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u/sasukehime · 3 pointsr/Wicca

I would suggest going to "The Witches Voice". This is where I went when I first started learning about the Craft about 9 years ago. On the main page, there are new articles published every Sunday, with a lot of wonderful resources all over the site. Their facebook page is also fun and informative to follow!

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is a wonderful and inexpensive resource to consider! Scott Cunningham is so experienced and informative, and he has authored a whole library of great books. I am also quite fond of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, though I do not fully agree with everything it teaches. And that's okay! Remember that a resource is just another tool. Read all that you can, but don't follow things just because you are told that you have to. Wicca is a very personal faith, though some may claim that there is more dogma. Maybe dogma is right for them, but it could be different for you. Or maybe it isn't. Either is just fine. And like the others have been supporting, tools are just there to focus your energies and to encourage ritual consciousness. You are the most magickal tool of all. And I understand not having the funds. The library and google are both the best suggestions anyone could give! I can't tell you how many hours I spent hiding in a corner of the library, reading anything I could get my hands on regarding the subject!

Anyway, I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, just post here and I'm sure that one of us will be right there to try and help you out as soon as we can! I've never posted on here before, but I've been following the subreddit for a while! I would love to welcome you fully, but I feel that as this is my first post, it may sound oddly pretentious to do such. Let's just feel welcomed together! Blessed be, Merry Beltane, and happy seeking!

u/RomanOrgy69 · 9 pointsr/Wicca

For reliable sources:

High Magic's Aid by Gerald Gardner

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

1: Witchfather: A Life of Gerald Gardner: Into the Witch Cult by Philip Heselton

Lid off the Cauldron by Patrica Crowther

The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton

Foundations of Practical Magic: An Introduction to Qabalistic, Magical and Meditative Techniques by Israel Regardie

A Witches' Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar

Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts by Donald Michael Kraig

Magical Power For Beginners: How to Raise & Send Energy for Spells That Work by Deborah Lipp

Fifty Years Of Wicca by Frederic Lamond

For essential materials,

-An athame

-A wand

-A pentacle

-A chalice

-Incense and censer

> Would I be considered a true Wiccan if I hid it from those around me?

Yes, you would be considered a "true Wiccan." Most Wiccans since the inception of Wicca kept secret the fact they were witches. It's only in very recent times that people are so forward about the fact that they're witches. I myself keep it pretty well hidden. Only those in my coven and my closest loved ones know that I'm Wiccan.

>When choosing a patron/matron do you pick from literally any gods/goddesses?

The concept of a patron/matron deity is relatively new to Wicca. Originally, the Goddess worshiped by the Witches was the Lunar Goddess of Fertility - often called Diana, Aradia, Hekate, Isis, the Queen of Elphame, etc. The original God worshiped by the Witches was the Horned God of Death and Resurrection - often called Pan, Cernunnos, Janicot, etc. However, in recent times, Wiccans (myself included) have begun working with all types of Pagan deities. So in short, yes, you can pick any god or goddess you feel a connection with.

> Can you celebrate the Wiccan holidays and still celebrate things like Christmas?

Yes, most Wiccans still celebrate cultural holidays such as Christmas.

u/Starszy · 3 pointsr/Wicca

I came from a similar background like you did. I had the whole falling out thing happen to me. And like you I existed, just living life. And then I found Wicca, and it really called to me. I feel more connected then ever before. I never felt anything when I went o church (Roman Catholic and later Methodist Church).

To put it simply, religion (no matter what kind) will always be viewed differently by everyone. Just like free thought people have their own opinions. And you're right when you said that there seems to be no set rule book. And that's true, there are basic guidelines but you are free to follow what works for you and change things to better suit your needs.

I do ritual work by myself to help cleanse myself and my surroundings. I use it to help ground me to the earth and nature to make me feel whole again. We tend to lose sight of what Mother Earth provides for us and not thank her enough. Now this is strictly my belief. Others do things for different reasons and use different methods.

I am curious what books you have picked up on the matter. And from what I understand you are doing just some R&D on Wicca. I would highly recommend Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, he did an amazing job with that book. In my opinion it is a great book to start with!

If you have any questions please feel free to PM me and I will get back to you accordingly.

