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Book Review: Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf

★★★☆☆

As a whole, the book is pretty good. I got it a few years ago when I was still rather new to witchcraft and I feel like it helped me tremendously. Although it had quite a bit of good information, it had one major flaw: it was only aimed towards female Wiccans. It preached quite a bit of the Wiccan beliefs and the divine feminine, while ignoring other religious beliefs (although pantheons and other religions are mentioned), male witches, and masculinity in general. It does slightly mention the Horned God, but does not contain the Charge of the God, like it does for the Triple Goddess. Another thing I disliked is the layout of the book. The way the book was broken into chapters wasn’t bad, but the way the items discussed in the chapters were organized bothered me. They were put in alphabetical order, which makes everything way too jumpy and jumbled.

I’m going to go through the chapters one by one to explain it a bit more.

Religion & Mystery
This chapter is about the general bits of Wiccan witchcraft. I actually can’t complain too much about this chapter, as it has quite a bit of good information that anyone can use. I absolutely LOVE the information on the esbats and sabbats; there is so much detail and quality information. I don’t care much for the pantheon section of this chapter. It has a list of the most commonly used pantheons (Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse/Germanic, and Egyptian), but only states what they are the god of, with zero information about their history, connections, or attributes. I also very much dislike how it states that the Wiccan Rede is just the harm none rule, and is the same as the Witch’s Creed. They are both different, as the Rede is a like a list of rules a Wiccan must follow, and the Creed is like a guideline for witches of any religion.

Objects & Tools
This chapter is rather short and makes me kinda question why it was made a chapter and not just a section of a different chapter. But, it has a decent chunk of information on different tools used by witches.

Expertise & Proficiency
Most of this chapter consists of divinations, astrology, and herbs. It does have a little bit of really simple and basic spells, which would be nice if you were a beginner, although they didn’t seem like they’d work. It seems like everything in this chapter is really nice and all of the information given seems to be accurate (to my knowledge) and nicely stated. I will have to say that this is the best chapter in the book and the only negative thing I can say about this chapter is that the spells seemed a little too janky for my taste.

Magick & Enchantment
This chapter does cover some things that seem a bit out of place (like astral beings, faeries, and crystals). I’m not a huge fan of this chapter, as I feel like it could have had way more potential. I can say that I love it’s information on the elements, since it is way more in depth that I’ve seen in most books/sources. This chapter’s section on the crystal correspondences is lacking, MAJORLY. None of it seemed off, but only listed a few stones, and very few of their purposes. Not saying it’s a bad section because it would be very useful to someone who doesn’t know much. But as a crystal lover, I was expecting way more.

Magick & Real Life
This chapter contains the spells that I wouldn’t suggest to anyone who wasn’t a beginner. This book was aimed at those who haven’t been on their magickal path for very long, but these spells are so simple and basic that they give off a “I don’t work” kinda vibe. I do believe that they would be useful to have as a layout and/or inspiration for other similar spells.

In conclusion, this book is really nice if you are a beginning female Wiccan. But if you have any experience, or are a male, this book will really disappoint you. I expected way more out of a book that was so highly recommended by the witchcraft community. It did, however, have some absolutely amazing information on a few different subjects that almost made me want to give it another star.

Please keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my experiences, and my opinions that I have gathered from my research. If you disagree, just remember: nothing in witchcraft is set in stone. There is no right way, or wrong way; just your way and my way. If you have something you’d like to add, please do so kindly in the comments.

Blessed be, brothers and sisters.

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