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IMPORTANT: Research your materials critically. Actually, read everything critically. To do this, learn how to read critically. See hellboundwitch’s “how to read a fucking book / i can’t reach you how to think”, spiritcraft’s “how to read a 101 pagan/wiccan book” (remember to check to notes for additional tips) or google up “critical thinking” or “critical reading”.
Links, Websites, Books, etc
Wikipedia - Yes, Wiki can be altered and it’s general and can be wrong. BUT Wiki can also be a great source to start your research. It will also help drive your research. Don’t forget to check the bottom of the article page for the resources. If those resources at the bottom are things like “White-Man’s Guide to the Ancient Gods~!” consider that information tainted. Seriously. Scholarly sources published by actual scholars by actual university publishers are best.
Folklore, fairy tales, mythology, superstitions - Try to find these in the original language or the translation from the original language. Annotated is best. Definitely try to get a book written by a native of the culture the folklore/mythology/superstitions come from. Avoid books written by those out of the culture as they tend to be whitewashed (ie, a white American writing a book on Australian mythos). Recommendation: Oxford Dictionary of Superstition by Tatem and Opie [focuses on UK and Anglo-Saxon superstitions] Links: Electronic Journal of Folklore, Encyclopedia Mythica, Godchecker: Your Guide to the Gods, Sacred Text Archive
Spell books - Personally, I’d skip the witchcraft/Wicca/etc how-to books and go straight to the spell books. Example: Judika Illes’ Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells (watch for shoddy history and cultural info)
History - Read up on the history of everything you’re going to be working with. You want to study Kemetic magic? Read the history of the culture, era, and what practitioners of the past did. AVOID books that do not have scholarly sources. Books that check archaeological evidence and doesn’t ignore or manipulate those findings to their benefit are best.
Theology / Religious books / Philosophy (Bible, Qu’ran, etc) - Reading up on other religions, at least peripherally, will make it MUCH easier to recognize when someone is talking some bullshit later on. Not just basic philosophy but life philosophies such as books on Zen Buddhism, etc.
Herbalism - Skip the magic herbalism books and pick up medical herbalism and local plant guides. You can always get the magical ones later but the medicinal books are so much more useful.
Meditation - hellboundwitch’s post on meditation is long, rambly, and full of excellence. It’s great for folks who can’t seem to meditate but want to.
Lucid Dreaming - Being able to control your dreams and recognize when dreams are dreams. Excellent for crossing over. Link: Wiki How to Lucid Dream in 16 steps (with pictures) [It’s actually pretty good. Promise.]
Therianthropy/Otherkin - Yes I support Otherkin! Dusken Path compiled a list in this post. Make sure to read the notes of Dusken Path’s post because more bloggers have added their own links. Kinfood has so many delicious recipes for everyone but give recipes for specific ‘kin types.
Online - Haunt various websites such as tumblr, Witchvox, forums, etc. Learn to doubt everything stated and ask questions like, “What’s the source of this? Where did it come from? Why is this a thing?”
You can email me with questions or drop them in my ask box or email.
Specific Posts I’ve Written by Topic
HOW TO RESEARCH, CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, MISINFORMATION, ISSUES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
SPELL AND WITCHCRAFT TECHNIQUES BASICS
PROTECTION, ANTI-THEFT, BARRIERS, SHIELDS
HEALTH, HEALING, GENDER, BEAUTY
MONEY, JOBS, LUCK, SUCCESS, PHYSICAL TRAVEL
FOOD AND DRINK
THE ARTS, MUSIC, ART, DANCE, ETC
NECROMANCY, ANCESTOR WORSHIP, WORKING WITH THE DEAD
SPREADS FOR THINGS (spreads for tarot, oracle, runes, or whatever divination method you use)
If you have a question on a subject that has no resources listed, ask. I’ll add them as the requests come in. Also, if you remember a post I’ve written and it’s not listed, let me know. I’ll look for it, give you the link, and add it here.
If a link no longer works let me know.