I wrote a blog about 2 years ago, that offered a good variety of suggestions for reading up on conjure. I recently went back over that list, made some tweaks and edits, adding a few titles here and there.
Many of these books are also found on the suggested reading lists of other practitioners – such as Moma Sarah (Conjured Cardea), Matthew Venus, and several others, have recommended many of these.
Please remember – to each their own. I know that more than one of the authors listed here are surrounded in controversy – be your own judge. Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power – so, by all means, do not make this list or their words, be your gospel – but learn what you can, apply what you can, and make up your own mind!
This is NOT all inclusive, but will give a very well-rounded picture! Also, this list is for conjure related – not my list for witchcraft-specific. I have thousands of books that I have read over the years – and can offer suggestions for those, as well.
Inexplicable Things’ Suggested Reading List –
(These are my personal favorites & those that I have found beneficial throughout my life)
* Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones – Stephanie Rose Bird (I love anything this lady writes!)
* Black & White Magic (attributed to Marie Laveau) – by Bivins, N.D.P
* The Key of Solomon the King: Clavicula Salomonis (translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers)
* Backwood Shamanism – Ray Hess
* The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook – Denise Alvarado
* Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells – Judika Illes (I love all of her stuff!)
* Santeria: the Religion: Faith, Rites, Magic – Migene Gonzalez-Wippler
* The Magical Power of the Saints – Ray Malbrough
* Papa Jim’s Herbal Magick Workbook
* Candle and the Crossroads – Orion Foxwood
* Jambalaya – Luisah Teish
* Hoodoo, Herb, and Root Magic – Catherine Yronwode
* A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo – Tony Kail
* The Hand Book: Hoodoo Mojos, Gris Gris, Medincine Bags, Jackballs and Paquets – Talia Felix
* Healing with Herbs and Rituals – Eliseo Torres
* Of Mules and Men – Zora Hurston
* The Conjure Workbook – Volume One – Starr Casas
* The Master Book of Candle Burning – Henry Gamache
* Voodoo & Hoodoo – Jim Haskins
* The Diloggun: The Orishas, Proverbs, Sacrifices, and Prohibitions of Cuban Santeria – Ochani Lele
* Spiritual Cleansing – Draja Mickaharic
* The Book of Psalms
* Cursing and Crossing – Miss Aida