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Wicca Books for Beginners: Authors I Don’t Recommend

Updated on August 26, 2016
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A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.

Wicca Books - Not Recommended

When it comes to books about Wicca, I’ve spoken at length in my other hub articles about books and authors that I heartily recommend. There are also a lot of Wicca books I likewise don’t recommend— most of them churned out from the same few authors who spread more misinformation than anything.

I’m not saying you should never read these authors. I do recommend reading their work with a huge grain of salt-- or like, with one of those salt licks they leave in the barnyard for cows. But if you’re new to Wicca and you’re looking for good introductions that are going to give you solid facts you can rely on, these authors are not going to help you. Your time and money would be better spent elsewhere.

Wicca Books: What to Read?

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A Better Choice -- Recommended Wicca Books

A witches' Bible; The Complete Witches' Handbooks
A witches' Bible; The Complete Witches' Handbooks

The Farrar's book gives a much better overview on historical Wicca. They still fall under the Old Religion theories, but considering their generation was just coming out of those misconceptions it's understandable.

 

Gavin and Yvonne Frost

I have in my Witchcraft articles recommended some of the Frost's books on Witchcraft. That's because when it comes to magic and spell casting, the Frosts present some excellent insights. I don't recommend the Frosts to people interested in Wicca, though.

One of their most controversial publications is The Witch’s Bible (1972), and later republished as The Good Witch’s Bible (1977). I’m not sure how much arrogance it takes to write a religion’s Bible, but this book in particular is a horrible introduction to Wicca. They pretty much re-invented Wicca to their own liking, and it’s so different that it’s deceptive to even call the religion they write about ‘Wicca’.

Just to pull out an example of the kind of liberties the Frosts take, there is a chapter describing “Wiccan traditional” coming of age rites of passage for children, except the only 'Wiccans' these traditions came from are the Frosts themselves. Most other Wiccans are horrified by the implications.

These rites involve ritual sex initiation of children, sponsored by an adult. By the end of the disturbing preparation and education period, the adult would ritually initiate the child by having sex with them. In the original book they say that a child is ready for these rites when “the physical attributes of reproduction are present”— in other words, puberty. In their most recent 1999 reprint of this book, the Frosts add a note as a disclaimer (probably at the demand of their lawyers and publishers) that the child should be “at least 18 years old”. Last time I checked, puberty occurs long before 18.

The Frosts’ ideas are far from historically verified, and many of their beliefs and practices are not traditionally shared by the Wiccan mainstream, yet they present it all with the air of people who think themselves the highest authority. The couple sees criticism against them as not just attacking them, their ideas, their church, their school, but as attacking Wicca and a violation of the Wiccan Rede. This is because the Frosts are under the delusion that they themselves are the founders of Wicca. They have repeatedly made this claim.

They have also repeatedly attempted to discredit the contributions of people like Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Alex Saunders and Raymond Buckland.

The Frosts have a lot of Wiccan supporters and detractors. They’re hailed as pioneers who helped bring Wicca into the light by some, while others see them as people who did more harm than good. Either way, their book is not really going to help anyone understand what Wicca actually is, unless that person is only interested in the Frost’s unique (and often self-absorbed) perspective.

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Gerald Gardner's Book of Shadows:

Apparently, Gardner's writings on Wicca from the 1940s and 50's, before the Frosts had ever heard of the religion, are not proof enough for the Frosts that it existed before they established their church and school.
Apparently, Gardner's writings on Wicca from the 1940s and 50's, before the Frosts had ever heard of the religion, are not proof enough for the Frosts that it existed before they established their church and school. | Source

A Better Choice - Recommended Wicca Books

Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice
Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice

This is a much better introduction to Wicca in my opinion, the author is apparently capable of much better research and intellectual honesty.

