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Thank you to CUUPS members Phaedra Oorbeck, Shirley Ranck, and the CUUPS board over the years for their many suggestions for creating our original compilations of books. Occasionally we will add new lists and books to current lists as we can. 

Book Recommendations

Unitarian Universalist Paganism            

Voices of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and Earth-Centered Spirituality 
Jerrie Hildebrand & Shirley Ranck
        23 Essays from UUs who honor earth-centered thinking


General Classics            

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, 
and Other Pagans in America Today
Margot Adler

Principles of Paganism
Vivian Crowley 

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Ronald Hutton

Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics
Starhawk 

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, 
Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over
Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare, & the Reclaiming Collective 

The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess
Starhawk 

Truth or Dare: Encounters With Power, Authority, and Mystery
Starhawk 

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham 

A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and 
Witchcraft in the United States
Helen A. Berger

The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca
Kerr Cuhulain 

Witchcraft Today, Book I: The Modern Craft Movement
Chas Clifton, ed.

Witchcraft Today, Book II: Modern Rites of Passage
Chas Clifton, ed.

Witchcraft Today, Book III: Shamanism and Witchcraft
Chas Clifton, ed.


Families 

Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan TraditionsPauline Campanelli, Dan Campanelli
Celebrating Life: Rites of Passage for All Ages
Tzipora Klein

Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-honoring Activities for Parents and Children
Cait Johnson

Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
Starhawk, Anne Hill, Diane Baker 

The Family Wicca Book: The Craft for Parents & Children
Ashleen O'Gaea 

Magical Gardens: Myth, Mulch and Marigolds 
Patricia Monaghan

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over
Starhawk, M. Macha Nightmare, the Reclaiming Collective

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life
Pauline Campanelli, Dan Campanelli 


Africa - African Diaspora

African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society
Jacob K. Olupona 

Blue Roots: African-American Folk Magic of the Gullah People
Roger Pinckney 

Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy
Robert Farris Thompson 

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms 
and Practical Rituals
Luisah Teish 

Jump Up: Good Times Throughout the Season with Celebrations Around the World
Luisah Teish

Ritual: Power, Healing and Community
Malidoma Patrice Some' 

Way of the Orisa: Empowering Your Life Through the Ancient African Religion of Ifa
Philip John Neimark 


The Americas

Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men
Leonard Crow Dog & Richard Erdoes 

God is Red: A Native View of Religion
Vine Deloria, Jr. 


Asia and the Pacific

Dreamtime: Concerning the Boundary between Wilderness and Civilization
Hans Peter Duerr

Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism 
Sarangerel


Pan-European

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches 
Charles Leland, Mario Pazzaglini, ed.

Northern Mysteries & Magick: Runes, Gods, and Feminine Powers
Freya Aswyn 


Celtic Spirit

Be a Goddess!: A Guide to Celtic Spells and Wisdom for 

Self-Healing, Prosperity, and Great Sex
Francesca De Grandis 

Earth Light: The Ancient Path to Transformation, Rediscovering the Wisdom of Celtic and Faery Lore
R. J. Stewart

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom: The Celtic Shaman's Sourcebook
Caitlin and John Matthews

Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
Tom Cowan

People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out
Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond 

Spirits of the Sacred Grove: The World of a Druid Priestess 
Emma Restall Orr

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Ronald Hutton


Celtic History, Myth & Folklore

Carmina Gaedelica: Hymns & Incantations
Alexander Carmichael

Celtic Gods Celtic Goddesses
R. J. Stewart

Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends
R. J. Stewart 

The Druids
Stuart Piggott 

Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth
William Anderson

History of Pagan Europe
Prudence Jones & Nigel Pennick

The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles
Ronald Hutton


Divine Masculine

Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth
William Anderson

The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

Iron John: A Book About Men 
Robert Bly

Radically Queer 
Harry Hay (co-founder of the Radical Faeries)

Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World 
Kerr Cuhulain

Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture
Arthur Evans 

The Witches' God: Lord of the Dance
Janet & Stewart Farrar 


Feminine Divine

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World
Merlin Stone

The Body of the Goddess: Wisdom in Myth, Landscape and Culture 
Rachel Pollack

Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess
Phyllis Curott

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: An Exploration of Women's Power Past Present and Future 
Shirley Ann Ranck

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future 
Riane Eisler

The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power 
Barbara Walker

A God Who Looks Like Me: Discovering a Woman-Affirming Spirituality 
Patricia Lynn Reilly

The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe 6500-3500 B.C. 
Gimbutas, Marija

The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth 
Monica Sjoo, Barbara Mor

The Great Mother: an Analysis of the Archetype
Erich Neuman

Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth - Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer 
Diane Wolkstein & Samuel Noah Kramer

Lady of the Beasts: The Goddess and Her Sacred Animals 
Buffie Johnson

The Language of the Goddess 
Gimbutas, Marija

The Metamorphosis of Baubo: Myths of Woman's Sexual Energy 
Winifred Milius Lubell

The Mists of Avalon 
Marion Zimmer Bradley

The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines
Patricia Monaghan

Pagan Grace: Dionysos, Hermes, and Goddess Memory in Daily Life
Ginette Paris

Pagan Meditations: The Worlds of Aphrodite, Artemis and Hestia
Ginette Paris

The Partnership Way: New Tools for Living & Learning 
Riane Eisler; David Love

Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body - New Paths to Power and Love
Riane Eisler, ed

The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspect of Feminine
Nancy Qualls-Corbett

The Skeptical Feminist: Discovering the Virgin, Mother, and Crone 
Barbara Walker

When God Was a Woman 
Merlin Stone

Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers 
Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdra English

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects 
Barbara Walker

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets 
Barbara Walker

The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess 
Starhawk

Summoning the Fates: A Woman's Guide to Destiny
Zsuzsanna Budapest

The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity
Janet & Stewart Farrar 

Woman the Hunter
Mary Zeiss Stange
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