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Graybeard's Recommended Reading

Well...right now, it's only a list.  Not necessarily for beginners, not necessarily related to paganism or witchcraft or in fact any set of topics whatsoever.  And not sorted.  I'll be posting commentary on each book and links to where you can find it (if you are so inclined).  Warning...these books led me to where I am now, and although it is a good place, the journey was rather wild and wooly at times.  I consider this a minimal list to achieve a true "Druidic" scope of knowledge.  Proceed at your own risk :)

Abhedananda, Swami Spiritual Unfoldment

Adams, Richard Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, Maia, Shardik

Adler, Margot Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today

Aeschylus Agamemnon, Choephoroe, Eumenides

Agrippa, Henry Cornelius Three Books of Occult Philosophy

Ampere Papers

Andrews, Lynn Star Woman, Medicine Woman

Anonymous Popul Vuh, The Bhagavad Gita, The Bible, The Dhammapada, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, The I Ching, The Koran, The Talmud, The Kabalah, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Vedas

Anonymous The Kama Sutra

Apollonius On Conic Sections

Archimedes On Conoids and Spheroids, On Floating Bodies, Quadrature of the Parabola

Aristophanes The Birds, The Clouds

Aristotle Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, On Generation and Corruption, Parts of Animals, Physics, De Anima, Metaphysics, Poetics, Rhetoric

Asimov, Isaac The Foundation Series

Auden, W. H. Collected Poems

Auel, Jean Clan of the Cave Bear

Aurelius, Marcus Meditations

Austen, Jane Emma

Avogadro Masses and Proportions of Elementary Molecules

Bach, Richard Jonathan Livingston Seagull, One, Bridges to Forever

Bacon, Francis The Great Instauration, Novum Organum

Baldwin, James Go Tell It On the Mountain

Barth, John Giles Goat-Boy

Berendt, Joachim-Ernst The Third Ear - On Listening to the World

Berkeley Treatise Concerning Human Understanding

Beyerl, Paul The Master Book of Herbalism

Bierce, AmbroseThe Devil's Dictionary, The Complete Writings

Billington, Sandra & Green, Miranda The Concept of the Goddess

Black Elk Black Elk Speaks

Blake, William Complete Poems

Bloom, Allan The Closing of the American Mind

Blum, Ralph The Book of Runes

Boethius Consolation of Philosophy, On Music

Borges, Jorge Luis The Labyrinth and Other Stories

Bradley, Marion Zimmer The Mists of Avalon

Bronowski & Mazlish The Western Intellectual Tradition

Brown, Dee Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Buber, Martin I and Thou

Burl, Avery The Stone Circles of the British Isles, Prehistoric Avebury

Burroughs, William S. Naked Lunch, The Soft Parade

Burton, Richard Francis The Arabian Nights

Campbell, Joseph Myths to Live By, The Masks of God (complete), The Power of Myth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image

Camus, Albert The Stranger, The Fall, The Plague, Lyrical Essays

Capra, Fritz The Tao of Physics

Carpenter The Origins of Pagan & Christian Beliefs

Carr-Gomm, Philip and Stephanie and Worthington, Bill (illustrator) The Druid Animal Oracle

Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote

Chaucer, Geoffrey Canterbury Tales

Chesterton, G.K. Orthodoxy

Chomsky, Noam Manufacturing Consent

Chopra, Deepak Unconditional Life: Mastering the Forces that Shape Personal Reality, Creating Affluence, The Way of the Wizard

Cicero Offices, On Friendship, Selections

Cleaver, Eldridge Soul on Ice

Conway, D. J. By Oak, Ash, and Thorn

Copernicus, Nicholas Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

Corneille Le Cid

Crowley, Aliester The Equinox, Magick in Theory and Practice, The Book of Thoth

cummings, e.e. Selected Poems

Cunliffe, Barry The Ancient Celts

Cunningham, Scott Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs; Oils, Incense & Brews; Earth Power; Gemstones

Dalton Proportion of Gases in the Atmosphere

Dante Divine Comedy

Darwin, Charles Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle

Dass, Ram Be Here Now, The Only Dance There Is

Dauer, Francis Critical Thinking

Davies, John A History of Wales

Davis, Phillip G. Goddess Unmasked

de Tocqueville, Alexis Democracy in America

Dedekind Essay on the Theory of Numbers

DeKoninck The Lifeless World of Biology

Deren, Maya The Divine Horsemen

Descartes, Rene Discourse on Method, Meditations, Rules for the Direction of the Mind, Geometry, Principles of Philosophy

Dick, Philip K. Man in the High Castle, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, VALIS, The Divine Invasion

Dickinson, Emily The Complete Poems

Dostoyevski, Fyodor Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment

Durant, William The Story of Philosophy

Dyer, James Ancient Britain

Eco, Umberto Foucault's Pendulum

Einstein, Albert Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Eliot, T. S. Ash Wednesday, Journey of the Magi, The Waste Land

Ellis, Peter Berresford The Druids, The Celtic Empire

Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man

Emiliani, Cessare Planet Earth

Engels, John Quantity and Quality, Negation of the Negation

Epictetus Manual

Euclid Elements

Euripides Hippolytus

Fabre Souvenirs Entomologiques

Farmer, Philip Jose The Riverworld Series

Feuerbach Essence of Christianity

Foss, Michael Celtic Myths & Legends

Fowles, John The Magus, The Collector

Frazier, Sir James The Golden Bough

Frege What is a Function?

