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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Advanced Candle Magick Search

Book Review:
Advanced Candle Magick

Author: Raymond Buckland
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: May 1996
ISBN: 1567181031
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Many years ago, I was searching for new books to expand my horizons in the Craft. Not happy with just what my teachers gave me, I sought for expanded knowledge. I happened upon a book that I immediately bought -- Practical Candleburning Rituals. I was both pleased and puzzled by it -- pleased that someone was talking about something important to me and puzzled by the Christian 'spells', which given how most of my Christian friends feel about spellcraft seemed inappropriate. I read the book, yawned through the rituals, and tucked it aside.

Now Ray Buckland has come out with Advanced Candle Magick. After reading it, my first thought was that Mr. Buckland should become a craft writer instead of a Craft writer. As in Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, Mr. Buckland's directions for creating items are much more interesting than the rituals themselves.

The rituals aside, I find I have trouble with Mr. Buckland's style and several announcements. This book talks down to the reader, a fact that I tend to resent. That coupled with his habit of stating things as the way it has to be would have automatically put this book on my list of books headed for the used book store. However the practical details of candlemaking rescues it from that fate.

Reviewed by Elspeth

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