There are literally thousands upon thousands of books you can read on Wicca. Some are pretty good while others won’t help you to understand the basic foundations you will need to know. Finding a book that is reliable for you to read, learn and study you will discover that there are different types of books: scholarly, beginner Wiccan, advanced books, and miscellaneous books.
Scholarly works are not necessarily for Wiccan readers. These can be very good reads because they are full of a lot of useful information. The problem is that these books are written by academic types that may or may not be Pagan.
For scholarly books look for one that has credible sources and references. You should also look for books written by a credible scholar.
These books are normally written in a how-to-format. Most all beginner books will provide the same exact information but the presentation will be different. For example you will find information on The Rede and The Wheel of the Year.
When searching for beginner books remember Wicca is a peaceful harmonious practice if a book encourages dishonesty, blanket statements, and outrageous claims without proof it is well within your right to do further research on the subject before adopting it into your practice of Wicca.
Advanced books will focus on tradition. These books are geared to toward people who have a beginners understanding of the Wiccan culture. The only downfall of these books is that they can center around traditions that the author follows closely.
By the time you are ready to read advanced books you will have a general knowledge of some of the traditions and rituals. If you read something that sounds farfetched make sure to ask questions or do further research.
Miscellaneous covers all other materials that contribute to your knowledge as a Wiccan. That can include: spell books, books on magical uses, etc. These are generally geared towards people that want to put Wiccan to practical use and are not interested in tradition, scholarly works, or are looking for something that is just centered on one subject matter.
Miscellaneous content can be hit or miss. Always do your research if you need more information.
Below you will find a list of books that most Wiccans would agree that will give you information on Wiccan history and practice.
• Wicca – A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner written by Cunningham Scott
• The Spiral Dance written by Starhawk a noted activist.
• Pagan and the Law Understanding Your Rights written by Dana Eilers
• Wicca Demystified – A Guide for Practitioners, Family and Friends written by Bryan Lankford
• Positive Magic – Ancient Metaphysical Techniques for Modern Lives written by Marion Weinstein
• Her Hidden Children – The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America written by Chas S. Clifton
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