Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on Wicca/Witchcraft. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds on Wicca, some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites on Wicca selected by our subject librarians. The Dewey Decimal call number for Wicca as a subject is 133.43. (A comprehensive list of Dewey numbers for other religions can be found on the Beliefs homepage.)
Last updated 17 April 2016.
Everyday witchcraft : making time for spirit in a too-busy world, by Deborah Blake.
"Walk your personal Pagan path with grace and wisdom, integrating a spiritual practice into your life in just a few minutes per week. Simple, fun, and easy to follow, Everyday Witchcraft shows that, no matter how busy or hectic life is, even small acts can add meaning and depth to your life. This remarkable book is filled with creative ideas and a variety of quick yet significant ways to connect with the rhythms of nature each day, not just on sabbats or the full moon. Make your home into a magickal place, work with the God and Goddess on a regular basis, and discover the magickal power of animals. From five-minute rituals and "hibernation vacations" to mini daily divinations, you can easily make the wisdom and practice of Witchcraft an enriching part of everyday life. (Syndetics summary)
A storm of witchcraft : the Salem trials and the American experience, by Emerson W. Baker.
The Salem Witch Trials, where 19 villagers were executed in the 1690s remains one of the more tragic events in American history. Believing that the town suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for this apparent demonic work. Historians have speculated on a web of possible causes : ergot poisoning, an encephalitis outbreak, frontier war hysteria - but most agree that there may be no single one. Baker shows that there was a range of how a range of factors such as a new charter and government, a lethal frontier war, and religious and political conflicts, were important contexts. He looks at key players - the accused witches and the people they allegedly bewitched, as well as the judges and government officials who prosecuted them.
Rituals of celebration : honoring the seasons of life through the wheel of the year, by Jane Meredith.
"In Rituals of Celebration, author Jane Meredith provides lyrical accounts of the most memorable rituals she's organized, as well as how-to instructions for creating them. Inspired by Pagan, Druid, and Goddess traditions, the rituals are crafted to help us honor the changing seasons and to mark the important milestones of our personal journeys in a way that is relevant to contemporary life. Along with the rituals, you will discover craft projects that go hand-in-hand with each festival - perfect ideas for artistic expression whether you are practicing alone, with a group, or celebrating with children. With additional instructions for building an altar and other basic tasks, this guide includes everything you need to create celebrations that will resonate deeply within you, your family, and your life." (drawn from the publisher's description)
Witchy crafts : 60 enchanted projects for the creative witch / Lexa Olick.
Contents include : Witch way now: techniques and recipes -- Crafting friendships -- The witching season: a month-by-month guide to crafting the craft -- Part two: Projects. Essentially Wiccan: basic tools of Wicca -- Fashioning trends: crafts to wear and share -- Green witchery: recylcing the old into the new -- Crafts that take shape: poppets, sculptures, statues, and more -- Hearth and home: crafts for around the house -- Marvelous mistures: recipes to delight -- Witch trials and errors: fixing your mistakes.
Wiccapedia : a modern-day white witch's guide, by Shawn Robbins & Leanna Greenaway.
Wiccapedia provides a fresh, innovative, and thoroughly up-to-date look at witchcraft - and gives readers a prescription for happiness. "Spiritual life coaches" and celebrity witches Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway unlock the secrets of the Wicca universe, explaining what it means to become a "simply fabulous" 21st-century Witch. Newfound Witches will learn how to tap into magic, re-empower themselves, and realize their dreams through a little witchy know how.
The enemy within : 2,000 years of witch-hunting in the Western to the 1980s, by John Demos. An overview of witch hunting from the Romans and to the 1980s. The author provides insights into the environments and beliefs that gave rise to witch hunting. Section one covers European witchcraft over 16 centuries (c.150 C.E. to c.1750 C.E.), before travelling to early American witch hunts in Section Two. The final section explores modern movements. "An original and fascinating book, The Enemy Within illumines the dark side of a community driven to rid itself of perceived "evil," no matter what the human cost." (book jacket).
Earth mother dreaming : the modern guide to living a shamanic life / Scott Alexander King. The illustrated history of magic & witchcraft : a study of pagan belief and practice around the world, from the first shamans to modern witches and wizards, in 530 evocative images, by Susan Greenwood. (2011)
This insightful history examines the roots and foundation of magic, and the way it has shaped our view of the universe and our place within it. ... In addition, it explores the modern wicca movement, tracing the development from the 1900s and its links with the Celtic tradition. Drawing on the work of numerous scholars and experts as well as first-hand research by the author, this fascinating anthropological study invites reflection on the many ways that human beings have sought to relate to the world of the spirit. Lavishly illustrated with archival material, fine art illustrations of legendary magic workers, and special photography, this volume is a comprehensive examination of a fascinating and timeless subject. (drawn from the publisher's description)
The illustrated history of magic & witchcraft : a study of pagan belief and practice around the world, from the first shamans to modern witches and wizards, in 530 evocative images, by Susan Greenwood. (2011)
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Under the label "Browse Ebook Nonfiction" choose the Religion and spirituality heading to find books.
Titles include :
Witches and witchcraft, by David Nash.
Online databases & articles
Wellington City Libraries subscribe to a number of different online databases that provide news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Below you'll find some links to recent articles on Wicca, selected by our librarians.
If you have signed on to EBSCO (one of our magazine databases) in the last month, the article links below will take you straight in to the database to view the article. Otherwise, you'll be prompted to use your library card number and surname details to log in and view the articles. If you'd like to discover what our databases have to offer on topics other than religion, visit our online databases section, www.mygateway.info.
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
Contains details of sacred sites, customs, religious practices, dogmas, beliefs, traditions, festivals and fasts, and artefacts. (Contains 8,200 entries).
Available through Oxford Reference Online
- Opposing Viewpoints
Explores topical issues in society and includes some articles on issues relating to the practice of Wicca in society today.
Available through the Gale suite of databases.
- The Witch's Voice
Covers witchcraft basics, magic / magick, holidays, tools, news and political briefs, the Witches' Rede, plus a current list of pagan events around the world in a huge portal with a thousand links to other Wicca / Witch / Pagan sites on the Web. Updated daily.
- Wicca (Religious Tolerance Society)
An excellent starting resource, which includes principles, FAQs, information, statistics, and links to related websites.
- NZ Spirit Web Directory
Many supporting links.
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