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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

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by Raymond Buckland

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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,


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.

"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
Library Journal - Audio
While Buckland's (Wicca for Life) standard reference work dates from the 1980s, the subject of witchcraft is of perennial interest to library patrons. Students of Wicca and other earth-based religions will find here examples of how to employ various rituals and spells throughout the seasons, as well as tips on divination, herbology, and creating spiritual settings. A definite selling point for the guide is narrator Gildart Jackson, whose learned Britspeak elevates the material. This work is informative and fills a niche. VERDICT Recommended for larger libraries. —Kelly Sinclair, Temple P.L., TX

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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.

Meet the Author

Raymond Buckland is the bestselling author of more than sixty books, including Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications, Practical Candleburning Rituals, and Solitary Seance.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. He has also been featured on Providence and General Hospital, and his theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
PaulyNY More than 1 year ago
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.
Woolley_Bear More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've started with this book and it has helped me so much in finding myself and what I believe in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! At first I didn't know about Witchcraft and now i'm a genius!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was insightful, and is CONSTINATLY useful, I have read it page by page, and I am still picking up on things!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful primer. It should be on every witches shelf. It's one of those books you read and then pick up time and time again to use as reference. Few years down the line you'll find yourself reading it again, it's a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have owned this book for years......and by far the best that I have come a cross. It will ,teach, guide, and help..... like I said something for everyone.
bookchewingbunny More than 1 year ago
its good I like it.  Got a lot out of it.  Even tho I am a solitary ptactituioner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New coming witch needs help :(