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Many of the books listed here are required reading for those on the path of the Faerie Faith. Even if you're not studying with us, you can still gain insights from the books below. We tend to focus heavily on psychology and mythology, while staying away from modern-day "pop" psychology, and recommend very few or no books on ritual, tarot, magick, or other standard Pagan or Wiccan books. Some of the books listed here are fairly heavy reading, and some may seem to have absolutely nothing to do with studying the Craft. But they are all necessary to a well-rounded education. However, some of the books may be hard to find or out of print; many were written around the turn of the century. Good luck!

If you read one of these, let us know which one, and what you think! Also, if you read something not on the list, let us know about it.


Huna (Recommended to start with)
Dowsing (Followed by one here)
Mythology/Psychology (then here)
Women's Studies
Self Help/Psychology
Nature Spirits
The Craft
Folk History/Holidays
Native American
Bach Flowers


* = required

* The Secret Science Behind Miracles - Max Freedom Long
* The Secret Science At Work - Max Freedom Long
Kahuna Magic - Brad Steiger (Read this after you read the two Max Freedom Long books)


* = required

Gothic Image Publications - They publish many of the books below, and a few in the Nature Spirits category. Check out their page for many hard-to-find books!

* Needles of Stone - Tom Graves (Order from

Also check out this site for a downloadable (!) copy of the book. Great if you just can't find it anywhere!

* Spiritual Dowsing - Sig Lonegren (Order through

Spiritual Dowsing - Sig Lonegren An on-line copy!

The Diviner's Handbook: A Guide to the Timeless Art of Dowsing -Tom Graves
The Elements of Pendulum Dowsing -Tom Graves
The Essential T.C. Lethbridge - Thomas Charles Lethbridge, Tom Graves, Janet Hoult
Ley Lines and Ecology - William Bloom & Marko Pogacnik
The Old Straight Track - Alfred Watkins


* = required
* The White Goddess - Robert Graves
* The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell (paperback)
Myths to Live By - Joseph Campbell
A Dictionary of Irish Mythology - Peter Berresford Ellis
Celtic Myths and Legend - Peter Berresford Ellis
The Golden Bough - James G. Frazer
The Golden Bough/2 Volumes in One - Unabridged and Illustrated James G. Frazer

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets - Barbara Walker (paperback)
The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets - Barbara Walker (hardcover)
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm
The Glastonbury Tor Maze - Geoffrey Ashe
Glastonbury: Maker of Myths - Frances Howard-Gordon
The Englishman's Flora - Geoffrey Grigson


* = required

* Women's Mysteries: Ancient and Modern -M. Esther Harding
* The Way of All Women -M. Esther Harding
Women of the Celts - Jean Markale
The Feminine in Fairy Tales -Marie-Louise von Franz
The Essential Jung - Anthony Storr
The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead - Stephan A. Hoeller
The Grail Legend - Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz
The Horned God: Feminism and Men as Wounding and Healing - John Rowan
The World of the Irish Wonder Tale: An Introduction to the Study of Fairy Tales - Elliott B. Gose, Jr. (Pagan, psychological, Jungian)


* = required

* Toxic Parents - Susan Forward
*Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal with Destructive Conflict - Kenneth C. Haugk
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself - Melody Beattie
I Don't Know Where I'm Going, But I Sure Ain't Lost - Jess Lair

Any book by Jess Lair would be good reading!


* = required

* Gyn/Ecology - Mary Daly
When God Was a Woman - Merlin Stone(Interesting book, but her history is very suspect)
The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power - Barbara Walker
The Serpent and the Goddess - Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland - Mary Condren
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women - Susan Faludi


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* The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff (paperback)
* The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff (hardcover)
* The Te of Piglet - Benjamin Hoff (paperback)
* The Te of Piglet - Benjamin Hoff (hardcover)
Tao de Ching: A New English Version - Stephen Mitchell


* = required

Gothic Image Publications - They publish a few of the books below, and many in the Dowsing category. Check out their page for many hard-to-find books!

* The Findhorn Garden - The Findhorn Community
* Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working With the Intelligence of Nature - Marko Pogacnik and Karin Werner
Devas, Angels and Fairies - William Bloom - (Excellent primer, very short and to the point)
Working With Angels, Fairies & Nature Spirits - William Bloom - (This book takes the place of "Devas, Angels & Fairies," according to William Bloom)
The Secret Life of Plants - Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony With the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks - Peter Tompkins


* = required

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*The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft - Ronald Hutton
The Elements of Natural Magic - Marion Green
The Witch's Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity - Janet & Stewart Farrar
The Witch's God: Lord of the Dance - Janet & Stewart Farrar
A Witch's Bible Compleat - Janet & Stewart Farrar
Drawing Down the Moon - Margot Adler
People of the Earth - Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond
West Country Wicca: A Journal of the Old Religion - Rhiannon Ryall
Psychic Self-Defense - Dion Fortune
The Training and Work of an Initiate - Dion Fortune


* = required

Women's Rituals: A Sourcebook - Barbara Walker
Year of Moons, Season of Trees - Pattalee Glass-Koentop
Inner Traditions of Magic - William Gray


* = required

* Principia Discordia - Malaclypse the Younger
*The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft - Ronald Hutton
Mystic Christianity - Yogi Ramacharaka
Irish Druids & Old Irish Religions - James Bonwick
The First and Last Freedom - Jiddu Krishnamurdi

Plus anything else by Krishnamurdi
Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1) Neale Donald Walsch


* = required

The Silver Bough (4 volumes) - F. Marian McNeill (Note: the one linked here is just Volume 1!)
The Silver Bough (4 volumes) - F. Marian McNeill Order the whole set here!

