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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.

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Sacred Space by Denise Linn



I really like the flow of this book.  The author did an excellent job of explaining why it is important to cleanse your personal energy and the energy in your home. In easily understood terms, Linn details how the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, spirit) are all connected to one another and how you can put the Elements to work for you.

You do not have to be a Shaman or Reiki Master to use the knowledge you will find within the pages of this book.  Those who are just starting out in their magickal journey will find in depth explanations on energy–how it works, why cleansing energy is necessary, and what tools to use for a cleansing

.  Those who are well-versed in performing cleansings will find new ideas to incorporate into the cleansings they already perform.  This is just an all-around awesome book!


A little bit about Energy:
ALL people create energy.  ALL people leave “traces” of energy wherever they have been.  Think of these invisible traces of energy as skin cells.  As CSI and any number of the many “Whodunit” shows on TV tell you, people slough off skin cells wherever they go without consciously being aware of it.  It is the same with energy.  Then, in turn, the traces of energy are left on furniture, in a room, in a car, etc.  When this happens–as it always does–the furniture, room, car, etc, take on the feel of the traces of energy left by the people who visited or who live in that space.

The traces of energy people leave behind build up.
* If you or someone you know lives in a home where there is a lot of chaos, arguing, upset or drama, the home will begin to “feel” like a negative place to be, even to those who do not experience the arguing or drama that occurs there.
* Walk into a building where boxing is held, or into a sports arena used for football, soccer, baseball, etc.  You begin to feel “pumped up” with excitement, aggression, etc.  Even if you are the first person there, you will feel it.
* Walk into a church, yoga center, New Age store –you’ll begin to feel calmer, more peaceful, relaxed.  Even if no one is there but you, the feelings roll over you.

Even though the energy of any living thing (animals, trees, flowers, etc) gives off energy, the emotion of humans is the most powerful energy.  It has a forceful vibration to it–kinda like the sonic wave you see in cartoons.  The energy-laden vibratory wave of emotion moves outward from a person. Whatever the feelings are, people inadvertently transfer that emotional vibration to any object or building they are around.
Likewise, people transfer energy onto other people.  Regardless of intent, if one person is around another, energy will be transferred between them.
* if someone is angry, frustrated, upset, and you are around them, you will begin to feel what they feel, even if you were not angry, frustrated, or upset by that person.  You only have to have some type of contact with them for the transference of energy to take place.
* if you’ve ever stood near someone who “gave you the creeps” even though they did not physically do anything–you just experienced the energy they gave off and the energy that they project out to the world.  (and yes, you took some of that creep-factor energy with you when you walked–or ran–away from them).
* when people argue, they transfer their energy onto one another.  Worse–the person you are arguing with directly projected their negative energy toward you.  So you received a larger dose of their negative energy to take with you after the argument is over (nice, huh?)
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Once you understand the concept of how energy is transferred (and how easily it is transferred), you will begin to notice how you feel when you are around different people and how you feel when you enter different buildings or areas.  To my weird mind, it is all very interesting.  Not only am I very aware of the feeling and the energy of a place, I am very aware of people’s energy.  So when I’m near someone, I can feel what they feel.  But that is another topic in and of itself.

To a certain degree, everyone can feel the external energies they come into contact with.  They may not understand it, but they feel it.  People who have psychic abilities, especially Empaths and Clairsentients, are much more sensitive so they feel the energy more so than the average person.

All of the negative energy people leave behind in your home or on your person can effect your life.  Why?  Because like attracts like!  Meaning:  if the energy of your home has a negative feel, it will attract more negativity.  It will attract negative people and negative circumstances.

Ever notice that some people seem to have “bad luck!” tattooed to their forehead?  Bad things always seem to happen to them.  It is partially because of the energy attached to that person.  Yes, there are other reasons, but the negative energy they have soaked up, combined with the negative energy they project, creates bad luck to come their way!  Now.  Why would you care about Mr. Attracts-Bad-JuJu?  First, because you might just be that person–and you don’t have to be.  Second, because if you are not that person, when you are around someone who is that person, you receive some of their negative energy and will start to have bad luck, as well.  Let Mr. Bad Luck into your home, let him touch your belongings, rub his butt on your furniture, and–charitable guy that he is–he leaves some of his bad luck behind for you!

