Gonzalez-Wippler Migene – Book of Shadows

Llewellyn Worldwide ISBN 9780738702131

Wicca is essentially a religion, as sacred and vital as other religions. Its central foundation is nature and all of its laws. Witches maintain a constant identification with the flora, fauna, the waters, the winds, and all other natural phenomena.

Yet Wiccan beliefs and practices are often unknown or misunderstood by non-Pagans and the uninitiated. Approaching the Craft from the Gardnerian perspective, Migene González-Wippler offers a friendly, straightforward introduction to the Old Religion and sheds light on what it truly means to be a Witch.

What goes on at coven meetings? How do Witches perform magic? Why does magic work? From initiation rites to invoking elementals, González-Wippler explains both practical and spiritual aspects of Wiccan traditions. Book of Shadows also teaches the significance of Moon phases, herbs, colors, crystals, common magical tools, and other implements when performing sacred ceremonies and rituals.

Heriot, John – Teaching yourself White Magic

Newton Abbot ISBN 0715360280

This little book (122 pages) by John Heriot, a `magician’, is a good, basic `simplified’ guide to developing one’s magical faculties. The book looks at such things as the art of creating talismans, to `stronger magic’ such as invocations, pacts and rituals. The author also looks at `psychic powers’ – meditation, hypnosis, telepathy and clairvoyance etc. In the fourth and final chapter `Magic and Spiritual Development’, we investigate the astral body and self-defence on all levels.
With lots of line-drawings to illustrate the subjects, and overlooking the `dated’ appearance, all in all, this is not a bad little book.

Gallagher Ann-Marie – de Spreukengids

Veltman Uitgevers ISBN 9789059205895

De spreukengids is de completee gids voor praktische magie. Hij beavat 150 spreuken waarmee u uw leven kunt verrijken. Met natuurijke magie kunt u uw geluk, gezondheid, carrière en gezinsleven verbeteren – of zelfs een geliefde vinden! De spreukengids biedt u een grote verscheidenheid aan traditionele spreuken die in uw leven een rol kunnen spelen.
Ann-Marie Gallagher is heks, docente aan de University of Central Lancashire, politiek activiste, historica en auteur van diverse boken over magie, hekserij en spiritualiteit. Ze geeft gratis worshops over magie en spiritualiteit op festivals, organiseert plaatselijke bijeenkomsten, presenteert zangkringen en houdt daarnaast van tuinieren.

Gallagher, Ann-Marie – de Wicca gids

Veltman Uitgevers ISBN 9789059205185

Deze uitgebreide wiccagids zal u helpen kennis en vaardigheden in de Kunst te ontwikkelen. Hij bevat alles wat u over het onderwerp moet weten, zoals informatie over gebruiken en tradities, visualisatie, rituelen, spreuken, divinatietechnieken, cirkelwerk en covenetiquette.  

Beginners krijgen praktisch advies over alledaagse zaken, zoals over het maken van een altaar, het wijden van magische instrumenten en het trekken van een cirkel. Voor mensen met meer ervaring kan dit boek de kennis over wiccaspiritualiteit verdiepen en vergroten. 

Ann-Marie Gallagher is een wicca en wetenschappelijk hoofdmedewerker in Gelijkheid en Diversiteit aan de University of Central Lancashire, politiek activiste en historicus. Ze heeft diverse boeken geschreven over magie, hekserij en spiritualiteit.

Lipp, Deborah – The way of Four

Llewellyn Worldwide ISBN 0738705411

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water not only are these elements the building blocks of the universe, but also potent keys to heightened self-understanding. The Way of Four helps you determine which of the four elements are prominent and which are lacking in your world, using a variety of custom-made quizzes. It includes a multitude of methods to incorporate and balance the elements in your environment, wardrobe, and even your perfume.

Rain, Gwinevere – Bekentenissen van een jonge heks

Arena ISBN 9789069747767

Bekentenissen van een jonge heks vertelt je alles wat je ooit wilde weten over wat hekserij nou eigenlijk écht is. Gwinevere Rain, die al sinds haar veertiende de heksenkunst beoefent, deelt haar ervaringen en inzichten met iedereen die geïnteresseerd is in wicca en in het leven als heks.
Bekentenissen van een jonge heks onthult essentiële heksenwetenswaardigheden en geeft veel tips uit de praktijk, voor zowel beginners als gevorderden, met bijdragen van tienerheksen van over de hele wereld.  
Het boek kreeg een voorwoord mee van Susan Smit, auteur van Heks en Elena’s vlucht.

Duff, Gail – Seasons of the Witch

Publishers Group West ISBN 9781569753361

Each chapter in this book is devoted to a Wiccan festival, its meaning, and ways to celebrate it. The advice operates at two levels: spiritual and personal as well as celebratory and communal.

Wicca is a nature-based religion and uses natural change as its guide. This book shows spiritual seekers how to ritualize their lives throughout the seasons, acknowledging external and internal change. For example, Yule in December is a dark quiet time, when you think about the past year and year to come, hold old and new together as the light shifts, and think personally about how to let go and move on ? a contemplative time, with recommended meditations from the book.

On the celebratory side, this book tells you everything you need to know to create a festival for you and your friends. It describes traditional foods, art projects, songs and group activities. Instead of a Halloween party have a celebration of Samhain (November 1), where you make mulled cider and black, moon-shaped almond honey cakes, hang a traditional eight-spoked wreath of woven wheat straw and gather around a bonfire to cast off things about yourself you do not like by burning symbols of these things.

McCoy, Edain – Sabbats

Llewellyn Worldwide ISBN 9781567186635

In The Sabbats, Edain McCoy reveals the eight major holidays of Witchcraft and the many ways in which they are celebrated.

There are two basic types of holidays. The first come at the Solstices and Equinoxes. The others divide the time between those dates in two, resulting in eight major holidays or Sabbats with approximately the same amount of days between them. The balance, here, gives the appearance of spokes in a wheel, so this cycle is commonly called the Wheel of the Year.

The holidays represent two things. First, the harvest cycle. Each holiday represents a time in the growth of crops. From planting to growth, from harvesting to letting the lands lie fallow in the cold winter, the festivals follow the agricultural cycles of ancient times. However, they also represent the eternal love of the God and Goddess, following the God’s birth from the Goddess and his death before she gives birth to him again. This also follows the pattern of the Sun which moves from warm and high in the sky to cold and low in the sky.

The book is filled with ways you can follow the Wheel of the Year, whether you work with a coven, with your family, or by yourself. You will learn the secrets of ritual construction and handicrafts appropriate to each of the festivals. You will also learn recipes for traditional foods for each holiday and even songs appropriate to the Sabbats.

This is a wonderful, joyous book filled with color, information, and wisdom. If you are involved with Paganism in any way, this book is a must for your studies and practices. This book functions as both a resource and as a practical manual for the celebration of the holidays.