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Morgana Post number 22769 Posted: 2nd June 2016     Subject: Raymond Buckland 31st August 1934 - 28th September 2017
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This interview was published a couple of days ago:

An Interview with Raymond Buckland, American Wicca Pioneer
Terence P Ward — June 1, 2016

OHIO — Raymond Buckland is known in Pagan circles as the man who brought Gardnerian Wicca to the United States of America. His name graces the cover of more than 40 books on Pagan and occult topics, published over the last 47 years. That history is more than enough to cover in the course of just one interview, but despite his prolific writing and years of teaching, Buckland has also found time to keep busy with quite a number of non-Pagan activities. These activities are wide-ranging and include, in his own words, “acting and the theatre, music (jazz, ragtime, bluegrass, etc.), art (illustrating books, cards, filmstrips, etc.), comedy (both writing and performing), ultralight flying, sports cars, screen-writing, all types of writing, especially fiction and non-fiction, ” not to mention occasional stints of stand-up comedy.

bucklandGiven the vast number of things that continue to keep Buckland’s days full, narrowing the scope of conversation to just his Pagan activities seemed, at the very least, to be a kindness to the reader. Indeed, the fact that he was able to respond to questions at all suggests that some powerful time-bending magic might be at work. Even so, the interview was conducted via email over several months.

The Wild Hunt: What’s occupying your time recently? Any upcoming or recent projects you’d like to talk about?

Raymond Buckland: My time these days is mostly taken up with writing mysteries, especially Victorian mysteries. I have done a series (the Bram Stoker Mysteries) for Penguin/Random House’s Berkley Prime Crime and am now working on two other series: The Postmistress Mysteries and the Designing Women Mysteries, both set in England in the 1800s.

In addition I also organize, and take part in, a twice-yearly comedy night locally and also run a weekly writers’ guild.

TWH: The scope of Paganism has changed a lot since you wrote your first book. Right now, what kind of Pagan would you call yourself? Is Seax-Wica still part of your spiritual identity?

RB: Seax-Wica is definitely still part of my spiritual identity. I don’t care much for labels -– though some do seem necessary –- so will not label myself. I am very much a solitary practitioner these days and draw on a variety of beliefs and practices. When I moved to Ohio from California, back in 1992, I became a solitary and have remained so ever since.

TWH: Of all your published works, which one is your favorite? Why?

RB: I have one or two favorites. I suppose that’s natural, having written so many books! In non-fiction I would have to list “Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, ” “Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communication, ” the three encyclopedias: “The “Witch Book, ” “The Fortunetelling Book” and “The Spirit Book, ” plus two of my decks: “The Buckland Romani Tarot” and “The Cards of Alchemy. ”

With fiction then it would be the stand-alone: “Golden Illuminati” and the Bram Stoker series.

bucklandTWH: Thinking back to the time of your initiation in 1964, what’s the most surprising development you’ve seen among Pagan religions in the time since?

Be it Wicca or Paganism generally, the most surprising development is the very development itself; the growth of the movement.
I had always hoped that we would reach the point where Wicca was generally accepted as “just another religion” and in many respects that has been achieved.

TWH: How do you think coverage of Pagans in the news has changed since the 1960s?

RB: It has changed dramatically. No longer are such news items included simply because they seem unusual (“Strange and odd-ball” even) but are being included because the events actually are news.
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Morgana Post number 23783 Posted: 28th September 2017     Subject: Sad news received from Daniel:
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Sad news received from Daniel:

Today, 28th September 2017, Raymond Buckland, who along with Rosemary Buckland brought Gardnerian Wicca to the United States, started his journey to Summerlands.
Blessed Be!

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Morgana Post number 23784 Posted: 28th September 2017     Subject:
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Raymond Buckland (31 August 1934 - 28 September 2017), whose craft name is Robat, was an English writer on the subject of Wicca and the occult, and a significant figure in the history of Wicca, of which he is a High Priest in both the Gardnerian and Seax traditions.

According to his written works, primarily Witchcraft from the Inside, published in 1971, he was the first person in the United States to openly admit to being a practitioner of Wicca,[citation needed] and he introduced the lineage of Gardnerian Wicca to the United States in 1964, after having been initiated by Gerald Gardner's then-high priestess Monique Wilson in Britain the previous year. He later formed his own tradition dubbed Seax-Wica which focuses on the symbolism of Anglo-Saxon paganism.[1]

Britain: 1934-1962[edit]
Buckland was born in London on 31 August 1934,[2] to Eileen and Stanley Buckland. Buckland was of mixed ethnicity; his mother was English, but his father was Romani.[3] He was raised in the Anglican Church but developed an interest in Spiritualism and the occult at about age 12, after encountering it from a Spiritualist uncle.[4][5]

