Once you’ve decided you that you want to be a Wiccan, you cannot begin your journey without first learning about the path and craft. There is nothing automatic about being a Wiccan. And the best way to learn about it is to do a lot of reading! Sure, there are a lot of articles you can find online. But if you want to dig deeper, you should also learn from Wiccan books.
While there is no shortage of Wiccan books, you have to be very discerning when it comes to the books you read as an introduction to Wicca. Luckily, the most remarkable Wiccans, the scholars, and even the Father of Wicca himself, have written books to help future Wiccans learn about the history of Wicca, what Wicca really is, know what magick is and how to use it, how to get started on the Wiccan path, etc.
Here are just 4 books to give you a good understanding of Wicca and get you started on your Wiccan path.
THE MEANING OF WITCHCRAFT BY GERALD GARDNER
Gerald Gardner, the Father of Modern Witchcraft, authored many books on Wicca and Witchcraft. The “Meaning of Witchcraft” teaches you to find the meaning of witchcraft outside the context of religious theories. This was the very first book written from the point of view of a witch, and it was published in 1959, just after the witchcraft laws were repealed. It is considered to be Gerald Gardner’s “groundbreaking work.” It teaches you the meaning of witchcraft without the use of religious contexts like “God” or “Satan.” It explains witchcraft by appealing to the collective unconscious.
Here are some of the things you’ll find in the book:
- The history of witchcraft
- Witch's Memories and Beliefs
- What witchcraft is; what witchcraft isn’t
- The Signs and Symbols of witchcraft
WICCA: A GUIDE FOR THE SOLITARY PRACTITIONER BY SCOTT CUNNINGHAM
This is Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca and teaches you how to live life magically, spiritually, and one with nature. It teaches you how to cultivate a wholesome relationship with Nature, the Earth, and the God and Goddess, which is really what Wicca is all about.
This book also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows, containing his spells, prayers, and herb,gem, and candle correspondences.
Here are some of the things this book teaches you:
- The roots of Wicca
- God and Goddess mythology
- How to cultivate a relationship with Nature
- What magick is and how it works
- Herb,Gem, and Candle correspondences
- Prayers and spells you can use
LIVING WICCA BY SCOTT CUNNINGHAM
Living Wicca is best read after reading "Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham." This is the second step for the beginner in the craft. This book focuses on how you can carve out your own path, because the thing with Wicca is, it is a very personal journey that you can customize according to your beliefs, especially for the solitary practitioner.
Here are some of the things you can find in the book:
- Help you create your own tradition
- Help you develop a relationship with the God/Goddess
- Help you perform self-initiation
- Help you create your Book of Shadows
- Explain Wiccan rules and laws
- Make your own rituals
BUCKLAND'S COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT (SECOND EDITION)
Raymond Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft is one of modern Wicca’s most recommended books. This is for the beginner who likes a more step-by-step and traditional manner of learning Wicca. This book reads like a coursework with its illustrations, photographs, and exams at the end of every chapter. So if you choose this book, you better be serious about learning the craft.
You will learn the following:
- History of Wicca
- Sabbats and Lore
- Rituals and Spellwork
- Divination and Channeling
- Healing and Herbalism