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4.0 von 5 Sternen New Generation Witchcraft is New Age, not Wicca
Jenine Thayer (Silver RavenWolf), a mother of four, has defined a new, attractive witchcraft. It is well-suited for a parent having difficulty: the parent can form a family Coven as an aid to communication among family members. But New Generation Witchcraft is not Wicca.
Wicca is a globally practiced religion that has constants: worship of the Goddess and the...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2000 von Richard Ballard

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Its ok.
This book is a pretty good book. Silver has a nice, intimate writing style which I like, but she didn't write enough on some subjects and wrote too much on other subjects. She could have talked a little more on writing your own rituals. I didn't like how she seemed to push self-dedication before experimenting more with Witchcraft. Witchcraft is not to be taken...
Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2000 von Matt


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4.0 von 5 Sternen New Generation Witchcraft is New Age, not Wicca, 12. Mai 2000
Jenine Thayer (Silver RavenWolf), a mother of four, has defined a new, attractive witchcraft. It is well-suited for a parent having difficulty: the parent can form a family Coven as an aid to communication among family members. But New Generation Witchcraft is not Wicca.
Wicca is a globally practiced religion that has constants: worship of the Goddess and the God; respect for the Earth; and adherence to The Rede, Wicca's "prime directive". There are many versions of The Rede but all are analogous to the physician's Hippocratic Oath: "First do no harm."
Ms. Thayer defines Wicca differently. On pp. 14-15 she states [the parentheses are Ms. Thayer's] "The word 'Wiccan' ... 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."
Ms. Thayer's book is attractively illustrated, and is clearly written in a conversational style. She discusses several popular New Age topics in a disorganized manner. Ms. Thayer provides good details on candles, colors, crystals, fortune telling, herbs, and starting on page 62 "Self-help and other mind programming tapes and videos". She discusses meditation and discusses tantra (opening the chakras), but the discussions are insufficient to practice these disciplines. Ms. Thayer also discusses several less well-defined New Age subjects: astral projection, healing, spell casting, and telepathy.
Ms. Thayer's book is attractively written and contains good detail on several New Age topics, but New Generation Witchcraft is not Wicca. I recommend both "Inside A Witches' Coven" by Edain McCoy and "Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham as first books for the Wiccan novice.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Its ok., 26. April 2000
This book is a pretty good book. Silver has a nice, intimate writing style which I like, but she didn't write enough on some subjects and wrote too much on other subjects. She could have talked a little more on writing your own rituals. I didn't like how she seemed to push self-dedication before experimenting more with Witchcraft. Witchcraft is not to be taken lightly and one should certainly feel like they know what they are getting into when they dedicate themselves--and this can't happen without prior ritual practice--something Silver should, but doesn't really emphasize. In the last section she seems to get in over her head. Silver really shouldn't have discussed OBE or past life regressions in a beginner's book. Those things should be in a book by themself so they can be explained in better detail. Silver also seems to contradict herself a little in this section--in the chapter about death, reincarnation and summerland. Aside from all that, she has great beginner information on candle magick, gemstones, herbs, holidays, altars and sacred space, and coming out of the broom closet. I recommend this book--but this certainly should not be the ONLY book a person should read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This would have been five stars five years ago., 1. August 2000
This was my first book on "witch stuff" and I'll always remember it with a certain amount of affection. However, there are a lot of things here that are just WAY off (Freya = Frigga? I think NOT!), and her carelessness with historical fact can't be offset by her carefulness about ethics. Especially since I, personally, believe that carelessness about historical facts in a book meant to appeal to a wide audience IS a bit unethical.
If you're a complete newcomer to things pagan, you'll either love or hate this book -- I rarely hear of any middle ground. If you're something of an old hand, you'll love it, hate it, or feel a certain amount of affection for a "beginner's book" while trying to steer your own new coven/kindred/grove/etc. members to something a little higher quality.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good information about science and technology, not religion., 25. Juni 1999
I don't even know where to start, sometimes when I was reading the book, I felt as if the author was the sweetest friend guiding me along in my spiritual path and other times I felt like I was talking to a friend who thought they knew everything. This book almost doesn't seem like an introduction, she kind of jumps into things, like if she is already expecting us to have some basic knowledge of the craft. She explains and defines so many things, yet doesn't speak about other common things like trancework or even fairies really. This book gives poor information about rituals and how to perform them. If you are new to the craft, you may have to read more material, just to practice any ritual. She gives pretty good information about some types of magick, yet doesn't even get into other types of magick which she admits in the end. Her information on Tattwas is poor, i'm not sure she should have even put that in there. She doesn't give the best information about travelling into the astral plane either, she just kind of talks as if you just have to let your body go and take it back, well, it's not that easy and that explanation isn't the greatest if you are new. The biggest problem I had with the book is that she defines so much, yet doesn't explain how to do them. In some things, such as the tarot, she does. Yet others, like graphology and fascination she doesn't. She doesn't consider religious prejudice much, and she doesn't consider the fact not everyone can create permanent sacred space or do all the horribly impractical and inconvienient things she says she does. I don't like how she talks about gems. She speaks about them as if they are a quarter to buy, gee whiz, some are hundreds of dollars, and to her, if you lose them, it's for a good reason. If I ever lost a diamond, I would lose it! She also doesn't seem to consider that not everyone who reads the book is going to practice the religion, i'm sure there are many who are just wishing to learn about the religion, and not everyone may stray off to other magickal religions as she says. Some reading it may not even consider pracitcing it and could be Christians for all she knows, but I doubt it? In some parts of this book she seems to only be speaking to women, doesn't she realize there are guys out there too like me who are interested. She is usually pretty fair about the gender thing and doesn't blab like Starhawk, but I felt in some places she was directing the book directly to women, but I could be wrong. I am going to defend this book though, for those people who think she makes the religion look foolish with full of fairies, you are wrong. She is pretty straightfoward about some things, so you are pretty wrong. About the deer thing, get over it, to me she wasn't really breaking the Wiccan Rede, because they were going to use the meat to feed their family. And I have read complaints from people who say there are two many spells in this book, wrong! There are no spells, just like only two full rituals from what I remember and some magickal tid bits which are not spells. Although I have a lot of complaints, this is a good book that keeps you on your toes and does give you the information you need to continue on to further study, that's why I gave it four stars, but if you really want to practice rituals soon, you may want to start somewhere else, but otherwise it is a good, interesting, and informative book!!!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best out there, 8. Dezember 1998
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Many people didn't like this book because they thought that RavenWolf was nothing more that a fluffball, and didn't take the book seriously, but it is for this very reason that it is so good. RavenWolf allows for people to move along at their own pace, and write rituals so that they MEAN something to the person doing them. The magorirty of the people who winned and cried about this book aren't real Witches to begin with, they're most ceremonial magicians, who like to parade around with pagan symbols and CALL themselves Witches. It's because of this that they don't realize that the warm approach to the way it was written means that RavenWolf is one of the purest Wiccan authors out there, she writes from her heart, not her college degree, and this motherly approach, is one of tennets of Witchcraft in general. She is also very knowlegable in all aspects of folk magick, from herbs, to crystals, and everything else. She also has extensive knowlege of the occult in general. My only gripes about it is that she tends to be a little eccentric, but hey, Buckland was the same way, you just have to look beyond it. She also has little regard for history, however, for many this is a good thing, since using the word Wicca was all about a new beginning anyway, but even though she doesn't write a whole lot of historical references, she can surely bet that she knows her stuff in this field as well. These were the only reasons it didn't get a perfect five. I find myself continuously pulling this book of my shelf for the charts and graphs. Raven Grimassi's "The Wiccan Mysteries" came very close to being that all encompasing book on what Witches believe, and this one comes just as close in the field of what Witches do. A great book!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A realistic introduction to Witchcraft., 16. Dezember 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Having read many of the reviews, you can tell which reviewers of "To Ride a Silver Broomstick" are coven-based Witches. Having seen a recent survey on the Witches Voice web site, I can say with certainty that the great majority of practicing witches in the U.S. today are NOT in Covens, but solitary practitioners who have no teachers, and no guidance as they begin. This sort of "this-is-such-a-schmucky-book-because-it's-not-written-by-Raymond-Buckland-and-doesn't-revolve-around-a-coven" talk should really be left to the more mainstream religions. In the Craft, all paths are paths to the Goddess. It's also not realistic; most of us can't find people willing to teach us, and may not feel comfortable even if we could. Buckland's books are great, but they don't speak to Witches who are outside the coven group. (I also didn't know there were such things as "real" rituals...are my rituals less real because they're written by me and not by Buckland or Gerald Garner? That sounds remarkably Medieval Roman Catholic Church-like to me....) For those of us who are not lucky enough or choose not to be in a Coven, this book is a strong foundation, provided it's used correctly. If you simply read through it quickly, it will be informative, but it won't function as a basic course in Witchcraft. If you choose this as your main text (and there are other books that will be equally good depending on who you are), then you should really follow it closely to get the full effects: buy your notebook, take your time, do your exercises, and most importantly...READ the supplementary texts suggested at the end of most chapters. Read them between your chapters in "Broomstick". They will give you more insight and enhance your study, and will also give you ideas of the directions you want to take as you grow.

If you do this, you will find yourself better prepared to tackle the mountain of information available on the Craft. I know I sure did.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Outsiders, 3. Juli 1999
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Being from the Columbine Shooting area and having recently moved from the area of the Vampire Killings (the Rod Ferrell case)unfortunately I have come to conclude that this "outsider" type of writing only caters to and encourages kids to go on their different paths instead of trying to adjust to society and the rules. Yes there are rules in life and saying spells to get what you want and all this magic stuff isn't the way kids get to be succesful when they grow up. It takes hard work and plans to be succesful in our lives. Even playing in these realms in this day and age is not possible without leading into other areas. Rod Ferrell said in an interview: "Each of us has a black and a white dog within us. It just depends on which dog you choose to feed the most." I think these types of books should encourage kids to look more in themselves as to how or why they are different and not to think of being THAT different as being desireable. We're all different of course but wasting time on magical fantasies don't teach us kids about realities in the world. Sorry I didn't like it for that reason, but then being a kid and seeing all my peers getting involved in this dream world stuff and some taking it way too far just so that they feel they "fit it" to something is getting scarey. Maybe not for you adults that write this kind of stuff but other kids take it all differently. I think there should be more responsibility in the people that write and publish these books. Sorry.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Superficial Look At Witchcraft, 8. Mai 2000
It seems that Ravenwolf is quite popular among aspiring witches, and being a beginner myself I chose to check her out. I was disappointed. It seems there are two tracks of thought involving witchcraft, one involves the glamour of being in a coven and using an athame and getting money and love just from the wave of a wand-- and if this appeals to you, great, then this is the book for you! Personally, however, I think this line of thinking is a little superficial for my tastes-- there's a bit in the book where she says she doesn't want to go on about how magick will get you money and love and fix all your life's problems, but then goes on to assure you that is can! It seems like magick works for Ravenwolf but she doesn't really have a good grasp on the spirituality of it, and her writing seems to pander to a much younger audience-- I hate to be judgmental but my opinion is that the writing style itself is young.
Personally I picked up Yasmine Galenorn's Embracing the Moon and found that much more enlightening-- her approach is that magick will _not_ solve all your problems, it is not a cure-all to the deficiencies of self, but it is rather an augmentation to you on your path. I'm still looking for books that are written to post-pubescent audience (I'm 21) but that by far is the best I've found.
So if you're looking for depth-- don't buy Ravenwolf's books, I'm afraid you must look elsewhere. If you're a beginner that just wants to have fun, Ravenwolf's books are just that.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Superficial Look At Witchcraft, 8. Mai 2000
It seems that Ravenwolf is quite popular among aspiring witches, and being a beginner myself I chose to check her out. I was disappointed. It seems there are two tracks of thought involving witchcraft, one involves the glamour of being in a coven and using an athame and getting money and love just from the wave of a wand-- and if this appeals to you, great, then this is the book for you! Personally, however, I think this line of thinking is a little superficial for my tastes-- there's a bit in the book where she says she doesn't want to go on about how magick will get you money and love and fix all your life's problems, but then goes on to assure you that it can! It seems like magick works for Ravenwolf but she doesn't really have a good grasp on the spirituality of it, and her writing seems to pander to a much younger audience-- I hate to be judgmental but my opinion is that the writing style itself is young.
Personally I picked up Yasmine Galenorn's Embracing the Moon and found that much more enlightening-- her approach is that magick will _not_ solve all your problems, it is not a cure-all to the deficiencies of self, but it is rather an augmentation to you on your path. I'm still looking for books that are written to post-pubescent audience (I'm 21) but that by far is the best I've found.
So if you're looking for depth-- don't buy Ravenwolf's books, I'm afraid you must look elsewhere. If you're a beginner that just wants to have fun, Ravenwolf's books are just that.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good when viewed/used with a grain of salt, 29. Dezember 1998
Lets face it (In my experience at least)- most of us these days are solitairies some 70% of the time, Silver Ravenwolf valiantly attempts to pass on basic skills to the novice.
This is a good basic book for those just starting out. In my opinion a bit lacking in certain areas (History for one). However; if used in conjunction with Scott Cunningham's books or The Witches Bible by the Farrars or a multitude of others then you will get a better read on and feel for the subject. As a loner-book this comes up short in a few areas.
The advantages of this book are its no nonsense style and hand-holding for rituals if you need it, and simplified explanations.
The disadvantages are the mother to daughter/son talks and plethora of magickal occurances within the authors life - which can distract and cause you to lose focus, as well as the tests. While tests are good, they have a tendency to limit one to the knowledge at hand forgetting personal experiences of the testee.
While I do not agree with some of Silver Ravenwolf's statements, she has her path to walk as I do mine, and as do we all. I can say her writing did get me to consider certain ideas, plus has started me thinking in a few new directions.
As with any book on any subject read it - and then judge it, if judge you must. My advice if you want it is Buy this book to use in conjunction with several others and do not depend on any one book as the be-all end-all of your knowledge.
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