Online Resources

Seeking: First Pagan Steps and Tools by Jenett — A thorough set of resources, suggestions, and advice (there’s also a Getting Started guide)

Will You Be My Teacher? Essential Questions for Beginners by John Beckett — A list of questions to ask when you’re considering finding a teacher on the Pagan path

The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame by Isaac Bonewits — A tool to evaluate groups and their leadership based on observations of their behavior

Amber & Jet — An old-school Yahoo! email list created for seekers to ask questions about Traditional Wicca; also a good place to find a vouch (verification that an initiated Witch is who they say they are)

Caveat Emptor: Vouching in Wicca — Further explanation of the vouching system, including who to ask, how to find them, and what to say

The Wild Hunt: Modern Pagan News & Commentary — Daily news and opinion from the wider Pagan world

Patheos Pagan channel — Blogs from a number of Pagan voices

Pagan Bloggers — A shared Pagan blog space

PaganSquare — Another community blog space

West Michigan Stores & Gathering Places

Artes & Craft, Hartford
Grand Rapids Pagan Pride Day (September 21, 2019, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
The Healing Center, Lakeview (spiritual/alternative healing; not Pagan)
The Health Store, Greenville (local source for essential oils & sage; not Pagan)
Spirit Dreams, Grand Rapids
Wolf Run Wildlife and Spiritual Sanctuary, Remus

Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca

Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition — a statement of identity
Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca on Wikipedia
Sheaves of Demeter Coven — a C-A coven site with lots of info about the trad

Blue Star Wicca

Thanks to Vela Grove for compiling this list of links.

About Blue Star by Cat Castells and Amy Douglas
About Blue Star by Teazel, Vela Grove (includes an Intro to Blue Star video)
An Introduction to Blue Star Wicca on H2G2
Blue Star Wicca
on Wikipedia
Home Again: An Introduction to Blue Star Wicca by Devyn Christopher Gillette


This is not an exhaustive list, just a few good places to start (or explore further) as you research Traditional Wicca. Each book’s year of first publication is listed; some have had several editions. Pick up whatever edition you can find at the library, at the used bookstore, or Amazon/Barnes & Noble/etc. If your local library doesn’t have a copy on the shelf, search MeLCat and request the book via ILL from any participating Michigan library.


Being a Pagan: Druids, Witches, and Wiccans Today (2001) by Ellen Evert Hopman
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions
(2002) by Joyce and River Higginbotham
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism (2002) by Carl McColman
Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide (2018) by Thorn Mooney

Pagan Classics

Witchcraft Today (1949) by Gerald B. Gardner
The Meaning of Witchcraft (1959) by Gerald B. Gardner
Drawing Down the Moon (1979) by Margot Adler
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (1979) by Starhawk
Witchcraft for Tomorrow (1987) by Doreen Valiente
A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook (1996) by Janet & Stewart Farrar

Deeper Dives

A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic (1991) by Marian Green
When, Why… If: An Ethics Workbook 
(1996) by Robin Wood
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
(1999) by Ronald Hutton
The Heart of Wicca: Wise Words from a Crone on the Path
 (2000) by Ellen Cannon Reed
Psychic Self-Defense
 (2001) by Dion Fortune
Praise to the Moon: Magic & Myth of the Lunar Cycle (2002) by Elen Hawke
Wicca: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World (2003) by Vivianne Crowley
The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth in the Wiccan Circle (2003) by Deborah Lipp
Doreen Valiente: Witch (2016) by Philip Heselton