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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

by Raymond Buckland

Llewellyn Worldwide | September 8, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10.

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, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 in

Published: September 8, 2002

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0875420508

ISBN - 13: 9780875420509

Found in: Witchcraft and Wicca, Witchcraft and Wicca

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have in Your Library I was intimidated the first time I flipped through the pages of this book. It is very coven based and I am very Solitary, though not by choice. This book goes over so much it is without a doubt a necessity. Each Chapter is followed by exercises and quiz which is very helpful in picking up key points.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear concise lessons I found this book a great help in getting past a specific hurdle I had with regards to Wicca. I love the way the book is seperated into lessons and how at the end of each lesson there's a questionaire to see if you were actually paying attention to what you were reading. The information is straightforward and clear to understand and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Craft.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good starting place, or a refresher Almost a "workbook" of the witch, this book was a really interesting starting point for me, in that it brought up interesting questions from seemingly "just fun" ideas. Asking you what your best Wiccan workroom would look like really seems like a fun little diversion, but it sparks you into thinking about what you find more important than other facets, for example. It's a good book, and thought-provoking for the new witch and old pagan alike, in that you revisit things you may have left by the wayside, or find a few new thoughts on older ideas.
Date published: 2008-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Addition to any Wiccan Library This book is wonderful! From the moment I saw it I knew it would be used constantly and be dog-earred within a New Moon. The Songs and Recipes are wonderful and the instructions are clear and easy. Definitely a must have!
Date published: 2002-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicca 101 Great practical book. Describes all aspects of Wicca, and a few extras. Has a practical section at the end of each chapter for review and to test the reader's understanding of the material. If you're a newcomer to Wicca, this book is a must. I'd recommend it as the first book you read. Allows you to create/design your alter, robes, tools in a thought out, informative manner. Doesn't lecture or "direct" your beliefs. Allows the reader to come to his/her own conclusions about what's right for him/her. A great intro for the Wiccan to be!
Date published: 2001-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !~Amazing~! This book was one of my firsts about the craft that i had received. I wasn't sure wether I would enjoy and/or understand everything that he talked about in the book, being a new commer-but it was the exact oposite! He makes everything so interesting and easy, with step by step instrutions~! A MUST have!
Date published: 2001-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I opened this book to learn about witchcraft but expected it to tell about how they worship satan but that wasn't so. Ray told the truth about witchraft it gave me insight about some of the missconceptions through the years and has been great help in planing both my daily life and my future this book is a must for any one just learning about witchcraft.
Date published: 2000-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is a must have!!!!! This book by Raymond Buckland is excellent!!! If your a beginner to the craft, practicing for years or just interested in reading about it, this is the book to get. It is full of helpful information, showing you step by step in a easy to read, down to earth manner. After reading THE COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT, you will have gained much knowledge on spirtuality and this wonderful religion. Blessed Be!
Date published: 2000-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book for Beginners! This book covers it all. Includes everything you need to know about the wiccan way! Spells, rites, beliefs and more.
Date published: 1999-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book for any Witch! Whether you are just starting on the path, or have been following the Old Religion for years now, this book is an excellent addition to your study material. It covers just about everything you can think of, in a clear and easy format. Plus, none of that "This is the only way to do it" stuff you find in a lot of books on Witchcraft. A must have.
Date published: 1999-05-14

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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

by Raymond Buckland

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 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.