I just finished reading The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. While I loved the show and quickly watched all 10 episodes, there was something that didn’t feel right to me. And it looks like I’m not the only one. There has been a lot of debate about Sabrina, Salem, the Aunties, and Ambrose. It bothered me that Paganism and Wiccanism were shown in this Netflix show (and, I think, the comic book as well) in such a bad way. People think witches and Pagans worship Satan, but they don’t. They’ve been fighting this idea for a long time. People see a pentagram and think it’s the work of the devil, which makes them think of demons and hell.
Is it good when shows and books about witches in Greendale focus on how much they love the Dark Lord? No, it doesn’t help. Many Pagans and Wiccans I know don’t like the Church of Night’s connection to witch characters, so I asked them for reading suggestions about the history and art of Paganism and Wiccanism. While Sabrina’s Greendale is a fun and scary place to live, it doesn’t hurt to learn about other religions as an antidote to having wrong ideas about them. That this isn’t a bad thing to say about any of these things or even about Satanism itself. This is just a chance for us to learn a little more about two ancient religions that have helped shape many of the traditions and rituals we do today. Happy reading, everyone!
A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Stewart Farrar and Janet Farrar
Everything you need to know is in this place. Initiation Rites, Consecration Rites, Spells, Witches’ Tools, Witchcraft & Sex, Running a Coven, Clairvoyance, and Astral Projection are some of the things you can learn about in this book. This book has two books in it: Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches’ Way. It’s the most in-depth and detailed book on modern witchcraft’s beliefs, practices, and principles.
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margo Adler
Almost 30 years after it was first published, “Drawing Down the Moon” is still the only detailed history of the Neo-Pagan subculture that people don’t know much about. Margot Adler went to ritual gatherings and talked to a wide range of people from all over the United States. They were people who were inspired by ancient deities, nature, myth, and even science fiction. In this new edition, Margot Adler has added a new resource guide to newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals. She takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern Pagan groups in the United States.
Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy and Practice by Thea Sabin
Wicca for Beginners is a guide to the religion’s philosophy, culture, and beliefs, but it doesn’t get rid of the mystery that makes many people want to learn more. This book talks about things like grounding, raising energy, visualization, and meditation. It gives exercises for the basics before moving on to more complicated rituals and spells.
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River Higgingbotham and Janet Higginbotham
Paganism is something that you can study more in depth if you buy this book right now! The book is based on a course in Paganism that the authors have been teaching for more than a decade. It has exercises, meditations, and questions for group or one-on-one study, as well as exercises and meditations. In this book, we learn about the basics of Paganism. A lot of things are covered in this book: what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is organized; what Pagans do in ritual; how magick works; and what Pagans believe about God.
To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft by Silver RavenWolf
This guide to the Craft has been a big help to a new group of Witches, people who practice or want to practice the Craft on their own, for more than a decade. To Ride a Silver Broomstick is filled with Silver RavenWolf’s warmth, humor, and personal stories. It explains both the science and religion of the craft.
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
How to live your life magically, spiritually, and completely in touch with nature is what Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is all about. It is a book of common sense and sense. It talks about magick, religion, and one of the most important issues of our time: how to have a healthy relationship with our Earth. He shows Wicca as it is today: a gentle religion that is focused on the Goddess and God.
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess by Starhawk
A dance called “The Spiral Dance” is a celebration of the book’s important role in bringing Goddess worship into the public eye. This best-selling book is both a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride, build their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk’s book about Wicca’s rise, fall, and rise again as a Goddess-worshipping religion has had a long-lasting effect on the way feminists think about religion.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft has had a big impact on a lot of students, coven members, and solitaries all over the world. It’s one of the most popular books for people who practice modern Wicca. It includes a step-by-step guide to Witchcraft with photos and illustrations, as well as information on rituals, beliefs and lore. It also teaches how to do spells and divination and how to use herbs for healing, channeling, dreamwork, and more. In a workbook format, there are tests at the end of each lesson, so you can keep a record of your spiritual and magical training. This complete self-study course in modern Wicca is a treasured classic. It’s an important and trusted guide that every Witch should have in her library.
Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation by Silver RavenWolf
Among the things this book has inside are a magickal cookbook, an encyclopedia of spells and spell-words, and a grimoire. They say it’s relevant to today’s young adults and their problems, but it’s also based on magickal work that happened a long time ago.
The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
Doreen Valiente, who has been called the “Mother of Modern Witchcraft,” is one of the most important people in 20th-century religion and spirituality. Her most famous poems and many previously unknown poems are in this special posthumous book called The Charge of the Goddess. She was a prolific poet all her life, and this book is named after her best-known work:
A little something for the kids:
Rupert’s Tales: The Wheel of the Year Beltane, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon by Kyrja, illustrated by Tonia Bennington Osborn
A new book that brings together, commemorates, and explains traditional and sacred Pagan practices and beliefs in a fresh, modern, and whimsical way is called “Pagan.” It’s time to follow Rupert the rabbit on his journey to find out why and how people leave their homes to celebrate different holidays in the forest where he lives. With each season, Rupert meets owls, fairies, and old friends who teach him about the Wheel of the Year. Beautifully illustrated, this book is a great place to start for young children who are raised in a way that varies from one Pagan tradition to the next. You don’t have to be a Pagan to be awed by Rupert and the magick in his stories.