How to start learning Wicca? What are some good books to start with?
I do have one book called Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac.
- NLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Merry Meet Steph,
If you are interested about learning more about Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. First being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/ Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists athttp://www.sacredmists.com/ or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/, and Witch School at http://www.witchschool.com/ has some really good resources plus they have a free first degree program. All are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web though like any site they have some issues, take what you can and leave what does not work. Also if you are close enough to an active group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity.
Not all DVD’s are equal, but if that’s what you like to use to learn try Witchcraft Rebirth of the Old Religion by Raymond Buckland (DVD), Discovering Witchcraft by Janet and Stewart Farrar (DVD), Ancient Mysteries Witches by A&E (DVD), Craftwise Volume 1: Candle Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Craftwise Volume 2: Cord Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Wish on a Spell, Vo. 1 by Deborah Gray (DVD), Practical Magick (DVD), The Craft (DVD).
I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham. Try your local public library for resources and recommendations, many people donate directly to them for the community to use.
Study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you. Also, read all the books you can get your hands on, the good ones as well as the bad ones. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.
Remember, you are the only one that decides what’s good for you, not someone else because. Because as far as I am concerned, every author in has something to offer, all you have to do is ignore the information that is not accurate and/or wrong and keep the good information. Oh and I suggest staying away from groups and/or web sites that slander other people’s names, because they tend to generate and cultivate an atmosphere of negativity and that will start your walk in the path with a biased light and you would miss out on some good information and resources.
Just my thought on the issue, take from it what you wish and leave what you don’t like.
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- 1 decade ago
(to recycle a couple of my previous answers to similar questions)
A word of advice: be critical when you read books on Paganism (especially books on Wicca). There are a lot of poor quality books on Paganism out there; some are written to be cash cows, some may be heavily biased and (many) others contain poor quality or out-dated scholarship. Be doubly cautious when getting info from the web.
The single best book for anyone interested in Wicca is "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft" by Ronald Hutton. It won’t tell you how to do Wicca but it will help you determine which books on Wicca are good and which are less so. It could also help you to understand why some authors of books on Wicca write what they write as well as appreciate that whilst some books may contain very bad factual errors they can also contain some very good ideas. Basically, it's not a 'how to' book nor is it 'Wicca 101' but it will help to make sense of all the other books (on Wicca and to an extent wider Paganism) out there. If you get just one book, get this.
As others have said, avoid Silver Ravenwolf. The name alone should be enough to put people off but here's a couple criticisms of Ravenwolf:
- MianheLv 41 decade ago
Llewellyns books (with the exception of Scott Cunningham) are generally considered to be crap. I can't say that for myself, as I have never had much to do with them, but you decide. I suggest Scott Cunningham - he wrote in the 80's I think, so it's a little outdated in some ways but it's a brilliant introduction to Wicca. 'Wicca: A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner' is a good place to start :)
Stay away from Silver Ravenwolf, whatever you do.
- zoooooom!!!Lv 51 decade ago
I hear that Scott Cumingham books are a good start. Wicca for the Solitary Practioner is a good place to start.Source(s): not a Wiccan, but I find this religion to be quite interesting.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Most of Llewellyn's publications are crap, just the same touchy feely stuff repackaged. You have to go with the classics, like the Scott Cunningham books. Stay away from Raymond Buckland and Silver Ravenwolf, they're just hacks. For true introspection and serious study, you need to look at Scott Cunningham and the books he lists as sources in his bibliographies.
- Dolly 1Lv 51 decade ago
Anything by Scot Cunningham.
- SteveLv 61 decade ago
Wicca is the invention of a British public servant. It's sad that people take it seriously. Read some history written by non-wiccans and get an idea of what it is before you start spending money.
- NightwindLv 71 decade ago
Here are some suggestions:
And here are a lot more reviews both good and bad, to help you choose additional books based on your particular interests.
- Feynman ThegreatLv 61 decade ago
I suggest you don't. Open a science book instead.