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Wicca/Witchcraft Resources

Compiled by George Knowles 

As we have quite a number of new members to the group who are also new to 'Wicca and the Craft of the Wise', I thought to put together a list of resources that may help you in your search for more information.  A list like this however cannot be definitive, based as it is on my own preferences.  You will find for instance I may have left out many popular authors and titles that others would strenuously advocate, but that is just the nature of things, what's good for one person may not be good for another.  The best advice I would give to anyone is to shop around and pick on what suits you best.   

Many people seem to think that Wicca and Witchcraft is a figment of the imagination, something born out of Hollywood, they cannot comprehend it as the ‘Spiritual Path’ that it is.  As such it requires diligent hard work, sincerity, discipline and persistence, if it is to work for you.  You need to know that there are good and bad resources out there, as well as good and bad authors and teachers.  There are also many defaulters who would lead you astray for their own gain, selling what many of us would call "Witchcrap".  So don’t just take my word for it:  read, research and question all that you find.   

Most of the books I mention below I have in my own library, those marked with the ( * ), I have been advised are well worth a mention and are on my 'books to get' list.  But first let us consider two questions:  “Where can I find information about ‘real’ witches and witchcraft”, and “How and where can I find or buy books on the subject?”  

In answer to the first, if you have a computer your life is made easier, but so much more complicated because it.  There is so much information available on the WWW that again I would advise caution before you accept what you see, hear or read.  When surfing sites, apply your own questioning judgment as to what is true, false or fiction.  There are many good search-engines you can use to aid your research, my own preference and the one I use the most is:  Simply key in a word like ‘Witchcraft’ and you’ll be surprised at the amount of options it will find for you, refine your keyword for more advanced searches.  

“How and where can I find books on the subject?”  The first place to start is the occult reference section of your local library, but these often tend to be depleted and unless you know the authors name, title and ISBN number, to order books in can take an inordinate amount of time.  The same thing can apply to bookshops, while some may carry a small selection of the more contemporary bestsellers, Scott Cunningham, Starhawk and others, you’ll need to search out specialist 'Occult shops' for anything more advanced and sadly these are few and far between.  The best place to search of books therefore is once again on the WWW, and you will of course need a credit card.  Aside from the main online-bookstores like (or and, here’s one of my favourite places to look:  This is an excellent site, I found most of the books in my own library here.  It has a huge searchable database of second-hand and hard to get books available in the UK and USA.  You also have the option to buy through Abe and they pay the bookseller, or you can contact the bookseller direct and buy through them.  

Another place you can find some real bargains is from auction sites, here’s three I have used with good results in the past:  

Finally, before I get into the main list of resources, a little advice about on-line shopping.  Many of the larger sites mentioned above i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ebay etc, also have subsidiary sites in different countries.  “Why should I buy from the USA when I can get the same book in the UK and save on shipping and postage, vis-à-vis?  Diligence in your research can save you pennies”  :-)  

Introductory Books:

The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham (about Scott Cunningham)

Wicca: Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham

Earth, Air, Fire & Water  - By Scott Cunningham

What Witches Do  - By Stewart Farrar (about Stewart Farrar)

Earth Magic  - By Marion Weinstein

Principles of Wicca  - By Vivianne Crowley (about Vivianne Crowley

Witchcraft for tomorrow  - By Doreen Valiente (about Doreen Valiente)

*Wiccan Magick: Inner Teachings of the Craft - by Raven Grimassi  

General Practice:

A Witches' Bible  - By Janet and Stewart Farrar (about Janet Farrar)

*Modern Magick  - By Donald Michael Kraig*

The Tree, The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft  - By Raymond Buckland (about Ray Buckland)

Witta - An Irish Pagan Tradition  - By Edain McCoy

Candle Magic  - By Phillip Cooper

Rune Magic  - By Donald Tyson

*Wiccan Magick: Inner Teachings of the Craft  - By Raven Grimassi*

*Witchcrafting  - By Phyllis Curott*

*Covencraft  - By Amber K*

*True Magick  - By Amber K*

*Positive Magick By Marion Weinstein*

*Magical Rites from the Crystal Well By Ed Fitch*  

Rituals and Sabbats:

