The first working guide to the creation and application of plant-based compounds for ritual, magical, and healing purposes based on the Druidic tradition.
• Provides step-by-step instructions for processing and transforming 70 plant energies and essences into working magical compounds.
• Demonstrates the application of these compounds in a sex magic ritual.
• Written by a practicing Druid with more than 40 years in the tradition.
The ancient rites and lore of the Druids have always utilized a gentle alchemy to convert plant essences into potent compounds for working magical rituals. Through the respectful seduction of a plant's virtue, Druid alchemists are able to release and collect the latent energy, physical attributes, and magical capacities of that plant. The Druid then applies a series of processes to the acquired essence in order to maximize its power prior to its application in magical ritual.
In this first-ever working guide to the principles, processes, and practical application of druidic plant magic, Jon G. Hughes shares the combined wisdom of his ancestral lineage. Celtic Plant Magic includes basic alchemical theory, instructions for creating all necessary tools, descriptions of magical compounds and their uses, and how to prepare oneself for working with plant essences. The healing and magical properties of more than 70 plants and trees are provided. The author then applies this information to a Celtic sex ritual, demonstrating how these compounds are used in specific magic and ritual practices. Celtic Plant Magic is a valuable manual for anyone wishing to harness the magical potential of plant energy.
In planning the research for this book, I began with the intention of comparing the plant-based preparations, rituals, and magic of the Welsh Druidic tradition with those of the much broader and infinitely more documented traditions practiced all over the world. However, before I had progressed very far, I came in contact with the works of ancient and modern alchemists. The part of their work that has been maintained for millennia involves the use of materials from the plant kingdom. This immediately drew my interest. My initial fascination with the use of plant materials in alchemical processes was spurred by the mention of the search for immortality and the involvement with sexual ritual, as both have their place in the Druidic tradition.
For many, the very word alchemy conjures up images of dark laboratories with strange equipment and fiery furnaces engaged in the age-old quest to make gold from less valuable ores and metals. Hoping to find a common thread between the Druidic tradition and alchemy, I researched the books and experiments of Lesser Circulation.
Lesser Circulation deals with the herbal processes of alchemy, as opposed to the much better known Greater Circulation, which relates to the mineral (metallic) realm and its reputation for converting base metals into gold. The latter has no equivalent in the Druidic tradition. For those who know more on the subject, both the Lesser and Greater Circulations also exist as metaphors for the creation of a pure, elevated spirit from the basic, unrefined spirit contained within us all.
Alchemy, to a large extent, involves a range of brutal, intensely forceful processes in its efforts to elevate the substances it employs to ever greater levels of purity. These processes violate the original state of the matter involved and demonstrate little respect for the fruits of the cosmic creation in whatever form they appear. As I continued to explore the tenets of alchemy, I grew more and more convinced that although these harsh methods may have a place in the extraction of ores and the amalgamation of metals, they are wholly inappropriate for the plant kingdom. It also was obvious that they bore little resemblance to the Druidic tradition of gentleness and nurturing taught to me throughout my lifetime as a practicing Druid. The goals of both traditions may be similar, but the means of pursuing them differ greatl; in fact, they are poles apart.
In my quest for a greater understanding of the more subtle aspects of alchemy, I persevered in my research on the origins of the theories and practices of the craft. As I progressed, I began to see a correspondence between alchemy and the Druidic tradition that at first had eluded me. It was in part based on their practices and partly in the deep, underlying philosophy enshrined in both traditions. However, there is to my knowledge no significant convergence of alchemy and Druidic practices. Their histories differ greatly, and, as we shall see, their methods differ dramatically. All the same, there is an underlying accord between the two disciplines and an intriguing harmony between the two philosophies.
Eventually, my mind became attuned to both conventions and I was able to reconcile the harsher practices of alchemy with the gentler, more sympathetic practices I had been taught within the Druidic tradition.
The result of this harmonization is an exploration of the use of plant extracts and compounds, derived predominantly from trees and flowers as opposed to herbal extracts, and their use within the Druidic tradition as remedies, elixirs, and magical potions. The following chapters explore the three progressive steps involved in plant magic: the identification and harvesting of appropriate materials, their careful and meticulous preparation, and their ritual application and benefits. As it is my area of expertise, I have focused on the ancient Druidic practice of sex magic to demonstrate the potency of these arcane compounds and rituals.
Writing this book has been a journey of discovery and revelation. The result is a greater understanding of alchemy and the Druidic tradition, and by questioning my own conditioned understanding I have arrived at a new point in my relationship with my own belief system.
Much of what is contained in these pages has been handed down through an oral tradition and little, if any, of it has appeared in print before. I sincerely hope that in reading this book and becoming involved in some of the practices it reveals, you will achieve a fuller understanding of the world in which we live and the suppressed potential within each one of us.
The Use of Welsh Language
A Cautionary Note
Part 1 Alchemy: Its Relationship to the Druidic Tradition
Alchemy and Ancient Herbal Traditions
A Brief History of Alchemy
The Workings of Alchemical Preparations
The Elevation of Basic Substances
Are Druids Actually Alchemists?
The Principles of Arriving at the Complex and the Incense
An Introduction to the Refinement Process
Morals and the Law
Part 2 Assessing the Natural Resources
Working within the Rhythm of Nature
Understanding the Nature of Your Donor Plants
Knowing and Identifying Plants
The Life Cycle of the Flowering Plant
The Two Cardinals of the Flower
Flowers of the Sun and the Moon
From Harvest to Workshop
The Life Cycle of the Tree
The Three Cardinals of the Tree
Trees of the Sun and the Moon
From Harvest to Workshop
Part 3 The Druidic Workshop
Workplace and Sanctuary
The Process of Obtaining Suitable Alcoholic Spirits
The Refinement Process: The Complex of the Flower
The Workshop Ledger
The Separation of the Two Cardinals of the Flower
The Maceration of the Two Cardinals of the Flower
The Leaching of the Two Cardinals of the Flower
A Pause for Sublimation
The Fermentation of the Two Solid Cardinals of the Flower
The Unification of the Essences and of the Solid Cardinals of the Flower
The Amalgamation of the Cardinal Essences to Form the Complex of the Flower
The Refinement Process: The Complex of the Tree
The Separation of the Three Cardinals of the Tree
The Maceration of the Three Cardinals of the Tree
The Leaching of the Three Cardinals of the Tree
The Amalgamation of the Three Solid Cardinals of the Tree
The Amalgamation of the Cardinal Essences to Form the Complex of the Tree
Part 4 Workings and Rituals
The Nature of the Complex
Single and Combined Complexes
The Crafting of a Two-Part Compound Complex: The Ritual Working Mediums to Carry the Complex
Mediums for the Application of Complexes to the Skin
Mediums for the Ingestion of Complexes
The Role of the Complex in Sexual Potency
The Role of the Complex in Sex Magic Rituals
Cleansing the Body
Purifying Internal Energy
Mental Preparation and Awareness
Moon-Cleansed Water: The Working
Casting the Circle
The Triple-Cast Circle: The Ritual
Sealing the Circle: The Ritual
Unsealing and Erasing the Circle: The Ritual
The Sex Magic Ritual: The Pair
The Ritual Incorporating the Complex of the Flower
The Sex Magic Ritual: The Group
The Ritual Incorporating the Complex of the Flower
Druid or Alchemist? A Conclusion