As we fly into the age of Aquarius, witches all around the world are awakening. In these times of female empowerment, feminism and living in tune with nature, witchcraft, and the religion Wicca, are most definitely making a comeback - something that's remarkably fitting as these are all topics that sit close to a witch's heart.
Whether you're a beginner witch or a fully-fledged high priestess, there are countless books to draw knowledge from. In this article, we explore the mystical storylines of witchy fiction, as well as empowering and educational books on the many facets of a witchy life including Green Witchcraft, Tarot, Divination and much more. Need some inspiration? We've ranked the top 10 best in the UK available on Amazon. Let's fly Witches!
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Witchcraft-themed novels are aplenty! In fact, it's one of the most popular subjects in the fantasy and horror genres. We all know of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, and Harry Potter, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to witchy fiction. If you want to be transported to a mystical world, and captivated by the magical lives of witches, then fiction is a good choice.
Just because a book is fiction, doesn't mean you can't learn a few things. These books are often written by witches or those familiar with the craft and draw upon leading themes in a witch's life. Whilst reading a witchy novel, you'll most likely be guided through a few hot topics such as feminism, female empowerment, self-discovery and being true to who you are.
An informational book on witchcraft will discuss ideologies and themes, bestowing practical guidance on performing the craft itself. A witch is often widely knowledgeable about a broad range of subjects such as astrology, herbalism, tasseography and tarot, just to name a few. You can either find a book that focuses on one particular subject or an overview of witchcraft as a whole.
Specific Wiccan and Pagan books will teach about witchcraft as a practice too. However, these titles tend to focus on imparting information about the religion, the history and religious celebrations held throughout the year.
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If you're new to witchcraft, it's best to start with a book that contains an overview of all witchy related activities and knowledge. These books act as a sort of grimoire or journal, or 'Book of Shadows' as witches like to call them. The content will, of course, vary, but most beginner witchcraft books follow a similar format.
A beginners' guide will cover all witchy matters, including celebrated days (Sabbats), correspondences between crystals, plants, planets and so forth, as well as spells, recipes, folklore and history. If you want to continue your research after reading one or two of these 'witch 101' books, you can always delve a little deeper into any subjects that took your interest.
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Once you've started to dig a little deeper past the introductory texts, the world of witchcraft really begins to open up. But with so many options and so many paths, where do you start? The simple answer is, choose whatever you're drawn to. For example, if you have an interest in herbs, look into books about magical herbalism.
Even within this theme, there are countless ways herbs are presented. This could be memoirs of witches recounting their lifelong journey with herbs, books focusing entirely on herbal recipes, herbal encyclopaedias, or books containing journal prompts and reflections, taking the energies of each herb as inspiration.
As well as herbalism, there are books on divination, scrying, candle magick, astrology, palmistry, moon magick, tasseomancy, ancestral magic, deities, Goddess worship, tarot, runes, astral travel, crystals, elemental magick...This is by no means an exhaustive list, but you get the idea!
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The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More
A Overview of the Path of the Green Witch, Perfect for Nature Lovers
Amanda Yates Garcia
Initiated: Memoir of a Witch
A Real-Life Account of a Witch's Journey
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
The Book That Awoke Many Witches Around the World
Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
A Great Beginner Guide to Embracing the Power of the Moon
A Much-Loved Story of Witches, Family, Sisterhood and Authenticity
A Complete Guide To The Tarot
Invaluable Wisdom on How to Read Tarot
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within
Ancestral Knowledge to Embrace Your Inner Power
Drawing Down The Moon
An Entertaining, Thought-Provoking and Informative Essay-Book
Janet & Stewart Farrar
A Witches' Bible
A Traditional Look At Witchcraft and Wicca
Raymond Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
A Structured Workbook for the Budding Wiccan
The Green Witch is one of the highest-rated and most popular witchcraft books, and with over 15 thousand reviews, it's also taking our top spot! If you're drawn to the more earthy side of witchcraft, such as working with plants, flowers and trees, the path of the Green Witch might be yours to tread.
The book contains an overview of the elements, essential oils, herbs and crystals that a Green Witch uses, as well as their energies and magical correspondences. There are also countless potions, mixes, recipes and spells in which to use them. With an underlying focus around meditation and mindfulness, it's perfect for beginning your journey as a Green Witch.
