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SpellCraft for Teens: A Magickal Guide to Writing & Casting Spells Paperback – September 8, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738702250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738702254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gwinevere Rain, is the author of three books, Spellcraft for Teens (Llewellyn), Moonbeams & Shooting Stars (Prentice Hall) and Confessions of a Teenage Witch (Perigree). She runs an e-zine, Copper Moon (www.Copper-Moon.com), is co-owner of the online store Sacred Moon Gifts (www.SacredMoonGifts.com) and also maintains her popular author site Gothic Rain (www.Gothic-Rain.com). She lives in Florida where she is currently attending college.




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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is rather unique in that it is written by a member of the audience it is intended for, Gwinevere Rain is a teen witch herself, she understands the perspective of who she is trying to reach, and so approaches the subject in a different light than an adult may. She was raised by Catholic parents, though the religion was not enforced, her personal exploration of Wicca started with Greek myths as a child, and then carried on learning more from the Internet, where one witch suggested Cunningham's 'A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner', where she realized she had found a path that finally felt right, Wicca. A familiar story for many.
The preface sets the tone for the book, making it quite clear from the beginning that Gwinevere is a Wiccan witch and she approaches witchcraft from that point of view. Simple spellcraft with simple ingredients, she notes that creating your own spells can be more effective because you put your own energy into it from start to finish, but also takes into account that it is difficult to do when you're just starting out. She offers an interesting and effective solution to this problem, giving the reader various original incantations and chants that can be incorporated into a spell as well as suggestions to use and modify them. She lists reasons why not to use a spellbook and alternatives that may work for a teen just starting out.
She makes an informed distinction between Wicca and witchcraft that I share, noting that Wicca is a contemporary religion, a reivison of older roots. She understands that there is no direct evidence to an ancient secret cult of witches, but that witchcraft is 'the art and practice of Magick' (pg. 8).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "mywaygurl" on December 27, 2002
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This book is wonderful and I have no negative comments about it. I think this book would be perfect for anyone. It has a lot of information on witchcraft for beginners.Take my advice:its worth the money. Guinevere writes this book in an easy to understand manner for all ages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2005
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I'm a 12 year old wiccan and just entered the world of wicca a year ago. This book is a perfect book for explaining spells. My only critism is that Rain doesn't explain much about wicca in this book. Otherwise, this book is awesome.

Blessed be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Chango on October 17, 2007
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Gwen has given female teen practitioners a wonderful guide. Although I do not think she intended to limit it to female practitioners, the cover art, and art within the book can be very discouraging to male practitioners.

This book is Wicca 101 for teens. I do see some holes in her work, but I think that comes from being a solitary practitioner. Overall, there is no reason any teen practitioner should not read this book, but I would encourage them to read a few others as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShAe on February 4, 2007
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Overall I think this book is very useful for the beginner wiccan. I use it all the time for ideas on spells and charms. At first i was skeptical on buying it because the cover is a bit cheesy, however, the info inside of it really helped me. Im so glad i got it and recommend it to any wicca beginner.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaratura G. on April 14, 2003
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Most of the time teens new to the craft go straight to books geared towards adults. Many find themselves overwhelmed by all the information in a hard to understand format. That being the case, author Gwinevere Rain decided to write her own book about Wicca, ritual, and magick especially for teens. In part one teens learn about Wicca- a natured based religion also known as the craft. Part two introduces teens to magick and ritual by giving her own rules of magick and a ritual format. By part three Gwinevere introduces spells, chants, and incantations. Part four lists easy to understand correspondences and part five describes how to make your our Book of Shadows.

In my opinion, this is a great book for teens starting in the Craft. You can tell Rain was looking for her fellow teens when she talked about candle safety. She was very responsible in her explanation on coming out of the Broom Closet, "When it comes to telling your parents, I recommend it, especial if you are under eight teen." Her style of writing is easy to understand and is a pleasure to read. She gives easy to understand information on colours, herbs, oils, and how to integrate them into your spell work. Detailed information on moon phases and types of magick (candle magick, cord magick).

Gwievere Rain was sixteen years old when she wrote Spell Craft for Teens. She knows what it is like to be a teen and a Witch. She gives magickal ways of dealing with some of these issues such as the Gossip Stop incantation on page 81. Bottom line, this book gives great information to teens seeking an alternative spiritual path. It is a great introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft, and Spell craft with many thought provoking topics.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Saradia on October 21, 2002
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The book isn't horrible, but there's a few reasons I simply can't trust this.
Miss Rain states she found Wicca at 14 years old. She started writing the book around 16-17. Of everybody I've consulted to confirm my suspicion, 2 or 3 years isn't long enough to get enough experience -yourself- let alone teach others. Plus, like was said, it's a "cookbook." Gwinevere, in her writings (I saw an article about her), never says much about the religion of Wicca, she concentrates on spells as if it's the only thing there is.
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