10 BEST Witchy Reference Books: Herbs, Crystals, Spirits and More!
The magical books I’ve used most over the years have been my trusted witchy reference books. They’re the books that I flip open to the Index, find a page, and look up my desired topic within seconds. When writing rituals, finding appropriate offerings, understanding herb and crystal correspondences, every witch or magical practitioner needs at least a few decent witchy reference books in their collection. Here’s our TOP 10 witchy reference books and why!
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BEST Witchy Refence Books for Herbs and Crystals
Whether you’re a beginner learning crystal and herb properties or if you’re advanced, solid crystal and herbal witchy reference books go a long way. Not sure which herb to add to that New Moon cleansing bath? Look it up! Just got a new piece of angelite and you’re not sure what it does? Look it up! Here’s a few of my favorites:
1. Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
I’ve had this book for over fifteen years and still use it on a weekly basis! Listed in A-Z order, Cunningham identifies the most well-known magical herbs, their properties, and any planetary or deity correspondences. Super helpful and you’ll use it a million times, I promise!
2. The Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall
What Cunningham does for magical herbs in the above witchy reference book, Judy Hall does for crystals in The Encyclopedia of Crystals. This is a BIG book but it covers so many crystals and groups them together by color. In addition, Hall provides the each crystal’s chemistry, hardness, source, chakra correspondence, zodiac and number, planets and describes what each crystal is effective for in relation to healing and magic.
3. 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak
Using herbs medicinally is a practice of our ancestors and is slowly gaining popularity once more. If you’d like a quick reference book for the medicinal uses for herbal teas, pick up a copy of Zak’s 20,000 Secrets of Tea. A smaller, novel-sized book, but don’t let the size deter you. It’s been very helpful to me over the years when I needed to look up an herb for a particular ailment.
4. Crystals for Healing by Karen Frazier
I was a little disappointed when I first bought this witchy reference book. Why? I thought it would have physical healing properties listed for each crystal. It doesn’t. However, let me rectify my dislikes by saying it has come in handy when I needed to look up crystals for mental and emotional healing. Frazier gives the best crystal recommendations for relieving anxiety, loneliness, denial and acceptance and much more!
5. The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham does it again with an amazing witchy reference book for looking up magical incense, oils and brews. He provides recipes, properties and much more in this one. A must-have in the witch’s magical library!
Witchy Reference Books for Spells, Spirits, Dreams and More!
As a writer and a witch, I’ll tell you how important it is for me to be able to quickly look up a specific goddess or fairy for my articles AND my practice. In addition, having a dream dictionary, birthday book, and a full encyclopedia of spells has been invaluable in my day-to-day practice.
6. The Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Iles
Mostly a reference book of gods and goddesses, Iles also provides information on ghosts, demons, fairies, and much more in her Encyclopedia of Spirits. This is one that I’ve used time and time again and is useful when learning about a new deity and what offerings they like, etc. A large book but great reference guide for any witch or pagan.
7. The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Iles
Speaking of Judika Iles, another witchy reference book I’ve used hundreds of times is her Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells. If you want inspiration for your next charm, spell, or ritual, simply flip this book open to your desired intention and you’re overloaded with ideas! Ancient, modern, and multicultural spells for healing, protection, love, divorce, ghosts, cleansing, justice, friendship and much more!
8. A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk by Edain McCoy
One of the very first witchy reference books I ever purchased was Edain McCoy’s A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk. Not only does McCoy explain faery-magick in full detail at the beginning of the book, she also dives into faery lore from A-Z in many different cultures. Find information on the Scottish Brownie, the Irish Bean-sidhe (banshee), Merfolk from all over the world, and more!
9. Llewellyn’s Complete Dictionary of Dreams by Dr. Michael Lennox
If you’re anything like me, I’m an overactive dreamer. Often I want to understand what the symbols in my dreams might mean. This witchy reference book is great to quickly look up a dream topic like ocean waves, losing teeth, babies, etc.
10. The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider
Want to really dial down into someone’s birthday astrology? The Secret Language of Birthdays doesn’t just go into someone’s zodiac sun, moon and rising signs, it gives you a full detailed look at the individual based on their specific birthday. 365+ days a year are represented in this book. And I’ll tell you, each birthday I’ve looked up is SPOT ON.