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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

by Raymond Buckland

Llewellyn Worldwide | September 8, 2002 | Trade Paperback |

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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 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 

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0.39 in

Published: September 8, 2002

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0875420508

ISBN - 13: 9780875420509

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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

by Raymond Buckland

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 8.27 × 10.63 × 0.39 in

Published: September 8, 2002

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0875420508

ISBN - 13: 9780875420509

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.

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, an
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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.

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 

 

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.

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.
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