Ancient manuscript holds treasure of herbal knowledge

The inquest for knowledge of Herbal Witchcraft is much older than we can actually know. Herbal Magic is what supplied life to biology, present-day medicine and chemistry.

During the Dark Ages, preparing herbal remedies were considered ‘satanic’ rituals and all who performed it could be blamed of Witchcraft. And we all know that this didn’t end well a lot of the times. However, there were some who didn’t give up and worked hard to protect the ways of Green Witchcraft.

The Oldest Illustrated Book of Shadows on Herbal Remedies:
herbs photoWe present you now with the ‘Cotton MS Vitellius C III’ – A 1.000-year-old illustrated manual, much like a Book of Shadows for the Herbal Witch. This manuscript (Cotton MS Vitellius C III) is the only surviving illustrated Old English herbal, or book explaining plants and their uses.

Translated from Latin to Old English, it furnishes details on almost everything concerning herbal magic. Thanks to the British Library it has now been digitalized and is available for everyone to read and explore the wonders of Herbal Magic.

Visit the British Library and browse this rare magic book of ancient Herbal Remedies for free, online.  Click here to go to the British Library and read it for free.

Each page features an illustration of a plant or animal and the variations of the herb’s name in various languages. In this manuscript, you will discover descriptions of ailments and how herbs and plants can be used to treat several health issues. You will discover how to find and pick the herb.

In the Magic Book, you will find Herbs of the Witches, for example, the dragonwort from which we take the dragon’s blood (see here about dragon’s blood ink).

Of course, the most powerful herb of the witches would not be excluded from this ancient book. You will find lore and information about the mandrake. You are probably familiar with the lore of the Mandragora which was said to attract witches, shine at night yet also flee from impure persons.

There is however more information on how to collect it. To pick it, the text claimed you needed an iron tool (to dig around it), an ivory staff (to dig the plant itself up), a dog (to help you pull it out), and quick reflexes.

So, perhaps the next time you have a few minutes to spare, you can browse through this ancient book, and learn something new.

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