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Witchcraft Glossary Witchcraft Glossary give discussions to myth and ritual,alchemistry and other relatives,witchcraft and witchery!Witchcraft, in various historical, anthropological, religious and mythological contexts, is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. Historically, it was widely believed that witchcraft involved the use of these powers to inflict harm upon members of a community or their property.

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 Since the mid 20th century, the term witchcraft has sometimes been used to distinguish between bad witchcraft and good witchcraft, with the latter often involving healing. The concept of witchcraft as harmful is normally treated as a cultural ideology, a means of explaining human misfortune by blaming it either on a supernatural entity or a known person in the community. A witch (from Old English wicce f. / wicca m.) is a practitioner of witchcraft.

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 The "witch-cult hypothesis", a controversial theory that European witchcraft was a suppressed pagan religion, was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the mid-20th century, Witchcraft has become the self-designation of a branch of neopaganism, especially in the Wicca tradition following Gerald Gardner, who claimed a religious tradition of Witchcraft with pre-Christian roots.

 
 Contents: Herb Magic |Hecate |Herb Magic Terms |Herbaceous Perennial |Herbalism |Hybrid |Herbal Sachet for Happy and Loving Dreams |Hawthorn |Hazel |Heather |Holly |Hops |Hawthorn |Hazel |Heather |Holy | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |


 Herb Magic:Herb Magic is a natural way to experience this mystery under name of magics,to work herb magic, you must first understand the elemental powers in plant life and get to know the bewitching abilities of these aromatic plants.The powers that live in a herb are determined by the plant's growing habits,and its scent,color,texture,and shape.What can you learn about them through sense of touch?what do the prickly leaves of the thistle tell you?what does the shape of the holly leaf remind you of?the answer to these magical questions are both simple and profound.1

 You need to getting your hands into something and discovering the scents,textures,and energies of the various herbs for yourself,this will help you as you learn and grow in the traditional art of magical herbalism.

 Herbal Magic works according to several magic principles,it works because the Witch or magic user taps into an directs the energy and power naturally inherent within the plants while also tapping into and directing his or her own personal power.Herbal magic believes all living things have an essence,a life force,or an energy,and this force has a specific vibration or power.Each of these herbal energies is subtly different from another.Some herbs promote love,others encourage protection,and so on.When the magician draws upon her own personal power,focuses her intention on a positive goal,and combines her knowledge of the herbal energies,this creates herb magic.2

 Herbal Magic practice normall need to utilize other types of magics,such as color magic,planetary symbols,candle magic,and astrological timing,these different techniques often incorporated into herb magic when perform herbal spells and charms,such a kind of magic considered to be a major magic.

 Herb Magic covered several elements of spellwork,normally they covered:purpose,sequence,sacred space,supplies,timing,creativity and imagination
 Hecate:Hecate,the Crone,is a Greco-Roman goddess and a guardian and patron of Witches.She is wise and all-seeing.Hecate is a triple goddess,and has three faces.Just to keep things interesting,she may appear as a lovely young woman,an attractive matron,or a wise,silver-haired old Crone.Call on Hacate for wisdom,knowledge,and protection.Hecate is associated with these herbs:mint,cyclamen,dandelion,and garlic.She is also associated with the oak and willow trees,as well as many poisonous herbal plants,such as aconite(also known as wolfsbane),belladonna,hemlock,and mandrake.These last four herbs are noted for interest only.All are very poisonous.While it sounds very mysterious to work with old and gothic poisonous herbs,it's safest to leave toxic herbs alone when you are working herb magic.There are plentty of other safer and easy-to-acquire herbal materials available to you.
 Herb Magic Terms:Some terms when process herb magic may encountered,these will help you make yourself smarter next time you thumb through any type of magical book featuring magical plants,trees,and herbs.Plus,the plant terminology does come in handy when you go to a nursery or garden center.They are:Amulet,Annual,Baneful(Herb),Biennial,Chaplet,Charm,Charm Bag,Cold Hardiness Zone,Cultivar,Cunning Man,Decidous,Enchant,Flower Fascination,Garden Witch,Genus,Herbaceous Perennial,Herbalism,Hybrid,Perennial,Pocket Charm,Posy,Sachet,Simple,Simpling,Strewing Herbs,Tender perennial,Wisewomen,Wort Cunning,etc.
 Herbaceous Perennial:A plant that is nonwoody,and whose aboveground parts usually die back to the ground each winter.These plants survive by means of their vigorous root systems.
 Herbalism:The use of herbs in conjunction with magic to bring about positive change.
 Hybrid:A hybrid plant is created when two dissimilar plant species are crossed.Hybridized roses usually spring to mind,but mints,echinacea,columbine,and other herbs such as yarrow may be hybrids too.A hybrid is indicated by a multiplication sign,e.g.,Achillea x lewisii.The speficic cultivar name of this variety of blooming yarrow plant is ;King Edward.'
 Herbal Sachet for Happy and Loving Dreams:Here is a recipe and spell for a charming herbal sachet.To begin,purchase a small,sheer,pink favor bag.Or sew your own out of plain pink or white fabric,and tie it closed with pink ribbons.
 Work this spell on a Friday,during a waxing or full moon.The herbal components of this spell--marjoram,rose petals,and violets--were sacred to the goddess Aphrodite and will work in harmony with each other.
 To the sachet bag add fresh or dried marjoram leaves,and violet flowers or foliage.These can often be found growing in your yard.Add fresh pink rose petals to the mixture,and tie the bag closed.Next,hold the sachet in both hands,and visualize it surrounded by a warm pink light.Repeat the following verse three times:
 Marjoram leaves tucked in a sweet-smelling sachet,
 Will chase away the blues and keep bad dreams away.
 Add violets for the Lady,and the rose for love,
 Aphrodite,hear my call,and answer from above.

 Tuck the sachet under your pillow,or place it on your nightstand.As you get ready for bed,close the spell with these line:
 Pink sachet bag and enchanted herbs so sweet,
 Bring to me loving,sweet dreams and restful sleep.
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 Hawthorn:Hawthorn(Crataegus oxyacantha).Also known as May Tree,White Thorn.A Druid sacred tree.Wands of this wood are of great power.The blossoms are highly erotic to men.An infusion containing hawthorn blossoms purifies wherever it is sprinkled.Hawthorn wands have great power and are sacred to the Mother Goddesses.Because of its fertility powers,it was used as a decoration at wedding.4
 Hazel:Hazel(Corylus spp.).A Druid sacred tree.Wands of this wood symbolize white magic and healing.Forked sticks are used to find water or buried treasure.If outside and in need of magical protection quickly,draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch.To enlist the aid of plant fairies,string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.
 Heather:Heather(Calluna vulgaris).A Druid sacred herb.Used at Midsummer to promote love and protection.Red heather is for passion,white heather for cooling passions of unwanted suitors.
 Holly:Holly(Ilex aquifolium).The U.S. variety is Ilex opaca.A Druid sacred tree.Sacred to the Winter Solstice,when it was used for decorating.Planted near a house,holly repels negative spells sent against you.A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.
 Hops:Hops(Humulus lupulus).Also known as Beer Flavor.A Druid sacred herb.A pillow stuffed with dried hops aids sleep and healing.
 Hawthorn:Hawthorn(Crataegus oxyacantha).Also known as May Tree,White Thorn.A Druid sacred tree.Wands of this wood are of great power.The blossoms are highly erotic to men.
 Hazel:Hazel(Corylus spp.).A Druid sacred tree.Wands of this wood symbolize white magic and healing.Forked sticks are used to find water or buried treasure.If outside and in need of magical protection quickly,draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch.To enlist the aid of plant fairies,string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room.
 Heather:Heather(Calluna vulgaris).A Druid sacred herb.Used at Midsummer to promote love and protection.Red heather is for passion,white heather for cooling passions of unwanted suitors.
 Holy:Holly(Ilex aquifolium).The U.S. variety is Ilex opaca.A Druid sacred tree.Sacred to the Winter Solstice,when it was used for decorating.Planted near a house,holly repels negative spells sent against you.A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man increases his ability to attract women.
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 Reference:
 1: see p.1~15.chapter one,What is Herb Magic?,from Herb Magic for Beginners: Down-to-Earth Enchantments,By Ellen Dugan
 1: Ibid.P.10~14.
 1: Ibid.P.51~52.
 1: see p.168,under title "Spellwork",from Norse Magic,D. J. Conway.Published by Llewellyn Worldwide,1990.ISBN 875421377, 9780875421377.

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