Well, a few people already mentioned the books and authors I was going to recommend, but I want to make a few comments. When you are getting into "advanced" Wiccan studies, I wouldn't limit yourself to specifically Wiccan books. Read the books and authors that influenced and inspired Wicca, as well as history, mythology, psychology, and anthropology -- all of these subjects give you a deeper understanding of Magick and ritual. Also, dig up some older books if you can find them. The previous generation had a bit of a different take on these things.
I like _Bonewits' Complete Guide to Wicca and Wtichcraft_, by Isaac Bonewits. His _Real Magic_ is also an excellent book to read for magickal theory. Isaac actually is Wiccan, as well as being a Druid -- I think he's a 3rd degree Gardnerian. As a matter of fact, he used to be married to Deborah Lipp.
I also like the Farrars. They're considered "advanced" now, but when those books came out, they were 101. I put Doreen Valiente on the same level. Her books are always worth the read. Valiente actually helped Gardner develope the Wiccan rituals.
Read Gardner -- _High Magic's Aid_, _Witchcraft Today_, _The Meaning of Witchcraft_. These are the books that started the Craft. Sadly, they are all too often ignored. Read Crowley as well -- while he wasn't Wiccan by today's standards, there is some speculation that he helped (or at least encouraged) Gardner to start Wicca. At the very least, most of Gardner's rituals contain some passages from Crowley.
Read books on Neopagan history -- Margot Adler's _Drawing Down the Moon_, T. M. Luhrmann's _Persuasions of the Witch's Craft_, and Ronald Hutton's _The Triumph of the Moon_.
Read the books that inspired Wicca -- _The Key of Solomon_, Crowley's _Book of the Law_, Leland's _Aradia_, Margaret Murray's _A Witch Cult in Western Europe_, Robert Graves' _The White Goddess_. Also, study the mythology of the Celts, Norse, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Sumerians.
Read Anthropology and Comparative Religion, particularly _The Rites of Passage_, by Arnold Van Gennep, _The Ritual Process_, by Victor Turner, _Shamanism, Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, by Mircea Eliade, _Hero with a Thousand Faces_, Joseph Campbell, and just about anything by Carl Jung.
And, while it is true that study should not replace practice, your practice can and will be enhanced through scholarship.
I've been at this a while
· 1 decade ago