By Ellen Evert Hopman

For the traditional Druids, the therapeutic and magical homes of herbs have been inseparable from the bigger cycles of the seasons, the events of the planets, and the development of a human existence.

A Druid’s natural shows the reader the best way to use herbs whilst developing rituals to rejoice fairs and important lifestyles passages corresponding to births, apartment benefits, weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies.

Drawing on vast learn and a deep own adventure with Pagan traditions, Ellen Evert Hopman explores the historical past and folklore surrounding the 8 significant Celtic fairs: Samhain, wintry weather Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, summer season Solstice, Lugnasad, and Fall Equinox. incorporated in every one dialogue are entire directions at the medicinal and magical makes use of of the herbs linked to each one party.

Using those Celtic traditions as examples, the writer indicates how one can comprise the symbolic and magical strength of herbs into own rituals that honor all stages of existence from childbirth to final rites. additionally incorporated are chapters on easy methods to organize natural tinctures, salves, and poultices; herbs utilized by the Druids; natural alchemy and the planets; and the relationships among herbs and sacred locations.

Filled with useful details and inventive feedback for utilizing herbs for therapeutic, rite, and magic, this ebook is an integral and complete consultant to age-old natural practices.

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The action of dropping the packets one on the other should be rather slow. The appearance of the cut is brilliant, and the fact that the order of the whole deck remains intact will puzzle more than the unsophisticated. Previous | Next | Section Contents Previous | Next One-Handed Fancy True Cut A VERY pretty true cut is made in the following manner. Seize the deck at sides, close to end, so as to expose the whole deck, between the thumb and second and third finger tips of right hand, the fingers close together, but the second finger tip coming only half way down the side.

Under-cut to out-jog, forming break at in-jog, in-jog first card running eleven, throw to break, run three and shuffle off. Under-cut to in-jog and shuffle off. This gives the player opposite the dealer three of the desired cards on the second round, and turns the fourth card for trumps. For the benefit of the reader who wishes to understand the philosophy of the procedure, we will explain the calculation fully. We must first determine how the desired cards must stand when the shuffle is completed.

See Fig. ) "Run one less than number of players," four, "throw to break," that is, pass the rest of the cards above the break in one packet into the left hand, which is done by lessening the right thumb pressure somewhat and slightly accelerating the downward motion. (See Fig. " The injog is made in this instance by shifting the right hand inward so that the card drawn off by the left thumb will fall slightly over the little finger. Then "under-cut to in-jog, and throw on top" will be understood.

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