 

Silver RavenWolf

RavenWolf’s following baffles me, and honestly the only reason I think she got as big as she did is because she caught the wave at its peak and practically had the ocean to herself. When her first Wicca book was published, Wicca’s popularity was exploding but reading matter was hard to come by, especially if you only had access to mainstream bookstores.

Not that her work is terrible. RavenWolf is creative and I can find things to take away from her work that I can apply to my own beliefs and practices. I’ve enjoyed using some of her prayers, invocations, recipes, and gotten some inspiration from her rituals. But mining for gems in her work is a little like trying to find a few diamonds in a pile of cubic zirconia—if you don’t know the difference, you’re going to be very confused about what’s genuine and what isn’t. That’s why I think her work is terrible for beginners.

I personally find her ethics questionable, I must admit. She’s deceptive about her lineage. She repeatedly encourages teens to sneak, lie and manipulate. She comes off as very prejudice toward Christians in much of her work (RavenWolf, who still believes Witchcraft is the “Old Religion”, often acts as though Christianity is just one big patriarchal conspiracy to quash it; she also likens Christian worship to ‘groveling’ and ‘sniveling’).

The biggest problem with RavenWolf and why I don’t recommend her to newbies is that she’s a flat-out font of false information. Some accuse her of being clueless, others of being a liar. I can’t judge her intentions. If she actually believes the stuff she writes is accurate, she’s a shoddy scholar. If she’s just selecting any old claim to support her ideas/views, regardless of whether they’re true or not, then she’s selling out the Wiccan religion by perpetuating falsehoods in the interest of getting attention and selling books. Either way, RavenWolf doesn't come off well, and her books aren't going to be of any real value for those serious seekers looking to learn from reliable sources.

You can find more detailed criticism of RavenWolf’s work here and here, better than I could ever say it. Anything in them actually worth learning can be found presented in much better overall sources.

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A Better Choice - Recommended Wicca Books:

The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy
The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy

Hutton is both a Pagan and a reputable historian; he's very careful to debunk beliefs that have been formed on very little real evidence, which has angered much of the Pagan community reluctant to give up the ghost on the preferred historic claims. Still, Hutton is able to be objective and point to the evidence (or lack thereof). What I love best about his work is that he's always able to just say "We just don't know" when the evidence is lacking, instead of jumping to conclusions.

 

D.J. Conway

Conway writes about a lot of Pagan cultures, and they all look suspiciously the same. In fact, they all look suspiciously like the 21st century religion, Wicca. Conway is the queen of trying to fit all of Pagandom into a Wiccan box with a neat little New Age bow on it. The problem is, she twists what little she knows about history as much as is necessary to fit this world view. She seems to believe Wicca, witchcraft, shamanism and Paganism are completely interchangeable terms and that all Pagans universally held the same religious beliefs.

For example, Conway writes about the Celts at length in particular, how they worship “The White Moon Goddess” (Celtic Magic, p. 43), how they were a matriarchal society in which women were equal, and even goes to tell us about the inner workings of ancient Druids, down to what their robe colors signify. She explains Wicca evolved out of this culture when Druids were “driven underground” (Celtic Magic, p 78).

The problem is that none of these claims are supported by any actual evidence. I mean, not a shred. Some of these claims have been outright debunked by historians.

Like in RavenWolf’s case, about the only thing of value in any of Conway’s books is her creativity. There are a few nice pieces of poetry, ritual, prayers, meditations, stories etc. to be found in her body of work. That’s about it. Honestly, if she stuck to that, her books would be delightful.

Instead, she tries to teach us history—or at least, a version of history that she seems to really like, but for which she has no evidentiary support. It’s all romanticized folklore and fakelore, regurgitated and repainted as “Wicca” to serve up to the masses for quick sales. She does this with every culture she attempts to write about. There simply is no excuse for an author to butcher history again and again, with no regard for or respect for the cultures she misrepresents. To do this while calling yourself Pagan and under the guise of teaching others is outrageous.