Blessed Be )0(

u/Caitlionator · 10 pointsr/Wicca

I commend you for exploring different paths. Examining other religions is a very valuable process for self-exploration.

My favorite "Wicca 101" book is Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. A lot of people here will recommend that one as well, but that's certainly not the only good one out there.

Two things that I want to emphasize: You do NOT need to arbitrarily choose dieties and paths, and you really shouldn't. Do your research. Wiccans and pagans are frequently self-proclaimed life-learners and meditating on what you truly believe will help you filter out some of the paths that don't work for you at all.

Give yourself some alone time, go on a walk, meditate. Your dieties will come. Just make sure you're not randomly picking out of impatience. It may take you a while to really get it right, and there's nothing wrong with not getting it right the first time. Don't feel "locked in" to your gods if you decide they are not correct for you. (Important: don't perform ANY kind of dedication ceremonies until you're absolutely sure. Then you might actually kind of be locked in :P)

Second, and I mention this only because it's a big part of your post, absolutely no one is going to take you seriously if you're just in it for the "witchcraft." Believe me: every person on this subreddit has seen people who pretty much just want to pretend they're on Charmed. I very rarely perform any sort of magic myself. It's not just for funsies. It's serious stuff. Everyone has to learn and if you're interested in more than just "witchcraft," magic definitely has its uses. As far as learning goes, there are plenty of books that will help you with basic rituals but most of it is grounding, raising energy, and focusing those energies on a specific outcome. But please educate yourself first.

As a caveat to that, I just want to say that I was absolutely one of those dabblers who was attracted to the religion by "magic" nine years ago. However, I discovered a spiritual path that really called to me and magic factors into my spiritual pracatices very infrequently at this point. If this is sort of the case with you, it does not mean you can't grow from this learning experience and it definitely doesn't mean that the pagan/Wiccan community won't want you. We'll just be glad you learned!

u/AeyviDaro · 1 pointr/Wicca

Read read read. When I started my journey four years ago, I started finding books on witchy topics that resonated with me: cat magic, herb magic, native American deities, Egyptology, Elder Futhark runes, general books on Wicca and witchcraft, etc. I also hit the Internet to learn more about the goddess aspect, Hindu gods, chakras, and spirit guides. I added each bit of knowledge that jumped out at me to a notebook that evolved into my first book of shadows. I made connections between ideas and formed a path that resonates well with me, but I’m constantly changing, just like nature.

Two books I would suggest off hand are The Goddess is in the Details and Everyday Witchcraft, both by Deborah Blake.

The very first book that set me on my path, however, was a good staple on any witch’s shelf, Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. I’ve heard mixed reviews on Cunningham from various witches, but the truth to me is that he’s just a little more traditional, and most of the rituals in his book on Magical Herbalism don’t have to be taken so literally.

As far as Tarot goes, the best advice I ever got from another practitioner is to throw away the rule book. Divining tools are meant to distract the left brain so that the right brain and third eye can open to the universal consciousness. Don’t always just read by the textbook definition of a card, but also by what you “see” and feel, and by its placement in the pattern. Some people (like me) are only able to read well for others, so if you’re not feeling it reading for yourself, practice on willing friends and strangers. Maybe avoid family right now. That can open some dark doors.

I went on way too long, but I’ve done so much research and continue to learn. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have if you want to message me. Merrily met and Blessed be.

u/Coraon · 1 pointr/Wicca

Ok, having been down this road many years ago there are a few things I would do. First invest in this book. It will help answer a large amount of the questions you are about to get.

Two, remember that all paths are valid. With this in mind attacking your parents belief isn't going to win you points, rather explaining that "While Christianity may be right for you, I don't feel it's right for me." Will most likely get you a little farther.

Three, your parents are going to be upset, but only if you make it a fight and dig your heels in. Approach it slowly, give them time to get used to this idea. Let them know you will still respect their holy days, if they insist that you go to church tell them that you are willing to go on holy days (Christmas/Easter) for the family, not because your christian anymore (after all if your secure in your faith what harm will it do to make your family happy?) In the mean time though do things that include your family in your choices, make a nice dinner for your family on December 21st. Use a yule log as the center piece at Christmas dinner. At Easter, play up the bunny and eggs.

