BUCKLANDS COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT
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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf ) or read book online for free. Uploaded from Google Docs. Raymond Buckland (31 August – 27 September ), whose craft name was Robat, was In the US, Buckland soon read the books The Witch-Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Murray and Witchcraft Today by Gerald He published everything about the movement in The Tree: Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Practical Magick: Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland (
Definitely not suitable for children or teens. If you are a parent with children you might not want to leave this lying around. Other than that great book. Feb 11, Spider Goddess rated it it was amazing. This book was my first foray into magick. I picked it up in the very early 90s. It will always hold a special place in my heart as it is a very good book for the beginner.
Apr 02, Edward Taylor rated it really liked it Shelves: Buckland, like Gardner and Cunningham, is considered to be one of the father's of modern Wicca and the Rede that many people follow to the tee.
I find that the old ways are the best ways and if this is the place you start, then it is a good one. Clear, concise, and some of the easiest lessons to follow his work on personal shielding is one I still use to this day but this is also where I run into an issue with Ray's works: A solid practitioner does not have to follow the Buckland, like Gardner and Cunningham, is considered to be one of the father's of modern Wicca and the Rede that many people follow to the tee.
A solid practitioner does not have to follow the Wiccan path, they do not have to follow the laws of return of thrice, they should follow what they believe what is right for them as being a pagan is more than following a preordained path, but of the freedom to choose what works for them.
If you want to be eclectic, the by the gods do so. If you choose to hex someone, then do so but be aware that it can sometimes come back to bite you in the arse. After 20 years of following the path, I started to see that there were others out there and my own personal philosophies were much different than those written by the big three and folks like Silver Ravenwolf, etc.
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There is no right or wrong way, just the one that works for you. Feb 07, Carrie The Butterfly Reader rated it liked it. More epic reviews here: The Book Goddess I've read quite a books on Wicca and witchcraft for research, everyone recommended this book to me.
Even Goodreads said this was a book I needed to read.
I think it's very informable and he does go into so much detail. It's all laid out there for anyone to pick up and follow. I enjoyed this book and learned so much.
I do have a few gripes though. I know some people don't have a problem with Skyclad worship and such but I think it's totally unneeded. What y More epic reviews here: What you can do naked you can do just as well in clothes. He also mainly only touches on Coven worship. Most often today witches are solitary and so this book isn't quite as helpful for them. Lots of people hate on Silver Ravenwolf but she is better for the solitary witch if you ask me.
If you like this path of witchcraft then Buckland's is the way to go. He really does seem to have all the details worked out and for that I give this book 4 stars.
Jun 09, Melissa Maillet rated it really liked it. A very informative look at modern witchcraft with a little bit of history included. I feel much more educated on the subject now that I have read it. A great reference book for beginners. It would be impossible for me to properly review this book and leave out my feelings about Raymond Buckland.
I found the author to be conceited, drawing on his own published texts for quotes and recommending his other works numerous times. There is no need to quote oneself. A quote should be used to either provi A very informative look at modern witchcraft with a little bit of history included.
Quoting oneself contributes nothing. With my feelings about the author cast aside, I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the Craft. It touches on a lot of misconceptions and provides practical advice for Wicca in today's world. Jul 30, Michaela Hutfles rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Wiccans, Pagans.
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His writing is clean, consice and very easy to follow. I still refer back to it when doing some of those basics that one is not often called on to do. Re-consecrate my Athame? I haven't had to do that for years, lets see what Uncle Bucky says Completely recomended Apr 22, Jolie Bonnette rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Jolie by: This is a book I usually recommend for folks who suspect they might be a Pagan of some sort but haven't identified a particular branch of the tree they might be comfortable on.
It gives some decent base information on a number of subjects related to Paganism and witchcraft and also gives a nice directory of the different "flavors" of Paganism and witchcraft. It serves as a nice jumping off point for people who are just beginning their Pagan journey.
Nov 05, Amanda rated it did not like it Shelves: I finally read this book more thoroughly than when I first flashed through its pages over a decade ago.
Touching on many subjects and thoroughly explaining none, this book is a disappointment. It may have been great for its time, but now there is much better available freely on the internet. It should no longer be recommended. Some points I'd like to comment on: Many people want to clarify that Witchcraft I finally read this book more thoroughly than when I first flashed through its pages over a decade ago. Many people want to clarify that Witchcraft is something you do and not a religion.
I would argue that in Mystery Traditions, esoteric traditions and occultism, there is no separation between the sacred and the profane, the belief and the work. Witchcraft isn't part time, or something you leave in the temple, it's always. So it isn't a religion, if religion is something you define is only for Sundays. I agree with Buckland here but cannot stand his explanation, or lack thereof.
I didn't like the rituals published in this book. The liturgy is unclear. To me they lacked mystery and creativity, are devotional in a subservient way rather than in an empowering way. They are too simple - not in a relaxing way, but in an ineducated, uninspired way. Did Buckland not at all know what he was writing about and wrote a simplified version of a brief experience? Did he simplify the work because he couldn't breach oaths of secrecy?
