Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

HarperCollins San Francisco, CA. 1989 ISBN 0-06-250814-8

This book covers everything the beginner would want to know and offers some superb exercises for the development of magical skills. Largely oriented to coven work, but most of the basic techniques are accessible to solitaries. There is a good discussion of Wicca as a religion in evolution. I do recommend this book, although I personally have some trouble with Starhawk's political agenda; there are many ways to ground one's faith into the world without participating in political activist demonstrations. ~WS