To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft

To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft

by Silver RavenWolf


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875427911
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: RavenWolf To Series , #1
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 115,271
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Silver RavenWolf, a nationally recognized leader and elder of Wicca, is the author of many books, including To Ride a Silver Broomstick, Solitary Witch, and A Witch's Notebook. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report as an expert on modern Witchcraft.

Pam Ward has performed in dinner theater, summer stock, and Off-Broadway, as well as in commercials, radio, and film. An experienced narrator, Pam has recorded many titles for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. She is the recipient of an AudioFile Earphones Award and the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award.


Every so often, a book has a special spark. That is the case with To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver RavenWolf. Sure, it is an excellent source of information on Witchcraft, but it's also much more. It is a personal book that shares RavenWolf's heart and soul. And that is one of the reasons I believe this book has become so popular.
RavenWolf tells some amazing stories in here. Her description of her first experience at a clothing-optional festival is hilarious. Her frustrations during childhood while searching for her spiritual path are touching. Her tale of a woman who assumed that the help she received from RavenWolf may have been the cause of a health problem (it wasn't) leads to thinking about modes of healing and the importance of the mindset of the person being healed.
What an incredible delight this book is! Not only is it personal and fun to read, but it also presents its facts so effortlessly that I was surprised at just how much information there really is in this book. She covers all of the basic theology, including the God and Goddess and the celebratory Wheel of the Year. Most of the book, however, is focused on magick. She gives numerous rituals and rites, and shows how to design your own. She also gives many spells that anyone can work. Other topics include healing, the Tarot (including timing, a rarely discussed subject), color and candle magick, and much more. I especially liked her lexicon of Witchcraft words. Knowing these terms would make a person more comfortable at any Pagan gathering.
I really hope you will consider getting this book. I have no doubt that you will find it enchanting and entertaining as well as astute and wise. I know you'll love it!

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To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
AislingWoodehame More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Sapph More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Bradhadair More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have studied and practices Witchcraft over the last 15 years. I agree that Silver should not be the only author to look into. However, I highly suggest this book to all beginers and to those that are abapt. After reading the book, use it as a refernce. There are people out there that say she is a fluff and bunny type of author, but on personal experience with her in seminars and in classes I have realized this is not true. She knows many things and has adapted that to her practices. The wonderful thing about Wicca and Witchcraft is that you can make it your own and practice how you want. In these books Silver does just that. When reading, it feels as though she is in the room talking to you. As a practing witch for 15+ years I stand behind her teachings. I point everyone I come across to pick up her books, and then find others like Christopher Penzack, Z. budapest, Selina Fox, Ellen Dugan, Doreen Valiente, Kate West, Scott Cunningham, Alex Sanders, Raymong Buckland and many more. But I find that Silver Ravenwolf is the easiest to read. 100% highly suggest this book and all others by Silver. She knows her stuff.
LindyMom More than 1 year ago
I bought this book many years ago, and enjoyed the author's writing style and easy approach. I would recommend this book for beginners. For more advanced studies I would suggest Scott Cunningham. There are many wonderful books out there on Wicca! My husband and I RV a lot, and rather than take books on our trips, we used NOOKs. I wanted to purchase Silver Ravenwolf's book called Solitary Witch just as an easy reference while away from home, but it wasn't available. So I bought this again, and remember why I liked it so much the first time. If you are a serious student, remember to read many authors, as each has their own "take" on the craft, and we can learn from them all! And I would also like to say that I was very surprised by the mean-spiritedness in some of these reviews. Wow. Not very spiritual, eh? Play nice, people!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book to start with...however instead of people dissing the author and the "teenie boppers"-since you people sound discrimatory-people could have been in their 30s and just wanting to learn about witchcraft. If someone doesnt know much about Wicca or any other earth based religion, it is good to read what you can. I found Silver Ravenwolf's books a great help, and I was motivated to learn more, to get more in depth of the earth based religions. I have read books by Scott Cunningham, Doreen Virtue, Amber Wolfe, Frank MacEowen, John O'Donohue, Marion Weinstein, and more. How did most people begin learning about Wicca or any earth based religion if not by their parents? They started by searching. So search and hopefully each person finds the answers they are looking for, whether it is through Silver Ravenwolf, Scott Cunningham, Amber Wolfe, Cyndi Dale, Echo Bodine, Doreen Virtue, or anyone or anywhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book of information for those new to the craft. Easy to follow. Hard to put down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic and one of the first I recommend for people who are interested in learning about Wicca. She approaches the subject in a conversational tone, but with some of the best information available for those interested in learning about the religion. While occasionally, her writing tone comes across as condescending, for the most part it is a great book with invaluable information.
lilinah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lousy introduction to modern neoPagan Witchcraft. The information is not well organized, and while it is ostensibly aimed at the young who are new to it all, it is a mishmash of beginner stuff with advanced stuff randomly inserted. Not long after it was published i began writing an annotated critique, but quit because it became such a long enumeration of its flaws and errors. I most certainly would not give this typical Llewellyn junk to a beginner.
Ragnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The money I spent on this book would been better spent on a book that was actually informative. Instead, I have a paperweight with a pretty cover.
evethejust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've bought two of this author's books and regret the money spent on both. I also resent the space they take up on my shelf. In both books she comes off like the typical flaky, contradictory and bizarre kind of person that the media always seems to be able to find whenever they need to do a bit on Wiccans. You know, that person that we see on the news and think "oh gods above, of all the people they could have chosen to speak to, why him/her?"Scott Cunningham's books drew me to Wicca many years ago. Sadly, most other authors, including this one, have driven me away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timeless information that is both well organized and well explained . Highly recommended .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello Yes, many neo pagan people have looked down on silver and tend to ignore that witch craft has many paths. I was introduced to wicca by silver ravens solitary witch book. Having been a christian it was easier for me to understand wicca and open myself to more types of paganism. I ask you if you dont like her, please support a writer that you feel that is writing the correct message to you, we have enough negative people we dont need more. Thank you silver for publishing your books in spanish (makes it easy for my family to understand me), and goddess bless you for reading may review. Goodbye.
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Coyote3 More than 1 year ago
A practical book with a much-needed dose of humor. This book contains a great deal of information for the beginner and it is also enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for people who want to learn the craft
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for beginners. Would not recommend for a more experienced witch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago