To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft

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Selling more than 300,000 copies, this popular guide to the Craft has been helping a new generation of Witches-those practicing or wishing to practice the Craft on their own-for over a decade. Filled with Silver RavenWolf's warmth, humor, and personal anecdotes, To Ride a Silver Broomstick introduces the science and religion of the craft.

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Overview

Selling more than 300,000 copies, this popular guide to the Craft has been helping a new generation of Witches-those practicing or wishing to practice the Craft on their own-for over a decade. Filled with Silver RavenWolf's warmth, humor, and personal anecdotes, To Ride a Silver Broomstick introduces the science and religion of the craft.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780875427911
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: RavenWolf to Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 198,614
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.88 (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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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    So much anonymity!

    My name is Hillary Bergen. I began practicing when I was fifteen years old, after I read a borrowed copy of "The Spiral Dance" by Starhawk. I am now thirty-four.

    I was blessed by helping to found one of the first university-funded neo-pagan student groups at Penn State University: Silver Circle(no, the name had nothing to do with Silver herself). When we found out that Silver lived about two hours away from us, we made our way in small groups or individually to visit her, participate in ritual, and talk to her. Many took training from her in the Black Forest Tradition and even those of us who were not drawn to Black Forest were always warmly treated at her home and welcomed in ritual. She did come more than once to speak to the members of Silver Circle(unfortunately, this was after my time).

    I think I have just about every non-fiction book she has written, and I still find them useful now. She was the first author who I could "hear". As I read her books, I could hear her over my shoulder, chuckling at times, sympathetic at others, and stern when necessary. And yes, she became "Mama Silver" to us: she was the keeper of the hearth for a home with four children, her incredibly supportive husband, her father, and their family familiar, a wonderfully exuberant collie. Her writing and belief system reflects *all* of what and who she is--plain-spoken and outspoken.

    Too many people seem to read one book and toss all of her writings as trash, envisioning her as a figure puffed up with vanity at her own importance. What I remember is a woman who would show up exhausted from her shift at the local grocery store only to face a houseful of family, friends, and people she had never even met, all ready and eager for a ritual. She always had a smile and a hug for us, members of the Black Forest Clan or not, and she showered us with appreciation for our simple gifts: a whole watermelon we would have already cut into chunks and hauled over in the biggest pot we could find, baskets of apples and grapes, a pair of candles from a first venture into candlemaking, or loaves of braided bread.

    In regards to the "simplicity" of her books: She writes in different ways for different needs: the teens who must stash their ritual implelemts and books under closet floorboards; for the curious; and for those who know that the Craft is their path, but have been informed that they need a billion different ritual implements, a boatload of esoteric knowledge, and a coven initiation to *truly* be a Witch.

    Silver takes her "simple" approach to instill a strong sense of integrity and respect for the Craft before introducing more advanced material. She *always* advocated physical and psychic self-defense, and she *never* pretended that the world was all sunshine and light.

    Silver Circle had a ten-year reunion in 2004. I learned that many people were training with Black Forest, and some were already full-fledged members who were trained to guide others in the Tradition. There were also people who were not members, but enjoyed attending rituals and celebrations, as well as having the opportunity to talk to "Mama Silver".

    I am a solitary greenwitch, training myself with Ann Moura's "Green Witchcraft" series. I have a large library, which contains books by many, many different authors. But over and over again, when I need some "Mother Wit", I reach for one of her books to reme

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

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    RavenWolf is an Idiot

    If you are new to or interested in learning about Wicca, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, or any other by Silver RavenWolf. She is looked down upon by the Pagan community for a reason. She is a "Fluffy Bunnie" and her books are full of nothing but lousy history, lack of morality, and religious bigotry. the books promote the religion as a way to get attention and be "different" instead of treating it as what it is (a religion). If you are looking for a GOOD book about Wicca, Most books by Scott Cunningham are a good start. Its people like Silver RavenWolf who give a bad name to Wicca.

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    Misleading

    The reviews on this book are very misleading. All of the positive reviews were written by people who are beginners. why would you take the advise of people who know little more that you do. Don`t blindly buy this book like the other sheep this book is garbage, fantastical garbage that lures people in with the appeal of being a Witch.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Awesome choice

    I thought the book was really helpful. I'm 14 and a beginner in it so I wanted to learn as much as I could and the book was a great help. I'd recommend reading her other ones too, like the Teen Wichcraft one for Teens interested in it. It's also helpful if you're parents are against magick like mine, it makes it a bit easier to talk to them because you know more about what you're saying than they do and you can use it as a reference.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    A truly amazing book

