**This post is part of the Pagan Blog Project. Weeks 3 and 4 are the letter B. For more about PBP, check out their website here.**
This week’s post is more of a reflection on how books have played a role in my spirituality.
I adore books. I always have. So when I wanted to learn more about Paganism, I went straight to the books. My first Pagan book was Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.
Books have been instrumental in developing my spirituality. Without the beginner’s guide Cunningham’s books offered, I don’t know if I would ever have moved forward. The Internet back then wasn’t very helpful and was still growing as more people gained access, so while it had some resources, I think there were more questionable sites than there are now. Books were the best resources I had, since I lacked a teacher.
I don’t have many books on Paganism or metaphysics. I’m very choosy in what I buy. Some of my favorites have been Cunningham’s various books because they make a great starting point. I also like Penczak’s books. I haven’t read any of Buckland’s books yet, but I’ve heard good things about them.
Although I’m a big fan of books, I also realized quite early that books can only take you so far. Even though the books were very helpful, they couldn’t be everything I needed them to be. I wish I could have found a teacher sooner, but that was not to be. I still give book recommendations to people though, because they do make a great starting point for research or study. It’s wonderful that we can publish and access so many different books on Paganism and witchcraft and all the different traditions now; I mean, just 100 years ago, this would have been unheard of, and 300-400 years ago, this kind of material would have earned you a trial.
Some favorite books/authors:
- Scott Cunningham
- The Witches’ Goddess, by Janet and Stewart Farrar
- Christopher Penczak
- Ellen Dugan
- Psychic Tarot, by Nancy Antenucci and Melanie Howard
Some not-so-favorite books/authors:
- Silver Ravenwolf
- A Witch’s 10 Commandments, by Marian Singer