By Ellen Evert Hopman
For the traditional Druids, the therapeutic and magical houses of herbs have been inseparable from the bigger cycles of the seasons, the activities of the planets, and the development of a human lifestyles.
A Druid’s natural shows the reader tips on how to use herbs while developing rituals to have fun fairs and demanding existence passages resembling births, condo benefits, weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies.
Drawing on broad study and a deep own adventure with Pagan traditions, Ellen Evert Hopman explores the historical past and folklore surrounding the 8 significant Celtic fairs: Samhain, wintry weather Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, summer season Solstice, Lugnasad, and Fall Equinox. incorporated in each one dialogue are entire directions at the medicinal and magical makes use of of the herbs linked to every one occasion.
Using those Celtic traditions as examples, the writer indicates how you can comprise the symbolic and magical strength of herbs into own rituals that honor all levels of lifestyles from childbirth to final rites. additionally incorporated are chapters on the right way to organize natural tinctures, salves, and poultices; herbs utilized by the Druids; natural alchemy and the planets; and the relationships among herbs and sacred locations.
Filled with useful details and ingenious feedback for utilizing herbs for therapeutic, rite, and magic, this booklet is an imperative and entire consultant to age-old natural practices.
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A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman