Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft [NOOK Book]

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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft has influenced and guided countless students, coven initiates, and solitaries around the world. One of modern Wicca's most recommended books, this comprehensive text features a step-by-step course in Witchcraft, with photographs and illustrations, rituals, beliefs, history, and lore, as well as instruction in spellwork, divination, herbalism, healing, channeling, dreamwork, sabbats, esbats, covens, and solitary practice. The workbook format includes exam questions at the end...

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Overview

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft has influenced and guided countless students, coven initiates, and solitaries around the world. One of modern Wicca's most recommended books, this comprehensive text features a step-by-step course in Witchcraft, with photographs and illustrations, rituals, beliefs, history, and lore, as well as instruction in spellwork, divination, herbalism, healing, channeling, dreamwork, sabbats, esbats, covens, and solitary practice. The workbook format includes exam questions at the end of each lesson, so you can build a permanent record of your spiritual and magical training. This complete self-study course in modern Wicca is a treasured classic—an essential and trusted guide that belongs in every Witch's library.

Praise:
"A masterwork by one of the great Elders of the Craft. Raymond Buckland has presented a treasure trove of Wiccan lore. It is a legacy that will provide magic, beauty, and wisdom to future generations of those who seek the ancient paths of the Old Religion."—Ed Fitch, author of Magical Rites from the Crystal Well

"I read Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft with much pleasure. This book contains enough information and know-how for all approaches: the historical, the philosophical, and the pragmatic . . . quite entertaining, as much for the armchair enthusiast as for the practicing occultist."—Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon

"Never in the history of the Craft has a single book educated as many people, spurred as many spiritual paths, or conjured as much personal possibility as Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft."—Dorothy Morrison, author of The Craft

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"Quite entertaining, as much for the armchair enthusiast as for the practicing occultist." —-Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738717722
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 58,813
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Raymond Buckland has been actively involved in metaphysics and the occult for fifty years and has writing about it for nearly thirty.

He is the author of more than sixty books, including such best-selling titles as Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, Gypsy Dream Dictionary, Practical Candleburning Rituals, and Witchcraft from the Inside. Ray has lectured and presented workshops across the United States, and has appeared on major television and radio shows nationally and internationally. He has also written screen plays, been a technical advisor for films, and appeared in films and videos.

Ray comes from an English Romany (Gypsy) family and presently resides, with his wife Tara, on a small farm in central Ohio. Beyond writing, Ray's other passion is homebuilt airplanes.

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In the New Age book field, it is impossible to guess which book is going to be popular and which one is not. But when I looked at the manuscript to Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft I knew it was going to be something special! Few books have been as needed, and as anticipated as this one-it's the first totally comprehensive, eclectic, and sensible guide to the art and the practice of modern Wicca!
I say "Wicca" rather than "Witchcraft" because it includes not only the Craft of the Wise but gives you a firm foundation for understanding the spiritual dimension that is the essence of this born again Old Religion for the Modern World.
There are so many Wiccan traditions today that it really doesn't matter what we call it any more. What matters is that it is a real, growing, living religion filled with love of the gods, magick, divination, healing and much more. And Ray's book has become the premier guide for all of those who wish to follow this spiritual path!
Beside the breadth of information covered in this book, the real key to it is the design. It is a workbook. You can use it by yourself or you can use it as a text for a coven. In fact, we have heard from many covens that use this as the source of their secret Books of Shadows.
Wicca, by nature, is a simple faith that has great depth. You can pick up this book and use it as a source for the external aspects of Wicca, or you can study it and plumb the magical depths of this spiritual path.
This book has become a key resource in the rebirth of the Craft. It is a must for your personal research and practice or for your coven's library.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition . . . xiii

Introduction . . . xvii

Lesson One: The History and Philosophy of Witchcraft . . . 1

History and development. Persecutions. Reemergence. The philosophy of Witchcraft. Principles of Wiccan belief. The power within. Spells and charms.

Lesson Two: Beliefs . . . 19

Deities. The God and Goddess of Witchcraft. Reincarnation. Retribution. Between lives. Your temple. Your altar and its furniture. Magick—an introduction.

Lesson Three: Tools, Clothing,
and Names . . . 41

Working tools. Knife. Marking in metal. Sword. Other tools. Dress. Jewelry. Horned helmet. Inscriptions. Your Witch name.

Lesson Four: Getting Started . . . 61

Rites of passage. Circles. Self-Dedication. Coven Initiation.

Lesson Five: Covens and Rituals . . . 79

Covens and degrees. Hierarchy and priesthood. Covensteads and covendoms. The book of rituals. Consecration of tools. Rituals—Erecting the Temple. Clearing the Temple. Esbat Rite. Full Moon Rite. New/Dark Moon Rite. Cakes and Ale.

Lesson Six: The Sabbats . . . 97

Samhain. Beltane. Imbolc. Lughnasadh.

Lesson Seven: Meditation, Dreams,
and the Minor Sabbats . . . 111

Meditation—how meditation works. Technique. Po-sture. Area. Time of day. Method. Dreams—the Source. Dream interpretation and symbology. Re-membering dreams. Personal symbols. The repetitive dream. Group dreams. Dreams vs. out-of-body experiences. Rituals—Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice.

Lesson Eight: Marriage, Birth, Death,
and Channeling . . . 137

Handfasting Rite. Handparting Rite. Birth Rite. Cros-sing the Bridge. The intuitive process—categories of channeling. Clearing the channel. External focal points. Interpreting channeled information. The aura. Sensory deprivation. The Witches' cradle.

Lesson Nine: Divination . . . 157

Tarot. Scrying. Saxon wands. Cheiromancy. Tea leaf reading. Numerology. Astrology. Fire scrying.

Lesson Ten: Herbalism . . . 187

Herbal lore. Getting the most out of herbs. Simples, syrups, salves, poultices, and powders. Herb simples. Definition of medical actions. Herbs in Materia Medica. Botanicals—alteratives, anthelmintics, astringents, bitter tonics, calmatives, carminatives and aromatics, cathartics, demulcents, diaphoretics, diuretics, emollients, expectorants, nervines, nerve stimulants, refrigerants, sedatives, stimulants. Vitamins in herbs. The art of prescribing medicine. Some simple treatments—medicinal drinks, syrups, decoctions, teas, mixtures, ointments. Witches' pharma-copoeia. Sources.

Lesson Eleven: Magick . . . 221

Physical body. Circle. Cone of power. Dancing and chanting. Feeling. Drawing down power. Releasing the power. Timing. Cord magick. Candle magick. Love magick. Sex magick. Binding spell. Protection. Form of ritual.

Lesson Twelve: The Power of
the Written Word . . . 247

Runes. Ogham Bethluisnion. Egyptian hieroglyphics. Theban. Passing the River. Angelic. Malachim. Pictish. Talismans and amulets. Power raising dance. General dancing. Wine and ale. Bread and cakes.

Lesson Thirteen: Healing . . . 267

The aura. Auric healing. Pranic healing. Absent healing. Color healing. Gem therapy. Poppets. Meditation and biofeedback. Animals and plants. Positive thinking.

Lesson Fourteen: Getting Set Up . . . 281

Rituals. The construction of ritual. Guardians of the Watchtowers. Forming a coven. Your coven. Establishing a church. Craft greetings. Clothing accessories—cloak, sandals. Young Wiccans. Breaking the news.

Lesson Fifteen: Solitary Witches . . . 297

Rituals—Erecting the Temple. Esbat. Cakes and Ale. Clearing the Temple. Meditation to the elements.

And Now ? . . . 307

Appendix A: Wiccan Denominations . . . 309

Alexandrian Wicca. American Celtic Wicca. Australian Wicca. Church of Y Tylwyth Teg. Church of the Crescent Moon. Circle Wicca. Coven of the Forest, Far and Forever. Deboran Witchcraft. Dianic Feminist Wicce. Frost's Wicca. Gardnerian Wicca. Georgian Wicca. Maidenhill Wicca. Northern Way. Nova Wicca. Pecti-Wita. Seax-Wica. Thessalonian Tradition.

Appendix B: Answers to Examination
Questions . . . 315

Appendix C: Music and Chants . . . 325

Recommended Reading List . . . 335

Index . . . 339

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    It's got some good information...

    ...if you can find it amidst the rest of the book. I read this book when I first started studying the Craft. Much of the book did not sit well with me then and much of the book still does not sit well with me now, much later. I know several people in my area (all solitaries like myself) who have gotten rid of their copies of this book to make room for books that are actually useful and not so... weird. (Would you really trust someone well enough to bind you in a bag, suspend you, and then leave you?) Buckland seems to let some of his fetishes shine through in his rituals. :-) Perhaps it is okay for certain covens. It scares me to see so many young people who are just starting out claiming that this is the best book they have read on the Craft. Anyone in the Craft should know that they should not base their beliefs and practices on one book. Read many books, talk to many people, and do what feels right to YOU. Buckland's way is not the ONLY way.

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    spectacular collection of information

    this book is great for both the solitary and coven witch, for those who look through it it is full of information that is not only easy to understand but is easy to relate into your own life.this is a great starter for the teenage or solitary,if they are willing to learn

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    A Must for Any Witch

    I must admit, I have my criticisms. I wish the book cited its references better, as some of the historical information presented is questionable to me. The redeeming quality of the book, however, is in the fact that it has something for everyone, and presents a basis for all sorts of areas of magical practices. Whether you are interested in herbiology, divination, auric healing, or just getting some ritual or spell ideas, this book has it all. It also goes in depth enough for actual practice, unlike most books that could be considered intro books. I might recommend reading other books on the subject before delving into this one, as it is a lot more than just a brief skim over the basics. Read lighter books if you want to find out if this path is really for you.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    OK

    This book was very informative, but it didn't really have but a chapter on useful stuff for the solitary witch. And he came off pretty pompous. I've heard he's the best, and he seems to know it and think it. But before anybody gets mad at me, it did have some great information on the history of Wicca, and basic information all Witches need to know explained in easy ways to understand. If you're a serious witch hoping to join a coven, I would definately recommend it. If your a teenage solitary witch, Silver Ravenwolf's Teen Witch is the best starter, and after that Scott Cunningham's books are great.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    A Wonderful Guide

    This is the first book I ever read on the craft and by far out of all the books Ive read since this is the most intresting, informative one of all. It has the everything you ever wanted to know and more.. from beginning to end in simple terms. A HUGE recommendation for anyone intrested in Wicca.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Informative

    Buckland shows some bias towards Saex-Wicca. If you keep that in mind, you can get some useful information from the book. There is some good history and it gives you some perspective into worshiping with a coven. I would recommend reading this book and many other books( by an assortment of authors)to aid in finding your path. Blessed be.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good overview that presents the authors views on Paganism/Wicca.

    This is a good source for a beginner to learn the basics of Paganism/Wicca. Keep in mind that this is the authors point of view. Take a while to read this book, don't read it like a novel. Digest it chapter by chapter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    Absolutely Wonderful

    This book has helped me in my search for the same knowledge my aunt has aquired. I am now on my way to becoming a priestess, just like her.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    The best informative book you'll ever need

    I've started with this book and it has helped me so much in finding myself and what I believe in.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Not for the Solitary, Ecclectic, or Teenage Practitioner

    This book is nice, but it is hard to use because so much of it focuses on group ritual. Also, most of the crafts cannot be done easily and the materials are hard to find. It does not offer enough information on stuff you want to know, like divination or candle magic or gemstones or herbs. You are better off getting a more specialized book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    Very Extension Information

    This book has a little information on just about everything there is to know about witchcraft. It gives information on the history of withcraft, the beliefs, divinatory methods, Sabbats, herbalism, magick, and many more things. It tends to be partial to a coven setting, with a chapter on solitaries at the end. For the most part he sticks to the basics of witchcraft not getting into different denominations, however, at times he leans towards his own denomination (which is expected). This book is meant to be studied, with tests at the end of each chapter, a very good idea. I would suggest this to anyone who is interested in learning about withcraft or anyone who wants to practice the Craft.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    Blessed Be!!!

    Just starting out 3 years ago, this book was the best way to help me understand who I am. I feel the knowledge of my beliefs were aided so much by Buckland's explanations of the past, present and future. I spent a lot of time reading and practicing with many aids, including a person who has been a witch for 25 years, and knowing I was doing it corrctly made it all the more special. Knowing my beliefs were somewhere, I found them in this workbook, and now at least I know I belong to a power so much greater than anything else. It made me a believer again. I have made my own tools, alter, and clothing, I know the importance of my beliefs, and all because of this wonderful book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Read more than one book if u r just starting to learn

    This has much information. But for those just starting to learn or jusr doing research please read other books as well as this. Try books by scott cunningham too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Unkle Buckie's Big Blue

    This is a book quite typically to be found on every Witch's shelf. Good book! Teriffic for covens or solitary practitioners. However, Buckland's writing can be a bit dry and dull. Oftentimes his writing reads like 'Stereo Installing Manuals' but if you can look past that, ANYTHING by Buckland can be considered quality. (Minus only one or two pieces of literature).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    This Book is Great and Does What it is Soposed to.

    This book, if you actually read the title, is for those who are looking into Wicca and no nothing about it. It is VERY descriptive and there are many books that have tried to do this but failed. He has taken everything into Laments term so the world can understand it and appreciate it. How can you not give this book to someone who wants to know about the craft?!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    Recommended or Okay, but not great......

    what an interesting concept about describing this one book of Buckland's. I found some parts were indeed useful, while others were not. One has to find their own way and meaning in the natural religion. One person described it as pompous - one's style of writing usually reflects oneself. (I met Buckland at a writer's conference once. I have to say that I did indeed find him a bit - pompous) But giving the man credit where credit is due, he did take the time to research and define what he knows and write this book. And it does offer an insight to PARTs of the Wiccan belief. A belief that now spans a universe. I would still recommend reading it, but I would also recommend reading others along with it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    great

    This book is really quite amazing. It teaches you how to make your own robe, it helps you find & release the power of your 3rd eye, & it gives you a bunch of other cool info on witchcraft. It's a must have for all wiccans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Devin Age 14,Sept. 2,2001 A wicca from New Orleans

    This book is great! At first I didn't know about Witchcraft and now i'm a genius!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2000

    EXCELLENT !!

    Im just beginning to get into Witchcraft, and this book really helped me understand where the religon started, and guided me step by step. It was EXCELLENT!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Completly awesome

    This book was insightful, and is CONSTINATLY useful, I have read it page by page, and I am still picking up on things!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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