Book inspiration day
Hello, This is weeks curated list of book stack favorites.
Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham. Cunningham’s books have been a large part of my introduction to herbal magic. This particular volume is a really practical volume on the basics of craft that can provide a starting point for one's own practice. I just read the part about the making of amulets that is spurring me to stock amulet making supplies. Also, kudos to the lovely Art Nouveau illustrations.
Cunningham’s Magical Sampler by Scott Cunningham. My second Cunningham book to end up in this stack. I find his type of magic practical, beautiful, and straightforward. This book is a collection of spells and writings. I just purused a couple of sections, one of which talked about the herbs used in Shakespeare and that “wool of bat” was most likely Ivy. Oh, and burrs can help memory is carried in a pouch. Nice to know these things.
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman. Read this book and Walden by Thoreau and you will have a set of instructions for humaning that cannot be denied. Ackerman’s combination of observation, science and a great vocabulary make this book such a pleasure. I just finished a section on why pigs are good at finding truffles.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. My second read of this great fantasy epic. I found it earth shattering when I first read it in my late 20’s. It has been a while and I have studied and learned. I am already finding layers of depth I did not appreciate the first time through. Such as the mention of Hadrien’s Wall , which I just saw on the Smithsonian show Mystic Britain.
Younger by the Day by Victoria Moran. A book that has come a favorite go to for little bits of advice that can make my life better as I get older. There is a touch of advice and an affirmation for each day of the year. I usually read to one for the day I am reading and for the following day. The advice to seek better posture through better training is a good idea for me tomorrow. Time to kick start the yoga or some such thing.