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Why We Despise Silver Ravenwolf
The Problem With Silver Ravenwolf
Essentially: much of what she writes is unethical, bigoted, a lie, or simply wrong. She’s the poster girl for “bad witchcraft 101 books”. A lot of people start out with her because her books are easy to find and attractive (for whatever reason) and end up feeling betrayed later on when they discover something she wrote and they believed isn’t actually true.
"What’s wrong with Silver Ravenwolf?"
I still can’t get over those racist mammy “Beboodle primitive dolls” (her words) she is/was selling on Etsy. *cringe*
Ok, anyone who thinks this, go ahead and think it. Everyone has a right to their opinions, and Wicca is a very personal thing.
HOWEVER - to quote Doctor Holocaust (youtuber - look him up, he’s awesome) - just because your offended does not make you right. SO keep your judge-y ass comments to yourself. I personally see nothing wrong with Silver. She’s sharing her practice, her knowledge, and her views on the divine. No different from what someone like Scott Cunningham did (rip).
And I would like to point out that most people who claim to hate Silver kinda skip over her book ‘Book of Shadows for the Solitary Witch’. Curious…
Oh hey, this post is popular again.
Wicca is a personal religion in the sense that every religion is personal, I suppose. But Wicca is not a “change it to suit yourself” religion. Silver Ravenwolf, who is not a Wiccan despite her deliberately misleading claim to initiatory lineage, tells people Wicca IS a “change it to suit yourself” religion. This is a lie. This lie harms Wicca and the Neo-Pagan community.
This is why people don’t like $RW. She lies. She’s a lying liar who writes things that are not true. Like, factually, not true. This is not opinion. Her knowledge is bull. And for someone who has been active in the Pagan world for as long as she has, she has to either be outright lying or deliberately avoiding information in order to be as wrong as she is about as many things as she is wrong about. Which is many.
Cunningham was a nice chap who misused the word “Wicca” but otherwise built a rather nice Non-Initiatory Neo-Pagan Witchcraft which is sometimes referred to as “Standing Stones Tradition”. And Cunningham was a Wiccan, and didn’t try to falsely imply he was with a false initiatory lineage that was false.
Book of Shadows for the Solitary Witch is also god-awful. I own it. It is terrible. She thinks Fehu means “karma”. Like, what the fuck is that? Seriously. She had the choice to research it before just regurgitating crap from Blum (I assume - that or she made it up I suppose!) for her book, and she chose to go with spreading ignorant bullshit. Was research too difficult? Did her publishers have her on a deadline? Anyway it’s a lot more long and boring than her other stuff which is I guess why people don’t mention it much.
Look, if you like her, that’s fine, like on your own head be it, whatever - but the reasons people dislike her aren’t limited to opinion. They’re based on the fact that her books contain inaccuracies, and bigotry, and straight-up bullshit, and it is in the interests of us all that this fact is made known. That way the new kids coming in don’t have to spend money on crap, they don’t have to un-learn and re-learn because they read Ravenwolf and trusted her. Like so many of us did, me included. That’s why I have “Solitary Witch”. Because I trusted her. And spent money on her books. And now have them to hand when I have to pull out an example of how she does not know her arse from a hole in the ground.
Anyway cheers for your thoughts, hope you don’t feel too shit after reading all that. Ravenwolf’s bull does make you feel like a dick when you get chewed out by people who know better than Ravenwolf. And you’re like, man, these guys are mean dickheads! Ravenwolf is nice, she isn’t mean! But then a few years later you’re like, man, those guys were trying to steer me away from that woman because she’s a lying liar, and I said a lot of daft stuff to people online like (*personal example*) “only Wiccans are witches”, holy shit how come people didn’t hold me down and beat me?
What I’m saying is, we’ve all been there, it’s OK dude. Chin up.