Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation

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Come on, you know you'd look glamorous and powerful in black…that lighting candles and calling spirits would give you an aura of mystery…that life would be better if only you could turn your history teacher into a jiggling mound of orange (or maybe lime) Jell-O. Well, this book is here to tell you that wearing black clothing and threatening people with hexes and curses won't make you a Witch. In fact, neither will joining a coven or being initiated. What Teen Witch will show you is that how you live, how you deal...
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Overview

Come on, you know you'd look glamorous and powerful in black…that lighting candles and calling spirits would give you an aura of mystery…that life would be better if only you could turn your history teacher into a jiggling mound of orange (or maybe lime) Jell-O. Well, this book is here to tell you that wearing black clothing and threatening people with hexes and curses won't make you a Witch. In fact, neither will joining a coven or being initiated. What Teen Witch will show you is that how you live, how you deal with others, and how you incorporate Wiccan laws into your life determines whether or not you are a true Witch. This handbook presents everything from the Wiccan principles of belief, traditions, symbols, holidays and rituals, to spells for homework and dating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567187250
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 435,299
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Silver RavenWolf (Pennsylvania) is a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, and through her writing has been instrumental in guiding the future of one of the fastest-growing faiths in America today. The author of seventeen books, she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Bust Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, the St. Petersburg Times, the National Review, Publishers Weekly, Body & Soul Magazine, and Teen Lit Magazine.

Her many titles include the bestselling Solitary Witch, Teen Witch, To Ride A Silver Broomstick, To Stir A Magick Cauldron, To Light A Sacred Flame, American Folk Magick, Angels: Companions in Magick, Silver’s Spells for Prosperity, Silver's Spells for Protection, Silver's Spells for Love, Halloween, and the Witches’ Night Out teen fiction series. Her new book Hedge Witch is forthcoming from Llewellyn in September 2008.

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The modern Wiccan community is now entering its third, and sometimes fourth, generation. But until now there have been no books specifically designed for teens. The growing number of children in Pagan households, as well as teenagers' growing interest in Witchcraft, meant that somebody had to fill this need. And I couldn't be happier that the person who did this was a mother of teenage daughters, Silver RavenWolf.

There are two reasons for this. First, because she's around teens, she knows how to talk with them and what their interests are. The spells she includes have relate to teenage problems: finding peace at home, getting new friends, raising self-esteem. The tools for the spells are all within a teen's budget. They include such common items as eggs or potatoes, or even just a pen and paper. They'll be learning about real Witchcraft in a way that is easy, fun, and safe.

Second, because she is a mother herself, she says the kind of things that teens need to hear. For example: drugs and alcohol don't go with magick; a ritual can help build your confidence so you can remember answers for tests (but you still must study so you know the answers to put down; "Witches do not work magick to harm others and we know that no real power lies in evil." There's even a spell to help keep Internet stalkers away.

This book is filled with everything a teen needs to know to start practicing Witchcraft. It also provides guidance so that teens can continue with their studies of Wicca. Without hesitation I can recommend Teen Witch as the first book any parent could give to their teen interested in the Craft. I also recommend it to any teen who wants to learn what real Wicca is all about.

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Table of Contents

The modern Wiccan community is now entering its third, and sometimes fourth, generation. But until now there have been no books specifically designed for teens. The growing number of children in Pagan households, as well as teenagers' growing interest in Witchcraft, meant that somebody had to fill this need. And I couldn't be happier that the person who did this was a mother of teenage daughters, Silver RavenWolf.

There are two reasons for this. First, because she's around teens, she knows how to talk with them and what their interests are. The spells she includes have relate to teenage problems: finding peace at home, getting new friends, raising self-esteem. The tools for the spells are all within a teen's budget. They include such common items as eggs or potatoes, or even just a pen and paper. They'll be learning about real Witchcraft in a way that is easy, fun, and safe.

Second, because she is a mother herself, she says the kind of things that teens need to hear. For example: drugs and alcohol don't go with magick; a ritual can help build your confidence so you can remember answers for tests (but you still must study so you know the answers to put down; "Witches do not work magick to harm others and we know that no real power lies in evil." There's even a spell to help keep Internet stalkers away.