Very disappointing. Please see my other review on Crowley's "Illustrated Goetia" about my thoughts on idiots doing Sex Magick. They didn't belong in the book.
I will at a future date write recommendations of books that I think should replace the whole of the content of this book. I can't deny it's made a huge impact on people, but I sincerely believe people today are more educated, more intellectual, more spiritually driven, more compassionate, and more life-experienced - even the young ones.
This book just isn't enough anymore. Jan 31, HorriblePumpkin rated it it was ok. I didn't find it helpful. Scanty on the "why" of Witchcraft, but specific about the "what," such as altar layout, tools, numerology, and palm reading. Don't use this book on its own to teach you about the Craft. That said, there is thought provoking material in here, which is why I'm not panning it. Jul 13, Kerie rated it did not like it Shelves: My first impression was that Buckland likes to use himself as the authority he quotes.
That doesn't sit well with me; rings of egoism. There are lots of little interesting details in here, and great stuff on how to make your own tools; however, the religious end of things I am NOT interested in. Waaaaay too much is made of nudity, ritual bondage, and anointing My first impression was that Buckland likes to use himself as the authority he quotes.
Waaaaay too much is made of nudity, ritual bondage, and anointing of genitals and breasts. No, thanks. Definitely won't be looking into Wicca. Some of the scholarship seemed a little dubious as well, in the historical tidbits.
The runes and alphabets were cool, though. I detected the faintest whiff of racism and white privilege. It was concealed, but very much there. I also find the whole "do what you will so long as it harms no one" to be incredibly naive. Those are the words of privilege. The words of people who have had relatively easy lives and don't know the way the exploited and oppressed live. Rather like the cries of "peaceful protest" from rich-living Westerners whose lifestyle requires the theft of resources, genocide, and exploitation of people of color and the environment.
Life is messy and half of it is "dark" for lack of a better term. All this sweetness and light stuff is rather misguided, childish and annoying in my own opinion. Every action we take, no matter what it is, will have effects on people and beings we won't be aware of. Perhaps Wiccans should look more towards their intent and not their outcomes. TL;DR version: This is not a book I would recommend for someone just setting out on a seeker's path. It is smug, arrogant, misguided and mostly useless.
Feb 11, Jacqueline rated it did not like it. I remember being in High School and my older friends telling me this was the "advanced" book, once you'd gotten past the beginner stuff. It's not. While I like the workbook format, there are better authors who've done similar things. Some of the older names in the industry need to send out revised editions, and Buckland's book could benefit from that, to get rid of a number of problems it has: The constant Christian-bashing.
Pagan of any kind does not necessarily need to inherently mean anti- I remember being in High School and my older friends telling me this was the "advanced" book, once you'd gotten past the beginner stuff. Pagan of any kind does not necessarily need to inherently mean anti-Christian, first off, and second: My younger, teenaged self was one of them. If Buckland and authors like him taught me anything, it was to use my religion as a platform to be a smug jerk.
The cultural appropriation and racism, which I'm happily seeing more authors addressing these days. I don't imagine this business was easy to break into at the time, so it struck me as especially crass and cowardly for him to use his product to basically try to hurt other authors' bottom lines.
Do better. Pick a different book and pick a different author. Jan 18, Empath Warrior rated it liked it. I definitely recommend this book. I do, however, agree with much of the others' reviews about Buckland's arrogance. Please understand that you use this text as a reference text, and you do not simply take his word for everything. Religion to me is your own personal relationship with the Divine and who can tell you what is and is not the appropriate way to have this relationship?
Use the information Buckland provides, but if something does not feel right, alter the advice given to fit you and your relationship. With that said, I still think this is a good starter book and has lots of information in it for the novice.
My last piece of advice is to simply get several texts on the subject and make your own conclusions. I've been much happier in my relationship with the Divine since I stopped labeling myself as a particular religion with guidelines. Jul 17, Courtney rated it did not like it. While I found some of the information useful when I was starting out, even in the beginning, there were things that just had me raising my eyebrow and making WTF faces at the book.
For example, I have never, ever seen a Wiccan hug a tree, despite Mr. Buckland's claim that Wiccans are likely to do just that. I personally wouldn't recommend this entire book to a student.
Some of the lessons, the history, and the discussion text are useful, but the good stuff is buried in a lot of--dare I say it? This book is geared more towards people who want to practice Gardnerian or Alexandrian style Craft.
There's a strong CM influence, too, which can be a turn-off. I'd say a " Jul 20, Riley Pascal rated it it was ok Recommends it for: No one.
This was my first book on witchcraft and I regret purchasing it. The author Buckland interchanges the terms Wicca and Witchcraft, insisting they are one in the same.
His practices insist on things that make people like me uncomfortable Insists upon practicing skyclad nude to a creepy level, insists on letting some random person drag a sharp knife across your naked body as part of some absurd ritual, etc Authors like this made it very difficult for me to start practicing witchcraft, and they This was my first book on witchcraft and I regret purchasing it.
His practices insist on things that make people like me uncomfortable Insists upon practicing skyclad nude to a creepy level, insists on letting some random person drag a sharp knife across your naked body as part of some absurd ritual, etc Authors like this made it very difficult for me to start practicing witchcraft, and they had me believing I had to follow a strict tradition.
