am 20. Dezember 2001
Raymond Buckland hat mit seinem "Complete Book of Witchcraft" ein umfangreiches und trotz der englischen Sprache sehr leicht verständliches Buch über das Wesen moderner Hexerei geschaffen. Der Titel des Buches trifft also voll zu! Das Buch selbst ist in mehrere Lektionen eingeteilt, die es dem Anfänger, wie dem Fortgeschrittenen ermöglichen, sich Schritt für Schritt mit modernem Hexentum und Wicca auseinanderzusetzen. Als ein Lern- und Arbeitsbuch erhält man grundlegende Anweisungen und Einblicke in das Wesen der neopaganen Religionen, die Funktionsweise von Magie, den Vielgötterglauben und lernt nebenbei noch interessante und lohnenswerte Dinge wie die Geschichte der Hexerei von ihren Anfängen bis heute, wie man schrittweise magische Fähigkeiten lockt, verschiedene Hexenschriften und und und. Das Buch dient dem Anfänger wie dem Fortgeschrittenen als ein hervorragendes Buch zum Nachlesen, Nachschlagen und Schmökern. Einziges Manko: Das Buch gibt es nicht in deutscher Sprache. Wer aber einigermaßen der englischen Sprache mächtig ist, wird seine hellste Freude an dem Werk haben. Zudem gibt es zahlreiche Illustrationen, die den Text verständlicher machen. Ein super Buch, das den Preis auf jeden Fall wert ist und das in keiner Sammlung fehlen sollte.
Nebenbei gesagt war dieses Buch eines meiner ersten und es ist das Buch, mit dem ich am liebsten arbeite!
am 4. November 1999
Buckland's Complete Book of Wtchcraft is not for everyone. It demands an open mind from those who choose to read it and actively work with it. You must follow the sequence of chapters and complete the assignments to get the most out of it. For those who feel he is sexist you must remember that there are many beliefs within the wiccan/pagan traditions. If something does not feel right to you, it probably isn't. You can not possibly believe that everything you read is the absolute way, but do not ridicule the man for his beliefs. He did not beg you to purchase his book, nor to read it. It is his interpretation and views and it does not mean "YOU MUST FOLLOW, OR ELSE." It is however, open for your interpretation and meant only to be used in part or whole....whatever feels right for you. And for the Christians who feel the need to come in here and threaten with a fiery death in hell or whatever...we do not all believe in hell. It is a Christian place. We do not believe in Satan, he is a Christian evil entity that they have made for you to fear. If you do not follow Buckland's train of thought or tradition, you have the option of taking the information with a grain of salt. We are not all commanded to think alike, but I do believe we are all on a similar spiritual path and that is....DIVINITY....=o) Blessed Be!!!!!
am 20. Januar 1999
In my opinion, any book that cites Uri Geller as an example of someone who can manipulate energy with his mind has no credibility whatsoever....
am 22. Februar 2000
I read this book when I first became interested in the practice of magic. I still refer to it from time to time. It is a good book for learning some of the basics. Please don't take this book (or any other) as the 'be all-end all' on the subject of magic (or any other). One big problem I have with the 'big blue book' is its lack of a good index. What's the deal with that? It's also very Wiccan in its approach. A good book on magic should not be so narrow.
I have seen that some other reviewers blast Buckland personally. I refuse to pile on. I do, however, agree that Buckland's tone is a little messianic.
Speaking of messianic, I'm sure that those interested in reading these reviews would rather that Christians expressed their opinions elsewhere. God(dess) knows there are plenty of Christian forums! This is a collection of book reviews...not a platform for the fundies. That off my chest....
This is a pretty good book despite its tone, lack of good index, and narrowness. A WAY better, more 'complete' book, you ask? The Magician's Companion by Bill Whitcomb is much broader, more complete, and...well...bigger (though not blue); yet, still okay for a beginner. Go check out the reviews there. Then decide.
am 1. April 2000
I have been taught wicca since I was 8 years old and I could tell you I was taught be my grandmother. Wicca has been in my family since the 13 centry and I can tell you that this is an exact refrence as what I was taught. I hope you relize this book is worth it's weight in gold.
am 30. November 1999
This book is just what it is supposed to be: a guide and instruction book for those who wish to learn more about Witchcraft. From a very basic view of Witch history to modern Neo-paganism, this book allows the reader to develop their own beginnings in Witchcraft. Buckland "pushes" no one direction or path, but draws upon his own experiences and those of others in order to present a more "politically correct" open-minded lesson book. I enjoyed reading this book, but would like to state that it is not intended for the more advanced practitioner. A great novice or entry level instruction guide...let your heart be your guide. Remember, Wicca is based from within, there is no wrong way to worship the God and Goddess, an' it harm none. Wicca is a way of life, not just declaring oneself to be a Witch. Blessed be.
