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« Topic Start: December 22, 2007, 12:18:00 pm »

Okay, here is my library of Craft books. I need your opinions - what's good, what's bad, and what do I need? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.

Wicca/Witchcraft
Wicca For One by Raymond Buckland
Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway
Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

Shamanism
Secrets of Shamanism by Jose and Lena S. Stevens
Fire In the Head by Tom Cowan
By Oak Ash and Thorn by D. J. Conway

Druidism
The Solitary Druid by Rev. Robert Lee Ellison
The 21 Lessons of Merlyn by Douglas Monroe

Celtic Spirituality
Celtic Inspirations by Lyn Webster Wilde
Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman

Divination
Ogam: the Celtic Tree Oracle by Paul Rhys Mountfort
The Voice of the Woods: A Celtic Ogham Divination System  by Amanda Fisher
The Green Man Tree Oracle by John Matthews and Will Worthington
The Druidcraft Tarot by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
The Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck by Mary Hanson-Roberts
The Robin Wood Tarot Deck by Robin Wood
The Everything Tarot Book by Skye Alexander
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot by Arlene Tognetti and Lisa Lenard
Tarot Journaling by Corrine Kenner
Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis
Tarot for Dummies by Amber Jayanti

Misc.
The Crystal Handbook by Kevin Sullivan
How to See and Read the Aura by Ted Andrews
Secrets of Gypsy Fortunetelling by Raymond Buckland
The Green Man by John Matthews
The Celts by Nora Chadwick
The World of the Druids by Miranda J. Green
World of Herbs by Lesley Bremness
The Country Diary Herbal by Sarah Hollis
Growing and Using the Healing Herbs by Gaea and Shandor Weiss
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« Reply #1: December 22, 2007, 12:49:55 pm »

Okay, here is my library of Craft books. I need your opinions - what's good, what's bad, and what do I need? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.

Have you checked out the Cauldron book reviews?  They're accessible in the menu on the left side of every page.
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« Reply #2: December 22, 2007, 05:10:24 pm »



Just commenting on the ones I've read:

Wicca/Witchcraft
Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham [GOOD]
Spiral Dance by Starhawk [VERY GOOD. IGNORE HISTORY]
Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway [WASTE OF PAPER]
Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson [EXCELLENT. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS]

Shamanism
Secrets of Shamanism by Jose and Lena S. Stevens [NOT BAD]

Druidism
The 21 Lessons of Merlyn by Douglas Monroe [WASTE OF PAPER]
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« Reply #3: December 23, 2007, 01:42:40 pm »

Okay, here is my library of Craft books. I need your opinions - what's good, what's bad, and what do I need? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.

I'll try and stick to the ones I've read.

Wicca/Witchcraft
Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway

I second Randall's opinion on all of these.

Shamanism
Fire In the Head by Tom Cowan (bad history, but it did provoke some thought. However, much of what was thought-provoking I probably could have found elsewhere. Approach with, as always, a healthy amount of salt)
By Oak Ash and Thorn by D. J. Conway (waste of paper. Anything by D.J Conway is a waste of paper, particularly for those on a Celtic path)

Druidism
The Solitary Druid by Rev. Robert Lee Ellison (I've heard this is good; never read it)
The 21 Lessons of Merlyn by Douglas Monroe (waste of paper)

Celtic Spirituality
Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman (very good; very inspirational and thoughtful)

Divination
Ogam: the Celtic Tree Oracle by Paul Rhys Mountfort (I've heard this is good, though bear in mind there is much more to the ogam than trees

**recommendation: Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom by Erynn Rowan Laurie (very good; solid basis in theory and practice and very inspirational, particularly for those of a Reconstructionist mind)

Misc.
The Celts by Nora Chadwick (very good)
The World of the Druids by Miranda J. Green (very good)

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« Reply #4: December 23, 2007, 03:20:19 pm »

Okay, here is my library of Craft books. I need your opinions - what's good, what's bad, and what do I need? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.

Some of this is likely going to be repetitive, and I'm just going to stick with the ones I know well enough to have an opinion.

Spiral Dance by Starhawk - The history is largely crap, but this can be an excellent resource for spiritual development and beginning spellcrafting techniques.