Freud, Sigmund General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents

Fuller, Buckminster Spaceship Earth

Galen On the Natural Faculties

Galileo Two New Sciences

Gandhi, Mohandas My Experiments with Truth

Gaunilo On Behalf of the Fool

Gay-Lussac Combination of Gaseous Substances

Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gilbert De Magnete

Gilman, Elizabeth Herland

Ginsberg, Allen Howl and Other Poems

Gleick, James Chaos

Goethe, Johann Faust

Goodman, Linda Sun Signs, Star Signs, Love Signs

Grahame, Kenneth The Wind in the Willows

Grant, Michael Greek and Roman Historians: Information & Misinformation, The Ancient Historians

Graves, Robert The White Goddess

Green, Marian A Witch Alone

Green, Miranda J. The World of the Druid, The Gods of the Celts, Celtic Goddesses, The Celtic World, Animals in Celtic Life & Myth, Celtic Myths (The Legendary Past), Dictionary of Celtic Myth & Legend

Griffin Mathematical Analysis

Grimm, Brothers Complete Tales

Gurdijieff, G.I. Beezelbub's Tales to His Grandson

Gustin Tonality

Hamilton, Edith Mythology

Hamilton, Madison, Jay Federalist Papers; Articles of Confederation; Declaration of Independence; U. S. Constitution

Hamsun, Knut Hunger

Harvey On the Motion of the Heart and Blood, On Animal Generation

Hawking, Stephen A Brief History of Time

Hegel Phenomenology of Mind, Philosophy of History

Heinlein, Robert Stranger in a Strange Land, I Will Fear No Evil

Henes, Donna Celestially Auspicious Occasions

Herbert, Frank Dune, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune

Herm, Gerhard The Celts

Herodotus Histories

Hesse, Hermann Steppenwolf, The Glass Bead Game, Siddartha

Hobbes, Thomas Leviathan

Hoffs, Benjamin The Tao of Pooh, The Te of Piglet

Hofstadter, Douglas R. and Bennett, Daniel C. The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul

Hofstadter, Douglas R. Godel Escher Bach - An Eternal Golden Braid

Homer Iliad, Odyssey

Horace Selections

Hugin the Bard A Bard’s Book of Pagan Song

Hume, David An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Humphreys, Christmas A Western Approach to Zen

Hutton The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles

Huxley, Aldous Island, Brave New World, Brave New World Revisited, Crome Yellow, The Doors of Perception, The Perennial Philosophy

Ibsen, Henrik Complete Plays

Iyenegar, B. K. S. Light on Yoga

James, William Psychology: A Briefer Course, The Varieties of Religious Experience

Jaynes, Julian The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Jefferson, Thomas The Jefferson Bible

Jones, Prudence and Pennick, Nigel A History of Pagan Europe

Jong, Erica Fear of Flying, Witches

Joussaume, Roger Dolmens for the Dead

Joyce, James Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake

Jung, Karl Analytical Psychology

Kant, Immanuel Critique of Pure Reason; Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals

Kennedy, Peter Folksongs of Britain and Ireland

Kepler, Johann Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, Astronomia Nova

Kesey, Ken One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Keys Jr., Ken Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Kierkegaard, Soren Fear and Trembling, Philosophical Fragments

King, John The Celtic Druid’s Year

Kipling, Rudyard Just So Stories, The Jungle Book

Knight, Sirona Greenfire: Making Love with the Goddess, Moonflower: Erotic Dreaming with the Goddess

Kolakowsi Religion

Kondratiev, Alexei The Apple Branch : A Path to Celtic Ritual

Krishnamurti, Jiddu Total Freedom (Collected Writings), Think on These Things, On Intelligence

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth On Death and Dying

Laing & Laing Celtic Britain and Ireland

Laing, R. D. The Politics of Experience

Lama, Dalai The Art of Happiness

Lavoisier Elements of Chemistry

Lawless, Julia Aromatherapy

Leary, Timothy and Wilson, Robert Anton Neuropolitics

Leek, Sybil The Complete Art of Witchcraft, Diary of a Witch

Leibniz, Carl Discourse on Metaphysics

Lem, Stanislaw Solaris

L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time, The Wind in the Door

Levi, Eliphias Transcendental Magic

Lewis, C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Linnaeus Systema Naturae, Measurements Manual

Lobachevski Geometrical Researches on the Theory of Parallels

Locke Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Second Essay on Civil Government

