Continuing Anger Over Silver Ravenwolf

Few writers in the neopagan community are as controversial as Silver Ravenwolf.  She remains a popular writer, particularly, I suspect, among teens.  But she also brings out a great amount of frustration and anger in many other pagans who find her works shallow, dishonest, bigoted, and outright wrong.

Can’t we simply agree to disagree?  Yes, to a degree.  However, that doesn’t stop us from having an opinion and voicing it, just as our objections in no way stop her from publishing books and making public appearances.  With Ravenwolf, it’s not merely a difference of opinion or personal belief.  It’s about facts, which can be disproved, and moral issues, which can quickly color a community when a vocal member puts them forth.

All quotes, unless otherwise noted, come from Silver Ravenwolf, To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft (Llewellyn Publications, 1993), which remains one of her most popular books.

Depictions of Christianity and Other Religions

There’s very little reason to mention Christianity in a book about Wicca, unless you’re using it as comparison; the fact is readers are much more familiar with Christianity than Wicca, so such mentions can be helpful.  However, there is no reason whatsoever to use a book about one religion to slam another one.  It’s outright unprofessional, not to mention immature.

Her bigotry is particularly ironic since the “Craft Code of Honor” she used to display on her website included  “Respect the religion of others.” So she’s both a bigot and a hypocrite.

If you intend to grovel before a God form, please stop here and throw this book away…The common act of sniveling at their feet is unacceptable. If you truly want that type of relationship with “higher-ups”, there are plenty of well-cultured religions that will gladly open their arms to you. (page 43)

While she doesn’t actually name Christianity as the offender here, I don’t think I’m out of line inferring that’s what she meant, although it’s possible she’s slamming multiple religions.  And her use of the phrase “common act” indicates she thinks this sort of behavior is widespread.  In short, most religions are unhealthy, but what Ravenwolf offers is a far better alternative.

I believe one of the biggest problems Witches face today is the influx of Christianity and its “turn the other cheek” melodrama. More and more individuals are leaving the Christian Kingdom in favor of ours, but they bring with them brains that have been hammered for years with another philosophy. (Page 270)

I’m not quite sure she understands the phrase “turn the other cheek,” which means not retaliating against those who act poorly toward you.  Is she wishing Wiccans/witches (she uses the terms interchangeably) would be more spiteful? Regardless, she specifically paints Christianity a a major danger, and that danger is the possibility of Wiccans/witches (she uses the terms interchangeably) actually understanding things outside of Wicca.

By the way, rejection of all ideas outside of your own teachings is a marking of a cult.

And “the Christian Kingdom”?  Where the heck is that?  She makes it sounds like people are defecting.  Of course most Wiccans were former Christians since Christianity is the majority religion.  That’s simple statistics.

There are two kinds of [divinatory] readings, those for magickal people and those for “once-borns” (a term Bried Foxsong, publisher of Sacred Hart, uses). Once-borns belong to other religions that do not believe in reincarnation or magick. (Page 152)

A once-born will get “hooked” before a magickal person, because they are totally unfamiliar with the intricacies of magick and divination. (Page 158)

Just in case you non-Christians thought you would be spared Ravenwolf’s diatribe, don’t fear, she hasn’t forgotten you. Apparently everyone who disagrees with her on certain subjects are so incredibly simple they must be given special tarot readings (or other divining method) because they just can’t handle a full-blown one. The arrogance is absolutely astounding.

Let’s not leave Satanists out of this either:

Satanic Witch: One cannot be a satanic Witch because Witches do not believe in satan. (Page 13)

Disregarding her painful lack of rudimentary capitalization skills, this sentence is typical “whitelighting”: painting the neopagan world in a cheerful, shallow and unsullied light without any acknowledgement of complexity. When the hell were we awarded copyright on the word “witch”? Some Satanists also identify as witches. Simple fact.

Also, as a note: many Satanists don’t believe in Satan either, and none of them believe in the Christian version of Satan.

More Persecuted than Thou

There is a particularly offensive story on pages 49-50 describing how Christians came with their one male God and forced the European medieval pagans through war to worship Him.

While in Persia, they came across a nasty God that was used in that country. And, wonder of wonders, he resembled the old God of the people in Europe. He was dark, half animal, with horns and a tail.

Bingo! They thought and rubbed their hands excitedly together. Now we know how to eradicate the old religion and bring in the new.

