This is a top 10 list of sorts – Not of great reads or of books that I think everyone should own, but of books that pushed me forward religiously speaking. Some weren’t good, and some I would suggest to stay far away from, but nonetheless here they are.
I thought it would be fun to revisit some of these and riff a little about them. The first 5:
1. Celtic Magic by D.J. Conway
This book was the first book that I ever picked up regarding Magic(k). It had a great cover, and went over some Wicca basics. At the time I really liked it, and it gave some things to try and think about. It didn’t take long however, as I read more books and myths, to realize that most of the book is hogwash and very poorly researched. The cover is still nice, though.
2. Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries: Sacred Spaces of Today’s Pagans by the Campanellis
A book which showed me that what I was interested in and experimenting with wasn’t odd or fanciful, there were actually “normal” people involved. When this book hit the shelves, I realized it would be part of my collection for a long time, and there it sits. This was a remarkable book when it was published. Included are pictures of sacred spaces along with narration by those who use the spaces.
3. Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Cunningham
This is a spell book. Though I never considered myself a witch or a Wiccan, it gave me an insight as to how to manipulate reality by using simple natural configurations. Not that I used it too much, I found it more useful as a reference for how magic(k) could be a simple act with limited tools and lots of intention. I’ve actually purchased this book twice. I think however it was given away a few years ago. I might get another copy someday. It’s companion is Earth Power and is just as good.
4. Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates
Though this book is a little dated now, back nearly 20 years ago it really opened my eyes. It was more or a less an Anglo-Saxon answer to Carlos Casteneda’s Don Juan books, but in it’s pages was wisdom about my ancestors and maybe how they saw things. It is fiction based on historical dosuments, but it’s honest about it, which is more than I can say for Carlos’ works. I’ve been meaning to read this again…soon.
5. Druids by Ellis
What a surprise. I’ve always been interested in Druids and this book fed my curiosity. Still a great read on the topic and one that I cherish, bent pages and highlights throughout. It is little skewed toward the Druids as humble and truth loving, and the author tries his best to ignore the human sacrifice issue, but overall full of good stuff.
The next 5 coming soon….