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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.

 

Catalogue items

Syndetics book coverPagan planet : being, believing & belonging in the 21st century, edited by Nimue Brown. "What does it mean to live as a Pagan in this uncertain world of climate change, economic hardship and worldwide social injustice? What does it mean to hold nature as sacred when ravaging the land is commonplace? How do we live our Paganism in our families and homes, our communities and countries? Pagans are stepping up in all kinds of ways. ... This is a book of grass-roots energy, of walking your talk and the tales of people who are, by a vast array of means, engaged with being the change they wish to see in the world." (drawn from the publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverEveryday 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)

Syndetics book coverA 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.

Syndetics book coverRituals 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)

Syndetics book coverWitchy 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.

Syndetics book coverWiccapedia : 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.

Syndetics book coverThe 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).

Syndetics book coverEarth mother dreaming : the modern guide to living a shamanic life / Scott Alexander King. Scott Alexander King presents ways to reconnect to the power of Nature - to re-energise, reflect and gain a greater understanding of the meaning of our lives and our connection to natural world. Nature healing therapies and techniques such as Bach flower remedies and Chakra meditations. Gain awareness of your powerful Animal totems and develop an understanding of their messages to you. Connect to The healing energy of Mother Nature through Wicca, crystal therapy and bush magic. Explore the world or Faery and Elemental spirits. Create Shamanic tools and journey on your own pathway into the wheel of life. The encyclopaedia on all things metaphysical Includes a series of exercises and activities designed to help the reader get closer to the Earth Mother. (Drawn from the publisher's description)

Syndetics book coverThe 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)

 

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