Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick) by Raymond Buckland is a book detailing the course of witchcraft, complete with photographs, illustrations, and discussions on various rituals and beliefs. It also cites the history and some folk lore surrounding the development of sorcery. Furthermore, other sections that focus on spells, divination, herbalism, healing, channeling, dream, covens, and solitary witchcraft practice are also included in the book. The book is a self-study text that includes exercises at the end of each chapter that the readers can answer to test their knowledge regarding what they have read.
The book is a good starting point to learn more about various things related to witchcraft like talismans, tarot, astrology, and herbalism. In addition, the readers are provided with a discussion on the history of witchcraft to help them gain more understanding about the subject. After reading the book, readers are sure to have basic knowledge about a lot of topics that concern witchcraft which they can sharpen further using the worksheets provided in the book.
For those who are just starting with witchcraft or not really into, they may find some of the rituals indicated in the book too absurd. Some people argue that evidence to support the ideas presented in the book are lacking. In addition, others are troubled by the author’s boldness in recommending rituals that may pose some dangers to people especially those who are just beginning with witchcraft and herbal medicines that he may not have enough knowledge of. There are also some readers who despise how the author quotes himself from his other works.
The book aims to provide the readers with witchcraft knowledge common to various sects like the Celtics, Saxon, and Finnish.