There are some wonderful books that Pagans, Witches and Wiccans may be quite interested in, but because they are fiction they are frequently overlooked. As part of your studies, it is important to develop your visualization skills and imagination. A simple and fun tool for this is fiction books. Even if your reading time is spent on non-fiction, or you simply don't have much free time, most of the books in this list are available in paper, Nook®, Kindle® and audio formats.
Most books are available unabridged in audio books, and I've found that listening to them while on long car rides is a great way to flex the imagery muscles of the mind. Often on such trips with my partner, we end up discussing a magickal theory or idea instead of listening to the book and have to rewind to pick up where we left off.
It is no news that an mp3 player is a great tool for personal listening. For travel, an mp3 player that plugs into your car stereo, or into an FM transmitter that can be picked up on your car radio, is a great tool for listening to audio books if you do not have the CDs (such as an inexpensive Amazon download) or your vehicle does not have a CD player.
Probably the best audio series I've heard in recent years, with many accurate magickal theories along with some excellent points for debate and exploration. I first became aware of the series due to its short lived television series. The show was good, but there are so many facets in each story it could not be conveyed within a reasonable studio budget (imho). In audio format, most of these are read by the master of narration, James Marsters, and are unabridged. Over fifteen books in the series so far and even with my short attention span I haven't lost interest and fascination yet! Some of the books are fantastic, others are just excellent!
Wise Child by Monica Furlong
I don't know how to describe this book, but it is a must-read for my personal students. It is a quick and fun read, being classified in junior fiction. It describes a potential paradigm where wise folks grow and live, and is probably closer to true magick and natural Witchcraft teachings than all the Western Occultism books around. Simple and powerful, this award winning book came out long before Harry Potter. If you are like me and love this book, you'll want more! Furlong wrote two more books related to Wise Child in a semi-series entitled Juniper and Colman. Picture of the cover of this book is at the top of the page.
This title was clearly influenced by practicing Witches. The title can also be found as Catmagic (one word). The book was first published in 1986 with a note from Strieber regarding Johathan Barry being a practicing Witch, but in the 1987 paperback edition he admits that his co-author was in fact his alter ego, and a pen name. This has been highly criticized by people who do not understand that when you come out of the broom closet, your books don't sell.
Now I'm not saying that Strieber is a Witch or even a Pagan, just that it is quite clear from reading this book that it was highly influenced by true Witchcraft, particularly of the British Traditional, Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions. It is a wonderful read and great jumping board for exploration, debate and discussion. Strieber later moved on to other subject such as in his popular book, Communion, and I haven't found further serious Pagan or Witchcraft influences in his later works.
A quick read that you'll want to read again, and a simple yet profound story of a boy discovering right from wrong with a classic hero/quest fantasy format that is rarely done well. Clear Pagan overtones (imho). I found a signed copy of this treasure when I lived in Northern California around 1996, and couldn't believe the insights and beauty it conveyed. At the time it was difficult to obtain a copy and the author, Christopher L. Hannah, wrote the following note to the Members of PaganPath:
As of 2013-2014, this book is much more readily available and a search at Amazon or half.com will result in several books with low used prices. Publisher: Tafford Pub; 1st edition, June 1996 • ISBN-10: 0962371297 • ISBN-13: 978-0962371295
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Great for visualization developments as well as topics of discussion, exploration and debate. You probably know about this series, so enough said.
Recommendation from PaganPath Members:
"Just read the article on Pagan Fiction. I'd love to recommend another, actually a series. The author is S.M. Stirling and it used to be called The Change Series (now Emberverse Series). The first book is Dies the Fire. I've actually never "read" any of them, but have listened via Audible.com (great narrator and brings the stories to life wonderfully). Book 10 was just released so I'll be downloading it soon."
References & Resources:
- Author, Jim Butcher's Website for Dresden Files
- A brief but interesting Wikipedia article about the author Monica Furlong