Thirteen Books Every Wiccan Should Read

Thirteen Books Every Wiccan Should Read

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Now that you’ve decided you want to learn about contemporary Wicca or another modern Pagan path, what should you read? After all, there are literally thousands of books on the subject — some good, others not so much. This list features the thirteen books that every Pagan should have on their shelves. A few are historical, a few more focus on modern Wiccan practice, but they’re all worth reading more than once. Bear in mind that while some books may purport to be about Wicca, they are often focused on NeoWicca, and do not contain the oathbound material found in traditional Wiccan practice.

Adler, Margot: Drawing Down the Moon2

If you want to learn about birds, you get a field guide about birds. If you want to learn about mushrooms, you get a field guide to mushrooms. Drawing Down the Moon is a field guide to Pagans. Rather than offering up a book of spells and recipes, Margot Adler presents an academic work that evaluates modern Pagan religions – including Wicca – and the people who practice them. The work is based on a survey the author took over two decades ago, but the information within is still a worthy read. Drawing Down the Moon makes no apologies for the fact that not all Wiccans are full of white light and fluff, but instead tells it like it is. Adler’s style is entertaining and informative, and it’s a bit like reading a really well-done thesis paper.

Buckland, Raymond: Complete Book of Witchcraft

Raymond Buckland is one of Wicca’s most prolific writers, and his work Complete Book of Witchcraft continues to remain popular two decades after it was first published – and for good reason. Although this book represents a more eclectic flavor of Wicca rather than a particular tradition, it’s presented in a workbook-like format that allows new seekers to work through the exercises at their own pace, learning as they go. For more seasoned readers, there’s a lot of useful information as far as rituals, tools, and magic itself. This book is a classic, and well worth picking up.

Cunningham, Scott: Wicca – A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

The late Scott Cunningham wrote a number of books before his untimely death, but Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner remains one of the best known and most useful. Although the tradition of witchcraft in this book is more Cunningham’s eclectic path than any other tradition, it’s full of information on how to get started in your practice of Wicca and magic. He goes into depth about tools, how and why they are used, ethics, and the concept of god and goddess. If you’re interested in learning and practicing as an individual, and not necessarily jumping into a coven right off the bat, this book is a valuable resource.

Curott, Phyllis: Witch Crafting

Phyllis Curott is one of those people who makes me glad to be Pagan — because she’s really normal. An attorney who has spent her life working on First Amendment issues, Curott has managed to put together a really useful book. Witch Crafting is not a collection of spells, rituals or prayers. It’s a hard and fast look at magical ethics, the polarity of male and female in the divine, finding the god and goddess in your everyday life, and the pros and cons of coven life vs. solitary paths. Curott also offers up a very interesting take on the Rule of Three. Whether you’re a new student of Wicca, or a veteran, Witch Crafting is worth reading more than once.

Eilers, Dana: Pagans and the Law – Understand Your Rights

Dana D. Eilers spent many years facilitating an event called Conversations With Pagans, and from that she wrote a book entitled The Practical Pagan. She then drew on her experience as an attorney to write Pagans and the Law: Understand Your Rights. This book goes into depth about precedents in religious discrimination lawsuits, how to protect yourself if you may be a victim of workplace harassment, and how to document everything if your spirituality is leading someone to treat you unfairly. Eilers is an outspoken woman who has a lot of great advice worth listening to.

Farrar, Janet & Stewart: The Witches’ Bible

[p]The first section of this book is Eight Sabbats for Witches. It goes into depth on Sabbat rites, and the meanings behind the holidays are expanded on. While the ceremonies in The Witches’ Bible are the Farrars’ own, there’s a heavy influence of the Gardnerian tradition, as well as Celtic folklore and some other European history. The second half of the book is in fact another book, The Witches Way, which looks at the beliefs, ethics, and practice of modern witchcraft. Despite the fact that the authors are a bit conservative by today’s standards, this book is an excellent look at the transitioning concept of what exactly it is that makes someone a witch.

Gardner, Gerald: Witchcraft Today

Gerald Gardner is the founder of modern Wicca as we know it, and of course of the Gardnerian tradition. His book Witchcraft Today is a worthy read, however, for seekers on any Pagan path. He discusses paganism in Europe, as well as the so-called “witch cult”, and goes on to demonstrate how many of history’s notable names are connected, one way or another, to what we know today as witchcraft. Although some of the statements in Witchcraft Today should be taken with a grain of salt — after all, Gardner was a folklorist and that shines through in his writing — it’s still one of the foundations that contemporary Wicca is based on. For its historical value, few things beat this book.

