The People of the Woods Church
of The Old Religion

Bide the Wiccan Law Ye Must,
in perfect Love, in perfect Trust,
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none, do as ye will.
What ye send out comes back to thee,
So ever mind the rule of three.
Follow this with mind and heart,
and Merry ye Meet, and Merry ye Part.
Suggested Reading List

These books offer a broad perspective on Wicca including practices, values, and history of the Craft. Some of the titles are out of print. With perseverance you may find them in used book shops or from on-line used book sellers.

We recommend first that you support local small business pagan bookstores and used book shops. If you are unable to find a book from a local small pagan merchant, we have included links to so that you may purchase any of these books on-line.

Suggested reading list for Seekers and Beginners
learning about Wiccan religion and practice.
cover The Heart of Wicca: Wise Words from a Crone on the Path
Ellen Cannon Reed; Red Wheel/Weiser; (November 2000)
Every person thinking about pursuing a Wiccan path should read this book.
      true magic True Magic: A beginners Guide
Amber K: Llewellyn Publications; , 2nd Edition (2006)
Suggested reading list for Dedicants
studying for Wiccan initiation
cover Eight Sabbats for Witches
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Phoenix Publishing, Inc. 1983)
      cover The Witches' Way: Principles, Rituals, and Beliefs of Modern Witchcraft
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Phoenix Publishing, Inc. 1986)
cover Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millennium
Vivian Crowley (The Aquarian Press, 1989)
      cover The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle
Deborah Lipp (Llewellyn Publications, 2003)
cover The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Phoenix Publishing, 1987)
      cover The Witches' God: Lord of the Dance
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Phoenix Publishing, 1989)
cover Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland; Llewellyn Publications; (December 1986)

Note: Eight Sabbats for Witches and The WItches' Way are also published in one volume under the title of A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook, also by Janet and Stewart Farrar.

Suggested reading list for Initiates
studying to become a 2nd Degree
cover A Grimoire of Shadows: Witchcraft, Paganism, and Magic
Ed Fitch; Llewellyn Publications, (1996)
      cover Witch Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology
Margaret A. Murray, (Oxford University Press, 1921, Kessinger Publishing; 2003)
cover Witchcraft Today
Gerald Brosseau Gardner (Magical Child 1954, reprint by Citadel Trade, 2004)
      cover Aradia: Gospel of the Witches
Charles G. Leland (Phoenix Publishing, Inc. 1893/1990)
cover Mastering Witchcraft
Paul Huson (Perigee, 1980)
Interesting non-Wiccan perspective on Witchcraft
      The Alex Sanders Lectures Alex Sanders Lectures
Alex Sanders (Magickal Childe, 1989)
Educational history of traditional Wicca.
Wiccan Minister's Manual The Wiccan Minister's Manual, A Guide for Priests
Kevin Gardner (AuthorHouse, 2008)
How to be a Priest/ess of Wicca
Suggested Books for Wiccan Elders
studying to become High Priest or Priestess
cover Wicca 333: Advanced Topics in Wiccan Belief
Kaatryn MacMorgan ( 2003)
      cover Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own
Judy Harrow (Citadel Press: 1999)
cover Deepening Witchcraft: Advancing Skills and Knowledge
Grey Cat, (ECW Press; 2002)
      cover The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Ronald Hutton, (Oxford University Press; 2001)
cover The Grimoire of Lady Sheba: Includes the Book of Shadows
Lady Sheba (Llewelyn, 2001)
      cover Rites of Worship: A Neopagan Approach
Isaac Bonewits (Dubsar House Publishing; July 2003)
Other interesting books
cover To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft
Silver Ravenwolf; Llewellyn Publications; (May 1993)
      cover Wicca for Men: A Handbook for Male Pagans
A. J. Drew; Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group, (1998)
cover Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Scott Cunningham, (Llewellyn 1985)
      cover The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
Robert Wang (Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1983)
cover Phoenix from the Flame: Pagan Spirituality in the Western World
Vivian Crowley (Thorsons Pub; September 1994)
      cover Malleus Malificarum of Kramer and Sprenger(Dover)
CoverNA Choice centered Tarot: Using the Cards to Make a Better Life
Gail Fairfield, (Red Wheel/Weiser; Revised edition February 2002)
A good guide to the tarot not focused on any particular deck.
Witchy novels we liked
cover Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire (HarperCollins; Reprint edition, 2000)
      cover The Heart of the Fire
by Cerridwen Fallingstar, (Cauldron Publications, 1990)
cover Lammas Night
by Katherine Kurtz (Ballantine Books, 1988)
      CoverNA Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer
by Brian Bates, (Harper Collins, 1992)
Music for Witches and Pagans
cover Sons of Somerled
by Stephen McDonald
      cover Let it Begin Now
by Starhawk and Reclaiming
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