Witchcraft is the set of magical, metaphysical and superstitious practices developed by witches and sorcerers. Human beings believe in witchcraft since prehistory, although the interpretations of the phenomenon change according to culture and time. In Western society, witchcraft is associated with the belief in the Devil or demons, since the practice is associated with spells that seek to cause evil. There are also many Witchcraft Supplies online related.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of witchcraft is as follows:
- a: the use of sorcery or magic.
- b: communication with the devil or with a familiar.
- c: an irresistible influence or fascination.
- d: Wicca
While that definition is very tidy and straightforward, the reality in today’s world is messier and more complicated. There are so many ways to practice witchcraft – whether you’re binding a rapist, casting a spell to help with a job search, or just honoring a goddess . There are hundreds of books on the subject.
In fact, this seems to be a Golden Age of /Occult/Neo-Pagan/New Age publishing. Therefore, any list of best witchcraft books for beginners, people who are just starting out on their witchcraft journey will be incomplete. Luckily, most if not all reference other works in their texts and have bibliographies for those seeking to delve deeper. A witchcraft book for a beginner has to be easy to understand, well written, and introduce the reader to the topic.
Best witchcraft books for beginners list
The following list has been created with 21st century sensibilities in mind, and with care to ensure that everything on it is still in print and easily available.
Yes, this book is a tome, but it’s absolutely essential to understanding the Neo-Pagan movement as a whole and dispelling a lot of ugly stereotypes. It’s also an excellent overview of what’s out there in terms of practices.
A classic and practical guide from 1970. Very useful for beginners who want to know and practice.
This little book, though no longer in print, can still be found in online bookstores and online libraries. Its approach is less elaborate than Mastering Witchcraft when it comes to things like inscribing magical tools, but it gives an excellent introduction to Astral, Natural, Moon, Elemental, and Planetary Magic.
Although written with young people the age of 11-18 in mind, this book is incredibly useful for adults as well. It’s constructed as a course of study, yet written in a friendly, engaging style. There’s a lot of information here, from history and lore, to alchemy (see books on alchemy), cosmology, and everything in between.
For those who want something less rigorous, more freeform, and who want to incorporate religion – specifically nature-oriented polytheism – into their practice, this book is a great place to learn both the basics of the Wiccan religion, and a gentle approach to magic.
This book combines the gentleness of Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner with some of the more intense sections of Mastering Witchcraft and The Prediction Book of Practical Magic, then adds a generous helping of humor and straight talk. One helpful feature is that there’s a focused bibliography at the end of most chapters, rather than all at the end of the book; this is particularly useful for those who want to learn more about an aspect of the chapter right away.
Why is a book by a druid on a witchcraft book list? Because this book is an outstanding introduction to modern Paganism. Many, if not most, Pagans are refugees from Christianity. The author himself is no exception, having been brought up as an evangelical Protestant. He writes about his past, and it’s obvious that he respects and learns from others on different Pagan paths than his own. The chapter on magic is sensible and down to earth, yet uplifting at the same time. The entire book is delightfully thoughtful.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but any of these witchcraft books will give a beginning witch an excellent start!
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Best Witchcraft Books for beginners Best Sellers on Amazon
This is the updated list of Amazon BestSellers wiccan books.
- A must-have volume for any occultist's library.
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- Publisher: Wellfleet Press
- Juliet Diaz
- Publisher: Hay House Inc.
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Tonya A. Brown
- Publisher: Althea Press
- Paperback: 202 pages
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- Raymond Buckland
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
- Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- Publisher: Adams Media
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Adams Media
- Skye Alexander
- Publisher: Adams Media
- Valerie W. Holt
- Kindle Edition
- Phoenix Publishing
- Stewart Farrar, Janet Farrar
- Publisher: Phoenix Publishing
- Nikki Van De Car
- Publisher: Running Press Adult
- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Judika Illes
- Publisher: HarperOne