Author: Scott Cunningham
Trade Paperback, 260 pages
Publication date: December 1987
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With Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham brings his clear expository style to the magick of plants. He begins with an explanation of magick and the special tools and techniques of the magickal herbalist. These first chapters are clearly aimed at the novice. They do a good job of explaining just enough to make the rest of the book usable, without explaining so much that a novice would get buried in the details.
The second part of the book is the largest. It covers what the author calls "herbal secrets" -- that is, using herbs in magick. In this section of the book, you'll find herb-based magick for protection, divination, healing, love, and more. You will also find information on making scented oils, perfumes, incenses and amulets. This portion of Magical Herbalism concludes with "A Witch's Herbal," a chapter listing the magickal powers and special uses of over 100 plants. The magick and herbal techniques given are simple and easy to use, but this does not mean that they are not powerful enough to be useful. The master herbal magician will probably not find anything here that she did not already know, but almost everyone else will.
The final portion of the book is a chapter on growing your own herb garden. Since this is a magickal herbal, you'll also find a few magickal methods to assist the growth of your herb garden in this chapter.
While this book is a wonderful source of information on using herbs in magick, it's not really a general herbal. You will still need a more standard herbal. However, Magical Herbalism is the perfect supplement to a good herbal, especially as most of the modern herbals gloss over the magickal uses of herbs (if they even mention them at all).
Magical Herbalism is a great book for any beginning herbalist, magician, or witch.
Reviewed by Randall
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