When World War II broke out in 1939, the family moved to Nottingham, where Buckland attended Nottingham High School. It was here that he became involved in amateur dramatic productions.[1]

He went on to be educated at King's College School. In 1955 he married Rosemary Moss. From 1957 to 1959, he served in the Royal Air Force, and then went on to work in a London publishing company for four years, before he and his wife emigrated to the United States in 1962, where they lived on Long Island, New York.[2]

Whilst living in the United States, Buckland worked for British Airways.[3]

USA: 1962-2017[edit]
In the US, Buckland soon read the books The Witch-Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Murray and Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner, which gave him an insight into the Witchcraft religion, or Wicca as it is now more commonly known. Some sources relay that Buckland had established a relationship with Gardner when he was living on the Isle of Man and running his witchcraft museum; it seems this relationship was by correspondence.

The two became friends, and had several telephone conversations, which led to Buckland becoming Gardner's spokesman in America [citation needed]. Buckland also met and befriended Margaret St. Clair, author of the occult classic Sign of the Labrys.[6]

Both Buckland and his wife Rosemary travelled to Scotland, where, in Perth, they were initiated into the craft by the High Priestess Monique Wilson (known as the Lady Olwen).[7] Gardner attended the ceremony, but did not perform it himself. Gardner died shortly after, having never met Buckland again.

The Long Island Coven[edit]
The Bucklands returned home to the United States following their meeting with Gardner, bringing the Gardnerian Book of Shadows with them. That same year they founded a coven in Bay Shore, known as the Long Island Coven. This was the first group in the US following the Gardnerian Wicca lineage of direct initiation. Virtually all fully initiated Gardnerians in the US can trace their origins back to the Long Island Coven, which was a centre for neopaganism in America for twenty years.[2]

The Bucklands tried to keep their identities secret at first, due to concern about unwanted and negative attention, however journalist Lisa Hoffman of the New York Sunday News published a news story on them without permission.[5]

When Buckland and his wife separated in 1973, they both left the Long Island Coven.[4]

First Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in the United States, 1968-[edit]
In 1968 Buckland formed the First Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in the United States, as influenced by Gardner's Museum of Witchcraft and Magick. It started off as a by-appointment-only policy museum in his own basement. After his collection of artifacts grew he moved the museum to a 19th-century house in Bay Shore. The museum received some media attention, and a documentary was produced about it.

In 1973, following his separation from his wife, Buckland moved his museum to Weirs Beach in New Hampshire. In 1978, he moved to Virginia, disbanded the museum, and put all his artifacts in storage.

In 2008, the artifacts of the Museum were housed and entrusted to the care of The Covenant of the Pentacle Wiccan Church (CPWC), based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and led by Arch Priestess Rev. Velvet Rieth. After a period of neglect and mismanagement of the previous curator, Rev. Velvet, along with many members of her church, were able to begin the restoration process.

In 2015, the artifacts were turned over to the Temple of Sacrifice, a coven based in Columbus, Ohio, and co-founded by Raymond Buckland. The collection will be on display as the Buckland Gallery of Witchcraft & Magick beginning on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The Buckland Gallery is located inside of A Separate Reality Records in the Tremont, Cleveland neighborhood.

Seax-Wica, 1974-1982[edit]
Buckland formed his own Wiccan tradition, Seax-Wica, based upon symbolism taken from Anglo-Saxon paganism.[8] He published everything about the movement in The Tree: Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft. He then began a correspondence course to teach people about Seax-Wica, which grew to having around a thousand members.

Personal life[edit]
Buckland married his first wife, Rosemary, in 1955. They separated in 1973.[2] In 1974 Raymond married Joan Helen Taylor.[3] In 1992 Buckland and his third wife, Tara, moved to a farm in North Central Ohio, where he continued to write, and work as a solitary Wiccan.[1]

In 1969 Buckland published his first book, A Pocket Guide to the Supernatural. He followed this in 1970 with Witchcraft Ancient and Modern and Practical Candleburning Rituals, as well as a novel called Mu Revealed, a spoof on the works of James Churchward, which was written using the pseudonym "Tony Earll" (an anagram for 'not really'). By 1973 he was earning enough money with his books that he could take over running of his museum full-time. He has published a book almost every year since, although he shifted largely to fiction in the 21st century.