When they got back to Europe, they told the people that the old God was really Satan because he had horns and a tail. (Page 49)

I particularly like how the Christians “rubbed their hands excitedly together” like the bad guy in old movies just after he ties the heroine to the train tracks. Sorry, there is no one “old God” of the pagans. This is classic Murrayism, disproved 20 years before the publication of this book.

I have no idea which Persian god she might be referencing, and I suspect neither does she.  Nor do I understand why these evil Christians need Persian mythology to turn the god of the supposed Old Religion of Europe into a monster.  Can’t you simply make him into a monster?

She also presumes that Satan has always been depicted with hooves, horns and tail, and that’s simply not the case.  Satan is never described in the Bible, and images of him throughout history vary immensely.

She finishes the section by saying: “I wrote this story to sound rather trite on purpose…It is a good story, though, for children, and an interesting one to tell around the fireplace.” (Page 50) Good story for children? What sort of values are you preaching here?

Ravenwolf is a very public sufferer of the More Persecuted than Thou Syndrome and is dedicated to infecting every reader she can. Discussing her storybook version of the Charge of the Goddess, she says “it depicts the Goddess and God in the manner in which we believe in them, not in the negative light in which our general society has often put them.” (Page xiii)

And what light, exactly, is that, Ms. Ravenwolf? I honestly have no idea.  When someone wishes to put us down, their comments usually revolve around Wicca and Wiccans, not the God and Goddess, and it’s highly inventive to describe even this behavior as coming from “our general society.” While there will always be outspoken Fundamentalists, society in general really doesn’t give a rat’s ass about us, so long as we’re not being obnoxious, and that’s the case of any group of people, not just Wiccans.

When you poke the bear with a rhetorical stick, the bear strikes back.

And, of course, no More Persecuted than Thou Syndrome would be complete without mention of the Burning Times:

Burning Times: You will hear this often. It is in reference to a historical time from about 1000 CE through the 17th century when it is said that over nine million people were tortured and burned by church and public officials on the assumption that they were the Christian version of Witches…Historians indicated that the majority of people tortured and murdered were women and children. (Page 19)

While she doesn’t flat out say it was “we” who were persecuted, why would she include this in her book if it had nothing to do with us? And try 40,000 to 100,000, not over nine million. As far as the women bit goes, that is historical fact (although the reasons were more complicated than that they were women), I suspect she’s exaggerating the place of children, and  what the hell does this have to do with the topic at hand, unless the topic really is insulting Christianity and depicting Wiccans as persecuted stoics?

Dealing with Outsiders

In response to “What do Witches do?” or “Tell me all about Witches,” be very careful if you are not familiar with the questioner. Instead, get them to talk about themselves by using the conversation techniques you have learned. They may never get an answer to their question on the first meeting, but they will walk away thinking you are a great person anyway because you listened to them.

How do you steer them away from the topic of Witchcraft if you find yourself in a time or place that is not suitable for such a discussion? This is an easy one; just ask them exactly what they wish to know. Most often their questions are vague and you can give them an equally vague answer and ask them something about themselves. (Page 278-279)

First comes the presumption that non-Pagans are stupid enough to fall for this, followed by a pat on the back for deliberately misleading people.

And why exactly are you being asked these questions in the first place? If you are not familiar enough with the questioner to be talking about such things, why did you let this person know you were a Witch to begin with?

And speaking of telling the world about your witchiness…

I began by telling my father [that I was a witch], then my children and my two best friends; I went on to others that had known me for several years, and progressed to those who did not know me well at all. I told my new employer before I even accepted the job. (Page 277)

There is zero reason to tell a prospective employer what your religion is – by law he can’t even ask. There’s only two reasons you would behave like this – you’re looking for attention, or you’re looking for trouble, knowing that eventually you’ll come across someone who will make an issue of it, at which point you scream persecution at the top of your lungs.

As someone who works with magick, sooner or later you’re going to be found out, anyway. Let’s face it. You will probably carry yourself differently (confidence does that to a person). You may become more articulate, more sensitive, more ethical; happier, richer, healthier. You will succeed in your dreams where others spend their lives wishing instead. Eventually, people will wonder what you are doing right! People may also fear you. Not because you have threatened them, but because you obviously are not enjoying the same tragedies they are. (Page 278)

What sort of cult propaganda is this? News flash: non-magical people succeed at their dreams too. And anyone who thinks that Wicca or any other religion or organization will protect them from the tragedies of the world needs a serious and immediate wake-up call. Wicca doesn’t make you anything. You are what you make of yourself, and you can do that equally well as a Wiccan, Christian, atheist, or anything else.

