Witchcraft Lesson 11
Herb, Root & Mineral Magic
As above- so below, as within- so without.
Doctrine of Signatures:
The Doctrine of Signatures is a spiritual philosophy that has at it's core the simple concept that God has marked everything he had created with a sign. This sign, or "signature" was to be a clear indicator of the item's true purpose as intended by God and is revealed in every plant, mineral, animal, and person. The Doctrine of Signatures has evolved into a vast system of correspondences that have been used in many ways, by many cultures, for both medical and magical purposes.
There are indications of this theory in the writings of Galen A.D. 131-200, but it was not until later with the publication of Jakob Boehme's (1574-1624)book in the early 1600's- "Signatura Rerum; The Signature of all Things", that this spiritual philosophy took form. Jakob Boehme was a shoemaker in Goerlitz, Germany. At age 25, Boehme had a profound mystical vision (an "illumination of the mind"), in which he saw clearly saw the relationship between God and man. As a result of this vision Boehme wrote "Signatura Rerum; The Signature of all Things." Stated in this Doctrine is that by observation of a plant's signatures; such as the shape, color, habits, and other signatures, one can determine what the plants purpose is.
Paracelsus is considered to be the father of modern chemistry, and he did much during his lifetime to advance the Doctrine of Signatures in it's medical application. The Doctrine continued to be developed and advanced by the Astrologers, Herbalists, and Apothecaries of the Middle Ages. Similar beliefs are held by Herbal workers of Appalacia, Native American, and Oriental cultures. In more recent times, much of spiritual philosophy of the Doctrine is incorporated into magical work of Conjurers, Witches, and Rootworkers.
Effective Magical Spells and Formulas can be made by doing proper and thorough research into the herbs, roots and minerals that have been traditionally used in the past, rather than trying to put together ingredients that, to use a New Age term, "call to you." The best modern resource that you will find for reliable information is cat yronwode's Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic. (I sell this book in my shop, or you should be able to obtain it online.)
Listed below are some of the Herbs, Roots, & Minerals
listed in cat yronwodes Herbal; Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
Physical Health & Strength: Money Drawing: Love Drawing
Boneset, Five-finger Grass Queen Elizabeth Root
Lifeverlasting Lucky Hand Root Damiana
Golden Seal Irish Moss Southern John Root
Jinxing, Crossing Revenge Blessings
Goofer Dust Sulfur Angelica Root
Jezebel Root Rosemary
Graveyard Dirt Bloodroot
Protection General Good Luck Psychic Ability/ Contacting the Dead
Rue Lodestone Althaea Root
Cat's Eye Shell Grains of Paradise Anise
Note: If you live in or near Milwaukee, we have a wonderful class at my shop (Bewitchingbee Magical Supply 2456 N. Murray, (414) 690-9102). There is also the most awesome online class taught by famous hoodoo folklorist, cat yronwode at Lucky Mojo- www.luckymojo.com/mojocourse.html , of which I am a graduate.