Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

by Scott Cunningham

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Overview

Expanded and revised, this comprehensive guide features magical uses of over 400 herbs and plants from all parts of the world. With over 400,000 copies in print, this reference book is a must for all who perform natural magic. It features illustrations for easy identification of every herb, in additoin to common names, use, and rulership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875421223
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Series: Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series , #1
Edition description: expanded and revised
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 34,545
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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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.

Table of Contents

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.

Interviews

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.

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Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 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!!!
willowsilvhorse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to keep around if you work with a lot of herbs like I do. This is a great reference book and one I would not get rid of for the world.
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great reference book for those who are interested in herbology. Cunningham's writing is always engaging, and enjoyable and this book is no different. With an extensive listing of herbs, their magical properties, and some folklore attached to them, this book is an indispensable guide for anyone involved in a pagan path.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent reference book. Alphabetical listing of herbs and plants, their histories, warnings, illustrations, and how to use them in spellcraft. Well-indexed and an easy reference book to figure out. The only thing that could make it better would be to include instructions on how to grow these, but that would make this a MUCH thicker book.
lkrough2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent reference material. Not something you'd read cover to cover, though. But the associations & correspondences are excellent for spellwork, etc.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i love this. from keira.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic for a reason.
DCorobane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent compendium of herbs and their magical properties. My only complaint would be the lack of information on the herb Henna. While it is mentioned there is very little information about it in the book.
Sassers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scott Cunningham a leading name in the Pagan religion authors. This is the foremost Herb book and a staple in all Pagan libraries. Especially Kitchen Witches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott Cunningham is one of my favorite Witch as well as Gerald Gardner Ann Moura & Raymond Buckland... and Holland its beautiful how Our religion Coven or Solitary... We dont have wars against eachother and dont force religion on anyone... if someone is curious i am happy to help them gind their path... ive been able to do things since i was little & was always into the craft occult to be a witch... even though the story books say witches are devil worshippers somehos i knew better... i had doubts about there is no devil because i never seen him... i as well believe image of kernunnos was a big part in Christianity's Devil... Witches/Pagan hsve been around long before Christianity... but i respect everyone's choice in religion... about Christmas it kinda takes away the right to celebrate their religion but tge people who get offended should not be and have respect for all religion's & given those who wang to celebrate may... main thjng is i respect others choice for their chosen path & same respect to others
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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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