A Witches' Bible  - By Janet and Stewart Farrar

*The Goddess Celebrates  - By Diane Stein*

*The Wheel of the Year  - By Pauline Campanelli*  

Relating to Men:

Wicca for Men  - By A.J. Drew

*The Flowering Rod  - By Kenny Klein*

*His Story  - By Nicholas Mann*  

More Advanced Reading:

The Golden Dawn  - By Israel Regardie (about Israel Regardie), others books include:

How to Make and Use Talismans

*A Garden of Pomegranates (an Outline of the Qabalah)

*The Tree of Life (a Study in Magic)

*The Art of True Healing

*The Middle Pillar

*The Philosopher's Stone (a Modern Comparative Approach to Alchemy from the Psychological & Magical Points of View)

*The Art and Meaning of Magic

*A Practical Guide to Geomantic Divination

*Foundations of Practical Magic (an Introduction to Qabalistic, Magical and Meditative Techniques)

*Ceremonial Magic (a Guide to the Mechanisms of Ritual)


Psychic Self-Defence  - By Dion Fortune (about Dion Fortune)

The Cloud upon the Sanctuary – By Carl von Exkartshausen (see Carl von Exkartshausen).

The Golden Bough  - By James George Frazer (about George Frazer)

The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Salomonis)  - By S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers (about MacGregor Mathers)

The Magus (A Complete System of Occult Philosophy) - By Francis Barrett (see Francis Barrett)

Understanding Chaos Magic - By Jaq D. Hawkins

Magick in Theory & Practice  - By Aleister Crowley (about Aleister Crowley)

The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts  - By Arthur Edward Waite (see Arthur Edward Waite)

The Satanic Witch  - By Anton Szandor LaVey (see Anton Szandor LaVey)

Gods and Goddesses:

*The White Goddess - by Robert Graves (see Robert Graves).

*The God of the Witches - by Janet and Stewart Farrar

*365 Goddess – by Patricia Telesco

*The Book of Goddesses and Heroines - by Patricia Monaghan (an excellent encyclopedic type resource on Goddesses and Heroines)

*The Hebrew Goddess - by Raphael Patai

*The Dark God - by Nicholas Mann

*His Story - by Nicholas Mann

*Mysteries of the Dark Moon - by Demetra George (an excellent resource on Goddesses, the Mysteries of Renewal and especially Dark Goddesses)  

Reference Books:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia Of Magical Herbs - By Scott Cunningham, also:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia Of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews

Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft by Rosemary Guiley

Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft  - By Raven Grimassi

Animal-Speak (The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small) - By Ted Andrews (see Ted Andrews)

Buckland's Complete Book Of Witchcraft - By Raymond Buckland

Tree Wisdom (The definitive guidebook to the myth, folklore and healing power of Trees) - By Jacqueline Memory Paterson  

Relating to History:

A History of Witchcraft (Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans) - By Jeffrey B, Russell

Malleus Maleficarum - By Jacobus Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer, translated by Montague Summers (about Montague Summers)

The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology - By Rossell Hope Robbins (an excellent resource on the “Acts and Laws’ governing the ‘Witch-Trials’, and the infamous people responsible for them”.

The Geography of Witchcraft - By Montague Summers

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology - By Montague Summers

The Triumph Of The Moon - By Ronald Hutton

Wiccan Roots - By Philip Heselton

Witchcraft a History - By P.G. Maxwell-Stuart  


Dictionary of Roman Religion - By Lesley Adkins & Roy A. Adkins

European Myth & Legend - By Mike Dixon-Kennedy

Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology - By Arthur Cotterall

Who's Who in Non-Classical Mythology - By Egerton Sykes

Who's Who in the Ancient World - By Betty Radice  

Magazines and Periodicals:

Enchante -  

Sagewoman  -  Price $18  -  PO Box 641, Point Arena, CA  95618  

The Beltane Papers  -  -  Price $13  - 1333 Lincoln St. #240, Bellingham, WA 98226  

