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Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham



The correct title of this book is ‘Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.’
I just shortened it for easier reading in the side tab of my blog.

This book is what I consider to be my ‘herb bible.’ Although Cunningham’s book is not the only book I use, it is by far the one I use most when determining which herbs I’ll use as I prepare for a ritual. This may be redundant information for some but if you did not know: different rituals require the use of different herbs or resins.

Some herbs are more powerful for one ritual, whereas that same herb may be detrimental to another ritual. Even if it is a love spell, the same herbs would not always be used. In choosing the best herbs/resins for a love spell, considerations would include: the astrological signs of the people involved, the depth of the relationship prior to casting, the mentality of the people involved, the availability of the people involved, external interferences or influences, and so on.

I consider this an excellent source on herbs for practitioners of magick. I would especially recommend this book for anyone who may be just beginning their magickal journey. Not only is this book a good source for the magical uses of herbs and resins, but it also contains valuable appendices–sort of like cheat sheets!

I have always liked Cunningham’s writing style. He tells you exactly what is, and is not, possible with magick. He gives it to you straight; no sugar coating, no mumbo-jumbo. I like that in a person and like it even better when I find it in an author.

The first couple of chapters of the book are spent explaining how to “charge” herbs for ritual use, basic procedures for rituals (the altar, visualization, preparation for the ritual) and how timing effects a ritual.
The main portion of the book is in an A to Z reference regarding the magickal uses of herbs and resins. After the explanations of the herbs are the appendices. The appendices include: when to use which herbs, planetary rulers and a list of herbs ruled by each planet, elemental rulers and a list of herbs ruled by each element, colors and the best colors to use in a ritual, and magickal properties of oils. There is even a cross reference for the Folk names of the herbs.

Here is an example of the detail given regarding herbs (this is taken word for word from Cunningham’s book):

CEDAR
(Cedrus libani or C. spp.) Leaf, berry: P
Gender: Masculine
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Powers: Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Magical Uses: The smoke of the cedar is purifying, and also cures the predeliction of having bad dreams. Twigs of the cedar are burned and smouldered, or made into incense. To heal head colds, they are placed upon the hot rocks in sweat baths for purification by some American Indians.
Cedar hung in the home protects against lightning strikes. A cedar stick carved into three prongs is placed prongs up into the ground near the home to protect it against all evil. A piece of cedar kept in the wallet or purse draws money, and cedar is used in money incense. Cedar is added to love sachets and is burned to induce psychic powers.
(*Note: Juniperus verginiana is often used in place of cedar).
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Each herb and resin found in this book contains the same wide range of information. Although it is not a complete book of herbs, it is pretty darn close! There have only been one or two times–that I can remember–where I have gone to this book to search for a particular herb’s uses and the herb wasn’t listed. Being that I have been performing rituals for around two decades, that’s pretty good!

If you can find it, buy it. You will not be disappointed!

Oh, one last thing–like other works by Cunningham, this book was published by Llewellyn Publications. You might be able to find it via their website. Here is a link to Llewellyn: Llewellyn
***If you do not mind a used copy, you could always try eBay, Amazon or another business where used books can be purchased.

Cascarilla (protection, purification, cleansing)


Cascarilla
(pronounced: kas-kah-ree-ya)

I am always surprised how many practitioners of magick are not aware of this awesome stuff because it is so useful in protection, purification and cleansing rites. I look at it as an essential weapon in my arsenal.

The only way someone might have issues with using Cascarilla would be if they are strict Vegans and do not like to even touch any animal byproducts.

Cascarilla is powdered egg shell.  The shells are so finely ground that it feels as soft as baby powder.  Any Botanica or store that caters to New Age and Magick ritual will have Cascarilla.  You will most normally see it packed into what I call a “ketchup cup.”  When removed from the cup, it maintains it’s form and can be used as one would use a soft piece of chalk.  Or, if mixed with water, you will find that the soft-chalk dissolves easily.  If you choose to buy the Cascarilla, you will normally see it packed into what I call a “ketchup cup.”  For most of the purposes, it is used as a piece of chalk, so the shells sold in stores are convenient.

Cascarilla repels negative energy, and the vibration of negative energy.

