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The Master Book of Herbalism Paperback – December 1, 1984
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There are also sections on astrological aspects of herbs, how to consecrate herbal preparations and amulets, the use of stones in connection with herbs, methods of preparation for remedial use, classification of remedial herb by effect, correspondances to deities, and lists of herbs appropriate to various ritual observances such as the holidays and handfastings.
This is a book I have turned to, for a wide range of information, so often I have literally worn my copy out. I would like to see future editions with more herbs included, not because the number is insufficient. But because he is so insightful, and with such interesting little "a*ha*!" tidbits of information, I find myself wondering what his comments would be on various herbs he has not written about. He is a Wiccan Priest, so he is in tune with that sort of gentle sensiblility, yet his information crosses all lines of religion, to focus on the herbs themselves. He seems to write from long years of experience, not just of repeating lore found in other books. I highly recommend it, particularly to Neo-Pagan herbalists.
Other books may feature a more exhaustive list of herbs, but none present the herbs with the love, care and extensive background as this fine guide does. The author gives life and history to each one, presenting the herbs with the honor, and respect they deserve. (In the same vain the author includes a decent guide to magickal stones with the same loving care given to the details of each.)
If you are new to herbalism or Paganism, I can't say enough about the importance of having this book for your collection.
On the plus side, it doesn't needlessly weigh down each plant with a thousand generic properties like some other guides I have (seriously, not every plant can be used for love, luck, fortune, and connecting to spirits).
My favorite metaphysical guide is "Love Is In The Earth". It's purely minerals, but the formatting and as a reference, it suits my needs perfectly. I wish I could find a book on herbalism that is like it.
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Excellent book!! I bought 3...1 for me and 1 for each of my students. It's a reference book you will want in you libraryPublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great info but if you already have Cunninghams version and want to save some chump change don't buy. However if you want more info then go on and get it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! There is so much information about many of the most common herbs and some less common. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Seashell
I have enjoyed learning about what magical herbs to take for each magical purpose or intention. This is by far the most informative herbal book that I have ever came across. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Scarlet Moonlight
This is a must have companion book to "A Compendium of Herbal Magick" as each one provides information in supplement to the other. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs. Rachelle Foster