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Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike Scott's Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "…an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike … Scott's personable charm touches every page… I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this … It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently. In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper. The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft. This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!


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Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike Scott's Do you work magic with herbs? Do you use them in spells, for talismans or simply use their innate powers? If you don't have Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you need to get it right away. This book has become a classic in its field. Paul Beyerl, a respected author on herbs calls it "…an essential reference book by students of herbalism and magick alike … Scott's personable charm touches every page… I highly recommend this book." And Jeanne Rose, famous author of books on herbs and developer of an herbal course says "I love books like this … It is accessible, easy to read, and with its encompassing index (all too often neglected), simple to use as well." Over 200,000 people already have this book and use it frequently. In this edition of the book (it's expanded and revised on the 15th anniversary of original publication) you will find the magical properties and folklore of over 400 herbs! You'll also find lists of herbs based on their magical powers, their genders, their planetary rulers, and more. Perhaps the most important list is the folk name cross-reference. With that information, when a recipe calls for "bramble, " you'll know it needs blackberry. Or if the magic calls for "enebro," you'll know you that is juniper. The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft. This book is considered a classic. It is probably consulted more than any other book on this subject. If you want to learn the secrets of magical herbs, this book is a must!

30 review for Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather Purri

    Difficulty Level: Beginner No magickal background necessary. Pros: - It's an occult/Pagan classic. I know firsthand that virtually all Wiccans use this and most Hoodoo practitioners use it in conjunction with Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode, cross-referencing herbs between them. I highly recommend getting the ebook, so you can quickly find what you need. -Written for practitioners at any level. Before you get to the encyclopedia part, it starts with an intro to magick for beginners Difficulty Level: Beginner No magickal background necessary. Pros: - It's an occult/Pagan classic. I know firsthand that virtually all Wiccans use this and most Hoodoo practitioners use it in conjunction with Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by Catherine Yronwode, cross-referencing herbs between them. I highly recommend getting the ebook, so you can quickly find what you need. -Written for practitioners at any level. Before you get to the encyclopedia part, it starts with an intro to magick for beginners while explaining why and how to use herbs, spices, etc. Cons: - No in-text citations. Would've been useful for the folklore entries. There's a bibliography though. - Doesn't contain medicinal qualities of plants.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fostergrants

    i love this book - i wander around the yard with it - i practically read it to my plants. the history and folklore adds so much to my gardening experience and i get totally excited when somebody asks about this or that herb i have in a dish near my front door or tied in a bundle over the fireplace. each plant reference includes: latin name, folk name, gender, planet, element, deities, powers, uses, whether or not it's poisonous, and a black n white botanical sketch of the plant. mint is no i love this book - i wander around the yard with it - i practically read it to my plants. the history and folklore adds so much to my gardening experience and i get totally excited when somebody asks about this or that herb i have in a dish near my front door or tied in a bundle over the fireplace. each plant reference includes: latin name, folk name, gender, planet, element, deities, powers, uses, whether or not it's poisonous, and a black n white botanical sketch of the plant. mint is no longer mint - it's a plant at the end of driveway keeping out evil spirits and promoting good neighbor relations. i don't really believe in evil spirits but since all the neighbors stop to rub and sniff the plant and also say hello, i cannot argue with this book! it's also amusing to think of ones grandmother wandering around town with a potato in her purse trying not to catch a cold. we have come a long way with modern science but have lost so much of the romance of 'lore'. why can't we have both!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    The folk names and the suchlike were interesting, the illustrations are inspireing the books subject matter is nonsense. yes I do respect other peoples beliefs, but I have had access to books over three hundred years old and I can only say the magic from this book (if it's to be believed)is from the Sooty and Sweep school of "izzy wizzy lets get bizzy" magic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heka

    I had this book for years but, unfortunately, didn't actually much use of it. It seems like it should be a great reference; it's packed with descriptions of various plants, their correspondences, and some of their properties. But this is very much a magical reference text, not an academic or medical-style herbal. If you're trying to figure out which herb to use for spellwork, this may be the book for you. If you're trying to figure out which herb to take for your headache, have a cup of mint tea I had this book for years but, unfortunately, didn't actually much use of it. It seems like it should be a great reference; it's packed with descriptions of various plants, their correspondences, and some of their properties. But this is very much a magical reference text, not an academic or medical-style herbal. If you're trying to figure out which herb to use for spellwork, this may be the book for you. If you're trying to figure out which herb to take for your headache, have a cup of mint tea and read something else!

