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The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals | Maia Toll
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Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers has fascinated us for centuries. Contemporary herbalist Maia Toll adds her distinctive spin to this tradition with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plants power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
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Who knew I had so many purple books?! 💜

#chillingphotochallenge #purple
#teamslaughter #scarathlon

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Spending the evening doing herbal studies. 🌿🍂

Maia Toll‘s next book, Illustrated Bestiary, comes out on October 1!

#SelfImprovementSept Day 16: Book outside your comfort zone.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks interesting!!! 3mo
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The tagged book was a popular gift in the witchy swap last year... did you know that you can sign up for The Night School with the author? Free ‘online Hogwarts‘ for those who are interested in practice as well as stories.

Thanks to the lovely Erin and the fabulous Rachel for sharing! 🖤



4thhouseontheleft I just signed up last night! 💜🖤 3mo
Nevermore88 Signed up today 3mo
MoonWitch94 Just signed up! Very cool 3mo
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All my lovely witches I just signed up for night school! This looks so amazing and witchy and great! 🖤🌙🧙‍♀️🔮 @sprainedbrain @monalyisha and all my other lovely witch sisters have any of y‘all seen this yet? My lovely sister @ErinSueMreads shared this with me!

BookwormAHN I just signed up too. It sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing 😸 3mo
IndoorDame Thanks for sharing! I just signed up too 🖤 3mo
sprainedbrain Oh this looks great! Thanks to you and Erin for sharing! 🖤 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft I signed up last night! Have you ever been to one of her shops? I found the nearest Witch Camp T-shirt at her Asheville store. 3mo
monalyisha Oh! I‘ll have to look into this. Thanks for the tag! 3mo
Meaw_catlady @4thhouseontheleft no I haven‘t ! I‘ll have to look into it ! 🖤 3mo
Branwen I just signed up! It looks incredible! Thanks for telling us about it! 💕 3mo
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Spending some time with Daisy this morning. #illustratedherbiary #journal

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Well, I was trying to work on my Herbiary journal this morning. 😹 #catsoflitsy #HelloKitty

julesG Trying! 😂😂😂 6mo
Crazeedi Kitties love herbs, doncha know?!😉😻 6mo
TheLibrarian My cat does the same! She tries to poke her eyes out with pens/pencils and sticks them in her mouth. 6mo
ravenlee Just trying to help! 6mo
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🌿🥾 I think yesterday was my highest step day during the #BFC challenge so far, and I was carrying the biggest day pack! 💪🏼

We went to one of my favorite hiking spots off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I posted more pics and info on my IG page @ alisiabergsman .

Spent the late afternoon in Asheville and shopped at the awesome store owned by The Illustrated Herbiary author Maia Toll!

I‘m also 6 weeks post-op! 🎉🎉 #bookfitnesschallenge

Bookwormjillk Beautiful! Love Asheville. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @Bookwormjillk Me too! This was at Black Balsam Knob off the BRP. We‘ll be back in AVL in July when we take Maya to her sleepaway camp. 6mo
Bookwormjillk @4thhouseontheleft nice! We‘ll check that out next time. We love Graveyard Falls. 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Bookwormjillk This trail access point is only a mile further from Graveyard! Actually, the first time we went there a few years ago, we started at Graveyard Falls, but took a few wrong turns which turned an 8 mi hike into a 14 mi one by the time the day was done. Glad Maya stayed with the grandparents that day. 😂 6mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Lovely! Heading to that area in a few days, hopefully the weather will be nice and my dad and I can get a hike in. What's the shop in Asheville called? 6mo
TheSpineView Love hiking around Graveyard Fields. I will be glad yo get back to AVL today. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @WhatWouldJaneDo It‘s called The Herbiary, and it‘s at 29 N Market St. Have you been to Malaprops book store? It‘s one of my favorites! (edited) 6mo
Scochrane26 Asheville is my favorite city. Love visiting there. 6mo
Jerdencon Great job! 6mo
Chrissyreadit I feel like Asheville should be a vacation trip for me. It sounds like such a fun place. 6mo
BookwormAHN Way to go 👏🏻 6mo
tracey38 Ashville is amazing. I love the Blue Ridge Parkway. 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 I love Asheville—I lived in Johnson City (TN) right across the mountain from there for 10 years. 6mo
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✨ Do you ever find yourself reading so quickly, flying through books, and find that you have stopped absorbing and reflecting on what you have read in your rush to the next one?🙋🏻‍♀️

✨ I definitely do this, and I am thinking of turning this summer into the Summer Slowdown.

