- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578635993
- ISBN-13: 978-1578635993
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Harold Roth’s website alchemy-works.com has been a constant companion and guide for me over the years. What made me come back were not only the well-researched tables of planetary correspondences, but also the many interesting and neatly structured info articles spiced up with Harold’s personal insights on the spiritual nature of magical herbs and incense ingredients and what could be done with them. When I research the magical properties of a plant or resin, Harold Roth is an author I rely on, as he provides substantiated and well informed advice, founded on decades of practical experience in Kabbalah, Hermeticism, alchemy, European witchcraft, Native American medicine, Afro-American folk-magical traditions, and, of course, gardening. What is truly unique about Harold is that his approach is literally rooted in the same ground that the plants grow on, as well as his ability to bring us closer to them, not only in word but also through beautifully done illustrations. And as if this would not be enough, we are given plenty of recipes to try by ourselves. To say that Harold’s first book, The Witching Herbs, is highly anticipated is an understatement. Whether you are interested in the magical uses of herbs such as mandrake, poppy or clary sage, their medicinal properties, or simply the joy of gardening and growing your own green familiars, this book is a must-have." ―Wiebke Rost, herbalist and proprietor of Teufelskunst
"Harold Roth is an extraordinary man―wise, generous, and deeply entwined in the mysteries of the green world from first-hand experience growing, using, and loving plants. His work adds to our deeper understanding of our plant allies, fleshing out folklore and putting our traditions into deeper context. I’ve learned so much from him and know that with The Witching Herbs, you will too." ―Christopher Penczak, award-winning author and co-founder of the Temple of Witchcraft
"Harold Roth is a master of the witchcraft plants. His knowledge encompasses their magical, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects, their blessings and their banes. In The Witching Herbs, his long-awaited first book, Roth has crafted a brilliant guide to the witches’ garden, teaching us how to grow and nurture its most prized plants, how best to access their gifts, navigate their dangers, and communicate with their plant spirit familiars. The Witching Herbs is a must for every witch’s library." ―Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Big Book of Practical Spells, and other books devoted to the magical arts
"A book that will take you far beyond the basics of magickal herbalism. Much more than a “this for that” compendium, it will teach you to open your eyes, ears, feelings, touch and sense of taste to any herb you may encounter, so that you may divine its magical use." --Ellen Evert Hopman, author of Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic, A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, and other books devoted to herbalism and Celtic plant lore
"I grew up with books detailing hundreds of herbs and their magical uses. I would then go to the botanica or the occult store and buy bags of the herbs for my spells. Harold Roth’s book, The Witching Herbs, is for anyone ready to put down the plastic bags of dried herbs and go deep into the mystery and power of the whole plant. Rather than going wide with hundreds of herbs, he delves deep into 13 witching herbs and in so doing gives us not only a master’s comprehension of these, but the tools to understand any other plant magic. This book is the best thing to happen to wortcunning this century." ―Jason Miller, author of Financial Sorcery and The Sorcerers Secrets, and creator of The Strategic Sorcery Course
"Connecting with plant spirits by growing magical plants yourself is the ultimate in herbal magic, according to this debut. Roth leans heavily on a modernized version of the ancient Doctrine of Signatures that teaches practitioners to look to a plant’s morphology to understand its use, adding clues from growth patterns, traditional medicine, and chemistry as well as from traditional lore and personal gnosis. Though there are extended planting and care notes for every plant, Roth makes his picks according to their reputation in traditional European witchcraft rather than ease of cultivation. He includes several of the baneful herbs he calls the “Weird Sisters”―datura, mandrake, belladonna, and henbane―but, although some traditional recipes are included in the practice section, Roth never recommends consumption, stating that practitioners should pursue them “through direct spiritual contact” rather than by stepping onto the rickety bridge of alkaloid consumption. Sections on “practice” included in each entry add up to a primer in herbal magic methods, so readers learn how to make tinctures with clary sage, dry and powder herbs with yarrow, and unguents with vervain. Roth views the herb magician as spiritual seeker rather than rules-bound potion maker, an attitude that can be unfortunately rare in more encyclopedic botanical magic guidebooks." --Publishers Weekly (Mar. 2017)
"Harold Roth’s The Witching Herbs offers an original perspective on the magical dimension of plants, rooted not in the repetition of occult texts but in the soil itself, as accessed by hands, head, and heart." ―Daniel A. Schulke, author of The Green Mysteries and Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path
"At last! A guide to a subject very dear to my heart, and Harold Roth is just the man for the job. Added bonus: several of the most important plants from the correspondences of the Fifteen Behenian Stars. A must-have for goetic gardeners everywhere!" ―Jake Stratton-Kent, editor of Conjure Codex, author of The True Grimoire (Encyclopaedia Goetica Book 1), and other books of power
"In The Witching Herbs, Harold Roth has approached the plant as book and narrative; seeing the plant itself as the author of its own mystery; a mystery only grasped in fullness by the direct interaction with the plant, where it is nurtured from seed to adulthood and in the process turns into a teaching spirit. Roth roots his work in the doctrine of signatures, mediated by the patient dedication to the plant itself, and, in this, he has manifested a work softly born by the whispers of the 13 plants themselves, flanked with folklore, myths, and the frustrating and rewarding poetry of practice. It is a book easy to recommend, a delight to read, a book that deserves a place not only on the bookshelf, but as a companion in the garden of witching herbs." ―Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, author of Craft of the Untamed, Palo Mayombe: The Garden of Blood and Bones, and Exu and the Quimbanda of Night and Fire
About the Author
Harold Roth is among the foremost authorities on plants within the modern occult community. For the past 15 years, he has owned and operated Alchemy Works, an online store focused on herb magic, where he crafts and sells incense, potions, and magical oils. The Witching Herbs has been in the works for a decade and is eagerly anticipated. Visit him at www.haroldroth.com.
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I would recommend reading the book from start to finish just because there is much information on types of plants and how to use and grow them that will cross over from chapter to chapter. My copy is less than 48 hours old and I already am doing some heavy highlighting in it to aid me in this spring's planting. Truly a book practical knowledge that you will not find anywhere else.
The Witching Herbs: 13 Essential Plants and Herbs for Your Magical Garden definitely does not disappoint. His explanation of the Doctrine of Signature and plant correspondences is perhaps the clearest and best that I’ve ever come across. Harold provides expert advice from planting seeds to working with the plant spirits themselves. The 13 plants were chosen in honor of the thirteen full moons of the year. Harold provides the lore, history, uses, formulas and recipes for these thirteen plants. These particular plants have a long history in witchcraft and magick – poppy, clary sage, yarrow, rue, hyssop, vervain, mugwort, wormwood, thornapple, wild tobacco, henbane, belladonna and mandrake.
I would definitely read this book once through cover to cover before using it as a reference book, since some of the information on caring for plants builds on information given in a previous chapter regarding another plant. The writing style is clear, concise and easy to follow. The content is the perfect blend of down to earth practical and fascinating esotericism. While there are several books on witchcraft and plants, do not kid yourself, there is information in this book that you will absolutely not find in any other book. Any witch who works with plants needs this book in their library.
And all of that is great.
My issue with the work comes in the author making claims about some of the solanaceae plants, and their history in witch unguents, without any form of citation for the claims. When we have vast amounts of scholarly knowledge and documentation on such things, best to cite sources for claims that go against what is currently believed.
Outside of this, the book would be worth twice the cost for the mandrake growing information alone if the author did not already have it available for free on his website.
Truth be told, it really is an excellent book. I recommend it to any who want to learn more about herbal work.