Last week I posted my “top” 10 list of books which I highly recommend, but there is no denying it would cost a small fortune to go out and buy them all. So this week I am looking at the excellent books available for almost free on scribd – it might become your new best friend!
There are some really great books on Scribd – and for about £7 a month you can read an unlimited number of them. Its a bit like Netflix for books, or an online library you pay to access. But the number of books can be overwhelming – and not all of them are great. So here’s whats currently on my Scribd reading list to try and help you cut through some of the noise.
10. The Witching Way of the Hollow Hill, Robin ArtissonThis one gets mixed reviews – but I like it! Its a different style, and enjoyable. Dont read it as your ONLY book, and judge its contents against other things you study and you will be fine. Very poetic in places!
9. Traditional Witchcraft for Fields and Hedgerows, Melusine Draco. A good book with solid info and very easy to read. But – some passages are WORD FOR WORD – the same as Nigel Pearson’s Walking the Tides new edition.
8. The Wakeful World, Emma Restall OrrI love this book – it convinced me I was indeed an Animist. Its beautifully formatted for Scribed and a delight to read. It is written to an academic standard and is rigorous throughout, but it never feels difficult. She reclaims the term animism and really explores what it means, what sentience actually is, and what that means for us.
7. The Sorcerer’s Secrets, Jason Miller. Short, direct, and practical. This is not wishy-washy prose: this is actionable magic NOW. The reader is left in no doubt it will work – just get on with it. Properly. Its Brilliant.
6. A Grimoire for Modern CunningfolkAnother good book if read alongside other things. The Author was an Alexandrian Wiccan, and whilst this is marketed as Traditional craft I think its debatable at times. Whilst that doesn’t matter a jot if it work, he does labour the point himself, regularly, that it is very different from Wicca. But its short, can be read quickly, and if you already have a bit of knowledge the system he presents is pretty interesting and there are gems to glean.
5. Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth, John Michael Greer. I really enjoyed this book – its quite theory based rather than magical instruction, but I found it inspiring in many ways. He breaks his teachings down into Seven laws (in a manner reminiscent of The Kybalion). Each teaching is one which resonated with me – even if at times it was overly simplified. For example in the Law of Wholeness he talks about everything that exists being part of a single system, dependent on the health of the whole for its own continued being. He talks about there being no separation – something which has become a central tenant of my craft.
4. Hedge Rider, Eric de VricsTry this for something a bit different – it covers a lot of ground, focusing particularly on historical practices, and is brief enough you can get a flavour of his craft in a couple of reading sessions. It includes a useful bibliography to delve deeper into the topic by other authors.
3. Elen of the Ways, Elen SentierOne of the things I talk about in my course Elements of Witchcraft is the influence Elen Sentier had on me. I can trace the moment I moved from a very wiccan outlook to more traditional practices back to a lecture she gave and a huge AH HA!! moment it gave me. I don’t follow all her practices – but her books are a great (and gentle) introduction to British shamanic practices and he exercise Sit With is perfect for all looking to include a little more of the natural world into their practice.
2. This Ancient Heart, ed. Paul Davies andCaitlin MatthewsI really enjoy anthologies of essays when they are curated by reputable authors I trust. It introduces me to new perspectives, and new voices, with much of the risk taken away. Contibutions I particularly enjoyed include Time and The Grave (Emma Restall Orr) and Tuning into the Landscape (Sarah Hollingham).
1. A Deed Without A Name, Lee Morgan This book missed a place in my Top Ten list last week. Perhaps unfairly but I couldn’t think what to knock off to include it! So its here, pride of place, number 1 of the books to read on Scribd. Its a classic, its chocked full of great info, and you need to read it.
So that’s my current list – Scribd is mixed bag and titles come and go. Many of the modern occult publishers don’t allow their content to be on there so choice is limited. But its near as anything free. In fact if you use this referral link it is free for 2 months! (Usual sign up is 30 days free. If you are student check out that package as even cheaper).
I know Amazon do a similar service – so I will do a roundup of whats available there very soon! Finally – the non sales, sales bit. I know how hard it is to get good quality training and reading material that’s affordable. That’s why I wrote the Elements of Witchcraft course. Check it out here!