A Pocket Guide to the Supernatural. Ace Books, NY. 1975 [1969].
Practical Candleburning Rituals. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2000 [1970].
Witchcraft Ancient and Modern. House of Collectibles, NY. 1970.
Witchcraft From the Inside: Origins of the Fastest Growing Religious Movement in America. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1995 [1971].
pseudonym Tony Earll (1972) [1970]. MU Revealed. Warner Paperback Library, NY.
with Hereward Carrington (1975). Amazing Secrets of the Psychic World. Parker/Prentice Hall, NJ.
The Tree: Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft. Samuel Weiser (Red Wheel/Weiser), ME. 2005 [1974].
Here is the Occult. House of Collectibles, NY. 2009 [1974].
The Anatomy of the Occult. Samuel Weiser, ME. 1977.
The Magick of Chant-O-Matics. Parker/Prentice Hall, NJ. 1980 [1978].
Practical Color Magick. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1983.
Color Magick: Unleash Your Inner Powers. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2002.
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2002 [1986].
Secrets of Gypsy Fortune Telling. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1988.
Secrets of Gypsy Love Magick. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1990.
Secrets of Gypsy Dream Reading. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1990.
Scottish Witchcraft: The History and Magick of the Picts. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1991.
with Kathleen Binger (1992). The Book of African Divination. Inner Traditions, VT.
Doors to Other Worlds. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1993.
The Truth About Spirit Communication. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1995.
The Committee (novel). Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1993.
Cardinal's Sin: Psychic Defenders Uncover Evil in the Vatican (novel). Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1996.
Ray Buckland's Magic Cauldron. Galde Press, MN. 1995.
Advanced Candle Magick: More Spells and Rituals for Every Purpose. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1996.
Witchcraft: Yesterday and Today (video). Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1990.
Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1998.
Gypsy Dream Dictionary. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 1999.
Coin Divination. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2000.
The Buckland Romani Tarot. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2001.
Wicca for Life. Citadel, NY. 2001.
The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism. Visible Ink Press, NY. 2001.
The Fortune-Telling Book. Visible Ink Press, NY. 2003.
Signs, Symbols & Omens: An Illustrated Guide to Magical & Spiritual Symbolism. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2003.
Cards of Alchemy. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2003.
Wicca For One. Citadel, NY. 2004.
Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications. Llewellyn Publications, MN. 2004.
The Spirit Book: The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication. Visible Ink Press, NY. 2005.
Mediumship and Spirit Communication. Buckland Books. 2005.
Face to Face with God?. Buckland Books. 2006.
Ouija - "Yes! Yes!". Doorway Publications. 2006.
Death, Where is Thy Sting?. Buckland Books. 2006.
Dragons, Shamans & Spiritualists. Buckland Books. 2007.
Buckland's Doorway to Candle Magic. Buckland Books. 2007.
the Torque of Kernow (novel). Galde Press/Buckland Books. 2008.
The Weiser's Field Guide to Ghosts. Red Wheel/Weiser. 2009.
Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic. Red Wheel/Weiser. 2010.

Morgana Post number 23791 Posted: 29th September 2017     Subject: Raymond Buckland: A Remembrance
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Raymond Buckland: A Remembrance

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Morgana Post number 23795 Posted: 1st October 2017     Subject:
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And from the Wild Hunt:

Raymond Buckland (1934-2017)
Heather Greene — September 29, 2017
OHIO – Raymond Buckland, author and founder of Seax-Wica, died Wednesday after being hospitalized for chest pain. Ray, as he was called by his close friends and family, is largely considered responsible for introducing the U. S. to Gardnerian Wicca.

Raymond Buckland was born August 31, 1934 in London to Stanley and Eileen. By 1939, as World War II loomed, the family moved to Nottingham where Buckland spent his childhood. During his school years, he became interested in the theater and acting, a passion that would follow him through life.

It was also during these early years that Buckland was introduced to spiritualism and the occult. His uncle was a practicing spiritualist, and shared the concepts with his then-12-year-old nephew. In a 2008 interview, Buckland said, “I read everything I could on that subject then expanded my interest to other related subjects: ghosts, ESP, magic, witchcraft, etc. ” Like theater, it was a passion that would follow him into adulthood.

Buckland attended King’s College in London starting in 1951, and eventually earned a doctorate in anthropology from Brantridge Forest College. It was also during this time that he married his first wife, Rosemary, and became a father.

During his earlier career, Buckland held several different positions and also spent two years with the Royal Air Force (1957-59), a service for which he was honored in 2014 during Circle Sanctuary’s Veterans Day presentation of the Pagan Military Service Ribbon.

It was in 1962 that his life would change, and he would begin the path that would lead him to notoriety. Buckland and his family moved from the U. K. to Long Island, New York. At this time, he worked for British Overseas Airway Corporation (BOAC), and began to studying Wicca through Gerald Gardner’s books; he eventually developing a long-distance friendship with the renowned author.

Buckland and his wife flew to the U. K. in 1963, where they were initiated by Monique Wilson and Gardner himself, after which they brought the tradition back to the U. S.

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Morgana Post number 25053 Posted: 16th October 2018     Subject:
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Here is an interesting video with Raymond Buckland talking about

Witchcraft Yesterday and Today - Raymond Buckland ... =F5puNQasAr8
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