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Scottish Witchcraft: The History and Magick of the Picts
From the ancient misty Highlands of Scotland come the secrets of the solitary Witchcraft practice of the mysterious early Keltic people. PectiWita emphasizes living and blending of magick into everyday life. Here, for the first time, are full details of this solitary branch of the Old Ways, their celebrations, talismans, song and dance, herbal lore, runes and glyphs, and r ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 8th 1991 by Llewellyn Publications
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I read this as a young teenager and thought it all sounded neat, even if getting a whole new set of working tools was too impractical for me. However, I would now implore anyone interested in this to first read some scholarly books on Scottish history, especially what is actually known about the Picts. Then you can adequately judge this volume for yourself.
This book is an interesting read. He presents some different ideas about Scottish witchcraft, such as using one's dirk for both magickal and mundane works (whereas, in modern day Wicca most people have their ceremonial knife aka the athame and use it primarily for magickal workings) - which actually made sense to me as I read it. If one thinks back to previous centuries, how many of the common folk in rural communities could afford to buy or make an athame and never use it for everyday tasks? If ...more
I bought this book a few years ago, and I only recently gave it a proper read-through. Since my magical path is exclusively Celtic I wanted to learn more about Scottish Witchcraft. This book was first published in 1991, (25 years ago) so I'm certain there is much more to Witchcraft in Scotland than what is outlined here, and many other traditions. This particular book focuses on the Pecti-Wita practices. Raymond Buckland states that this practice is not exactly Wiccan, although it's followers ac ...more
Although I don't think much of this book is historically accurate and perhaps the author's opinion encroaches a little too much, I still found it a relatively interesting read. Most of this interesting information was found in the final appendix at the end of the book, which I feel would have been better placed in the first chapter.
Known as "The Father of American Wicca," Raymond Buckland was responsible for introducing Wicca to the United States. He was the author of the first American book on the Old Religion written by a witch - WITCHCRAFT FROM THE INSIDE - and has since written nearly sixty others, including the classic BUCKLAND'S COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT and the three encyclopedias: THE WITCH BOOK, THE FORTUNETELLING ...moreMore about Raymond Buckland...