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We All Love the Idea of Fairies

But lets get real here. They're not our ancestors.
But lets get real here. They're not our ancestors. | Source

A Better Choice - Recommended Wicca Books:

The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon

If fiction is what you want, just read good fiction. It's not Wicca either, but at least you'll enjoy it.

 

Kisma K. Stepanich

This author should stick to fiction, because that’s actually all she writes. The majority of her references are works of fiction. Probably the best example of how bad her work is can be found in her books on Faery Wicca. In Book 1 of Faery Wicca, pg. 5, Stepanich writes in italics under “Lesson One: The Traditional History”:

Unless one knows their tradition’s origin, and has their roots firmly planted in this origin, one cannot successfully deepen their spirit.

She then proceeds to spin a yarn about Wicca being rooted in the Irish Celts, who are a race descended from fairies. She proclaims Faery Wicca is an oral tradition stemming back from these ancient times. On p. 150, she actually says “Faery Wicca” is the “indigenous tradition of Europe.”

Does anyone else see the irony here? Needless to say, neither the Irish nor the Celts can realistically be traced back to a fairy race, and Wicca is a 20th century invention.

Another example of the kind of outlandish claims Stepanich makes is on page 134:

Unfortunately, the horrible witch burnings of Salem, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, may very well have been attributed to an Irish-American witch in 1688.

The little hitch in this claim is, of course, that no witches were burned in Salem, ever. The accused (Christians, not Wiccans; and English, not Irish), were hanged, except for one who was crushed. Not to mention, the Salem witch craze was started with the slave Tituba, who was most likely a Native of the Caribbean or South America.

I can’t even get over how outrageously irresponsible this author is. This goes beyond poor scholarship and misinformation; this tripe is pure fiction masquerading as history. The trees sacrificed to print Stepanich’s books would have had a more dignified ending if they’d been made into toilet paper.


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Final Thoughts on Wicca Books and Bad Authors

In the long run, even if these authors meant well, their work is doing more harm than good. It also doesn’t do Wicca as a religion any favors for our practitioners to be so grossly misinformed. It is the work of these authors and others like them that our detractors would point to in trying to prove we are a religion of delusional LARPers at best, and a dangerous cult at worst.

Likewise, as much as they’re responsible for people turning to Wicca, they’re responsible for people leaving Wicca. Many people come to Wicca because they feel disillusioned and lied to in their previous religion. After embracing Wicca for a time, they learn they've been lied to again and become disillusioned and let down once more. There are also people who leave Wicca because they can no longer stand being associated with a religion that seems to collectively and willfully embrace a false history.

If you have learned Wicca through these authors, I urge you to approach all writings with a more critical eye—including mine. Don’t take my word for it; don’t take any writer’s word for anything. If claims are made about history, cultures, etc., seek out the sources, and if necessary, seek out the source’s sources, until you can trace it back to authoritative, accepted evidence. Then look and see if there are arguments disputing or debunking that evidence. Put the pieces together for yourself before drawing conclusions.

In the meantime, take the parts with you that you find spiritually inspirational and enjoy them. There’s nothing wrong with creativity, mythology, liturgy in our spirituality; the problems come when they’re at the expense of facts.

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      Tim 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I voted NEVER for the Frosts. I can't believe anyone would take them seriously! Not familiar with the other ones you mention but now I know to avoid them!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I agree with you, I can't recommend them in good heart to anyone for Wicca. Thanks for your comment!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      OOPS! my screened blackened twice in as many minutes shall try later.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      my comment was to the effect of ; The Druids didn't write anything down.

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      Brightly 3 years ago

      Just an FYI so that you aren't posting false information: the 1999 version of The Good Witch's Bible, which first featured the infamous disclaimer, was published by Godolphin House publishing which is owned by Gavin Frost. So, that being said it is highly doubtful that his publisher forced him to put in the disclaimer when he himself was the publisher.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Limpet; sorry about those computer problems. But yep, it was an oral tradition. Sadly most of what we have was what Romans and Christians wrote about them (and how accurate could that have been, really?).