Different uses:
#1.  Purification baths.  See description of one such bath here: Bath for Purification

2.  As a piece of chalk to draw sigils, and circles of protection for Magickal rituals.

3.  This is great to have if you are going to meditate, astral project or perform visualizations.  You can use it as a powder and “dust” yourself with it or you can use it as a chalk and make the sign of the cross on different areas of your body (back of neck, forehead, temples, hands, chest and bottom of feet).

4.  If you have psychic abilities (Mediumship, Empathic, Clairsentient, Clairvoyant, etc), you can dust yourself or make the sign of the cross as previously mentioned, and it protects you from psychic attack and “energy vampires.”  Cascarilla also keeps away negative spirits.

5.  Cascarilla also keeps away non-corporeal beings (spirits, ghosts, demons, etc).  If you feel like your home may be haunted, this would be a good repellent (after a thorough house cleansing!!).  Be warned, if you have spirits around that you like talking to, you may find it more difficult to communicate with them!  Cascarilla does not discriminate between good and evil–it just provides a barrier between the physical and spiritual world.

6.  House protection: use as a piece of chalk.  Going around the house clockwise, etch the sign of the cross on either side of the door, above the door and on the threshold.  When doing the windows–do above, below, and both sides of the window.  Do this with all doors and all windows of the home.

7.  House protection (perimeter of home).  Click the link for an easy ritual for the perimeter of your house: Protection for the perimeter of your house

There are several other uses for Cascarilla, but these are the main uses.
If you like, you can check back with me.  I’ll be adding directions for different cleansings, rituals, and purification rites, some of which will include the use of Cascarilla.

Easy House Protection Ritual



This is actual for the outside perimeter of your home.  If you live in an apartment, you can do it along all of the edges of the walls on the inside of your home, but I think you would find it difficult to do being that it needs to be a continuous line.  (You could try it though–any protection is better than no protection!)

Protecting the Perimeter of your Home:
* Using several cups of Cascarilla, walk outside.
* Facing the front door, close your eyes, take a few meditative breaths, and clear your mind.  (you are preparing to place a defensive wall around your home–visualize it!)
* Take the Cascarilla out of it’s container
* Holding the Cascarilla in your hand, begin by crushing a line across the threshold (bottom of the door).
* Continue the line from the threshold as you begin to walk clockwise around the perimeter of the house.
* you will continue to crush up the chalk as you walk; leaving a fine trail of dust as you walk.
* when you use the one piece of Cascarilla, stop walking, remove another piece from it’s container and continue the line where you left off before you start walking again! (this is important, because you are creating a “line of protection”–a barrier–around your home and it needs to be continuous.)
*   You will go all of the way around the home until you end up back at the front door.
* Say a note of thanks to your God for His Blessing & Protection (my belief system calls for “God.”  If your belief system calls Him by another name, the note of thanks is still in effect but you give thanks to your God(s)/Goddess)
*Done!

Special Notes about this lil ritual:
* This ritual is best done after a house cleansing.
* With this ritual, you are creating a barrier.  Meaning: whatever is inside that house, is staying there until the barrier weakens and dissipates or other rituals are performed.
* No, rain does not effect this barrier.  The barrier begins physical but changes and makes a spiritual/energetic barrier.
* This barrier does not last forever.  Energy changes, the barrier will weaken.  Perform this regularly (just like with cleansings) to keep the barrier strengthened.  ** As you walk the perimeter, visualize creating a line of protection from all negativity, negative entities, poverty, sadness, etc.
* I say prayers as I walk the perimeter (but I am Catholic and, of course, we Catholics love our prayers!).  If your belief system calls God by another name and you have chants or prayers you use–speak them as you walk the perimeter.  It is up to you.  Your choice and your comfort level are in your energy and that energy is helping to provide protection for the home.
** Aside from visualizing the creation of a wall and saying prayers, I also think of allowing all that is good, happy, and prosperous through this barrier.  (and once I’m done with my line of defense, I’ll most likely take another mixture of herbs designed to bring wealth, happiness and love to my home and sprinkle it on top of the Cascarilla !).

