For the most part, Pagans are readers. We have no one path and no one text – so we rely on a variety of sources for inspiration. Building your own Pagan bookshelf can be confusing – so here are a few titles to get you started. Many, if not most, are available as Kindle books as well.
- Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru, Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices by Pete Jennings (Paperback and Kindle). A good overview to many of the various paths.
- Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham (Paperback and Kindle). This book presents the fundamentals of Paganism. It explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magick is; and what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics.
- Paganism: Pagan holidays, beliefs, gods and goddesses, symbols, rituals, practices, and much more! An Introductory Guide by Riley Star (Paperback, Audible, and Kindle). With suggestions for starting a ritualistic life and for adopting the use of protective symbols, Starr opens the door for new followers of paganism to take the first steps in their own journey and encourages them to embrace a lifelong study of the deities and symbols that speak exclusively to them.
- Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America by Chas Clifton (Paperback, out of print.) A history of American Paganism.
- Green Egg Omelette: An Anthology of Art and Articles from the Legendary Pagan Journal (Paperback and Kindle). Various authors. Selections of poetry, art, letters, and articles from the past forty years of the venerated Green Egg Journal – which reflect the history of modern Paganism, are compiled in this richly illustrated anthology that features works from Ralph Metzner, Diana Paxson, Antero Ali, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Anton Wilson, Starhawk, and others.
- Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism (Paperback and Kindle). Various authors. These 23 essays by some of the most prominent leaders in Unitarian Universalist Paganism bring Pagan and Earth-centered theo/alogy to life for a new generation.
How about some hands-on books? There are more than 100 Pagan themed coloring books for sale! My favorites are Llewellyn’s Witch’s Coloring Book and Dover’s Goddesses Coloring Book, but there are coloring books on runes and crystals, tarot and Hygge, on goddesses and Celtic designs. Get out your colored pencils and markers and get busy!
Are you more into crafting? How about Witch Crafts: 101 Projects for Creative Pagans or Witchy Crafts: 60 Enchanted Projects for the Creative Witch or Brigid Ashwood’s Earth Child’s Handbook series – two volumes full of crafty ideas for the Pagan family.
What are your favorites? Going forward, I’ll get deeper into various book categories. Right now, I’m off to play with my new Tarot deck – The Golden Girls Tarot Cards: A Look into Your Future From the Lanai. Until we can meet in person, keep safe and wash your hands!
This article was written by White Oak Grove CUUPS members Betsy. Betsy is a lifelong reader with a collection of books that requires more and more space. Oh, the horror!