  5. 4 out of 5

    zeknir

    ive been using this book as a reference for all my medicinal herbs to align known medicinal properties with spiritual and energetic properties. i have a couple different books in this vein and this one i trust the most. its simply organized (its an encyclopedia, so its all alphabetical, by common name, not by latin names) and has some useful appendix tables in the back. EDIT: i lowered my rating to a 4, 3.5 more like it. while it is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia for reference, this i’ve been using this book as a reference for all my medicinal herbs to align known medicinal properties with spiritual and energetic properties. i have a couple different books in this vein and this one i trust the most. it’s simply organized (it’s an encyclopedia, so it’s all alphabetical, by common name, not by latin names) and has some useful appendix tables in the back. EDIT: i lowered my rating to a 4, 3.5 more like it. while it is exactly what it says it is, an encyclopedia for reference, this book leaves me wanting. i’ve been learning more and utilizing other books and sources, maybe i’m just growing out of this book, but i sure don’t rely on it as heavily anymore.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bettina

    Certainly not the sort of book one would read from beginning to end, but a very useful reference book and one I use often. The index allows you to look up herbs by the proper name, Folk name or Latin name. For each herb you will find the related Gender, Planet, Element, Deities, Powers as well as magical and ritual uses. Only drawback here is while Cunningham's reference list is long, he does not indicate which source is used to back up the claimed properties of each herb. While this book is Certainly not the sort of book one would read from beginning to end, but a very useful reference book and one I use often. The index allows you to look up herbs by the proper name, Folk name or Latin name. For each herb you will find the related Gender, Planet, Element, Deities, Powers as well as magical and ritual uses. Only drawback here is while Cunningham's reference list is long, he does not indicate which source is used to back up the claimed properties of each herb. While this book is great as a quick reference book, it will not tell you why a plant is related to a specific planet or deity. This book also provides a very basic introduction to working magic, the basic principles of magic and how to use herbs to make oils, ointments, sachets and more. The illustrations leave a little something to be desired, if you are looking for a tool to help you identify different herbs, this may not be your best option.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's stingdid you know that herbs are magical things? Most people dont realize that the witches in Shakespeare were really cooking up a potion made of flowers and herbs! Many herbs throughout history have been named some spooky things, but they have been found to help and heal. Folklore associated with these herbs led to the belief that some plants were magical. Scott Cunninghams Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting…did you know that herbs are magical things? Most people don’t realize that the witches in Shakespeare were really cooking up a potion made of flowers and herbs! Many herbs throughout history have been named some spooky things, but they have been found to help and heal. Folklore associated with these herbs led to the belief that some plants were magical. Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs has sold over 400,000 copies. With over 400 herbs, flowers, and plants listed, along with their astrological and magical uses, this book will be adored by those who practice natural magic. This is a wonderful reference guide that makes mixing up incenses and herbal sachets a cinch! - Colleen M.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joan DeArtemis

    This is one of my two absolute favorite books on the magical use of herbs. It is fun and easy to use, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in undertaking the practice of Wicca or modern Witchcraft. Scott Cunningham was a wonderful, light hearted, positive Light Being (I knew him personally), and everyone I know who uses this book loves it. There has been some criticism that everything in it is not based in perfect scholarship. However, that does not matter. This book has been in This is one of my two absolute favorite books on the magical use of herbs. It is fun and easy to use, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in undertaking the practice of Wicca or modern Witchcraft. Scott Cunningham was a wonderful, light hearted, positive Light Being (I knew him personally), and everyone I know who uses this book loves it. There has been some criticism that everything in it is not based in perfect scholarship. However, that does not matter. This book has been in active use by practitioners for over 30 years. Based on that, it stands on its own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Valrie Wylde

