Greater Feast of Raymond Buckland, died September 27, 2017 at Ohio, United States
Bkwyrm reviews Practical Candleburning Rituals: Spells & Rituals For Every Purpose by Raymond Buckland in the Bkwyrm archive.
Subtitled “Spells & Rituals For Every Purpose”. Contains exactly what the title says it does. However, these candle rituals are probably a little more elaborate than many Wiccans use. The work includes an astral color chart, a guide to the symbolism of colors, and information about which days of the week are best for working particular kinds of spells. It has the same drawbacks as Buckland’s other works, however – a disregard for the fact that while Buckland does it one way, lots of people get perfectly good results doing it other ways.
Sometimes referred to (irreverently) as “Uncle Buckie’s Big Blue Book”, or merely as “The Blue Book”. This is a classic workbook for beginning Wiccans. Contains information on the history and philosophy of Wicca, tools, clothing, sabbats, dreams, divinations, channeling, Magick, etc. Purports to be complete, as the title says, but what you’re really getting is Mr. Buckland’s understanding of Wicca. No one book can ever cover Wicca completely, and Buckland’s book doesn’t. It’s an important book for beginners, however, as it explains in simple (if a bit pedantic) language just what a lot of Wiccans (though certainly not all) believe. It also contains well put together lessons, and guides the reader through simple rituals. Contains enough rituals to keep a beginner busy for a while. If you’re going to read the book, read it in order. Don’t skip around, otherwise you’ll miss one of the best features of this book, which is the way each lesson builds on the prior instruction. Caveat emptor, however – remember that Buckland does not have the final word on Wicca.