The best books for beginners who want to practice real magic, folk magic, and Hoodoo

Yvonne Patricia Chireau Author Of Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition
By Yvonne Patricia Chireau

The Books I Picked & Why

Practical Solitary Magic

By Nancy B. Watson

Practical Solitary Magic

Why this book?

This is an easy-to-read introduction to magic for people who don’t want to join organized groups or participate in spiritual traditions in order to learn. It allows readers to experiment with practices and techniques on their own and includes everything a beginner needs to know about the art and craft of magic, including visualization, ordinary ethics, ritual practices, and vital safety measures.


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Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe

By Dean Radin

Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe

Why this book?

This is the best book on magic for skeptics and modern, rationally-minded readers. The author, who has a Ph.D. in Psychology, argues that magic can be verified and explained scientifically without all of the “woo-woo” that often requires an extra leap of faith for beginning practitioners. Magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into it skills and techniques with practice and persistence. The book provides a brief history of magic and offers a guide with exercises that one can do to strengthen mental and practical abilities.


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Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure

By Catherine Yronwode

Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure

Why this book?

If you want to know about some of the earliest forms of magic that originated in America, this book is for you. This book focuses on folk magic, with an emphasis on Hoodoo, the magic of enslaved black people, with practices that include nature and the elements as sources of power. The text provides botanical information on magic plants, and spell recipes for healing and protection. As a plus, the book is lavishly and beautifully illustrated with extensive how-to guides on creating your own charms for good luck and fortune.


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Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic

By Aidan Wachter

Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic

Why this book?

The title of this book says it all. It is about effective, practical magic with an emphasis on manifestation. Six ways an incantation that is as simple as it is powerful. The book goes into detail about different styles of magic that are available for readers who want to learn more about sorcery, witchcraft, chaos magic, and spirit work. I like this book because it takes one deep into the inner world of magic that exists within the recesses of the mind, opening up the practitioner to spiritual possibilities that have the goal of improving the self. Techniques such as meditation, trance, spiritual cleansing, and dreams are dealt with in an easy and straightforward way.


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Rootwork: Using the Folk Magick of Black America for Love, Money, and Success

By Tayannah Lee McQuillar

Rootwork: Using the Folk Magick of Black America for Love, Money, and Success

Why this book?

Another book on American magic, but with a focus on the folk magic practices of black people. This is an immensely readable guide to the venerable tradition of African American magic, a gift made possible only by the perseverance and determination of those who maintained the old ancestral ways. This book contains gems of wisdom, wit, and lots of information for readers who want the basics on how magic is applied for well-being and happiness.


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