Books open a variety of perspectives that can inspire, teach and ignite your curiosity. Starting one’s practice without any idea or background can be overwhelming. It is always better that you are led by a specific question than being vague of what you want to know. The metaphysical journey is composed of many paths. And to learn your own, you must first recognize what you are curious about and what you genuinely feel interested in.
Although there are a lot of online references and grimoires publicly available anywhere in the world, books open you to the creative realm where you are encouraged to ask questions. Later in your practice, you will find it fairly easy to scan and read guides — because you’ll know what you are looking for.
On the other hand, if you’re simply a practicing witch looking for a book to read, we got you covered!
#1: Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland (Fiction)
Karen Maitland showcases a piece of historical fiction that happened during the bygone era when women used to be bluntly accused of superstition and witchcraft. The author gives light to a wealthy cloth merchant named Robert who falls in love with a widow who seeks to invest her inheritance. As the investment goes in bad terms, Robert feels much closer to the widow, which eventually leads to strange happenings around his family, and to the people in his town. This book is great for people who find thrill in historical fiction that allows the reader to take a glimpse of a witch’s life during the time when metaphysical practices were not widely accepted. A book like the “Vanishing Witch” strengthens your faith and connection in your own practice.
#2: Engelsfors Trilogy by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg (Fiction)
The Engelsfors Trilogy is a witch-inspired fiction tale in a modern setting. If you love a modern scene with twists and turns, you ought to love this trilogy. The story is centered around six special girls who are known to be the “chosen ones”. After a suspenseful event, these girls realize the true innate power within them which will become their force to drive evil away from their hometown. This trilogy is perfect for witches who appreciate shadow work as much as light work in their practice.
#3: The Spiral Dance by Starhawk (Nonfiction)
The Spiral Dance is considered one of the most influential books on deity and goddess worship. This book opens to the potential of developing one’s power through appreciating the goddess in each one of us. Strengthening your feminine energy or increasing the ‘water’ in your spiritual consciousness is possible with The Spiral Dance. Expect meditations, rituals and ideas that will surely stick with you and in your practice for a very long time.
#4: Witchery by Juliet Diaz (Nonfiction)
The Witchery is perfect for witches who are just beginning to start their practice. In her book, she points out the consideration of several branches of witchcraft and common misconceptions found in many beginner books/references that you should take caution in using. Diaz, as a famously known herbalist, also includes a list of useful spells and herbs in her book. If you want to learn about witchcraft in the most straightforward way, you’ll take so much value from the Witchery by Juliet Diaz.
#5: Becoming Dangerous by Katie West (Nonfiction)
Becoming Dangerous is a collection of personal essays written by twenty witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels who have sought answers to their problems by straying the typical solutions through metaphysical practices. This book represents a diverse community of witches with “different but similar” ways of seeing the world. By diving deep into this greatly personal writing, you will be invited to dive into your own spirit, to see how you can rebuke negativity and contribute light into this world in your own special way.
To make your reading experience create an impact in your practice, take a few moments to write down quotes and significant sayings that you can always take a look back anytime you need it.
Books can delight, inspire and open you to a whole realm of possibilities. Just reach for that first read, and the rest will follow!