NOTE: Titles shown in red are listed as either out of print or unavailable by These titles may sometimes be found in used book outlets, or at specialty bookshops.

Basic Bibliography

  • Adler, Margot.  Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and other Pagans in America Today.  Penguin USA, Revised and expanded 1997.  A well-known journalist’s study of the modern Pagan movement.  Already out of date on some topics, but still an essential classic.
  • Amber K.  Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More.  Llewellyn, 1998.  Invaluable reference for anyone interested in starting or running a magical group.  Covers mundane subjects, such as applying for tax-exempt status, and magical ones, like initiation requirements and rituals, in equal detail–a rarity.
  • Amber K.  True Magick.  Llewellyn, 1991.  Introduction to the basics of magick, written in a readable, clear style.  Excellent choice as a first book, or as an overview for non-Wiccan relatives or friends.
  • Anderson, Cora.  Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition.  Written as a gift to the author’s husband, the blind poet and shaman Victor H. Anderson, for their 50th wedding anniversary, this book explains the Andersons’ work and teachings in the Fairy Faith of the Old Religion—its theology, physics, and social structure.
  • Anderson, Victor.  Thorns of the Blood Rose.  The devotional poetry of the founder and grand master of the Feri Tradition.  Winner of the 1975 Clover International Poetry Competition Award, this collection of ritual and love poetry of witchcraft has been hailed as a classic of neo-Pagan literature.
  • Ardinger, Barbara.  A Woman’s Book of Rituals and Celebrations.  New World Library, l995.  Basic eclectic rituals for celebrating the Goddess.
  • Buckland, Raymond.  Witchcraft from the Inside.  St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1971.  Presents a history of Witchcraft.  Essays contributed by leading Wiccan authorities explore the present state of Wicca.
  • Budapest, Z.  The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries.  Los Angeles: Susan B. Anthony Coven #1, 1989 (new edition; contains both original volumes).  Classic of Dianic Craft.  Rollicking, inimitable and packed with misinformation, but still worth reading.
  • Campanelli, Pauline.  The Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life.  Llewellyn, 1989.  Seasonal activities and recipes.  We can’t all live in the country, but we can dream about it.
  • Circle.  Circle Guide to Pagan Groups.  Mt. Horeb: Circle Publications, 1994
  • Circle.  Circle Magazine.  Mt. Horeb: Circle Publications, 1978-2015.  Originally called Circle Network News, it could be found in both mainstream and metaphysical bookstores, and was one of the seminal media publications serving a growing collection of alternative religions.
  • Clifton, Chas. S., editor.  Witchcraft Today.  Llewellyn.  Good essays on topical issues in modern neo-Paganism.
    Volume 1: The Modern Craft Movement, 1992.
    Volume 2: Modern Rites of Passage, 1993.
    Volume 3: Witchcraft and Shamanism, 1994.
    Volume 4: Living Between Two Worlds, 1996.
  • Cunningham, Scott.  Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  Llewellyn, 1990.  A BOS and guide for the solitary beginner.  General eclectic Craft principles and ethics.
  • Crowley, Vivianne.  Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age.  Thorson’s, revised edition 1996.  An excellent introduction (from the perspective of a Witch who is also a Jungian therapist) to British Traditional Craft.
  • Curott, Phyllis.  Book of Shadows : A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess.  Broadway Books, l998.  Insightful and helpful beginner’s book.
  • DeGrandis, Francesca.  Be a Goddess!.  Harper San Francisco, l998.  Practical do-it-yourself mysticism.
  • Di Prima, Diane.  Loba.  Penguin Poets, 1998.  Di Prima is an occultist and leading light of San Francisco poetry since the 1950’s.
  • Farrar, Janet & Stewart.
    Eight Sabbats for Witches and Rites for Birth, Marriage and Death.  Bookpeople, 1988.
    The Witches’ Way: Principles, Rituals and Beliefs of Modern Witchcraft.  Bookpeople, 1984.
