Annotated Bibliography

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Scott Cunningham 1993

Annotated Bibliography

MANY NEW BOOKS have been published in the last few years. Many others are once again in print. Though all of these works will prove to be of value, I certainly don’t agree with every single statement contained within them. Read, as always, with discretion.


Anderson, Victor H.Thorns of the Blood Rose. Edited and introduced by Gwydion Pendderwen.Nemeton Magazine, 1980. (An intriguing collection of Goddess-inspired poetry.)

Bourne, Lois. Conversations With a Witch. London: Robert Hale, 1989. (An English Wiccan’s life.)

Cabot, Laurie and Tom Cowan. Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment. New York: Delta, 1989. (An introduction to Wicca and a guide to folk magic.)

Crowley, Vivianne. Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age. Wellingborough (Northamptonshire, England): Aquarian, 1989.

Crowther, Patricia. Witch Blood! The Diary of a Witch High Priestess. New York: House of Collectibles, 1974.

Farrar, Stewart. What Witches Do: The Modern Coven Revealed. New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghehan, 1971. (A look at a coven’s activities.)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart Farrar. The Life and Times of a Modern Witch. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1988. (A fine introduction to Wicca.)

Gardner, Gerald. The Meaning of Witchcraft. London: Aquarian Press, 1959. Reprint. London: Aquarian Press, 1971. Reprint. New York: Magickal Childe Publishing, 1982.

Gardner, Gerald. Witchcraft Today. New York: Citadel, 1955. Reprint. New York: Magickal Childe Publishing, 1988. (The first book ever published concerning contemporary Wicca.)

Glass, Justine. Witchcraft, the Sixth Sense and Us. North Hollywood: Wilshire, 1965. (Photographs.)

Martello, Leo Louis. Witchcraft: The Old Religion. Secaucus (New Jersey): University Books, 1973.

Valiente, Doreen. Where Witchcraft Lives. London: Aquarian Press, 1962. (An early look at British Wicca and Sussex folklore. Charming and enjoyable reading.)

Practical Instructions

Buckland, Raymond. The Tree. New York: Weiser, 1974. (Complete guide to a Wiccan tradition.)

Buckland, Raymond. Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1986.

Budapest, Z. The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, Part I. Oakland: The Susan B. Anthony Coven #1, 1979.

Campanelli, Pauline and Dan Campanelli. Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1989. (These two Wiccans have created a charming and eminently usable collection of Wiccan, Pagan, and magical information and activities for every month of the year. A true delight.)

Crowther, Patricia. Lid Off the Cauldron: A Handbook for Witches. London: Robert Hale, 1981. (Another practical guide.)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart Farrar. Eight Sabbats for Witches. London: Robert Hale, 1981. (The sabbat rituals, plus a unique look at the origins of the first Book of Shadows, courtesy of Doreen Valiente.)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart Farrar. The Witches’ Way: Principles, Rituals and Beliefs of Modern Witchcraft. London: Robert Hale, 1984. (Further revelations concerning Gardner’s Book of Shadows and much practical information. Note: This book has been reprinted and bound with the Farrars’ Eight Sabbats for Witches by Magickal Childe Publishing; the combined volume is entitled A Witches’ Bible Compleat.)

Fitch, Ed. Magical Rites From the Crystal Well. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1984. (Neo-Pagan rituals for every occasion.)

Green, Marian. A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic. London: Aquarian Press, 1991. (An unusual book; each chapter guides the reader through lessons designed to increase her or his magical and Wiccan proficiency. Not entirely Wiccan in focus, but well-crafted, with an obvious British audience in mind.)

K., Amber. How To Organize a Coven or Magickal Study Group. Madison (Wisconsin): Circle Publications, 1983. (Explicit guidelines for doing just that.)

Slater, Herman (editor). A Book of Pagan Rituals. New York: Weiser, 1974. (Another collection of rituals drawn from the Pagan way.)