Lucretius On the Nature of Things

Lyle, Emily Scottish Ballads

Machiavelli The Prince, Discourses

MacKenzie, Donald A. Scottish Wonder Tales from Myth and Legend

Maclean, Fitzroy A Concise History of Scotland

MacLuan, Marshall The Medium is the Message

Malory, Sir Thomas Le Morte D’Arthur

Malthus Essay on the Principle of Population

Mander, Jerry Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Mann, Thomas Joseph and His Brothers, The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice

Marx, Karl Capital, Communist Manifesto, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts

Matthews, John (editor) The Druid Source Book, The Bardic Source Book, The Celtic Seer Sourcebook

Maxwell A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism

McGrath, Alister E. Science & Religion

Melville, Herman Moby Dick

Mendel Plant Hybridization

Miller, Henry Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Nexus, Plexus, Sexus

Milne, A.A. The House at Pooh Corner

Milton, John Paradise Lost

Montaigne Essays

More, Sir Thomas Utopia

Moura, Ann Green Witchcraft, Green Witchcraft II

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Sonatas

Munro, H.H. (Saki) Complete Stories

Musashi, Miyamoto A Book of Five Rings

Nesfield Aids to the Study and Composition of English

Newman Development of Christian Doctrine

Newton Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

Newton, Isaac Optiks

Nietzsche, Frederick Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morals, Use and Abuse of History

Nin, Anais Cities of the Interior

Ono, Yoko Grapefruit

Orwell, George Animal Farm, 1984

Ouspensky Meetings with Remarkable Men

Paine, Thomas Common Sense

Panati, Charles Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind the Rites and Rituals of the World’s Religions

Pascal, Blaise Treatise on the Weight of the Mass of the Air, On the Equilibrium of Liquids, Pensées

Peters, Edward Inquisition

Piggott The Druids

Plath, Sylvia The Complete Poems

Plato Ion, Republic, Symposium, Meno, Protagoras, Gorgias, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Theaetetus, Phaedrus, Timaeus

Plutarch Lives

Poe, Edgar Allan Complete Stories & Tales

Porphyry On the Predicaments (Isagoge)

Potter, Beatrix Collected Works

Pound, Ezra Cantos

Pre-Socratic Philosophers Fragments

Ptolemy Almagest

Pynchon, Thomas Gravity's Rainbow

Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel

Racine Phaedre

Reps, Paul Zen Flesh/Zen Bones

Rilke, Rainer Maria Selected Poetry, Letters to a Young Poet

Robbins, Tom Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Skinny Legs and All, Another Roadside Attraction

Ross, Anne & Robins, Don The Life and Death of a Druid Prince

Rousseau, Jean Social Contract, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azcaban

Rumi, Jalalladun Poems and Teachings

Rushdie, Salman The Satanic Verses, The Children of Midnight

Shah, Idries The Way of the Sufi, Tales of the Dervish, The Dermis Probe

Shakespeare, William The Complete Plays, Sonnets and Poems

Shalin, Leonard The Alphabet versus the Goddess

Shirer, William S. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Singh, Kirpal Morning Talks, Naam or Word

Smith, Adam Wealth of Nations

Sophocles Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

Spenser, Edmund Faerie Queen

Spinoza Theologico-Political Treatise

Stanislavski My Life in Art, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character

Starhawk The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics, Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery

Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels

Tacitus Annals

Tannen, Deborah You Just Don't Understand

Taylor Integral Calculus

Theroux, Paul The Mosquito Coast, The Girl in a Swing

Thoreau Civil Disobedience, Walden

Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings

Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace

Tudge, Colin The Time Before History

Twain, Mark Huckleberry Finn

Tzu, Lao The Tao de Ching

Tzu, Sun The Art of War

Valiente, Doreen An ABC of Witchcraft, Natural Witchcraft

Van Doren, Charles A History of Knowledge

Van Gogh Letters to Theo

Various Authors Atomic Theory Manual, Scientific Papers of: Berthollet, Couper, Lavoisier, Mendeleev, Richter, Wollaston, Cannizzaro, et alia; Mechanics, Waves, and Optics Manual Electricity and Magnetism Manual; Posterior Analytics, Topics; Scientific Papers of: Driesch, Gould Marler, Tinbergen, Goethe, Virchow, von Frisch, et alia

Vergil Aeneid

Verne, Jules 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Journey to the Center of the Earth; The Island of Doctor Moreau

Vico The New Science

Viete Standard Enumeration of Geometric Results; Introduction to the Analytic Art

Voltaire Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt Galapagos, Breakfast of Champions, Dead-Eye Dick, Slaughterhouse Five, Slapstick

Voss Return to Eden

Walker, Barbara G. The Crone

Webster Omens, Oghams, & Oracles

Weil, AndrewEight Weeks to Optimum Health

Weinstein, Marion Earth Magic: A Dianic Book of Shadows

Wells, H.G. Food of the Gods, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man

Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass

Wilde, Oscar The Complete Writings

Wilson, Robert Anton The Iluminatus Trilogy!

Wordsworth, William Collected Poems

X, Malcolm The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Yeats, William Butler The Complete Poems

Yogananda, Paramahamsa The Autobiography of a Yogi, The Science of Religion

Zaczek, Iain Chronicles of the Celts


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