A Handbook of Natural
Spells, Charms, and Potions
by Aurora Kane
Publisher: Quarto Publishing
Publication Date: 5/25/2021
This book has everything a witch could want to know about magical herbalism. It is “full of purposeful potential and whimsical wisdom to be used wisely,” with a catalog of 78 herbs and 40 rituals.
For the herbs it gives the planetary companion, day of the week it corresponds with, elemental correspondence, zodiac sign, and gender. The author explains a plants gender as its energy because it is “relative to plant life [and] not assigned based on gender, but qualities of energy in life”. She goes on to explain that we all posses both masculine and feminine energy and can harness both and doing so can help enhance our herbal work. It’s a true trove of knowledge.
Its artwork and parchment-like appearance instantly reminds the reader of medieval texts such as the Voynich Manuscripts and the Tortula with its stunning beauty. Contrary to those ancient texts this book does not include herbal remedies like most texts on magical herbalism, so it does not stray from one to the other as do many texts. It keeps its focus solely on magic and teaches the reader every facet of the subject including trees, fairies, gardens, and deities.
Herbal Magic contains all of your needed magical herbalism knowledge. The section on plant intelligence, while brief, is breathtakingly informative and shows the author’s level of research into not only the magical aspect of plants, but also the studies done on them throughout the years. For example she explains that plants like sounds between 125Hz and 250Hz. The rituals in the book vary widely from spell jars and poppets, to teas and wreaths and covers every facet of life.
I work very closely with herbs in my cooking, herbal medicines, and my magic. After reading this lovely tome I can work with my herbs in more depth than I have in the past. Knowing all of their associations will help me choose the best times to better channel the energies of the herbs I work with, and the best tools to do it with.
After finishing this book you’ll want to relabel your herbs with all the knowledge you’ll acquire. Herbal Magic is a book for any witch. Whether a beginner with herbs, or a seasoned practitioner, you will be sure to learn many new things from it.
About author Aurora Kane:
Aurora Kane is a founding member of the Coven of the Moonbeam Ravine of Michigan and has been a practicing witch for many years. She also wrote the books Moon Magic and House Magic.
About the Author:
Theron Baker is a kitchen witch who connects most to the earth and enjoys foraging for ingredients and being in nature as well as his kitchen.