6 Best Books for Wiccan WomenThere are many wonderful Wiccan books to teach you about ritual, beliefs, creeds, magic, correspondences, and more. You can find these elsewhere. The list below contains six books specifically for women. The first three are Wiccan books, and the others are more mainstream but no less empowering. If you're new to Wicca and especially to Goddess worship, you may want help leaving behind destructive beliefs. You've probably held onto these since birth - patriarchal or other negative beliefs that no longer serve you. The books listed here will guide you to embrace the Goddess and your Goddess-within.
Casting the Circle: A Woman's Book of Ritual by Diane Stein
Stein has written many wonderful books for women, including All Women are Healers, A Woman's I Ching, and The Women's Book of Healing. This work includes a self-dedication ritual that is worth at least as much as the rest of the book. But that's not all. Stein gives other ritual suggestions for Sabbats, Esbats and other occasions, with her focus on the Goddess and women in ritual.
The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Diane Sylvan
This book offers ideas for creating a daily spiritual practice. It doesn't have to take long - just a few minutes communing with the Goddess via a lit candle, or a prayer in the morning or before meals. Yes, prayer. Wiccans can pray, too, and Sylvan will show you how.
The Body Sacred by Dianne Sylvan
Author Diane Sylvan knows how hard it can be for women to love our bodies. With great humor and greater sensitivity and understanding, she offers rituals and daily activities designed to help you see yourself for what you are: Goddess incarnate. If you don't want to read this book, read it anyway! Learn to love the healer, the mother, the child, the lover, and every other Goddess aspect residing within you.
The Woman's Belly Book: finding your true center for more energy, confidence, and pleasure by Lisa Sarasohn
This is a belly/body-centered approach to wholeness through movement, meditation, and empowerment through self-acceptance. No matter what our body size, many women hate things about ourselves, or would at least change something about our bodies if we could. How often is that our bellies? It may be stretch marks, "extra" weight, our big hips, having a softly rounded belly instead of the flat one we covet, etc. Sarasohn teaches the importance of our bellies in all aspects of life--physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. This is an interesting read, and her work-out suggestions will spark positive, creative energy within you. This energy comes from your center, your source of life, in a word, your belly. Every woman owes it to herself to read this book. In fact, if you choose only one book from this list, make it this one.
HER BLOOD IS GOLD: Celebrating the Power of Menstruation by Lara Owen
Women who read this book seem to either hate it or love it. Those who hate it believe, somewhere in their conscious or subconscious minds, that men have the right to dominate in the world, and we have not only the right, but the obligation, to follow in their footsteps. "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Women do this all the time, forsaking our bodies and their natural cycles for the linear, foreign-to-us nature of men. This is actually harmful to men and more harmful to us women, our intuition, and our Goddess-given gifts. Read this compassionate and personal book to learn why it's truly important to honor your body's cycles, to embrace menstruation rather than fighting or trying to forget about it, and how you can take advantage of the stages of your menstrual cycle for maximum creativity, energy and fulfillment.
The Goddess Oracle: A Way to Wholeness Through the Goddess and Ritual by Amy Sophia Marashinsky and Hrana Janto
You can buy this paperback either with or without oracle cards. There is also a CD and MP3 versions of the meditation and ritual suggestions in the book, spoken by Amy Sophia Marashinsky. I highly recommend all three components. This book contains the mythology, meaning of each Goddess card, a ritual suggestion, and starts off with a poem capturing her essence. You will rediscover aspects of yourself in Marashinsky's poetry, and Janto's paintings will inspire you. Goddesses from all cultures and all aspects of womanhood are represented here, not just the Greek and Roman "beauties". You can meditate on one card daily, seek answers through the described Oracle spreads, or just let the cards and poetry speak to you. No matter how you use it, The Goddess Oracle will greatly enrich your life and personal practice.
Contrary to popular belief, being a feminist doesn't mean a woman hates men. It does, however, mean she believes she is complete within herself, that she doesn't need a man to make her a whole, productive, worthwhile woman. Her self-worth is not measured by who she's with, but by who she is. The books listed here will help you re-cover your true self and with her, your happiness and wholeness as a woman and a Goddess. May you be enriched by these authors and their wise words.