Sunday Surprise – Pagan Book List

May 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm (Books, pagan, Sunday)

I can’t remember where this came from originally ***If it is your’s please contact me so I can give you credit!***

If you do find a group, be sure to use good common sense in meeting them and in joining them. Not all people who use the term Pagan or Witch or Wiccan are nice and kind. In fact, Paganism has gotten large enough so that indeed there are a number of absolute a**holes and even psychopaths among us. So be careful, please. 🙂
If you can’t find a real life teacher, then look for information in the written word. I don’t like How-To books particularly, especially the ones on Witchcraft. Most of them dumb everything down to the point of bland-simpleness and make it sound like all you need to be a successful Witch is to own the right tools and do spellwork like baking cookies with a set recipe. Better books are often those that are NOT written for a strictly Neo-Pagan audience… These are a few of the ones that were recommend as starters:

Books on Magick:
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Magick (Including: Magick in Theory and Practice, Book Four, Liber Aba, and Liber 777) by Aleister Crowley
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The Tree of Life – A Study In Magic by Isreal Regarde
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Psychic Self-Defense By Dion Fortune
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Egyptian Book of the Dead

History books that accurately talk about Paganism:
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The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton
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Behind the Crystal Ball: Magic, Science, and the Occult from Antiquity Through The New Age by Anthony Aveni
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The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity by Richard Fletcher
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The Golden Dawn Source Book (The history of the Golden Dawn) by Darcy Kuntz

History books about Paganism in the USA specifically:
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Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
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People Of The Earth by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond

Interesting Witchy Herbal/Tree books:
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Year of Moons, Season of Trees, by Pattalee Glass-Koentop
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Tree Medicine Tree Magic by Ellen Evert Hopman
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A Druid’s Herbal by Ellen Evert Hopman
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The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

Books on Sabbats and seasons:
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Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli & Dan Campanelli
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Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions by Pauline Campanelli & Dan Campanelli

Books on Shamanism
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Entering the Circle: Ancient Secrets of Siberian Wisdom Discovered by a Russian Psychiatrist by Olga Kharitidi
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Hallucinogens & Shamanism by Michael J. Harner
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Riding Windhorses:A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism by Sarangerel Odigon
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Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade
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Shamans and Elders: Experience, Knowledge, and Power among the Daur Mongols by Caroline Humphery with Urgunge Onon
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The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, Ufos, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess by Terence McKenna
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Ayauasca: Hallucinogens, Consciousness, and the Spirit of Nature, edited by Ralph Metzner
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Chosen by the Spirits by Sarangerel Odigon
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Entheogens and the Future of Religion by Robert Forte, Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Jack Kornfield, Terence McKenna, Ann and Alexander Shulgin, Robert Jesse, Dale Pendell, Thomas Riedlinger, Thomas Roberts, Rick Strassman, and Eric Sterling

Misc Books:
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The Satanic Bible by Anton Le Vey
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Pagans And the Law by Dana Eilers
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Transformations of Myth Through Time by Joseph Campbell
* Anarchism: Its Philosophy and ldeal by Peter Kropotkin (Sorry, I can’t find a link for this one…)

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader’s personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.

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