Had this book for many years, re read it many times I even thought about doing some of the things he says are rituals But I could never see how being naked, blindfolded, and my hands bound, with a man touching me with a sharp knife all over my body had anything to do with how I felt about the universe and the earth Even though it s supposed to I feel, like all other man made religions, Buckland just made up his own rules and rituals Some I feel are highly misogynistic I find his claims on Had this book for many years, re read it many times I even thought about doing some of the things he says are rituals But I could never see how being naked, blindfolded, and my hands bound, with a man touching me with a sharp knife all over my body had anything to do with how I felt about the universe and the earth Even though it s supposed to I feel, like all other man made religions, Buckland just made up his own rules and rituals Some I feel are highly misogynistic I find his claims on Tradition suspect and arrogant He did not invent the universe, the earth, or how people learned to live with both Neither did Gardner or Gardner s family If I could, I d give this 0 stars simply because I don t want people just learning about Witchcraft to think this is the be all and end all of their journeys just because it s a classic.In the ensuing years as I learned just what I do believe in, I have read many books on Paganism, earth magic, Wicca, Witchcraft, etc I have concluded I am my own religion, and books and other people can be guides and signposts As well as cautionary tales Please don t feel you HAVE TO believe any of these authors especially Buckland or anyone who claims to be a Traditionalist or anyone else to know where you fit into the universe Also, Wicca and Witchcraft ARE NOT the same thing, and are not interchangeable I once owned a copy of this book when I was a teen It had hilarious consequences Long story short, I gave it to a friend, and his mother whom he didn t even know was very religious found it, freaked out, burned it, grounded him, and tried to get him an exorcism The Methodist minister she contacted didn t feel an exorcism was necessary Worth every penny 5 5 stars The Big Blue Book Where to begin This fortunately was NOT the first book I read on witchcraft I took a class at a local shop that taught out of this book though and I feel like it s a little too S M for me I felt as if the whole time I was reading the book Buckland was telling me This is exactly what witchcraft is, NO EXCEPTIONS It was very cut and dry and his arrogance SEEPS off the page If you re interested in traditional coven based witchcraft I suppose this book would serve you we The Big Blue Book Where to begin This fortunately was NOT the first book I read on witchcraft I took a class at a local shop that taught out of this book though and I feel like it s a little too SM for me I felt as if the whole time I was reading the book Buckland was telling me This is exactly what witchcraft is, NO EXCEPTIONS It was very cut and dry and his arrogance SEEPS off the page If you re interested in traditional coven based witchcraft I suppose this book would serve you well It was interesting to say the least, but for the average solitary practitioner I do not recommend it This book was added to my reading list as a couple of wiccan sites I found which I believe were written by men, which will become important as I continue.It was touted as a wiccan bible and as I flicked through, I could see why.I have never had a good relationship with Christianity, so please be aware that anything using the word bible makes me incredibly uncomfortable I do not do Mr Buckland an honour when I agree to call his book the wiccan bible.With the first cursory glance through th This book was added to my reading list as a couple of wiccan sites I found which I believe were written by men, which will become important as I continue.It was touted as a wiccan bible and as I flicked through, I could see why.I have never had a good relationship with Christianity, so please be aware that anything using the word bible makes me incredibly uncomfortable I do not do Mr Buckland an honour when I agree to call his book the wiccan bible.With the first cursory glance through the book I found several things that made me feel uncomfortable First being the prevalence of naked ladies and the lack of corresponding gentlemen The image I felt summed up my thoughts on the matter was one of a young attractive lady harvesting herbs She wears nothing, not even a protective glove, and we can see all of her, but have trouble seeing the herb she is cutting or how she is cutting it I have no trouble with nudity, but can we all agree that when harvesting herbs, clothes might have a use As a beginning witch with no idea where to begin to look for a coven, his chapter The Solitary Witch caught my eye and I thought to forgive the naked herb gatherer as a folly of age However, with in the first sentence, Buckland makes his views very clear, stating that the Solitary Witch is a weak witch who cannot progress through witchcraft as they have no coven He continuously refers to this Solitary Witch throughout the book, but he makes it very clear they are an anomaly and a bad choice for witchcraft A very elitist view that grated on my individualistic nature.This book has an incredible amount of detailed ritual, rites and magick These are very strict patterns with little