Bibliophilia-Folklore, Mythology, Witchcraft

A Compendium of this Witch’s Favourite Books, Articles and Blogs


Witchcraft- History

Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, 1500-1800– Wanda Wyporska

The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic-Thomas Hatsis

Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic– Emma Wilby

The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Witchcraft and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth- Century Scotland– Emma Wilby

Silent as the Trees: Devonshire Witchcraft, Folklore & Magic– Gemma Gary

Spells from the Wise Woman’s Cottage: An Introduction to West Country Cunning Tradition– Steve Patterson

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft– Judika Illes

Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic and Power– Pam Grossman (An overview of the Pop culture witch and activism)

Witchcraft  Practice

Cecil Williamson’s Book of Witchcraft– Steve Patterson

A Deed Without a Name: Unearthing the Legacy of Traditional Witchcraft– Lee Morgan

Standing and Not Falling: A Sorcerous Primer in Thirteen Moons– Lee Morgan

The Devil’s Dozen: Thirteen Craft Rites of the Old One – Gemma Gary

Crone’s Book of Magical Words
– Valerie Worth

Clavicula Nox -V- Magic & Mayhem
– Ixaxaar

Hedge-Rider: Witches and the Underworld
– Eric De Vries

Summoning the Fates: A Woman’s Guide to Destiny
– Zsuzsanna Budapest

Children of Cain
– Michael Howard

The Black Toad
– Gemma Gary

Serpent Songs
-Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold (ed)

To Fly By Night: An Anthology of Hedgewitchery
– Veronica Cummer (ed)

Apocalyptic Witchcraft
– Peter Grey

Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path
– Daniel Schulke

Craft of the Untamed: An Inspired Vision of Traditional Witchcraft
– Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold

Fairycraft- Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft- Morgan Daimler

Wicca and Ceremonial Magic

The Woman Magician: Revisioning Western Metaphysics from a Woman’s Perspective and Experience
-Brandy Williams

Witchcraft: Theory and Practice– Ly De Angelos

Witches– Erica Jong

African Traditional Religions and Vodou

Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries-Credo Mutwa

Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery
– Sallie Anne Glassman

Haitian Vodou-Mambo Chita Tann

Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie– Wade Davis (Also relevant to the animal and plant categories, but specifically relates to Haitian Vodou practices, and the significance of the Zombie within Haitian culture)


Walking the Twilight Path: A Gothic Book of the Dead– Michelle Belanger

From the Bodies of the Gods: Psychoactive Plants and the Cults of the Dead
-Earl Lee

Folklore and Mythology

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits– Rosemary Ellen Guilley

The Chaldaean Oracles of Zoroaster

Visions of the Cailleach: The Myths, Stories and History of the British / Celtic Earth Shaping Crone Goddess of Winter
– Sorita De Este & David Rankine

Celtic Lore & Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess: Invoking the Morrigan
– Stephanie Woodfield

Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales
– Brian Froud

– Brian Froud

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

If Women Rose Rooted: A Life-Changing Journey to Authenticity and Belonging– Sharon Blackie (Examining Celtic Folklore from an ecological and feminist viewpoint)

The Call of the Horned Piper
– Nigel Jackson

Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales– Sibelan Forrester

Baba Yaga: The Ambiguous Mother and Witch of the Russian Folktale
-Andreas Johns

The Banshee: The Irish Death Messenger– Patricia Lysaght

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale– Catherine Orenstein

Black Dog Folklore– Mark Norman

Come and Sleep: The folklore of the Japanese Fox– Christopher Kincaid

Botanical Folk Tales – Schneidau, Lisa

Fairies- A Guide to Celtic Fair Folk– Morgan Daimler


Imagining the World into Existence: An Ancient Egyptian Manual of Consciousness
– Normandi Ellis

Magic in Ancient Egypt
– Geraldine Pinch

Bast And Sekhmet: Eyes Of Ra
– Storm Constantine

The Mysteries of Isis: Her Worship & Magick
– DeTraci Regula

Circle of Isis: Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches
– Ellen Cannon Reed

Egyptian Paganism for Beginners: Bring the Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Into Daily Life
-Jocelyn Almond

The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt: The Spiritual Practice Restored
-Rosemary Clark

Egyptian Revenge Spells– Claudia R Dillaire

Egyptian mummies: unravelling the secrets of an ancient art– Bob Brier


Ancient Greek Love Magic
– Christopher A Faroane

The Rotting Goddess: The Origin of the Witch in Classical Antiquity’s Demonization of Fertility Religion
-Jacob Rabinowtz

Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
– Christopher A Faroane
The Goddess Hekate-Stephen Rona  (ed)

