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Reviews for Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series):

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Dec 01, 2014

I didn't realize there was a difference between magic herbal healing and sacred plant medicine.

In witchcraft, the herbs are not ingested or used in a practical manor, they are used for ritual. There's nothing wrong with that! It's just not where my interests are right now. Maybe in my 'California years'.

I did enjoy the final section about planning your magic herb garden, which can be translated to anyone who is planning a garden with a special purpose.

The beautiful cover and Art Nouveau style I didn't realize there was a difference between magic herbal healing and sacred plant medicine.

In witchcraft, the herbs are not ingested or used in a practical manor, they are used for ritual. There's nothing wrong with that! It's just not where my interests are right now. Maybe in my 'California years'.

I did enjoy the final section about planning your magic herb garden, which can be translated to anyone who is planning a garden with a special purpose.

The beautiful cover and Art Nouveau style of this book is what drew me in. Not a bad way to spend an evening. ...more
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Sep 04, 2015

Cunningham's books are one of the best resources on Wicca. Although I'm not Wiccan I use his books for research or for beginners. Even so, I was disappointed with the content in Magical Herbalism. Cunningham has always made his spells accessible. Regardless of age, sex, or location. He believed that magick should be practiced according to what felt right to the person. If one wanted to change or adapt his spells they were welcome to do so. None of those ideals are found in this book. Magical Cunningham's books are one of the best resources on Wicca. Although I'm not Wiccan I use his books for research or for beginners. Even so, I was disappointed with the content in Magical Herbalism. Cunningham has always made his spells accessible. Regardless of age, sex, or location. He believed that magick should be practiced according to what felt right to the person. If one wanted to change or adapt his spells they were welcome to do so. None of those ideals are found in this book. Magical Herbalism is formulaic. A book about herbology has no place for dogma. Many of the requests in the book are unreasonable. Cunningham asks the reader that they find a place untouched by humanity. A forest or a mountain that is near a stream where only the reader can have access to it. What if you live in a city? What if you find a shed, but it's not near a stream? Where are you going to find a mountain if you live in flat land area? None of these things are feasible.

The beginning explains what magick and herbs are. Wicca 101 essentially. The other half of this book is in list form. The reader is better off just reading his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs or any of his other books. There is nothing in this book he hasn't already written about.

What I like about this book happens to also be what I dislike about it. I love that Mr. Cunningham includes the folklore of each plant, crystal, or oil. On the other hand, the folklore included is superstitious. I'm an open-minded person, but I'm logical. Some of these spells are simply childish and silly. I will never understand why in all his books Mr. Cunningham always included information on love spells. It seems like something that a hormone crazy teenager claiming to be a witch would use in attempts to make their crush fall in "love" with them.

In conclusion, one is better off reading his other books which actually have useful information. ...more
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Jul 28, 2011

Scott Cunningham is one of the foremost experts on Wicca and traditional witchcraft. Everything he wrote about he either used and was successful with or he researched very thoroughly.



Magical Herbalism is a book about the magical usage of herbs. The first chapter explains the use of a magic knife your altar and your candles. THe books tells you how to consecrate your knife for magical and sacred use. And when working with herbs for the sake of certain outcomes he tells you which colors to use for Scott Cunningham is one of the foremost experts on Wicca and traditional witchcraft. Everything he wrote about he either used and was successful with or he researched very thoroughly.



Magical Herbalism is a book about the magical usage of herbs. The first chapter explains the use of a magic knife your altar and your candles. THe books tells you how to consecrate your knife for magical and sacred use. And when working with herbs for the sake of certain outcomes he tells you which colors to use for candles and for cloth.



The next chapters explain the threory of magic and the powers that exist within us and within the herbs themselves. These power can be harnessed via visualization and incantation in order to help us to improve our lives.



The book has extensive information on how and when to plant your herbs. It is written in an easy to understand manner that even a beginner such as myself can make use of. The book also has recipes for different oils, bath and incenses.



The instruction on making and maintaining your magical garden are thorough and complete. More over they are easy to follow. The chapters on gardening offer great tips on magical pest control and rituals on sanctifying your garden.



If you are a beginner or advanced in herbalism or magic I strongly advise reading this book. ...more
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May 02, 2009

Great book for deepening one's craft as a witch/ChristoPagan/Wizard/Mage/Magician.
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Jun 03, 2012

Someone I regard due to his books being top quality. Although I thought there was a lack of herbs as well I know to be useful.