So the energy of your home and your person needs to be cleansed periodically.  The “cleansing” washes away the stagnant and negative energy.  Cleansings also wash away negative emotions.  Remember: negative emotions + negative energy = creation of negative circumstances (including negativity in relationships).

Extra Warning to the Gifted: People who have psychic gifts not only attract more negative energy than the average person, they have the ability to create negative situations and negative circumstances much faster.  So anyone who is Gifted, should cleanse their person and their space more often.

By reading and using the knowledge Ms. Linn shares in Sacred Space, you can learn to do “quick fixes” to your energy, in depth cleansings of your home and in depth cleansings of your person.  Oh, one more cool subject Linn’s writing touches on–how to cause positive energy to flow toward you so you can create the good things in life (money, happiness, love, peace, etc.).

You just cannot go wrong with this book.  Get it.  You’ll be glad you did.

Practical Psychic Self Defense by Robert Bruce



What if you were told some of the negative thoughts and some of the negative emotions you had were not your own?  What if you were told that at least a portion of the actions you’ve taken, that resulted in harmful personal experiences, were not actions you had taken of your own Free Will?  What if you were told there was some invisible succubus compelling you to say things, do things, that caused you pain?  Would you believe?  What would it take to make you believe?  And if you began to believe, would you be willing to take the steps to protect yourself from the entities so that they could no longer effect your thoughts and actions?  This book addresses those issues.  It also addresses how to build a shield to protect yourself.

I like this book for the simple fact that in reading it, most people begin to experience an “awareness” of the spiritual realm they didn’t have before.  In turn, a curiosity to dig further and investigate more develops within the reader.  While a few readers will discover they have experienced some of the more bizarre and seemingly impossible occurrences Bruce writes of, most will just realize that developing a psychic shield has it’s merits.  The latter will then be able to hone in on the best method of psychic self defense for them (whether it is by using Bruce’s teachings or another’s).

I am hesitant to recommend this book to a “beginner” for the simple fact that near the mid-point (and going toward the end) of the book, the author begins to detail ideas and experiences that would seem outlandish and sci-fi oriented to the general public.  However, what seems crazy to those without knowledge and experience makes perfect sense to those who have personally experienced some of Bruce’s claims.  So although I am hesitant to suggest this book, I think the information contained within it’s pages is important.  People need to understand what can happen if they do not protect themselves.

See, a lot of people believe in the devil, believe in demons, but they are unaware there are different types of demons. Some demons are merely blobs of energy that feed off negative emotions. These negative entities (henceforth referred to as “Negs”) want to be in the physical realm that we humans live in but they cannot because they do not have the physical bodies we have. So in order to stick around, they have to feed. Their food is negative emotion. They are “energy parasites.” Feeding does not allow them to take physical form, but they have the next best thing in being able to hang out in our world via attaching themselves to humans.

Negs neither want to kill you, nor do they want to “devour your soul.” No. They want your life to be long-lasting and as miserable as possible so they can keep feeding off of you and stay where they want to be–in our physical world. Someone who does not have a “defensive shield” built around them would be easy prey for these Negs to feed on. Someone who has psychic ability but is unaware of that psychic ability, is more likely to attract Negs. Psychics have a higher energy vibration; causing a larger energy output.  Just as a lion would prefer a fat gazelle to one that was skinny, so do Negs.  In the non-corporeal world, psychic energy is similar to a beacon of light in the dark. The Negs are drawn to the light. The brighter the light, the bigger the target you are. So the Negs seek out the people with psychic ability. Empaths and Clairsentients are particularly vulnerable to Negs.

Since Empathics and Clairsentients (see my other blog entry on traits of an Empath or Clairsentient) are the least recognized psychic talents, they do not recognize their “gifts” and do not realize their heightened vulnerability.  They do not know they need the “defensive shield.”  Therefore, Negs come into their lives, cling to them, and feed off of them by creating negative emotions which cause the Empaths/Clairsentients to take the negative actions that create negative situations, and negative circumstances.

