Well Read Witch - A Book Study!

The Second Wednesday Each Month, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (see dates below) for The Well Read Witch!


The Well Read Witch is a book study that brings thoughtful people together for stimulating conversations about acclaimed books from across the worlds of Wicca and Paganism. Each month, we'll pick a new title to discuss together, and provide a safe, facilitated forum of curiosity and exploration. Our selections range from the historical to those focused on modern magic, but they're all worth reading more than once. We value topics that matter, diverse points of view and ways of knowing, sensitive listening, and your contributions to our explorations. Come join the conversation, build and expand your practice, and get to know your fellow witches!

The Democracy Center

45 Mount Auburn Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts


We will be in the Library at the Democracy Center, (If you arrive late, please enter quietly and respectfully.) Supplemental notes on each book will be distributed after each session. The Well Read Witch Book Study is offered by DONATION ($5-$15 suggested donation) to help cover the cost of the rental space, so please give what you can.

What should I bring?
• Current Book
• Notes/Notebook
• Thoughts & Ideas to Share
• Openness to Others
• a Donation

September's BOOK: The Witches Goddess by Janet & Stewart Farrar.

About the Book:  "This book is of great practical value in discovering and celebrating the transforming energy of the Feminine Principle of Divinity. Part I covers the myriad faces of the Goddess revealed, including: Her presence throughout history; Her Earth and Moon symbolism; Her Madonna and Magdalene disguises; Her revelation within the psyche; Her relationship with women; Her influence today; and much more. Part II covers ritual invocations of the Goddess in 13 guises: from Ishtar to Isis, from Hecate to Aphrodite, from Epona to Ma'at. Part III gives an alphabetical listing of more than 1000 goddesses including a brief history and the main correspondences of each. This is an important work by the Farrars providing an indepth exploration of the Goddess in her many aspects at a time when Western culture is awakening to the influence of Feminine Divinity, both individually and collectively."

AUGUST'S BOOK: We are going to continue to delve into a classic, Witchcraft must read: The Witches God by Janet & Stewart Farrar.

About the Book:  "Exploring the Masculine Principle of Divinity. This companion volume to The Witches' Goddess re-establishes the ancient balance between God and Goddess. Part I covers the many concepts of the God examined, including: His faces throughout history; The Son/Lover God; The Vegetation God; The War God; The Anti-God; and more. Part II gives a close look at 12 individual gods of history with an appropriate invoking ritual for each. Part III presents a comprehensive dictionary of over 1000 gods from many world cultures, past and present."

JULY'S BOOK: We are going to continue to delve into a classic, Witchcraft must read: ARADIA: GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES.

About the Book:

Originally written and published in 1899, by Charles Leland, an American folklorist, and author. It is one of the few books which purports to be an actual sacred text of traditional witchcraft, in particular that of the Tuscan region of Italy. Leland supposedly based this book on material which he received from a woman named Magdelena, who had assisted him in collecting regional Italian folklore and then disappeared shortly after giving him this account. The authenticity of Aradia has always been in question; however Aradia stands as fascinating glimpse into the roots of the Neo-Pagan movement, especially for those interested in Italian Strega Witchcraft.

Join us on Wednesday May 9th & June 13th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for Well Read Witch!


For BOTH MAY & JUNE we are going to delve into a classic, Witchcraft must read: SPIRAL DANCE BY STARHAWK. For May we will read chapters 1-6 and then finish up chapters 7-13 for June.

About the Book: The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshiping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness.

Join us Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 for Well Read Witch!


THIS MONTHS BOOK: Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology
"Neil Gaiman long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.

Join us on Wednesday March 14, 2018, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, for The Well Read Witch!

THIS MONTHS BOOK: Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung. While not specifically Pagan, the work of Carl Jung and Jungian Psychology has had a huge influence on the Modern Pagan Movement. This is one of Jung's best known books and explores his theories regarding symbolism and dreams. This book is a must read for anyone exploring the use of symbolism in magic, tarot, dreamwork, visualization or just wants to better understand their psyche. 

Join us on Wednesday February 14, 2018, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, for The Well Read Witch!

This month we are reading: Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today by Margot Adler. This classic, must-read is a comprehensive and honest look at the history and lived experiences of the diverse perspectives in modern, Neo-Paganism and it's subcultures in the United States. This is our history book!

Scott Cunningham's Classic

"Wicca: A Guide For Solitary Practitioners"

In our first session, we've chosen to read "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner", by Scott Cunningham. This quick classic is one of Cunningham's best known and most useful, and brims with information on getting started in your practice of Wicca and magic. Even if you've read it three times (or three-times-three-times), through discourse and shared contemplation, these ideas can reveal new insights which you can form into new possibilities.

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