Celtic Magic by D. J. Conway - Utter garbage.  Not worth the paper it's printed on.  Though if you rip it up properly, it makes good kindling.

By Oak Ash and Thorn by D. J. Conway - See the notes on Celtic Magic.  And, really, those comments go for anything by D. J. Conway.

The 21 Lessons of Merlyn by Douglas Monroe - Probably the only author more disdained in Celtic circles than Conway.  The material in the book is utter drek and as far as Douglas himself is concerned . . . well, lets just say that "dishonorable" is the kindest descriptor I've ever heard applied by Celtic Pagan elders.

Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman  - Freeman is a good source for inspiration when you're working things out in those areas where scholarship leaves gaps, but she doesn't distinguish for the reader when she's relying on research and when she's relying on UPG, so a beginner can end up getting mislead with regard to what the Celts actually did and didn't do.

The Robin Wood Tarot Deck by Robin Wood - I'm rather fond of this deck, but it has more to do with an appreciation for Ms. Wood's art than anything else.

The Celts by Nora Chadwick
The World of the Druids by Miranda J. Green
- Both of these are quite good and well worth reading for anyone interested in Celtic Paganism. 

As far as recommendations for what you should get . . . it appears from your reading list that you're interested in the Celts, so . . .

There is an excellent book list for folks who are just starting out over on the Digital Medievalist.

I would personally not that, while Celtic Heritage by Alwyn and Brinley Rees is more than a little advanced for folks who aren't used to reading scholarly works, I have found it to be utterly invaluable.
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« Reply #5: April 20, 2008, 09:45:06 pm »

Okay, here is my library of Craft books. I need your opinions - what's good, what's bad, and what do I need? Recommendations? Thanks in advance for your help.

I've added several books to my library since I first posted this list. Here are the new additions. Opinions?

Wicca/Witchcraft
Druidcraft by Philip Carr-Gomm
Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance by Evan John Jones and Chas S. Clifton
The Book of Shadows by N. E. Genge
Lord of Light & Shadow by D. J. Conway
Wicca for Men by A. J. Drew
Scottish Witchcraft by Ray Buckland

Shamanism
Beautiful Painted Arrow by Joseph E. Rael
Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide (With drumming CD) by Sandra Ingerman

Celtic Spirituality
Celtic Light: Wisdom and Lore by Claudine Gandolfi
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Celtic Wisdom by Carl McColman

Divination
The Art of the Pendulum (Kit with pendulum) by Maxi Cohen

Misc.
Practical Candleburning Rituals by Ray Buckland
The Book of the Zodiac by The Diagram Group
Are You Psychic? (Kit with cards) by Nannette Stone

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« Reply #6: April 20, 2008, 10:04:26 pm »

I've added several books to my library since I first posted this list. Here are the new additions. Opinions?

I hate to tell you this, but that DJ Conway book isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Damn shame, too, but I'd drop it off at a used bookstore first chance you get.
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« Reply #7: April 20, 2008, 10:23:46 pm »

I've added several books to my library since I first posted this list. Here are the new additions. Opinions?

Just commenting on ones I'm familiar with....

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Lord of Light & Shadow by D. J. Conway

Like most Conway stuff, a waste of trees. Don't bother.

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Wicca for Men by A. J. Drew

Drew's stuff can be interesting, but it often has little to do with anything like traditional Wicca. It seems to be itys own version of Wicca.

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Scottish Witchcraft by Ray Buckland

One of the worst books Buckland has written, IMHO. Link to my short review

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Practical Candleburning Rituals by Ray Buckland

Not bad. But far from the best book on Candle Magic any more. Link to my short review
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« Reply #8: April 21, 2008, 08:02:29 am »

Lord of Light & Shadow by D. J. Conway

Hated it, never got all the way through, gave it away to a good home where it wouldn't hurt any unsuspecting people who didn't know any better.  Aside from the other questions (like historical accuracy), I recall the book having an incredibly heavy anti-Christian bias that made me want to throw it across the room.
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« Reply #9: April 27, 2008, 01:14:08 pm »

Kindling the Celtic Spirit by Mara Freeman

I read this recently, and could have played bulls**t bingo with all the phrases she used and didn't qualify - "sacred time", for example.  I was glad I'd ordered it via the library, as I only lost £2.
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