room for error or tweaking This book presents itself as knowing the facts of magick and that any deviation is wrong or dangerous.One segment that caught my eye was of course the Sex Magick one Buckland describes this magic as one of the most potent forms , which uses the most potent psycho physiological event the orgasm He then goes on to describe a group sex act, with incredibly detail The male partner is the focus of this entire passage, with the female partner aiming to bring herself to orgasm at the same time as the male He even has a paragraph on what to do if the male cannot hold back his orgasm and that the female should move as he indicates I was surprised that he actually covers the possibility of same sex couples or some other strong reason why actual intercourse cannot be indulged in , but he very clearly sees male female penetrative intercourses as the best source of power He does touch on sexual health I have already emphasised the importance of bodily cleanliness for magick Where sex Magick is to be worked this is especially important Yes, that is the entirety of his thoughts on the matter.He states that if pregnancy should be avoided Oral sex is an option, never mentioning condoms or any form of contraception There is also a lovely quote from a Dr Mumford about the health benefits of imbibing semen I preface this section with a few clarifying statements I am asexual I can and do have sex, though I have a very low sex drive and I actually view sex as something apart from the intimacy of a loving relationship But Buckland s Sex Magick is one of the most disturbing things I have ever read Not only the patriarchal stance one of the main things I though witchcraft and wicca were different from modern religion in , but the implication that anyone not willing to have sex for Magick is lesser and a weak witch The vague mention of same sex couples and those not wanting to take part in this bizarre ritual is frankly homophobic, inconsiderate and disgusting If I did not already find this book repulsive, I would have had a very swift change of heart during this section.In conclusion, this book is a relic Printed in 2001, I feel this book was already behind the times at conception Buckland became a Gardnerian in the sixties, a time of rebellion, but he has stuck to the patriarchal, white supremacist rebellion sexual freedom as men using women as they see fit as eye candy or for their own progression and power cultural appreciation developing into appropriation and outright lies I spied at least five different alphabets in this book, but I did not find a single mention of the language that they are used for or any respect for these letters they are a code for witches and nothingand religious freedom as twisting Witchcraft and Wicca into a forced mirror of christianity, with his descriptions of covens acting as a permanent reminder of the high Christian churches, especially Catholicism.TLDR this is the worst book for a beginner It is sexist, homophobic and downright patronising.If you are starting out into witchcraft, this is the worst book choice possible Please avoid it I have never really been into Gardnerian Wicca or the similar traditions, as far as adopting it as my personal system, and this book really encompasses all of the reasons why.The ritual scourging, binding and blindfolding, the ceremonial feel to things, how the author gives you a way to do things and why and why others ways are wrong but feel free to do whatever you like The author makes it seem as though if I don t hand make my own athame, from cutting the metal to carving the handle, the too I have never really been into Gardnerian Wicca or the similar traditions, as far as adopting it as my personal system, and this book really encompasses all of the reasons why.The ritual scourging, binding and blindfolding, the ceremonial feel to things, how the author gives you a way to do things and why and why others ways are wrong but feel free to do whatever you like The author makes it seem as though if I don t hand make my own athame, from cutting the metal to carving the handle, the tool will not work He mentions that the best altar is a tree stump but wouldn t that be benefiting from the killing of a tree He continually mentions that being a solitary witch a witch who works alone and often lives alone, in his words is sub par and goes further to say that if you are not initiated into a tradition you are not actually a witch but a cowan or a similar word, I don t remember quite.The circle must be this many feet wide your wand must be this many inches eh Not my thing Also, the author really sounds super arrogant and self serving almost all of his sources are his own books I ll start by saying that I am not Wiccan I ve no real interest in Wicca any because it s become as lopsided as Christianity, but at the opposite end.But, Uncle Buckey s Big Blue Book is designed for someone who wants a serious, orderly, introductory study into the esoteric arts of the occult aka Wicca and a basic understanding of many of the celto centric, reconstructionist pagan beliefs in practice today It is THE textbook with which to start I have an earlier addition and I underst I ll start by saying that I am not Wiccan I ve no real interest in Wicca any because it s become as lopsided as Christianity, but at the opposite end.But, Uncle Buckey s Big Blue Book is designed for someone who wants a serious, orderly, introductory