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Collected from members' and community reccomendations, this list of books has been Green Spiral approved as good reads. If you wish to see something listed, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the title, author, and brief description of your requested book(s) and we'll check it out!


 Introductory books — General

  • Margot Adler — Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America (The classic)
  • Ellen Evert Hopman — Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today
  • Carl McColman — The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism (Don't be insulted by the title! A very light-hearted author)

Introductory books — Wicca

  • Phyllis Curott — Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic
  • Scott Cunningham — Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner ("How to" for solitary practitioners of Wicca)
  • Jennifer Hunter — 21st Century Wicca: A Young Witch's Guide to Living the Magical Life
  • Vivianne Crowley — Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium
  • Starhawk — The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
  • Judy Harrow — Devoted to You: Honoring Deity in Wiccan Practice
  • Kaatryn MacMorgan — All One Wicca: A Study in the Universal Eclectic Tradition of Wicca (A study of a specific, eclectic tradition of Wicca; still a good intro)

Introductory books — Druidism

  • Isaac Bonewits — Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism

Introductory books — Shinto

  • Sokyo Ono — Shinto: The Kami Way (This was written in the 1960s, well before Shinto spread outside Japan)
  • Ann Llewellyn Evans — Shinto Norito: A Book of Prayers (Modern; a "how to" for solitary practitioners of Shinto, written by a Canadian preistess)

For friends & family

  • Carl McColman — When Someone You Love Is Wiccan: A Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Co-Workers (For cowan (non-pagan) friends & family; some have complained of oversimplification or overly simplistic writing - read beforehand)

Further study — General/Misc.

  • Isaac Bonewits — Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic
  • David Fontana — The Meditator's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Eastern and Western Meditation Techniques
  • Thich Naht Hanh — Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Thich Naht Hanh — The Miracle of Mindfulness
  • Brian Copenhaver — Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction

Further study — Wicca

  • Starhawk — Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics (Putting the Wiccan faith in context with society and political activism - an eye opener)
  • Ed Fitch — The Rites of Odin (Norse Wicca)
  • Ronald Hutton — The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
  • Grey Cat — Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills and Knowledge
  • Janet and Stewart Farrar — The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity
  • Janet and Stewart Farrar — The Witches' God: Lord of the Dance
  • Phyllis Curott — Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess
  • Ellen Cannon Reed — The Goddess and the Tree
  • Gerald Gardner — The Meaning of Witchcraft


  • Robin McKinley — Deerskin
  • Starhawk — The 5th Sacred Thing
  • Mercedes Lackey — ALL WORKS
  • Robert Graves — ALL MYTH WORKS
  • Tom Robbins — Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Robert A. Heinlein — Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Neil Gaiman — ALL WORKS
  • Charles De Lint — ALL WORKS


  • Yeats
  • Shelly
  • Whitman
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2008 11:16