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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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Warnings to the Wise


Because any actions you take of a spiritual or magickal nature can have such a large–and sometimes unexpected–effect on your life, I like to try to forewarn people.  In the future I will write more detailed articles on each of the items listed in this article.  For now, I’m just going to throw out highlights on subjects you should be aware of for both spiritual and magickal endeavors.

#1.  Meditation.
When some people first begin meditating, they do not realize they can separate their spirit from their physical body.
For those who find two of their three selves separated during meditation, the experience can cause a minor (or major) 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 event happening to them.  Very few people are strong enough–on an energetic level–to spontaneously separate spirit from body during a meditation without intentionally trying to do so.  However, suppose you are one of those “few” and just didn’t know it?  So, always, always, always be aware and in control of where your spirit is drifting off to during meditation.  Protect yourself spiritually.

#2.  Before you try to perform any ritual, know how to protect yourself.
Magick works! 
When you perform rituals (aka: spells), you are using physical tools to guide and redirect the non-physical flow of energy; to cause a shift of something in the physical realm.
*  In a sense, anyone who performs rituals is partially entering the spiritual realm.
*  The “wall” that separates our physical world from the spiritual world is kinda thin.  You perform a ritual and you are creating an opening in that wall.  The opening allows all kinds of nasty little entities to come through into the physical realm.  Those lil evil spirits will then attach themselves to you and 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 spell kits” available for people to buy these days.
If you were wanting to lose weight and I handed you a pill and said, “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.  Everyone wants a quick fix.  Cool.  Why take a cross-country trip in a horse and buggy if a private jet is available, yeah?  So, I understand the inclination to grab that quick fix.  But…if you do not have the knowledge to understand what you’re doing and you just follow the short directions included in the quick spell kit?  There may just be some side effects you do not want to deal with.  And, if you do not understand your role before, during, and after a ritual, there is a better than average chance the outcome will be the opposite of what you were wanting to achieve!

#4. The spoken Word is extremely Powerful!
The words you speak help to create your life and life experiences.  The words others speak about you also help to create your life.  When it comes to performing a ritual, the specific words you use during that ritual are of the utmost importance.
It is important to understand and be aware of how the words you speak on a daily basis as you go about your life have a very powerful effect on what you do and do receive in life and, on the outcome of any rituals you may perform.

I am constantly coming into contact with people who “speak into existence” that which they do not want for themselves (and others).  My left eyelid practically starts twitching with the need to make them aware of what they are doing.
Here are examples that either you yourself 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!”  (And at some point you are going to lose that job!  If you haven’t prepared, you’re going to be freaked out when it happens!)
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“He’s cheating on me.  I know he’s cheating on me!”  (and…guess what?  Even if he’s not cheating now, you keep making these statements and it is going to happen!)
Just in reading the former three examples I’ll bet you can pull up memories and find where you complained (or worried) out loud about something and then later that exact thing happened.   So stop now.  Retrain your mouth before you create anything else you do not want.
Now.  How does the aforementioned warning relate to performing rituals?  Well, when performing rituals you are told to use well-thought out, specific wording.  The reason for this is because the words you will be speaking are going to be helping to direct the energy you will be gathering and building upon during the ritual.  Your words will become a command; an order for energy to travel in a specific direction.  The direction the energy travels will create the change you will later see in real life.  If you are not clear and specific in your directions, the outcome of your ritual will be wonky.
Additionally, if you are specific in your wording during the ritual but then you later make statements that negate the order you gave during your ritual?  You have just sabotaged your ritual efforts and possibly created the opposite outcome.  In which case,  you would have just been better off had you never performed the ritual.
*** Last but extremely important warning here: Never, ever, ever talk about your ritual with ANYONE.  Like, no one.  I seriously cannot stress this warning enough.

#5.  Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.
You can use whatever word/wording you want–Energy work, Candle work, Visualization using incense and candles, Ritual, Spell, yada, yada.  I think I’ve pretty much heard every term and description there is.  Call it whatever you’d like to call it but let’s take the tuxedo 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!  Speaking only for myself, I use the Olde name–ritual. This term just feels right to me.  However, I do know I am performing what most people would term as a ‘spell.’ 

The people I’m addressing here are the ones 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 still gonna be a pig!” (I’ve lived in the South too long.  Can you tell?)
So, if you are the type of person who has issues with another person who ‘performs spells,’ then you have absolutely no business doing any kind of energy work, candle work, visualization work, or whatever other term you may try to use to avoid owning the fact that you are doing a spell!

#6.  Using a ritual to force another person to do __________.
It is becoming more and more popular to either perform a ritual or have someone else perform a ritual in order to make someone else do something.
* May I first say: Karma.  She’s a bitch.  She is a BIG bitch! Whenever a ritual is performed for the specific purpose of forcing another person to do something you want them to do, you are messing with their Free Will.  If that person did not, in some way, 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 and their Fate–their Life Path–for this life (and maybe, the next Incarnation, as well!).  So months or years down the road, what happens if you either want to sever ties with this person or they severed ties with you?  Do you know that you will still feel tied to them; even after they are no longer physically part of your life?   YOU will be unable to “move on” as the other person does.  Why?  Because you tied yourself to him/her in a much more serious way than a mere marriage certificate.  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, if your ritual is for romantic purposes, 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 rituals know but most of the people who pay to have rituals cast for them do not know–you can perform a ritual to make another person do something.  But the effect 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!).

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.

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