Book Review: Herbal Magic: A Handbook of Natural Spells, Charms, and Potions by Aurora Kane

The book Herbal Magic is part of a series of mystical handbooks on select subjects all authored by Aurora Kane. According to the publisher, “These portable companions feature beautiful foil-detail covers and color-saturated interiors on a premium paper blend.” These books are quite beautiful and worthy of space on your magical bookshelf. This book contains quite a bit of information and is so aesthetically pleasing that it would be a nice gift.

I flew through this book as it doesn’t contain much meat, but it is nice to look at. What this book does well is to explain how you incorporate herbs into magical living without being intimidating. Aurora Kane writes in an almost poetic way about herbs and herbal magic. She dishes out not just suggested uses but also information on gender energy, planetary correspondence, daily correspondence and zodiac sign for each of the 70+ herb species in this book.

I enjoyed this author’s gentle approach to using herbs for magic. Her encouraging/mentoring voice comes through loud and clear making this the perfect book for any herbal novice. I liked her reminders to stop and tune to intuition when using herbs. Also, the author’s introduction to Gods/Goddesses that would ideal guides for herbal magic is a nice jumping off point for anyone who would like more spiritual guidance.

My favorite part of this book is the herbal magic portion which describes some very non-intimidating uses for herbs. Knowing how to incorporate herbs into spells should be the main purpose for any herbal magic book and I think this part of the book does a fantastic job without seeming intimidating.

So why with all this love did I not rate this 5 stars? There was simply not enough information about:

  • identifying the actual plants
  • when/where to plant them if you were interested in growing them
  • best practices for harvesting
  • whether to use them fresh or dried out
  • how to dry out herbs for spell use

This book would be the perfect introduction, except that I think those basic things are necessary information. I did enjoy the author’s idea to start keeping notes, (maybe even in a grimore?) for intentions and ways to use herbs. I think a better idea would have been to leave some blank pages in this book for adding notes. The book is only 200 pages and so beautiful. It would be great to actually make it a personalized addition to my magical library. Maybe that’s just me.

About the book:

Herbal Magic is a comprehensive spell book and guide on the magical properties of herbs, flowers, and plants with 36 easy and fun spells.

Herbal Magic offers a directory of magical herbs (both rare and common) alongside 36 spells using herbs to amplify casts for attraction, enchantment, trust, friendship, fortune, and success.

The plant kingdom is one of the oldest magical tools in existence. Known for millennia to have beneficial properties for both physical and spiritual well-being, many species of plants have been incorporated into the spiritual and healing practices of cultures around the world. These magical herbs are considered incredible gifts by shamans, green witches, hedge witches, and every wild woman and wild man.

This guide introduces the magical properties of plants, how to use them, and how to source them, including detailed step-by-step instructions on how to blend them seamlessly into magical recipes to harness their intrinsic powers. Tips for the budding witch cover:

  • Uses for both common and rare magical plants
  • Connecting with nature through the process of growing your own plants
  • Herbal magic lore and herbal magic spell tools
  • Tea recipes that can enhance your psychic abilities
  • Spells for attractions, trust, fortune, and friendship

Work with the energies and properties of magical plants to connect deeply with the earth and all the greenery in her dominion and magnify the power of your magic spells.

The Mystical Handbook series from Wellfleet takes you on a magical journey through the wonderful world of spellcraft and spellcasting. Explore a new practice with each volume and learn how to incorporate spells, rituals, blessings, and cleansings into your daily routine. These portable companions feature beautiful foil-detail covers and color-saturated interiors on a premium paper blend.

Other titles in the series include: Witchcraft, Moon Magic, Love Spells, Knot Magic, Superstitions, and House Magic.

About the author:

Aurora Kane—author of Moon Magic, House Magic, and Herbal Magic—is a practicing witch and herbalist with many decades (some say centuries) of experience in casting and conjuring. She lives in the Northeastern United States where she is a founding member of the Coven of the Moonbeam Ravine.

Publisher: Wellfleet Press/Quarto Group
Publish Date: June 29th, 2021

*I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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