am 9. Juli 2014
Das "Große Blaue" von Buckland ist ein richtiges (großformatiges) Arbeitsbuch, in dem alle essentiellen Dinge zum Thema Wicca enthalten sind. Es ist wirklich ein Jammer, dass es das noch nicht auf Deutsch gibt. (Stattdessen darf man sich hierzulande mit wirklich haarsträubenden "Kursbüchern" herumschlagen, die dem tapferen Leser ein "Hexendiplom" versprechen... Schrecklich.) Der Autor erklärt die Hintergründe der Religion, die verschiedenen Wicca-Traditionen, die Feste, Götter, Werkzeuge, Ritualbausteine und allerlei magische Disziplinen (Divination, Schutzzauber, Kerzenmagie, Kräuterkunde...) und am Ende jedes Kapitels gibt es Prüfungsfragen, deren Antworten man direkt in ein Feld eintragen kann. Es gibt zahlreiche Fotos und Abbildungen und immer wieder Literaturempfehlungen. Jedem, der auf der Suche nach einem Arbeitsbuch oder "Wicca-Kurs" ist, würde ich ans Herz legen, hier mal einen Blick hineinzuwerfen und auf jeden Fall einen Riesenbogen um Theas Große Hexenschule zu machen... Ich möchte noch anmerken, dass der Fokus manchmal (nachvollziehbarerweise, er hat's ja "erfunden") eher auf Seax-Wica liegt, (als konkretes Beispiel fällt mir ein, dass Buckland nicht näher darauf eingeht, welche Symbole üblicherweise auf ein Athame graviert werden, obwohl er anmerkt, dass das stark variiert und dann auch einen eigenen Vorschlag bringt) aber es wird auch immer darauf hingewiesen, dass es Traditionen gibt, die eine bestimmte Sache eben anders machen. Daher glaube ich, dass Interessenten aller Traditionen dieses Buch hilfreich finden dürften. Jedem, der am Anfang seiner "Ausbildung" steht und es gleich möglichst richtig machen möchte, würde ich fürs Erste dieses Buch in Verbindung mit "A Witches' Bible" von den Farrars empfehlen, damit kann man praktisch nichts falsch machen.
am 25. November 1999
This book does nothing but superficially skim over a mixed-bag of practices which are generally associated with Paganism and witchcraft. Unlike many of my peer reviewers, I fail to see its broad scope as a positive attribute -- on the contrary, Buckland's overly simplistic approach makes it dangerously easy for the reader, especially one who is not basically knowledgeable about Paganism, to come away with the impression that s/he now knows a whole lot -- when in fact s/he knows almost nothing more than they did before they read the book.
Buckland obviously aimed his writing towards an audience who are not versed in the rich nature of individual and historically based Paganism, preferring to concentrate on such fictional 're-creations' as circles drawn with swords, High Priests and Priestesses, ranks and levels of witchcraft and numerologically based 'witch names'. He provides an overview of Pagan 'history' no more probing or exploratory than the average 6th-grade history textbook, including a wholesale acceptance of Gerald Gardner's fabrications about the 'secret heritage' of Wicca. He plugs his own Wiccan tradition shamelessly, provides rituals, reasonings and explanations just as rooted in dogma as the Judeo-Christian religions many Pagans have eschewed, and makes numerous sweeping staements without any rationalizations or evidence to back them up.
This book is fluff, easily digested, the literary and religious equivalent of Wonderbread. Like Wonderbread, the actual substance it contains could be compressed to a size far smaller than the original. Buckland is to be applauded for his marketing sense in repeatedly tapping a group of people looking for religious guidance but unable or unwilling to actually do the research and intropection necessary to any kind of true spiritual fulfillment.
The bottom line is that this book is a tame, non-threatening little piece of work that will not challenge anyone's beliefs, stimulate any epiphanies or provoke any deep understandings of the Pagan spirituality. If those are the qualities you desire in a book, you are welcome to it. If, on the other hand, you want an intelligent and stimulating, fact-based exploration of Paganism, I would recommend instead Aoumiel's (Ann Moura's) 'Green Witchcraft'.
am 28. Januar 1999
I am not an experienced witch however in the last few months i have been raching up my bills getting my hands on all the pertanent books to wicca. Although i read the mixed reviews from this site , as well as oocult bookstore owners i bought it any how. and it gets 50% ITS PETTY AND PRECIOUS ALL AT THE SAME TIME THE PETTY=for example in appendix A he has a paragraph on each of the wiccan denominations and about 5 paragraphs on his :OWN SEXA: =QUOTE In America the first witch to stand up and be recognized was myself UNQUOTE is he FULL of himself or what??????? =the book is geared more toward coven work witch is useless to me because i am a solitary practitioner THE PRECIOUS= The workbook format is really appealing to myself and there are no other books that i can find that are in that format with little tests of knowledge, as well as, crafts, and songs. with lists of herbs, diety names, runes, and different lettering from angelic to pictish. All in all i would reccomend this book but only if you accompiany it with 21st century wicca (Hunter), or wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner (Cunningham)
am 30. Juni 1998
I'll stand by the Big Blue book. Yeah, Wicca:a guide for the solitary practioner is better, BUT you don't read Jane Austin and go "Oh man, she never mentions the internet!" Remember WHEN this came out.
Put simply, this book should always be on your First buy list for books on Wicca. THERE is no other author, in my NOT humble opinion, who has the right to speak of "Old Uncle Gerald" like Buckland.
There is no nouveux silliness here, no whining against the patriarchy or lamenting that people don't practice "da olde religion like they used to" There is just good writing, good detail and most importantly it is not writen for the sixth-grade reader...
I for one get sick of books that read "see Morgan run. Run, Morgan, Run. See Morgan dance beneath the full moon. Dance, Morgan, Dance. Can you dance beneath the full moon too? I knew you could..."
HOWEVER, This book barely manages to grant my forgiveness for "the Magic of chant-o-matics" by the same author....
I guess we all are young and need money at some point.