Re: Good books about magick? By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 13 May 19, 2012
Hi there, Ive been practicing Wicca for a good many years now and one of the first questions that comes up is the one about where to start. My suggestion is always to start by doing some reading and studying to make certain that you understand what Wicca is really all about, and so that you can then decide whether this is truly the path that you want to follow. So with that in mind I thought I would offer some books and websites that are full of sound I information which can help you get started on your path.
To start with, here are some books that I would suggest.
"A Witch Alone" by Marian Green
"The Elements of Ritual" by Deborah Lipp
"Witchcrafting" by Phyllis Curott
"21st Century Wicca" by Jennifer Hunter
"Before You Cast a Spell" by Carl McColman
"When, Why...If" by Robin Wood
"Practical Pagan" by Dana Eilers
"Wicca; A Year and a Day" by Timothy Roderick
You can also find the recommended reading list that my coven uses at: http://www.tangledmoon.org/reading_list.htm
Here's some websites that you may find useful in helping you with questions.
Another book to avoid. Cavendish appears to have looked some things up and then used them while having absolutely no idea what any of it actually meant.
The prime example of this is that he takes Crowley's account of having "turned Alan Bennett into a camel" at face value and uses this as an example while blathering on about physical transformations between human and animal shapes.
... which would be fine if Crowley hadn't just been using a layered magical metaphor for having had sex with Bennett.
Camel is the meaning of the Hebrew letter Gimel, which is attributed to the Priestess card in the Tarot, which alludes to the Scarlet Woman, which is the receiving partner in magickal sex. "I turned Alan Bennett into a camel" really just means, "I was in Alan's behind for the sake of magick."
And this is the proof Cavendish uses for his schpiel on how impossible transformations are clearly possible. Avoid unless you're looking for a laugh.
Re: Good books about magick? By: Nekoshema / Novice
Post # 17 May 20, 2012
Raymond Buckland's Wicca for Life [my first book] or Scott Cunningham [he has 2 books about wicca, but a lot on herbs, incense, and spells] are good. avoid Ravenwolf at least for the year and a day ceremony. while i don't hate her, she should be avoided when starting out as i know many bad things coming from people who source her as their teacher. Also, don't read D.J. Conway, she's the same as Ravenwolf.
Re: Good books about magick? By: Ommeraigne / Beginner
Post # 18 Jan 30, 2013
I am beginning to feel totally wary and weary. My access to books are limited to the esoteric sections in our local bookshops and the internet. Either the choice is too small, or too big. My first book about Magic was Wiccan Beliefs and Practices by Gary Cantrell. Through all the posts I haven't even seen the name; I just wonder how much fluff I've picked up along my solitary magic path and how much facts.
Keep in mind that Wicca is not the only religion (let alone, spirituality) that practices energy working (what we call Magick, what others may call something else). Look into several things and start basing your own spirituality and style of practice.
I would recomend Judika Illes' Pure Magic, a Course in Spellcasting.
She is a good author, cites her sources and most importantly knows what she is talking about, this book is a good guide to beginners, giving a lot of history and information and providing some simple and more complicated spells for a beginner.