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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Buckland
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This 1986 classic is not only an excellent introduction to the Wiccan religion and earth-based religions in general, but a workbook which can take the serious student to the equivalent level of third degree Gardnerian. Though Raymond Buckland was a student of the late great Gerald Gardner, this manual does not adhere to a specific branch or denomination of witchcraft, but seeks to teach the elements and philosophies common to all whether Celtic, Saxon, Finnish or what have you. Buckland is credited with bringing the "old religion" to the US and covens and solitary witches practising the craft in the US today have him to thank for getting it out of the closet. While Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft is a must-have for any serious Wiccan practitioner, it is full of down-to-earth spiritual wisdom which makes it a wonderful addition to the library of any broad-minded seeker on the path toward the One. --P Randall Cohan

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Here is the most complete self-study course in modern Wicca available, written by the person who first went public with "The Old Religion" in the United States. For group or solitary use, it includes rituals; exercises for developing psychic talents; information on all major "sects" of the Craft; sections on tools, beliefs, dreams, meditations, divination, herbal lore, healing, ritual clothing; and much, much more.

Even those who have practiced Wicca for years find useful information in Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, and many covens are using it as their textbook. Profusely illustrated and full of music and chants.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6403 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2 edition (1 Sep 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Z6YU6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the beginner 13 Feb 2002
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The author of this book, Raymond Buckland, is much criticised in certain areas of the wiccan community. Quite why is not known, but there is a train of thought that suggests that he sold the craft secrets by writing in depth "how to's" way before most of today's wiccan authors decided there was lots of money to be made.
Bitchcraft aside, Buckland's "Complete Book Of Witchcraft" is a title I recommend to all newcomers to the craft. Why? Firstly, instead of bogging the reader down with hundreds of pages of elaborate and complex theory, Buckland writes in a simplistic manner, encouraging the reader to actually start doing things rather than just reading about them.
It is not an authoritative book, and you will not become an all-powerful witch by reading it. What you will get is a taste for wicca, and a basic knowledge of many of the rituals and magickal practices of the craft.
When people set out on the wiccan path, the amount of books available is overwhelming. Wiccans are also not the most sociable people, and it is very difficult for newcomers to find covens or training. This book bypasses those frustrations, and the basic guides to the many craft interests should help newcomers decide on whether they wish to progress to further in-depth studies, and to find where they may have interests or talents.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - you wont be disappointed. 13 Jan 2002
By Gemmeg
This was the first "real" book on witchcraft that I ever bought, before I even knew that the Horned God had nothing to do with the Devil! I read the first lesson on the history of witchcraft, and suddenly all my scrambled beliefs and ideas slotted into place.
It may be true that it wont have everything for everyone contained in its pages, but if you are wanting a good, thorough overview of basics in the Craft, this is what the book intends to do, and it does it!!
Some people may expect spells etc, but that is not what this book is about. Witchcraft is about bulding on basics and creating your own unique way of working, that's why its called the "Craft of the Wise"! If you want spells, Titania Hardie writes excellent books stuffed with loads of spells for every occassion, and her book Enchanted takes you through the Witches Year, with a master ritual (and lots of variations) for every month.
Ray Buckland is an excellent teacher in the Craft, and I am so grateful to him for sharing his vast knowledge with the rest of us. Thanks, Ray!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
That's the first thing that you'll notice about "The Complete Book of Witchcraft". It's not messing about with fluff. It's aimed specifically at those who are seeking to learn about witchcraft, primarily in the Gardnerian-rooted tradition of Seax-Wica, as practiced and taught by Raymond Buckland. Neither is the book designed for "dipping into" on a whim. It is arranged into a series of "lessons", well presented and informative, each of which concludes with a number of exercises and "revision questions".
Several reviewers have highlighted one or two obvious flaws in the way the book is styled, and I must conditionally agree. Buckland does seem to insert rather an excessive number of references to his other books - although that being said, most of these are self-contained quotes and references used to make a point or provide further illustration. In the main, however, they do so without the necessity of buying these books. So they are at best informative extracts, and at worst adverts, rather than a requirement to buy. Secondly of course, there is the focus of the book. This is not "The Complete Book of Witchcraft" as its title suggests - although it might well have claimed to be "The Complete Book of Seax-Wica". Buckland does, oddly, seem to handle the words "Wicca" and "Witchcraft" interchangeably, although this is perhaps justified given that he is teaching a specific Wiccan tradition. The blurb by one reviewer on the back of this book calls it "eclectic", and it's important to understand that it is not - it is designed to teach Seax-Wica, with added information about other traditions scattered through the book for interest's sake.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckland is great 14 Sep 2007
By Danny
Im only new to the craft so to be fair i suppose i dont have too many books to compare too but i have read a few i started out with silver ravenwolf books and i have seen the light i should have bought raymonds book in the begining and saved myself a lot of money fair enough it dosent have absolutley everything but it gives a very good starting point for new witches/wiccans such as myself it gives you all the info you need to get started and gives you it in an interesting and easy to read way there are also these great exams that are after every lesson in the book which really helps cement the knowledge in you mind it also has random little tips and things to do throughout the book for instance in the first lesson it gives u a great way of de-stressing by sitting under a tree i would recomend this book for all beginers and once you have finished that there are plenty more books in the recomended reading lists that will further your knowledge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest teaching book
greatest book it teaches you nice and simple steps and in-depth stuff a lot of other books do not mention I recommend it thank you.
Published 1 month ago by mrs j s thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Bow to Raymond Buckland
If Wiccans had a Bible ( which we don't) this would be it. Every Wiccan NEEDS ' the Big Blue Book' as we call it- and every Wiccan knows what the Big Blue Book refers to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete book of Witchcraft
great read, excellent source of information, fascinating tips and I will use this time and time again in the future!
Published 3 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a great book, a bit outdated as far as things go now but definitely a classic and should be in every aspiring witches bookcase!
Published 4 months ago by Laura Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but a bit repetitive
it is an interesting book especially for beginners, however it is a time a bit repetitive, all together a basic good book all the same.
Published 8 months ago by V. Bernardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Its been a good book for me.
I like this book because if you just want info and are not looking for a coffee-table book its inexpensive and has good solid info. Its not a fancy book but it serves the purpose.
Published 9 months ago by D. R. Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone with a serious interest in Wicca
I can see why some people refer to this book as 'the bible'. Though not at all in the judeo-christian tradition, this book thoroughly covers history, development, ritual, useful... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maria Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fast delivery
I have always wanted to read this book Alot better having my own tells me so much beautiful book. Thanks
Published 10 months ago by sandra smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigantic book of knowledge!
This is a fantastic book which will take you step by step through the introduction, the learning and through to expertise. Just fantastic!!
Published 13 months ago by RMThomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft
I love this book, it was my very first serious book on the craft. This a work book for of us serious enough to want to practice ritualist Wicca. Read more
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