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Don’t be put off by the fact that Lauren Manoy began her journey on into Witchcraft when she was 14 years old. Where to Park Your Broomstick is a thorough look at witchcraft that explains it all so the beginning teenager can get a good grasp on this spiritual path.  

 

Using a wide variety of resources (including Joseph Campbell, the Farrar's, Bonewits and other practicing teenagers) the material covered has been expertly researched, clearly stated and covers more than just the usual *cookbook* material included in many other books of this type. 

 Two of my highly recommended sections are the "A Note to Parents" from a social worker explaining that a teenager being interested in witchcraft is not an unhealthy pursuit and provides a clear guide to warning signs that might show your teenager is on an unhealthy path.  The other is the “Coming Out of the Broom Closet” which addresses the advisability and/or necessity of coming out of the broom closet with friends and classmates, and even more importantly with parents.  She offers practical suggestions on opening discussions, how to avoid problems, what to do if your parents won't allow you to use candles or incense, and other sensitive topics, She touches on the dangers of the Internet as a resource tool and acknowledges that there are predators who have to looked out for.  There is practical advice on setting up or joining a coven, and lists some good on-line sources of information and guidance. She also addresses the hot topic of the young Pagan being ignored or dismissed by older members, stressing the need for respect on both sides of the age divide. Throughout the book she suggests alternatives for items which not be available in your locale, or which may cause dissension with the parental units. This book is a wonderful resource for the teen or any newcomer to the Pagan path. It doesn't sugar coat the experiences, nor does it paint a bleak picture of constant opposition and turmoil. In my opinion, it should be on the bookshelf right next to Scott Cunningham's Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner. 

~review by Lisa Mc Sherry

by Lauren ManoyFireside Books, 2002pp.312, $13.00

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