Get your bookmarks out and your library cards ready because Book Week is back! You may have noticed your children, your local library or school gearing up for this celebration of reading and getting their costume ideas flowing. A lot of these activities can get the FOMO going, but a love of books isn't limited to the kiddos!
This year's book week theme is "Dreaming With Eyes Open", a concept steeped in magic and wonder that witches work towards in their own unique way, no matter their tradition or path. We've created a collection of books including grimoires, spell books and books about traditions from cultures around the world for you to expand your horizons and look at the world around you with new eyes.
Whether you want to encourage your little one by setting an example, or are simply looking for great recommendations, here's our Book Week collection with titles our Tragics have rated 5 stars!
A must read for kitchen witches and green witches! Our readers found Judy Ann Nock's The Modern Witchcraft Guide to Magickal Herbs a great guide for beginners, explaining the powers and properties of essential herbs as well as how to use them in rituals and spellcasting. Discover fun and practical crafts detailed on beautifully illustrated pages, and read up on new ways to incorporate herbs into your practice that even experienced witches can benefit from.
The Satanic Bible is the central text of LaVeyan Satanism, first published in 1969, and contains essays, observations and rituals by its author and founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey. Though it isn't viewed as a sacred text as a Christian would the Holy Bible, it does detail the philosophies at the centre of Satanism, such as the value of the individual, following human instincts, and the existence of God and Satan as aspects of a person's personality rather than deities. Although considered a controversial volume, this is one of the most highly rated books in our store and offers readers the chance to understand the influence LaVey's work has had on modern Satanism and pop culture.
Slavic Witchcraft is an exploration of the ancient traditions of Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus, as well as the Balkans and the Baltic states that are still practiced today. Author Natasha Helvin draws on the knowledge inherited from her mother and grandmother in this illuminating volume, presenting folk stories, spells, rites, rituals and incantations from 2000 year old Slavic traditions, including practices that haven't been shared with outsiders until now. Readers found this book to be a very unique standout among other witchcraft books on the marker, an absolute must-read for those wanting to try something different!
Be inspired by those who've come before. Witches, Heretics & Warrior Women is a celebration of powerful women from history and legend including famous names like Circe, Anne Boleyn, Boudicca and Harriet Tubman. Through their stories, you will learn how to embrace your inner power and get in touch with the Divine Feminine. In addition to exciting stories and learning about history, this inspirational book also contains practical rituals, meditations and spells to support your personal growth and connect with your community.
Want to write your own grimoire but aren't sure where to start? Do you keep a diary and find the act of writing therapeutic? The Magical Writing Grimoire is just the book you need to harness the power of words! Learn how to incorporate the act of writing into rituals and magic, with each chapter containing writing prompts to use along with other tools like crystals and candles. Happy reader Justine found the book informative, interesting and easy to read. The gorgeous illustrations certainly help too!
Although many contemporary books of Pagan magic were lost during the middle ages, Icelandic Pagans continued to record their practices in secret, protecting their traditions for future generations. Author Stephen Flowers takes readers through the history of Icelandic magic, from its Paganist beginnings to the introduction of Christianity. Learn about folk legends and the oldest complete grimoire of its kind, all alongside practical rituals and techniques you can use in your own practice!
This list was made possible by all of the wonderful Tragics who graciously took a little of their time to write down their thoughts to help out their fellow book lovers. If your favourite book didn't make the list, why not try writing a review of your own? It's super quick and easy, plus it's super helpful for your fellow book lovers. We'll even say thanks with a gift of 10 Tragic Tokens for your trouble!
Happy reading, everyone!