human history ancient cultures have always held the belief that
plants have not only medicinal properties but magical ones as
From the earliest times in recorded history occult philosophers
have continuously ascribed specific planetary influences to a
wide variety of plants, shrubs and herbs. Even today the use of
many common species of plants; including some that are commonly
classed as weeds, is common throughout nearly all occult practices.
Growth and the Wheel of Life
In her book Plant Magic acclaimed author Sandra Kynes explores
the world of plants through the context of the Pagan Wheel of
As a member of the Order of the Bards, Ovates and Druids her particular
interest in Pagan Magic has led her to catalog a wide variety
of plants commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere along and
their occult properties.
In the opening to Plant Magic Kynes establishes the groundwork
upon which the main content of her book is based.
This includes an explanation of the convention for using the proper
Latin names for plants followed by a brief look at the core qualities
of each of the planets, plant's relationships to the fixed stars
as well as a brief look at helpful botanical terms.
This is followed by a fairly extensive explanation regarding the
effect of our Moon upon Plant growth and development.
Month by Month
The second part of Plant Magic considers the year on a month by
month basis and identifies a number of common varieties of plants
that figure predominantly during any monthly period.
Here each plant is singled out its mythological, historical and
astrological properties. They are also identified along with a
description of the specific plant and a rough guide to its magical
and medicinal properties.
Kynes even assigns each one the qualities of one or more Runes.
Plant Magic closes with quick guides, an extensive bibliography
and an index.