Mastering Witchcraft

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Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks and Covens is a book written by Paul Huson and published in 1970 by G.P. Putnams- the first mainstream publisher to produce a do-it-yourself manual for the would-be witch or warlock.[1]

The book has been described as one of the main motivators of the so-called "occult explosion" of the 1970s;[2][3][4] it was regarded as one of the chief sources of information and ritual for non-Wiccan and non-feminist witchcraft.[5][6][7]


  1. Clifton, Chas S., Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America, Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2006, ISBN 0-7591-0202-3, p. 96
  2. Clifton, Chas., and Harvey, Graham The Paganism Reader, New York: Routledge 2004, ISBN 0-415-30352-4
  3. Freedland, Nat, The Occult Explosion, New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1972
  4. Cunningham, Scott,The Truth About Witchcraft Today, MN: Llewellyn, 2002
  5. Penczak, C., Sons of the Goddess: A Young Man's Guide to Wicca, "The Men of Wicca" pp. 37-38, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2005, ISBN 0-7387-0547-0
  6. Luhrmann, T.M. Persuasions of the Witch's Craft, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989, p.261 "Appendix: Core Texts in Magical Practice. Any list would be incomplete but certain books are central...for non-feminist witchcraft Doreen Valiente Witchcraft for Tomorrow (1978) and Paul Huson Mastering Witchcraft (1970)
  7. Farren, David, Finding Magic: The Teachings of an American Coven, pp. 9-10, "Whatever consistency there is among covens comes less from a centralized authority imposing uniformity than from a fact that a few books (Paul Huson's 'Mastering Witchcraft' and Stewart Farrar's 'What Witches Do' among the first) were widely used by individuals setting up groups of their own", iUniverse, 2001, ISBN 978-0-595-16501-8.

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