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Uncle Bucky's Big Blue Book

Raymond Buckland's "Complete Book of Witchcraft" is available for Kindle, and I read it on my phone at work since I only occasionally have much to do. It is very thorough, and gives you all the technical know-how needed to practice coven-based Wicca. It's a workbook, with the intention of getting a person thinking and writing about his or her religious practice. There is no question he started out as a Gardnerian though; it's all about being naked and having male/female polarities. At least he admits that this was not a tradition started out by British peasants; the use of gold and silver kind of puts the lie to that.

This was something necessary for me to read for my own metaphysical knowledge, but I liked Scott Cunningham's "Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner" better. Not that it matters; this is not and will never be my path, but I really see where it can be very nourishing for those for whom it is.

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prushrush
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Is this available in book form?
khandreia
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
It should still be available, I'd think. (I've had my copy since '99 or so, so I don't know for sure.) Check around some of the bigger bookstores in the new age section.\, or on Amazon.

But for the original post...yeah, that was about my impression of it as well. It's a useful resource to have around, and there are some interesting ideas in it, but it's really not my thing, and very little applied to my more solitary practices. Although I've more or less become a non-practicing eclectic pagan rather than identifying as Wiccan since then, I remember finding Cunningham's books to be a lot more approachable when I was starting out. (And we will not speak of how, for a time, I foolishly bought into Silver Ravenwolf's ideas before I realised just how horribly fluffybunny they were.)
kishiriadgr
Apr. 19th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
It is still very much in print. I would reccomend Scott Cunningham first though.
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