If you have questions, feel free to ask and I’ll be happy to answer what I can 🙂

Bath for Purification, Protection, Cleansing



This is a great bath for the weekly cleansing of your personal energy.  Also, any time you feel drained, this is a good bath because it causes you to feel uplifted, peaceful and relaxed rather than stressed or weighted down.

This bath is also what I would call a “tool” for any ritual work performed since it cleanses one’s energy.  You do not want to be performing a ritual to bring money to you and yet be carrying last week’s energy of worry, doubt, fear emanating from your body.  Meaning, your personal energy would “cross contaminate” into the energy of the ritual you are performing.

Purification bath
* Run warm or hot water into the bath
* mix Holy Water, 3 cups of Cascarilla and ½ cup of pure honey into the water
* Clear your mind, enter the water.
* Meditative breathing is used during this bath.
*** During the bath, you will make sure you completely submerge 3 times.  If you have a small tub, you can use a wooden bowl to pour the water over you–making sure you completely cleanse (drench yourself) 3 times.
* During the bath, try to visualize all negativity being removed from your mind, body, and aura.  Then visualize a golden light being poured down onto the top of your head and around your body.
* Once you feel at peace (it is a different span of time for each person), exit the tub, drain the water.
ALL DONE!

Special notes about this ritual:
* It is best if you can “air dry” (no towel used, you dry when the air dries you) but it is not an absolute necessity.  If you do choose to use a towel, it needs to be a clean towel, preferably white in color, and that particular towel is only used by you and for this purpose.
*No, there is no worry about any of the items used clogging the drain.  As you will see when you do this bath, all of the items used dissolve completely in the water.
*Holy Water is purifying and is NOT just used by Catholics.  You can get Holy water by going to any Catholic Church and telling the office staff you need Holy Water.  They will give you access to their font, no questions asked.
* Honey is used for positive, happy energy.
* Cascarilla’s main purpose is to protect, but also brings positive energy. You can find an explanation of Cascarilla here: Cascarilla

So, basically, by performing this bath, you cleanse negative energy, place a protective barrier on your aura to help prevent negative energy from attaching itself to you, and you are magnetizing positive/happy energy to you.
Cool bath, huh?

Warnings to the Wise



Because any actions you take of a spiritual or magickal nature can have such a large effect on your life, I like to try to forewarn people.
In the future I will write more detailed articles on each of the warnings that follow, but let me throw out some general warnings here.

#1.  Meditation.  Always, always, always be aware and in control of where your spirit is drifting off to.  Protect yourself spiritually.  When some people first begin meditating, they do not realize they can separate their spirit from their physical body.  To those who end up accidentally separating the two, the experience can cause a lil freak out session.  Even if it only happens for the span of a heart beat–freak out city! Then, there are those who do not protect their spirit (and body) from coming into contact with unwanted entities that exist in the non-corporeal realm.  Again, not a pleasant experience if this were to happen to you and you weren’t expecting it (and had not protected yourself from it).
The average person probably doesn’t have to worry about this.  Very few people are strong enough on an energetic level to separate spirit from body during a meditation; unless they intentionally try to.  However, suppose you are one of those “few” and just didn’t know it?

#2.  Before you try to perform any ritual, know how to protect yourself.  Magick works. When people work rituals (aka: perform spells), they are using physical tools to effect energy.  The worker is basically guiding, or redirecting, the flow of energy.  In a sense, anyone who performs rituals is entering the spiritual realm.  The “wall” that separates our physical world from the spiritual world is kinda thin.  You perform a ritual, you are creating an opening in that wall.  The opening allows all kinds of lil nasties to come through into the physical realm.  Those lil evil spirits will then begin to redirect your life in negative ways you never thought possible!  So first order of business before attempting to cast any ritual, know how to create a protective circle and know how to dismantle that circle!!!

#3. There are all kinds of “quick spells” for people to buy these days.
Everyone wants a quick fix.  Cool.  I’m with you!  Why take a horse and buggy if a private jet  is available?  But….using the much-publicized “quick spells” is like me handing you a pill and saying, “here. take it.  it will make you lose weight no matter what you eat!”  You don’t know what is in the pill, what the side effects are, and you only have my word that it is just going to make you lose weight.  Would you swallow the pill?
Quick spell kits are like that.  You try to take the easy road and perform one of these “quick spells,” without fully understanding what you are doing, there may just be some side effects you do not want to deal with! 

