*Please note – This page is a work in progress! I’ll be adding more books, and links to them for those interested, as I have time. Please know I will never include anything on here that I have not read myself*
On Goddess Worship/Witchcraft in General:
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
- I am not in love with this book the way some people are; the history is not great, and the masculine-feminine terminology gets old. Which is why I’m linking to the 20th Anniversary edition – the author includes her notes and thoughts and updates with what she has learned over the years, and is brutally honest about where she would make changes were she to rewrite the book today. Changes like the ones I mentioned above. In its original form, this book is important, and helpful. With the 20th Anniversary edition, it becomes a fantastic book, and I strongly urge you to check it out.
The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker
- An excellent reference book that will help you get to know the other side of history and mythology. I have learned a ton from this book, and while like anything it bears doing further research on any topic you are truly interested in (she references Graves alot…) I still love it passionately.
Casting the Circle: A Woman’s Book of Ritual by Diane Stein
- I admit I hated this book at first, and only kept reading it as it is part of the required reading for my priestess training. But I have come to love it, and it is filled with everything you need to know to make, and participate effectively in, ritual. Note that it is specifically geared towards women and women’s spirituality.
Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle
- I have read this book completely, and am now going through more slowly and applying the exercises and activities in my life. Written from the Feri tradition, this is a guidebook to using the main tools of that tradition (some which are distinct to it and it alone) for personal transformation through way of deep inner (and outer) magick. While you won’t find me seeking to enter this esoteric tradition anytime soon, and the author’s writing, while beautiful is at times at bit abstract for practical application. In fact, there are many, many things I dislike about this book. However, there are many, many, helpful things here, too, and I highly recommend it.
The Magic of the Iron Pentacle by Jane Meredith and Gede Parma
- I confess I’m breaking my rule a bit here; I’m part way through this one. Similar to the book above, this book is exploring a key tool of the Feri tradition; the Iron Pentacle. Containing many ritual and meditation ideas for learning and growing with each of the point of the pentacle, this is a very helpful starting point for some excellent personal development and growth.
- This book, which is a companion/expanding guide to the same artist/authors tarot deck, is informative, extremely helpful, and when used with the deck, can be a wonderful tool for personal meditation and transformation. I love this book, which I got for my training, and read through it often.
On Feminism/Women’s History:
Wise Wound: menstruation and everywoman by Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove
- While this book is a bit hard to read at times, just to the writers’ unique writing style (as I understand it, at least one is a poet, and it times, it shows – it can make for very dense reading), and the writers’ own Jungian viewpoints, this is nonetheless a wonderful book for learning to view your menstruation as a time of power and healing. While quite a bit older now (originally released in the 70s), the information presented is still fascinating and helpful.
Kali: The Feminine Force by Ajit Mookerjee
- I’m not even going to try to hide it; I love this book. It contains a wealth of information on the Ma, as well as providing a brief (though detailed) historical and cultural background of Shaktism in general. Much of modern- day Western Goddess worship thealogy originated here, and this book explains the basics with love and respect. It is also full of beautiful color photographs, artwork, and also contains beautiful poetry.
24 Aspects of Mother Kali by Babaji Bob Kindler
- This book was extremely helpful in explaining the symbolism of Mother Kali as presented in traditional depictions of Her. Written with loving, though at times a bit dense, wording, it has been very enlightening and helpful to me. I do not necessarily agree philosophically with everything presented, but it nonetheless fantastic food for thought and meditation on the Ma. Combined with the book listed below, this was also very helpful in removing any fear in me of the Mother.
Kali, The Dark Goddess: Devotional Poetry by Drew Hoffman
- I’m going to confess something; as of when I am writing this, this tiny little book may be one of my favorite things in existence. Period. A small book of modern devotional poetry to the Ma, it is beautiful and written by a pagan devotee of Mother Kali from Florida. Containing a wonderful modern reinterpretation of the story of the Devi Mahatmya, as well as other beautiful works, I honestly cannot recommend this book highly enough. It, combined with the book listed above, was instrumental in removing any fear in me of Ma Kali (its a long story, and the fear mentioned had absolutely nothing to do with Ma Herself). The ebook version of this is currently only $0.74 on Amazon. Do yourself and favor and get this.