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15 December 2012
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.