A curated booklist by your favorite SPL librarians!
History | Modern Witchcraft | Paganism | Spellcraft | Tarot and Astrology
|The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self Care by Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner
A thoughtful, science-backed companion for deepening your spirituality. Read about the history of rituals from ancient to modern times; learn about mindfulness practices like breathwork, meditation, and aromatherapy; and enhance your esoteric knowledge of crystals, astrology, and Tarot, all while working harmoniously with the seasons.
|Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power by Pam Grossman
From The Witch Wave podcast host, Pam Grossman, comes an insightful exploration of the world’s obsession with witches. Take a ride through time as Grossman details the history of witches and witchcraft from the Salem Witch Trials, to the 1962 appearance of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and references to witchcraft in Pop Culture by the likes of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.
|Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller, Dr. Clarissa Estés’ bestselling book premises that within every woman is a passionate, intuitive, and wise Wild Woman; a force of nature that gets trampled down by Patriarchy and oppression. Using “multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories from years of research,” Dr. Estés “helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype” (Publisher).
|Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color by Lorraine Monteagut
A growing subculture of witches, led by Afro-Caribbean immigrants, Indigenous Americans, and other witches of color, are reclaiming their ancestral traditions and contributing their voices to the feminist witchcraft today (Publisher). Explore the lives of these magical practitioners as they challenge the “witch” stigma and honor the practices of their ancestors.
|Green Witch Magick: Essential Plants and Crafty Spellwork for a Witch's Cupboard by Susan Ilka Tuttle
Practicing Green Witch Susan Tuttle shares her expansive insider knowledge on green witchcraft, like 13 essential plant allies, herbal remedies and recipes, and foraging and herbalism basics. Tuttle defines green witchcraft as a path that “values and honors the natural world” and considers plants to be “a birthright for all.”
|HausMagick: Transform Your Home With Witchcraft by Erica Feldmann
Owner of Salem, Massachusetts’ beloved queer, feminist, witchy shop, HausWitch, Erica Feldmann blends interior design know-how with spiritual principles to offer readers a unique map for creating a thoughtful, intentionally designed space at home that optimizes spiritual health and wellness with magic.
|High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row by Damien Echols
Debunking the stigma around practicing magic, Echol, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, now exonerated, details the valuable spiritual practices that helped him survive prison. Techniques shared include transformative meditation practices, energy healing, and working with spiritual allies, among other spiritual practices based in ancient Western traditions.
|Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft by Gabriela Herstik
This inclusive, modern day, feminist grimoire by Nylon’s “Ask a Witch” comunist, Gabriela Herstik, offers insight to divination and the Tarot; fashion, earth, and moon magic; the ABC’s of crystals and astrology; as well as energy and spell work. Herstik emphasizes nurturing the witch within through self-care and connecting to nature.
|Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism by Sarah Lyons
A fiery, inclusive guide for activists and witches alike, Revolutionary Witchcraft is an empowered introduction to the history and practice of politically-motivated magic (Publisher). An emboldened guidebook covering the historical stigma around witchcraft and witchcraft’s role in modern society.
|Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler
A historically significant study on Neo-Paganism in the United States. Gathering with practicing pagans across the country, journalist and radio producer Adler attended rituals, conducted interviews, and documented festivals with this often misunderstood community to share a rich and instightful glimps into Pagan culture.
|The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess by Starhawk
A bestselling classic on the practices and philosophies of witchcraft and Goddess worship. This “spiritual guidebook” also discusses the intersection of Goddess-worship in Wicca and the feminist spiritual consciousness.
|Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell With Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
This hip, introductory guide into basic witchcraft covers glamours, healing, summoning, enchantment, banishment, and divination. Learn how to incorporate magic into your everyday life, from ritualistic baths for self-care to moving mantras for tapping into your personal power, and manifesting your best self.
|The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
Enhance your craft with colored candles, scented oils, fragrant incense, and more. With 100 formulas for building recipes, your spells will be more potent than ever before. You’ll even discover how to formulate your own incense, and customize incenses based on astrological signs and the planets.
|Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier
Learn about the different energy properties of crystals and how to use them in harmony with your dreams and intentions through this handy guidebook. With comprehensive crystal profiles, a list of top 10 crystals every collection should have, and crystal grids for balancing your chakras, there’s something for every crystal lover out there.
|Enchantments: A Modern Witch's Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter
Written from Spalter’s experience as a longtime employee of New York City’s oldest occult shop, Enchantments, this book is an inside guide to the store’s inner workings, plus a handy how-to about living a more magical, enchanted life. Inside, you’ll also find spells and rituals, an introduction to the Wheel of the Year, how to create and maintain an altar, and more.
|Wild Witchcraft: Folk Herbalism, Garden Magic, and Foraging for Spells, Rituals, and Remedies by Rebecca Beyer
Learn how to cultivate your own magical garden, harness the power of herbalism, and better connect with nature through practical and sustainable tips from an experienced Appalachian witch forager (Publisher). With a focus on sustainability, folk herbalist, Beyer, shares her Wiccan approach to plant magic while honoring the ancient history of herbalism across cultures.
|21 Rituals to Ignite Your Intuition by Theresa Cheung
An offering of 21 daily rituals for tapping into your higher potential. Cheung expresses that “intuition is a skill that we can learn and we can get better at it the more we practice,” and with the help of science, psychology, and esoteric arts, she offers simple solutions to tune in with and grow your inner knowing.
Tarot and Astrology
|The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin
Beginners and novices alike will benefit from this complete outline of the Tarot that helps readers use the cards to seek inner guidance. Detailing every card in the Major and Minor Arcana, you’ll learn about the deeper meanings, messages, and symbolism of Tarot divination to better understand the Tarot and build a stronger foundation for your practice.
|The House Your Stars Built: A Guide to the Twelve Astrological Houses and Your Place in the Universe by Rachel Stuart-Haas
A handy guide to the 12 houses of the zodiac that will help you build your very own birth chart reading. Dig deeper into your natal chart and learn more about yourself and your place in the world, and gather detailed information about how your astrological placements influence your traits and tendencies.
|Queering the Tarot by Cassandra Snow
Offering a fresh, inclusive interpretation of the Tarot outside of White, European, heteronormative views, this Tarot guide book is written with queer, gender nonconforming, and marginalized folks in mind. Snow, a blog contributor to the website Little Red Tarot, also offers a perspective that’s sensitive to mental illness and trauma.