Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft

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Weiser Books, Jan 1, 2005 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 176 pages
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Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft was one of the first books to explore Wicca from a solitary perspective. Originally written 30 years ago to correct abuses he saw occurring in covens, Buckland offered Wiccan seekers an introductory text on Saxon witchcraft or Seax-Wicca, which can be practiced alone. Buckland presents meticulously researched information on the time-honored tradition of Saxon witchcraft. He writes cogently and informatively about the history, mythology, spiritual practices, and witchcraft of Saxon England. Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft includes everything the solitary witch needs to practice Seax-Wicca, including:
  • Descriptions of the Saxon deities and explanations of their primary beliefs
  • An introduction to the magical runic Saxon alphabet
  • A selection of original Pagan songs
  • A selection of Seax-Wiccan recipes for intoxicants
  • Instructions for initiation ceremonies, the eight Sabbats, marriage, birth, and death rites
  • An explanation of the art and practice of Saxon Galdra or magic and the divination and herbal lore used for protection, love potions, and healing
  • The Seax-Wicca Rite of Self-Dedication, which allows individuals to form their own covens and initiate themselves into the Craft
An indispensable handbook for solitary witches or for witches in covens who want to explore Saxon witchcraft. Originally published as The Tree: The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft, this edition offers a new introduction by the author to guide a new generation of witches into the art and practice of Seax-Wicca.

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One reviewer here suggested that this book allows people to worship "in the Saxon way". This is false. Buckland's creation, though certainly valid, beautiful and useful, has little to do with the religion of the ancient Saxons. Saxon Witchcraft, as expounded by Mr. Buckland, is simply Wicca with a Saxon veneer tacked onto it. There's nothing wrong with this of course, and those who wish to "flesh out" this tradition may do so, adding (through research) more that is authentic to it. Buckland even recommended that people do this. Some, dissatisfied with "sort of Saxon" may even go on to embrace Asatru, a reconstructed version of the religion of the ancient Norse people, which was carried to Germanic lands and England. There IS a tradition of witchcraft and magic in Asatru called galdra and seidr, but Ray Buckland's "Saxon Witchcraft" - which can be good and rewarding in its own right - isn't it. 

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Raymond Buckland is the author of more than fifty books on occult, witchcraft and the paranormal including Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications and The Spirit Book. He has been the subject of numerous articles and interviews in such publications as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and The Los Angeles Times, and has contributed articles to magazines, including Fate and The National Spiritualist Summit. Over the years he has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows both in the United States and abroad, and is known as “The Father of American Wicca.” Visit him at: www.raymondbuckland.com

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