Recommended Reading

Below is a compilation of books, documents, and other resources I’ve come across during research for Making a Maven. This is really more a personal list for me to come back too later, but I thought I would share it with all of you as well! I’ve split things up by MaM monthly topics, but it’s entirely possible some of these works may overlap. Happy reading witches!

Recommended Reading


History & Influence of Witchcraft

The Wild Hunt – Modern Pagan News & Commentary

People of Wicca

The Well-Read WitchCarl McColma

The Witch’s Hammer, full translation

Papal Bull of Pope Innocent VIII

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, Barbara Ehrenreich

Witches & Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100  (Secret History of Witches), Max Dashu

Power in the Name: The Origin and Meaning of the Word “Witch

Bone, Eleanor     Brief biography

Buckland, Raymond     Brief biography   2016 Interview with The Wild Hunt     Buckland’s Youtube Channel

Clutterbuck, Dorothy     Brief biography

Crowley, Aleister     Wickedest Man in the World, (free BBC documentary)     Ordo Templi Orientis US Grand Lodge     Breakdown of Crowley’s developed religion Thelema 


Crowther, Patricia     Brief biography

Article featured in Sheffield Star (30th October 1965)

Article regarding the The Eyes of the Witch Goddess, Prediction (June 1966)

Recording of Crowther singing Lord of the Dance

Gardner, Gerald

Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival, Philip Heselton

Gerald Gardner and The Cauldron of Inspiration, Philip Heselton

Online Compilation Resource for Gerald Gardner

Opinion blog piece *warning, writer is not a fan of the man

Leek, Sybil      BBC brief biography (includes names of other prominent witches)

Part 1 of three part interview, parts 2 & 3 in auto-playlist

Leland, Charles     Brief Biography

Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches, Charles Leland

Weaving Ourselves into the Land: Charles Godfrey Leland, “Indians” and the Study of Native American Religions, Parkhill Thomas (1997)

Sanders, Alex & Maxine     Brief Biography

Alexandrian Wicca

Article with Alex Sanders with The Men Only

Fire Child: The Life & Magic of Maxine Sanders ‘Witch Queen’, Maxine Sanders

Valiente, Doreen      Brief biography, with links to her published works

Interviews with EarthSpirit, 1991

Doreen Valiente Youtube Channel (operated by the Doreen Valiente Foundation)

Wilson, Monique     Brief biography     Monique Wilson and the Gardner Estate, Morgan Davis

Woodford-Grimes, Edith     Brief biography


Path & Practice

Witchcraftsy Podcast, Episode 11: Craft of Conjure

Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic: A Materia Magica of African-American Conjure, by Catherine Yronwode

The Conjure Workbook Volume 1: Working the Root, by Starr Casas 

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou by Los Angeles Fowler Museum of Cultural history University of California (Author),‎ Donald J. Cosentino (Editor)

Association of Independent Readers & Rootworkers – Hoodoo

Voodoo vs. Vodou

Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art & Philosphy by Robert Farris Thompson

Four New Worlds Yoruba Rituals by John Mason

Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa: A West African Spiritual Tradition Kindle Edition by Tobe Melora Correal

Appalachian/Granny magick

Top 5 Facts about Chaos Magick – video

Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magick by Peter Carroll

Holidays & Altars

Raymond Buckland’s Big Blue Book

Wheel of the Year overview

Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies

Pagan Rituals for Yule

Imbolc Rituals and Ceremonies

Ostara Rites and Rituals

Beltane Rites and Rituals

Litha Customs, Traditions, and Folklore

Lammas Rites and Rituals

All About Mabon: The Autumn Equinox



Also, please feel free to drop more suggestions in the comment section!  I cannot wait to see what you discover.



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