Silver Ravenwolf
Yeah, I know - it sounds cheesy and goofy to even say that name. But this is one of those times when you really can't judge a book by it's cover. One of the reasons I like it so much is because of the way it breaks down a lot of misconceptions that people have - like the terms magick and witchcraft being two words which mean the same thing. They aren't the same thing at all - witchcraft is a religion, and magick is a practice. In fact, technically it's possible for someone to be a witch and never practice magick at all. That beinf said - Silver Ravenwolf does practice magick, and she does it very, very well. Any of the techniques she teaches in her books can be slightly modified and used by non-religious magicians as well as people who subscribe to the witchcraft belief system.

This book is about as basic and ground level as it gets, covering essential things like casting circles and calling on the four elements. I went through about three copies of it while i was in prison, and still to this day I find myself leafing through it every now and then. And if you really want to dig deep, this book is the first in a trilogy, so you could go on to the other two. I can't recommend these books enough, as well as one other she's written, and we'll cover later. 

She has a very conversational writing style - like you're just sitting in her kitchen talking as you grind herbs swap techniques. If you've never in your life read one single book on magickal technique, then this is the one you should probably start with. I think it's probably just about perfect for anyone age 15 and up.

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