I was a lot like you once. My mother and I both dug our heels in and fought about this for a long time. It was only later after years that my mother and I reconciled and it took her learning about Wicca, and me willing to accept that just as I loved craft, my mother loved Christianity and despite what the church has turned it into overall the original intent of Jesus was for everyone to try to get along and love each other even though sometimes people are jerks. Remember to see beyond today and tomorrow, take it slow, let people get used to it and don't become ridged, this is a time to be like the willow, not the oak.

u/wolfanotaku · 3 pointsr/Wicca

My first piece of advice is to completely divorce in your mind the tarot and the runes. They are two completely different systems. The tarot were developed by Ceremonial Magicians in the late Victorian Age, and the runes are an ancient symbol set used by an ancient culture as a language and magical symbols. In fact the runes are a whole system of magic.

To really get started with runes you have to read up on each one and the history behind each. Divining with them is as simple as grabbing a few and scattering them and reading their meanings but you'll need to background about each letter for that to work. Here are a few sources that I like for runes. - Ignore how this site looks. because it hasn't been updated in a while but each article on the runes is very well written by a couple who know the runes very well. - A great book on the whole system of magic that the runes are. I really like this one as it doesn't try and "culture wash" the runes. Instead she frames each meaning historically so you can get a better understanding of why things are as they are. - This book is a translation of the original Norse poems that the runes are mentioned in. It doesn't offer much in the way of interpretation so you are meant to take your own from it. It gives you a reference point to think about when meditating on the runes.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!

u/Dwarffish2 · 4 pointsr/Wicca

I recommend having a look at the side bar as well as maybe try picking up some reading material this book is a excellent start for some 101 informational! This sub has a excellent group of people so people for the most part are very happy to share their wisdom!

I myself am a Wiccan and could imagine myself any other way and a just recently started down the path of becoming a green witch! If you ever have any questions and your shy about posting feel free to message me and I’ll help the best I can! ☺️

u/Au-riel · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Here’s a list of books I generally recommend to...everyone. Scott Cunnighams book was my absolute favorite for learning about Wicca specifically, while the other books are more generalized witchcraft practices.

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft and Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications are good books for getting a decent understanding of what could be (subjectively speaking) considered “traditional” witchcraft. I myself am NOT a fan of the Llewellyn branch of magick, as it is heavily based around forming structured groups and covens and much of the information seems more ceremonial than anything. That being said, these books give a great basic rundown into alot of different styles and tools you will most likely be using or want to use.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is great if you want to go down the Wicca path AND it’s made specifically for solitary practitioners along with having some of Scott Cunninghams own spells in it as well.

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a good rundown of many common and uncommon reagents used in witchcraft along with their metaphysical uses. Reader's Digest Magic and Medicine of Plants despite the name is a more practical and scientifically written book on the historical and medicinal used of many N. American plants.

Inside the Mirror Box: Spells and Theory for All Practitioners was actually written by a friend of mine. His book gives alot of information on actual spellwork, along with a large selection of Mirror Box spells and a short section on other uses for mirrors (such as divination).

And finally the Encyclopedia of Spirits is a great reference guide for those of us who want to work with specific entities. The author covers the full gamut of spirits and deities from the ancient gods to christian saints and archangels to lesser known spirits.

u/greybeard45 · 1 pointr/Wicca

If your sister has been Wiccan for years then you have some family support. Your best place to start is to talk to her. Does she belong to a coven? If so, that would be your best choice too. If not, then perhaps you could both look for a local coven. It really helps to have a group of friends for support when some of your family is opposed.

There is a really good recent book for beginning seekers, Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney; Llewellyn Publications, (July 2018) Its a good book about traditional Wicca, why its important for beginners, and how to find a coven.

u/belk · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Buckland's book is huge and essentially reads like an encyclopedia. You might not subscribe to a subset of the material, but it's great to get ideas.

I can attest that Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham is a good read. That might have been the one you read. Also, Wicca for Beginners is pretty good if you're still looking for intro material.

I've also found Full Contact Magick to be useful, though there isn't really anything about altars in there.

u/mtvisdead · 6 pointsr/Wicca

You have a tiny fraction of the bases covered, but you're better off than many people. Some people only read Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide and call it a day.

