The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism

June 18, 2015 - Comment

In pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital “W”) was a magical and healing practice associated with the pagan religion. Good witches were pretty much the norm. The very word “Witch” comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a “wise one;” the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs,

In pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital “W”) was a magical and healing practice associated with the pagan religion. Good witches were pretty much the norm. The very word “Witch” comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a “wise one;” the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic. But during the last 1,000 years, Witchcraft and paganism received much bad press. With 560 entries, a resource section, and 114 photos and illustrations, this is an exhaustive A-to-Z exploration of people, places, events, literature, and other matters related to this ever-timely and popular topic. It defines both the darker Christian concept and the true concept of Wicca, concentrating on the Western European and later New World versions of Witchcraft and magic. From Abracadabra to Aleister Crowley to Gardnerian Witchcraft to Rosemary’s Baby to sorcery and Zoroastra, The Witch Book is unmatched in its coverage of witchcraft’s historical, practical, and cultural aspects.

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Patricia C. Mcclelland "rugbydeprofundis" says:

Nice Coffee Table Book Buckland’s new title would make a nice “My first Witchcraft/Wicca book” as it covers many topics in a light introductive manner. As such, it would make a nice gift for a teen or young adult that has expressed an interest in investigating Witchcraft.However, as a Community Elder who has taught the Craft for over 20 years, I cannot recommend this book for the serious researcher as it does not go into much depth and omits much of the material that would have made this book a good…

Anonymous says:

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Anonymous says:

Contradictory & riddled with errors Perhaps my disappointment with this book stems more from expecting greater things from such a well-known author. Unfortunately the book is full of contradictions, which will confuse and misdirect new seekers and researchers. Buckland goes back and forth in the entries stating that the Craft is ancient, then strictly modern. He speaks of witches during the period of persecution, of witch priests and priestesses from days of Old, and then in other entries states that everything came from Gerald…

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