Witchcraft is an ancient practice that has been around for centuries. It is a nature-based religion that worships the Earth and its many creatures. If you are new to witchcraft, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many books on the subject, and it can be hard to know where to start.
Luckily, we've compiled a list of the ten best books for beginner witches. These books will teach you everything from the basics of spell-casting to more advanced topics like energy work and chakra clearing.
So, whether you're just starting on your witchy journey or looking to expand your knowledge, these are the books for you!
1. Solitary Witch By Silver Ravenwolf
This book is a great starting point as it has a table of correspondences for more information. It is a Wiccan-based learning system and lays the foundations for so much information, from creating laws for your spiritual practice to rituals and more.
2. Psychic Witch by Matt Auryn
Know thyself! Matt Auryn takes you through guided meditations and exercises to help you build your psychic muscles in the craft. Each training is designed to be layered onto the previous work completed. This book is a must for anyone serious about their practice.
3. Protection & Reversal Magick A Witch's Defense Manual by Jason Miller
No matter how seasoned a practitioner you may be, protection magick is always an important topic that should never be taken for granted. Of all the books in the market today about protecting yourself, this book by Jason Miller is of the highest quality. This is another book to read from cover to cover.
4. To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft by Silver RavenWolf
Again, this book was published before the solitary witch book at the top of this list. I recommend doing your research and learning about Silver Ravenwolf and the work she and many others have done over the years to ensure we, as witches have a voice in society. This book is not political; it is, however, essential to understanding the foundations of the work.
5. Charms, Spells & Formulas by Ray L. Malbrough
I have fond childhood memories of this book. This book is focused on hoodoo teachings around gris-gris bags, magic lamps, and protecting yourself from psychic attacks. It talks about the evil eye and understanding how attacks work. I will also add that hoodoo, voodoo, and santeria are closed practices. Although this book was given to me during a much younger time in life before we had the information about closed practices, the information it contains is why I have decided to add it to this list of beginner-friendly books on witchcraft.
6. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Whenever someone near me expresses interest in the craft, this is the first book I hand them. It is Wiccan-based, yes, and in the same breath, it offers a foundation to build on for those starting from scratch.
7. Intuitive Witchcraft How to Use Your Intuition to Elevate Your Craft by Astea Taylor
Intuition and witchcraft just make sense that they would go hand in hand together. Sometimes we, as witches, forget to take care of ourselves. This book is a gentle reminder that self-care, self-worth, and value are all essential parts of your work.
8. Doctoring The Devil Notebooks if an Appalachian Conjure Man by jake Richards
Doctoring the Devil is an excellent book for those interested in folk magic. You could read this book multiple times and still always discover something new. Mr. Richards offers so much detail into Appalachian conjure & folk magic. I could rave about this book all day. Instead, I will take it. Step back and say you will be satisfied with this book.
9. Crossroads of Conjure by Katrina Rasbold
Knowledge is power. Crossroads of Conjure is not a "spellbook" Rather, it discusses many different pathways of the occult practice from witch doctors to santeria and so much more.
10. Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Like Silver Ravenwolf and Scott Cunningham's work, no beginner witch list is complete without a little Raymond Buckland. This book will guide you in a more ceremonial magic artform.
This list is just a tiny sample of the many beginner-friendly books on witchcraft. I feel it's best to start with Wicca, to have a basic understanding of occult jargon ( language) and tools. Folk magic is also another beginner-friendly starting point. We will dive into more advanced books and a more comprehensive range of occult art forms as this series continues.