I personally don’t recommend telling your friends or distant family members with the first year of your study of the Craft that you have taken on a new reality. (Page 32)

There goes the cult talk again. New reality? What reality were you living in before? And don’t you just love the paranoia? They won’t understand you, so you must hide from them until your powers have grown strong enough to start avoiding tragedies and other perks that will prove your new reality to others.

Directed specifically at teens (which is ethically problematic itself) is the following advice about explaining Wicca to parents:

Then we’ve got the double sneak-attack – working only with angels. Angels, angels everywhere and Mom or Dad won’t even care. Sure, because everyone likes angels. (Silver Ravenwolf, Teen Witch, (Llewellyn Publications) page 232.)

I don’t know what they call this approach in Ravenwolf’s world, but where I come from, this is called lying. Angels have nothing to do with Wicca. Oh, and another clue: if “sneak-attack” is an apt description for a plan to deal with parents, the ethics of such a plan should be seriously questioned.

Word Games

And finally there is the issue of the simple lack of credible information in her writing, particularly in her choice of words.

Another name for a solitary Witch is a “Natural Witch”. (page 14)

Where she got this idea is beyond me. The concept of “Natural Witches” describes one predisposed toward Witchcraft from birth. Most neopagans don’t even believe in such things. A solitary witch is simply one that practices (wait for it)…in solitary, as opposed to practicing within a coven.

The Wiccan Witch:…I personally like the word “Witch” very much. To me it means mystery, healing…The word “Wiccan” does not give me those feelings. It projects a different set of associations-weaving, church, New Earth, wicker furniture (don’t ask me why) and the movie The Wicker Man (which although I despised, I fully understand). It also means “front”, a way to bring the public into accepting our belief system for what it actually is, not what their preconceived ideas of a word dictates to them. (Page 14-15)

Wicca doesn’t mean “front”, and I can’t imagine why she would say that. She may think of it as a front, but that’s an opinion, not a meaning. People who get published should have a basic grasp on the English vocabulary. Why she associates the word Wicca with church is likewise beyond my comprehension.  And equating words that sound similar (Wicca and wicker) is something small children do.

I imagine she likes the word “Witch” exactly because of those “preconceived ideas” i.e. historical definitions of the word people have about it. That way she can self-righteously protest that she’s being persecuted by the once-borns.

Wicca — It is thought that this term was originally coined by Selena Fox of the Circle Sanctuary in an effort to describe the modern religion of WitchCraft (as begun by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950’s). There is NO difference between Wicca and WitchCraft. Anyone who tells you there is a difference is experimenting in the theory of Occum’s Razor. (http://www.silverravenwolf.com/Magickal%20Glossary.htm (no longer online)

Has she never read Gardner’s The Meaning of Witchcraft? Or his “Old Laws”? Gardner himself introduced us to the term “Wica”. The second C was added later (admittedly, I don’t know by whom), presumably to reflect the Anglo-Saxon word wicca which is the root for the modern word “witch”. And, incidentally, the name is Occam, not Occum.

…did you know that Mary Magdalene was not a temple prostitute? That the word “Magdelene” is a title of leadership, not the woman’s last name? And that Mary Magdelene of Bible fame ran a temple to the Goddess, designed to educate the rich girls of Jerusalem? True, true…and true. AND, the reason the men hated her was because she believe in the Goddess, and they wanted to get rid of the Goddess. (Silver Ravenwolf, Teen Witch, (Llewellyn Publications) page 233.)

No, no, and no. Let’s break down the problems hers:

  • There has never in history been a worshiped entity known simply as the Goddess
  • Further down the page she refers readers to Barbara Walker’s Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets for information. Yet Walker herself describes her repeatedly as Mary the Whore and cites “Magdelene” to mean merely “she of the temple-tower”. (Walker, Barbara G. The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, (HarperCollins Publishers, 1983), page 614.)
  • Magdalene means woman of Magdala. (source)
  • Mary Magdalene was a Jew.  As such, she wouldn’t be associated with a pagan temple.
  • Lots of people know Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute.  The confusion comes from two Biblical stories running into each other: one about Mary and one about the prostitute Jesus saves from stoning.