You really ought to learn of the history of religious witchcraft in the 20th century, the many layers of symbolism and tradition in Gardnerian and Alexandrian witchcraft of the 50s and 60s, then the spread and change of the newly arrived Pagan and witchcraft scene of the 70s and 80s in America, which leads to Dianic Wicca, Eclectic Wicca, and finally the form presented in Scott Cunningham's books and most, if not all books published in the past ten years (and continuously) by Llewellyn.

Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler:

Then eventually learn of the history not of the religious traditions of witchcraft which have caught on by many, but the figure of the witch as a religious follower (as opposed to an evil baby-killer, a Halloween decoration, or something dreamed up in the minds of the Catholic church with no foundation in actual religion).

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland:

Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg:

The Witch Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Murray:

and then, in a timeline-fashion,

Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner:

Then learn how religious witchcraft, as presented by Gerald Gardner and his covens, was and is practiced, the meaning behind the practices, and why the meanings matter.

A Witches Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar:

Also inserted in this section might easily be Buckland's Book of Witchcraft, but I don't personally recommend that book as it does stray from Gardnerian tradition in many respects, sometimes changing whole chunks of traditional texts to a more Pagan or celtic format, and conveniently brushes over the use and symbolism of an important tool, the scourge, in witchcraft. But there are many good pieces of knowledge in that book.

Its also important to read up on influential figures in the Craft movement, and their thoughts, opinions, and reasonings behind their beliefs.

Firechild by Maxine Sanders:

King of the Witches by June Johns:

And there's so much more, probably more books than anyone could ever read and find all of.

And one of the best sources of knowledge of the Craft is an experienced High Priest(ess) within a coven that knows their stuff. Much of witchcraft's knowledge comes from its mysteries, which must be experienced to understand.

Good luck on your journey.

u/tianas_knife · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Usually, for every magickal endeavor you want to make incense for, there is a household correspondence that you can use to make it. We wouldn't be Witches if we weren't crafty, right?

Some texts that will help you find correspondences (If you can't buy them yourself, you can always browse them at a bookstore and take notes. Places like Barnes and Nobles carries these kinds of books. They are worth buying secretly and sneaking home, imho.) :

u/Kalomoira · 6 pointsr/Wicca

Not specifically Wiccan but potentially some form of witchcraft. Wicca is a pagan religion that employs witchcraft in its rituals whereas "witchcraft" is a category and as a whole pertains to various types of folk magic (thus, Wicca is just one form, there are other types of witchcraft). Most of what is encountered in the US is Neopagan witchcraft, which is mostly derived from European folk magic. However, (outside of Neopaganism) there is also Afro-American Hoodoo (rootwork, conjuring) which sometimes calls for burying objects as well. Depending on your location, there could be a stronger likelihood of the latter.

When it comes to Neopaganism, basically you have individuals who pursue some traditional style of spellcasting (either utilizing traditional methods or drawing inspiration from them) while others create spells with symbolism they've created. However, a difficulty with pinpointing what something buried could be is that the largest segment of Neopaganism is Eclectic, i.e., practitioners who develop highly individualized systems that draw on various sources in addition to personal innovations.

So, you're not necessarily going to be able to look at something and determine what the person who placed it there practiced or what they intended. There can be general indications. E.g., anything with a poppet (doll) would indicate it's a spell either for or against a person, discerning which can potentially be puzzled out by what else is with it.

In terms of identifying magical use and lore regarding herbs, the best book (IMO) on it would be The Master Book of Herbalism Paperback by Paul Beyerl

Scott Cunningham was a prolific writer and while there is debate over his books regarding Wicca, he was well regarded for his knowledge in herbalism and magic. His books are an easy read, such as:

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs & Book of Incense Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

Catherine Yrodwode is well regarded in the practice of Hoodoo, she runs the website and has authored various books, here's a link to one of her online articles:

Laying Down Tricks & Disposing of Ritual Remnants in the Hoodoo Tradition - Catherine Yronwode

These just scratch the surface and there plenty of other sources others might cite, but these will give you a sense of direction.

u/Oriolous · 1 pointr/Wicca

I personally use Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson ( ) as my rune guide. It is a basic rundown of the lore and use for the runes, including the tools you would need and even goes into the numerology (which for me still makes my head spin but I enjoy the challenge of theorycrafting powerful rune charms via numerology) and color meanings.