Hutton, Ronald: Triumph of the Moon

Triumph of the Moon is a book about Pagans by a non-Pagan, and Hutton, a highly respected professor, does an excellent job. This book looks at the emergence of contemporary Pagan religions, and how they not only evolved from the Pagan societies of the past, but also owe heavily to 19th-century poets and scholars. In fact, Hutton points out that a good deal of what we consider “ancient” Pagan practice can be attributed to the novelists and romantics of the late Edwardian and early Victorian era. Despite his status as a scholar, Hutton’s breezy wit makes this a refreshing read, and you’ll learn far more than you ever expected to about today’s Pagan religions.

Morrison, Dorothy: The Craft – A Witch’s Book of Shadows

Dorothy Morrison is one of those writers who doesn’t hold back, and while her book The Craft is aimed at beginners, she manages to create a work that can be useful for anyone. Morrison includes exercises and rituals which are not only practical, but teaching tools as well. Despite its focus on the lighter side of witchcraft, it’s a good starting point for anyone trying to learn about Wicca, and how to create your own rituals and workings. Morrison also has written a number of other books, including a companion work to this one.

Russell, Jeffrey: A History of Witchcraft

Historian Jeffrey Russell presents an analysis of witchcraft in an historical context, from the early days of Medieval Europe, through the witch craze of the Renaissance, and up into modern times. Russell doesn’t bother trying to fluff up the history to make it more palatable to today’s Wiccans, and takes a look at three different kinds of witchcraft — sorcery, diabolical witchcraft, and modern witchcraft. A noted religious historian, Russell manages to make an entertaining yet informative read, as well as accepting that witchcraft in and of itself can in fact be a religion.

The Witches’ Spell for Nov. 4th – Get Lost Hex

goth114I know you know that I don’t generally post hexes or curses. But I have had several people write to be about people bothering them, thinking they have been cursed, had a love spell put on them and many more. So I figured instead of emailing each of you individually, I would post the spell here. You can’t never tell there might be someone reading this that is having the same problem. I hope this helps everyone. If it doesn’t suit your circumstances, let me know and I will track down another spell for you.

Get Lost Hex

While this hex will definitely force the target to leave you alone, it also causes enough personal aggravation so that he or she is way too busy to bother anyone else.


Prepared poppet

Black wax, melted

Lost and Away Powder

Brown paper sack

Place the poppet in the sack and sprinkle liberally with Lost and Away Powder, saying:

Lost and away from me you go
As your life’s sprinkled with troubles, problems and woe.

Pour the melted wax on top of the poppet, and quickly douse with the powder again. (Do this before the wax sets up, as you want the powder to adhere to it.) As you sprinkle the powder, say:

Problems stick like black to crow
Like melted wax they ooze and flow,
And when you think they’re finally done,
More arrive with rise of Sun.

Bury the poppet in an area easily accessible to you but away from your home. To keep the hex active, visit the grave once each week and dust it with the powder.


Utterly Wicked, Curses, Hexes & Other Unsavory Notions
By Dorothy Morrison

The Witches Spell for July 22 – The One Shot Spell

The One Shot Spell

(Note: Do not use rum for this spell. As it is sacred to some of the Afro-Caribbean deities, using it as such may be offensive to Them).

Materials You Will Need:

1 shot of bodka, bourbon, gin or scotch

1 glass to hold the shot of alcohol

1 12oz. glass of water

Pour the shot of alcohol, then swirl it in the glass, saying:

(Name of target) you’ve become
(Name of target) you shall stay
And I’ve become the nemesis
Who will take your power away.

Take a sip from the glass, saying:

One sip and you feel weak,

Take another sip, saying:

Another makes you fall.

Then chug the rest of the shot and say:

As I toss back the rest of this
I own your power: All!

Now chase the shot with the full glass of water, drinking it down as quickly as possible. Then say:

In an hour’s time, I’ll piss you out
And you’ll be laid to waste,
Weak and lowly like the piss
And swimming in disgrace.
—Dorothy Morrison

Taglocks, Just Exactly What Are They?