Green Egg  -  (Church of All Worlds) -  

Green Man  

The Pagan Dawn (UK)  -  -  Price £12.00 for annual subscription  

Circle Network News  -  -  Price $13  - PO Box 219, Mt. Horeb, WI  53572  

Of A Like Mind  -  Price $13-33  - PO Box 6012, Madison, WI  53716  

The Pomegranate  -  

Thesmophoria  -  Price $13  - 5856 College Ave, Oakland, CA  94618  

Obsidian -  

Common Boundary:  Spirituality and Psychology  

The Crone Chronicles  -  

Broomstick:  By, For and About Women Over Forty   

Connections  -  

Waxing & Waning -  

Online Resources and Organizations:  - How could I not include this somewhere  :-) This is my own site and contains basic information about Wicca and Witchcraft.  Some of it's highlights include:  a series of articles on Tree's based on the Celtic tree calendar, and a whole host of biographies making up a veritable 'Who's Who of Witchcraft past and present’, many of the above links ‘about authors’ will take you here  :-) This is a mayor site documenting many current events & info about Pagans.  Want to know what's happening in your area, or looking for a resource, here's the place to seek and find it.  - Covenant of the Goddess (CoG).  This is an internationally recognized Wiccan church with an organization of Wiccan clergy, covens and solitaries.  They have chapters (called “Councils”) that work in major Cities and local areas (currently concentrated in the Bay Area, Orange County and Los Angeles).  Politically they are proactive and have social and professional networking for Education, Legal Assistance, Information and Referrals.  They advocate and support Clergy and Elder’s, and perform and give out Handfasting Certificates.  There’re Interfaith Network provides representatives for Paganism at World Religious Conferences, and there’re Children's services includes the Boy Scouts Of America Paganism merit badge, and the 'Hart & Crescent Award'.  Each year they sponsor and hold a National Festival on Labour Day weekend, alternating the festivals sites between the East coast, Midwest and the West coast area’s.  For further information contact:  

Covenant of the Goddess

PO Box 1226

Berkeley, CA  94701  - Circle Sanctuary is a Pagan sanctuary with a working herb farm situated on a two hundred acre nature reserve located between Mt. Horeb and Barneveld in Wisconsin.  Selena Fox aided by Jim Alan and a small group of pagan friends, founded circle in 1974.  In 1978, Circle was incorporated as a non-profit religious organization and became a legally recognized church.  That same year Circle Network was started with the aim of providing a national and international contact service while organizing and coordinating festivals and gatherings.  Their newsletter 'Circle Network News' was then distributed to provide up-to-date news and information to individuals and groups within the movement, while at the same time doing much to dispel the myths and untruths propagated by the media at large to the general public. 

In the early 80's, Selena was joined by Dennis Carpenter who she married in 1986, and together they continue to head the organization.  Through Circle Sanctuary they are sponsors of the 'Pagan Spirit Alliance' (PSA) and give active support to the 'Pagan Spirit Gathering' (PSG) each year in Wisconsin.  Circle also sponsors the 'Lady Liberty League’, which supports religious freedom for all Pagans.  Through the League, help can be gained with Legal, Financial, Magickal and Emotional support in cases of civil rights violations. 

From its farm, Circle provides many services through their Social, Educational and Networking facilities including:  Intensive training courses for Pagan ministers and a School for Priestesses (established in 1986).  As ministers themselves, Selena, Dennis and others perform Handfastings (Weddings), Blessings, Funerals and 'life passage' ceremonies both at the farm and up and down the country.  In 1992, they formed the 'Pagan Academic Network', the first inter-traditional network for Pagan scholars who participate in numerous academic seminars, networks and conferences in efforts to re-establish Paganism as an area of academic interest.   

For more information contact:     

PSA c/o Circle

Box 219

Mt. Horeb, WI  53572


Tel:  608-924-2216. - The Pagan Federation (UK) is the leading organization supporting Paganism in the U.K., founded in 1971 to provide information on Paganism by countering the many misconceptions about the religion.  The Federation works for the rights of Pagans to worship freely without censure as decreed in 'Article 18' of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public and in private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance".

The Pagan Federation publishes a quarterly magazine called the 'Pagan Dawn', formerly known as 'The Wiccan', an influential periodical founded in 1968 by one of the Federations founding members, the late 'John Score'.  Under his guidance in the late 60's, the Wiccan rose to prominence in both Britain and the United States as one of the worlds leading journals on Paganism.  In collaboration with groups from Britain and the US, Score then played a key role in the formation of the 'Pagan Way' in America, and in 1971 it's counter part in Britain the 'Pagan Front'.  The Pagan Front however, evolved separately from the Pagan Way, and eventually changed its name to the Pagan Federation.  The Wiccan remained the means of dissemination for the Pagan Front/Federation, before changing it's name to the Pagan Dawn.   