    I have to say, this is one of the books on my shelf that is filled with post it notes and book marks.. I use it a LOT and you can really tell as I'm soon going to have to order another copy! It's been tremendously handy when I've been making incense and herbal kits as there's just so much to draw from. It's a fabulous go to book for just starting out as well as seasoned practitioners who work with herbs as it's filled with helpful information. There's quite a lot you can sink your teeth into. It's I have to say, this is one of the books on my shelf that is filled with post it notes and book marks.. I use it a LOT and you can really tell as I'm soon going to have to order another copy! It's been tremendously handy when I've been making incense and herbal kits as there's just so much to draw from. It's a fabulous go to book for just starting out as well as seasoned practitioners who work with herbs as it's filled with helpful information. There's quite a lot you can sink your teeth into. It's one of those books that I'd recommend as a "must have" in your library.

  10. 4 out of 5

    KATHY

    This is an encyclopedia about herbs. Cunningham includes folklore, edibility, and ways these plants can be prepared. Symbols are included in each profile to signify for medical use or for spells. The reader should use their common sense. Out of all Cunningham's books I see this one as the most important. I use this book as a reference any time I am making gris-gris bags, tea, or gardening.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ailyn

    I've realized that my expectations for what I want n an herbal, and what is actually out there, are two completely different things. Yet Cunningham's Encyclopedia has more of what I would want, with some folk history of the different herbs. I don't like that everything is structured into the generic Greek 4 element model, but you get that with Wicca and ceremonialism. As a supplemental reference book, I feel it does pretty well, and it did spark my interest into herbalism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    You don't really "read" or "finish" this book because it's more of a look-up-what-you-need encyclopedic book, but it's very clear and concise and informative. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a down-to-earth magical herbal guide--interesting for folklore buffs as well as Crafters, ya know?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a must-have for every herbalist's shelf. Cunningham's work is accessible, well-written, and easy to follow, one of the better Herb guides on the market today for magical and health uses.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lodane

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Originally posted here:http://nancythroughthelookingglass.bl... The Book is clearly laid out and easy to use, with many different herbs and flowers covered, many common ones and a few herbs I'd never heard of and objects thought of as magical items, like carrots and potatoes. It Gives you the name of the herb with a line drawing of it it's folk names gender planet element and powers, as well as it's magical uses. I'd recommend the book to anyone with an interest in herbs whether it be magical or Originally posted here:http://nancythroughthelookingglass.bl... The Book is clearly laid out and easy to use, with many different herbs and flowers covered, many common ones and a few herbs I'd never heard of and objects thought of as magical items, like carrots and potatoes. It Gives you the name of the herb with a line drawing of it it's folk names gender planet element and powers, as well as it's magical uses. I'd recommend the book to anyone with an interest in herbs whether it be magical or not as it gives some fascinating information about the plants and their folk history. If your interest in them is magical then it's also very good as a reference book and has chapter on the powers of herbs and how to perform magic with them which is easy to understand, it explains how to charge herbs before using them in spells amongst other things. I use this book quite regularly in my work and think it would give a valuable contribution to any pagan library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    This may very well be a book I buy. Not only is this a solid magical herbalism encyclopedia, but once again, Cunningham has written a guide that is at once inclusive and specific. His introduction is really spot-on and I love that he leaves in some of the less practical rituals to "spark the imagination." My only real issues with this volume are (a) his use of gender in dealing with the properties of the plants (of course, this could easily be ignored by a practitioner that doesn't cotton to This may very well be a book I buy. Not only is this a solid magical herbalism encyclopedia, but once again, Cunningham has written a guide that is at once inclusive and specific. His introduction is really spot-on and I love that he leaves in some of the less practical rituals to "spark the imagination." My only real issues with this volume are (a) his use of gender in dealing with the properties of the plants (of course, this could easily be ignored by a practitioner that doesn't cotton to such essentialism), and (b) the book's selection of plants is a little dated/Eurocentric for today's practitioner, as many Ayurvedic and TCM herbs are in wider circulation now. This book could use a little facelift, but it is still a practical guide for anyone interested in magical herbalism.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tauri Cox

