Books, books, and more books! Here at Chai Bunny we love a good 'ol reading list of witchy spiritual essentials and it’s about time we got to work on crafting what will be an ever growing list of helpful reading recommendations that is sure to expand your knowledge and understanding of your own practices! So without further ado, let's dive in!
Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe, by Raven Grimassi
A must for anyone who wants to start discovering the rich history and practices from the Tuscan witches of old. Italian Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi provides a detailed background of history, rites, and rituals that sprung out of Southern Europe. This book is extensive and thorough in its information and the science of Stregheria (lit: Witchcraft in Old Italian). For those who feel called to Etruscan and Greek Pantheons of worship you’ll be excited to see extensive mention of goddesses like Diana and Proserpina. In the words of Raven Grimassi herself she states that “The purpose of this book is to give the reader a clear picture of the history, practices, and beliefs of witchcraft as both a religion and a magickal system,” and here at Chai Bunny we think she did just that.
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews, by Scott Cunningham
Few books have helped us as much as Scott Cunningham’s The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews, here at Chai Bunny. As you know Chai Bunny prides herself on her handmade oil blends and Cunningham’s book was constantly by her side for quick reference while she crafted the beginning prototypes of her Manifestation Oils. This book breaks down everything from recipe’s to the diverse properties and uses of certain herbs, flowers, and essential oils making a great reference for those who are in the midst of crafting their latest concoction.
Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting, by Judika Illes
If most spell books are full of confusing jargon or hard to understand principles then Judika Illes (who’s name you should get used to, she’s highly prolific) breaks everything down painlessly so that you can easily jump in without feeling like you jumped into the witchcraft equivalent of a bottomless well. With tons of recipes, step-by-step spells, and a plethora of good advice for healthy spiritual practices/awareness, Judika Illes provides an easy going crash-course on spellcasting for the beginner and adept alike.
These are just three books to get you started on your lil witch library, and it’s best to start small with a few topics you’re interested in rather than to try and learn everything all at once, which is why I started this list with a few books that touch on a variety of subtopics within their contained general topics. This list will be ongoing and as we go along will become more comprehensive so stay tuned for more witchy book recommendations!