    Though it is no longer my favorite book on the craft, I still recommend it to others even after 5 years in the craft. It was the very first non-fiction book I read on Wicca. An I thought it was wonderful. Now I've read over a hundred others on the subject from a multitude of authors, from Gerald Gardner himself, to Scott Cunningham, to Lauren Manoy and Fiona Horne. And although Mama Silver seems to be quite a controversial author, I simply adore her work. I highly recommend this and any other book written by her. Although if you want a more traditional view of solitary witchcraft, you may like Scott Cunningham's work better.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Outright Lies

    This book, and many others written by this author are complete garbage in my opinion. Not only does she tell upcoming Wiccans/Pagans/Heathens to lie to their parents about what they're doing, she comes up with her own definitions of what Wicca is and how to do certain rituals (drawing down the moon, etc.) and you cannot re-define a religion unless the majority agree to such a change. She also has many wrong dates for Sabbats and such. I don't suggest this to ANYONE to read, and especially not those newcomers seeking out factual information.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    My two cents...

    Silver Ravenwolf gets a lot of flack from 'witches', but I honestly don't see why. This book was recommended highly by a Wiccan friend of mine, and I was not disappointed. I had read the Cunningham and Buckland books before reading this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course her works are not like Cunningham's - they are two completely different writers! Wicca would be rather boring if everyone was the same. I don't think she focuses more on magick than religion. I think her books are meant to be practical - she gives readers tools to help improve their lives. You have to remember, this, like many of her books, is a WORKbook. And in comparing her works to Cunningham's, the underlying principles are the same - she just writes from a different perspective and may use different techniques. Personally, I think the main reason that she gets a lot of flack is simple - she is successful. My advice: read it and decide for yourself. If you feel her techniques aren't right for you, then read something else. It's that simple.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    Please pass this one by

    The author is not a responsible teacher. As one reviewer already mentioned, she even tells children that it is fine to lie to their parents.<BR/><BR/>Dates in this book are incorrect. If simple things like that are incorrect, I think that speaks for the other glaring inaccuracies that are also enclosed in this book.<BR/><BR/>Any literature from this author should be avoided.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    must have

    Great book of information for those new to the craft. Easy to follow. Hard to put down!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    TOTAL CRAP

    The title speaks for itself. Do yourself a favor, save yourself the time. Don't buy this book.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    $ilver Ravenwolf $ells out Again

    These Reviews really annoy me. Its misleading when you see 15 reviews that give ravenfluff's books 5 stars. Little does anyone known that most of who write those reviews are 12 year old teenie boppers, who have only read one wiccan book, thus it great by comparison. Silver Ravenwolfs books tho not completely terrible are not great or completely acurate. Read it for feffernce but don't let it be you guide. Read some Gerald Gardner, he is who invented wicca.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2000

    not as good as the 13 year olds think

    what a joke, first of all as an educated person reading these reviews one must ask themselve why are all the young children giving it 5 stars? Granted they love the topic and it has influenced their lives, but to critique the book is another issue. this book was well written and definitely has much insight to the craft. i dont see this book giving the reader the cost of witchcraft and its origin from satan.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Great for beginners

    This is the first book I read on Wicca, and I must say, it truly helped me understand the Craft. It touches on all kinds of subjects, from deities to astral travel. This is a wonderful first book for anyone interested in Wicca, although I wouldn't recommend it for experienced Witches simply because you probably know all this stuff already, and it doesn't go too in-depth on each subject. Overall, it's a great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Not recommended

    I've read many books concerning Wicca, but those of Silver Ravenwolf don't seem like they have enough experience in them. I would suggest them for someone very inexperienced and curious, but not for anyone interested in practicing Wicca.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    Nothing More Than a Recipe Book ...

    This book is fine for those in search of a basic idea of how to construct spells through example. However, it is best for the reader to keep in mind that once one has a grasp on magickal theory, all such recipe books are unnecessary. Further, the author presents the material in a way which is somewhat misleading. There seems to be an equation of witchcraft to Wicca, as the author's emphasis is on spells with little to no companionable material on spirituality. Witchcraft is a way of utilizing magick; Wicca is a religion (which happens to incorporate magick into itself). Thus, this book is more appropriately considered to be upon witchcraft, rather than Wicca.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2001

    Same old same only more silly

    I find this book to be the same old material presented in the mid 80s except it has been watered down with a whole lot of glam. If you like the TV show Charmed, you will love this book but remember both are more fiction than reality. If you are interested in learning about today's Wicca, read Cunningham, Beth, or Drew.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    A nice one for beginners, but some holes

    Ms. Ravenwolf's book, To Ride a Silver Broomstick, was a great Witchcraft beginer book. However, there are a few holes and quite a few things are left unexplained. Also, most of this book focuses on magick, not religion.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Wonderful learning material

    Great book to further your studies. Thank you.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Great reading!

    Great for beginners looking to understand all the terms!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Great book

    The most informational book I have ever read. I recommend this book for all ages. And I think that it is great.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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