The traditional witch has a plethora of resources at his or her fingertips. BUT to make it even easier, we’ve created a HUGE list of traditional witch books including on witchcraft, herbalism, and folklore. FIRST – what type of traditional witch will these books benefit? Every witch will benefit from reading these books, but when we say “traditional witch” we are speaking particularly of those who follow an older path apart from Wicca and Gardnerianism.
If you’re wondering what is a traditional witch, let us answer to the best of our abilities. A Traditional Witch is one of a few things. It could mean that you have been initiated into a Wiccan coven under a specific tradition like Gardnerian or Alexandrian. Being a traditional witch might also mean that you follow your family’s tradition that’s been passed down from person to person. OR it means you practice British or American traditional witchcraft, which is something separate of Wicca and seeks to follow an older path of the craft. The books we list here are traditional witchcraft books in the sense that they approach topics British and American trad witches are drawn to.
Above and beyond the books we list here, we recommend reading any and all works of folklore. Especially that which includes witches, witchcraft and sorcery. Even reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales will give you some insight into witchcraft from an old Germanic perspective. Take the tale of Mother Holle or Rapunzel as examples. Reading your own local folklore about witches is also highly beneficial to your craft. In addition, witch trial documents may give us a “skewed” understanding of true witchcraft in the past, OR we may be inspired by the magic found there when we read between the proverbial lines.
As a child, I was obsessed with fairy tales and nursery rhymes. They took me …May 16, 2022