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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 routine of the planets, and the development of a human existence.

A Druid’s natural shows the reader the right way to use herbs while growing rituals to have a good time gala's and demanding existence passages similar to births, condominium benefits, weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies.

Drawing on wide learn and a deep own adventure with Pagan traditions, Ellen Evert Hopman explores the background and folklore surrounding the 8 significant Celtic fairs: Samhain, iciness Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, summer time Solstice, Lugnasad, and Fall Equinox. integrated in each one dialogue are whole directions at the medicinal and magical makes use of of the herbs linked to each one social gathering.

Using those Celtic traditions as examples, the writer indicates how you can contain the symbolic and magical strength of herbs into own rituals that honor all stages of lifestyles from childbirth to final rites. additionally incorporated are chapters on how you can organize natural tinctures, salves, and poultices; herbs utilized by the Druids; natural alchemy and the planets; and the relationships among herbs and sacred areas.

Filled with sensible info and resourceful feedback for utilizing herbs for therapeutic, rite, and magic, this booklet is an necessary and complete advisor to age-old natural practices.

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