This book is filled with everything a teen needs to know to start practicing Witchcraft. It also provides guidance so that teens can continue with their studies of Wicca. Without hesitation I can recommend Teen Witch as the first book any parent could give to their teen interested in the Craft. I also recommend it to any teen who wants to learn what real Wicca is all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Greatest book on Wicca ever!

    I love this book! I've learned so much from it! Silver rocks!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    SO GOOD IT KEPT ME BEGGING FOR MORE!

    This book gave me a full understanding of the Wiccan ways. I am delighted to know there are others who share my experiences, good and bad. Thanks to these books I feel alright to express who I am with confidance. Also, I now look for to reading all of Silver's other books!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    A must read for any teen curious about Wicca

    Out of complete curiosity, I took a leap of faith and ordered this book and began studying Wicca. I have been interested and studying for almost 2 years now. I am 15 and I've been in the broom closet ever since I started. I finally told my dad and he was cautious of it at first, but after he read this book with me, he was fine with me studying Wicca. I absolutely loved this book. It was so amazing. I read bits of it again and again and have plans to reread the entire thing again soon, when I finish the rest of the books I'm reading. Silver RavenWolf is the first author I would turn to when starting the study of WitchCraft as a teen.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    Awesome book for teens!

    I have been interested in Wicca for a while now and I saved up to get some books on Wicca. This is the first one I read and since I'm a teenager it was on my level of understanding not something I wouldn't understand. It is a great book for learning the basics of Wicca and if you want to go on then you read the second book for more details. Overall I thought it was a great book.=)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Wait a minute... silver's books are great.

    she does have a good point. being able to hide it from guardians can sometimes be a good thing.
    as with me, i used to cut myself all the time because i have an abusive father but thats done, but before we stopped living with him i cut my self
    and silver's book helped me stop
    she helped me be able to practice wicca
    to be happy and stop my self from cutting.
    my parents think wicca is evil.
    only because they havent done any research.
    now i am happier. happier with my self.
    thank you silver ravenwolf.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Dangerous Reading

    If you're someone who is already moderately familiar with Wicca, its history and the practices known to the uninitiated public, you might glance through the book for a few good laughs, or reaffirmation that stupidity sells. However, that's clearly not the target audience for Teen Witch, which is why the book has had such a malicious influence in my opinion. The average curious teenager probably 'if her sales are anything to go by'finds Ravenwolf's book accessible and intriguing without the benefit of recognizing all the misinformation, outright lies, and downright hate-filled ranting that are the author's only true claim to fame. A person who accepts what Ravenwolf is selling in Teen Witch, indeed in all her books, would have an unbelievably sterile view of Wicca, little to no grasp of religious ethics, a slew of historical inaccuracies to sling out in anti-Christian rants, and a highly glamorized view of magic. 'I must reluctantly give her credit for managing to add said glamor to such absurdly dumbed- down 'spells and rituals.'' I would be horrified if my children accepted such bigoted garbage, as I believe most parents would be, but 'Mama Silver' has a knack for covering her own behind. She includes many tips for hiding 'religious' practices from parents, intentionally misleading guardians about her version of Wicca, and provides a general plan for dishonesty in case a discussion about Wicca should come up. I don't believe in religiously stifling children, but when the book takes a, 'Trust me, your parents don't understand you but I do!' attitude from the very beginning, there are many ethical questions to be asked. For the 'Teen Witch,' I'd say avoid this book at all costs.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    This book is awesome

    If theires anything this book has taught me it has to be not being afraid of critisizm. yhis book has also taught me a bit about wichcraft and i will definitly be picking up to ride a silver broomstick

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Good, very good

    this book was very good, i recommend it if u r interested in the Wiccan religion. i cant waitt to try some of her spells in this book, but dont buy the book just for the spells, reads the book for some backround first

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    this is a great book!

    this is the perfect book for a beginner! A must have for teens who are beginning to explore wicca!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    please don't

    If you are serious about Wicca, and not just out to have some fun, this is not the book for you. Ravenwolf focuses little on the religious aspects and more on the practitioner. She appears to have the 'More Persecuted Than Thou' syndrome which can get annoying. The advice she gives for dealing with parents is not well thought out. Some may say she's a great author for newbies, but why do we want those new to the craft learning false info and half-truths? She draws youth in with chipper words and cutesy spells, but leaves behind newbies known as 'fluffy bunnies'. If you do choose to buy this book, be aware that not all you're reading will be truth.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Great for the New Genration

    I have studied a lot of different religions and I have been in and out of Wicca, as of now I have no religion, just my own beliefs, although my family is AME. When I was really into this religion, I found this book very helpful as a solitary witch especially when your parents don't understand Siver explains to them the purpose which is mainly positive so they will get off your back somewhat. This book explains a lot about the Craft and I think that it really gets people interested. Definitely great for everyone who is interested in the Craft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Eclectic wiccan :book lover

    Its true what some of the reviewers say about the info in this book missing some of the truths about wicca,but you must keep in mind that this book is for beginners who are just interested with starting out with the basic knowledge of wicca to then later on search for more indepth books about the subject.Personally I enjoyed this book alot and it comforted me in my confusion when I first discovered wicca after being raised a catholic.And readers must also remeber its up to you not to limit your education to one book,thats a bad habit.Blessed Be to all and good luck with your studies!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2005

    Not Worth The Paper It Was Printed On

    This book is an insult to Wicca. 'Mama Silver,' as she calls herself, presents Wicca as a watered down alternative for those who are sick of Christianity. She gives no ethical guidelines other than 'Real Witches don't hurt people,' and gives absolutely no solid theoretical base for any of her cutsie-spells. She refuses to recognize that Wicca, like every other religion, has a dark side. In other words, this book is basically a collection of misinterpreted symbols, disjointed spells, and anti-Christian hatemongering wrapped up in a 'but the Universe is a FRIENDLY place, my dear' package. Do. Not. Buy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Meditation, visualization, and energy work...or, rather, the lack of...

    This book cought my eye and my mother(an open-minded Christan) said get it to ease curiosity. I think the cover was chosen to attract the 'typical teenager', which I am not. I was imidiately insulted by the 'Teen Speak'. She writes as if to 10 y-o. Teenagers are 13 to 18 y-o-there is a LOT of difference. 13-curfue; 18-car. 13-boyfriend; 18-feance. 13-pet at vets; 18-works at vets. You get it. It seems Ravenwolf steryotypes teens as being music, boy, fation, and party obsessed. I don't care about that and don't like being steryotyped. Another thing is the lack of spirituality. Magick is to help you connection to Divinity, not Divinity is to help your magick. If she removed the spell sections then she could have put somthing about meditation, visualization, and energy work. Have you ever met your Guardian Angle, seen a panther with huge black wings, or felt the life force of a cactus? That is what you can do with meditation, visualization, and enrgy work. She sais *practice* these during ritual. If you practice several times a day it will be better. For 9-12 y-o,and not for those just begining.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Highly recommended

    For any new person that is wanting to become a witch or learn about Wicca and that is wanting an easier book to understand everything in this book is for you

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    LOVE IT

    TO those of you who don't like this book or think it dumbs it down, remember THIS : It was published in 1998. Most people loved things we don't now. I read this every night for a month when I was 7. I skipped to the spells, and I read what it said, about how if you don't read the book, the spells might come out all screwy. I read the whole book. to this day I still love that book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Good book but could have more information

    Honestly if your a teen and interested in the subject of Wicca then the book is an OK read. However, i learned alot but the book mostly just sparked an interest in Wicca. It could have included more information but it gives you the basics you need to start off with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Loved

    I absolutely loved this book. I had borrowed from a friend, and after reading it, I asked her to get me this book. I didn't find the teen speak to be afensive, and I ewould recommend this book to anyone who is starting out in the craft, or even the sesoned practitioners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    A Great Dissapointment

    This was the first book on witchcraft that i read, and at the time i thought it to be a WONDERFUL book. However, after reading loads of other material, i found that this book lacked an enormous anout of extremely important information, and could e misleading at times. NOT A GOOD BOOK FOR BEGINNERS! Since all of the information has been 'dumbed down' for teens, if a beginning wiccan learns to practice with the info given in this book, bad habits and lazy tendencies will be developed, and are hard to break later in your studies. I strongly discourage the purchase of this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Great book so far

    love the book so far its awasome the information i might just start the craft iam a beginner and dont know that much bout the craft...

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