Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs includes the basics of magic and how to do spells. The main purpose, however, was to create the most complete listing of the magical purposes of herbs ever published. With the simple spells given in this book, or with spells you already know, you can find just the right herb or herbs to include in order to increase the power of your spell or rite.
This fifteenth anniversary edition contains the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs. For each plant you will find the most popular folk name, the Latin name, other folk names, powers attributed to it and its magical uses. When appropriate, Scott has included the gender, planet, magical element, and deity associated with the herb. All come from Scott's personal research and a wide variety of other sources. His annotated bibliography has over 160 references.
In this book, you will find information on both obscure plants from distant places, and familiar ones. For example, you will find that the lime is masculine and related to the sun and the element of fire. It can be used for healing, love, and protection. The avocado is feminine, associated with Venus and water and can be used in spells of love, lust, and beauty. Milk thistle is masculine and associated with Mars and the element of fire. Use it to enrage snakes. Tansy is feminine, associated with Venus and water, and is used for health and longevity.
One of the difficulties many people have in doing herb magic is that there are numerous folk names for the same plant. For example, if you had a spell that called for "bairnwort," would you know that it was simply calling for daisies? Or did you know that a spell requiring "incense" is actually calling for frankincense, but a spell asking for "incensier" is asking for rosemary? Scott gives hundreds of listings of this kind of information in the cross-referenced folk name index included in this book.
You don't have to go through herb after herb to find one that meets your magical needs. Scott has included a listing of magical intentions. Simply look up the magical purpose you desire and you'll find the herbs you can use to enhance your spells or rituals. Do you need to halt gossip? Try clove or slippery elm. Do you want to use magic to prevent theft? You can use aspen, caraway, cumin, garlic, juniper or vetivert.
If you do any sort of magic involving herbs, this book is a requirement for your magical practices. That's why over 200,000 people already have this book! If you have ever been to an occult shop where they sell herbs, chances are you will see a dog-eared copy of this book on their shelf, attesting to the fact that this is one of the most commonly used books for people practicing natural magic. You should have this book, too.
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