Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond BucklandBuckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

byRaymond Buckland

Paperback | September 8, 2002

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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.

"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 


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 ac...
Title:Buckland's Complete Book of WitchcraftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 8, 2002Publisher:Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0875420508

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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,
and Channeling . . . 137

Handfasting Rite. Handparting Rite. Birth Rite. Cros-sing 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



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.