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The Herbal Alchemist’s Handbook: A Complete Guide to Magickal Herbs and How to Use Them (Weiser Classics Series) (Paperback)
An herbal magick grimoire of philtres, elixirs, essential oils, incense, and formulas with dozens of recipes from a trusted author.
Herbs have been used for medicine, magic, and ritual for centuries. The ancient arts of herbal alchemy and herbal magick combine the healing and energizing effects of herbs (roots, leaves, flowers, resins, and essential oils) with the cycles of the natural world—the astrological movement of the stars and planets, and the cycles of the earth’s seasons.
In this easy-to-use compendium of herbs and their energy associations, master herbalist and magick practitioner Karen Harrison offers formulas anyone can use to obtain courage, creativity, lasting health, prosperity, and enhanced psychic and spiritual powers.
Harrison shows how to select herbs based on their astrological associations as well as their medicinal properties. With a materia magica of more than 150 herbs and a multitude of recipes, readers will learn how to blend incense, ceremonial oils, bath salts, herbal amulets, fluid condensers, and herbal philtres and how to use them in meditation, ritual, or energy work.
About the Author
Karen Harrison earned a master of herbology from the Emerson College of Herbology in Montreal and is the proprietress of Moon Magick Alchemical Apothecary. Through her store she has a strong social media presence, with 22,000 followers.
"Karen Harrison's book is a boon to herbalists, alchemists, witches and magicians alike. Based on the philosophy and teachings of Paracelsus, it details--in every sense of the word--the use of herbs, examining the spirit or chi of the plants, and suggests how that special individual power might be used both mundanely and magically. This is an eminently practical book. It is fully annotated and offers recipes for the blending of incenses, for ceremonial oils, philtres and more. For me, this book will have a permanent place in my collection. It is a joy to read, a wealth of knowledge." --Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic
— Raymond Buckland
"Powerful, practical and deliciously magickal! I love The Herbal Alchemists Handbook! Not only does it have excellent recipes, but it tells you the how and why behind the principles of formulation rooted in tradition but not afraid to add new, practical and firsthand knowledge. In particular, Karen takes a tough topic, formulation with your numerology or astrology and explains the process in clear terms and makes it fun as well as informative." --Christopher Penczak, author of The Temple of Witchcraft series and The Plant Spirit Familiar
— Christopher Penczak
"A thorough and remarkably usable handbook." --Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Enochian Vision Magick
— Lon Milo DuQuette
"Karen Harrison's got the goods! I met Karen in the flesh in 1987, although my company had been selling her Moon Magic line of oils and incenses for years. I thought I knew something about herbs--this was before my first real conversation with her! I am delighted that she has finally distilled her years of herbal practice, Qabalistic study, astrological knowledge and magical expertise into a book that will benefit any student of the occult arts, from novice to adept. Well done, Karen!" --Judith Hawkins-Tillirson, author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Herbal Magick
— Judith Hawkins-Tillirson
"Being a well trained and experienced herbologist, the author has created a modern-day herbal grimoire by presenting valuable material in an easy to follow format. She gathers ancient wisdom and illustrates its use in a intelligible style convenient for the modern practitioner. Delightful reading for the herbalist, witch and astrologer alike." --Theitic, editor/publisher of The Witches' Almanac