While snippets of hair or fingernail clippings are most widely used to connect magick to a person, other taglocks can be used just as effectively in their place. The following list is some great substituions that are much more easily obtained.

Butt from a cigarette smoked by the person

Discarded gum chewed by the person

Tissue used to blow the person’s nose

Tissue used to wipe the person’s glasses

Paper towel use to wipe the person’s hands

Paper napkin used to wipe the person’s mouth

Plastic knife, fork or spoon used by the person

Paper or plastic drinking cup used by the person

Paper crumpled and discarded by the target

Dirt from the person’s footprint

Excerpt from:
“Utterly Wicked”
Curses, Hexes or Other Unsavory Notions
by Dorothy Morrison

Let’s Talk Witch – Successful Magick



Successful Magick


Successful magick hinges solely on the belief of those people setting it into motion. If they believe in their abilities to affect the change they want, they can visualize it happening. That

ability to watch it unfold in their minds’ eye give them the impetus necessary to believe that the desired result will take place. And once that belief is in place, the magick takes flight, soars through the Cosmos, charts a direct path to its target and–WHAM!–the intended desire manifests on the physical plane and becomes absolute reality. Magick truly is a matter of “…seeing is believing…”

That said, the end result has  nothing to at all to do with recipient’s mindset. It doesn’t matter whether he or she believes in its power. It doesn’t matter whether he or she thinks the whole thing is a load of crap. Once loosed, the magick is going to hit its target. It is going to affect change.

And there’s not one damned thing the party on the receiving end can do about it.True enough, there’s something to be said for throwing up a shield to deflect the effort. But since I ‘ve never known a practitioner to give anybody a head’s up that magick is aimed in their direction–something they’d have to know in order to shield–that’s probably a moot point. And if they’re smart enough to have automatic shields in place? Well…the best they can hope for is to revise the effect somewhat and perhaps weakens its impace. Even the best of shields are not going to completely obliterate a spell already in progress. That’s why we call it “magick.”

This is especially true of curses, hexes and other unsavory forms of magick. It’s not that their actual ingredients are more powerful, though. It has, instead, to do with the emotion that fuels them: the raw, untamed emotion that goes way beyond peel-me-off-the-ceiling anger and can only be termed as livid pissed. And livid pissed is exactly what we are by the time we get around to even considering such things.

The old adage of adding fuel to the fire doesn’t even begin to cover it when fueling magick with this sort of emotion. In  fact, it’s more like adding a hefty does of jet fuel to a hearth fire. There’s going to be more than a minor flare up. There’s going to be an explosion to end all explosions. And anyone who think that a simple shield is going to deflect that sort of energy definitely has another thing coming.

There’s more. Just as any sort of explosion leaves a residue, so does this kind of energy. However,the residue left by a curse or hex is much more difficult to remove than that of its physical counterpart. Undetected it flies like silt into emotional nooks and crannies, creeps into areas of the subconscious and just generally messes with the recipient’s mind. This makes the results not only life changing but long-lasting. And more than likely, that’s the real reason this sort of magick wound up with the reputation for being stronger than any other.



Excerpt from:

Utterly Wicked
Curses, Hexes and Other Unsavory Notions
Dorothy Morrison

WOTC’s Spell For June 23 – To Fix a Trouble Maker



To Fix a Trouble Maker


Materials You Will Need:

1 large lime

2 nails

Pen and paper

White vinegar



Cauldron or fire-proof dish


Jar with a tight-fitting, screw-on lid


Write the victim’s name on the paper, cut it out closely to the lettering, then burn the rest of the paper to ash in the cauldron or fire proof dish. While the ashes cool, score the lime into quarters, cutting the fruit about three-quarters of the way through. Fold the name half twice, and insert it deeply into the lime, saying:

“Your antics and tricks go sour,

Starting now. This very hour,

Pin the lime sections securely with the nails to form an X, saying:

“X marks the spot when you are held

And all the trouble you have spelled

For me is trapped along with you

No matter what you try to.”

Drop the lime into the jar, then dump the ashes and handful of salt on top saying:

“I thwart your efforts—all shall fail—

By salt and ash and lime and nail.”

Cover the mixture with vinegar and say:

“With vinegar I complete this mix.”

Finally screw the lid on tightly and say:

“And seal you in: This trick is fixed.”

