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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

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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... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Love it

I am in love with this book. I have a first edtion but as soon as i knew there was a printing out i just had to have it

Good resource for beginners.

This is a good resource book for people that are beginners. It has a lot of very useful information about nearly anything involving witchcraft, but mostly with a focus on wicca. Even if you don't follow a wiccan path, this book can still be of use. Buckland is a good writer and seems passionate about his craft, so even though I'm personally not wiccan, I still enjoy reading his material and find it useful in my own craft.

AWESOME Beginners book

Buckland's Complete Book Of Witchcraft is just what it says it is, a COMPLETE book of Witchcraft. Obviously made for the student, it covers many important points in the whole of Witchcraft such as Herbalisism, History, Craft Names, Sabbats, Divination, and most importantly, the many practices of Magick. After a lesson, there are workbook questions given on the learning points covered in that lesson. This makes it extremely hard for a beginner not to understand the lesson, while also making it easy to remember the lesson. One note: a serious student may wish to buy a tape recorder or digital voice recorder for the questions as it is much easier to talk than write. If any person has bought the book and found it too technical, I suggest also buying beginner's books from Scott Cunningham, as he covers more of the spiritual aspects of the Craft. Overall, this book must honestly be considered a "must-have" for a Witch's bookshelf. -Ingrid

Great reference

Although Ray Buckland's book lacks a lot of information on the spiritual side of Wicca it is a great reference book. Although very Gardnerian and coven based, the rituals can be easily adapted to fit the solitary practitioner who is of a different tradition.I wouldn't recommend this book for those just starting, but for those that are more familiar with the basics and have had some prior exposure to Witchcraft. I suggest starting out with Scott Cunningham's "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner." If interested in Alexandrian or Gardnerian Wicca, then move on to Silver Ravenwolf, this book, and then try the books by the Farrars.One downside to the book was the quizzes. The quizzes were a bit knit-picky, but they at least helped get some of the information across to the reader.As others have mentioned, Buckland does quote himself quite often, but usually these quotes are in the margin and if they don't reenforce and idea, they at least make for a good laugh.I will give Buckland a lot of credit for not "dumbing-down" the material for the average 13 year old as some writers have. Wiccan books don't always have to be written for the teenager and I'm glad Buckland maintained a writing proficiency level that agrees with most adults.Although not a "complete" book, it is a good starting point for many subjects like talismans, tarot, astrology, and herbalism. Overall, a great book. I recommend it to any student of Wicca, particularly ones interested in Gardnerian and like traditions.

Ray Buckland is awesome!

I have had this book and studied it and worked from it for 12 years. Shortly after I got this book, I had some questions, so I wrote a letter to the address given in the book. In return I got an actual, hand written letter, from the author himself! He has alot of heart! He takes his work seriously is is there when you need him!

A must for begginers

Raymond Buckland does an excellent job of presenting the Craft to newcomers to the religion or just those who are curious. This workbook goes from the history of the craft to the actual workings of covens, set up in lessons. It is easy to read and understand, and presents Wicca without a slant toward a particular denomination. I recommend this book to all beginners and even those with more experience in the Craft might find some interesting things throughout.
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