In my opinion, it is really easy to understand as far as how the runes are, and if you just sit down and read it, it goes over how you can do coded notation and how to read that code as well, and it's really useful.

u/subrosa4381 · 2 pointsr/Wicca

A. Determine whether or not there is in fact a spirit or a past life memory or whether your spirit self is travelling to other planes/worlds/dimensions wtc.
B. If there is determine what they need. Then to the best of your ability do what needs to be done to do that.
C. Like any other ritual call your corners, cast your circle and ask for the Lady and Lord to join for the purpose of helping her spirit to cross.
*If you are psychic and have the ability to communicate with your guides/angels for help in directing you in what needs to be done ritually for this specific spirit and when directed say/do release said spirit through the veil.
**If you are not psychicay awakened do C. and then ask for either the Lady and Lord or archangel Michael to take the spirit through the veil and protect the spirit until it reaches the otherworld/summerlands etc.

I often use prayers that are suitable to the spirit's situation from The Pagan Book of Living and Dying.

u/vorpal_blade · 2 pointsr/Wicca

I disagree with the other reply - a fantastic book on Enochian is Enochian Vision Magick by DuQuette. For the runes, if you're taking a traditional approach, I recommend Thorsson's Futhark though it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea.

As for learning to write in another language - practice, practice, practice! The biggest help will probably be concentrating on learning one language, don't try to confuse yourself with too many at once. Once you've chosen one, just write out anything you can think of in that language. For me, just an hour a day of sitting down and writing things out, not even trying to translate it back to english, is the best way of learning. After two weeks or so, you'll be great at writing and re-translating, just because the letters are so ingrained in your head. My friends and I used to use Tolkien's Elvish alphabet as a secret code in high school, and I can still write in it to this day, seven or eight years later!

u/CrazyCoat · 3 pointsr/Wicca

...How exactly did you find out about this book?

I looked into it, and it looks like this is his first ever book, published just two days ago, and the only things I can find online about the author are an Instagram with less than fifty followers and a half-finished website. The guy doesn't even have a blog as far as I can see, so I'm surprised you were able to find the book among the hundreds of beginner witchcraft resources floating around on Kindle.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, but this seems suspiciously like a plug, and unless this guy has some seriously groundbreaking advice, $10 for a 52 page book is pretty pricey.

If it's not a plug, and you're looking for an affordable beginner book that's available for Kindle, I'd recommend either Grovedaughter Witchery ($8.99, 226 pages, non-denominational) or A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner ($10.99, 240 pages, slightly modified Wiccan).

Or heck, a lot of the basic beginner info can be found for free online! If you have any specific questions about different areas of witchcraft, there are lots of us who'd be willing to share our thoughts/experiences with you. :)

u/Larktoothe · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Welcome to the community! There's really no right or wrong way to start, but as far as a "newbie"/beginner goes, there are a couple beginner's guides that I'd recommend any interested novice pick up. Wicca For Beginners is a great place to start for a general overview of the practice. A more extensive guide would be A Witch's Bible, and if you're looking for more Druidic/"Green Witch" type material, the Grimoire for the Green Witch is pretty extensive.

That should about cover basic/introductory stuff. I've been practicing Wicca my entire life, so feel free to PM me if you've got any questions. I'd be more than happy to introduce you to Paganism.

u/drascus · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Well first of all Bless you for taking on the responsibility. My experience has been that it is tough to assume leadership roles in these types of groups. You might want to consider switch off the leadership roll yearly or something like that otherwise you will get burnt out. Especially where none of you are formally trained or have initiations under your belt. You will want to make sure that you monitor your energy levels and also try to keep drama at a minimum. I suggest the following book to help you out [Wicca Covens] ( Also there is this book that will help you take your studies to the next level the second circle I hope that helps.

u/nyctipolos · 1 pointr/Wicca

The book that I found most useful is Freya Aswynn's Northern Mysteries and Magick.

A great source is also Diana Paxson's Taking Up the Runes.

Love your set. Enjoy your journey!

