Buckland blasts witches who hex – Examiner.com

Pagan elder Raymond Buckland “stirred the cauldron” in the pagan community, so to speak, yesterday, by dropping a bombshell on his Facebook. He attacked those who hex as not “real” witches. By doing so debates have broke out over whether or not he is correct. Some of the community is divided on the issue and on whether or not to say anything at all.

He wrote:


So very sorry to see so many people who call themselves “witches” talking about hexing people. Just undoing all the work that we pioneers worked so hard to do. WITCHES DO NOT HEX PEOPLE; DO NOT DO NEGATIVE MAGIC – period! Send out love. Find a POSITIVE way to change someone, if you really feel that necessary. (I wouldn’t mind betting that these people haven’t got the power to hex the skin off a rice-pudding anyway!)
In love and light — Ray Buckland

Buckland, who is English-American, is very respected in the pagan community because he was instrumental in the history of Wicca. He was the first to bring Wicca to America, having been initiated into Gerald Gardner’s coven in England, prior, and even knowing Gardner before he passed away.

When he moved to the states, Buckland brought the coven’s lineage with him in 1964. In 1971, he claims to be the first person in America to say that he is an adherent of Wicca. He later formed his own Wiccan tradition called Seax-Wicca, which focuses on Anglo-Saxon symbolism.

But Buckland is best known in the pagan community as the author of “Buckland’s complete book of Witchcraft“, lovingly termed as the “big blue book”, that he published in 1986. The book is one of the books people often recommend to new seekers of Wicca and one of the earliest written on the subject. The book details his own tradition of Seax Wicca, mostly for covens and groups. Nowadays, Buckland spends his time as a solitary Wiccan, running his Facebook page, and is affectionately known as “Uncle Bucky” by the pagan community for his contributions.

In his recent post of blasting witches he has garnered both praise and backlash. Some of the posts brought up past works or points on the history of Wicca that seems to counter Buckland’s recent stance. Erin Steacy writes “Of course Witches hex people. What do you think Gardner and his peers were doing to the Nazis?! How do you think wise women and cunning men dealt with tyrannical land barons? How do you think they learned to heal if they didn’t know how to hex? I really don’t understand this current trend of trying to sanitize witchcraft.

Others agreed with Buckland’s stance “Send Love, it is the most powerful magic there is, and the world need it so much these days.” writes Lydia Snel.

Even still, others were quick to point out that not all witches are Wiccans, and, however, not allWiccans believe in the threefold law return as karma for doing bad, either. Some Wiccans do actually curse, if need be. Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente both were not against such practices depending on the circumstances.

It may be that Raymond Buckland is extremely concerned about the image of witchcraft, since he came from an era where one could be punished for it and everyone thought all witches did was hexing. His subsequent post seems to confirm this. He really wasn’t happy when people pointed out that he had some spell work against enemies in one of his books.

He’s also taking the Wiccan rede out of context. Doreen Valiente in her book “ABCs of witchcraft past and present“, made mention that the rede, is not about pacifism. This is further complicated by the fact that “rede” means “advice”, and not “law” as Buckland and others have been touting it.


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