But excellent book
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Aug 23, 2007

Good...solid...nothing too complex. A decent introductory text for wort-cunning.
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Jun 18, 2011

I love this book. I have been using it for years and now my daughter uses it. Great little compendium of information.
5

Jun 28, 2008

Just brilliant, great for a quick reference book. Well written and some really juicy bits of knowledge.
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Nov 26, 2017

Mostly has a lot of the herbal encyclopedia copied over but some interesting new information regardless. I finished this a lot sooner but fell out of reading for a while so it looks like it's been 2 and a half years, haha
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Feb 10, 2016

Not half as cool as Cunningahm's "Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs," this focuses a lot more on spell-casting and ceremonial magic which is not really my cup of brew. But it's an interesting read, well-written.
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Feb 14, 2017

I love Scott Cunningham's work, his contributions to the Pagan community are far flung and despite his death, he still continues to make a meaningful impact on people. If you are into magickal herbalism or are wanting to learn more about the topic, get this book. It is complimentary to his book "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs."
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Mar 20, 2014

If I Could Only Bring Just ONE....

it was 1982 and i was standing in Berkeley... not even old enough to drink yet. it was 1st print 1st edition brand spanking new in my hands and is now, One of my Oldest, and 32 years later, still one of my Best 'New' additions to the beginnings of my personal library. i HOPE i still have my original copy -trapped in a box, somewhere safe- because of all the books that came and went thru my hands, THIS ONE BOOK of them all, was the first, the easiest, most If I Could Only Bring Just ONE....

it was 1982 and i was standing in Berkeley... not even old enough to drink yet. it was 1st print 1st edition brand spanking new in my hands and is now, One of my Oldest, and 32 years later, still one of my Best 'New' additions to the beginnings of my personal library. i HOPE i still have my original copy -trapped in a box, somewhere safe- because of all the books that came and went thru my hands, THIS ONE BOOK of them all, was the first, the easiest, most flexible, eternal, consistent, adaptable, and still just as useful for this decades older novice of The Way! I highly suggest this NOT be left out of your path to Your WAY!

(if i ever find my copy, i will submit a dig-pic of the original green cover...!) ...more
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Jun 09, 2011

Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham explores the use of herbs in magic and wicca, but more than that he demystifies the origins of of our common beliefs regarding the effectiveness of certain herbs. Cunningham explains how to gather herbs and avoid poisons in the process. He explains the effectiveness and general acceptance of herbal use in magic. He lists a variety of herbs including their properties and what magic they are most useful in performing. He even gives guided instructions for Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham explores the use of herbs in magic and wicca, but more than that he demystifies the origins of of our common beliefs regarding the effectiveness of certain herbs. Cunningham explains how to gather herbs and avoid poisons in the process. He explains the effectiveness and general acceptance of herbal use in magic. He lists a variety of herbs including their properties and what magic they are most useful in performing. He even gives guided instructions for planting a magical herbal garden. Magical Herbalism contains a thread of the importance of being respectful and thankful for the plants that surround us and what they can do for us throughout the entire book. Cunningham's appreciation for the natural world shines through in this informative book. For anyone who has ever wondered about herbs and the mystic surrounding them, Magical Herbalism provides a practical, easy to understand origin of the beliefs surrounding the power of herbs. If nothing else, the reader will come away appreciating herbs in a new way.
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Oct 03, 2016

Worthwhile companion volume to Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, and The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews. I have read a few reviews from readers who felt that this book was unnecessary if you already had a copy of the Encyclopedia, but I have to disagree. It's probably unnecessary for us old hands who've been working with plants for a while, but a beginner who only picked up a copy of the Encyclopedia would likely be at a loss. Magical Herbalism is the practical how-to, and Worthwhile companion volume to Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, and The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews. I have read a few reviews from readers who felt that this book was unnecessary if you already had a copy of the Encyclopedia, but I have to disagree. It's probably unnecessary for us old hands who've been working with plants for a while, but a beginner who only picked up a copy of the Encyclopedia would likely be at a loss. Magical Herbalism is the practical how-to, and the Encyclopedia is the reference volume that expands on its predecessor. But enough of that!
This is a great book for the newcomer to magical herbalism and witchcraft. In the first part, Scott walks the reader through acquiring the necessary tools for creating herbal concoctions, building up a useful store of herbs, and empowering those herbs for ritual use.
Part Two gives an overview of the many ways to utilize herbs in spellcraft: protection, divination, healing, and love. Fluid condensers are treated briefly, along with the basics of creating incenses, oils and amulets. This section of the book is like a practical instruction manual for getting your feet wet. Each chapter, though short, includes a few different rituals to perform to get a feel for the art. I liked this approach a lot, and I think it's a good one. How are you going to know what you enjoy or have a knack for unless you try out all these things?
There's also a materia magica included for commonly employed herbs to get you started. It ain't nothing compared to the one in the Encyclopedia, but it gives you the information necessary to know WHY you're using the ingredients and combinations given in those previous practical chapters. Knowing why you're doing something in witchcraft, I would argue, is just as important as knowing how to do it. Otherwise you'll be going through the motions and not really learning anything.
If this is a subject that one decides to pursue further, I recommend picking up its companion volumes, along with Paul Beyerl's two titles on herbalism. ...more
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Nov 17, 2018

The 1-5 Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically.

