zBack in the seventies the aspiring witch didn’t have much options to choose from in regards to diverse books. There were the ceremonial magick books, the Wiccan books and then there was Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Covens. When “Mastering Witchcraft” was released it was the only option when it came to how-to books. While it’s not quite a grimoire, it was the first book to provide a “how-to” when it came to Witchcraft. We can see many influences from Wicca within this book we are also are given one of the first glimpses into a Witchcraft system differing from Gardner’s and some of the practices that inspired non-Wiccan Traditional Witchcraft. Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft is to Non-Wiccan Witchcraft what Raymond Buckland’s Blue Book is to Wicca, except I think that this book is better written.
Paul Huson presents a guide of personal training from starting your first steps into the world of witchcraft, to a nice variety of spells and formulas and even a guide to creating your own coven. There’s also a bit of Ceremonial Magick and Qabala in this craft as well as a bit of Jungian theory and folk magick. This is a must have for anyone interested in Traditional Witchcraft and was considered an important book to witches when there weren’t much options. It has influenced many prominent witches of today, whether they publicly acknowledge it or keep it private. You will find that this book is rich with great information and unlike a lot of books today, there really isn’t much filler in the book.