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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 #boost for visibility. Bonus internet points if you include a summery or start a discussion about the reading materials too! 🤓
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 #book if you live in the #Appalachia region, are interested in American #FolkMagic, 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 #nature, what #magic can be, and ways to connect. It opened the door to #urban #paganism for me and helped warn me away from gate keeping #witches that believe there's only a few narrow paths to follow when it comes to this type of #spirituality.
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 👍
I did pick up my first copy of the #IChing. I don't understand the #history and largely the significance much, I'm looking forward to reading the included forward and explanation and diving down a few #wiki holes for sources to follow up with.
#YinJing #divination #cleromancy
Tarot for Dummies
If you're new to #tarot or need a #reference, 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. 🤓 📖
A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith
Having come up in heavily christian and catholic culture and having rejected it, #prayer never had any sort of connection with me. That said, i really connected with this book because it provides prayers, #mantras, 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, #ritual, and making your own.
@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.
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
The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
Author: Richard Alan Miller
Seizing Power: Reclaiming Our Liberty Through Magick
Author: Stephen Mace
The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance
Author: Laura Tempest Zakroff, editor
Magician's Companion: A Practical And Encyclopedic Guide To Magical And Religious Symbolism
Author: Bill Whitcomb
I cannot recommend this book enough:
The Four Powers
Author: Nicholas Graham
Alchemists Handbook: (Manual For Practical Laboratory Alchemy)
Author: Frater Albertus
Another excellent text:
Kissing The Limitless: Deep Magic And The Great Work Of Transforming Yourself And The World
Author: T. Thorn Coyle
Egregores : The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny
Author: Mark Stavish
Liber 767 Vel Boeingus
Author: Jozef Karika
Maat Magick: A Guide To Self-Initiation
A Heretic's Guide To Thelema
Author: Gerald del Campo
21st Century Mage: Bring The Divine Down To Earth
Author: Jason Augustus Newcomb
Magick Without Tears
Author: Aleister Crowley
One of my partners got me to read this, and it's impressively practical:
The Satanic Witch
Author: Anton Szandor LaVey
Angels, Demons & Gods Of The New Millennium
Author: Lon Milo DuQuette
My Life With The Spirits: The Adventures Of A Modern Magician
Author: Lon Milo DuQuette
Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
Author: Rodney Orpheus
The Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques For Navigating The New Economic Reality
Author: Gordon White
Author: Philip H. Farber
Magick Of Reiki
Author: Christopher Penczak
A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree Of Life
Author: Israel Regardie
Sex And Rockets: The Occult World Of Jack Parsons
Author: John Carter
Author: Jason Louv
Tree Of Life, A Study In Magic
Author: Israel Regardie
@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! 😁📗
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