Magical Herbalism

The Secret Craft of the Wise


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 1982 and 1983 by Scott Cunningham
 and © 2002 by the Scott Cunningham estate

In centuries past, when the nightmares we know
of as cities had yet to be born, we lived in
harmony with the earth and used her treasures
wisely. Many knew the old magics of herbs and plants.
Knowledge was passed down from one
generation to another, and so the lore was widely
circulated and used. Most country folk knew one
herb that was a powerful protection against evil, or
a certain flower that produced prophetic dreams,
and perhaps a sure-fire love charm or two.
Witches had their own intricate operations of
herbal magic, as did the magicians and alchemists.
Soon a body of magical knowledge accumulated
surrounding the simple herbs that grew by fastrunning
streams, in verdant meadows, and high on lonely cliffs.
Many of our ancestors, however, looked to the
stars, away from the earth, and dreamed of greater
things. In racing toward mechanized perfection,
humanity became orphaned of the earth, and much
of the old lore was forgotten.
Fortunately, it was not lost completely. Witches
became the keepers of the secrets of the earth; thus,
they were looked upon with fear by those who had
already turned their backs on the Old Ways. Terror
and hatred forced the Witches into hiding, and for
centuries their secrets re-mained untouched.
When the old Witches died, many of their secrets
died with them, for as the centuries passed there
were fewer and fewer who cared to learn the
ancient arts of magic.
Today we are experiencing a resurgence of earth
awareness. Ecological organizations prosper.
Recycling is a booming business. People are
turning away from chemicals and artificially
preserved foods to more healthy fare.
Herbs long unadored have once again come into
their own. But aside from hints and speculation, the
magical art of herbalism has largely been left
unexplored and unexplained.
This book is an attempt to fill this gap in herbal
knowledge. Though these instructions have long
been the pro-vince of the Witch and her kin, all that
is required to successfully practice magical
herbalism is an earnest desire to better your life,
and the lives of those you know and love.
This is a complete and practical guide. No
esoteric, misty treatise, it should serve well as an
introduction to herbal magic—the postive aspects
of herbal magic. Aside from an appendix that
discusses the use of baneful herbs, no poisoning,
cursing, controlling, compelling, binding, or
otherwise evil magical information is contained
herein, for such practices have no place in the
divine magic of the herbalist.
In magic, especially herbal magic, an herb is a
plant prized for its vibrations, or energies. Thus,
the herbs of this book include seaweeds, cacti,
trees, fruits, and flowers that one might not
normally consider to be herbs.
Recent advances in science have enabled us to
photographically record these vibrations through
the use of Kirilian photography. Thus, science once
again vindicates magic.
There are Witches still, who walk unshod upon
the earth and listen to the murmurings of the trees
and garland themselves with sacred herbs while
the Moon watches far above.
What remains of their fabled lore is fragmented; a
patchwork of beliefs, knowledge, and rituals.
These remnants, however, are just as effective
today as when they were born in a more magical age.
Herbal magic is one of the easiest, safest, and
most joyous methods of reestablishing earth roots,
of returning to a healthy and natural life. It touches
the essence of life itself with simple rituals and few props.
The magic is in the herbs—and in you. Herbal
magic is a cooperation between plant and human,
between earth and heaven, between microcosm and
macrocosm—a union of energies forged to produce
change by methods that outsiders view as being supernatural.
That these ways are far more natural, far older
than the computerized religions and prefabricated
societal values of today’s world may escape many,
but that is the way of magic. It is not for everybody.
There are no vows to swear, no groups to join,
and no demons to worship. And, though there are a
few simple rules to follow that ensure best results,
the magic can be as simple or complex as you wish.
This is a book of power, of the magic of herbs.
The knowledge contained within it has been
preserved so that we may better our lives.
Use it with love.

Table of Contents
PART ONE: Preparations
1 Tools of the Magical Herbalist
2 Magic—A Short Primer
3 Identifying, Gathering, Drying, and
Storing Herbs
4 The Language of Magical Herbalism
PART TWO: Herbal
5 Protection
6 Divination
7 Healing
8 Love
9 Herbs of the Elements and Magical
Fluid Condensers
10 Scented Oils and Perfumes
11 Incenses
12 Amulets
13 Witch’s Herbal
Magic Garden
14 Your Herbal Garden
Appendix 1 The Magical Names of Herbs,
Flowers, Trees, and Roots
Appendix 2 Baneful Herbs and Flying
Appendix 3 Sources for Herbs and Oils
Appendix 4 Herbal Redes

First e-book edition © 2013

Third Edition
Ninth Printing, 2012
First edition, two printings
Second edition, fifteen printings

Book design and editing by Kimberly Nightingale
Herbal safety editing by Melissa Mierva
Cover art © 2001 by Robert M. Place FR
Cover design by Gavin Dayton Duffy

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