Note: This set of books is extremely hard to find. The ONLY mail source I have found so far is Celtic Heritage Books, P.O. Box 770637, Woodside, NY, 11377-0637. Call them to get the current price (last update was $25.95 each plus $5.00 shipping and handling); you can also order over the phone by credit card: 718-478-8162, or 800-273-5281.

British Folk Customs - Christina Hole
Pagan Imagery in English Folksong - Bob Stewart
A Calendar of Country Customs - Ralph Whitlock


* = required

Book of Irish Names - Ronan Coghlan, Ida Grehan & P.W. Joyce
The Celts - T.G.E. Powell
The Celtic Druids' Year: Seasonal Cycles of the Ancient Celts - John Robert King


* = required

* Seven Arrows - Hyemeyohsts Storm
Lightening Bolt - Hyemeyohsts Storm
Song of the Heyoehkah - Hyemeyohsts Storm
Black Elk Speaks - John G. Neihardt
The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux - Joseph E. Brown


* = required

*Shamans and Religion: An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking - Alice Beck Kehoe
*Way of the Peaceful Warrior Dan Millman
* The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge - Carlos Castenada
* A Separate Reality - Carlos Castenada
* Journey to Ixtlan - Carlos Castenada
Tales of Power - Carlos Castenada
The Second Ring of Power - Carlos Castenada
The Eagle's Gift - Carlos Castenada
The Fire from Within - Carlos Castenada
The Power of Silence - Carlos Castenada
The Art of Dreaming - Carlos Castenada
The Wheel of Time - Carlos Castenada
Magical Passes - Carlos Castenada - his last book
The Witch's Dream - Florinda Donner (her first book - read after Castenada)
Shabono - Florinda Donner (read after Castenada)
The Way of the Shaman - Michael Harner (read after Castenada)


* = required

* Moon Power - Mort Gale


* = required

* The Way of Herbs - Michael Tierra
A Modern Herbal Volume I - Mrs. M. Grieve
A Modern Herbal Volume II - Mrs. M. Grieve
School of Natural Healing - Dr. John R. Christopher


* = required

* Staying Healthy With the Seasons - Elson M. Haas
Healing Wise - Susan Weed
Light: Medicine of the Future - Jacob Liberman
Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit - Adelle Davis
Let's Get Well - Adelle Davis
Where There is No Doctor - David Werner


* = required

The Complete Book of Homeopathy - Michael Weiner & Kathleen Goss


* = required

* Bach Flower Therapy - Mechthild Scheffer
Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies - Phillip Chancellor
Dictionary of the Bach Flower Remedies - T.W. Hyne Jones
The Bach Flower Remedies: Three Books in One: Heal Thyself and The Twelve Healers by Edward Bach, and The Bach Remedies Repertory by R.J. Wheeler
The Bach Remedies Repertory (just the one book by itself) - R.J. Wheeler


* = required

The Book of Sacred Stones: Fact and Fallacy in the Crystal World - Barbara Walker
* Communion - Whitley Strieber
* Transformation - Whitley Strieber
The Psychic Power of Plants - John Whitman
Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Air and Water - Theodore Schwanck
Water: The Element of Life - Theodore Schwanck


* = required

* CatMagic - Whitley Strieber (Witches, Faerie)
* Riders of the Sidhe (#1) - Kenneth Flint (Irish Myth)
* Champions of the Sidhe (#2) - Kenneth Flint (Irish Myth)
* Master of the Sidhe (#3) - Kenneth Flint (Irish Myth)
* White Mare, Red Stallion - Diana Paxson (Scottish Paganism)
* Brisingamen - Diana Paxson (Norse Myth, modern day)
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley (Arthur, Faerie)
The Forest House (the prequel to Mists of Avalon) - Marion Zimmer Bradley (Arthur, Faerie)
Lady of Avalon (the sequel to Forest House) - Marion Zimmer Bradley (Arthur, Faerie)
Greenmantle - Charles DeLint (Pagans, Pan)
Job: A Comedy of Justice - Robert Heinlein (Religion)
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein (Religion)
The Last Rainbow - Parke Godwin (Faerie, St. Patrick, Scotland)
The Illuminatus! Trilogy - Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson (funny, strange stuff)
Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light - Tanya Huff (Faerie)
Mabiniogion series - Evangiline Walton
Children of the Night -Mercedes Lackey
Burning Water - Mercedes Lackey
Jinx High - Mercedes Lackey

Revised: February 12, 2005