There are no magick rituals, lists of correspondences or Wiccan “laws” in the books below. These are not witchcraft 101s. This is a list of my favourite books that will enhance your practice of green witchcraft.
If you do want some 101 books then check out the books written by Arin Murphy-Hiscock or Ann Moura. I highly recommend checking your local library first for these books. Then you can check them out and see if you connect with them before buying. All of the books listed were available in my library system aside from Coyote’s Guide. That one, I had to commit to sight unseen.
Without further ado, here are my recs.
1. Braiding Sweetgrass
This book. I love it. It is a seamless combination of personal stories, indigenous knowledge and scientific explanations of plants. Robin Kimmerer is a botanist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her experiences are woven together into this beautiful and inspiring work.
If you have an interest in ecology and environmental restoration, this is a must-read. A highlight for me was being introduced to the Thanksgiving Address and the Honorable Harvest. It will make you rethink your relationship with the planet and everything it provides us.
Braiding Sweetgrass is available as an audiobook if you’d rather give it a listen.
Buy the paperback here.
2. Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature
I paid a small fortune to get this book sent to me in Canada but it was worth it. Coyotes Guide is full of activities to deepen your connection to the natural world. These activities are aimed at children but they can absolutely be done by adults. Open yourself up to some play and see what happens!
This book is a heavy tomb written for those who intend to mentor others, but it is still a valuable resource for personal connection.
You can order the book from the Coyote website and there are used copies on Amazon.
3. The Herbal Apothecary
When you think of green witchcraft you think of herbs. There are lots of good books for learning how to make herbal products. The Herb Book by John Lust is a popular one. I like my books full of shiny, colour photos and The Herbal Apothecary fit the bill. It goes into detail about 100 herbs with dosage info, medicinal uses, identification, and cultivation. The back half, titled An Herbalist’s Laboratory explains basic formulations and includes recipes to get started with.
Get it here.
4. Gaia’s Garden
If you have space to garden in, you have the space to implement permaculture concepts. Gaia’s Garden is the first permaculture book I bought, 10 years ago when I first moved to Nova Scotia and it’s the one I continue to reach for, every gardening season. This book teaches you how to design a forest garden, build soil, conserve water and details beneficial plants and animals.
Buy it here.
5. Local Field Guides
This one’s a cheat because it encompasses more than one book. I have books for insects, fossils, sea life, rocks, birds, trees and flowers. If you don’t want to lug around a pile of books while you’re outside, many field guides can now be purchased as apps and eBooks.
Learn about your local ecology. Maybe you have weeds in your garden that you can use instead of killing. What birds do you have visiting you and what can you plant to help them make your yard a home? Collect local rocks instead of buying crystals online. Field guides are an important tool in your witchy arsenal. You can also check out classes and clubs for identification if you learn better with a hands-on approach. The important thing is to get outside and get connected.
What books help you expand your green witch practice? Let us know in the comments so we can read them too!