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Resource List for Beginner Witches/Pagans

Welcome! I noticed quite a few threads full of beginner (you are not babies) witches and thought that a resource guide might help out here! I am a writer and author and have many years of practice as a folk witch and pagan. So, here are some of my suggestions! This list is in no way exhaustive, I just find these all to be a great starting point!


Book List


Year of the Witch by Temperance Alden

High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row by Damien Echols 

Tarot for Troubled Times by Shaheen Miro & Theresa Reed

Magickal Tarot by Robyn Valentine

The Witch by Ronald Hutton

Blackthorns Botanical Magic by Amy Blackthorn

Psychic Witch by Mat Auryn

Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

Llewellyns Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick

The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish

Traditional Wicca by Thorn Mooney

Traditional Witchcraft by Gemma Gary

Backwoods Witchcraft by Jake Richards

Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine

What we knew in the Night by Raven Grimassi

Horse Magick by Domenic Leo & Lawren Leo

Astrology for Real Life by Theresa Reed

Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen

The complete book of incense, oils & brews by Scott Cunningham


Blog & Podcast List


https://cailleachs-herbarium.com/

https://www.patheos.com/pagan

https://abundanceandmagic.blogspot.com/

https://www.thetarotlady.com/blog/


Occultism With a Side of Salt https://open.spotify.com/show/6uoAOj8W4r89DQIIC30sAs?si=QW0VAxGFRl-R9xMO0ttQAw

Coffee and Cauldrons https://open.spotify.com/show/4sQuMYRGkrEVGNsRqsrQHW?si=QGLC1BxNQxO-Isdsmx53kw

Witchin & Bitchin https://open.spotify.com/show/0DyYjj3hdao7w2pGDIQlgu?si=K_BhFeg4QKqvwjqXPdCIpg

Tarot Bytes with Theresa Reed https://www.thetarotlady.com/tarot-bytes/

The Witch and The Medium https://open.spotify.com/show/1rGRtvtyb2pyREinWQkxUr?si=E9E6gKOsSdGMB1-cZp0DMg

Inciting a Riot https://open.spotify.com/show/4qTYYhCLMdFc4PhQmSL1Yh?si=26ncxsYcSgmE9St2e2Af1g

Modern Witch by Devin Hunter https://open.spotify.com/show/6dnlbHZZbUsXqyUXMwDwL5?si=9-7hmttKTp-DGbj29_Xgcg

The Witch Bitch Amateur Hour https://open.spotify.com/show/4O4WOcxFZd2cv7dqPCRmqh?si=EgTfTDWWSNuglOjWwrwmsQ

The Witch Wave by Pam Grossman https://open.spotify.com/show/489uNYXM3FGHZtbb3rOOIj?si=fI_FC8TLSMWoiF4B6R8sJQ


FREE LEGAL DIGITAL OCCULT LIBRARIES (compiled by Georgina Rose):


SACRED TEXTS - https://www.sacred-texts.com/ 

HERMETIC LIBRARY - https://hermetic.com/ 

SEFARIA - https://www.sefaria.org/ 

LUMINIST ARCHIVES - http://www.luminist.org/archives/index.htm 

RITMAN LIBRARY - https://embassyofthefreemind.com/en/library/online-catalogue/?mode=gallery&view=horizontal&sort=random%7B1517048201764%7D%20asc&page=1&fq%5B%5D=search_s_digitized_publication:%22Ja%22&reverse=0&filterAction 

OCCULT WORLD - https://occult-world.com/library/ 

OTO USA Library - http://lib.oto-usa.org/ 

HERMETICS - http://www.hermetics.org/library/Library_Occult.html 

THE INTERNET ARCHIVE - https://archive.org/details/340freeoccultbooks


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Reply by Tired Witch

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Thank you bby girl


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Reply by Cass

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I have some others to recommend/add to the list! 


Podcasts: 

Pinecones & Moonstones (practical witchcraft, science, history) https://anchor.fm/pineconesandmoonstones

Betwixt and Between (more theistic, great for Wiccans, Pagans, or more spiritual paths) https://www.betwixtandbetweenpod.com

New World Witchery (history, esoteric practices, exposure to a wide variety of practices) https://newworldwitchery.com

Tarot for the Wild Soul (Lindsay Mack, also recommend her tarot workshops and courses) https://lindsaymack.com/podcast

Tarot Books:
WTF is Tarot? And How do I do it? by Bakara Wintner

Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

78 Degrees of Tarot Wisdom by Rachel Pollack

Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea

Appalachian Folk Magic:
Staubs and Ditchwater by Byron Ballard (I would read anything by Byron before Jake Richards)

Beginner Practice (open to all paths, some are more Wicca or more atheistic than others):
Inner Witch by Gabriela Herstik

The Door to Witchcraft by Tonya A. Brown

Everyday Magic by Semra Haksever

Waking the Witch by Pam Grossman (her podcast is also excellent)

The Women who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Political History of Witchcraft (witchcraft is political, it's a form of violence to forget that):
Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici (or her other book)

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses by Barbara Ehrenreich and Diedre English

Witches, Sluts, and Feminists by Kristen J. Sollee

Occult Features of Anarchism by Erica Lagalisse

Moon work (worshipping/working with moon phases):
Lunar Abundance by Ezzie Spencer

The Moon Book by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener 

Ancestral Veneration:
Honoring Your Ancestors by Mallorie Vaudoise

Badass Ancestors by Patti Wigington

Facebook Groups (open to all paths; answer all the entrance questions):
Foolish Witches  - great source for education on cultural appropriation, connecting to thousands of witches from different paths, open space to ask questions about spells, being a new practitioner, etc. 

The Moonlight Witch Bitch Society and Candle Club - smaller group, good lists of resources, multiple paths welcome, education on science and witchcraft, cultural appropriation, and historic practices

Hellenist Witches - great resource for Hellenistic pagans/those interested in Hellenism in general. Modmin team made up of archaeologists and historians, share actual history plus spiritual practices. 

My best advice for beginner witches is that all paths are valid, you do not have to follow Wicca or the Rule of Three, cultural appropriation is always wrong and you need to learn the history/culture of what you're doing and be respectful of closed practices, and you don't have to believe in deities/or anything and can still be a witch. 


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Reply by James Bosley

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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)


2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)


3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)


4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)


5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)


6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)


7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)


8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)


A basic introduction into witchcraft with the best teachers in the game, Hope this helps 🧙🏽‍♀️













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Reply by Lynn F Word

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Hello lovely! 


Another great resource is darkbooks.org

Christina has over 2000 books accessible on her page free of charge :) 


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