The Magical and Ritual Use Of Herbs
Richard Alan Miller
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About The Author Introduction
• 1 - Stimulants o Damiana o Passionflower o Betel Nut o Mormon Tea o Guarana o Kola Nut
• 2 - Depressants o Lobelia o Scullcap o Valerian Root
• 3 - Narcotics o Wild Lettuce o Wormwood
• 4 - Hallucinogens o Calamus o Galangal Root o Kava Kava o Yohimbe o Fly Agaric o Morning Glory Seed o Psilocybe Mushroom o Thorn Apple
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THE MAGICAL AND RITUAL USE OF
A biochemist, physicist, and herbalist by profession, Richard Alan Miller combines his knowledge of both science and ritual in the exploration and practice of herbal magic. His book describes the historical use, chemical structure, preparation for consumption, and magical rituals of nineteen narcotic, hallucinogenic, stimulant, and depressant herbs—including morning glory seeds, wild lettuce, damiana, scullcap, and psilocybe mushrooms. The chemistry of each herb is examined to determine how it affects the conscious perception of reality, and corresponding rituals are recommended to heighten both physical and psychological awareness. Detailing the plants' uses in other cultures and religious traditions, while providing necessary precautions, the author explains how these natural substances can be used by individuals for the enhancement of sexuality, muscle relaxation and massage, initiation rites, astral projection, and spiritual growth.
Richard Alan Miller is also the author of the companion volumes The Magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs and The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes.
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This is not strictly a 'new' scan since I did this awhile back. However with better OCR tools now and a more organised system (for making e-books) I have completely re-done this book and further proofed the text. I decided to release this better version since I will be posting this books companion volume 'The Magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs' which I have not scanned before.
Format: v2.0 (PDF - no security) Genera: Herbal / Magic / Ritual Extra's: Pictures Included Copyright: 1993
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Recognizing that science should not and cannot be separated from the welfare of the human being, Richard Alan Miller is a scientist of extensive and multidimensional expertise. Receiving a degree in Theoretical Physics from Washington State University in 1966, he spent over a decade in bio-medical research and development for some of the most prestigious and technically sophisticated corporations in the United States, including The Boeing Company and E. I. Dupont de Nemours Co. He worked for several years in the department of anesthesiology of the University of Washington, incorporating his skills both in medicine and physics, and has been published in several international journals for his work both in physics and parapsychology. He has taught parapsychology for credit in the natural sciences at several universities and colleges. He has also taught courses in shamanism, magic, alchemy, and growing herbs as a cash crop.
In 1972 he formed The Beltane Corporation, now The Beltane Herb Company, specializing in the selling and study of herbs, spices, and books focusing on herbs, health, and the occult. He later became agricultural scientist and buyer for Western Herb Frams, Inc. As a physicist he has invented several critical pieces of farm machinery to assist the small farmer in harvesting and processing. As an agricultural scientist he has developed specific farm plans and crop sources to compete with currently imported spices and herbs, and he publishes a newsletter, The Herb Market Report, which is considered one of the best on the subject. He is also contributing editor to Acres USA. He continues to research and employ the best of highly technical methods in a harmonious and non-injurious way.
To provide the explorer with concise information on various legal psychotropic botanicals currently available.
To provide ritual use of mind-altering sacramental herbs.
Ritual is the outward manifestation of the need in man to break the barriers of the ego in order to become a part of something greater. It is the visible form of an inward or spiritual grace. Rites are calculated to arouse the sentiments that support a given goal. Ritual is valuable because
1. It organizes experience. The manner in which an experience is "perceived" will determine possible ways that experience might be used. This allows more conscious control of our growth and development.
2. It lends grace and style to action, preventing clumsy uncertainty, wasted energy, and distractions.
3. It enhances the general atmosphere by using specific symbolism.
In psychology, ritual is considered the celebration of a myth, which is achieved through a carefully constructed enactment of the myth. Because ritual is the externalization of something internal, myth has a more archetypal (*) than logical structure to it. Rituals reveal values at their most fundamental level. Man expresses in ritual what moves him most.
Therefore: The symbol always originates on the inside and is projected outward.
Ceremonies and rituals are the means provided by society for periodically drawing up the energy attached to symbols. As symbols sink back into the unconscious, ritual serves as a technique to bring them back into a more common awareness.
Magic has been defined as "the science and art of causing changes to occur in conformity with will." What this means is that conflict occurs when people are not living their true will. The purpose in learning magic is to discover that true will (not necessarily desire) and then live it.
Therefore: Every intentional act is a magical act.
Whenever individuals change their perception of reality, they also change the ways reality can affect them. This has to do with attitudes, expectations, and projections.
Therefore: Whenever individuals take a mind alterant, they are (by definition) performing an act of magic.
Rituals can thus be used to "program" a religious awakening to create a deeper awareness of the spiritual. The art of magic is science combined with ritual. The chemistry of each herb in this book has been thoroughly examined to determine how it affects conscious perception of reality. This information will enable individuals to control their experience, and as a result, give them more control over who they become.
