Friday, June 15, 2012

Question...

...and PLEASE! I do want to know what you think.

1. Give me your honest opinion of Raymond Buckland


5 comments:

  1. I know who he is but I'm not familiar with his writings or teachings at all. Sorry! I suspect he's pretty old school compared to people like Starhawk, etc.

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    1. Debra, he is rather old school. And I'm wondering how most people would feel if they were told his book *The Complete Book of Witchcraft* (or the BIG blue book as some call it)is the ONLY book you need to have and read in order to base all your information about being Wiccan or a Witch?

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  2. I read the BBB back in the day, when it was one of about 5 books Waldenbooks carried on the subject, along with Spiral Dance and Drawing Down the Moon (which were also available at the library), and the Cunningham books...that was all I had access to from the time I was 13 until I was in college.

    I wouldn't say that its a definitive source, but if someone is looking to get STARTED as a solitary Wiccan, it covers a great deal.

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  3. Buckland wrote many books yes he is old school the book is a great primer for one to get started and to have around as reference. It is Alexander Trad. I would say no to the only book one needs. Books are to give direction after that being a witch requires no book.

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  4. Uncle Buck, as I like to call him, offers a great intro "how-to" book. Very practical, but very "by the book"! he presents it like it's his way or the highway! hahah. I think he needs to be taken in conjunction with other people. So like... Scott Cunningham and Uncle Buck are a good beginner's combination, because Uncle Buck offers an example of structure and Cunningham offers a little more practical realistic advice.

    But Uncle Buck's Big Blue Book was given to me by my mentor as a workbook, and we worked through it together and talked about together (laughed about it together!) and I've done the same with people I've mentored as well!

    So, I do not love him, but I think he's important!

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