Originally Posted by Raeknitsnwa
I hope this isnt a dumb question but what do you mean by more traditional Wicca ???
It's not a dumb question at all! A lot of Wiccans have a preference for certain authors. The only "modern-day" (if I can really call it that, since Wicca was started in the late 1940's-early 1950's.) author I enjoy is Scott Cunningham. There are quite a few popular Wiccan authors whose works I find a bit questionable - Fiona Horne, Edain McCoy, Silver Ravenwolf, D.J. Conway and Raven Grimassi.
By "traditional" I mean some of the authors who have been around since around the time of Wicca's inception. Doreen Valiente was a member of Gerald Gardner's coven (the first coven of the Wiccan religion) and co-wrote much of the Gardnerian Book of Shadows as well as "The Charge of the Goddess". Janet and Stewart Farrar were initiated into the Alexandrian coven by Alex and Maxine Sanders, who founded the Alexandrian Tradition which was founded in the 1960's.
I have many issues with Silver Ravenwolf, not only as an author and her methods of practicing the Craft, but also as a person. One of my closest friends got to meet her in person at a Pagan pride festival and apparently Silver is a rather sloppy, messy drunk. Which is unfortunate. As far as her writing, my biggest issue is that most of her books are tirades against Christianity rather than focusing on Wicca. There are quite a few bitter sentiments in her books about Christianity. The dealbreaker for me was the several times she has encouraged teenagers to sneak and practice Wicca behind their parents' backs. Many covens do not initiate minors in the first place for this very reason, so to be deceitful flies in the face of some of the core tenets of Wicca, especially the Rede.
There is a really good article about Ravenwolf at Wicca for the Rest of Us. It's worth giving a look over. And please understand that I am not implying that anyone who enjoys reading books by these authors aren't "real" Wiccans or are being led astray. I just have a preference for the authors that came from the Traditional covens.
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