Shake the jar enough times to blend the mixture thoroughly then place the jar on a dark shelf in your home.




“Utterly Wicked”
Curses, Hexes and Other Unsavory Notions
By Dorothy Morrison

Life As The Witch – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

While most curses are designed to do their jobs and dissipate, upon occasion we have need of one that goes a little further. Sometimes, we need it to work indefinitely. And when those times arise, a little bit of aggravation simply isn’t going to do the trick. We need something that, like the Energizer Bunny, keeps on going. And it’s on those occasions that it’s best to give a gift – a gift like no other – a gift that has a curse built right in.

Of course, not just any gift will do. It’s going to have to be something that the subject of your intent is going to be delight with and will love beyond all reason. Otherwise, it will just get tossed aside or throw away, and all your efforts will be for naught.

Admittedly, this may be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done — especially since it requires you to purchase something absolutely lovely for your least favorite person in the world. However, there are reasons that you may actually want to go this route. And it’s those reasons that will keep you smiling all the way to the check out line.

What sort of reasons? well for one thing, your target is going to feel guilty as hell for having done you dirty if you turn up with a nice gift—and that, in itself is part of the curse. Every time he or she looks at that gift of uses it, a vision of you and how you were treated will be the first thing to surface in the mind’s eye. And  that’s exactly why it’s important that the person not be able to part with the gift.

Another reason for handling things in this fashion is that while you can certainly weave any curse you’d like into the object, your personal energy is not attached to it in the same way it would be if you crafted the gift yourself.  And this not only disassociates you somewhat from the target but helps to keep some of that negative reside  at bay.

If not that’s not enough to convince you, there’s this: Your target will never suspect that you are in any way responsible for the sudden turn that his or her life has taken. You did, after all, knock yourself out to obtain that wonderful gift. And anyone who goes to all that trouble couldn’t be anything but kind, compassionate, loveing and gracious. Right?

Taking this avenue is easy once you get past having to purchase the gift. There are, however, a few rules of thumb. Do yourself a favor, follow them caefully, and those worrisome afterthoughts won’t come to call.

Do not involve living creatures,I shouldn’t have to spell this out, but I will just to ease my own mind. This means absolutely no plants or aimals.

Only purchase gifts suitable for afults. This means no stuffed animals, no dolls, or any other toy that might inadvertently fall into the hands of a child or a pet.

In the case of music boxes, be mindful of the tune. While the music may be uplifting, it should not in any way, emmpower the target. A box that plays “When You Wish Upon a Star,” for example, is a magickal no-no.

Excerpt from:
Utterly Wicked
Curses, Hexes &Other Unsavory Notions
Author: Dorothy Morrison

Hecate, Mighty Goddess, Please Come & Aid Us Now!

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I told you this would be the “Year of the Witch.” It has turned out to be so, unfortunately. It is now time that we come together as one once again. To use our powers for the good of mankind, specifically for those in New Orleans. As you might know the police do not know who did these shootings. It is up to us to once again assist the police in the capture of these individuals.

Our prayers to Hecate for justice were answered in the bombings of Maryland. It is now once again time to call up the Great Goddess Hecate for Her Assistance. We need to humbly petition Her to help the police these individuals and bring them to justice. As the only way She can. She is a mighty and just Goddess. With Her help, She will seek those individuals out and see they pay for the crimes they have committed against our brothers and sisters.

I ask that you remember in petitioning the Great Goddess Hecate that your slate must be clean as snow. For She will not only judge those that committed the shootings, She will judge you too. Hecate is a Great and Mighty Goddess. She carries out swift and mighty justice to those that deserve it. So have no stains on your soul and call upon Her.

Let us chant to the Mighty Goddess Hecate,

Hecate, Dark One, hear my plea.

Bring justice now, I ask of Thee!

Right the wrongs that have been done.

Avenge us now, oh Mighty One.

Turn tears and sorrow back to those

Who have caused pain and sorrow.

And heap upon them karmic debt

Lest they all too soon forget

Their wrongful actions, words and deeds.

Don’t let them get away scot-free

Bring them forth from where they hide.

Bring swift justice—wield your knife.

Hasten, Dark One; hear my plea—

Do what it is I ask of Thee,

Oh, Great and Mighty Hecate.

So Mote It Be.

Parts taken from:

Everyday Magick

by Dorothy Morrison