Author: Raymond Buckland
Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Publication date: December 1987
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This third edition of Practical Candle Burning is a bit hard to review. I remember finding a copy of the first edition in the seventies and considering myself fortunate to have obtained a copy. Information was hard to come by in the early seventies. This book's brief introduction to candle magick and its many long and complex rituals helped to open my eyes to a different way to see the world.
Unfortunately, over 25 years have passed since I picked up that first edition. Although Buckland has revised and expanded this book, I can no longer call it a must have book for most people. Most Pagans will have little use for the Christian versions of the rituals. They were probably included in the seventies in the hope of increasing the market for the book, but I think the Pagan population has increased to the point where that really isn't necessary.
The information is this book is solid and would be helpful to the beginner, but I can't strongly recommend this book any more given that there are much better books on candle magick available. For example, J. E. Auer packs more useful information into less than one hundred pages in Candle Magick: A Guide for the Novice than Buckland does in both this book and his Advanced Candle Magick combined. While a novice would certainly not be wasting her money buying Practical Candle Burning, I believe she could spend it more effectively elsewhere.
Reviewed by Randall
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