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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's Practical Magick
  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875421202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875421209
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Over 120,000 people have been introduced to the magic found in herbs thanks to Scott Cunningham's book, Magical Herbalism. If you are wondering why this book has become so very popular, I think I have the answers.
First, it's a complete system of magic that is as easy as it is powerful. It begins with theory and what you need to do to prepare for works of magic. Then it tells you how to harvest, dry, and store the magical herbs. This is followed by information on how to use the herbs you have obtained for such things as getting love, doing divinations, casting protection spells, and healing yourself and others. You'll also learn how to make magical fluid condensers, incenses, perfumes, scented oils, and amulets. The book continues with a listing of over 115 major magical herbs with all of their qualities listed. And there is much, much more, too. The phrase "complete system" really doesn't express how full of information this book really is.
Another reason I think this book has become a classic has to do with Scott's style of writing. It is very gentle and kind. He never talks at you or down to you. Rather, he seems to be talking with you. This makes the book a pleasure and a treasure to read and enjoy.
This combination of style and depth of content makes Magical Herbalism one of the finest and most important resources you can have. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of herbs, this book is for you. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of folklore, you need this book. And if you are looking to work with the gracious gifts of Mother Nature that can be used to improve your life and the lives of those around you, this book is a must.

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.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

So - if you are starting out - get this book and read it.
Celene
If there are any "beginner" Wiccans/Pagans out there that wants to add herbs to their magick, this book should be with you.
Larry M. Smith
VERY informative, written so that it is easy to understand.
Brenda Caywood

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of, if not, thee best magical herb book I have. It teaches you how to prepare the herbs, make oils and incenses, making infusions, how to get the herbs and many other useful objects. It teaches you how to make equipment for the type of magic you want ot perform. This is a great book for begining herbalist to herbalist as experienced as Scott was. Get this book it will help you dearly.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Takola on May 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found that this book is excellent as an overview and introduction to herbal magic. It includes basic theory, practice, some common traditions, forms of mixtures/spells, and simple mixtures/spells for common themes. The book will give the reader a very broad overview from which the reader can determine whether or not he/she would like to study herbal magic in greater depth.

If you are looking for a reference on most of the common herbs and their uses or a book of spells, this is not the best book for your purpose. A better beginning book for referencing herbs is Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Cunningham's Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews is a better choice for beginners seeking mixtures/spells.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Scott Cunningham weaves a spell with Magical Herbalism that is as extraordinary as the man himself. A long-time practitioner of the Metaphysical Arts, Scott's writing makes you feel as if you're talking to a caring and wise friend. He gives a plethora of good, solid information as well as tiny journeys beyond words and into imagination. This book has it all, including a table of correspondences for colors and the hours of the night. Cunningham entertains as he educates, bringing the best in magic to his readers with lightness and joy. Magical Herbalism is no different. Both novice and veteran will find something of interest within its covers with extensive information in an easy-to-read format. You can learn how to make amulets, potions, incenses, oils, sachets, simples, infusions and a garden to be used for magical spells and rituals geared to a variety of purposes. This book is a treasure.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on January 18, 2001
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Scott Cunningham does it again, providing a simple, easy to understand guide to magickal herbalism. Beginning with an introduction to tools and magick, Cunningham presents a detailed guide to the preparation and use of herbs in magick including making perfumes, oils, insense, amulets and charms.
While I prefer to write my own spells, this book was very helpful in getting me started. But I can only give it three stars because it pales in comparison with his much more detailed "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs."
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70 of 86 people found the following review helpful By M. Cloud on January 8, 2000
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I have an extensive library of both herbal and herbal magick books, and I bought this book on a whim. I'm glad all I wasted was eight dollars. It is extremely limited, and if you are a beginner I suggest: "A Compendium of Herbal Magick" by Paul Beyerl for good information that is easy to read and understand. If all you want is a limited grasp on herbal knowledge it will do, but if you wish to become an accomplished herbalist and wildcrafter there are better buys.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
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This is a really good book, especially for people who are just starting their pursuit of herbalism for magick. It's clear, concise, and informative. Scott Cunningham is a gifted author and I'm sorry that he's gone. (He died in 1993). Definitely worth your money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on August 4, 2001
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This book covers many areas in magical herbology, such as amulets, oils, and herbs themselves among other things. It's great for a beginner. I highly recommend this, but his other book, Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, has a much more in depth look at the indevidual herbs themselves.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sunita D. Buddhu on December 26, 2001
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This is the most awesome book in my rather large occult collection. I bought this book in 1989 and I still use it all the time. Scott Cunningham's books are a great source for those interested in Magickal pursuits. This books give you step by step insturctions, list of things you will need to start doing magick (everything from how to set up you altar to what kind of mind-set you need to have), and tons of resources where you can get all your magickal tools. My copy is out-of-date, but hopefully they have updated the lists. It is also beautifully illustrated. The only problem I had was that it is not spiral-bound so it is hard to keep the book open while you are trying out new spells or setting up your altar. If you want a book to start you off, this is it.
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