There are a number of fantastic resources available for learning about Paganism and the various Pagan traditions. Here at Binghamton CUUPS, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites to share with you.
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions
Joyce and River Higgenbotham. Llewellyn, 2002.
An excellent introduction to Earth Centered religions and the Pagan community. Unlike most “introductory” books, this isn’t a guide onto any one tradition, but is instead an overview of the many different spiritualities and ethos in the larger Pagan community.
The Witch’s Guide to Life
Kala Trobe. Llewellyn, 2003.
An compendium of one witch’s views on witchcraft and Wiccan philosophy and belief systems, ritual tools, historical precident, and more.
Exploring the Pagan Path: Wisdom From the Elders
Kristin Madden. New Page Books, 2005.
An anthology of essays on topics related Pagan religion, written by respected Pagan elders. The authors’ backgrounds and experiences encompass various Pagan traditions including Witchcraft, Druidry, Norse paths, Shamanism, and more.
Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham. Llewellyn, 1989.
The classic introduction to solitary Wicca, and one of the most well written introductions on the market.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
Raymond Buckland. Llewellyn, 2002.
Sometimes known as “Uncle Bucky’s Big Blue Book”. This is a self-directed introduction in Gardinarian-derived Wicca, written by Gardinarian elder Raymond Buckland. Includes details on history, ritual, and even the construction of ritual tools and garments.
Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen
Scott Cunningham. Llewellyn, 2002.
Virtually any item in your pantry can be used for personal transformation. From artichokes to kidney beans to grape jelly, food contains specific magical energies you can harness for positive results. This encyclopedia of food magic offers twenty-seven of Scott Cunningham’s favorite recipes. Magical menus for more than ten desired goals including love, protection, health, money, and psychic awareness are provided as well.
Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Scott Cunningham. Llewellyn, 2000.
Expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication, this book describes the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs. It also includes a folk name cross-reference as well as lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. This book is considered a classic, and is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!