Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it " an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike Scott's personable charm touches every page I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently.
In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper.
The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft.
This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!
Scott Cunningham's posthumous Book of Shadows has now been released, reminding us all of Scott's dedication to the Craft and to solitary Wicca. But for those close to him, no reminder is necessary. Donald Michael Kraig, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, Raven Grimassi, and Merilee Bigelow share their memories of Scott Cunningham.
Adept: One who is skilled in the art of magic. Amulet: An object worn or carried to bring luck or to attract certain vibrations or people. Anaphrodisiac: An herb that cools the passions. Aphrodisiac: An herb that acts as a sexual excitant. Athame: The sacred knife of the Witch, black-handled and often engraved with magic symbols. Balefire: An open-air fire, a bonfire lit for magical...
One of the questions I receive frequently via email and when I give workshops and lectures is “Where are the more advanced books?” The answer is a bit complex, because it deals with both economics and people’s understanding of magick. First, many people think that what they see in novels, TV, and movies is an expression of the reality of magick. Fake magick in fiction is used to help advance the...
Plants have long been called upon to provide glimpses of the future. This form of divination, termed botanomancy, uses plants in innumerable ways: they’re placed beneath the pillow to create prophetic dreams; are sown and observed as they grow; are used as pendulums; and are tossed into water, air, or fire. Plants seen unexpectedly are responsible for a wide range of omens, especially those...
In honor of the June 26th birthday of one of Llewellyn's most beloved authors, the late Scott Cunningham, we have included two spells from his book Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic.
A TREE SPELL
When you have found a tree to work magic with, take a large leaf, a charcoal-tipped stick, a piece of flexible vine or natural-fiber cord, and a dime to the tree.
Sitting beneath it,...
Scott Cunningham wrote about so many different topics that it’s easy to find spells and rituals to cover just about anything. As we come to Thanksgiving and the end of the year, reflect on the magick of Scott Cunningham and the power of Wicca in the kitchen with Donald Michael Kraig.
Hoodoo History Once upon a time, we were Africans, involved in a unique lexicon of beliefs, lore, stories, and customs designed to help integrate us into an environment filled with plants, animals, elements, and a complex array of spirits. With ...
As above, so below.
As within, so without.
These Hermetic truisms have been embraced by Pagans from many different paths. Most of us accept that all things are connected: microcosm and macrocosm, inner and outer. We understand that the physical world is a reflection of the spiritual world, and vice versa. And yet, after the ritual is over and... read this article