Edit: You may also find this site useful.

u/dragonslayerr78 · 9 pointsr/Wicca

This book has been my bible! I love the freedom it gives me and there’s just so much love in here. I was doing most of these things before I even knew people had been doing them for a long time lol. It opened the door to a lot for me:) also look on I found a spell discussion at an apothecary. Was truly amazing.

u/SeerPaexiusLawson · 3 pointsr/Wicca

This is what I started with. It gave me a nice base to develop from.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner :

If your just looking for basic descriptions of the philosophies and rituals, a few good google searches would be suggested as well before you spend money on books.

Best of luck and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

u/MadHouseWitch · 1 pointr/Wicca

It all depends on the book. All have been used, mostly through Amazon, though 2nd look books, abebooks, etc. I got "The Body Sacred" By Dianne Sylvan for $0.01 plus shipping (making it total $4). "Witchcraft For Tomorrow" was $3.91. Currently there is one for $0.77 though! I basically add books to my wishlist and watch for used ones to go on "sale". You have to go to the used or new, as they are 3rd party sellers, just make sure they have good feedback. So, not ALL are $0.01 plus shipping but a few have been. Amber K's "True Magic" currently has a penny copy up :) act fast it prob won't be there too long! It is mainly just luck and book stalking
Edit: format and clarification

u/MANTISxB · 1 pointr/Wicca

Im just starting too. I went to The labyrinth in Dallas and they pointed me in the direction of these books. So far they are really helping me progress. I converted from Atheism recently. I have always been into mind expansion of every kind, and religion was never a cup of tea. The values of Wicca are quite amazing. Treating nature as sacred instead of taking it for granted rings true to me.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Scott Cunningham)

u/karmachallenged · 2 pointsr/Wicca

The Goodly Spellbook is a good one because it talks about magical theory, not just the spells. I have Judika Iiles' Encyclopedia of Spells, though I don't use it often, it's a good starting point.

I just recently purchased a correspondence book. It's pretty interesting, though I haven't had much need of it just yet. Something like this might help you write your own spells. IME those work much better.

u/rachyrachyrach · 1 pointr/Wicca

I'm 34 and finally diving into my spirituality after mom passed away. My parents were conservative Christian and did not like me owning tarot cards...or even Magic the Gathering Cards! I moved out in my early 20's but always felt guilty finding my own faith. [Drawing Down the Moon](Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America helped me figure out who I am. The Kindle version is updated with social information. I now live in a fairly large city with Wiccans, Druids and eclectic witches so I'm lucky to have that resource. helped me find friends who mentored. Try several ideas out! It is overwhelming because there are lots of information out there. Figuring out if you want to practice solitary or with a group is a good question to start with. I'm in between, I like to practice alone but discuss ideas with friends.

u/Runningfromskeletons · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Bonewits on Witchcraft and Wicca is probably an excellent start. It gives a detailed rundown on the history of Wicca, has a chapter on classifying different traditions, and is a great way to go for researching the different options out there. Adler's Drawing Down the Moon is also an excellent starting place. Either of those books will go a long way to familiarizing you with Wicca and helping you figure out where you want to go from there.

u/salamanderwolf · 6 pointsr/Wicca

I'm sorry for your loss and hope you find some peace for yourself after the funeral.

You might find a prayer you like here. Alternatively there is a book called the pagan book of living and dying which has some good information in it.

Failing that sometimes the best prayers are just heartfelt words, so a eulogy from a child trying to honour their parent would I have no doubt make your mother proud.

u/Tirra-Lirra · 1 pointr/Wicca

Religion isn't about logic. It's about how it makes people feel. Some people have faith, or they have a religious experience that makes all the illogical stuff make much more sense. It's not something you're going to be able to fully understand unless you experience it yourself. Wicca is largely experiential - it's about doing it and feeling it, it's not about knowing the theology. Frankly, Wicca includes a lot of "woo" stuff that isn't 100% logical and doesn't line up with how the majority of people perceive reality.

As an agnostic, I accept that I don't have faith, and so I am never going to be able to fully understand the religious beliefs of people that truly have faith.

