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Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,390 ratings  ·  147 reviews
The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation
This book has everything a teen Witch could want and need between two covers: a magickal cookbook, encyclopedia, dictionary, and grimoire. It relates specifically to today's young adults and their concerns, yet is grounded in the magickal work of centuries past.

Information is arranged alphabetically and divided into five
Paperback, 608 pages
Published February 8th 2003 by Llewellyn Publications (first published 2003)
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Siduri Moonshine
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Needing a, "Go TO" book on the craft
Recommended to Siduri by: Frank Slagel
Very controversial book that has caused a deep schism within the wiccan/witchcraft/pagan religions and communities. I purchased this book just after it rolled off the press and hit the bookshelves in the stores. "Solitary" was the book to have back nine years ago, a very hot selling book that generated many a tongue to wag and witch to curse over it's contents. Love her or hate her, Silver had the guts and courage to pick up the pen and write her books, especially this book!

In reading some of th
Dec 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Perfect for the Hot Topic witch.
Ashira (Savannah)
I've been skipping though so basically I'm finished with it, but I'm reading it straight though as well so that I can get all the little details I missed when skim reading...I may quit soon enough, however, because of the way I'm starting to see this book...

At first, I missed many of her mistakes due to lack of knowledge on my part, but after reading many different things online for a few hours, checking details as well as going back to the book itself for reference, and rubbing out headaches, I
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
$ilver RavenWolf is like a gateway drug to neo paganism; sooner or later anyone serious about the occult realizes that she us full of sh*t and moves on to more relevant and grounded authors. However, for those brand new to Wicca and looking for a place to start, she can offer enough context to get your bearings as long as you take her with a tablespoon of salt.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I freely admit that I came to this book with fairly low expectations, having not heard a lot of good things about Silver RavenWolf. I tried to keep my mind open, but unfortunately on right on page 6 she starts saying things about Honi (aka Choni) the Circlemaker that would make poor Honi roll over in his grave and made me want to throw the book across the room. Some of her research, or the conclusions she draws from her research, seem sketchy to me, and many of the sources she cites are secondar ...more
Halsey Kallinen
Sep 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
I strongly believe that Silver Ravenwolf has done more harm to Paganism than any other author. Half the facts she writes about in her books are completely wrong. She doesn't even know the proper dates of Pagan Holidays a lot of the time.
She presents puritanical views towards sex in her books, she suggests that teen readers lie to their parents about what they're practicing, and she acts as though Paganism is fluffy and pure and that anything you want is at your fingertips if you just cast a spe
Chromium Kitty
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
You will often see it said that books by Silver Ravenwolf should be avoided and there is much hate thrown around for the author, and I'm gonna be frank. I don't see it.

Silly, rather childish "witch name" aside (sounds like a username made up by a 14 year old for an online message board, and maybe once it was), I didn't see anything in this book that warranted the sort of anger toward this woman that I see in the witchcraft community. Among a few things, these are the top 2 that I hear about mos
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The subject of Wicca is new for me, and since this book is over 550 pages I figured I’d learn a lot. I certainly did. The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation is a comprehensive overview of many aspects of Wicca for aspiring witches. Although I come away with a clearer understanding of the philosophies and purpose of modern Wiccan beliefs, I’m not sure that it was the right book for this older adult, since it was written for teenagers, something I didn’t realize at the time of purchas ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicca, witchcraft
SRW, love her or hate her, whether you like her or not, she's made a significant contribution to paganism for the last 20 or so years. This particular book contains a great deal of information, take what you can, leave what doesn't agree with you. I feel this book is geared towards a younger audience but don't let that stop you. You may not agree with everything she writes or presents, but keep in mind, she is presenting her own views and experiences and is this is simply one facet of the Craft ...more
Faith Lowery
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I actually don't usually agree with much Silver Ravenwolf has to say.
However, there is much knowledge to be learned from this book.

Read it, take it with an open mind, adapt it and make it yours.
The knowledge within these covers venture from the simplest prayer
to circle casting, to taro, reiki, runes, and so on.

Of all of the SRW books, this is the one I'd recommend you own
if you want to study in this arena.
Once Upon a Darling
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchy-books
I’m going to be completely honest, I bought this book due to the controversy of Silver RavenWolf’s books. This particular book I found to be very entertaining and full or lore, but not a 100% factual(based on the other books I have read). It’s written for a teenage audience but I think it is help in the since that it points out certain things that people wouldn’t normally take in to consideration. For example, negative speaking and glass candle holders with blow up if they get to hot. I would re ...more
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spiritual
It's not bad, as a quick reference, or a starting point in research, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone new in the pagan path, or just curious.