    First let me explain why exactly I bought this book. The short answer? My next protagonist is really into herbs... Oh, and she's a witch.  This encyclopedia was as perfect as I could get for what I was looking for. It includes chapters on the powers and intentions of herbs as well as specific spells to use. Then it breaks down each herb with its common, scientific and folk names, gender, planet, element, associated deities, powers, and ritual and magical uses. And an illustration of each herb.  First let me explain why exactly I bought this book. The short answer? My next protagonist is really into herbs... Oh, and she's a witch.  This encyclopedia was as perfect as I could get for what I was looking for. It includes chapters on the powers and intentions of herbs as well as specific spells to use. Then it breaks down each herb with its common, scientific and folk names, gender, planet, element, associated deities, powers, and ritual and magical uses. And an illustration of each herb.  It's the perfect handbook for gardeners, magic practitioners, and the odd writer who's interested - like me! I do wish the illustrations were in color and that it included medicinal uses for each herb too. I guess I will have to get a second book for that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Effie

    If you're wondering about which magical herbal book to pickup (As there are many! and not all are created equal haha) ...Although it's nice to have more sources to pull from in any realm of knowledge...I can honestly say I don't personally bother with any other book then this one when I'm needing this information. An absolute MUST have if your interested in learning more in this area, I promise you will return to it again and again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This is my herbal bible! My current copy is starting to fall apart by the binding from over use, the plastic on the cover is coming away from the paper, the pages are well loved...A lot of people think Cunningham is too simple, that he's a 'good place to start', but why overcomplicate things when they're so effective to begin with? I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants more info on magical herbs.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    I love this book. I had it years ago in paperback and constantly used it. In a move it was left to one of my children. I have since bought it on my kindle because I missed it so much. I think I prefer the print version better though, ( for the drawings of the herbs). I am putting no date finished on it as I use it all the time. I do not think I will ever officially "finish" this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    A MUST have in any herbalist, magical, naturalist library. Contains pictures along side the herb, folk names, gender, planet, element, powers, and magical uses. Also has cross reference names in the back to help the person searching. I love this book and find it helpful when looking to make a mix or when I have a celebration.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Willa Wylde

    The quintessential herbal book for magickal purposes, if you can only have one, make it this one. most modern witchcraft books are based in whole or part on the works of Scott Cunningham. This book has excellent appendixes and cross references, as well as offering both multiple common names, pictures, and the Latin taxonomy, uses, planetary correspondences, etc.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hulslander

    The books by Scott Cunningham are truly informative for any practitioner of Paganism or the Wiccan paths, whether you be a solitary or coven practioner. Personally I am a solitary who reads all the Neo-pagan books of knowledge concerning herbs, practices, incense and oils, history, etc... I can get my hands on. to truly understand the path one must research and practice, Blessed Be.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan Theep

    Very useful and well written. Really enjoyed reading it. Definitely recommend it to anyone new to witchcraft, Wicca or Pagan traditions. Scott Cunningham is a good go to for beginners and seasoned witches alike. Check out his whole spread.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I really enjoyed flipping through this book because it gives a detailed book on herbs. If your are interested in not the herbs but their meanings, history and magical properties then this book is for you. Scott Cunningham did a wonderful job with the details of this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adan Ramie

    This is a pretty amazing resource for those who want to know how herbs and plants work in our bodies and how they have been used over time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Haley Harrigan

    Informative for all of your Witchy needs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steven Wendell

    A must have for anyone interested in plants and nature. Soooo much good information.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Loureiro

    Wonderful reference book for my Ovate studies.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gisela

    will be extremely useful in my coming ventures into root work and herbal spirituality! recommended by juan, of course.

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