The VWW Library

Welcome to the Village Wise Woman Library!

This page is a listing of just a handful of my favorite books. They are the ones I often reference, use as source material, go to for inspiration, or just pick up on a rainy day to read again when there is nothing left in the pile I purchased from the local used bookstore. These are the books that always make it to my "keep" piles when doing the Spring cleaning and will never find their way into the donation bags or boxes. Some of them have been part of my home library for many years and others have recently found a home in one of the many bookcases around the house. Some are serious reads and others are lighthearted and fun. Some of these books shook up my world, changing the path of my life, while others comforted me during difficult times. It is by no means a complete list of my favorites, just a selection.

On Witchcraft, Paganism, and Goddess Spirituality:

The Spiral Dance - Starhawk
The Earth Path - Starhawk
Drawing Down The Moon - Margot Adler
When God Was A Woman - Merlin Stone
The White Goddess - Robert Graves
Witchcraft: Theory and Practice - Ly DeAngeles
Book of Shadows - Phyllis Curott
Real Magic - Isaac Bonewits
Gaia: A New Look At Life On Earth - James Lovelock
(Note: I have included this book in this section because it helped to shape my own spiritual beliefs. It is, in fact, a scientific book and introduces, explains and supports the Gaia Hypothesis or Gaia Theory.)

On Seasonal Celebrations and Sabbats:

The Magickal Year - Diana Ferguson
Seasons of Witchery - Ellen Dugan
Celebrate The Earth - Laurie Cabot
The Path of She Book Of Sabbats: A Journey of Soul Across The Seasons - Karen Clark

For the Pagan Household and Family:

Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions - Starhawk, Diane Baker & Anne Hill
Magical Housekeeping - Tess Whitehurst
Cottage Witchery - Ellen Dugan
Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World - Deborah Blake
The Witch's Broom - Deborah Blake
A Victorian Grimoire - Patrica Telesco

On Magical Herbs, Flowers and Gardens:

Magical Gardening - Patricia Monaghan
The Magic of Flowers - Tess Whitehurst
The Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham
Garden Witchery - Ellen Dugan
Gardeners' Lore: Plantings, Potions and Practical Wisdom - Maureen & Bridget Boland
A Garden of Herbs - Eleanor Sinclair Rohde
A Modern Herbal, Volumes 1 & 2 - Mrs. M. Grieve

On Herbal Healing and Remedies:

The Book of Herbal Wisdom - Matthew Wood
The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants - Matthew Wood
The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants - Matthew Wood
Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise - Susun S. Weed
Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health - Rosemary Gladstar
The Wild and Weedy Apothecary - Doreen Shababy
Herbal Remedies in Pots - Effie Romain & Sue Hawkey

On Gardening, Permaculture, Etc.:

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
  -Douglas W. Tallamy
Organic Gardening - J. I. Rodale
The Self-Taught Gardener: Lessons from a Country Garden - Sydney Eddison
Naturalistic Gardening: Reflecting the Planting Patterns of Nature - Ann Lovejoy
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway

For Fictional Fun:

The Outlander Series - Diana Gabaldon
The Divine Circle of Ladies...Series (10 Books) - Dolores Stewart Riccio
The Arthurian Saga (Books 1-4) - Mary Stewart
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Lord of The Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein

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