Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

by Raymond Buckland

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ISBN-13: 9780875420509
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 17,935
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raymond Buckland was actively involved in metaphysics and the occult for fifty years.

He was 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 lectured and presented workshops across the United States, and appeared on major television and radio shows nationally and internationally. He also wrote screen plays, was a technical advisor for films, and appeared in films and videos.

Ray came from an English Romany (Gypsy) family and resided with his wife Tara on a small farm in central Ohio. Beyond writing, Ray's other passion was 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.

Table of Contents

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. Posture. Area. Time of day. Method. Dreams—the Source. Dream interpretation and symbology. Remembering 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. Crossing 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

Interviews

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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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 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.
TheBurningBookshelf on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A workbook type book based on Wiccan beliefs mainly. Very good for a solitaire witch. (Xyaida)
pinkmorphine on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Well, you get the raw basics, but it's not exactly my cup of tea.
dragonasbreath on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A good basic workbook to jump your own search off on.