Caveat: This review is historical/archival in nature. 'Date read' is speculative.

This book is one of many books I have read about the occult/paganism/witchcraft. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015-2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job.

Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the The 1-5 Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically.

Caveat: This review is historical/archival in nature. 'Date read' is speculative.

This book is one of many books I have read about the occult/paganism/witchcraft. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015-2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job.

Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable. The authors are mentally ill: suffering from 'magical thinking' and delusions. Worst of all, most of them can't write worth a damn.

Llewellyn Worldwide is the absolute worst on both counts. I wouldn't even trust their overpriced CALENDARS to be accurate.

These books are also big offenders on the the 'cultural appropriation' front. In fact, they're in the running for worst case ever. So-called 'eclectic witches' steal aspects of other religions and mythology. They make it clear that they don't understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else's bed. The publishers/authors then profit off this, leaving the reader less smart and more broke.

The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this:
She's a white, American woman. She dropped out of college to attend massage/cosmetology school. Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday. She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry. To quote Holden from Chasing Amy, "Over- or underweight [people] who don't get laid - they're our bread and butter."

Though a copypasta of it, these books never tell you about hermeticism. They don't prime you to understand hermeticism. Hermeticism, by the way, is also total bullshit. It is, at least, historic -- and seminal in almost all spooky fiction involving rituals or alchemy.

If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it's a decent example of this type of book. It might have a redeeming feature, like reference material for fictional world-building. Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you... the fix is in, they know it, don't buy this stuff. ...more
3

Dec 22, 2018

Given my interest in the subjects of magic and herb gardening, and that Ive read other books by Scott Cunningham, this book was a good way to combine both topics. Cunninghams writing style is smooth, simple, and to the point. Chapters are well organized and the information on different herbs was impressive.

Magical Herbalism wont make anyone an expert on the subject, but its a really good introduction to the basics. Cunningham provides a detailed list of the purpose specific herbs have for Given my interest in the subjects of magic and herb gardening, and that I’ve read other books by Scott Cunningham, this book was a good way to combine both topics. Cunningham’s writing style is smooth, simple, and to the point. Chapters are well organized and the information on different herbs was impressive.

Magical Herbalism won’t make anyone an expert on the subject, but it’s a really good introduction to the basics. Cunningham provides a detailed list of the purpose specific herbs have for healing, protection, love, purification, and other things. My specific interest is in plants that assist in healing, and there was plenty of good information there. But there is also much more to be learned.
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Mar 02, 2017

Way too much Wicca, not enough herbalism. Yes Cunningham is a Wiccan author, and yes I knew that going in. I actually really enjoy his books for solitary practitioners even though I do not personally identify as Wiccan. But the dogmatic vibe throughout this one in particular just did not sit well with me. If you're Wiccan or super (like, SUPER) into rituals, give it a shot! Although it wasn't right for me, it very well could work for your own craft. If you'd rather skip all the ritual stuff and Way too much Wicca, not enough herbalism. Yes Cunningham is a Wiccan author, and yes I knew that going in. I actually really enjoy his books for solitary practitioners even though I do not personally identify as Wiccan. But the dogmatic vibe throughout this one in particular just did not sit well with me. If you're Wiccan or super (like, SUPER) into rituals, give it a shot! Although it wasn't right for me, it very well could work for your own craft. If you'd rather skip all the ritual stuff and get to the herbs, all the information found in this book is readily available through simple Google searches. ...more
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Sep 17, 2018

I only gave this 3 stars due to a sentence towards the end, drug addiction is a sign of weakness. Ugh whatever, its a disease. Any way, other than that this is a wonderful reference book for a hedgewitch. I only gave this 3 stars due to a sentence towards the end, “drug addiction is a sign of weakness”. Ugh whatever, it’s a disease. Any way, other than that this is a wonderful reference book for a hedgewitch. ...more
5

Feb 10, 2019

Short but full of useful information. This book definitely leans more toward Wicca, which is not really my thing, but still a very good book for any witchy craft or even if you're just interested in herbs, herbal remedies, aromatherapy...
3

Feb 27, 2020

This was a short read considering the majority of it was recipes and lists of herbs and their correspondences. I'm sure it will come in handy later though to have this particular information.
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Aug 27, 2015

One intriguing concept, basically stating that an herbalist is wasting an opportunity if she doesn't "charge" her herbs. I'm of the mind that it's perfect the way it is, but still open to learning more about this idea. My favorite part of herbalism is to study the stories around herbs & their ancient uses. Some herbal wisdom is remarkable in its scientific accuracy, many stories are just inexplicable. Can't tell the difference from this book.
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May 10, 2011

there was a lot of useful information
but there seemed to be more about oils than the actual herbs
it was just not what i was looking for

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