This truly saddens me. He was the one who really brought me to Paganism and showed me that it can be a beautiful path. I never met him, but his big blue Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft was the first Pagan book I read and I've been on that path ever since. I still have that book back home and I miss it; I'm bringing it back with me next time I visit home. Even though I'm not Wiccan or a Witch, I still use much of what's in that book as a foundation. I'm going to light a candle in his memory tomorrow.
Good-bye Raymond Buckland, and thank you for your guidance.
Like many others, I read Big Blue and learned so much from it. Yesterday when I heard the news, I was sad but remembered that death is not the end of the journey, only the beginning and continuous. Thanks be to Raymond Buckland and blessings in his new path.
This is an Imence loss yo the entire pagan community he will be sorely missed!
As The Chalice And The Priestess
As The Wand Is Of The Priest
As The Ecstacy In Union
As The Angel From The Beast
As The Life Is The Communion
As The Great Within The Least
As Of The Many As Of The One
Before Beginning Was Ever Begun
As All Birthed Of Love Divine
Beyond All Space Beyond All Time
Beyond All Word Beyond All Name
Beyond All Difference Where All Is Same
Beyond All Touch Beyond All Sight
Beyond All Day Beyond All Night
Where Shineth Flame O Ever Bright
O Singing Spheres O Pure Clear Light
O Loving Death Eternal Smile
Let Us Kiss Thy Lips Awhile
Let Us Clasp Thee To Our Breasts
By Thy Grace Be Laid To Rest
By Thy Touch Be Brought To Life
Beyond All Fear , And Greed , And Strife ,
Soul To Fly As Child Blessed
As Risen From A World Enmeshed
As Risen From The Form Entombed
O Chainless One , O Winged Womb !
May You Have Had A Peaceful And
Magical Crossing To The Otherside !
We Meet Death On Her Terms When She Is Ready To Receive Us
I"m really sad that this forum post didn't get more "attention" seeing as how Buckland was (and still is) a very important part of modern paganism. I had the very good fortune of being "friends" with him on facebook for a short time before his death, and was able to talk with him 2 or 3 times, briefly, through comments,etc. He was a wonderful person.
I m sad to hear of his passing , I have several of his books
Saw more attention in other circles, but a lot of news lately is blended with current events, politics, and what not...a very influential figure in his own right, and for Wicca heritage in America as well.
Just as this passed April 30th, was a full moon exactly 30 years after Alex Sanders left us, hopefully the anniversaries of Raymond's departure in the future will be more times to honour his legacy. Hail the Traveler
i know an older forum post but i just found out by this post im deeply saddend i had no clue he died. i read his book on witchcraft and learned so much.
I was surprised to see responses to this old thread and amazed to find that some are just now learning of his death. It is a sad commentary on the "information age".
This is so so just seeing this now...