The basis of herb magic-and all magic-is power. This power has worn many names and forms through centuries; at times even its existence was kept secret; at others it was common knowledge.
The power is that which generated and maintains the universe. It is the power that germinates seeds, raises winds, and spins our planet. It is this energy behind birth, life, and death. Everything in the universe was created by it, contains a bit of it, and is answerable to it.
In other words, the power is the life-force, the stuff of creation. It is the very substance of existence itself.
The power as I see it has no name. It has been deified and anthropomorphized into a thousand-thousand Gods and Goddesses, spirits, demons and other unearthly beings. It has been only partially explained in the terms of science, which is today still "discovering" some of its aspects. The power has played an important part in the evolution of the human race, for better or worse. All religions have tapped into it using different symbols and rites, and all magicians have wielded its powers.
Above the ritual and religion and magic the power exists, changeless in its eternal change. The power is in everything, and everything is in the power. Definition: Magic is the practice of causing change through the use of powers yet not defined or accepted by science.
I can cause change by accepted means (by calling a friend on the phone I can find out how she's doing); this is not magic. But when I do not access to a phone, or my friend does not answer, I can make a sachet of thyme, yarrow, and bay, tie it around my neck, still my mind and, using my herb-fortified psychic powers, discover if she is all right. This is its practicality: magic can be used when no other means are available.
What methods are at the disposal of most people to guard their homes against theft? How can a lonely woman attract a love into her life? In what manner, beyond visiting doctors and buying medicines, can most people aid their bodies to combat illness?
Most people would not know how to answer the above questions say in the most physical ways: a lock, a new perfume and bed rest may be suggested as solutions. These are fine starts, but they can be supplemented with surer methods-they can be backed up with magic.
1. Herb Magic is natural.
2. Harm none-not even yourself-through it use.
3. Magic requires effort. You will receive what you put into it.
4. Magic is not usually instantaneous. Spells require time to be effective.
5. Magic should not be performed for pay.
6. Magic should never be used in jest or to inflate your ego.
7. Magic can be worked for your own gain, but only if it harms none.
8. Magic is a divine act.
9. Magic can be used for defense but should never be used for attack.
10. Magic is knowledge-not only of its way and laws, but also of its effectiveness. Do not believe that it works-know it!
11. Magic is love. All magic should be performed out of love. The moment anger of hatred tinges your magic you have crosses the border into a dangerous world, one that will ultimately consume you.