Have you read any books on this stuff? I don't mean spell books or Wicca 101. You might like reading some of the more dry, academic books about the evolution of neopaganism, like the Triumph of the Moon by Hutton.

u/MrsAries · 3 pointsr/Wicca

This site has a home page for each state and lists events and resources available
This is a great book for learning the basics.
I've also found this site to be informative

Good luck on your path. Blessed be.

u/gnarlyoldman · 1 pointr/Wicca

I understand entirely. You don't need teenage wannabe Wiccans. You need real lifelong Wiccans. For someone in your situation I strongly recommend a good recent book written by a friend of mine. Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney; Llewellyn Publications, (July 2018) It is a good book about traditional Wicca, why its important for beginners, and how to find a coven.

u/GoLightLady · 2 pointsr/Wicca

I love your dreams. They both seem very feminine to me. I think you might find a more general pagan approach helpful. The symbolism carries on through out all beliefs in slightly different ways but similar core understanding. There's a book I find really helpful, it might be a bit much for a novice but then again it might be helpful too.

u/Velvetrose · 1 pointr/Wicca

Good luck...oh and a good book to get them is When Someone You Love is Wiccan

It is very helpful

u/greenwitchhaven · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Also, Scott Cunningham's The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews is a great resource for figuring out what oils will work best for you and ideas on how to use them. :)

u/DuraluminGnat · 5 pointsr/Wicca

Male Wiccan here. I hear you bud, it was something I struggled to find when I was starting as well. Then I discovered Raymond Buckland's big blue book. He also wrote a similar book focused on solo practitioners and I read both and found the big blue book to be a little more interesting and still helps solo practitioners. He's a great writer and very informative. He writes a little more scholarly as well which I loved. I found most writers on Wicca were a little more passionate then informative. Here's a link to the Amazon page but I've seen this book in most metaphysical shops.

u/the_coffeeguru · 4 pointsr/Wicca

Judy Harrow was an amazing woman, outstanding Priestess, and phenomenal teacher. I wish she had written more books during her lifetime.

That said, one of the books she wrote is on the subject.

u/NobodyNoOne · 1 pointr/Wicca

I'm late to the party but I do have a suggestion for you. Carl McColmac did a book on probably exactly what you are looking to delve into. At least at the beginning.

Now not everything in this book is going to match her 100% but if you are interested it should give you a good overview and platform that you could ask her questions about.

u/Gardnerians · 5 pointsr/Wicca


You might want to check out r/TraditionalWicca.

  1. Do we follow the Rede? I guess so? It's advice, not law. So sure. And in a lot of cases, it says nothing about what we're doing, so we follow our conscience. The important thing to remember here is that it doesn't even rhyme.
  2. Shocker: The Is No Universal Threefold Law in Wicca.
  3. Yes. You should read A Witches Bible by Stewart and Janet Farrar. Chapter 12 of Part II is the best explanation of this I've read from a traditional Wiccan perspective thusfar.
  4. Some of us do. Some of us work with a dual Goddess (Lady of the Moon/Mighty Mother), but we all generally acknowledge that it's the same deity. Different witches view her differently.
  5. Keep pure your highest ideal. Strive ever toward it. Let naught turn you away. \<3
u/DoctorChillGroove · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Hi, I've been practicing for about a year (so not super long) and I can happily recommend some basics.

This is a great read whether you're a serious practitioner or not

u/ysadamsson · 4 pointsr/Wicca

I'm actually good friends with one of the witches who wrote this one and quite recommend it.

u/WhiteRastaJ · 9 pointsr/Wicca

It's a good book by good authors. If you're interested in it, purchase it.

u/BlueSmoke95 · 3 pointsr/Wicca

First: Not every wiccan is a witch (though most are) and not every witch is wiccan.

Next: For more detailed and objective explanations, see the resources in the sidebar.


Now, to answer your questions. Wicca belief on the afterlife varies based on the tradition. To my knowledge, most believe in reincarnation of some kind.

For this, I'll define rituals as the entire process of magic work, and spells as simply the words spoken during the ritual. Think of rituals as a more involved form of prayer. In prayer, you ask a higher power for help with your problems. In magic, you perform a ritual in which you do the same thing. Rituals, however, often involve herbs, crystals, physical motions, invocations, etc. Same concept, just more involved.

Magic is not required to be wiccan, but is a large part of the beliefs and practices.

Human sacrifice is not involved in Wicca. Wiccans follow a Rede (think The Golden Rule). It says "An' ye harm none' do as ye will." That means you can do whatever you want as long as you harm no one in the process (including yourself). Believe it or not, this is actually quite difficult to do and takes a lot of mental discipline.

