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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the beginner
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An educational text book of Gardnerian Wicca
This book can seem a little daunting if it's the first book you get on the Craft. Mr Buckland is highly respected (and rightly so) for his knowledge and understanding of all things Wicca; with him learning from Gerald Gardner and spreading the faith across the sea to America. This is very like an educational text book: very precise, and you are expected to reflect on your...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who needs valium?, 17 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
This book is rather dry, dull and boring to read. It's geared mainly for his creation of Seax-Wica, and isn't a great book for those of an eclectic path. However, it does contain some good reference information, so it's not a total loss to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Blue Book, 30 Jun. 1998
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
I'll stand by the Big Blue book. Yeah, Wicca:a guide for the solitary practioner is better, BUT you don't read Jane Austin and go "Oh man, she never mentions the internet!" Remember WHEN this came out.
Put simply, this book should always be on your First buy list for books on Wicca. THERE is no other author, in my NOT humble opinion, who has the right to speak of "Old Uncle Gerald" like Buckland.
There is no nouveux silliness here, no whining against the patriarchy or lamenting that people don't practice "da olde religion like they used to" There is just good writing, good detail and most importantly it is not writen for the sixth-grade reader...
I for one get sick of books that read "see Morgan run. Run, Morgan, Run. See Morgan dance beneath the full moon. Dance, Morgan, Dance. Can you dance beneath the full moon too? I knew you could..."
HOWEVER, This book barely manages to grant my forgiveness for "the Magic of chant-o-matics" by the same author....
I guess we all are young and need money at some point.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckland is great, 14 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For the technically oriented., 9 Sept. 1998
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By practice, I'm more a philosophical Pagan than a ritual-oriented one. This book, while full of interesting ideas, was far too cut and dried for little ol' me, who's trying to learn the emotion behind it all. Perhaps nice reference, but not for people like me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very interesting..., 10 Jan. 2004
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K. Stray "strayski" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
well I have alot of books about wicca/witchcraft and paganism and found that this one is definitly a product of its time. This book will give you a good look at the beginnings of American Wicca and if you have read Ravenwolf then you will see the recognisable threads in this book like the cone of power and the like.
It is Gardnerian (as Buckland was initiated thru one of gardners HPs)and you can forgive the inaccurate history because of this.
Its a good read more geared towards covens than the lone wiccan/witch with very interesting things like how to make your own sandels and alter! There is not much in the way of spells but the basic information is informative!
If you have the extra money then get this but its not that important
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Book of Witchcraft -Buckland, 18 Oct. 2009
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Pat Regan (Southport, Lancs, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
Buckland's famous study is simplistic and yet I have always had a great affinity to it. They way it is presented is timeless, almost poetic and it says what needs to be said.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buckland needs some help, 25 Nov. 1997
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
I would probably use this book if I were writing a ritual and wanted a variety of ideas (there are some good tidbits). I would definitely NOT use this book as a guide for someone just beginning to seek into Wicca. It's pedantic, dry and dull. Buckland can't get past his own tradition of Seax-Wica, and although he does plenty of grousing about other traditions incorporating Ceremonial elements he seems to have a real ceremonial hangup of his own. It was also patently dangerous and very irresponsible for him to reccommend Culpeper as a guide for those wishing to practice *modern*, *medical* herbalism. Misguidance like that is the last thing the Craft needs, which is why Buckland should have been extra-careful to avoid slipups. Well, he wasn't.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buckland's Guide..., 15 Dec. 2012
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Natalie (Cambs, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I’m roughly about eight chapters into Buckland's Guide and I must say that I'm very surprised at myself for making it this far and having answered most of the information based questions. But I would not have begun my path with this book as it is doctrinaire and monotonous. Buckland just cannot get past his own tradition of Seax-Wica and how he alone brought Magick to America. Also, I felt the Guide to be profoundly coven orientated after the first three chapters and a fervent urge, when reading, would arise for me skip that entire section due to irrelevance, but then would find myself to be skipping over three-fifths of material!

In short, Buckland's Guide is worth a read (just to add to the brain bank) but do not take it too seriously, if you are just starting out on your path, as it would distort your view on a religion that is much more liberated then Buckland's metaphors. Raymond Buckland was the 4th author I came upon in my search and I am glad that I had read the words of Scott Cunningham, Ronald Hutton and Silver Ravenwolf beforehand.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bucklands Complete waste of time and money!, 5 Mar. 2002
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To me, this book seemed very tacky. I found that it did not capture any of the true essence of the subject that other books have managed to do. I found it very dull, uninspiring and a mis-representation of the true nature of the craft.
I agree with a previous reviewer about the ritual passages, plus all the blank spaces and crudely drawn pictures seem to pad the book out so it looks like it has more substance than it actually does.
Yes it does cover a little bit of everything, but it does so in a rather unappealing way. The style of the book is not particularly well thought out, and there seems very little emphasis on developing your own abilities and your own personal path (other than the spaces in the book to write your results). I felt that it gave a rather narrow perspective of things, and left me feeling that it was not so much of an informative book as it could have been, as the subjects are not covered in enough depth and seem to be just snippets of information on the various aspects pasted in, rather than useful and useable content.
It is certainly not all bad, but I do feel that there are a lot of better books out there- if you are a beginner I suggest Vivianne Crowley or Teresa Moorey, as the content of these books are much more accurate and readable.
But to state that this book is a "complete" guide is just laughable!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it, 10 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
for a book that calls itself a 'complete' guide to witchcraft, this is certainly lacking. rituals are too liturgy oriented, he basically discourages personal thought and imagination, and comes across as a 'fundamentalist witch', ie his way, or ways very like his way, are the only way. there's disappointingly little exploration or consideration of the philosophy behind wicca. he's also very self important, and claims to be .the. driving force behind modern wicca in america. nowhere near complete, often misses the point entirely. save yourself the money.
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