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks for your input, Brightly. There were several versions by different publishers, each one with changes added. Something prompted them to put the disclaimer though, if not a publisher either a lawyer or the kind of backlash they got for previous versions.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      The first publication i absorbed was the autobiography of Maxine Sanders. A great inspiration to me. Oh yes! Beware of tricksters, we do know better. Don't we? Many blessings to all kindred spirits.

      In light

      the limpet

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      debbie 2 years ago

      ...so, what books wouldwould you recommend for a beginner, confused as there are so many.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Absolutely! Thanks limpet, great recommendation.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Debbie, thanks for your comments. I would say if you could only get one book to start with, Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin is the best introduction to date (IMO). Scott Cunningham's book Wicca; A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner is one of the most recommended for beginners, and while I agree it's a must-read, I think Sabin's book is better.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      We here in olde London towne are blessed with several outlets for recommended reading all within easy walking distance from the most central of them. Amazingly, you can spot a 'one off' tome in second hand bookshops or market stalls. I vivdly recall purchacing my first ever publication in Glastonbury, Somerset. A pamphlet by Geoffrey Ashe on an extremely goode insight on the Tor. On my recent visit to Glastonbury i was disappointed to discover many empty shops in the High Street and the previous antiquarian shoppes had 'sold out' to the Corporate realm.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Limpet, sorry to hear about Glatsonbury, that's so sad when corporations take over towns and run out the small businesses. Hoping it'll be restored to its former glory soon. Take care!

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      DavidCombs 2 years ago

      Very insightful hub. With the exception of Silver Ravenwolf (whom I agree with you on) I fortunately haven't heard or read from any of the other authors during my beginner years. I have however come across some books that I would not recommend to any reader.

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      Gadfly 2 years ago from Olde London Towne

      I'm more of a romantic in a conventional world. I've discovered beautifully illustrated books on the 'Fae' and living in merrie England it's not difficult to visit locations where these authors lived. By doing this you can be in tune with nature and soak up the atmosphere of folklore.

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      Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

      Oh yeah, never liked Conway's books. There was one book I read called the Ancient Art of Faery Magick that was literally laughable. It was a work of fiction, nothing more nothing less. Though she was trying to pass it off as though it was the legit piece of religious practice...I was turned off to her writing thereafter. Basically she was saying that certain fairies have certain jobs like "musician" "archer", etc....really? How would she know that? There's nothing in folklore mythology or elsewhere that gives us that much detail into the world of the fae. I agree with your hub completely. Silver Ravenwolf is someone I sometimes recommend but I agree with you in that some of her works bash other religions such as Christianity, which I disagree with.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Kitty, thanks for commenting. I honestly do not know where Conway gets some of her ideas and claims from, it just baffles me. I have read about 3 of her books and kind of just gave up trying to figure out where she was coming from. RavenWolf isn't terrible, but I think anyone reading her should be better armed with info before going in so they can read with a more discerning eye. She's not what I would consider the ideal introductory author.

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      SFIAOgirl021 2 years ago

      I'll admit i'm reading one of D.J Conway's books but not for the history I just like some of the ways the rituals are done in the book I don't take the stuff they claim to be true seriously I use to but when I learned it was inaccurate I started reading Sabin and Scott books more and relying on them to teach me the history and stuff like that I'll say Conway has to be a horrible source for history and belief systems but the rituals are actually decently nice and easy to follow

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi SFIAOgirl; I feel the same way. I have a few of Conway's books on my shelves. There is no excuse for her abundant misinformation on history, culture, sociology. I wish she would just stick to writing rituals, spells, holiday celebration ideas, fiction and other creative stuff... that is where she thrives. Thanks for your comments.

