Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Solitary Witch by Silver Raven Wolf
ISBN 0-7387-0319-2

Pros:Well written, comprehensive, very in depth outlines for rites and rituals Cons:Can be a bit biased at timesThe Bottom Line:If you are a solitary practioner this is one book your should look into. It has a wealth of knowledge for you to absorb and learn from.
Once again Silver RavenWolf brings her vast knowledge and expertise to us in a way that even the most inept person can understand. She uses visualization and excellent wording to bring you into the world of Wicca and Witchcraft. In this text she outlines various rituals and rites and gives you examples of almost every situation that can arise. All the while encouraging, almost daring, you to create your own. She gives multiple examples of different types of rituals and why sometimes you don't need all the pomp and circumstance involved in the more "traditional" rituals. She lets you know that it is okay to just be yourself, all the while telling you to do what is in your heart.

She goes step by step through some of the history of Wicca while siting examples and other references for you to check out. Her knowledge of the Essabats and Sabbats can help younger practioners gain some much needed understanding of the "how's" and "why's" we choose to honor these days. She gives her own personal input into certain aspects of the book which can get slightly retorical, but well worth it. Silver has given the knowledge in a way that everyone can understand. She outlines everything and gives example of why somethings are done the way they are. She also stresses ediquette when visiting a circle for the first time which you do not see in many of the books you read today.

She herself states that each must read and discover what they choose to believe. Her humorous keeps the book light while not sacrificing the importance of what you are reading. The book follows up everything it says, or nearly everything, with footnotes and points of reference for those that would like to delve deeper into the meanings of some of the things she says. Raven SilverWolf has again completed her mission of bringing Wicca and Witchcraft to the masses in a way that is easily understandable.

Recommended: Yes

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