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This post is to get perspectives on members who may have read these books when they were starting out, the question I'd like to ask from the more senior members who may have read them are these books credible or reliable to use?
These are all book I have read over the past year as week by week, i'd order the next one in at my local libary. I have done a little research myself into some of these authors; for instance Scott Cunningham was a favorite of mine because of my love for herbal medicine, this sparked my interest for herbal magic.
I looked up who the most aclaimed writter on the matter was and his name poped up, I was amazed to see how his braod understanding of the craft, especially his knowladge on herbal magic. Douglas was also a member of a coven called the serpent stone family
in which he received his thrid degree initiation. So when I found all this out, I tried to get as many books he had written as I could.
Here is the list below;
Spells & Spell Crafting
Spell Crafts: Creating Magical Objects
By Scott Cunningham
Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0875421857
Spells and Rituals: A Beginners Guide To Spells And Rituals
By Gabby Benson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1505349362
Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells
By Judika Illes
HarperOne; 3.1.2009 edition (March 31, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0061711233
Book of shadows - Spells [Kindle Edition]
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want
By Diane Ahlquist
Adams Media (July 1, 2002)
ISBN-10: 1580626955
The Witches Book of Spells
By Roc Marten
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (May 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1463517327
Crystals, Gems and Alchemy
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic
By Scott Cunningham
Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition (March 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0875421261
Crystal Magic
By Madeline Freeman
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
The Crystal Bible
By Judy Hall
Walking Stick Press (May 11, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1582972400
101 Power Crystals: The Ultimate Guide to Magical Crystals, Gems, and Stones for Healing and Transformation
By Judy Hall
Fair Winds Press (October 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1592334903
Pendulum Magic for Beginners: Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom
By Richard Webster
Llewellyn Publications (March 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0738701920
Witch Crystals: Casting Stones for Divination and Magic
By Barbara Moore
Llewellyn Publications; Box Tcr Cr edition (January 8, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0738745359
The Book of Crystal Spells: Magical Uses for Stones, Crystals, Minerals ... and Even Sand
by Ember Grant
Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2013)
The Alchemists Handbook: Manual for Practical Laboratory Alchemy
By Frater Albertus
Weiser Books; Rev Exp edition (June 1, 1987)
ISBN-10: 0877286558
Alchemy & Mysticism
By Alexander Roob
Taschen (April 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 3836549360
Real Alchemy: A Primer of Practical Alchemy
By Robert Allen Bartlett
Ibis; 0003-Revised edition (May 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0892541504
Herbal & Natural Magic
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (October 1985)
By Scott Cunningham
ISBN-10: 0875421229
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews
Llewellyn Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (September 8, 2002)
By Scott Cunningham
ISBN-10: 0875421288
Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic
Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications
By Scott Cunningham
ISBN-10: 0875421210
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic
Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (March 3, 2012)
By Scott Cunningham
ISBN-10: 0875421318
Wiccan & Pagan Literiture
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess
by Starhawk
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
by Margot Adler
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
by Ronald Hutton
Apologies for the huge list guys, I read alot! All of these topics are things that I wish to move onto in my own practise once I have established a firm foundation of the basics. But I want to make sure that I'm using at least some credible sources because at least that way I'll be following instructions from authers who have actual experience just as Douglas did.
Not that I am trying to knock other authers by saying this, but in my view you simply can't write about magic and how to use it unless you have experienced it fully. It is almost like trying to wrtie about going on a trip to the moon by simply imagininig it!
Anyway I'm really eager to hear your views on this guys, what authers you might recomenend besides the books Iv'e read or just anything you want to add in general would be much appreciated, thanks for reading :)
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Re: Question about books
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I couldn't begin to list the thousands of book I have read in my lifetime. But I will say this of any research, don't go to the apple that has fallen from the tree; go to the tree! You want to read about Wicca? Don't read Cunningham, he wanted to change it.Go to the source; Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Alex Sanders.
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