Jan 8, 2011
If there is one book which most Pagans and Wiccans have in common, it would be "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" by Ray Buckland. If you see a Wiccan's bookshelf, it's likely to be there. If it isn't, it could be that they gave it to someone who was just beginning. And sometimes, they talk about wanting to get another copy. Why, if it's "just" a primer? If they're advanced, would they be "beyond" a primer?
The book stands out on any bookshelf, even a bookstore, and even a bookstore that specializes in books of that kind. The first thing that is apparent is its size. And, there is the blue cover that makes it stand out. Hence the nickname "Buckland's Big Blue Book", or some just call it "The Blue Book" and know that those who know will know which book they mean. From the information on the inside front pages of my copy, the first printing was in 1986, and I have a copy from a printing done in 1989, so the book has been around a while, and it's still selling.
If you were to come to me for one-on-one lessons or even in a class if I were to teach one, it would be one of the books you'd be expected to read. And, I am not alone in that. I would also suggest the book to police departments, school teachers and principals, and a few others I could mention, including some clergy.
Let's look at this one and while we're doing that, we'll look at some of the basic principles of basic learning while we're at it. This is a book well-designed for someone who knows nothing about the subject and wants to learn something about it.
Let's explore this!