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« Topic Start: December 16, 2010, 02:33:07 pm »

I have the greatest respect for Wicca and Wiccans, so I mean no disrespect.

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

I'm just curious...
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« Reply #1: December 16, 2010, 04:56:23 pm »

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson. Just ignore the parts of the last chapter on religious witchcraft (aka Wicca without being named) covens.
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« Reply #2: December 17, 2010, 10:32:51 am »

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson. Just ignore the parts of the last chapter on religious witchcraft (aka Wicca without being named) covens.
Thanks Randall. I get asked this question fairly often and don't have a real good answer. As a person who practices Kitchen and Green Witchcraft, I mostly study herbalism, plant and tree lore, and the like. I have personal experience with Traditional Witchcraft, but some want books that they can read and use as references.
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« Reply #3: December 17, 2010, 11:44:50 am »

I have the greatest respect for Wicca and Wiccans, so I mean no disrespect.

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

I'm just curious...

I really like The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Iles.  It looks fluffy on the surface, but it's one of the best collections of straight-up folk magic I've come across. 
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« Reply #4: December 17, 2010, 12:44:22 pm »

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

Weirdly enough, seeing your later post, I'd be tempted to suggest to you Cora Anderson's Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition.  It's religious witchcraft, not Wicca, and not the sort of thing most people would suggest when looking for 'a witchcraft book'.

Cora was a kitchen witch, though.
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« Reply #5: December 17, 2010, 12:56:30 pm »

I really like The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Iles.  It looks fluffy on the surface, but it's one of the best collections of straight-up folk magic I've come across. 

I got it for a harry potter game.  It's loads of fun.
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« Reply #6: December 17, 2010, 03:44:00 pm »

I really like The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Iles.  It looks fluffy on the surface, but it's one of the best collections of straight-up folk magic I've come across. 

Oh, I second this opinion. I love that book so much.
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« Reply #7: December 20, 2010, 02:04:35 am »

But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

"Earth, Air, Fire and Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic" by Scott Cunningham is among one of the first books in my collection. He spends a few chapters explaining natural magic and the elements, and the rest of the book contains a number of spells that harness the power of the elements. The spells are very practical and there is an entire section at the end of the book that introduces you to creating your own spells. IMHO, it is a wonderful introduction to folk magic.
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« Reply #8: January 03, 2011, 10:24:19 am »

My favourite is "The Way of the Green Witch" by Arin Murphy Hiscock. For a long time I didn't buy it as I thought it would claim to be Wiccan, but was pleasantly suprised. It's very non-Wiccan and the author makes sure the reader knows the difference between the two. It's very nature based, which I love.
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« Reply #9: January 03, 2011, 10:26:46 am »

Thanks Randall. I get asked this question fairly often and don't have a real good answer. As a person who practices Kitchen and Green Witchcraft, I mostly study herbalism, plant and tree lore, and the like. I have personal experience with Traditional Witchcraft, but some want books that they can read and use as references.

I feel the same, lots of herbal and tree books are in my collection.  Smiley
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« Reply #10: February 08, 2011, 04:05:46 pm »

I really like The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Iles.  It looks fluffy on the surface, but it's one of the best collections of straight-up folk magic I've come across. 
I've got this book!
it's a great overview of many things mashed into one book.
And none of this Wiccan rede stuff in every chapter.
no offence ,but like the original poster,my worship and my witchcraft I tend to think of separately and Im not Wiccan.
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« Reply #11: February 08, 2011, 10:13:57 pm »

I have the greatest respect for Wicca and Wiccans, so I mean no disrespect.

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

I'm just curious...

Is there a kind of witchcraft that you are looking for, specifically?

Starhawk's The Spiral Dance is based in the Feri tradition but is an introduction to religious Witchcraft in general, regardless of tradition. T Thorn Coyle's Evolutionary Witchcraft book is also really good and based on Feri Tradition rather than Wicca.

Yasmine Galenorn's Embracing The Moon is okay too. I'm not a huge fan of hers, but this is a decent book on magic and spellcraft without really being too religious. It does have chapters on rituals for gods and goddesses, but the main focus of the book is magical practice rather than going into religious aspects too much.
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« Reply #12: April 13, 2011, 02:01:22 am »

I have the greatest respect for Wicca and Wiccans, so I mean no disrespect.

Almost every time someone ask for a recommendation of a Witchcraft book I usually see mostly books that also discuss or lean towards Wicca. But what are some non-Wicca Witchcraft books that you would recommend?

I'm just curious...

It depends what you mean by Witchcraft, but I think the best thing to do is read widely on folklore, folk magic and the particular local traditions that interest you. There are some great books produced by folklorists and academics on the subject which are unbiased from a religious PoV and contain much more useful information than those on the new age shelves. Owen Davies and Emma Wilson are excellent, and anything by Katherine Mary Briggs that you can get your hands on.
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« Reply #13: April 20, 2011, 05:38:47 pm »



I am looking for the same or similar types of information re: herbalism, so thanks for this post. I have some titles now too. Cool.

I have also been considering reading more about Chinese herbalism and getting some basic botany books. I'm wondering if seeing how herbs are used in different environs and how they grow (the process etc.)  might deepen the symbolism or connection to the plants.

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« Reply #14: May 14, 2011, 06:04:59 pm »

I really like The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Iles.  It looks fluffy on the surface, but it's one of the best collections of straight-up folk magic I've come across. 

I also really enjoyed The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft by Judika Illes. It's full of interesting information!
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