Spiritual Soul Food

Looking for a way to deepen your spiritual journey? Or are you just taking your first steps down the Pagan path? Here are some resources to help, no matter where you are!

Exploring the Trails – Starting Out

Taking the first steps down any new spiritual path can be exciting, and sometimes a little scary! Here are some books to help guide your way:

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak

Woman Most Wild by Danielle Dulsky

The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky (while I’m not a particular fan of the retelling of some Christian stories, it did bring up some deeper things for me and I liked some of the other concepts in it)

Soul Coaching by Denise Lynn

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

To Walk a Pagan Path by Alaric Albertsson

Magical Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst

Down the Winding Path – Intermediate Reading

The Path of Paganism by John Beckett (advanced beginner/early intermediate)

Trance-portation by Diana L. Paxson

Seasons of Moon and Flame by Danielle Dulsky

Paganism in Depth: A Polytheist Approach by John Beckett (advanced intermediate)

Goddesses and Gods

Aphrodite by Monica S. Cyrino (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series)

Cerridwen: Celtic Goddess of Inspiration by Kristoffer Hughes

Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton

Special Topics

A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood: Community Leadership and Vocation by Rev. Lora O’Brien

Bewitching the Elements by Gabriela Herstik

Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships by Diana L. Paxson

Traditional Wicca by Thorn Mooney

Water Witchcraft by Annwyn Avalon


Sometimes you can learn just as much (if not more) from fiction!

The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

The Tiffany Aching Series (part of the Discworld) by Terry Pratchett, including:

  • The Wee Free Men
  • A Hat Full of Sky
  • Wintersmith
  • I Shall Wear Midnight
  • The Shepherd’s Crown

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce (and the Immortals Quartet)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Circe by Madeline Miller

Moonheart by Charles de Lint

Widdershins by Charles de Lint

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Books of Bayern Series by Shannon Hale, including:

  • The Goose Girl (sets up the context for the series but doesn’t really dive into the system of magic until the next book)
  • Enna Burning
  • River Secrets
  • Forest Born


Mythos by Stephen Fry

Heroes by Stephen Fry

Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch (though the introduction has a Christian bent, the actual lore in the bulk of the book is good)

Songs on Bronze by Nigel Spivey

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Fairy Tales of the Fiercer Sex (audiobook) – read by Alison Larkin

Metamorphoses by Ovid (very long, but good if you can get through it)

Empathic Abilities

The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff

Esoteric Empathy by Raven Digitalis


Under the Ancient Oaks by John Beckett

Tess Whitehurst

Witch on Fire by Heron Michelle

Patheos Pagan – A collection of Pagan blogs (including some of the above)


The Priestess Podcast by Julie Parker

Embodied Podcast with Elizabeth DiAlto (not always about spiritual topics, but still a lot of good stuff)

Myths and Legends by Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser


(Because one of my friends was sad when he clicked on this page entitled “Spiritual Soul Food” and there weren’t any actual recipes.)

Soup for Cerridwyn – Sweet Potato and Barley