Through-out the year, the Pagan Federation sponsors and arranges private (members-only) meetings, as well as public orientated events up and down the country.  The highlight of these events is the Annual Conference held normally in November, which attracts an international gathering.  The aim of the Federation is to provide information and contact between Pagan groups and genuine seekers of the Old Religion.  To promote contact and dialogue between the various branches of Paganism in Britain and Europe, as well as other Pagan organizations world-wide, and to provide practical support and effective information to members of the public, the media, public bodies and government administrations.

The Three Principles of the Pagan Federation are:

Love for and Kinship with Nature.  Reverence for the life force and its ever-renewing cycles of life and death.

The Pagan Ethic: "If it harms none, do what thou wilt".  This is a positive morality expressing the belief in individual responsibility for discovering one's own true nature and developing it fully, in harmony with the outer world and community.

Recognition of the Divine, which transcends gender by acknowledging both the female and male aspect of Deity.

Membership to the Federation is restricted to persons over the age of 18 years, who agree with the above Three Principles.

For further information contact:

The Secretary

The Pagan Federation

London WC1N 3XX

United Kingdom




To be continued.



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Correspondence Tables:


IncenseCandlesColoursMagickal DaysStones and GemsElements and Elementals




Traditions Part 1  -  Alexandrian Wicca /  Aquarian Tabernacle Church (ATC) /  Ár Ndraíocht Féin (ADF) /  Blue Star Wicca /  British Traditional (Druidic Witchcraft) /  Celtic Wicca /  Ceremonial Magic /  Chaos Magic /  Church and School of Wicca /  Circle Sanctuary /  Covenant of the Goddess (COG) /  Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) /  Cyber Wicca /  Dianic Wicca /  Eclectic Wicca /  Feri Wicca /


Traditions Part 2 Gardnerian Wicca /  Georgian Tradition /  Henge of Keltria /  Hereditary Witchcraft /  Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) /  Kitchen Witch (Hedge Witch) /  Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood Tradition /  Nordic Paganism /  Pagan Federation /  Pectic-Wita /  Seax-Wica /  Shamanism /  Solitary /  Strega /  Sylvan Tradition /  Vodoun or Voodoo /  Witches League of Public Awareness (WLPA) /


Other things of interest:


Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology)Esbats & Full MoonsLinks to Personal Friends & ResourcesWicca/Witchcraft ResourcesWhat's a spell?Circle Casting and Sacred Space /  Pentagram - PentacleMarks of a WitchThe Witches PowerThe Witches HatAn esoteric guide to visiting LondonSatanismPow-wowThe Unitarian Universalist Association /  Numerology:  Part 1  /  Part 2 Part 3A history of the Malleus Maleficarum:  includes:  Pope Innocent VIII  /  The papal Bull  /   The Malleus Maleficarum  /  An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum  /  The letter of approbation  /  Johann Nider’s Formicarius  /  Jacob Sprenger  /  Heinrich Kramer  /  Stefano Infessura  /  Montague Summers  /  The Waldenses  /  The Albigenses  /  The Hussites /  The Sun DanceShielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /  The History of ThanksgivingI have a Dream, the 1963 speach by civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King /  Auras by Graham Furnell - Part 1 and Part 2 /


Sabbats and Rituals:


Sabbats in History and Mythology /  Samhain (October 31st)  /  Yule (December 21st)  /  Imbolc (February 2nd)  /  Ostara (March 21st)  /  Beltane (April 30th)  /  Litha (June 21st)  /  Lughnasadh (August 1st)  /  Mabon (September 21st)


Rituals contributed by Crone:  Samhain / YuleImbolcOstara /  BeltaneLithaLammasMabon




Tools of a Witch  /  The Besom (Broom) /  Poppets and DollsPendulums / Cauldron MagickMirror Gazing




Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) /  AntelopeBatsCrowFoxFrog and ToadsGoat / HoneybeeKangarooLionOwlPhoenixRabbits and HaresRavenRobin RedbreastSheep SpiderSquirrelSwansWild Boar /  Wolf /  Serpent /  Pig /  Stag /  Horse /  Mouse /  Cat