Initiated isn't so much a non-fiction Witchcraft book detailing reams of mystical information, as an informative and touching look at a singular witch's journey. This memoir is a moving, deep, personal, political and fierce narrative of Amanda's coming of age story, discovering her inner witch.
With an overarching theme of the importance of being in-tune with yourself and nature, finding your meaning, power and way in this world, this book that borderlines witchcraft and feminism is a vital read among many witchy communities.
Many Witches today will testify The Spiral Dance as being one of the first books on witchcraft that really spoke to their soul. It delves deep into the ideology, mentality, and philosophies behind witchcraft, especially the feminine consciousness and Goddess worship.
The book includes meditations, ritual frameworks, magical symbolism and how to raise the cone of power, guiding you to find and strengthen your true abilities. All in all, it is a very spiritually profound book.
There's currently a lot of emphasis on the Moon when it comes to mainstream, beginner witchcraft. There's something about learning how to embrace the power of the moon that makes it very accessible. After all, every new moon gives you a chance to start over, set new goals and intentions, and reevaluate your focus.
This makes Moon magic a great subject for newbie witches and Moon Spells is a great place to start. This book teaches you how to use the moon's energies and cycles, learning how to synchronise your life with the phases of the moon to help you achieve your goals.
Adapted into a cult classic film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, Practical Magic is a story that will forever be close to the hearts of many witches. This is a typical witchy set up as far as fiction goes, following the life of two sisters who never quite fit in, and who are blamed for most of the misfortunes in town.
Living with their two eccentric aunts, the sister witches try leaving witchcraft and their home behind, but with a bond so strong, they always come back to each other. This best selling book is about sisterhood, the strength of your will, and learning to be your authentic self - everything that witchcraft is about.
Written in the 1970s, The Complete Guide to The Tarot might be a few decades old, but it is just as relevant today. The book offers a no-nonsense, minimal fluff approach to Tarot reading, telling it exactly as it is.
The book is packed with invaluable wisdom, with many tarot readers referring to it as an essential read if you're looking at delving into the art of the cards. It's concise and straightforward, which allows you to really get acquainted with the cards and your personal deck.
Witchery by Juliet Diaz is a bit of a Witchcraft 101, but a great read none the less. Written by an ancestral witch who comes from a long line of witches, she shares her passed-down knowledge of spells, potions and information for everyone to read.
This book doesn't follow any particular witchcraft path, but instead encourages you to understand who you are, what your particular course is, and embrace your inner witch. It provides tips on how to unlock those powers that Diaz believes are in all of us, providing a straightforward overview of many topics that are close to a witch's heart.
If you're looking for a book of spells, recipes and incantations, Drawing Down the Moon is not it! That said, many witches believe it to be an essential part of a witchy library. More of an academic piece or essay, this book evaluates witchcraft, Wicca, and other Pagan religions presenting a field guide for Pagans.
Unlike many modern witchcraft books, Drawing Down the Moon doesn't pretend that witchcraft is only love, light and fluffy goodness. It answers some of the more complex, mostly unspoken, questions about the darker side of magic too.
A Witches Bible is a more traditional look at witchcraft. Written in 1996, this 'bible' explores everything you need to know when first looking into witchcraft. It's heavily focused on Wicca, with a substantial influence of the Gardnerian sect, so it might not be suitable for anyone not interested in the religious teachings of Wicca.
The first half offers an in-depth exploration of sabbats, rights and the meanings behind each holiday, as well as a close look at how to conduct sacred ceremonies, weaving Celtic folklore and European history throughout. The second half then goes on to answer some of the big questions on beliefs, ethics, and what really makes someone a witch.
Raymond Buckland is one of the most famous Wiccan writers. This book is clearly in the Wicca category, so it's perfect for learning more about the religion and the Wicca-specific practices of witchcraft. Even though it was written over 20 years ago, this book is still referenced as a must for any witch's library.
Styled in a workbook format, Buckland's Complete Book on Witchcraft guides you through the fundamental lessons of learning Wicca, including exams and recaps. It also contains plenty of information on rituals, tools, sabbats, divination, healing and much, much more!
Written and researched by Roxy Pratley
No. 1: Arin Murphy-Hiscock｜The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More
No. 2: Amanda Yates Garcia｜Initiated: Memoir of a Witch
No. 3: Starhawk｜The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
No. 4: Diane Ahlquist｜Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
No. 5: Alice Hoffman｜Practical Magic
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