#4. The words that come out of your mouth create your life.
I am constantly coming into contact with people who “speak into existence” that which they do not want.  My left eyelid practically starts twitching with the need to make them aware of what they are doing.
Here are examples that either you say or you hear others say, on a regular basis:
* “I can’t lose weight.  Nothing I try works!”  (and your cute lil chunky butt could be given the Holy Grail of diet pills & guess what–you would not lose one single ounce!)
* “I hate my job.  I need a new job! I hate coming here!”  (at some point–you are going to lose that job.  And if you haven’t prepared, you’re going to be freaked out when it happens!)
*
“He’s cheating on me.  I know he’s cheating on me!”  (and….guess what?  Even if he’s not cheating now, you keep saying that–it’s gonna happen!)
I’ll bet in just reading this lil warning you can think back and find where you complained (or worried) out loud about something and then it later happened.   So stop now.  Retrain your mouth before you create anything else you do not want.
****As a side note, when performing rituals, you are told to be very specific in what you say during that ritual!!! There is a very good reason for that!

#5.  You can call it whatever name you need to call it–
“Energy work,” “Candle work,” “Visualization using incense and candles,” etc.  But let’s take the clothing off of the pig here, shall we?
When a person focuses their energy, visualizes, stares at a candle flame and projects energy outward….they are doing a ritual, aka: a spell!
Now, if you are the type of person who has “issues” with performing spells, then you have absolutely no business doing any kind of energy work, candle work, or visualization work, or whatever other term you want to try to use to avoid owning the fact that you are doing a spell!
See, I call a “spell” by the old name–ritual. But I do know I am performing what most would term as a “spell.”  The people I’m addressing with this warning are the one’s who would tell me, “Well, I haven’t done any spell work, but…..I have been doing some energy work on him…”.  And when I hear this, my response is, “uh-huh…sister, you call it what you want, but that’s a spell.  You can dress a pig up in a tuxedo and pretend it’s not a pig, but when that pig gets nekked, it’s gonna be a pig!”
(I’ve lived in the South to long.  Can you tell?)

#6.  A lot of people are performing rituals–or having rituals performed for them–in order to get a specific person to commit to them in a romantic relationship.
* May I first say: Karma.  It’s a bitch.  It is a BIG bitch! You are messing with someone else’s Free Will by using a ritual to force that person to do something you want them to do.  If that person did not give you permission to mess with their free will, well, as Boss Hogg was known for saying, “there is gonna be consequences and repercussions.”
* Second, you are energetically tying yourself to that particular person.  So at some point in the future, say you and this person part ways.  Did you know that you will still feel tied to them, even after they have moved on or moved away.   YOU will be unable to “move on” as the other person does.  Why?  Because you tied yourself to him in a much more serious way than a marriage certificate would do.  You tied your spirit to theirs.  Unless undone with another ritual (that you better pray works!), you could be tied to that person for years, and yes, even decades.
* Third, do you really want a man (or woman) that you have to force to be with you?  And if you are of the mindset of “yes because if he/she will just be with me, they will fall in love and want to be with me on their own.”  Okay.  Now.  Come back to reality.  If one goes to the extent of forcing another to their will through rituals, then one is also prone to excessive worry, doubts, negative thinking, and insecurity.  So saying:  you may be able to be with that person via that ritual, but will you ever have any peace of mind?  Will you ever feel secure with them?  If you believe your answer is yes, then cool.  On with the ritual!
* Fourth:  a little known fact.  It is something that people who have knowledge and experience in casting spells know, but most of the people who pay to have spells cast do not know–you can perform a ritual to make someone do something.  But it is not permanent.  The compulsion this other person feels will wear off.  So you have to keep doing the ritual, forever and ever, amen.  Plan on it.

Okay, I think that’s it for now.  But I reserve the right to add to the list whenever I happen to remember another warning (as I invariably will since I am so bad at remembering every thing I need to tell people all at one time!).

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