Worse, this passage is a part of the section on telling your parents that you’re Wiccan. Clearly, the statement has nothing to do with Wicca or why one should be dedicated to it. Instead, it’s another of Ravenwolf’s pot-shots at Christianity.

Scientific Views

Ravenwolf’s bizarre world-view is not, however, confined to the religious realms:

For too many years women have been told that they must regard their cycle with an unkind eye, calling it a curse when actually it is a boon. Society has so dictated this to them that many feel weak, tired and disoriented because they are supposed to. (Page 19)

Actually, we tend to feel weak, tired, and disoriented because of pain and blood loss. I’m pretty sure that even if I had been raised by wolves my cycle would still be a pain in the ass.

Before performing all spells one should consult their divinatory vehicle not only to examine the outcome of your work, but to glean any extra information you should be aware of…For example, you wouldn’t want to cast a spell for money and have your spouse or parents drop dead. (Page 178)

For those who believe in divination, it reveals possibilities, not concrete outcomes. Anyone who structures their life choices on divinations is a fool. Second, people do not drop over dead because you didn’t correctly chant over a green candle (which is her standard money making spell).

In other news, we can’t cast fireballs either.

And a final quote of just true bizarreness:

It is my personal opinion that most people are attracted to the Craft not by its religious content, but by its scientific and technological allure. (Page 27)

If you are attracted to a religion for reasons other than its religious content, you are a poser. It’s like saying you’re a Christian because you like communion wine.

 

28 Comments to "Continuing Anger Over Silver Ravenwolf"

  1. Nokomis Tigereye's Gravatar Nokomis Tigereye
    June 17, 2014 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    My only criticism is a common one. Revise and edit what you write over and over again. Otherwise, one looks like a fool and less credible, especially when blasting someone else for the same things. Find someone to read your work before posting a final copy on the Internet. I would list your mistakes, however, I feel it’s good practice for you… that’s if you decide to take my advice.

  2. June 21, 2014 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    I love this post. I always reference it when talking about why Ravenwolf is horrible as a writer since your article is far more concise than I am.

  3. Katheryn's Gravatar Katheryn
    July 6, 2014 - 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Is the information about Wicca at least accurate from her? Like the general beliefs? Also, are the spells in her books good? I have like three books by Ravenwolf and am just now hearing about all this. (Haven’t gotten that far into them)

  4. Krissy's Gravatar Krissy
    July 17, 2014 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    I remember when I was first learning. Ravenwolf was mentioned to me as an author to read. I got one of her books (don’t really remember which one). I didn’t really like it. I felt uncomfortable reading it, if that makes any sense.

  5. Lannah's Gravatar Lannah
    August 10, 2014 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve now read this article a few times and wanted to say thanks. I’ve been a Wiccan for about ten years and I’m always learning something new everyday. Your website helps me because the last thing i want to do is be misguided, and I have pretty good instincts, but it’s nice to know that according to your information, I was on the right path.

  6. August 13, 2014 - 10:24 pm | Permalink

    So American Indians and Wiccans have a similar problem: people who trivialize and misrepresent the teachings for fame and money. I’m not a Wiccan, so it’s helpful to have someone within your tradition to discusssuch matters.

  7. Magdalene's Gravatar Magdalene
    August 25, 2014 - 8:08 pm | Permalink

    While Silver Ravenwolf isn’t without her faults, I do find it a bit unfair how people single her out sometimes. Especially when they are judging her by how we understand things and use words in today’s pagan community. To Ride a Silver Broom stick is 20 years old after all. A lot of stuff has changed in two decades.

    The two points that bug me most are…

    1. That she uses Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably. Lots and lots of the older pagan authors did this all the time. I quite remember Starhawk referring to the religion in her book Spiral Dance as the “Religion of Witchcraft,” repeatedly. Gerald Gardner didn’t call his religion Wicca. It was the Witch Cult and it’s followers were either the Wica or just witches. I just recently listened to a pod cast where Raymond Buckland was a guest. During the show he mentioned that during his day the religion was just called Witchcraft. And he did mention that after a point there was a push to start calling it Wicca in hopes that it would be more palatable to the public. Trashing SilverWolf for using language the same way the founders of Wicca did is hardly fair. Once upon a time there wasn’t a different between Wicca and Witchcraft in the pagan community.

