A great introduction to witchcraft, easily accessible and informative,
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This review is from: To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft (Paperback)
Although some may criticise RavenWolf for not covering the history of witchcraft in detail, she does make it clear from the outset that there are other books available for those wishing to read up on history; and she emphasises that this is an important part of exploring Wicca today and shouldn't be avoided. RavenWolf makes it very clear that her aim is to produce a guide to the practical side of Wicca so as to enable the reader to get involved and start their journey with the Craft. Viewed from this angle, RavenWolf writes an excellent introduction, covering Wiccan/Pagan days of celebration, deities, magickal equipment, spellcasting, candle magic, crystal healing, divination methods and much more. She provides comprehensive reading lists at the end of each chapter (although it seems some of the books are no longer in print, unfortunately).
I was slightly worried that the book would be aimed solely at a teen audience, going by the cover displayed on Amazon- luckily the cover design has since changed and doesn't look quite so immature. Although RavenWolf can at times sound a little bit patronising in her choice of wording, she's also very encouraging and doesn't try to 'convert' or force readers into a particular branch of witchcraft. She's quick to point out that each person's journey is unique and that Wicca can allow freedom of choice. Perhaps some may object to this stance but I like the freedom and spiritual breadth RavenWolf explores and encourages throughout the book.
I found the step by step guides to spellcasting, meditation and other rituals comforting and easily accessible in that she writes with a friendly, colloquial tone, and the details provided about the solar holidays and Esbats are very informative in giving an overview. I decided to purchase another book solely concentrating on the days of celebration as RavenWolf's descriptions are quite brief; but that isn't necessarily a criticism, as she provides a very good starting point.
Overall I'm happy with my purchase and would recommend this to anyone looking for an informative, friendly introduction to modern witchcraft.