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A Goddess Arrives, and High Magic's Aid, by Gerald Gardner. The first one is a (bad) novel, in which Gardner first explored ideas of reincarnation and goddess worship. The second is another novel in which he reveals much of his thinking during the years he was first creating Wicca. Both are now available in reprint editions from the Church & School of Wicca at <> or from other online dealers.

Witchcraft Today and The Meaning of Witchcraft, by Gerald Gardner. The (officially) non-fiction books in which he revealed to the world that a secret underground religion of Pagan Witchcraft had survived into the twentieth century, and what it was all about. Available in a special two book package with a CD of Gardner being interviewed and reciting incantations, from Mercury Publishing <> or other online dealers.

What Witches Do: the Modern Coven Revealed, by Stewart Farrar. One of the first books published about the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca, which at the time was 95% identical to Gardnerianism.

Good Witch's Bible, by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. Originally published as "The" Witch's Bible, it caused an uproar among American Wiccans because, among other crimes, it presented a form of Wicca that differed significantly from Gardner's. The authors claim that their form of Wicca comes from a British occult group that was competing with Gardner.

The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, by Ronald Hutton. Tells how Wicca was created in the mid-twentieth century, based on literary, artistic, and academic fashions, the practices of fraternal orders and occult societies, old and new folk customs, and other cultural roots (real and imagined) going back to the 1700s. Hutton leaves no hope for those who wish to believe in a constantly existing Pagan religion in Britain or in a connection between the early modern witch trials and Paganism. No one can claim to be knowledgeable about the true history of modern Witchcraft who has not read and carefully studied this text.

Crafting the Art of Magic, Book I: A History of Modern Witchcraft, 1939-1964, by Aidan Kelly. This is an excellent work of textual criticism of the key Gardnerian materials, showing where every line was borrowed or invented. Unfortunately, a constant stream of essentially pointless cheap shots at Gardner's sexuality mars what should have turned into a classic of religious history.

The Rebirth of Witchcraft, by Doreen Valiente. Her history of how she, Gardner, and a few friends created Wicca. Among other things, this is the book in which she finally took credit for her poetry and prose which many had been blithely calling "traditional" (and then plagiarizing).

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