Temple of the Dark Moon


With the ever increasing number of books available today, choosing the most appropriate book can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. The following books are just a few that the Temple of the Dark Moon recommends and which form part of the Temple's reading list of all members.

For recommended reading on Goddess studies, please visit The Goddess House.



  • "A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic" by Marian Green (Thorsons, 1991). Also highly recommended by the same author is "Natural Witchcraft: The Timeless Arts and Craft of the Country Witch". Both of these books are more aligned to traditional British Craft as opposed to Wicca.

  • "A Witches Bible Compleat" by Janet and Stewart Farrar (Phoenix Publishing, 1996). This book is actually a combination of "What Witches Do" and "Eight Sabbats for Witches". Other books by the Farrars are also recommend.

  • "An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present" by Doreen Valiente (St Martin's Press, 1973). Other books by this British author are recommended such as Witchcraft for Tomorow" and "The Rebirth of Witchcraft".

  • "Aradia: Gospel of the Witches" by Charles G. Leland (Phoenix Publishing, 1998). This edition includes additional material by Chas Clifton, Robert Mathiesen and Robert Chartowich, as well as a forward by Stewart Farrar.

  • "The Meaning of Witchcraft" by Gerald Gardner (Weister Books, 2004). Along with "Witchcraft Today" these are reprints of Gardner's classic works.

  • "The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess" by Starhawk (Harper Collins Publishers, 1989). Considered to be a classic. Brilliant exercises and meditations.

  • "Wicca: An Old Religion for the New Age" by Vivianne Crowley (Aquarian Press, 1989). Highly recommended.

  • "Wicca Magickal Beginnings: A Study of Possible Origins" by Sorita d'Este and David Rankine (Avalonia Press, 2008). Highly recommended.



  • "Celebrating the Southern Seasons: Rituals for Aotearoa" by Juliet Batten (Tandem Press, 1995). Every New Zealand Wiccan or Wytch should have a copy of this fantastic book. The author combines both European traditions with Maori lore.

  • "Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia" by Lynne Hume (Melbourne University).

  • "Sunwise" by Roxanne Bodsworth (HiHorse Publications).

  • "Witches of Oz" by Julia and Matthew Philips (Capall Bann, 1994). One of the few books written in relation to the Southern Hemisphere.




  • "A History of Witchcraft, Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans" by Jeffrey B Russell (Thames & Hudson, 2000)

  • "The Signs of a Witch" by David Waldron.

  • "The Witchcraft Sourcebook" edited by Brian P Levack (Routledge).

  • "Triumph of the Moon" by Ronald Hutton (Oxford University, 1994).

  • "Witchcraft in Europe: 400-1700 - A documentary History" edited by Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters (University of Pennsylvania).

  • "Witchcraft and Magick in Europe" edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark (University of Pennsylvania). There are seven volumes in this set commencing in the Biblical and early Pagan societies and concluding with the 20th century.




  • "777 and other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley" edited by Israel Regardie (Samuel Weiser, 1973)

  • "Climbing the tree of life" by David Rankine and Stephen Skinner (Unwin, 1990)

  • "Initiation into Hermetics: The Path of the True Adept" by Franz Bardon (Merkur Publishing, 1999). A classic standard primer on Hermetic magick.

  • "Magick without Peers" by Ariadne Rainbird and David Rankin (Capall Bann, 1997). Great information for the solitary practitioner, incorporating both the Craft and magickal techniques.

  • "Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts" by Donald Michael Kraig (Llewellyn, 1997). For those more interested in the works of the Golden Dawn, this is an excellent book with the rituals explained in plain English.

  • "Techniques of High Magic: A Manual of Self Initiation" by Francis King and Stephen Skinner (Destiny Books, 1976). Often considered a classic.

  • "The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn" by Israel Regardie (Llewellyn, 1984). A system and book that has been the most intensively used source for modern Western occult and magickal writing.

  • "The Paganism Reader" by Chas Clifton



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