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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Books; 1 edition (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568331819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568331812
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Huson is a British-born author and artist currently living in the United States. In addition to writing books about occultism and witchcraft, he has worked extensively in the film and television industries.

Huson was born on September 19, 1942 in London, England, the son of the author Edward Richard Carl Huson and painter and motion picture costume designer Olga Lehmann. From 1956 through 1959 he attended Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Berkshire, England; from 1959 through 1963 he studied painting, theatrical design and film at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. Concurrently he studied the Western Esoteric Tradition with Dion Fortune's Society of the Inner Light. In 1964 he worked as an assistant to Karlis Osis, Director of Research at the American Society for Psychical Research. In 1965 he studied with the Stella Matutina and Israel Regardie.

Television and Movies:

In 1954 Huson played the part of Edward V, one of the Princes in the Tower, in Laurence Olivier's film of Shakespeare's "Richard III". From 1965 to 1968 Huson worked as an Art Director for BBC Television and Columbia Pictures UK, before moving to the United States. Between 1969 and 1980 he wrote books and scripts for episodic television, then teamed up with scenarist William Bast to write and produce such television series and movies as ''The Colbys'', a spin-off from the Aaron Spelling series ''Dynasty'', ''Tucker's Witch'', ''The Hamptons'', ''Twist of Fate'', ''The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake'', ''Danielle Steel's 'Secrets"'', ''Power and Beauty'', and ''The Fury Within''.

Books:

In 1970 Huson wrote ''Mastering Witchcraft'', followed by a study of tarot symbolism, ''The Devil's Picturebook'' (1971). In 1974 he wrote ''Mastering Herbalism''; and an introduction to parapsychology, '' How to Test and Develop your ESP'' (1975). Two fiction books followed, ''The Keepsake'' (1981), and ''The Offering'' (1984), and a second work on the history of tarot symbolism and tarot reading, ''Mystical Origins of the Tarot'' (2004). He generally illustrates his non-fiction books himself, and has designed a deck of tarot cards based upon his research, ''Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot'' (2009). He currently lives in Los Angeles with writer and scenarist William Bast, his partner and frequent collaborator.

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*Clifton, Chas, ''Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America'', Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira, 2006, ISBN 0759102023.
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*''Contemporary Authors'' (Biography), Thomson Gale, 2004.
*Farrar, Stewart, ''Eight Sabbats for Witches'', WA: Phoenix Publishing, 1988, ISBN 0919345263.
*Freedland, Nat, ''The Occult Explosion'', New York: G.P.Putnams Sons, 1972, ISBN 0399109544.
*Gunther, Max, ''Wall Street and Witchcraft'', New York: B. Geis Associates, 1971.
*Luhrmann, T.M., ''Persuasions of the Witch's Craft'', Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989, ISBN 0-674-66323-3.
*Valiente, Doreen, ''The Rebirth of Witchcraft'', London: Robert Hale, 1989, ISBN 0-7090-3715-5.
*''Who's Who in Entertainment'', Illinois: Marquis Who's Who, Macmillan, 1988.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mel on November 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book in my home years ago, among the dusty tomes we had collected. As a child, I found this book helpful for the simple things such as what are the best herbs to use when I'm cooking chicken, as well as what tea I should drink when I have an upset stomach. Now that i am an adult, I recognize that it is much more useful than I ever recognized. This book is like an encyclopedia of herbs, book of remedies, a recipe book, a gardener's manual and a witchcraft book all rolled into one.

A "must have" for anyone interested in herbs.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide by herbal expert Paul Huson is a marvelous compendium of useful information concerning herbs of all kinds. Countless practical uses for herbs are covered, from recipes for flavorful jams, soups, and teas to creating homemade perfumes and incenses to all-natural medicine. Mastering Herbalism is also packed with gardening tips for growing one's own herbs. Illustrated with line drawings and enhanced with four appendices, a glossary, a select bibliography, and comprehensive index, Mastering Herbalism is simply a "must" for any cook or gardener looking to put a little extra spice in their life!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2001
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I totally enjoyed reading this book...and I learned much more than I thought I would. I am grateful to the person who gave it to me as a gift. Paul Huson delivers a book filled with interesting information. I recommend you read it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1997
Format: Hardcover
"Mastering Herbalism" is a very informative book on herbs. Paul Huson talks about making incense, cooking, Witchcraft and Wortcunning and the hidden properties of them. "Mastering Herbalism" also includes a descriptive chapter on herbs themselves
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Inner Spiral on December 10, 2004
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I first read this book about 4 years ago. I had the oppertunity to read a first edition hardcover volume filled with its owners personal notes. This is truly one of the great herbals in print and I highly reccomend it to anyone seeking the information on the metaphysical properties of herbs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2008
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This book is a cornerstone of my library. This book covers the uses of herbs since ancient egyptian times into the modern. Ancient recipies for healing, health, perfumery, and of course incenses are included. There is also a large section regarding the use of herbs in cooking.

There is practical, concise info regarding herb propogation and how to maintain a garden.

Over time the price of this book waxes and wanes, depending on availability, so if you can find it at a reasonable price, go ahead and pick up a copy. . .you won't be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on May 15, 2009
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This is an excellent book on herbalism.Yet,there are two small problems with the book.It's a bit dated and not much about witchcraft herbals.It's more of a Renaissanse book of herbs.I enjoyed reading the many recipes and favorite spices.Written in 1974,and still a classic.The last couple of chapters deal with 'Herb Magick' and 'Wortcunning'.A lot of popular history to enjoy.Some interesting ideas on developing your own herbal maze.No incantations or ritual ideas with herbs presented however.It's still worth a look at.Some lesser known herb facts explored,therefore may foster one's herbal interest.(-The author,Paul Huson,mentions a recipe he learned from Oscar-winning supporting actress,Nina Foch.Later she co-starred with Bela Lugosi,under the direction of Ed Wood.The recipe was 'Pesto Genovese',and as delicious as her beauty.She passed away December 9th,2008.)
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