You’d be surprised how many free books there are online. Older titles have become public domain naturally throughout time, whereas newer books are usually added by wonderfully kind souls that make their private collections available to those who know where to look (thanks to all of you, and also, please marry me).
I didn’t know where to look online until after enrolling in college a few years ago—I’m sure y’all know why (textbook prices had my eyes rolling to the back of my head)—but now I have an entire list of free book archives and digital occult libraries that I have access to wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection.
It’s surprisingly easy, you just need to use the search term ‘PDF‘.
That’s it. You’re done.
I’m 100% serious.
If you find yourself looking for a book but aren’t at the current financial capacity to buy a physical copy, always ALWAYS type it’s name in a search engine followed by ‘PDF’ first.
Even if you are unable to find that exact book, you will most likely fall upon similar titles which can only add to your collection. Try typing the subject matter followed by ‘PDF’ too! (Ex. Google Search ‘Candle Magick PDF’) This way you can even happen upon personal essays, studies done by university students on the topic, and various websites with valuable insight.
As this is the season for giving (or capitalist propaganda, depending on who you ask) I wanted to take some time to thank all the magickal folx that have been supporting me thus far and continue to stick with me despite the limits my life and body put on this blog. So in the spirit of Yuletide, I wanted to share with you all six great magickal tools I have found online that I think any witch or magickally inclined person would get much use out of!
Quareia is a free magic school that is not for the faint of heart. The lessons cover a variety of topics at the Apprentice, Initiate, and Adept levels and dive deep into topics such as meditation, magical script, and tarot (and that’s just within the first module). The course will take quite a lot of dedication out of you so do not enter it lightly. The occultists that founded Quareia, Josephine McCarthy and Frater Acher, offers the most thorough and in-depth magic course I have personally ever seen—and they do so for absolutely FREE (I’ve used this word a lot, but holy cow y’all)! The workload may be heavy, but this is an invaluable resource that any witch, occultist, mage, or magic worker would be lucky to have in their toolbox.
Cantrap does not claim to be a witchcraft site, but a magical one that offers magical techniques, theories, and practices to bring into one’s craft. A collection of spells (many of which are inspired by Dungeons and Dragons) and some interesting exercises are available to help one get into spellwork, dream sorcery, and other forms of magic!
Pinecone Pub, created by Tumblr user halfr-i-can, is a suuuper useful magickal encyclopedia/spell crafter. It works by taking your intent and giving you suggestions about the corresponding herbs, crystals, and other witchy ingredients. You are then able to save whichever of the ingredients you wish to use to your spell and include any other instructions and then save the spell to your book.
Sigilscribe allows you to convert any intention/will into a digitally-generated sigil for your use in spellwork. You can then save the sigil as a vector image which you can print out or even draw into your own spellbooks. It’s a great tool for those who struggle with creating their own sigils or if you’re lacking some inspiration with an important ritual right around the corner.
Aeclectic Tarot is an amazing resource that I have continuously referenced not only when I was browsing different tarot decks, but as I searched for various spreads to suit my needs. The forums are an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get into the tarot community and get opinions and ideas from readers all over.
I tried not to put multiple tarot resources on this list as not all tarot readers are witches (nor are all witches tarot readers), but this collection of worksheets by author of Holistic Tarot, Benebell Wen, is incredibly useful for those looking to learn tarot in a more formulaic way. These worksheets are largely based on the Rider-Waite system, however, which I was kinda “meh” about as someone who does not adhere to this particular system, but as it is the most popular it could prove to be beneficial to some. Also, many of the concepts can be applied to develope your own worksheets as they relate to whichever deck(s) you use.