When a person takes an action they know they shouldn’t take because it will most likely cause a negative outcome, a Neg will be that little voice in a person’s head that says, “screw it–I’m doing it anyway!” And then, when the action the person took turns out badly (thereby causing the person to feel sad, depressed, angry, worse about themselves), more negative emotion in the person is produced. The Neg feeds off of that excessive emotion.

A good example that I often see of negative behavior or action that causes a negative situation: people who begin (or stay in) relationships that make them feel bad about themselves.
A detailed example: when a woman first starts dating a man she feels a compulsion to hurry up and secure that relationship. So she constantly calls (or texts) that man–even when the man doesn’t respond. She calls him once and receives no answer. So she calls again. No answer. She waits, calls a friend and talks about the man not answering and what it could possibly mean. Then she waits some more. Still no answer from him, so she “accidentally” call again (I believe the new phrase is “ass dialing”). He finally answers. He says he wants to see her. Whew! What a relief she feels! So she sees him, then he disappears again.  In her rational mind, the woman knows this man is not treating her right.  Heck, she doesn’t even know if she really even wants that particular man!–but the increasing negative emotions she feels compels her t to keep “chasing” that man down.  This merry-g0-round relationship continues for several months before ending.  Then, this woman will continue to meet new men where the same exact cycle happens. Thus providing an “endless buffet” of negative emotion for the Neg to feed off of.
** If you didn’t see the roller coaster of emotions that occur within people who have these types of relationships, go back and read that again.  Look at all of the anxiety, frustration, fear, doubt, self-doubt, low self esteem, anger, etc, etc, that such a situation would cause! That’s a lot of energy for the Neg to feed off of.

Now. Could it be that women who have these type of relationship cycles just have some emotional issues (baggage) that makes them continue to pick crappy men who always treat them bad? Yes. But, could they also have a Neg “attached” to them who compels the woman to take actions that cause negative emotion so the Neg can keep feeding?  Yes.  In considering such a possibility, I often wonder how many people that have been diagnosed (or left undiagnosed) with some mental/emotional issue really do not have an issue at all. For that matter, how many negative habits and/or addictions truly belong to (or began with) the individual?  I wonder how many are really just plagued by a Neg…or two…or three.  To quote Shakespeare, “there are more things in Heaven and Earth…”

I am not making excuses for people’s ill-behavior or for habits/addictions people have.  I am just considering the possibility that the behavior, habit or addiction a person has was induced by a Neg.  There is no way to know for sure.  It would be nice if the entire world could be explained by what we can physically see and touch, but 99% of the world’s population knows that is not the case.  So we just do not know. Humans are still learning about all of the possibilities regarding how the non-physical effects our physical world. So. How would you know there is a Neg around you? Well, you can’t, not for sure. It’s not like you can say “Hello? Neg? Are you there?” and they’ll answer you (by the way–if you try such a thing and you receive an answer–you have a much bigger problem on your hands than a Neg or two).

If you find that you often take action(s) you logically know you shouldn’t, but still take the action (or feel overwhelmingly compelled to) anyway, it is quite possible you are being given a nudge to create a negative situation by a Neg.  It is also possible you are receiving the compulsion for action from another person (and perceiving it as your own), but that is another topic in and of itself.

As for “defensive shields,”  I believe it is a must-have for all people, but most especially those who have psychic abilities.  Some people may feel differently but speaking for myself, I would rather be “safe than sorry.”  I have a veritable steel wall around me that I keep in place–against Negs and anything or any body that might try to infiltrate without my consent.  Because of how I’m made up, I have to have it in place.  I learned that early in life, long before this book was written by Mr. Bruce.

The information you find in the author’s work is an eye-opening experience.  In recommending this book to people, I am not saying it is the end-all-be-all on the subject of psychic self defense.  What I am saying is that it is a good start in understanding the concept and an easy read for those who are unfamiliar with how the non-corporeal can effect our physical lives.  As a rule, I would never take just one person’s teachings and pattern my life around those teachings.  But I firmly believe the average person should have a psychic shield up and that goes doubly for anyone who has any type of psychic abilities.

Even if one bought the book and just read the first few chapters, it would have been money well spent!



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