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Daven’s Recommended Reading List

All right: Due to popular demand here is my top ten list.

Rank Beginner

  1. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  2. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
  3. Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey
  4. The Tree (aka The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft) by Raymond Buckland
  5. Illusions by Richard Bach
  6. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  7. Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi
  8. The Practical Pagan by Dana D Eilers
  9. An ABC of Witchcraft by Doreen Valente
  10. When Santa was a Shaman by Tony Van Renterghem (Out of Print)
  11. The Virtual Pagan by Lisa McSherry
  12. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  13. Before You Cast a Spell by Carl McColman
  14. Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses by McColman and Hinds
  15. Wiccan Beliefs and Practices by Gary Cantrell

Intermediate learner:

  1. Dune by Frank Herbert (just the original book)
  2. The White Goddess by Robert Graves
  3. The Four Branches of the Mabinogion by Evangeline Walton
  4. Progressive Witchcraft by Gavin Bone and Janet Farrar
  5. One by Richard Bach
  6. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
  7. The King James Version Bible
  8. A Witch’s Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar
  9. Women of the Celts by Jean Markale
  10. Wicca, A Concise History by Isaac Bonewits
  11. The Mysteries of Druidry by Brendan “Cathbad” Meyers
  12. Celtic Tree Mysteries by Steve Blamires

For children: (Ages 4-13)

  1. The Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander
  2. The Witch Next Door by Norman Bridwell
  3. The Family Wicca Book by Ashleen O’Gaea
  4. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  5. There’s No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach
  6. Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
  7. Iktomi and the series by Paul Goble
  8. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  9. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery Katherine Woods (Translator)
  10. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

From Intermediate stage, there is just too much diversity to list only ten. There are literally hundreds of books that I would advise they read, but no ten spring to mind, and once again it depends on the interests of the student in question.

I understand that this is a very eclectic list of reading material, and if desired, I will explain my choices. There are good reasons for all of them to be here. And I have read all the above mentioned books, with the exception of the Little Prince, KJV Bible (even though I took classes in it), And the White Goddess (which I am working on.)

Stars light your path.

Originally posted 2011-04-02 05:51:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Responses to “Daven’s Recommended Reading List”

  1. Lyssa says:


    I’ve been reading about Paganism for over a year now. It interested me and I’ve been trying to learn more. I’m also trying to take it slow and find what feels right to me. The last thing I want to do is jump to conclusions and start labeling myself as a Witch, Wiccan, or Druid before I really know anything about the various paths and their histories.
    Im very interested in Celtic traditions, as well as Gardnerian. Also, I know I have lots of Cherokee in my lineage, so I belive that a Native American Pagan tradition would interest me also.
    Im trying to expand my knowledge on my spiritual journey, especially in the area of mythology, tradition, and practice.
    Are there any books or websites about paths or mythologies you can recommend to me?


    • Daven says:

      No, I’m sorry. I can warn you away from Carlos Castaneda’s works since he basically made them up.

      As for working in NA traditions, DO NOT label yourself a witch among them, that’s a murderer by magic and they will have nothing to do with you. If you do decide to go down that path, you are going to have to be very respectful of those you meet. Anything by Lupa is probably good to use for Shamanism and for a point of starting.

      Other than that, just read here. Most of my thoughts in Wicca, Witchcraft and Druidism are here.

  2. Jane says:

    I wish you would put a line or two about why you chose the books, especially those you haven’t reviewed. Some are pretty self-evident (Buckland’s, etc.) but the fiction books really aren’t. While I recognize most of them as books various people in my life have enjoyed, I’m curious why you feel they’re important to a study of Wicca.

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