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Teen Witch: Wicca For A New Generation

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  911 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Okay, so the cover is a little hokey, but it's what's inside that counts, right? Well, Silver RavenWolf has stuffed Teen Witch with enough basic material on Wicca to give anyone a good start to understanding the craft. As the title implies, this book is geared for teens, addressing the truths and myths about witchcraft in light of the issues that teens face, from school to ...more
Paperback, First Edition - 5th Printing, 266 pages
Published 1999 by Llewellyn (first published September 1st 1998)
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Aug 28, 2009 Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BOO! Silver's book is like Taco Bell for the soul (i.e. not good for you and gives you gas).

I bought this for my daughter, based solely on the HUGE recommendations amongst the community. I found it shallow and just awful (as did my daughter, who knew more about Wicca from us and participating in ritual on occasion than this book could ever reveal).

This is just a mass market "fluff" approach to Wicca, and really seems to have no faith in teens ability to grasp higher concepts of Neopagan Philosop
Mar 15, 2012 Hanaa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
Let first start off my saying, I will use the word 'patronized' a lot in this review. So be prepared!

This is my first Silver Ravenwolf book, and although she's not seen in the best light, I decided to give it a try because my opinion may not coincide with others'; however, I pretty much agree with most reviews on here. Ravenwolf is an awfully patronizing person whose knowledge on the subject and even knowledge on what teens like is pretty atrocious. I don't have a huge breadth of knowledge on Wi
May 08, 2009 Connor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book, like almost all Llewellyn Press books, is total crap. It's a dumbed down version of a religion that Allister Crowley thought up over the course of a very drunk weekend.

If you want to read something about real pagan religions, take an anthropology course.

If you want to be a magician, turn towards Peter Caroll and Robert Anton Wilson.

If you want to piss off your parents, start getting good grades.
Jo M
Jan 03, 2010 Jo M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Jo by: fluffy Wiccans
Shelves: pagan, bad-book
This book can be the worst thing you could taint your mind with when it comes to introducing yourself to Wicca or Paganism as a whole. Not only does Ravenwolf encourage teenagers to lie to their parents in this book, but she also uses FALSE historical "facts" to fuel her anti-Christian agenda.

I wouldn't recommend this book for my cat, let alone someone searching out a new faith system.
Erica Carson
Aug 27, 2012 Erica Carson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would freely admit that when I was a teenager, this book helped reassure me. I do not come from a particularly occult-friendly family, so it was nice to be told by a respectable adult that I wasn't a bad person for what I believed. I would definitely hand this book over to any teenager who is going through something similar to that. Most of the book is about getting over that hump - being able to accept yourself for who you are, and as a teenager, that's a pretty big hump.

Adults, especially th
Dec 27, 2013 Aiyokysama rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are soooo many reason this one is on my Bad Book list.

1) It's not Wicca. Silver herself is no Wiccan so the idea that she can write about Wicca (which is an othropraxic religion that requires initiation to experience/know the Mysteries) is laughable.

2) Advising kids the lie to their parents. No. Just no. If a kid is in a situation where studying paganism would get them into trouble--kicked out of the house or worse--then put DOWN the books, put away your athame and work on your grades at s
Aitziber Madinabeitia
Uno de esos libros que no valen lo que cuestan y que te hacen plantearte seriamente si merece la pena la tala de bosques por su culpa.
El material aprovechable, con sentido, lógico y bien informado es.... mínimo. La mayor parte de sus datos estan falseados o son directamente mentira.
Eso por no contar que la mayor parte del volumen que ocupa el libro son recetas y más recetas para diversos tipos de hechizos que no tienen nada que ver con la religión Wicca, e incluso que a veces vulneran algunas
Apr 01, 2010 Christie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has nothing to do with REAL Paganism or Wicca. What it is is a bunch of psycho babble from a woman who repeatedly refers to HERSELF as an insanely famous and well-thought of Pagan authority (*snort*). She writes this book both to appeal to teenagers, but also to convince their Christian parents that Paganism and Christianity aren't that different, the the point of referring to the Gods and Goddesses or Spirits as just "God", singular.
It's a HORRIBLE book that no one should take factual
Savannah Foley
Researching Witchcraft in an effort to grow as a Fantasy writer... This book had a simple overview and lots of 'spells' but not much about what magic /is/, and come to think of it, very little about what Witches actually worship.

