Top 10 Witchy/Pagan Books for Beginners

Are you a beginner witch and want advice on which books you should start off with? When I first began my path I felt completely overwhelmed with the book choices presented to me and I honestly didn’t know where to start. Some books I bought were AMAZING… others not so much. So save yourself some dolla dolla bills y’all, and check out my top ten beginner witch/pagan books!

Number 10.
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft

This book has TONS of information and is a really great resource to have, the only issue I have with it is that a lot of the rituals/ceremonies are coven based which is not a viable option for most people (especially when you are starting out). The great thing about this book is it’s layout as more of workbook, there are questions at the end of each chapter that help you to explore what you have learned and to ensure you really understand it. I highly recommend having a copy, it is such an informative book and it is the classic beginners witchcraft book.

Number 9.
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Another fantastic classic to add to your library as a beginner, it is Wicca based but even if you aren’t following the Wiccan path there is still a lot that you can get from this book as a beginner. The thing I love about it is that unlike Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, it is written for the solitary practitioner. Most people start their pagan/witchcraft journey’s in a solitary manner and this book caters to that.

Number 8.
Witch: Unleashed, Untamed, Unapologetic

This book is INCREDIBLE, I cannot say enough good things about it. I felt so empowered, beautiful and strong after reading it, the author feels like an old friend passing on knowledge and building you up to become all you need to be. I recommend reading this book, as well as her others, to all women who need to be reminded that they are wild, amazing and filled with magic.

Number 7.
The Green Witch

A great reference book for beginners who are just learning about the magical properties of herbs, oils, flowers etc… It is filled with recipes, spells and rituals as well as correspondences. An essential if you are especially interested in the Green Witch path.

Number 6.
The Magickal Family

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! As a mother and a wife this book is a MUST HAVE! It includes so much information on how to get your children in your involved in a safe and productive way. It is filled with rituals, activities, recipes, craft and SO MUCH MORE. By the way I’m not an affiliate or anything, I just REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK! If you have children make sure to add this book to your absolute, must buys!

Number 5.
The Practical Witches Spell Book

A great book for quick, fairly simple spells that can be preformed at any skill level. I love the layout of this book and it gets bonus points because it is SO PRETTY! The illustrations in this book are just incredible and make you want to read it even more.

Number 4.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism

I know, I know… I’m basic AF… but seriously, this book is a fantastic resource for beginners. You can get a free sample on Amazon Kindle which actually gives quite a large chunk of the book to read before you have to purchase. I would at least recommend getting the sample and if you like it, go ahead and purchase the entire thing.

Number 3.
Wicca and Witchcraft for Dummies

I swear I’m not joking, these books really are great for beginners! I honestly love them, they contain so much information and resources for novices and experts alike.

Number 2.                                          
Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within

Fantastic beginners book written by a third-generation witch. Covers many topics that are great for those starting their journey.

Number 1.
Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

A great look at the cultural views on witches and witchcraft and how things have evolved over the year. Very interesting read, even for those who aren’t necessarily on the path.


So that’s it, my top ten witchy/pagan reads for beginners, I know everyone may not agree with the books I chose and sometimes it’s just a matter of trial and error. As I suggested in one of the captions, downloading free samples of the books on Kindle can help eliminate money wastage as you will be able to tell if the book is what you are looking for pretty quickly.

I hope you enjoyed the read and for those wondering the books aren’t ranked in a particular order of best to worst, or worst to best, it is simply ten books I think beginner witches/pagans should look into.

Blessed Be,
– The Aussie Witch.

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