    2. Silver tell teens to lie to there parents about Wicca. My question is what else should teens do? I guess the best advice would be to tell teenagers to wait till they’re out of their parents homes to convert to Wicca, but lets be real, many don’t. Is it realistic to expect teens to be open to their parents about everything? Teens either lie or neglect to tell their parents many things (the fact they are having sex, sexual orientation, doubts in faith, their taste in music, for example). In some households this is a matter of self preservation. Not every teenager has a home full of open, understanding parents who love them unconditionally. In some household coming out as Gay, Trans, sexually active/pregnant, mentally ill, Pagan or even Atheist can get a teen kicked out, and/or leave them vulnerable to abuse.

    The Broom Closet is a big issue even for adults. This really isn’t a black and white thing where being honest is always the right choice and lying is always the wrong choice. Wither or not to come out has to be done on an individual to individual basis. For some folks coming out will never be a realistic option no matter their age.

    • Æsc Sleahtere's Gravatar Æsc Sleahtere
      September 15, 2014 - 3:58 am | Permalink

      While I will not go on and on about Silver Ravenwolf, (to be honest, I’ve never read her works or heard of her until about a year ago, so I guess I have no real right to throw cauldrons full of bad words around).
      What I hear of her, she is branding a form of what I think is cheapened Wicca as true Wicca. And she also spreads misinformation, which is something I dislike immensely.

      Your points, number one, was Wicca v Witchcraft. While before the name Wicca was coined and that became the standard name for people who follow the duotheistic orthopraxy, it is true the followers called it Witchcraft. However, I think the term Witchcraft is not an interchangeable word with Wicca. Today Wicca means without a doubt the duotheistic orthopraxy that this website gives information about. Whereas Witchcraft indicates a broader umbrella that Wicca can fall under. I have many friends who practise Cunning, another form of Witchcraft, but it is certainly not Wicca.
      I understand the whole thing about lying though, it is a necessary ill we have to face from time to time. I was fortunate enough to have been brought up in a Wiccan household and given a choice if I wanted to follow the religion, but I still feared telling my Mum I’m gay. So I can definitely understand, but the kid who studies Wicca, or any path that can fall under the umbrella of witchcraft, in a home that is not so open, I’m sure they’ll find their own ways to avoid telling their family, there is no need to openly encourage lying. Just like how all my gay friends in High School didn’t need to tell me to lie to my parents, it was instinct to keep something quiet.

    • Barbara Schulze's Gravatar Barbara Schulze
      September 29, 2014 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Silver Raven Wolf actually suggested many different approaches to the issue of informing a parent or parents that you are interesting in practicing Wicca aka witchcraft. It is not fair to say that she told youths to lie to their parents. It is up to the individual as to how they would like to inform their parents of their interests. Many authors express their own perspectives and anyone reading something written by a particular person should take it with a grain of salt, as they are writing from their point of view. I have not had any major issues with her writings but I know that I will not solely being used books authored by her as a resource for practicing.

  8. sarah's Gravatar sarah
    September 23, 2014 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I Personally LOVE this article…
    When I first started my path into the Wiccan Culture I turned to Silver Ravenwolf’s to ride a silver broomstick and before getting half way through I was almost disgusted.. the sheer amount of judgement and and ridicule of other people is not what I was searching for.. Luckily I found a local magick shop filled with beautiful souls who showed me a much brighter path that i continue to follow and learn more about each day :)

  9. Sky's Gravatar Sky
    October 7, 2014 - 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Ray Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft was the first book I bought about witchcraft over 20 years ago (note title uses the word “Witchcraft,” not Wicca); Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance 10th anniversary edition was second; Silver Ravenwolf’s To Ride a Silver Broomstick third. As a beginner I found the first two books especially helpful. Silver Ravenwolf’s TRASB didn’t provide a structured enough approach for me. I needed more concrete examples to learn from. With time and practice, however, I appreciated its guidelines to creating one’s own rituals. I also found helpful the suggested reading of other authors, many of whom are well-regarded. Although I disliked the occasional negativity, I took from Ravenwolf’s book what was useful to me and continued to read as many and varied books on the subjects of witchcraft, Wicca, paganism, divination, etc., as I could. Some were helpful, others lacking, but all contributed in some way to my exploration. That said, there are authors other than Ravenwolf that I’d recommend to newcomers especially.

