Non-wiccan witchcraft books
July 13, 2014 by Sara Star
First off, before I start my list, usually when people request this, they don’t actually know what they are asking, but with further examination they actually mean: books that aren’t about: casting circles call guardians of the four directions with classical elements, the eight sabbats, harm none and rule of three ethics, god and goddess consort pairings, maiden mother crone, and/or attention to moon phases. Some of these things are not actually unique to Wicca, and some are not even really a part of or a significant part of Wicca. A few things that are uniquely Wiccan, or created for Wicca of that list: the 8 Sabbats (a blending of Celestial Observances (Solstices and Equinoxes) and Celtic Fire Festivals (November Eve-Samhain/Halloween, February 1s/2nd-Imbolc/Candlemas, May Eve/May Day-Beltane, August Eve/August 1st-Lughnassadh/Lammas). Not all lines of Initiatory Wicca use the directional elemental callings. Maiden Mother Crone was pretty much an add on, as White Goddess wasn’t put out until after Gardner really got things going. The God and Goddess pairings appear in other kinds of witchcraft—for example, Gospel of Aradia. Although Harm none and the rule of 3 are in Wicca to some extent, they come from Theosophic and other philosophical traditions and aren’t actually central to the ethic. Other witchcraft traditions have varying degrees of attention to ethics and philosophical ideas about blow-back (or lack there of)—a witchcraft having ethics does not make it Wiccan. Attention to Moon-phases and celebrating on Full Moons is in Gospel of Aradia too.
So, that being said, the combination of all those things, does dominate the popular witchcraft press and it was derived from what at least people thought Wicca was, even if it was an inaccurate potrayal.
All that said, here are some non-wiccan witchcraft books. They do not contain all the above in combination, usually only one or two of the points.
A Crones Book of Words and a Crones book of Charms by Valerie Worth
Call of the Horned Piper by Nigel Jackson
Treading the Mill by Nigel Pearson
Black Toad and Traditional Witchcraft by Gemma Gary
Traditional Witchcraft for—- (anything from the series) by Mesuline Draco
Gospel of Aradia by Charles Leland
Jambalya by Luisah Teish
Teachings of an Outlaw Witch by Kali Tara (She is technically Wiccan, but really looking outside the box a lot—and we need more WOC on this list).
Faerie Mysticism by Ari Devi
Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch by Lora O’Brien
Evolutionary Witchcraft by T Thorn Coyle