A Witchs Notebook; Lessons In Witchcraft
by Silver Ravenwolf
What if you could peek inside the journal of a skilled and powerful Wiccan and read all about her exciting forays into the Craft? What if that Witch was the ever-popular Silver RavenWolf?
Silver’s own pearls of wisdom gained along the bumpy road to spiritual enlightenment can be found in A Witch’s Notebook. This hands-on guide is designed to work from moon to moon-leading students through five months of spiritual advancement. In discussing cleansing, sacred symbols, renewed spirituality, and magickal ingredients, Silver urges Wiccans to step outside the usual confines of Witchcraft and explore other belief systems. This book also includes exercises, spells, and herbal information to assist in forging one’s own unique spiritual path.
What if a well-known witch with more than twenty years of experience in witchcraft and more than fifty-three covens in her Clan allowed readers to take a peek inside her own personal notebooks, her own path, revealing what magic worked and what didn’t? In this book, the author, who has written numerous books on witchcraft, including Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation, does just that, and more. With her signature wry sense of humor (she declares that witches need to periodically “dust bust our energy field”), Ravenwolf opens up her notebooks and not only shows the successful techniques she has used in the process of living a magical life, she also points to where this may ultimately lead: to enlightenment.
Enlightened witches? Well, anyone who has seen the movie What the Bleep Do We Know will recognize the blending of the magic of Quantum Physics into the ways in which people create their own realities, moment by moment. Unlike movie or television witchcraft, true witchcraft is the “art of changing consciousness at will” and this is the very essence of the practice of meditation and many of the yogic paths.
Ravenwolf demonstrates one step toward a blend of witchcraft and other “new age/new physics” approaches to enlightenment in a section on letting “Spirit show the way.” A witch who feels overwhelmed will find a way to gain assistance in this exercise. To get past the negative spin of overwhelm, the author tells readers to write down all the things they have to do, without worrying or prioritizing. The spell includes rolled quartz stones—as many as there are tasks on the list—as well as other elements to energize the spell. The witch allows Spirit to choose the order of accomplishment.
In another section titled “As Above, so Below,” the author instructs how to prepare “incense prayer papers,” blending a witch’s spell into the Victorian custom of making petitions to God on strips of paper. The witch’s prayer papers are dipped in a mixture of magical ink.