The best general witchcraft books for beginners

Who am I?

I’m an eclectic witch, and one of my life goals is to empower other witches, especially those who are sensitive to energy. Being a beginner witch isn’t always easy. When I was new, I didn’t have many books—I mostly just relied upon my intuition and awareness of energy. When I finally had the chance to read magical books, I found that many of them had inaccurate information, problematic practices, or questionable spells. However, I also discovered there are just as many wonderful, well-researched books out there. You just have to know which ones are which. I hope this list helps you set a baseline for your future library. 


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Intuitive Witchcraft: How to Use Intuition to Elevate Your Craft

By Astrea Taylor,

Book cover of Intuitive Witchcraft: How to Use Intuition to Elevate Your Craft

What is my book about?

Intuitive Witchcraft is about listening to your intuition and developing magical practices that resonate with you. You can develop your awareness of energy and how you really feel with a wide variety of tools, activities, and correspondences. Intuitive Witchcraft makes it so easy to create your own spells and rituals. Beginner and advanced witches alike will likely find something to love within its pages.

The books I picked & why

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Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

By Pam Grossman,

Book cover of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power

Why this book?

One of my favorite things in the world is inspiration, and this book has loads of it. It contains an insightful retrospective of witchcraft, including how it showed up in popular culture. What I love most about this book is that it sets the stage for new witches and invites them to the party. 


Light Magic for Dark Times: More Than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis

By Lisa Marie Basile,

Book cover of Light Magic for Dark Times: More Than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis

Why this book?

Hard times can be especially rough for new witches—they can make question their magic and even their self-worth. This is the perfect book for those moments. Reading it is like getting a hug from a close friend when you need it the most. It has so many practices for healing and renewal in the modern age. A whole chapter is dedicated to shadow work. The magic in this book may appear to be simple, but it’s transformative and very effective. It’s a must-have in my opinion.


Witch's Wheel of the Year: Rituals for Circles, Solitaries & Covens

By Jason Mankey,

Book cover of Witch's Wheel of the Year: Rituals for Circles, Solitaries & Covens

Why this book?

There’s a lot of bad information about the eight solar holidays of the year. This book is the only one I recommend for the sabbats, as it has footnotes galore and a hefty bibliography. You may have heard of these holidays. They go by a lot of different names, including Yule, Beltane, Midsummer, and so forth. They were celebrated by several ancient cultures as agricultural markers of the year. These days, the holidays give witches a reason to connect with the earth’s cycles and honor the progress they’ve made. Another thing to love about this book is that it has rituals for the solitary practitioner, a small group, or a large bunch of people. 


Moon Spells for Beginners: A Guide to Moon Magic, Lunar Phases, and Essential Spells & Rituals

By Michael Herkes,

Book cover of Moon Spells for Beginners: A Guide to Moon Magic, Lunar Phases, and Essential Spells & Rituals

Why this book?

Full moon celebrations are among the first magical practices for many new witches. That’s where I found my first group of witches, and they have a special place in my heart. Of course, there are other phases of the moon, and all of them are meaningful and magical. Of all the moon magic books I’ve read, this is the most comprehensive. Most of the book is about the moon phases and the magic associated with them, astrology, and spells and rituals. It also has helpful tips, such as how to cast a circle. All around, it’s a great beginner’s book.


The Witch's Heart: The Magick of Perfect Love & Perfect Trust

By Christopher Penczak,

Book cover of The Witch's Heart: The Magick of Perfect Love & Perfect Trust

Why this book?

If I had a dollar for every time a witch asked me for a love spell, I’d never have to work again. All jokes aside, love is utterly magical, and magic is often used in finding love. I adore this book because it’s so thorough. Before any spells or rituals are revealed, it focuses on self-love and healing the past. These are fundamental practices that a lot of other love spell books skip. It also has information about how you can write magical intentions to attract the right person ethically. Of course, there are also tons of effective spells and rituals. There’s also a damiana cordial recipe that’s absolutely phenomenal. 


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