✨ Take this book. I could have breezed through it in an hour. Instead, I decided to go in depth, and am creating a journal to ponder and respond to the many prompts.

hermyknee Love this! 6mo
VioletBramble Love the journal. Did you do the illustrations yourself? 6mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful idea! It‘s hard to really understand herb lore without slowing down and reflecting a bit,I believe. 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft @hermyknee Thanks! @VioletBramble I traced the chickweed image, and there is also one of the tarot cards in the picture, that‘s not a drawing. 😃 6mo
marleed Interesting you say that. I‘m doing that right now with my current read. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @Leftcoastzen Very true! (although this books is more about personal reflection tied to the personalities of each herb than an encyclopedia of 🌿 knowledge). But this applies to all of my reading too, I feel like I breeze through fiction and sometimes barely recall what a book is about a few months later. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft @marleed Neat! Which book are you reading? 6mo
marleed The Huntress by Kate Quinn. It‘s sooo good. 6mo
SW-T What a lovely idea! 6mo
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s awesome! I‘m trying to write more quotes and thoughts in my reading journal pages (reading journal is a collection in my bullet journal). 6mo
VioletBramble @4thhouseontheleft Ah! I actually own this book but have never opened the envelope in the back to check out the cards. Guess I should get on that. 6mo
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The rest of this week are designated self-care days. My bio mom passed away on May 31, 2009, 10 years ago.

A lot of people don‘t understand my grief for a person I never met. I grieve for the loss of a life too young, I grieve that she never fully overcame her battle with addiction. The unanswered questions I have that she took with her. And I grieve that the opportunity for reunion and to meet her only grandchild was lost w/her passing. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

4thhouseontheleft So I‘m being easy on myself the rest of this week to process the emotions of a decade gone without her in it, even if I never met her. Absorbing myself in reading, one thing I fully have in common with my bio mom, she was a voracious reader! She was a wanderer, and lived in New Mexico for a few years near Leslie Marmon Silko‘s birthplace, so I‘d like to think I am also reading books she would have enjoyed. 6mo
cathysaid Believing your story will find it's way to just the right Litten today. ❤ 6mo
DivineDiana ❤️ 6mo
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Suet624 💕💕💕 6mo
JacqMac 🤗💕💕 6mo
LiteraryinLititz 💜💜 6mo
audraelizabeth Im so sorry. 6mo
Jas16 ❤️ 6mo
cobwebmoth Big hugs to you.❤ 6mo
Weaponxgirl ❤️❤️ take care of yourself 6mo
youneverarrived ♥️♥️ 6mo
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Great rituals, lovely illustrations

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A chance insta post by foragingandfeasting made the connection for me: that tiny-white-heart-shaped-flower plant i‘d been crushing on was actually #chickweed! Then I went for this book for the #ritual reference, and it sings in my soul this spring #equinox of #Ostara...
Rituals always performed over hot chocolate, of course 👌🌕

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This book features "Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals". It focuses more on the spiritual side of each herb rather than their somatic effects. The illustrations are really beautiful.

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Just a quick snapshot of the books I received from @Jess_Franzino as part of my #WitchPleaseSwap package! Three are from my TBR list & two are personal recommendations from the depths of her creative heart & mind. I‘ve been meaning to read “Bitter Greens” & kind of completely forgot about it. Thank you for providing a physical reminder. I‘m totally enchanted by your thoughtfulness & effort. 🔮🌚

Until tomorrow, Littens!

