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your favorite non-wiccan witchcraft books of all time?


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i'm looking for ideas for my next purchase, and want to know what books were the most helpful/interesting to you (with minimal wiccan overtones, i realize "non-wiccan" is almost non-existent). I've been browsing through the reviews here, but figured i'd be a little lazy and ask directly.. ;) the amazon.com reviews are not helping me one bit, lol..

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i'm looking for ideas for my next purchase, and want to know what books were the most helpful/interesting to you (with minimal wiccan overtones, i realize "non-wiccan" is almost non-existent). I've been browsing through the reviews here, but figured i'd be a little lazy and ask directly.. ;) the amazon.com reviews are not helping me one bit, lol..

They aren't as rare as they used to be. There are actually a lot now. However, most are still working with gods, is that okay for you?

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I was looking to avoid deities, but if it's not to over-bearing and easily skipped over or altered thats okay. :)

I can't really think of anything. All the traditional witchcraft books I can think of are also spiritual. Hmm... I hope someone else has ideas.

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I liked Cunningham's Earth Air Fire & Water, it was very simplistic and seemed more focused on nature itself to draw energy and power, rather than "gods" (its been many years since I read it), so anything with that kind of flavor would appeal to me. I'm wanting to get Charms, Spells & Formulas, it seems very interesting and I am wanting to learn a bit about hoodoo as well. I'm open to any suggestions though! :D

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Mmmm that's a hard one,if it were me I would be looking at myth/lore, occultism,ancient religions, hedgewichery. As for spells and such,well you should be able to do that anyway. Sorry not much help am I ,just rambling on lol.Just look on line,something should jump out, saying read me.If money is short,try book fairs,charity shop.you'll be surprised what you can find. Yep, no help at all,sorry I tried lol

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You'll be lucky to find a copy but 13 Moons by Fiona Walker-Craven

http://www.tradition...-walker-craven/

 

Balkan Witchcraft - Radomir Ristic

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Balkan-Traditional-Witchcraft-Radomir-Ristic/dp/0979616859

Not perfect, more like a basic 101 intro to Balkan practice but apart from the typos, not bad.

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I'm currently reading (very slowly lol) "Visceral Magick: Bridging the Gap Between Magic and Mundane" by Peter Paddon. It's easy going to read with some interesting. Bits n pieces.

Book description:

Ever had a "gut feeling" that proved to be correct? Ever gathered up your courage in the form of "intestinal fortitude"? Modern science has discovered that our digestive organs have a rudimentarty form of consciousness that corresponds to these sayings, and this would be old news to our Celtic ancestors, who believed the human form contained three cauldrons that directed energy, inspiration and wisdom. This book explores a set of basic experiences, ideas and techniques that used to be at the heart of every magical Tradition, but which are frequently overlooked or ignored in modern times. But they are the very things that breathe life into magical systems, the secret key that makes the magic actually work. Peter Paddon, author and Witch, has had the fortune to encounter these techniques and practices in several forms, and here he documents his own journey - and the results - as well as laying out exercises and practical applications to enable the reader to stop visualizing and just plain see. Magic is a real force, one that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and become a living breathing part of your everyday life. This book will show you how to get there.

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If you are interested in hoodoo check out Cat Yronwode's Hoodoo Herb and Root magic.

It's an encyclopedia format book listing herbs and how to use them.

 

A couple others:

 

Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish Book of Ways by Gemma Gary is good. She does include a divinity known as Bucca Dhu and Gwyden (sp?) but that can be overlooked.

 

Blood Sorcery Bible by Sorceress Cagliastro. She does not believe not work with any divinities. She is a necromancer and works with the dead and her blood as well as others blood. This one may not appeal to you due to the fact to work any of her formulas you have to draw blood from different areas of your body.

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I'm currently reading (very slowly lol) "Visceral Magick: Bridging the Gap Between Magic and Mundane" by Peter Paddon. It's easy going to read with some interesting. Bits n pieces.

 

 

I wasn't sure about this guy, but that excerpt looks really interesting.

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