Originally I had intended to include “personal space” in this section with books, but I know myself and I’m going to babble enough to make that an upcoming entry.
For part one of my “Witchcraft in the 21rst Century” series: 21st Century Witchcraft: Why I’m no longer “Christian”
For part two: 21st Century Witchcraft: Magic in the Everyday
Welcome to my bookshelf.
During two decades of book-hunting, I have amassed (and given away) a lot of books. I also have a fairly extensive collection of tarot cards but that is another topic for another day.
I gave a large amount of books by Scott Cunningham and Silver Ravenwolf. Before the Internet was readily available and put the universe at our fingertips I used to comb used bookstores and new age shops looking for spiritual ideas.
Then I finally ended up on Llewelyn Publishing’s mailing list.
My daughter now has a lot of the Classics, like Buckland’s Book of Witchcraft.
But I kept some in my vintage Crayola stock box that stands beside my bed.
Everything in this photo is precious to me, except the Celtic Myth book. That one was a disappointment though a good reference. I have some characters who worship ancient Celtic gods.
- The white book on the bottom is the manual to my 2005 Altima. I loved that car. Having the manual close brings back good memories, nostalgia and longing.
- Solitary Witch by Silver Ravenwolf is the only one of her books I kept for myself.
- Wicca: A Year and a Day is a fantastic way to study Wicca and a lot of the meditative daily exercises help find your unique connection to your spirituality. That said, I have never finished the whole book.
- The faded book lying horizontally on top of those books is my personal book of shadows. Yes, I have one.
- The two books on top of those are pocket guides to graphology and palmistry. I never found anything else as concise and easy to follow.
- On top of those are two antique prayer books, both more than 100 years old. One is Catholic. I love Catholic rituals.
- The Oxford Annotated Bible. This was the Bible from my college Bible classes. We wrote in it. It has extensive footnotes and historical context. I take it with me to church services and still take notes in it. With dates. So over time, I can see my travels through the Bible.
- The United Methodist Hymnal. My childhood church closed. And one of my peers from those days got me one of the hymnals at the last service.
- The Book of Centering. An influential pastor once told me about the practice of centering. We were discussing prayer, and this is a type of meditative prayer that also focuses on relaxing the body and pulling prayer into yourself.
- The Way of Chuang Tzu. This book of Taoist poetry radically altered my perspective of my place in the universe.
- Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. My favorite book. I even have an image from it tattooed above my breast. This book, by an amazing man, is all the life lessons you need. It looks like a children’s book, but it’s not. It’s happy and tragic.
- Walden. This book is meaningful to me from a spiritual and a family perspective. This copy belonged to my great-grandmother’s little brother.
- Dirty Pretty Things. Sexy, beautiful poetry. Because our sexuality is key to our power.
- Bloodletting by my friend William Prystauk. Kinky, dark, violent, but the most sincere love story. (For my review of Bill’s book: Review of Bloodletting)
- My first “novels” that I ever wrote
- Go the Fuck to Sleep. The last book my husband bought me.