Ravenwolf, Silver

Silver Ravenwolf (1956– ) is an American Witch and author, known especially for her books on the Craft for teenagers.

Silver Ravenwolf—her Craft name—was born Jenine E. Trayer on September 11, 1956. Her father was a Lutheran, and her mother attended the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, a Baptist offshoot. Ravenwolf was 14 when her 20-year-old cousin Tess gave her a deck of Tarot cards and also introduced her to the concept of Reincarnation and to the Craft via Diary of a Witch, the autobiography of Sybil Leek.

By age 17, Ravenwolf was involved in the Craft. She received her first degree Initiation in November 1991 from Bried Foxsong of Sacred Hart. She received second and third degree initiations in the Temple of Hecate Triskele of the Caledonii Tradition. On June 29, 1996, she was eldered by Lord Serphant at the Puff Gathering in North Carolina. She heads the Black Forest Circle and Seminary, a North American organization of 38 clans, each of which includes several Covens. Her hearthstone coven is Coven of the Omega Wolf.

Ravenwolf has written more than 28 nonfiction and fiction books. She also paints, makes jewelry and crafts, does professional photography and professional astrology. Her breakout book was To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft, published in 1994. Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation was published in 1998 and tapped a growing interest in the Craft among young people.

Other nonfiction books written by Ravenwolf are Hex Craft: Dutch Country Pow-wow Magick (1995); To Stir a Magic Cauldron: Witch’s Guide to Casting and Conjuring (1996); The Rune Oracle (1996); Angels: Companions in Magick (1996); American Folk Magick; Charms, Spells and Herbals (1999); To Light a Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium (1999); The Rune Mysteries (1999); Silver’s Spells for Prosperity (1999); Halloween: Customs, Recipes and Spells (1999); Witches Runes Kit (1999); Teen Witch Kit: Everything You Need to Know to Make Magic! (2000); Silver’s Spells for Love: Getting It. Keeping It. Tossing It. (2001); Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation (20010: Silver’s Spells for Abundance (2005); A Witch’s Notebook: 9 Lessons in Witchcraft (2005); and Mindlight: Secrets of Energy, Magic and Manifestation (2006).

  • American Folk Magick: Charms, Spells & Herbals (1999)
  • Angels: Companions in Magick (2002)
  • Halloween: Spells, Recipes & Customs (1999)
  • HedgeWitch: Spells, Crafts & Rituals For Natural Magick (2008)
  • Hex Craft: Dutch Country Pow-wow Magick (1997)
  • Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton (introduction by Silver Ravenwolf) (2002)
  • Mindlight: Secrets of Energy, Magick & Manifestation (2006)
  • Silver’s Spells for Abundance (2004)
  • Silver’s Spells for Love (2001)
  • Silver’s Spells for Protection (2000)
  • TeenWitch!: Wicca for a New Generation (1998)
  • To Light a Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium (2002)
  • To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft (2002)
  • To Stir a Magick Cauldron: A Witch’s Guide to Casting and Conjuring (2005)
  • Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation (2003)
  • Witches Runes: Insights from the Old European Magickal Traditions (Cards) (with Nigel Jackson) (2002)
  • A Witch’s Notebook: Lessons in Witchcraft (2005)
  • Mindlight: Secrets of Energy, Magic and Manifestation (2006)
  • The Witching Hour: Spells, Powders, Formulas, and Witchy Techniques that Work (2017)


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