I often get asked if I can recommend any books to read for someone starting out on their journey or even someone already on the path of being a witch. I think no matter where we are in our journey our thirst for knowledge is real. While I don’t believe in following any part of witchcraft to the book, I do think that it can be helpful to be given guidance on your path, or even just reading a magical story that inspires you and enforces your belief in magic in the word because it’s all around us!
So here is my list of recommended books in no particular order:
by Signe Pike
A book that is full of memoirs of Signe Pike’s travels in search of fae folk. Reading this felt like I was travelling with her and I hope to tick off some of these places in my own adventure. It’s a compelling and informative read that explains that fae folk aren’t just the fairies we see in films and books. Signe goes into the history of different spirits as well as the places she visits. This book stole my heart!
by Paulo Coelho
I know this isn’t strictly witchcraft but this had to sneak into my list. The reason being is that this is a fable that whatever you dream to do in life, the universe will conspire to make it happen. When I read this book something clicked in me and in the months after I decided to start my own business. This is a life-changing book that takes you on a journey while filling you with pockets of wisdom.
by Paulo Coelho
Also by the author of the Alchemist (i’ve read all of his books except maybe one or two) is the story of Brida, who seeks to learn magic from established witches. The book follows Brida’s quest for knowledge and magic in her homeland of Ireland and all the experiences in a journey of magic, passion and mystery. It is a tale of a young woman struggling with both relationships and her desire to be a witch, something I feel we can all relate to.
Witch: Unleased, Untamed, Unapologetic.
by Lisa Lister
This is a great book that tells you how it is and what it means to be a witch. I feel like I already knew a lot of the things Lisa discusses in her book but I highly recommend to anyone who is starting out in witchcraft and wants to know the crux of witchcraft as well as some simple rituals to follow. My favourite quote from her book is “I didn’t become a witch, I remembered I was one” which for me, sums up my experience of initiation to witchcraft. I love how honest and well written this book is, you will be hooked!
Craft: How to be a modern Witch
by Gabriela Herstik
Craft covers all the basics from the Sabbats to Tarot, creating an Alter to Astrology. If you’re looking for something to get you started I would recommend this as it’s almost a pocket-size grimoire – If you don’t know a Grimoire is a witches book that has all the information a witch has collected in her practice like things to do at Sabbats, spells and rituals. I like how this book is very much about being a modern witch and includes the magic of everything that we have available to us in the modern world.
Crystals: The modern guide to Crystal Healing
by Yulia Van Doren
In a similar way to Craft, I really love how this book is geared up to modern practices of witchcraft. I particularly love how with each crystal in the book it gives keywords for how to use them as well as explaining the individual magical properties of each crystal. It also delves into how to look after your crystals, how they work and how you can integrate them in your life. This is a great reference book as well as really well curated so would equally look great on your coffee table (I am an urban witch after all!).
Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles
by Yasmin Boland
If you are exploring the lunar cycles this is THE book to be reading! It goes into detail on what each moon can mean for you personally for both the new and full moon energies as well as breaks down how and why the moon has an impact on our lives. As a self-proclaimed moon howler and astrology geek i loved this book because it goes into real detail on what each moon has in store for me and my sun or rising sign which I find really helpful to gain an understanding of my individual relationship with the moons energies because we are all have different experiences of the moon.
If Women Rose Rooted: The Power of Celtic Woman
by Sharon Blackie
I absolutely loved this book. It’s full of Celtic myths and legends whilst following the story of Sharons quest for connection with the Earth. This is a great read full of stories not just from Sharon but from other women and their stories with the Earth.
If you have any books you recommend, I’d love to hear from you!