Craft Books for Beginners

Here’s a list of books that I find especially useful for those new to the Craft.

Foundational Books

Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler

Triumph of the Moon, Ronald Hutton

When God Was a Woman, Merlin Stone

The Truth About Witchcraft Today, Scott Cunningham

The Complete Art of Witchcraft, Sybil Leek

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Shirley Ann Ranck

The Golden Bough, Sir James Frazer

The White Goddess, Robert Graves


Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age, Vivianne Crowley (this has been retitled. The original title was “Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium”)

A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook, Stewart Farrar and Janet Farrar

An ABC of Witchcraft, Doreen Valiente

Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed, Doreen Valiente and Evan Jones

Natural Magic, Doreen Valiente

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham

The Spiral Dance, Starhawk

Power of the Witch, Laurie Cabot

Ancient Ways, Pauline Campanelli

Wheel of the Year, Pauline Campanelli

The Secrets of Ancient Witchcraft with the Witches Tarot, Arnold and Patricia Crowther

A Grimoire of Shadows, Ed Fitch

Magical Rites from the Crystal Well, Ed Fitch

The Witches’ Goddess, Janet Farrar and Stewart Farrar

The Witches’ God, Janet Farrar and Stewart Farrar

The Way of Four: Create Elemental Balance in Your Life, Deborah Lipp

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle, Deborah Lipp

Magical Power for Beginners, Deborah Lipp

The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, Lady Sheba

Ariadne’s Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic, Shekinah Mountainwater

Celtic and Fae Studies

Celtic Heritage, Alywn Rees & Brinley Rees

The Underworld Initiation, R. J. Stewart

Earth Light, R. J. Stewart