Hi everyone, just wondering if I could get some recommendations on beginner spellbooks? I have a somewhat difficult time trusting some of the things on here(because anyone basically can post a spell). I truly believe in magic but would like to start from something more official before doing something on here. If you know of whitemagic books that don't require ingredients or at the very least contain common household ingredients for spells then those would be very appreciated. The only books I don't want regardless of difficulty are blackmagic books.
I think the best thing for you to do is learn how to create your own spells. That way you can include as many or as few ingredients as you like, and is tailored for your specific need and intentions. You can look at another's created spell to help you achieve the layout format or ideas if you like.
Since white and black magic are defined very differently by different specific traditions, you would have to list the specific tradition.
I do not know of any spell books which would be a compendium of no-ingredient spells. That said, it is very important to know what the ingredients to, and why they are used. This way, something may be left out or substituted, and a working can be adapted to your own needs.
I do believe there is a very large volume with (I think) "5000 spells" in the title which I have seen recommended before.
If you're serious about learning how to do magic and with starting from the rock-bottom then you don't start out by casting spells, you start out by learning how and why magic works.
You see, there is no such thing as an "easy" spell or a "beginner" spell. One either understands how magic works and has mastered the basics...in which case the magic will work..or you haven't done that sort of work..and no spell will work no matter how "easy" it seems.
Casting a successful spell involves much more than finding some spell on the internet or in a book, saying some words, lighting a candle, waving a wand of any of that sort of thing. In order for magic to work you need to understand how and why it works in the first place. Grounding and centering, visualization, focus and intent, energy manipulation, etc are all necessary first steps to even begin to have a chance at a spell actually working...and more importantly to prevent a spell from back-firing on you.
So, my advice for anyone who is truly serious is to start by reading a few books and practicing the exercises those books will give you. Once you have mastered the basics you won't need anyone to give you spells, you'll be able to create your own spells that will be far more effective than anything you find on the net. Here's the books I suggest:
"Before You Cast a Spell" by Carl McColman
"Spells and How They Work" by Janet and Stewart Farrar
"The Veil's Edge" by Willow Polson
"Modern Magick" by Donald Michael Kraig
And the following links in this thread will also help you learn the basic skills necessary for effective spellwork.
How to Write Your Own Spells - I just finished writing an article on the steps and thought processes of creating your own spells. You can read the article at http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=829629