Grab your coziest blanket, it’s time to cuddle up with some fresh witchy books for fall.
From ghost hunting to Salem historicals, I compiled a book of (mostly) recent releases to get you in the spirit of the season.
So, got an afternoon to yourself? Lucky you! Curl up by the fire, whip up a cinderella latte and spend it with these cool weather reads for the witch in you.
Please note: This post contains affiliate links. It has literally no bearing on my selection, as I have the entire stock on Amazon to choose from, and it’s in Moody Moon’s best interest to pick books I really think you’ll like. It costs you nothing, but I’m supposed to tell you about it in case you live under a rock and think bloggers work full time for free.
With the Veil Between Worlds at its thinnest this time of year, it’s a fantastic time to explore the world of ghost hunting.
The Ghost Studies by Brandon Massullo
If you are planning a Samhain paranormal investigation, put this one in your Amazon cart and check it out right away.
Obviously, any author that attempts to approach paranormal experience from a scientific perspective risks his reputation for discerning thought.
But I applaud the effort.
If you enjoy highly theoretical ideas about the paranormal, this one makes for a thought-provoking read.
And if you think paranormal research is all nonsense, you’ll at least know who you’re arguing with by the end of it.
One woman’s hilarious journey from paranormal tour guide to full-on crystal-healing hippie chick.
A nice fireside read for the fall/Samhain season.
If you celebrate the Wheel of the Year, you know that “the veil between worlds” thins around the season of Samhain.
Take advantage of these ideal conditions and try communicating with ancestors and loved ones who have crossed over.
Check this one out if you plan to try or experiment with spirit communication this Samhain.
Spells & Magic
If Louisiana hoodoo and folk magic fascinates you, this one covers the basics in an approachable, conversational style.
Pick up a copy to familiarize yourself with the foundations of rootwork, or enrich a trip to New Orleans.
Scottish Witchcraft: A Complete Guide to Authentic Folklore, Spells & Magickal Tools by Barbara Meiklajohn-Free
Look for this new title, which releases next month.
Read this one and then spend the autumn/winter months planning a spring trip to Scotland.
I went to Edinburgh for the Beltane festival a couple of years ago and it was amazing!
A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Witch Trials and the American Experience by Emmerson W. Baker
Despite the thriving witchcraft scene in modern Salem, there were no witches at the Salem witch trials.
And they were hanged, not burned at the stake.
If the above two statements caught you off guard, it’s time to brush up on your American witchcraft history.
Whether you work with the Egyptian pantheon or haven’t thought about north African history since high school, this illustrated, color-plated version of this ancient occult classic is a stunning glimpse into the origins of Egyptian witchcraft.
For the Green Witch
The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils by Christina Anthis
As the cooler months roll in and the last of the harvest dies on the vine, green witches retreat to their stores of dried herbs and oils.
The browner, deader months are a great time to learn to work with essential oils.
This recently released guide to essential oils covers about 30 common essential oils and includes recipes for health, wellness and family care.
A perfect introduction for the essential oil newbie, or to add to the repertoire of a seasoned home health practitioner.
Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noel Groves
As cold & flu season approaches, take some time to brush up on your home healing skills!
This book takes a holistic approach to self-care by focusing on bringing the body into balance.
It’s quickly becoming a neoclassic for budding herbalists.
Pick up a copy of this and read it straight through or leave it on the shelf for reference.