HEKATE: Keys to the Crossroads – A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes and artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses and … Goddess of Witchcraft, Magick and Sorcery.
– Sortia De Este (ed)

Hekate Liminal Rites – A Study of the Rituals, Magic and Symbols of the Torch-Bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads
– Sorita De Este & David Rankine

Hekate: Her Sacred Fires– Sorita De Este (ed)

Circle for Hekate- Volume 1: History and Mythology- Sorita De Este

Herbal magic, Herbalism and the Poison Path

By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root:The Shadow World of Plants and Their Poisons– Melusine Draco

Under The Witching Tree: A Folk Grimoire of Tree Lore and Practicum  -Corrine Boyer

Under The Bramble Arch– Corrine Boyer

Plants of the Devil– Corrine Boyer

A Compendium of Herbal Magick– Paul Beyerl

– Valerie Anne Worwood

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
– Kathi Keville, Mindi Green

Medicinal Plants of the World
– Ben Erik Van Wyk

The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications
– Christian Ratsch

Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychoactive Plants
– Jim De korne

Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow
– Daniel Schulke

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn’s Sourcebook Series)– Scott Cunningham

Mushroom Miscellany
-Patrick Harding

Pharmako Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons and Herb Craft- Dale Pendell

Pharmako Dynamis: Stimulating plants, Potions and Herbcraft– Dale Pendell

Pharmako Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path– Dale Pendell

The Witching Herbs: 13 Essential Plants and Herbs for Your Magical Garden– Harold Roth

Verdant Gnosis Cultivating The Green Path Vol 1, 2 & 3– ed Rosarium Catamara

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal – Roselee de la Foret

Thirteen Pathways of Occult Herbalism– Daniel Schulke

Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants-Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling, and Wolf-Dieter Storl


Nest: The Art of Birds-Janine Burke

Animal-Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
– Ted Andrews

Toads and Toadstools: The Natural History, Mythology and Cultural Oddities of This Strange Association
-Adrian Morgan

The Book of the Toad: A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations– Robert M DeGraaf

Corvus: A Life with Birds
– Esther Woolfson

The complete Book of Southern African Birds

Astrology, Tarot and Divination

Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs– Linda Goodman

Tarot and Astrology: Enhance Your Readings with the Wisdom of the Zodiac
-Corrine Kenner

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs: A New Approach to the Human Heart
– Linda Goodman

Tarot Plain and Simple
– Anthony Louis

The Druid Animal Oracle
-Carr-Gomm Phillip

Druid Plant Oracle
– Carr-Gomm Phillip

The Faeries’ Oracle
– Brian Froud, Jessica Macbeth

Witchy Fiction

The Autumn Castle (Europa, #1)– Kim Wilkins

The Penelopiad
– Margaret Atwood

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shape-shifting Women– Sharon Blackie

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
– Angela Carter

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
– C S Lewis

The Witch’s Daughter (The Witch’s Daughter, #1)
– Paula Brackston

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch– Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Wintersmith (Discworld, #35; Tiffany Aching, #3)
– Terry Pratchett

Lolly Willowes- Sylvia Townsend Warner

Practical Magic
– Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic– Alice Hoffman

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel– Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories– Susanna Clarke

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg– Ugrešić, Dubravka (Mostly Fiction however the last section also has folkoric information)

Essays and Articles (Folkore, Herbalism,Witchcraft, Botany, Feminism) 

Charlotte-Rose Millar

Sleeping with Devils: The Sexual Witch in Seventeenth-century England- Charlotte- Rose Millar

Babyfat and Belladonna: Witches’ Ointment and the Contestation of Reality-Michael Ostling

Bees in Folklore

Raising the Dead: Medicine Women who Revive and Retrieve Souls– Max Dashu

Of Mice and Moisture: Rats, Witches, Miasma and Early Modern Theories of Contagion (in Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies)

Shamanic Eating

Godshapes i: Hnir, Bird-God?

Women and Shamanism- An interview with Max Dashu by Hearth moon Rising

Erichto: Wicked witch of The West

Witch’s Milk and Witch’s Marks- Thomas R Forbes

Witches of Ancient Greece and Rome

Sun Medicine/Moon Medicine

To Converse with the Devil? Speech, Sexuality, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland– Sierra Dye

A “lost” Botany Book highlights the feminist history of illustrating plant life- Sarah Todd

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry-Maria Popova


Cailleach’s Herbarium

Myth and Moor


The Woman Who Married a Bear

The Starry Cave

Herbology Manchester- Poison Chronicles

Folklore Thursday

Root and Rock

Blood and Spicebush

One Willow Apothecaries

Living Liminally

Wyrd Words and Effigies