    Materials from the authors’ Alexandrian Tradition. These two titles have been published in one paperback volume, A Witches’ Bible Compleat, by Magickal Childe; although this edition is more easily available, the authors recommend that readers avoid buying it because of difficulties over their royalties.
  • Farrar, Janet & Stewart.
    The Witches’ Goddess: the Feminine Principle of Divinity.  Phoenix Publishing, l987.
    The Witches’ God: Lord of the Dance.  Phoenix Publishing, l989.
    Basic mythological background for Wiccans.
  • Farrar, Stewart.  What Witches Do; the Modern Coven Revealed.  NY: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1971
  • Gardner, Gerald.  Witchcraft Today.  Citadel Press, 2004.  This special expanded edition of the historic volume, reissued in celebration of its 50th anniversary, includes the original introduction written for the book by Dr. Margaret Murray, former president of the British Folklore Society and the author of influential books on Witchcraft.  It also includes new material by contemporary practitioners and scholars.
  • Gardner, Gerald.  The Meaning of Witchcraft.  London: The Aquarian Press, 1971 [1959]
  • Green, Marian.
    The Elements of Natural Magic.  Element Books, 1997.
    A Witch Alone: 13 Moons to Master Natural Magick.  Thorson’s, 1991.
    Green provides an outstanding introduction to natural magic and solitary work.
  • Guiley, Rosemary.  The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft.  Facts on File, l990.  Contains unique information not available elsewhere.
  • Harrow, Judy.  Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own.  Citadel Press, l999.  Group dynamics, adult education techniques and related issues, for coven leaders and people planning on becoming coven leaders.
  • Leland, Charles.  Aradia: Gospel of the Witches.  Phoenix Publishing, l989.  A classic collection of witch lore collected in Italy over a century ago.  The first edition was published in the 1890’s.
  • Lethbridge, T.E.  Witches.  Seacaucus, NY: Citadel Press, 1962.
  • Orion, Loretta.  Never Again the Burning Times.  Waveland, l995.  A study of modern Pagan belief systems, often used in anthropology or sociology classes.
  • Pepper, Elizabeth and John Wilcock, editors.  The Witches’ Almanac.  A yearly compendium of lore, legend, and practical information.
  • Simms, Maria Kay.  The Witches’ Circle.  LLewellyn, 1996.  Speaks of the author’s personal journey to find Wicca.  Details how she began her own circle, which revolves around astrology.  Original rituals and instructions on making robes and masks.
  • Starhawk.  The Spiral Dance: a Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.  Harper, 1989.  This classic of feminist spirituality has been a bestseller among Witches for more than twenty years.
  • Starhawk, Anne Hill, Diane Baker.  Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions.  Bantam Doubleday, l998.  A comprehensive parenting guide for people of all faiths and beliefs, based on the Goddess tradition’s appreciation of the Earth (the Goddess) and the view that life is a never-ending cycle of birth and death.
  • Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare and the Reclaiming Collective.  The Pagan Book of Living and Dying.  Harper, San Francisco, l997.  Practical rituals with prayers, chants, blessings, meditations, essays, and insightful personal stories to offer a new understanding of death and a powerful new approach to the various stages of dying and grieving.
  • Valiente, Doreen.
    Natural Magic.  Phoenix Publishing, 1985.
    An ABC of Witchcraft Past & Present.  Bookpeople, 1988.
    Both are excellent introductions, composed of short interesting essays on a wide variety of witchy topics.
  • Valiente, Doreen.  Witchcraft for Tomorrow.  NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1978
  • Valiente, Doreen.  Rebirth of Witchcraft.  London: Hale, 1989
  • Weinstein, Marion.  Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help.  Earth Magic Productions, 1994. Widely respected feminist Craft manual.  Excellent on magical ethics.

Further Reading

It is also worthwhile to investigate the works of the following, as many Witches have derived some of their practices from them:

  • Robert Graves
  • Sir James Frazer
  • Margaret Murray

This material varies in reliability in a strict academic sense; all of it has provided mythic grist for the Witches’ mill.