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I am thinking of getting Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation by Silver Ravenwolf and Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham next month but I’m thinking of getting a third and would like some advice…
Which one should I get?
The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Has anyone read any of these books? I’m thinking I should get Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham because someone said it’s like the 2nd book to his first. Lately I’m hearing a lot of bad talk about Silver Ravenwolf and how people say her craft is Fluffy-Bunny like. I’m a beginner to Wicca and am really interested in it, A friend suggested her book. I don’t quite understand why they call her that but whatever.
Thanks in Advance!
I would be Solitary, so any books on it would also be good. I don’t know anyone personally who practices Wicca and I’ve never met anyone in a coven or anything.
Why do people say Silver Ravenwolf is “Fluffy-Bunny” like? I don’t understand that one. lol
A friend also said about how there are so many different paths to take. Like, Dianic, Gardner, etc. What do those mean? Does anyone have a informational website that they can include?
Sorry Mitch, but I don’t want to take Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
The bible never did anything for me. No disrespect towards the religion and No disrespect for god, it’s just not the religion for me. I’d rather become a Wiccan. I’ve always been interested in it and lately have become even more interested in it.

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  1. If you can, avoid silver ravenwolf. Shes has some good material but is aimed at converting christian/jewish teens : /. Shes a hypocrite.
    Scott Cunningham is an excellent author, other works by him you should look into are Earth Power and earth air fire and water.
    Other good reads would be
    Eight Sabbats for Witches (Jannet and Stewart Farrar)
    A Witches Bible compleat (Jannet and Stewart Farrar)
    The Witches Way (Doreen Valiente)
    Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs (Scott Cunningham)
    Witches ( Hans Holzer)
    all of which should be available online or at a Barnes and Nobles

  2. I strongly advise against anything by Silver Ravenwolf. She is not respected as an authority on the Craft by serious practictioner. Scott Cunningham is one of the best 101 authors out there. A Guide for the Solitary Practioner and Living Wicca are the two books I originally started out with.
    I also reccomend Ann Moura, Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance, and Triumph of the Moon for a a more factual history of the Craft.
    Drawing Down the Moon is also an excellent resource. It’s been a round for a long time and has stood the test of time.
    Blessings.

  3. Merry meet,
    I highly recommend any Scott Cunningham books but stay away from Silver Ravenwolf. She writes the books that high school girls read so they can say “look at me! I’m a witch! Doesn’t that make me awesome?!” She offers no deep insight, she makes everything sound easy, she never delves into possible consequences for your actions and she’s fluffier than a new stuffed animal.
    I also recommend Ann Murphy Hiscock and (if you are interested in nocturnal magic) Konstantinos. Both are very insightful authors. I’m also glad to see you picking up books instead of searching websites. Websites usually have a good bit of false information and tend to lead new witches astray.
    Blessed be on your journey.

  4. I would recommend Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler as a great overview of modern Paganism, including Wicca.
    Also, I just started reading Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton, about the rise of Neo-pagan Witchcraft in Britain, and I am loving it.
    Deborah Lipp has written a couple of books about ritual and the elements, one of which I’ve read part of (The Way of Four), and that was good and helpful. I’ll definitely be getting back to it.
    Finally, The Earth Path by Starhawk. One of her later works, it has a lot of basic instructions on little rituals you can do, and it emphasizes the importance of knowledge about science and the natural world. It has more of a pantheistic flavor to it, if you are interested in that.

  5. I have to echo everyone else on Silver Ravenwolf. She writes fluffy garbage.
    While he can be a bit pretentious, read some Raymond Buckland. Starhawk and Marion Weinstein are good for the Dianic point of view. Doreen Valiente is good too, so are Janet and Stewart Farrar, for the Gardnerian viewpoint. Then there’s Alex Sanders for the Alexandrian view of Wicca. But stay away from Silver Ravenwolf. She’s dreadful.

  6. i think wicca is a joke its not as old as people think wicca was started by gardner in response to all the other occult groups out there at the time and gardner was a loon

  7. OR you could throw all of that away and go pick up a copy of the Holy Bible…….Wicca will only lead you down the road of eternal death and destruction, not to mention your life here on earth…..Please reconsider and take Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

  8. First, get “Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham”, because of the two you mentioned in your question, that is most on point for your needs now.
    As others have mentioned already, do not read Ravenwolf’s works.
    Here are my links for you:
    http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca0.htm (caution: the ‘l’ is misssing)
    http://wicca.timerift.net/
    http://www.witchvox.com/
    Dianic, Gardnerian, etc.: These are various styles or ‘denominations’ (so to speak) within Wicca. There is no exact Wicca practice; but rather a wide variety of traditions. If you explore many of them, you will supposedly find a style that is best suited to you personally.
    Best of luck on your journey. Take care.

  9. When I began studying, Cunningham was a life saver! He’s very straightfoward and explains concepts and ideas really well. I especially liked Earth Power, and Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Someone also recommended Bolen’s Goddesses in Everywoman and Witch in Every Woman by Laurie Cabot. Finally—also highly recommended–Spiral Dance by StarHawk. This and my BoS kept me busy studying and practicing for months. I hope this is helpful.

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