We get a lot of questions for recommended resources on various topics, so today’s episode is a round-up of our favorite forms of content, from books to podcasts to videos and more. Most of what we recommend is totally newbie friendly, so if you’re just starting out but aren’t sure where to go first, make sure to take notes!
(And if you’re a fan of deep sea creatures – or listening to second-hand discomfort – stick around til the end, where Aradia goes off on a science tangent and Liz gives her squid-filled nightmares.)
Do you think we missed any quality resources for new practitioners? Let us know.
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- Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Illes
- Witchery, by Juliet Diaz
- The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall
- Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch, by Ally Sands
- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham
- Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic, by Scott Cunningham
- The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews, by Scott Cunningham
- The Complete Herbal Tutor, by Anne McIntyre
- Field guides for your local region
- So Potent Art, by Emily Carding
- Patheos Pagan
- Google Scholar
- Biddy Tarot
- Shield Maidens Sanctum
- Annie’s Remedy
- Modern Day Magick (another one we didn’t cover, but Aradia’s site has a blog with lots of info, and they have some cool freebies with awesome beginner content that gets emailed directly to you)
- New World Witchery
- Invoking Witchcraft
- Elder Hour (we lost our section on this one when the recording cut out; it’s a show where they cover a different plant every episode and talk about the history and magick around it. It’s lovely!)
- Chaoticwitchaunt (they/them)
- Aradiadarling (they/them)
- Spirituali.tea (she/her)
- Jessie_streek (she/her)
- Steffenbakksigils (he/him)
- Rantsandrocks (she/her)
- Lean into learning folklore & local mythology for the region you live in, where you’re from, or even where you’re drawn to
- Stay up to date on physics, botany, anthropology, archaeology, etc
- CERN is doing amazing things with the theories of the universe
- We can often learn lots of things about the energetics of plants by their history, how they grow, and where their names come from
- Don’t be afraid to experiment and build your own UPG – as long as you can explain it and it’s not hurting anyone else and it WORKS, you can work it into your practice
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00:00:00 Episode Intro
00:00:38 Show Intro
00:01:00 Welcome notes
00:50:21 Other Tips
00:52:42 Liz gives Aradia nightmares (have y’all heard of Big Fin Squid?)
00:54:34 Episode wrap up, come hang out in Discord, and more scary squid squeals
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