78 Degrees of Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack
"This is one of the best books on tarot that I know. It will provide everything necessary to learn to read and understand the tarot. To paraphrase the blurb on the back: 'First published nearly 40 years ago, this book provides: a history of tarot, introduction to common tarot spreads, [and] a clear and endlessly useful reference for both beginning and advanced tarot students.' I like to tell people that it is a complete course on tarot in one volume." – Stacy Rapp
The Witch's Guide to Life, by Kala Trobe
This is one of the most complete intro to Wicca books and one of the few that explores witchcraft and modern technology. It is broken into three parts: 'The first part covers Wiccan ethics, the difference between a Wiccan and a non-Wiccan Witch, love, sex, mood swings, eating disorders, suicidal impulses, and the use of drugs are amongst the issues discussed in the first part of the book, along with wider subjects such as the witch's role in global crisis.'
'Part two explores the history, folklore, and mystical systems relevant to witchcraft as we know it today, including chakras, the Qabalah of the Western Mystery Tradition, and Tarot. The lives of eminent historical and contemporary occultists are outlined, and the image of the witch as reflected in art, literature, and the media is explored as an indication of the changing attitude of the general public to the arts magickal.'
'In part three you'll find the practical how-to of witchcraft and magick, with comprehensive sections on a witch's working tools, when to cast what, and magickal techniques and spell-casting. Also included are recipes to make every sabbat a tasty as well as magickal experience, tips on psychic self-protection, and advice for coping with adversity. The power inherent in every witch shines forth in this guide to magickal living in the modern world.' "
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