Books on Neopaganism


Listed on this page are books related to Neopaganism and Wicca, where you can find out more about the topics discussed on here on ReligionFacts.

Books on General Neopaganism

Books on Wiccan Ritual, Belief, and Practice

  • Zsuzsanna E. Budapest, The Grandmother of Time: A Woman's Book of Celebrations, Spells, and Sacred Objects for Every Month of the Year (HarperSanFrancisco, 1989).
  • Zsuzsanna E. Budapest, Holy Book of Women's Mysteries (Susan B. Anthony Coven No. 1, 1979-80).
  • Raymond Buckland, Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn, 1986).
  • Pauline Campanelli, Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions (Llewellyn, 1991).
  • Pauline Campanelli, Pagan Rites of Passage, 2nd ed. (Llewellyn, 1998).
  • Pauline Campanelli, The Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life (Llewellyn, 1989).
  • Scott Cunningham, Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn, 1984).
  • Scott Cunningham, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn, 1988).
  • Judika Illes, The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts (Element, 2004).
  • Janet and Stewart Farrar, Eight Sabbats for Witches Robert Hale, 1981).
  • Janet Farrar, A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook (Phoenix, 1996).
  • Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Witch's Way (Robert Hale, 1982).
  • Elizabeth Pepper, The Witches' Almanac: Spring 2005 to Spring 2006 (The Witches' Almanac, 2004). "The Witches' Almanac has been acclaimed for the quality of its art, design and content since its debut in 1971."
  • Rhiannon Ryall, West Country Wicca (Phoenix, 1989).
  • Robin Skelton, The Practice of Witchcraft (Press Porcepic, 1990).
  • Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark (Beacon Press, 1982).
  • Starhawk, The Spiral Dance (Harper & Row, 1979).
  • Diane Stein, Casting the Circle: A Women's Book of Ritual (Crossing Press, 1990).
  • Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess.
  • Doreen Valiente, Witchcraft for Tomorrow (Phoenix, 1978).
  • Marian Weinstein, Earth Magic (Phoenix, 1986).

Books on the History and Sociology of Wicca

  • Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today (Beacon Press, 1979; reissued 1997). Encyclopedia Britannica calls this "the best survey of the movement."
  • J.L. Bracelin, Gerald Gardner (1960). Biography of the founder of modern Wicca.
  • Kerr Cuhulain, The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl, 1997).
  • Gerald B. Gardner, High Magic's Aid (1949).
  • Gerald B. Gardner, The Meaning of Witchcraft (1959). The book in which Gardner first uses the term "Wica."
  • Gerald B. Gardner, Witchcraft Today (1954). The book that introduced modern witchcraft to the general public.
  • Marija Gimbutas, Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe (Univ. of California, 1982).
  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft (Facts on File, 1989).
  • Philip Heselton, Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival. Covers Gardner's life up to the onset of World War II.
  • Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Aiden A. Kelly, Crafting the Art of Magic (Llewellyn, 1991).
  • Aidan A. Kelly, A History of Modern Witchcraft, 1939–1964 (1991).
  • Aidan A. Kelly, Inventing Witchcraft: A Case Study of the Creation of a New Religion (Art Magickal Publications, 1998).
  • Aidan A. Kelly, Neo-Pagan Witchcraft (1990).
  • Charles Godfrey Leland, Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches (1899).
  • Brian Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, 2nd ed. (1995).
  • J. Gordon Melton and Isotta Poggi, Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America, 2nd ed. (1992). Provides an overview of Wiccan literature.
  • Margaret Alice Murray, The Witch Cult in Western Europe (Clarendon Press, 1921). A controversial anthropological work that was influential on Gardner.
  • Frank Smyth, Modern Witchcraft (Castle Books, 1973).
  • Doreen Valiente, An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present (Phoenix, 1973).
  • Doreen Valiente, The Rebirth of Witchcraft (Phoenix, 1989).