study into the esoteric arts of the occult aka Wicca and a basic understanding of many of the celto centric, reconstructionist pagan beliefs in practice today It is THE textbook with which to start I have an earlier addition and I understand some of the criticisms I ve brought up in another review have been addressed in the newer reprints.Buckland took a very methodical approach to teaching the magickal arts He presents a chapter, describes what you need to know and then has you write down answers to what you learned, your thoughts and impressions of what has just been taught, and the overall effectiveness of what you ve done In other words, he has you start your BOS properly.While there is some of the you must do this and the you have to do that within the book, it s not quite as bad as the contradictions in other almost direct plagerizations of this work such as those taught by a certain corvus corax metalic grey canis lupis that contradict the teachings here as well as contradict what you ve learned in a chapter previous Buckland s book, while not perfect and certainly preachy at points, is still the best starting point, along with the books by Cunningham Once you have read and utilized this book, you will understand the difference between CALLING yourself a pagan or what I call fluffy bunny and actually understanding what it means to BE one Feb 18 3 4 s done with the book.I m mostly done with this book A lot of it I skimmed over as his suggestions are not pertinent to how I practice, which is alone and clothed, nor did I listen to his suggestions on how to ruin my stove by making my own athame While I understand the magic and connection by making something yourself believe me, my passion is crafting and making things from scratch , metal working is not something I would suggest to a novice or anyone unfamiliar with crafting Feb 18 3 4 s done with the book.I m mostly done with this book A lot of it I skimmed over as his suggestions are not pertinent to how I practice, which is alone and clothed, nor did I listen to his suggestions on how to ruin my stove by making my own athame While I understand the magic and connection by making something yourself believe me, my passion is crafting and making things from scratch , metal working is not something I would suggest to a novice or anyone unfamiliar with crafting or outside of a workshop area Wouldn t a beautiful incense burner beenaccessible for people reading his books, as all you need are a drill and a piece of wood and whatever you want to adorn it with Perhaps an additional book titled The Complete Book of Making Your Own Magickal Witchcraft Stuff I didn t check, did he write one and I didn t take notice when he sourced yet another piece of his work forinformation I digress.History section is laughable and worth skipping Another annoyance was in his herb section He mentions that a common medicine was extracted from foxglove, which was an herb used by village wise women in days of yore Okay He also forgot to mention that foxglove can be highly poisonous and shouldn t really be used or ingested He didn t put it in his poisonous herb section either.I m pretty irritated with his chapter on Magick chapter 11 I feel like if I don t do it his way, then it s so obviously wrong I don t feel that his way is right for me There is a little too much structure to his style and I m a very come as you are person There are sections that I find helpful, meditation being a big one as I have trouble with it But when it comes down to it, this isn t the beginner witchcraft book for me.I have to stop getting Wicca influenced books, I think A dear friend and mentor who meant well gave me this book about 17 years ago when I was relatively new to the pagan path I must agree to disagree as to its value While it has a few good spells for the beginning witch, it unfortunately also includes a history of Wicca that has absolutely no grounding in historical records creating new spiritual traditions is fine but one must be completely honest about their provenance In addition, the attitude that one must be an initiated Gardnerian Wic A dear friend and mentor who meant well gave me this book about 17 years ago when I was relatively new to the pagan path I must agree to disagree as to its value While it has a few good spells for the beginning witch, it unfortunately also includes a history of Wicca that has absolutely no grounding in historical records creating new spiritual traditions is fine but one must be completely honest about their provenance In addition, the attitude that one must be an initiated Gardnerian Wiccan to be a witch worth her salt is pure bunk in my opinion.If you want to learn good spells, there are many other, better books available One of the modern Wicca s most recommended books, this comprehensive text features a step by step course in Witchcraft, with photographs and illustrations, rituals, beliefs, history, and lore, as well as intruction in spellwork, divination, herbalism, healing, channeling, dreamwork, sabbats, esbats, covens, and solitary practice The workbook formats includes exam questions at the end of each lesson, so you can build a permanent record of your spiritual and magical training Has some useful interesting information, but I was put off by his attitude and arrogance Would recommend this to newbie pagan folks, but only to those who can take everything with a grain of salt and with well honed BS radar.