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OooH! Me back!

As promised, gas-mask donned, TGW has been digging in the shite this weekend – heh wana see what I dug up?

Lets take that Amazon reviewer Siobhan Whelan who goes by the name Lilane, for a start, the one who leaves loads of reviews and comments in favour of Lady Raven Avalon and Rochelle Moore, who, lets not forget, are supposed to be her (that’s Lilane) pen-names or puppet accounts.

She’s supposed to be a copyright thief, right? So lets get that spade to some of Liane’s Amazon reviews and see if what we’ve heard and read is right or not… it didn’t take long to come up with yet more shite and confirmation that this dude is just full of it!

We like Bucky’s Big Blue Book – we’ve had it a good few years now so when we saw ole Lilane had reviewed it of course we had to take a dig.. here’s what she says:

“4.0 out of 5 stars a great addition to a reading collection, September 18, 2010

Raymond Buckland and Llewellyn thought it important to market.While some of the basic premises of Craft practice and such are great, no book, no author, no magickal tool is ever going to take the place of actual hands on practice.

Buckland has done not so much  service to Wicca and the Craft as a viable religious system but rather caused far damage and discord within the Craft in the form of drama and flailing egos as a result of the book’s claims. 

There is good information on candle magick, magickal alphabets and books of shadows, ritual set up, etc. But of course none of this means anything if the reader does not actually get up and do the work. Reading this work is not going to be enough to make you a third degree anything.”

Remember, this person has a reputation for taking others words and using them as her own AND MAKING MONEY OUT OF IT… compare (I’ve made it easy for you) the above with this below – I’m off to rest my back in readiness for more digging :/

Customer Review

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
3.0 out of 5 stars Inflated Expectations, November 2, 2009
This review is from: Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick) (Paperback)

This book is rather (non)affectionately referred to as “Uncle Bucky’s Big Book O’ Wicca”. For whatever reason, Raymond Buckland and Llewellyn thought it important to market a book that infers that by reading it, yes, you, too can be a Third Degree in Wicca. This claim is pretty absurd – and I have experienced little ones (teenagers) coming up to me and claiming Third Degree credentials. A five minute conversation usually will uncover just how much the self-professed “Initiate” doesn’t know. Buckland has done not so much a service to Wicca and the Craft as a viable religious system but rather caused far damage and discord within the Craft in the form of drama and flailing egos as a result of the book’s claims.

While some of the basic premises of Craft practice and such are great, no book, no author, no magickal tool is ever going to take the place of actual hands on practice. As an herbalist who has spent a lifetime in the study, there is not enough information doeseages or caveats towards health or pre-existing conditions being given in this book for those would be Witches to just start playing around with herbs. For his I would thoroughly reommend the books of Matthew Wood, in particular “The Book of Herbal Wisdom” and also James Greene’s “The Medicine-Maker’s Handbook” and other authors such as Rosemary Gladstar and Susun Weed – who herself is a very accomplished and well published herbalist and Green Witch. There are much better magical treatises on herbs such as Paul V. Beyerl’s Master Book of Herbalism”, which so thorough that it makes Buckland’s little chapter look rather incomplete if not a little absurd. Herbal work really does require oversight by knowledgable teachers in order to avoid calamity, and they are out there. Buckland should have more strongly asserted this in the book. 

There is good information on candle magick, magickal alphabets and books of shadows, ritual set up, etc. But of course none of this means anything if the reader does not actually get up and do the work. Reading this work is not going to be enough to make you a third degree anything other than a fool for buying into the idea that “faith” of any kind without hard work is dead. I give this book three stars mainly because of the misrepresentation of both what it can achieve and how compleat the herbal knowledge consists of.


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