[*] "... the archetypes, as structural forming elements in the unconscious, give rise both to the fantasy lives in individual children and to the mythologies of a people." — C.G.Jung
Some of the materials discussed are quite dangerous. Notes of caution are included because many people have already shown interest in experimenting with them. I feel it is important to discuss these botanicals, while at the same time making sure their potential dangers are understood.
Although I am confident about the accuracy of this information, I cannot assume responsibility for the experiences of people following these traditions for personal drug use.
It is wise to use very small portions at first when experimenting with unfamiliar substances. The biochemistry of one person may be different from that of another. Some individuals are allergic (*) to substances upon which others thrive. Also, one's body needs may vary at different times. If any undesirable effects are felt, it is advisable to discontinue use of that substance.
If there are no effects, desirable or undesirable, gradually and cautiously increase the quantity of the herb. Experimentation is what this is all about. Spirituality does not lie in what you are doing, but rather in how you do it. There is no greater reflection of true will than personal experience. As Aleister Crawley quoted Rabelais in his Liber al vel Legis, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."
[*] An allergic study can be made by scratching the skin with a sterilized pin and a sample of the herb considered. Scratches should be one-half inch long and not draw blood. If the scratch creates an irritation within an hour, you will probably experience an unpleasant side effect from the herb in question.
1 - Stimulants
A saaatnent to improve and tone sexuality
Damiana - A sacrament to improve and tone sexuality
• Botanical Name: Tumera diffusa.
• Synonyms: Mexican damiana.
• Geographical Location: Tropical parts of the Americas, particularly Texas and Mexico. It is also harvested in Africa.
• Botanical Description: A small shrub with ovate leaves that are broadest toward the top end. The leaves are smooth and pale green on the upper side and smooth on the undersides except for a few hairs on the ribs. The flowers are yellow, arising singly from the axilla of the leaves
followed by a one-celled capsule splitting into three pieces. The flower has an aromatic smell and a bitter taste.
Many women in Mexico have found that a cup of damiana tea taken one or two hours before intercourse helps to immerse them in the sex act. It is believed to have a tonic effect upon the sexual organs and the nervous system. Most effective when used in combination with saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) in a 1:1 ratio.
The leaf contains 0.2-0.9% volatile oil, 14% resin, approximately 3.5% tannin, 6% starch, and a bitter substance called damianian.
Mild aphrodisiac and marijuana-like euphoria, lasting about an hour and a half. Preparation
In his book, A Manual of Sex Magick, Louis J. Culling describes a damiana drink preparation: Take 2 heaping tablespoons of dried damiana leaves and boil them in 1 cup of water for five minutes. Cool, strain, and drink in the evening. He recommends continual use over a two-week period for significant results.
Below is a fine recipe for an aphrodisiacal cordial of damiana. Soak 1 ounce of damiana leaves in 1 pint of vodka for five days. Pour off the liquid, strain, and filter through a conical paper coffee filter. Soak remaining alcohol-drenched leaves in 3/4 pint of distilled or spring water for another five days. Pour off the liquids, strain, and filter as before. Warm water extracts to 160°F and dissolve in 1/2 to 1 cup of honey. Combine alcoholic and aqueous extractions. Age for one month. During the aging a sediment will form as the liqueur clarifies. The sediment is harmless but you may wish to siphon the clear liqueur from it. For best results, take 1 or 2 cordial glasses of the beverage nightly. The taste is exquisite.
Small quantities of liqueur are excellent for any ritual oriented toward sex magic. Although its chemistry is unknown, damiana can be used as a sacrament to improve and tone sexuality.
Note ofCaution: Excessive long-term use may be toxic to the liver.
Damiana can make a really fine smoke if used in a waterpipe. For a marijuana-like high, a blend known as Yuba Gold is:
Passion-Flower - A sacrament for the ritual greeting smoke (a marijuana substitute)
• Family: Passifloraceae (Passionflower family)
• Botanical Name: Passiflora incarnata.
• Synonyms: Maypop, grenadille, apricot vine, passion vine.
• Geographical Location: Native from Virginia, south and west to Florida, Texas, and the West Indies. Now cultivated throughout the world.
• Botanical Description: This herb is a perennial with hairy climbing vines. The leaves have three to five lobes with finely serrated edges and solitary white flowers containing a purple, blue, or pink crown in the center. The ripe fruit, oval-shaped and orange, is called a maypop. The maypop berry contains many seeds and the yellow pulp inside is sweet and edible.
The name passionflower, from the Latin passiflora, comes from the symbolic relationship between the anatomical and numerical arrangement of the flowers and the elements of the crucifixion, the passion of Jesus Christ. The finely cut corona in the center of the blossom resembles the crown of thorns; the petals and sepals symbolize the Apostles.
4 parts damiana leaf 4 parts scullcap herb 1/2 part lobelia herb 4 parts passionflower herb 1 part spearmint leaf
A sacrament for the ritual greeting smoke (a marijuana substitute)
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