For reading materials, I will assume (based on your upbringing) that you are starting off solitary. Wiccans often join covens. they are like a church group, but generally smaller (less than 10 members) but fuction in much the same fashion. I recommend this book by Scott Cunningham. While Mr. Cunningham can be a but of a controversial topic here, this book will give you a brief overview of the views of Wicca. If you like what you see and want to continue, we can provide numerous other readings.

If you are interested in Wicca because of the magic aspect, may I suggest you also look into other forms of witchcraft. Some a theistic (wicca is generally duotheistic), and some are secular. It is all about finding what calls to you, and we are more than happy to help.

u/MissHurt · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Cunningham's Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, Janet and Steward Farrah's A Witches Bible Compleat, Marian Green's A Witch Alone, Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft are all decent intro books IMO.

You can also find a "buttoad of Wiccan/Pagan/Magic E-books" in this thread

My advice is to read everything you can about it. Some books are better than others, some authors know what they're talking about whereas others are full of it, but not everyone agrees on who's "right." So, just read them all and realize that some may be great sources whereas some books ought to be taken with a grain of salt. Make on your own decisions on what is or isn't correct.

u/mrsbunnyy · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Hi! I'm new here :o And new to paganism in general. I have ordered Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy and Practice so I'm waiting for that to come in. I've been doing research on the internet while I wait.

I don't think I will try anything until I've done enough research to be comfortable.

Anyway, just kind of rambling at this point. Good luck on your interview! :)

Btw, does anyone use tumblr? There are some pagan and wicca focused blogs that seem to be decent resources, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to tell if it's BS or not.

u/AllanfromWales · 1 pointr/Wicca

Firstly, runes. The thing is, runes are usually thrown by shaking them up in a bag and then choosing, and a square shape isn't that great for this - most runes don't have sharp edges or corners. Could you round them off?
There are loads of books about runes. Because I'm old-fashioned I'd recommend Thorsson, but there's plenty of other options around.
I have absolutely no idea whether anything I deal with on the spirit plane is 'real', I don't even know what the term 'real' means. What matters to me is whether it works for me. If it does (and in many cases it does) I'll leave it to the philosophers to decide what it means. It looks like a duck. It quacks like a duck. If it's just a duck impersonator, I'll handle that when the time comes.

u/HanXanth · 1 pointr/Wicca

I agree completely, I started this book and stopped pretty quick. I stuck with Scott Cunningham's books, though I don't know if those would be considered 'classic'. For OP, I would recommend Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner.

u/HereticHierophant · 4 pointsr/Wicca

I'm a fan of Cunningham's A guide for the solitary practitioner which seems to have a nice starting point for most people, solitary or not.

u/not0your0nerd · 2 pointsr/Wicca

It really depends on what kind of herbs you like to use. I like using yarrow for spells, but that one isn't edible. Edible herbs I like are rosemary, mint, oregano, basil and cilantro (aka coriander). I also use plants that arn't really herbs, like marigold. If you don't know what plants you want,t ry browsing through Cunningham's' Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (or another similar book/website).

u/Katie_Deely · 2 pointsr/Wicca

Just the average beginner kit xD This amongst others.

u/Mystery_Incorporated · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Bucklands Complete Book of Witchcraft
can answer some of your questions! I found it easy to read and it answered a lot of the questions I had about the Craft.

u/AllanfromWales1 · 3 pointsr/Wicca

The standard work on the subject is Ron Hutton's The Triumph of the Moon. If you want biographies of Gardner and 2 and Valiente, Philip Heselton has written them. Someone needs to write a history of the Eclectic Wiccan movement since the mid-1980's, but I don't know of one.

u/FrankieSucks · 7 pointsr/Wicca

Seconded. I read this, as well as Cunningham's Guide for a Solitary Practitioner at first. They are both very helpful, but different. Here is the Amazon Link for Wicca and Witchcraft for Dummies and here is the Amazon Link for Cunningham.

u/guntharg · 1 pointr/Wicca

The book you are looking for is Hutton's Triumph of the Moon.

u/EnvySweet · 3 pointsr/Wicca

Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice

And of course Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

u/mel_cache · 1 pointr/Wicca

There are a couple of books out there on setting up a coven. Try Wicca Covens, by Judy Harrow, and Coven Craft by Amber K.