mermaid-sydney asked: Forgive me if you've already answered a question like this, but do you have any favorite books or other resources that you use (or used to use) for references regarding your craft? :)
I don’t really tend to have a formal booklist, but I think there are good reads if you’re interested in Wicca (or Wicca-like spirituality, anyway). These are in alphabetical order, not in any order of importance.
- Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
- Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca And Paganism in America by Chas S. Clifton
- A Witches Bible (or ‘What Witches Do and Eight Sabbat’s for Witches) – Stewart Farrar
- What Witches Do by Stewart Farrar
- The Witches God by Janet and Stewart Farrar
- The Witches Goddess by Janet and Stewart Farrar
- The Training and Work of an Initiate by Dion Fortune
- Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner
- The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald B. Gardner
- The White Goddess by Robert Graves
- Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival by Philip Heselton
- The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton
- The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles by Ronald Hutton
- The Elements of Ritual by Deborah Lipp
- The Way of Four by Deborah Lipp
- Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente
- ABC of Witchcraft Past & Present by Doreen Valiente
- Charge of the Goddess - Doreen Valiente
I’ve included Robert Graves on this list for ‘atmosphere’ - while the historical theories of Margaret Murray in which his writings are based are long debunked, they inform a lot of the ‘flavour’ of early Wicca - something you’ll also see in Gardner’s writing. Dion Fortune is also on this list for ‘flavour’.
Today has turned into a panoply of cleaning; mundane to start, with wall hangings and walls (I have a cat who still thinks he’s a sexy firehose every damn spring -_-), but then onto shrines. Dust is the enemy of shrines - I banish it to the land of wind and ghosts.
Some of my shrines are a little different, now. I’ve decluttered a little, moved some of my animal pieces around to appropriate living spaces to make space on the Wildwood shrine, and give the house hob some friends. All my rabbits have moved to the handfasting shrine. Aphrodite has a turtle to stand with.
It feels harmonious, which is definitely the point.
Outside, I still have three crows hanging out in the ash tree. I think they’ll be here until winter, now. (I may have left them some pork fat scraps, just to be sure. :>) I also think it’s directly related to my ongoing Work, so I’m pleased. The longer I live here, the more I think I’m warping the neighbourhood around me. But hey - I work with the land and its’ spirits, I can be pretty territorial, and it’s been nearly ten years. Bound to happen.