To Ride A Silver Broomstick Review

Reviewed by Leigh

To Ride A Silver Broomstick    
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Title: To Ride A Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft
Author: Silver Ravenwolf
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: May 1993
ISBN-10: 087542791X
ISBN-13: 978-0875427911
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To Ride a Silver Broomstick was one of the first books I picked up as a witch. I found it useful then, especially the exercises. Of all of Ravenwolf's books, I believe it to be the best. It is fairly well laid out, though not perfect. The written assignments are useful, as they force you to sit down and actually think about your beliefs.

The first section is introductory, and gives a version of the Charge of the Goddess, a list of holidays and gods, a glossary of terms, and a listing of the Principles of Wiccan Belief from the Council of American Witches.

The second section concerns getting ready to perform magick. It covers choosing a magickal name, meditation, altar-making, cleansing, and recording your workings.

The third section is on skills and tools used for actually doing spells, such as ritual design, networking with others, divination, candles, and herbs.

Section four is on such skills as telepathy, astral projection, the afterlife, and ethics.

Lastly are three appendices - on the history of modern witchcraft, and some useful resources.

I've got some issues with some of her definitions, and her tendency to cover a minimum of theology with a lot of magick and call it religion. If you'd like to use this book, I'd recommend accompanying with a reading of Adler's Drawing Down the Moon and Ardinger's A Woman's Book of Rituals & Celebrations.

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