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      SFIAOgirl021 2 years ago

      yeah i agree on that I started my "year and a day" studies over a year ago now but I just feel I'm not quite ready yet I've had so many things that have caused me to lack in my studies so I want to wait till I feel ready before I do my self-initiation I'm excited

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      It's definitely better to take it slow and absorb things like you're doing. It works out better.

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      SFIAOgirl021 2 years ago

      yeah thnx I'm glad to know taking it slower is better in this situation cause it isn't always the best path I know cause I really want to initiate now but I know I'm just not ready yet someday I will be and I can't wait for that day to come cause I'm looking for something thats free flowing and doesn't promote hatred for others not like them and Wicca is the first religion I've seen that doesn't do that cause Christians if ur not their specific type of Christian like Baptist or Catholic or whatever they think ur beliefs r wrong or whatever and my friend got me into satanism for awhile but all that religion seemed to want was for me to again hate a specific group and so far I've seen Wicca teaches that if ur not Wicca so what? u know? that's what I love about Wicca and why I think it's right for me so I can't wait to initiate when I'm ready

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Merrie we meet.

      In the dim distant past i got advised to avoid Aleister Crowley at all cost. Don't particularly recall who told me so but in recent years i came across a well writtern article on internet detailing the connection with a significant Californian cult in the 1950's/60's who had input into government and also the Hollywood elite. The Beatles featured a faded image of Crowley on their 1967 Sgt Peppers album. Why would they do that? I've known quite a few practicing Wyches in my tyme but one in particular is the most prominent. Nefer (abreviation of Nefertiti) was the high priestess of O.T.O.G. ( OTHER TEMPLES OTHER GODDESSES) She convened the rituals in a rented out penthouse suite of a city building and also at her countryside manor. Nefer advised me to read up on both Dion Fortune and Maxine Sanders before coming back to her town house for an interview. This consultation of about an hours duration occurred in the throne room of her home with her confidante another psychic medium present. She told me more about me than i knew myself. On leaving the premises Nefer told me "You are mine!"

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Limpet, how are you?

      I've actually never heard of the OTOG, I looked it up and it turns out it's a very obscure Hindu folk religion in a small part of India. I'm not sure who these people you spoke to were or why they had a throne room or anything about that, but I would be wary of any cult that claimed to be privy to any government information or have government influence. In the 60s/70s, there were a lot of groups and people who put on a real song and dance about how they're all-powerful Grand-Pooh-Bah style wizards, and they lied through their teeth. So I would take it with a grain of salt.

      I do know that a lot of people fear Crowley, and it's no small wonder why. He grew up in an oppressive devout Christian family, he hated Christianity and did everything he could to mock it or poke fun at it. And for all his intelligence, he couldn't stop himself from getting caught up in a spiral of self destruction. I don't think it makes his books worthless, though; he was a very great poet, and had keen insights on magic.

      I wouldn't emulate him, but I have never seen anything wrong with reading his work. But that's a personal choice; like I said, I understand that he deliberately goes for shock value, and it makes some people very uneasy.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      merrie we meet

      I'm going back in tyme some 40 years now. The coven i mentioned in perevious post were a loose gathering of pagans influenced by Theosophy. I happened to have learned a lot spending hours in the library of the Theosophical Society. The coven mentioned fused with metaphysical and aligned to the Servants of the Light and the Rosecrutions from whom i recieved a lot of literature, at a cost! Now it wasn't really a throne room as such, Nefer who was garbed as a Morticia Addams look a like told me she got a tremendous feeling of power when seated there. I was given the name Kato and the title Neophyte and on payment of £1.000 to her commenced initiation. First i had to spend a whole night alone in the basement of her towne house. It reeked of the smell of camphor and had a horrible presence of fear. Next i was beaten up by her paramour/bodyguard an amateur middleweight champion, she stopped the fight when i threw my first punch in retaliation. I was told i had past the test bravely and to stay in this universe for the tyme being.

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      That is an unusual experience, Limpet, thanks for sharing.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Last heard of the lady when she met up with Shirley Maclaine 'out on a limb' !

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      I read Out on a Limb... interesting stuff.

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      Pollyanna Jones 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I bought the Witch's Bible to add to my collection of books on this subject. The initiations are very uncomfortable to read about and are certainly not traditional. It worries me that vulnerable youngsters drawn to the Craft would be groomed and tricked by perverts that would use this to reinforce that it's the "done thing".

      There is a lot of rubbish out there, and we have to be careful.

      I must mention, Marion Zimmer Bradley, has done some terrible things too and one of her victims was her own daughter. It makes me very sad that people are capable of such twisted deeds.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      That is a good point and a huge concern, Pollyanna. I've always worried about parents who learn from the Frosts thinking they should follow those instructions, it makes me shudder.

      As a lover of the Mists of Avalon, it was certainly shocking and saddening to hear about Bradley molesting her daughter and neglecting to turn in her husband. It took me a while before I could pick up MoA again.

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      Ariadne 2 years ago

      Hello! I've read that a few other authors that are fairly well known that ought to be added to the list:

      -- Raymond Buckland, for cultural appropriation cultures, using the g-slur (the one used against Romani peoples) to make certain rituals and techniques seem more exotic, and makes up history, especially about "The Burning Times";

      -- Edain McCoy, for coming up with weird fictions about deities and history (something about a POTATO GODDESS!?) related to Celtic personages and events, and for trying to making everything Irish;

      -- Catherine Yronwode, for being racist, a bully, is known for attacking people online, threatens critics with death magic, claims New Orleans voodoo is “fake” to bolster her own credibility, and, best of all, (apparently) saying that LGBTQ+ teens should kill themselves and, along with her husband, has provided pamphlets and counselling to encourage this.

      Again, this is what I've read, and I've cross referenced it to various threads on Goodreads and Tumblr from fellow witches trying to look out for one another, so I'd be happy to know what others have to say about the matter.

      Merry meet.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Hi Ariadne, thanks for your input.

      Never heard of Yronwode, I'll have to look into that.

      McCoy, along with a whole host of others, is just pretty fluffy. I'm sure they mean well, but they are lousy at history, and are more comparable to D.J. Conway; the reason Conway made my 'not recommended' list goes even a little further than that-- so many of her books are, like, the same book with minor changes. Waste of money.

      There is a lot of Buckland's work I would ignore, just because I don't see it as very useful (and yes, that includes his books about the G-word), but a couple of his books -- especially the 'big blue sleeping pill', otherwise known as "the Complete Book of Witchcraft", even though outdated, are pretty significant to understanding Wicca in the context of how it grew (kind of like Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, or even Starhawk-- their work isn't the most accurate but their significance and contributions are still noteworthy). So while he doesn't really make my "recommended author" list, he also doesn't make my "not recommended" list. But you definitely make some good points.

      Thanks again for your input.

      ~Sage

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England

      The one about a Potato Goddess is a bit weird as spuds were not introduced to Europe from the New World until the 16th century!

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      Susan Bergeron 16 months ago

      I have never liked the organization of Buckland's Blue Book --complete book of witchcraft---

      he did found his own tradition and the info is good, just poorly organized. We use it as a reference rather than a learning guide---we use a list for folks to pick from, and hold some classes and discussions--would rather see folks use any of Cunningham than most of those I have seen here---Conway and Edain McCoy are okay for ritual and some other work--not as a basic study

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      MoonSinger 15 months ago

      I just finished McCoy's "Advanced Witchcraft" - what a load of crap with heavy doses of nothingness! A waste of time and money.

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      Gadfly 13 months ago from Olde London Towne

      merrie we meet

      I've noticed much 'writings' long forgotten in garrets, cellars and barns now coming to light in curiosity shoppes. Any tome in good condition should fetch a goode price at any antiquarian book shoppe.

      many blessings to all kindred spirits

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