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I use this set up in some way for around 90% of what I make. I am in no way sponsored by Dremel, but any maker should have one of these in their kit. It’s not the best option for anything, but it’s a good option for almost everything. This is the cordless version and it holds a good charge. I would recommend an extra battery or two so you don’t run out mid-job. Below, I’ve included image links to extra batteries, chargers and the flexible shaft tool which ups the usefulness a lot. Clicking on the images will take you to the Amazon page for that product.
Medical Herbalism by Hoffmann is NOT casual reading. But if you’re interesting in the hard science behind herbal medicine, then this is a must have. When I say hard science I mean chemical formulas, dosages, toxicology, contraindications and much more. This is a zero woo-woo academic text that will give the serious herbalist a solid foundation in the science behind herbal medicine. Be prepared to put in some effort with this book, but it’s well worth it. It’s about as close to a university program in herbal medicine as one can get without actually spending thousands of dollars on a degree.
This six volume series is a zero woo-woo, scholarly treatise on magical practices through the ages with each book focusing on a single time period. From the first recorded human civilizations in which magic was the explanation for almost everything, up to the twentieth century neo-pagan movement, Ankarloo and Clark present a wonderfully detailed view of magical practice and its cultural context. Each book can be purchased separately if you have an interest in a specific time period, but I highly recommend making the entire set part of your library. I have found these books to be hands-down the best and most useful in my collection. Clicking on one the images will take you to its Amazon page.
The Cunning Man’s Handbook by Jim Baker is not for those looking for an easy read or a coffee table book. It’s a dense, but extremely valuable, resource on the practices and lore of the cunning folk in Britain and the U.S. The reason this book is so dense is because there is more useful information for the serious student than I have found in any other single volume. If you are looking for something to really sink your mental teeth into that will reward you with a wealth of knowledge hard to find anywhere else, add this book to your library. Clicking on the image will take you to its Amazon page which contains more details.
These candles normally sell for around $1 each or more at stores. These are the same candles, just MUCH cheaper. Clicking on one of the images will take you to the Amazon page for that color, but from there you can find a much wider variety.
These are some very nice and very inexpensive holders made for charm candles. The image link is to the Amazon page for black holders, but they also come in white and other colors. There are even some with stars and other designs.
This is the classic Rider deck with drawings by Pamela Smith. Since the early twentieth century this has been the deck most people think of when they think of tarot. It is also the deck most commonly referenced in instructional books and websites. It’s a good deck for experienced readers and also for beginners who want to practice but haven’t yet been drawn to a more personal deck. Click the image to go to the Amazon page for this deck.
The Occult Book by Greer is a great coffee table book or gift for anyone with an interest in magic. It’s light reading, yet very informative and a great conversation starter. Also a fantastic resource for writer’s of paranormal fiction looking for ideas, or who want to add a bit of historical flavor to their stories.