From Our Editors
This occult classic is one of the most comprehensive studies of
modern Wicca practices. The first person in the US to express and
write about The Old Religion, Ray Buckland,
combines the theory and practice of all major sects. In
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft,
he discusses the history, composition, herbology, magic, formulae
and divination used by the Wiccan sect.
From the Publisher
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
"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
About the Author
Raymond Buckland has been interested in occult and metaphysical
subjects for fifty years; has been actively involved in various
aspects of the subject for forty years; and has writing about it
for nearly thirty.
He is the author of more than twenty-five 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.
About the Book
Here is the most complete self-study course in modern Wicca
available, written by the person who first went public with " The
Old Religion" in the United States. For group or solitary use, it
includes rituals; exercises for developing psychic talents;
information on all major " sects" of the Craft; sections on tools,
beliefs, dreams, meditations, divination, herbal lore, healing,
ritual clothing; and much, much more.
Even those who have practiced Wicca for years find useful
information in "Buckland''s Complete Book of Witchcraft, and many
covens are using it as their textbook. Profusely illustrated and
full of music and chants.