Witch Questions 25

25) Favorite book on Witchcraft?

You mean aside from Harry Potter?

I didn’t do well with Buckland’s Big Blue.

I was kind of fond of Ann Moura’s Green Witchcraft series, mostly because it discussed witchcraft outside of a Wiccan context, and I hadn’t seen that before. Of course, the books had some issues, but it was very eye opening at the time.

I really liked Drawing Down the Moon. But I’m assuming that the question is geared toward books explaining practice rather than describing the movement. And for that reason I won’t list every book by Chas Clifton or Sarah Pike on the subject.

That’s really it for witchcraft. But for magic in general there are some I always recommend.

Modern Magick, by Don Kraig. It’s apparently going into its third edition. If you’re into ceremonial magic at all, this is the one I suggest to you, at least from a starting point. It has theory (standard warnings relating to Llywellyn and history apply here) and practice, and provides enough information you can get into a good practice, while also encouraging you to investigate more advanced sources.

Prime Chaos and Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine are both excellent sources. If I had to choose between the two, I would chose Prime Chaos – it has good information on getting started, working out your own material, and integrating magic onto your life. Its chapter on dealing with magical groups is golden.

So if I had to boil it down to one book, it would probably be Prime Chaos.


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