Thankfully research led me to realize I don't have to practice the way someone else says.
Buckland's Complete Book Of Witchcraft
If you are interested in starting witchcraft, or Wicca, I recommend a different author. Just outdated, and that is simply because he died in the 90s Oct 08, Matias Selzer rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite the commentaries of other people, this is one of my favorite books about magick in general.
Leaving out all the witchy stuff about rituals, sabbats and all that, the author presents many interesting topics about different ways of witchcraft and magick. I love the way the author writes and each chapter was enough concise, allowing me to enjoy each one of them and not getting bored. Just to mention, some topics include meditation, dreams, divination, numerology, astrology, cord magick, candl Despite the commentaries of other people, this is one of my favorite books about magick in general.
Just to mention, some topics include meditation, dreams, divination, numerology, astrology, cord magick, candle magick, talismans and amulets, among others.
There is also a really good chapter about healing. I do recommend this book very much, if you take away all the stuff about witch rituals and all that. Jan 12, Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it. Almost a "workbook" of the witch, this book was a at times an interesting starting point for me, in that it brought up interesting questions from seemingly "just fun" ideas.
Asking you what your best Wiccan workroom would look like really seems like a fun little diversion, but it sparks you into thinking about what you find more important than other facets, for example.
Then the more in-depth rituals popped in, which made me notice how And there's a whole lot Almost a "workbook" of the witch, this book was a at times an interesting starting point for me, in that it brought up interesting questions from seemingly "just fun" ideas. And there's a whole lot of "do it this way, as this is the only correct way" which rubbed me a bit wrong.
It's not a great book, but it does have some thought-provoking bits for the new witch and old pagan alike. I'd just maybe make sure you're not entirely relying on it for all your knowledge.
Oct 06, Eurik rated it liked it Shelves: When I first discovred this, I loved it. I was fascinated. It was the beginning and the first milestone of my pagan practise that I recognised as such consciously. Gradually, I grew more and more sceptical, as this book and especially it's Czech translation which I originally used is full of mistakes, misconcepts, over-simplifications and stuff that is outright ludicrous.
Hovewer, every now and then, I still bump into things that I would otherwise haven't heard of, had it not been for this book. And though a but funny in retrospect, this book was back in it's days late 90's for me a solid enough basis for my path.
Though I abandonded the book, I never abandoned the path, and I still recognize it as something that at a certain point was valid, and even crucial to my practise. Aug 02, Surrey Pagans rated it did not like it. This book is far more about ritual than actual spirituality hence the title.
I'm a little suspect of some of the rituals and information here; I like to see authors cite sources, but I didn't see that happening here.
I don't think this is a book for everyone's anyone's? I found little explanation as to the importance to or the spiritual factors behind the rituals, which is why I found it so disappointing. I'm more about having a spiritual connectivity to my rituals, and that was missing here.
I think this is one book you could skip and not like you've missed out. Apr 04, E. Johnson added it. Some interesting information, especially in the divination and herbal categories, but this book felt overwhelmingly like an ego inflaming project.
All quotes meant to "reinforce" particular lessons were the author's own, from previous writings, articles or interviews. Read very much like an egocentric endeavor, and quite closeminded. While attempts were occasionally made to seem like information was being given as "general" felt very much as if the writer was trying to convey that his way was th Some interesting information, especially in the divination and herbal categories, but this book felt overwhelmingly like an ego inflaming project.
While attempts were occasionally made to seem like information was being given as "general" felt very much as if the writer was trying to convey that his way was the only way to do things. Rituals also bordered a very dark line. Did not seem to focus on light side of the craft, but rather a darker, more "icky" side. Read with an open mind and a grain of salt. I have no trouble with nudity, but can we all agree that when harvesting herbs, clothes might have a use?
However, with in the first sentence, Buckland makes his views very clear, stating that the Solitary Witch is a weak witch who cannot progress through witchcraft as they have no coven. A very elitist view that grated on my individualistic nature. These are very strict patterns with little room for error or tweaking. He then goes on to describe a group sex act, with incredibly detail. The male partner is the focus of this entire passage, with the female partner aiming to bring herself to orgasm at the same time as the male.
Where sex Magick is to be worked this is especially important. He states that if pregnancy should be avoided Oral sex is an option, never mentioning condoms or any form of contraception. There is also a lovely quote from a Dr Mumford about the health benefits of imbibing semen… I preface this section with a few clarifying statements: I am asexual. I can and do have sex, though I have a very low sex drive and I actually view sex as something apart from the intimacy of a loving relationship.
The vague mention of same sex couples and those not wanting to take part in this bizarre ritual is frankly homophobic, inconsiderate and disgusting. If I did not already find this book repulsive, I would have had a very swift change of heart during this section. In conclusion, this book is a relic.User lists with this item 9 Must Have Books for Witches 48 items by micwlf updated Preview this item Preview this item. Astro Update Monthly newsletter featuring informative astrology articles, useful tips, how new releases, and special sales offers.
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