    As for teens or anyone else hiding their interest in alternatives to mainstream religion, it’s sadly true that many young people don’t have much love, care, and understanding. Ideally we could all be free to express ourselves without fear of harm, but that’s not the way things are.

    *BEWARE OF DOGma: a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted.

  10. Raven's Gravatar Raven
    October 13, 2014 - 4:06 pm | Permalink

    We ought to be grateful for Ravenwolf’s reading of history–it is patently bunk. Most egregious example is Magdalene, which simply means ‘one from the town of Magdala,’ which had a famous tower on the Sea of Galilee, and comes from the Hebrew word for tower, “Migdal.” How can anyone take her seriously? Yeah, and vicious too. I though Cassie’s article was well presented.

  11. john-haukkmustannir's Gravatar john-haukkmustannir
    October 17, 2014 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    We all have the rite here for free speach and religion.Sliver’s books are her opinions and are there to simply guide people if needed.After all its just a book you ether embrace it ,or put it down.Just like the the chirstian bible I think its all BS ,but that’s just me.L find Silver Ravenwolf’s books helpfull; and I am an old world norse pagan.I am a Mogur of my clan and blessed eight of my clansmen.However it all about opinion,Silver keep it up,Beatus et exesto.

    • Raven's Gravatar Raven
      October 17, 2014 - 10:52 pm | Permalink

      I’m no Latin scholar but I’m sorry, i can’t find “Beatus et exesto” anywhere on the web. Closest thing would be “Happy and full,” like a pig in ****, God knows why they say that, pigs are clean, etc. etc. Maybe it’s Norse, as in “Er du full?” (“Are you drunk?”)

  12. Tony's Gravatar Tony
    October 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    As a practicing Wiccan of 30 years, I would love to hear Cassie on your training and expertise regarding this matter. You seem to equate yourself as something of an expert in this matter and that Silver Ravenwolf’s teaching are lacking credibility and substance. So let’s have it.

    I would love to talk to you personally, because a great deal of the information you are presenting is wrong and clearly biased. You do anyone a disservice when they read this article. If you would permit, I’ll address every single one of your misrepresentations for everyone to see. Do I have your permission?

    Having been around the pagan community for so long, I can tell you this. Each wiccan group has slightly different variations to their teachings. It completely depends upon who you learned from and the circumstances surrounding the instruction.

    Plus religious scholars and devotees of the craft have been in debate over terms, significance of items, and our history as well. There are common threads, but if you go to the different groups that exist, you will find their versions of what they believe is the truth. You are misleading people here if you actually try to imply there is only one correct way through this spiritual path.

    Silver has her interpretation of the craft, and her numerous books on the subject reflect that for over 20 years. I would certainly like to review your books, texts, and information regarding the subject.

    I would tell people to keep an open mind, read other material from other sources and work with what resonates with you. Not every author will click with everyone. Obviously, she does not work for you, and that is fine, you are certainly entitled to your opinion.

  13. Swordtongue's Gravatar Swordtongue
    October 29, 2014 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    i purchased a copy of Silver Ravenwolf’s book “To Ride a Silver Broomstick” about 3yrs ago and I found it rather condescending and her tone seemed fixated as like a mother to a child. I kept the book for a week and returned it to the Barnes and Noble where I purchased it. I did not buy another book of hers until about a year ago, which was “Solitary Witch”. I still have this book and found it far more informative and she seemed to have toned down on the criticism towards Christianity but she seems to write all her books as if her only audience are ages 15-17. While there may be some teen witches out there, there are far more who are adults, I personally feel that such a tone is rather odd to assume all her readers are teenagers. If Silver could/would rewrite her books in the tone of speaking to adults rather than children she would be more accepted throughout the wiccan community. I also find some of her ‘spells’ a bit odd, such as homework spells, pushy boyfriend spells, etc…. Anyway, “Solitary Witch” is well thought out and organized, just don’t care for the constant ‘parent child’ way in which she seems to adhere to in her books.

  14. S.J.A.'s Gravatar S.J.A.
    October 30, 2014 - 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I followed one of Silver Ravenwolf’s spells, and look what it got me! See the results here:

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