queering your Craft from the library, thank you for recommending it! πŸ˜πŸ“—

@Kahumahu @gryphon loving this book, 10/10 would recommend for any spiritual folk to read :blobcatreading:

@gryphon @Crazypedia queering your craft is 100% next on my list of witchy books!

@autumn @gryphon check your library for a copy, I also have an epub file I can share πŸ‘

@Crazypedia @gryphon i’ve got the epub ready to read, but thank you!

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