She says a lot of things, but offers resources on very little, thus covering a good deal of misinformation.

It's kind of turned me off wanting to read anything else she's written, sadly.
Oct 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Laughable! Who can take a book seriously that tells you to clap out candles? These are the books girls in my high school would read and then try to cast a spell on you. Seriously people.
May 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry I actually owned this book at one time.
Sarah Goodwin
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Powered through the last 300 pages (mostly skipping) because to be honest, it's hard to sit down and read those parts that are just tables of correspondence and spells that I have no intention of doing. :P

More in my full review, to be added to my podcast, Witchfix - on Stitcher and Castbox. Where I'm reviewing witchy fiction, nonfiction, TV, films and games, on a weekly basis.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers seriously considering converting/starting Wicca
This is the first book I have ever read on Wicca and witchcraft and while it does have its useful sections, it is geared more toward a teenaged audience, which is said so on the cover.

What I liked about Solitary Witch was the level of detail Silver RavenWolf gives when talking about the basics of Wicca and the craft. There is a plethora of charts and lists that give information on such things as colors, herbs, astrology, etc. as well as the attributes and uses that go with them. If you're a begi
Aug 10, 2011 is currently reading it
Shelves: witchcraft
This is an excellent book. A lot of books I read on paganism have lots of correspondences and already-written spells for you. This book has those too, but I like the way she writes her spells better than most, and there is a ton of information I have yet to read in other books.
She explains things pretty well, too.

This book is aimed at the teen witch (which I didn't know when I bought it) so that took me by surprise (I randomly picked it up at Borders), but I'd say it's pretty good in that regard
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book because my mom (before she passed) and I (I am still) were a solitary pagan. We read this book so we could have an idea of something we could tailor to our needs. I also like that she has the book in sections and prior to the chapter she has everything in that chapter listed so it's easier to navigate the chapter. You can jump right to what you want. I really enjoyed this book. However, I feel she can be a little preachy. She would also give suggestions and then at the end of ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely brilliant.This book has been put together beautifully. I just wish B&N or someone would digitize it so I can put it on my Nook HD. Any book that I use as a text book ends up with it's binding cut off, spiraled, and the cover hard laminated. This is one of those books. I have also taken a copy apart and slipped each page into a sheet protector. Then I added it to 3, 3inch, 3 ring binders so I can add my own pages of notes. It serves as my own BOS. I will never finish this ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one who is interested in the truth
For anyone who has taken in introductory physics course, this book loses a lot of the "metaphysical" appeal in her slightly scholarly approach to the topic. Most of the ideas or topics covered in any detail are usually contradicted any of the thousands of "catch-all" books like this. She has an interesting writing style, but from a practical or actual study approach, it serves as nothing more or less than a general guide for topical information.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
the way i see it is there are little bits of information that i could use... but over all a most of the things are outlined in detail which parts i think should just be guidelines or examples of what you can do... truly spells and conjurations are things that are made specifically by the person themselves for what they want accomplished... the most powerful magic comes from the heart and the soul...
Michelle Hansen
I have not read the entire book, obviously, I use it for more of a research book. I am what I like to call, a "free spirit." I have been baptized, but I use methods of many different religions to fulfill my spiritual desires and needs. This book contains a few lovely prayers and blessings, and of course, a lot of other very useful information for those who really consider Wicca as a sole religion point.
ERIC Buyer
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I mark this as 3 stars due to its size which in its attempt make for a fair effort at being a definitive reference guide.That said, it's hard to call it bad or good for any solitary witch because of the diversity of individual beliefs and styles within the Wiccan life. This is a decent reference with others less daunting being better.
Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants one magickal reference book with a bit of everything
This book is a catchall for basic magick practice and information. Though it seems to be written sometimes for a much younger set than I belong to, I find it's a good reference when you need to find some magickal reference quickly.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to learn more about Wicca or to the person just starting out on the Wiccan/Pagan Path
This is a great reference book for the beginner and experienced alike. It's great to use when studying on the Wiccan/Pagan Path, and a great reference book should you forget anything or need to do a refresh.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Basically written for lonely teenage girls, this book offered absolutely nothing to my spiritual journey except to warn me about quacks who give themselves silly comicbook names like Silver Ravenwolf.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly useful for either beginners or experts in the craft.
It's organized extremely well for quick access to the topics you want to look at.
Definitely chock full of useful information and certainly should be a go-to book for any craft practicer.
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read on paganism and witchcraft. It led me to do further research and started me on my journey. I definitely recommend this for those interested in the craft. It is a large book though so be prepared to take notes!
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Very useful info for practical magick, though it's got a heavy Wiccan bent.
Tracey-anne McCartney
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A massive volume. Great mix of information.
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