20 pages in I started feeling weird about the author's writing style... She definitely seemed to have an agenda, and contradicted herself a few times. This website pretty much summarizes what's wrong with this book:
Mar 25, 2012 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was fourteen and it really did not give me a clear idea of what Wicca actually *was.* To RavenWolf's credit, she insists that readers take the time to read her few chapters on Wiccan spirituality before "jumping ahead" to the spells (aka: the "cool" part). At the same time, the book seemed to assume that any teenager picking up a book on Wicca was picking it up for the spells and the spells alone. The portion on religion did not really impress upon me how special and sign ...more
A bit fluffy, but not horrible like some people say.

The thing so many people don't seem to get about this is that it's mostly geared toward younger readers who are coming into their curiosity about wicca from christianity, and that a lot of the other 'beginner' books have things in them that they naturally assume everyone would know, but someone coming from a fundamentalist christian type home might never have even heard of, or been told about. It fills that niche nicely.

Do I recommend that this
I read Ravenwolf's "To Ride A Silver Broomstick" first, and while at the time I thought it was decent, in retrospect it was pretty horrible. But this load of tosh takes the cake, idiotically written and condescending, lacking moral and ethical teachings (I mean, encouraging kids to lie about their spirituality from "spiritual teacher" is disgusting!), I just can't believe anyone would recommend it. Coming from a very devoted Christian family, I can firmly say that there are better ways to coexis ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Jaqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a teenager, more than 15 years ago. Looking back, I can see that it marked an important change for me and my life. Buying and reading this was one of the most courageous things I ever did, taking the risk of my very Catholic family's wrath to begin my personal exploration of alternative religions and spirituality. Since then I've canvased everything from nihilistic philosophy and hedonism to the different branches of Buddhism, and eventually come all the way back to Paganism ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a teenager I feel I can give a review that gives an accurate description of how the way this book was intended to be received compared to how it is really received.

There's nothing particularly wrong with the information in this book, so if that's what you're after then give it a go - it's enjoyable and there's nothing wrong with adding even more knowledge to what you already know!

However, I think at times the style came across as a little patronising, maybe because 'Teen Witch' is far too mu
Jun 21, 2012 Alexi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap
I went through this book with a red pen marking all the things that were factually incorrect, hypocritical, or just plain silly.

There were a lot of red-marked pages. Including the disclaimer pages at the very beginning of the book.
Conure Hermary
Like her other books, she needs to be taken with a grain of salt. However, most of her work I find entertaining, although she does tend to talk down to people and there's the whole habaloo about the 'new bus driver spell' that makes people's teeth curl (One person described it as they feel it was written to make a bad driver get fired). Personally, as a practicing pagan for 20 years, I found this book quite engaging and it gave me a basic understanding of how magic works. I wouldn't give this bo ...more
Akina Hedoko
Nov 23, 2014 Akina Hedoko rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Hedoko by: I picked it because I saw Silver ravenwolf had written it. U-U
to be frank, by the time I got to this book I knew at 90% of what it had to teach, and with the way it was worded I would recommend it to someone a little younger than teenage.

the spells seemed a little strange, for example the "don't call me" spell.
must we really resort to magic for such a trivial matter?

can't we just turn off our phones or tell to them to buzz off?

it's pretty much a nit pick, but it really seemed odd.

even with the out of age range writing style, I still found it somewhat fun t
Cyd Highfield
Sep 28, 2015 Cyd Highfield rated it did not like it
Given that I read it back in the day and didn't know better - it had some interesting things to read. There was some things I did walk away with that I still utilize if you squint, tilt your head, and think extra hard on.

