Witchcraft is growing at an ever accelerating rate, thanks in part to social media, independent publishers, bloggers, fashion, magazines and the media.
The amount and variety of books about witchcraft has grown so much nowadays compared to 50 years ago or even 20 years ago.
New authors are coming onto the mainstream market making a name for themselves as the authors that I grew up reading their books over 20 years ago have (for lack of a better term, yet quite respectful) become the Elders in the global Witch / Pagan / Magickal community.
The witchcraft/pagan community has lost a few of the leading authors and pioneers of our time in the past 40 years, most notably: Gerald B. Gardner, Alex Sanders, Doreen Valiente, Scott Cunningham and Raymond Buckland. (Written as of February 2018.)
Most of the books listed here may be readily available on Amazon, your local bookstore or metaphysical shop or even your library.
However, some books may be harder to get the longer they are in print.
For example, books by Zsuzsanna Budapest become increasingly difficult to find (since most were published between the 1970s and mid-1990s).
Zsuszanna Budapest’s literary works are iconic and fundamental to the Dianic Witchcraft tradition. If you manage to find one of Budapest’s books for purchase (and it’s available), hold on and get it!
Witchcraft & Books
This is a continuation of 50 Books about Witchcraft that was written previously, as the world of witchcraft / pagan / Wiccan books keeps growing.
Most, if not all, of these books are new on this list and aren’t included in the previous book list.
Included in this list are some fiction and non-fiction books, as well as books about the Salem Witch Trials.
Witchcraft isn’t only about performing rituals, spells and magick.
It’s also about understanding the history, lineage and learning about the founders of the witchcraft movement and practice, including what has become of witchcraft and the troubles that have surrounded it.
And then, what’s not to love about having some fiction about witches, which many novels are now depicting witches in a more accurate (albeit embellished) light.
82 Books about Witchcraft: Magick, Spells, Fiction, Non-Fiction & History
Books about Witchcraft (Spells, Magick, Practice):
- Craft: How to be a Modern Witch by Gabriela Herstik
- Wicca Books of Spells: A Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Magic by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wicca Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wicca Elemental Magic: A Guide to the Elements, Witchcraft, and Magic by Lisa Chamberlain
- The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils and More by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
- Witchcraft: A Handbook of Magic Spells and Potions by Anastasia Greywolf
- Witchcraft: A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft by Sophie Cornish
- Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft by Orriculum Rose
- The Book of Shadows: White, Red and Black Magic Spells by Brittany Nightshade
- 1001 Spells: The Complete Book of Spells for Every Purpose by Cassandra Eason
- The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells by Shawn Robbins
- Moon Spells Magic: Invocations, Incantations & Lunar Lore for a Happy Life by Cerridwen Greenleaf
- The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn’s Practical Magic) by Scott Cunningham
- The Witches’ Book of the Dead by Christian Day
- Encyclopedia of 5,000 spells by Judika Illes
- Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells by Lisa Chamberlain
- Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena
- Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The A-Z for the Entire Magical World by Judika Illes
- The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft: Shadows, Spirits and the Healing Journey by Christopher Penczak
- Wicca Kitchen Witchery: A Beginner’s Guide to Magical Cooking, with Simple Spells and Recipes by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wicca Crystal Magic: A Guide to Practicing Wiccan Crystal Magic, with Simple Crystal Spells by Lisa Chamberlain
- Witchcraft: (includes Beginner’s Guide, Book of Shadows, Herbal Magic. Candle Magic, Wicca Altar by Valerie W. Holt
- Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways by Mabh Savage
- Wicca Moon Magic: A Wiccan’s Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Lunar Energies by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witch’s Guide (The Modern-Day Witch) by Shawn Robbins
- The Goodly Spellbook: Olde Spells for Modern Problems by Lady Passion
- Wicca Living a Magical Life: A Guide to Initiation, Self-Dedication and Navigating Your Journey by Lisa Chamberlain
- The Little Book of Witchcraft by Astrid Carvel
- Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft (Green Witchcraft Series) by Ann Moura
- Wicca Candle Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Candle Magic, with Simple Candle Spells by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wicca Essential Oils Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes and Spells by Lisa Chamberlain
- Wicca Altar and Tools: A Beginner’s Guide to Wiccan Altars, Tools for Spellwork, and Casting the Circle by Lisa Chamberlain
- The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development by Christopher Penczak
- The Outer Temple of Witchcraft: Circles, Spells and Rituals by Christopher Penczak
- Wicca Finding Your Path: A Beginner’s Guide to Traditions, Solitary Practitioners, Eclectic Witches, Covens, and Circles by Lisa Chamberlain
- The Modern Witchcraft Guide to the Wheel of the Year: From Samhain to Yule, Your Guide to the Wiccan Holidays by Skye Alexander
- Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan by Stephanie Woodfield
- Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics and Spells by Nikki Van De Car
- Dark Goddess Craft: A Journey through the Heart of Transformation by Stephanie Woodfield
- Nocturnal Witchcraft: Magick after Dark by Konstantinos
- Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week by Ellen Duggan
- The Real Witches’ Craft by Kate West
- Glamour Magic: A Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want by Deborah Castellano
- Llewellyn’s Complete Formulary of Magical Oils: Over 1200 Recipes, Potions & Tinctures for Everyday Use by Celeste Rayne Heldstab
- The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries: Feminist, Witchcraft, Goddess Rituals, Spellcasting & Other Womanly Arts by Zsuszanna Budapest (This book is nearly out of print and can be difficult to find, but is really one of – if not the – “holy books of Feminist/Dianic Witchcraft”.)
- Hedge Witchcraft by Harmonica Saille
- A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic: Wyrdworking, Rune Craft, Divination & Wortcunning by Alaric Albertsson
- Scottish Witchcraft & Magick: The Craft of the Picts by Raymond Buckland
- Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes
- Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente
Fiction Books about Witchcraft:
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
- The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
- The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
- The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
- The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
- The Return of the Witch by Paul Brackston
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
- Bloodline: Witch Cat – A Witch Cat Mystery Book 1 by Vicki Vass
Non-Fiction Books about the History and Evolution of Past- and Modern-Day Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca:
- Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
- Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner
- History’s Most Powerful Witches: Their Life, Witchcraft and Spells by Desmond Wilde
- Witchcraft from the Inside: Origins of the Fastest Growing Religious Movement in America by Raymond Buckland
- The Rebirth of Witchcraft by Doreen Valiente
- Where Witchcraft Lives by Doreen Valiente
- Doreen Valiente Witch by Philip Heselton
- An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present by Doreen Valiente
- The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess by Starhawk
- The Truth about Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham
- The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton
Non-Fiction Books about the Salem Witch Trials:
- A Storm about Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience Pivotal Moments in American History) by Emerson W. Baker
- Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer and Steven Nissenbaum
- In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton
- The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Legal History by Peter Charles Hoffer
- Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne K. Roach
- Judge Sewall’s Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an America Conscience by Richard Francis
- The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff
- Documents of the Salem Witch Trials (Eyewitnesses to History) by K. David Goss, Ph.D.
If you’d like more books about the practice of modern witchcraft, check out 50 Books about Witchcraft.
Stacey & the Tarot Pugs
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