Getting Started in Paganism, Witchcraft, and Magick

This recommended pagan book list provides information about herbs, candles, crystals, moon spells, astrology, meditation, the elements, and more. Getting Started in Paganism, Witchcraft, and Magick can be simple and personally fulfilling, once you get started reading a few good books! And the best part, you can always go back and reference them when you need a refresher.

What is Paganism, Witchcraft, and Magick? 

  • Paganism is a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping form of spirituality. Many pagans believe the earth is sacred and choose to live a lifestyle where mother nature is celebrated, honored, and protected. If you're looking for a way to deepen your connection to Spirit and mother earth, Paganism may be the right path for you. 
  • Witchcraft is the art of crafting Magick with tools through meditation and trance, herbal preparations, crystals, divination, journaling, art, gardening, etc. The art of witchcraft is viewed by many as an expression of one's spirituality. 
  • Magick is directing energy through the conscious power of will. Setting intentions with purpose is a way of guiding the energies around us to experience change. The more we focus on these subtle energies in our daily lives, the more we are able to experience them.

Pagan Book Recommendations

With so many branches of paganism, witchcraft, and magick to explore, I've decided to compile a list of books to help you get started along your journey.

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A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook  

This is the first book I started with at the age of 15. A Witches' Bible is more for the advanced practitioner of magick and will give you ideas about traditional coven practices.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

This is a great starter book for those wanting to know more about being a solitary witch. There is a Wiccan focus and this book teaches you about the religious aspects of the god and goddess and the elements.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)  

This book is all about the elements and how to connect with them in a natural way through ritual, spells, and magickal crafting. There are simple instructions and the book is easy to follow.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week

This book is about how to use tools of the craft for each day of the week. The Book of Witchery is packed full of magickal correspondences for rituals and spells.

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development (Penczak Temple Series)


This book encourages you to practice your craft and is great for those looking for a year and a day study guide. It gives you the principles of magick and some helpful exercises to practice. This is a must have for your witchcraft book collection!

Parkers' Astrology: The Essential Guide to Using Astrology in Your Daily Life

This book is full of everything you need to start in astrology! The art work is beautiful and has a garden/plant focus. Parkers' Astrology helps you to learn about the zodiacs, the planets, and astrological charts in an easy digestible way.

 Encyclopedia of Crystals, Revised and Expanded 

This book is great for the visual learner as each page is organized via color! The Encyclopedia of Crystals goes into the chemistry of crystals, the chakras, and the metaphysical properties of common crystals. 

Moon Spells: How to Use the Phases of the Moon to Get What You Want  


This book teaches you how to align yourself and craft with the phases of the moon. The book has spells and rituals for each phase of the moon and a whole section just for men.

Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series) 

 This book is great for learning different altar set ups with candle rituals and spells. The author gives a solid framework for those who like step by step instructions.

The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic in Rootwork, Conjure, and Spiritual Church Services  

 This book is all about how to use different types of candles and prayers specific to certain spells and rituals. 

The Real Witches' Garden: Spells,Herbs, Plants and Magical Spaces Outdoors   

This book is perfect for the green witch and includes tons of information about herb and garden magick.


Do you have a favorite pagan book that helped you get started? Share in the comments below.

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  • Kayla Book

    I love the inner temple of witchcraft!! I will check these out for sure!! Even after practicing for a while it’s good to be refreshed and go back to the basics 🔮

  • Sonya Miller

    I need to try to get and read some of these books.

  • Patrilatxa

    I started with the book Earth Power by Scott Cunningham.

  • Tredarrup Whitlock

    My very first book on the Craft was ‘Hocus Pocus’ by Titania Hardie, back in 1997 when I decided to diversify from tarot, astrology etc. The first spell I did was ‘Hot wax’ and it worked a treat. This book really got me going and put me on the path to being the seasoned old eclectic witch I am today. Some of my books overlap with yours, so I guess our paths are similar. Have a happy life!

  • Shane

    Great list! I would also add “Mastering Witchcraft” by Paul Huson. It’s a classic, important book. Blessed be!

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