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A Druid’s Handbook to the Spiritual Power of Plants

Reviewed by DragonHawk7

In the introduction, author Jon G. Hughes writes that he “began with the intention of comparing the plant-based preparations, rituals, and magic of the Welsh Druidic tradition with those of the broader and infinitely more documented spiritual traditions practiced all over the world.” However, he continues, writing that he “came in contact with the works of ancient and modern alchemists,” and his “fascination was spurred by the alchemical search for immortality and the involvement with sexual ritual, as both have their place in the Druidic tradition.”

In the first section, Hughes goes into detail about the history of Druidic practices and alchemy. He explains that each practice was created and spread in separate parts of the world, yet they are similar when broken down to their individual workings. He lists the names and histories of several prominent alchemists, including Thoth in Egypt, Aristotle and Hermes (also known as Hermes Trismegistus) in Greece, and Paracelsus from Switzerland, just to name a few. Through the information he provides, one would be able to further their research in alchemy with this plethora of information.

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