Explanation of Herb Magic
practice of magical herbery, the collections of what might be considered
“herbs” is far greater than in the study of medicinal herbology.
Magic can encompass so many thing, the possibilities are virtually
following are generally considered “herbs” when dealing with most
forms of herbal magic.
leaf varieties of plants, both edible and non-edible.
fruits and vegetables.
shrubs and ground-level plants.
both domestic (lawn weeds) and wild (meadow “weeds”)
An herb, in
the practice of spell-casting and magic, can be the single item which
pushes magic to its purpose, if the practitioner is in tune with the
herb, leaf, plant or fruit he/she is using.
has a different molecular vibration. This is not magic, but science.
which make up a thing, vibrate to maintain the bond with surrounding
molecules. When that vibration slows dramatically and ceases, the thing
dies. However, the energy (soul, spirit, essence, chi) that inhabited
that thing leaves its residue behind and the item maintains the
signature of its former inhabitant, but not its frequency. The frequency
is the rate at which the living active molecules general vibrate. The
frequency of a plant with its roots firmly and healthfully imbedded in
the earth has a higher frequency of vibration than that of the dried
herbs in the cupboard. In each case though, we can sense or “read”
the signature regardless of frequency, just as we know that the dried
basil in the cupboard is the same basil cut from the garden a few months
It is the
signature of the herb which lends its power to magic work.
of magical herbery is as old as this planet. Earth has maintained living
growth throughout its life, even in the Ice Age when the smallest
organisms and cellular growth took place.
human beings evolved from the primordial soup, plant life maintained the
health and healing of the beasts which roamed the planet. Animals
instinctively seem to know which herb is necessary to make them feel
better. They seek out that healing power by smell or recognition. Dogs
will chew regular lawn grass. Annoying as that may be to the dog’s
human, either in lawn care or cleanup after the animal, the dog only
knows that the grass relates to his upset digestive tract and will
relieve the pain or digestive block. Grass is a basic fiber (plant with
heavier strings or strands of fiber running through it) and aids the
dog’s digestive process.
that the first cognitive human beings watched animal behavior very
closely, they would naturally try the same herbs and plants, leaves and
shrubs that the animals used to heal their ills. From that practice
evolved general use and experimentation with plants.
makes a wonderful and very believable hypothesis, set in fiction, in her
series beginning with Clan Of The Cave Bear.
Her primitive characters have maintained a certain “ancestral
memory” which enabled them to continue adding to their stores of
knowledge. As humans became more human-like and less ape-like, the
ancestral store of memories was lost.
in its pure evolution, was a balanced world of equal components. For
every illness or condition there was a cure, through plant life or
minerals. Pollution, erosion and overpopulation have knocked that
delicate balance off kilter.
instinctively, humans attune themselves to the vibrations of herbs and
use them in an automatic way. As an example, basil is an herb which
strengthens love, lust and feelings of romance and closeness. Have you
ever wondered why romantic dinners often involve a pasta dish? Basil is
most-often a key ingredient in Italian cooking.
herbs for magic, you must become aware of the aspects of the herb
itself. Awareness is the ENTIRE key. It is vital that you take the time
to look and really see, feel and really experience, smell and really
recognize. With practice these are very possible.
potential in your magical work is endless. It will interact with your
key vibrations based on your intent and effort. It will expand with you
as you fill with energy. Once you begin to recognize and experience the
herb as a unique thing, your magic will naturally grow more powerful.
Your Responsibility In Magic
action, there is a reaction. This is a basic universal law. What you do
with your magical work has a direct effect on the world, in some form or
other. Good intent creates strong magic. An herb’s signature is
neither positive or negative, but just IS. It is the intent which you
place in your work that steers the energy to its intended goal.
responsible in your magic. Care for all things. Herb magic, nor any
other form of magic should be used in the harming of others. What you
send out, WILL return to you, in a different form and with a different
face. You can ensure positive return if you maintain a positive intent.
Be happy in
your work, take joy in your interaction with herbs and be content that
you have done your best.
© 2002 - J. Thompson