In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar.  For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following:  Birch /  Rowan / Ash /  Alder /  Willow /  Hawthorn /  Oak /  Holly /  Hazel /  Vine /  Ivy /  Reed /  ElderAlso see:  The Willow Tree (Folk Music)


Sacred Sites:


Mystical Sacred Sites  -  Stonehenge /  Glastonbury Tor /  Malta - The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni /  Avebury /  Cerne Abbas - The Chalk Giant /  Ireland - Newgrange /


Rocks and Stones:


Stones - History, Myths and Lore


 Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:   / Apophyllite  / Amber AmethystAquamarineAragoniteAventurineBlack TourmalineBloodstoneCalciteCarnelianCelestiteCitrineChrysanthemum StoneDiamond  /  Emerald / FluoriteGarnet /  Hematite Herkimer DiamondLabradoriteLapis LazuliMalachiteMoonstoneObsidianOpalPyriteQuartz (Rock Crystal)Rose QuartzRubySeleniteSeraphinite  /  Silver and GoldSmoky QuartzSodaliteSunstoneThundereggTree AgateZebra Marble




Knowledge vs Wisdom by Ardriana Cahill I Talk to the TreesAwakeningThe Witch in YouA Tale of the Woods


Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:


Murder by WitchcraftThe Fairy Witch of ClonmelA Battleship, U-boat, and a WitchThe Troll-Tear (A story for Children)Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife /  The Story of Jack-O-LanternThe Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) /  The Two Brothers - Light and Dark


Old Masters of Academia:


Pliny the ElderHesiodPythagoras




Witches, Pagans and other associated People

(Ancient, Past and Present)


Remembered at Samhain

(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)


Abramelin the MageAgrippaAidan A. KellyAlbertus Magnus “Albert the Great”Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” Alison HarlowAmber KAnna Franklin /  Anodea JudithAnton Szandor LaVey  / Arnold CrowtherArthur Edward Waite Austin Osman SpareBiddy EarlyBridget ClearyCarl Llewellyn WeschckeCecil Hugh WilliamsonCharles Godfrey LelandCharles Walton /  Christina Oakley Harrington /  Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) /   Dion FortuneDolores Aschroft-NowickiDorothy MorrisonDoreen ValienteEdward FitchEleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” /  Dr. John Dee and Edward KellyDr. Leo Louis Martello /  Eliphas LeviErnest Thompson Seton /  Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry /  Fiona Horne /  Friedrich von SpeeFrancis Barrett /  Gerald B. GardnerGavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca /  Gwydion PendderwenHans Holzer /  Helen DuncanHerman Slater "Horrible Herman" /  Israel RegardieJames "Cunning" MurrellJanet Farrar & Gavin BoneJessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne John George Hohman /  John GerardJohn Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) /  John Michael Greer /  John ScoreJohannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg /  Joseph John Campbell /  Karl von EckartshausenLaurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" /  Lewis Spence /  Margaret Alice MurrayMargot AdlerMarie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" /  Marion WeinsteinMatthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General”Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata /  Monique Wilson the “Queen of the WitchesMontague SummersNicholas CulpeperNicholas RemyM. R. SellersMrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" /  Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-RavenheartOld Dorothy ClutterbuckOld George Pickingill /   Paddy SladePamela Colman-SmithParacelsusPatricia CrowtherPatricia Monaghan /  Patricia “Trish” TelescoPhilip Emmons Isaac Bonewits Philip HeseltonRaymond BucklandReginald ScotRobert CochraneRobert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /  Rudolf Steiner /  Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” /  Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & DruidsSabrina - The Ink WitchScott CunninghamSelena FoxSilver Ravenwolf /  Sir Francis DashwoodSir James George FrazerS.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” /  StarhawkStewart FarrarSybil LeekTed AndrewsThe Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather /  Thomas AdyVera Chapman /  Victor Henry AndersonVivianne CrowleyWalter Brown GibsonWilliam Butler YeatsZsuzsanna Budapest



Many of the above biographies are brief and far from complete.  If you know about any of these individuals and can help with aditional information, please cantact me privately at my email address below.  Many thanks for reading  :-)



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