I am so very enthused about what Silver RavenWolf writes because what she is presenting in To Stir a Magic Cauldron is new generation Witchcraft -- meaning the ability to select any Wiccan tradition you wish to follow, and incorporate aspects of others into your practice. Her presentation of this inclusive, non-dogmatic approach to Wicca has made Silver one of the most popular writers today.
Another reason for her popularity is her writing style. She doesn't tell you what to do, but instead shares her knowledge and experiences, making her books some of the most entertaining around. Who but Silver would describe the altars used by followers of the Caledonii tradition as not "brimming with too many goodies?" Her folksy style is more like that of a friend sitting next to you than a teacher on a pedestal. She's great!
Even though this book is fun to read, it isn't just fluff. In fact, I can't think of any book that has so much information about various ways to cast a circle. There's even more about different styles of magic. And if you want to check your knowledge of Wicca, there is a 158-question test. If you can answer all of the questions you really are an expert on the Craft!
For years, Silver has been involved in networking. She uses this knowledge to discuss various national organizations such as the Witches Anti-Discrimination Lobby, the International Wiccan/Pagan Press, and a raft of Pagan newsletter, publishers and services. She also lists some occult suppliers and internet listings.
When you get this book, browse through it first. Grab what you like, and use it right away. Then take some time to read through the entire book and savor her personable style and delightful humor. This is a book that will be on your "must have" list!
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