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Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation

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Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation

If you think witchcraft has something to do with Satan worship, hexes, black cats, and morbid attire, perhaps you've watched too many movies. Silver RavenWolf, or Mama Silver as she is affectionately known in her community, is the head of 11 covens in eight states and is considered one of the most renowned witches of our time. Having practiced WitchCraft (or Wicca) since the ripe age of 13, RavenWolf has a lot of wisdom to impart about magick with an empowering "k."

RavenWolf introduces TEEN WITCH with a note to ease parental concerns. As a mother of four teenage witches, she understands the fear of losing one's offspring to "the toilet of drugs, alcohol, teen prostitution, and whatever other muck teens occasionally manage to wade into." She beseeches protective parents to support their children's natural exploration into alternative forms of spirituality, stressing the positive premise of the Wiccan arts. WitchCraft, according to RavenWolf, can best be defined as, "a nature-based, life-affirming religion that follows a moral code and seeks to build harmony among people, and empower the self and others." No eye of newt, broomsticks, or bubbling cauldron in sight.

RavenWolf has written extensively on her favorite subject, but TEEN WITCH is her first book aimed at a younger audience. While teens might find the Craft alluring because of its glamorous strangeness, she demonstrates that it is not all that different from other religions. TEEN WITCH invites you to cast aside your preconceptions and cast spells as an authentic witch steeped in symbol, ritual, tradition, and love. Real witches, she writes, do not eat babies, kill animals, drink blood, change their hair color often, coerce people to join them like a cult, or become witches overnight. Real witches do believe in God, pray, honor all positive religions, and use common sense.

After RavenWolf takes the uninitiated through the background of her faith and its symbols, the aura cleansing, psychic journey begins. Most of the spells call for simple household objects like black markers, paper, white cloth, needles, common herbs you can find at the grocery store, and, of course, the essential candles and free time. There are also some quickies that require nothing more than concentration. How about sending a troubled friend a special "Love Glo"? "Envision the person (or animal) surrounded by healing, white energy. Hold the visualization as long as you can. Take a break and repeat. Although this sounds like a simple procedure that couldn't possibly work, think again. Every bit of positive energy that you send to someone helps them.

Reviewed by Krista Madsen on September 8, 1998

Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation
by Silver Ravenwolf

  • Publication Date: September 8, 1998
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
  • ISBN-10: 1567187250
  • ISBN-13: 9781567187250