There is nothing redeeming in this book. There is patronizing and a strong sense of "you're doing it wrong because you're not doing it with me and MY group" sort of feeling through it. It leaves a taste in your mouth that Silver RavenWolf is something you should look up to and
Steve Cran
I found out about this book from a student of mine at the school where I worked. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work. This book is an excellent book even for adults even though it is geared towards teenagers just getting into the craft. The book also has a message for parents that asks them to allow their children the space to explore their own spirituality. Wicca teaches the reader many things about how to get into the craft but also several things that go beyond the craft. There is a spell ...more
Thatis Unnecessary
I've owned this book since 2001. I didnt not find it interesting but it was so long ago I realise now I had not the mind to ask my mother for help working it. Now I have to wonder what she would have liked to do. -_- Anyway, the spells contained sound good but at 27 are mostly confusing. I feel really dumb because I feel like it's supposed to be family unifying and I'm 592 miles away from my mother and don't even live with my brother anymore. He has his own home. What now?
Jan 23, 2015 Sh13779 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book many times and it has greatly changed the course of my life. I have learned many things that challenged my earlier assumptions of Wicca (because I was Christian before.)I have now begun my journey into Wicca, starting with this book and will love to read Silver's other novels. Thank You Silver for such a life changing book.
Althea Flame
Jan 08, 2013 Althea Flame rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought about giving it only 3 stars because there were really quite a few things I didn't like. First of, she is not very good with historical facts. Further, I have heard others saying it before, sometimes she misses the right tone and it feels like she is talking down on people. But, it is such a great introduction with lots of information, also sometimes quite funny and often enough she really knows how to get the information across to teens. So as much as especially the last chapter would ...more
Ginnie Grant
I would recommend this book to any young beginner interested in the craft. Silver breaks down the basics in a way that is easy to understand and perceive. I even enjoyed the preface she left for parents who may find the book in their teenagers rooms.
Aug 13, 2011 Sophia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book trys way to hard to dumb it down for teens- no, the masses. When i was in elementary and middle school I wasnt attracted to any of this because it was popular or it could help me solve stupid problems taht most teens suposedly have. But this is seriously shallow even for an "introduction." I'm not saying that we have to follow everything down to a T that was done in the old days... hell, I have some of my book of shadows backed up on my computer. But this book is just stupid. And she m ...more
Sind ein paar gute Anregungen drin. Für junge Frauen, die noch nichts mit magischem Denken zu tun hatten, ist das bestimmt ganz gut.
Attila Benő
I bought this book as something that would explain "magic" in our modern days. After reading the book, I'm pretty much left with the information of what it's not. Which is fine: we all need to know that, and as a book for teens, it does a great job of explaining why you should not do harm to others. But it does not explain the part of what magic really IS. It's an okay book, but it's not what I would recommend to someone who wants to investigate the deeper meanings of magic.
Aless Waitomo
Recuerdo que cuando era adolescente, incluso leí la parte que era dedicada únicamente a los padres :)
Priscilla Sage
Apr 10, 2016 Priscilla Sage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book to use if you're researching the subject.
April Rose Mossow
Mar 02, 2012 April Rose Mossow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Ravenwolf's books. I enjoyed them greatly. I've always been a skeptic when it comes to religion and spirituality but Wicca was always something that seemed different (I'm . Since I first read TW, I've dabbled, and something always sticks in my mind with this author's books. She has a way of dumbing it down for New Witches and the like. Not too much where its like "duh" but enough so that someone who may not be entirely familiar with Wicca would be able to understand the informat ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Chelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might be biased because through Silver I found my way into the Craft but I think this book (and Silver herself) is underrated! I have to admit that sometimes she likes to exaggerate a bit on the numbers and not everyone likes her tone. Still, I really like this book. Of course it's really, REALLY basic but hey... it's for teens. It's a nice introduction to Wicca, whatever one might think about the spells (I think they're adorable).
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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, includi ...more
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