Slater, Herman (editor). Pagan Rituals III: Outer Court Training Coven. New York: Magickal Childe Publishing, 1989. (The first part of this book reprints The Witchcraft Fact Book, written by the late Ed Buczynski. The second half contains a complete “outer court” (i.e., noninitiatory) Book of Shadows originally written for students of a Welsh tradition.)

Starhawk. The Spiral Dance. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1979. (The classic guide to Goddess worship.)

Valiente, Doreen. Witchcraft For Tomorrow. London: Robert Hale, 1978. (Contains a partial Book of Shadows as well as several chapters covering various aspects of Wicca.)

Valiente, Doreen and Evan Jones. Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1990. (A curious reconstruction of the rituals and beliefs of Robert Cochrane that, in part, inspired the Regency and 1734 traditions of Witchcraft. Far different from anything else that has ever been published.)

Weinstein, Marion. Earth Magic: A Dianic Book of Shadows. New York: Earth Magic Productions, 1980. Reprint. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1986. (A unique guide like no other. Not a complete Book of Shadows, perhaps, but certainly fascinating and useful.)

The Goddess

Downing, Christine. The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine. New York: Crossroad, 1984.

Gimbutas, Marija. The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 1982.

Gimbutas, Marija. The Language of the Goddess. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989. (A monumental, overwhelming work. Many photographs and illustrations.)

Graves, Robert. The White Goddess. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973.

Neumann, Erich. The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974. (A Jungian approach to the Goddess. This work concludes with 185 pages of photographs of Goddess images.)

Stone, Merlin. When God Was a Woman. New York: Dial Press, 1976.

Walker, Barbara. The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

Walker, Barbara. The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983.

Wiccan Reference Works

Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today. Revised and Expanded Edition. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986. (This book is a must-read, for it provides an overview of contemporary Wicca and Paganism. Photographs.)

Burland, C. A. Echoes of Magic: A Study of Seasonal Festivals Through the Ages. London: Peter Davies, 1972. (An engrossing study of the symbolism of the seasonal festivals [sabbats] by an expert folklorist. The entire volume is somewhat peculiarly given over to the author’s great joy in writing of sexual matters. Still a wonderful source.)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart Farrar. The Witches’ God: Lord of the Dance. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1989. (A book-length look at the God in Wicca. Photographs.)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart Farrar. The Witches’ Goddess. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1987. (Photographs.)

Guiley, Rosemary. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. New York: Facts on File, 1989. (A well-researched, sympathetic, encyclopedic work.)

Johns, June. King of the Witches: The World of Alex Sanders. London: P. Davies, 1969.

Kelly, Aidan A. Crafting the Art of Magic: A History of Modern Witchcraft, 1939-1964. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1991. (A speculative reconstruction of the creation of modern Wicca.)

Mathers, S. L. MacGregor (editor and translator). The Key of Solomon the King. New York: Weiser, 1972. (Some modern Wiccan rites were partially based on this work. Wicca has also borrowed some symbolism from the Key.)

Valiente, Doreen. The Rebirth of Witchcraft. London: Robert Hale, 1989. Reprint. Custer (Washington): Phoenix, 1989. (An important addition to Wicca’s recent history; informative and enthralling.)


Howard, Michael. The Magic of Runes. New York: Weiser, 1980.

Howard, Michael. The Runes and Other Magical Alphabets. New York: Weiser, 1978.

K., Amber. True Magick: A Beginner’s Guide. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1990. (An extremely Wiccan-based introduction to folk magic.)

Koch, Rudolph. The Book of Signs. New York: Dover, 1955.

Mathers, S. L. MacGregor (editor and translator). The Key of Solomon the King. New York: Weiser, 1972.

Pepper, Elizabeth and John Wilcox. Witches All. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1977. (A collection of folk magic drawn from the popular Witches’ Almanac.)

Tyson, Donald. Rune Magic. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1988.

Valiente, Doreen. Natural Magic. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1975.

Weinstein, Marion. Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help. New York: Pocket Books, 1978. (A wonderful introduction to magic. An expanded edition has also been published.)