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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
     

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

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by Scott Cunningham
 

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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

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875421223
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Llewellyn's SourceBook Series , #1
Edition description:
expanded and revised
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
44,018
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Some time ago I started to get into programming computers. There are books that teach programming languages. There are others that simply tell you what the commands are. They don't teach you how to program, but you can use the information to make your programs work. In a sense, programming books don't teach programming.
In a similar way, Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs doesn't teach you how to do spells (although it does give a brief outline so you can use this without any other book). What it does do is give you all the information you need to make your spells, talismans, amulets, and rituals work better.
This book has become a classic in its field. Every time I visit an occult shop that sells herbs, I look to see what books they use as resources. Inevitably, this book is there, usually quite beaten up from constant use. The pros use it and so do over 200,000 people like you.
The cross-referenced index of folk names could be a book by itself. Did you know that if a magical spell calls for "bats' wings" you should use holly? Or did you know that if a magical recipe called for "lapstones" you should use potato? If you had this book you would know all that and more. You'd also learn that ragweed can be used for courage; lily of the valley can enhance mental powers and happiness; and chrysanthemums can be used for protection.
This book by Scott Cunningham is truly encyclopedic. It gives information on over 400 herbs in an easy-to-use format that makes working with the book clear and simple. If you do any sort of magic with herbs, or if you are interested in folklore, this is a book you must have.

Meet the Author

Scott Cunningham practiced magic actively for over twenty years. He was the author of more than fifty books covering both fiction and non-fiction subject matter; sixteen of his titles are published by Llewellyn Publications. Scott's books reflect a broad range of interests within the New Age sphere, where he was very highly regarded. He passed from this life on March 28, 1993, after a long illness.

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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific to begin fuel for a passion of learning about herbology. However, I have met people that feel this book is the only thing necessary in their library and that it's writeups are 100% complete. Now, don't get me wrong - I ADORE my copy of this book and use it for quick reference; however, for the more serious herbalist the PDR of Natural Medicine is an absolute necessity (and this book makes a terrific companion!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this a great book for anyone going into herbal magic or making candles, aromatherapy oils, soaps, you can see how they will react with people. Its a great reference and a must have for anyone interested in herbs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful informational book! I highly recommend it to everyone interested in working with herbs magickally and even for those who are interested in a bit of the folklore surrounding the herbs, etc in the book! I love it and refer to it constantly!!!
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Lady_Luna_Adora More than 1 year ago
My Fiance had this book and let me use it as a gateway into herb work. It is fantastic. All the information a beginner needs is right here set up in a very user friendly book. I have gained tons of respect for Cunningham. All his books are just fantastic. The way he puts information together for the reader is fantastic. You will start with this book and end up collecting all his works. 
Frenchiebella More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. I've never dealt with herbs before and I feel that this book is very informative. Each herb is specific and has its purpose and it's a lot of fun. BUT if you want colored pics, this book isn't for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, is awesome. eventhough, the pics are in black/white. i never knew, there was so many herbal plants, out there. for those of you, who rather have color pics, buy, jenny linford 'a pocket guide to herbs'. well worth it. some of them, you may find from scott's book. or, what you can do is, just type in 'magical herbs'. and see, all the colored version books, to give you a better look up close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and all of the greatly useful information it provides, yet color photos, instead of rough drawings would have been much more helpful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I can see how it would be a must have for the Wiccan library. People who follow other traditions could find other more secular books just as usefull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this book very usefull in my use of natural medicine. It is very trustworthy, and my own pediatrician recomended this book. It is easy to use, has a index in the back, and leaves nothing important out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book. It's very complete, and the infomation is a must for creating spells. I love the way he added charms and spell that correspond with different plants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST magickal herb book ever! It is very easy to follow with very extensive information. It contains the folk name, gender, planet, element, power and magickal uses of every herb/plant. I have learned so much from this book and I constantly refer back to it. The magickal tables are very helpful in assisting you in substitution as well as creating your own herbal recipes. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone have this book on their book shelf. This book is a priceless emerald gem!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This encyclopedia is a must have for anyone who is interested in herbs...Scott Cunningham is very good in what he does...everything you would want to know is in this book...interesting if just becoming involved with using herbs...I highly recommend this book