monalyisha P.S. I promise I‘ll respond to & comment on each & every one of your posts & concerns! I just need a couple of hours to enjoy the holiday & pay attention to my husband (he‘s nice; he deserves it). This witch works late on weekdays! 😴 Talk soon, all! Hope you had happy swapping! 13mo
vkois88 They all sound wonderful... hopefully you hold this swap again next year. I'll save up extra for it 😊😊 Also; beautiful pic ❤❤❤ 13mo
Gezemice Hmm. That‘s a candle, right? 🤔🤨 13mo
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monalyisha @Gezemice Right! 13mo
Gezemice @monalyisha It just looks... eh.. something different. In that light especially... 13mo
monalyisha @Gezemice I mean, it‘s a naked lady candle. Or are you saying it looks like male anatomy? Because if so, yay androgyny! 💖😎 13mo
Gezemice @monalyisha It looks like a, yeah, very specific part of male anatomy... 13mo
monalyisha @Gezemice 🌮🤷‍♀️🍆 13mo
MeganAnn Bitter Greens is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.... Your post just reminded me that I should read it soon! 😬 13mo
BethM I‘m with @Gezemice I stopped scrolling and was like wait wait wait... 🤣 13mo
monalyisha @BethM How fun! One of my favorite spiritual ideas is that God/dess is All/Everything. 13mo
Gezemice @BethM Well it makes me feel better that I am not the only one who saw it... 13mo
Jess_Franzino I had so much fun making your swap box! I was hoping you‘d enjoy everything 💜🖤💜 “Bitter Greens” is astounding! I read the companion book that the writer wrote, regarding all the research she put into it. Kate Forsyth is easily one of my favorite authors. 13mo
Jess_Franzino Also, “Goddesses in Every Woman” is my “Bible” — a huge inspiration in my writing and my magic practice! Dr. Bolen is THE guru on the “Divine Feminine”. I hope you cherish it as much as I do 🙂 13mo
Jess_Franzino @Gezemice Oh no! LMAO! I promise that I didn‘t send @monalyisha something....er.....naughty 😂 It‘s a goddess figure candle to honor the divine feminine. (I adore the irony, though. I literally LOL‘d) 13mo
Linsy I loved Literary Witches! 13mo
Gezemice @Jess_Franzino Lol, indeed it is ironic. I am glad it made you laugh :) I think it is mostly due to the lighting in the picture. On the other picture that @monalyisha posted it is pretty clear that it is a female figure. 13mo
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino Okay, but what if you had? 😅 That would‘ve been an unexpected present! 😂 How would I have dealt with/responded to that? You never know with people on the Internet, right? 😆 13mo
Jess_Franzino @monalyisha 😂😂😂 OMG. I was thinking, that would be a totally DIFFERENT type of swap! One that would be very....uh....non-Litsy-safe! 13mo
monalyisha @Jess_Franzino NSFL 🙊 🙃 #prudesoflitsy 😆 13mo
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#TheCupIsFantastic #witchpleaseswap

Thank you so much @sprainedbrain 😘 I love everything so much! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! I love the herbs, and the crystals and the tarot deck. I connected with the amethyst pendulum immediately. And the books 😍😍😍 I cant wait to dive in, especially tagged book. The datebook is super cool! It‘s right up my alley. I love it all. 🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤 Thank you!

sprainedbrain Yay!!! I‘m glad you like it... too funny that we got each other the tagged book. It‘s gorgeous! I think I‘m going to order myself a datebook-it looked very neat. Happy Halloween! ❤️ 13mo
Kayla.Adriena "Hex the patriarchy" mug that's awesome! 13mo
BethM That mug is priceless! 13mo
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KristinaRay @Kayla.Adriena @BethM I know. I love it! 13mo
monalyisha Alice Hoffman, coffee, peanut butter cups, & herbs?! This package is speaking to my soul! Hope you had such a happy #WitchPleaseSwap experience, @KristinaRay 🖤! 13mo
KristinaRay Thanks again for orchestrating this swap! @monalyisha My experience was amazing! 13mo
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Finally starting this beautiful witchy read! 💜
#orangeandpurple #riotgrams

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Book mail! I couldn't resist this book after seeing the post from @ErinSueG . It's even prettier in person. I can't wait to learn about these different herbs!

ErinSueMreads YESSSS!!! I‘m so glad you got it and love it!! 1y
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I‘ve been reading this book all night #obsessed

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Ohhh. That would be a great pick for the #WitchPleaseSwap. 1y
Velvetfur Oohh that looks fab, and of course it's soooo pretty 😀 1y
pppooraikul Gorgeous. 😍😍😍 1y
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Craftylikefox So pretty 😍😍😍 1y
monalyisha This one‘s on my list! So gorgeous! 1y
KristinaRay Wow. So pretty! 1y
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This book you guys!!! Look upon it!!! It‘s glorious! Also the author is a complete doll 😍😍😍

RainyDayReading Omg I need to get a copy of this! 🖤 1y
jmofo @ErinSueG YOU‘RE a complete doll! 😆 1y
ErinSueMreads @jmofo 😘😘😘 1y
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ErinSueMreads @RainyDayReading you must!!! All of the cards are an oracle card deck to go with it! I have a video up on my insta story right now about it! It‘s erinsuegreads 1y
Trollkonstnaren Looks so amazing 😀 I need to get my hands on that, too! 1y
BethM Beautiful! 1y
tdrosebud I watched your story on Instagram and that book is so pretty! You mentioned a 3 book set, will they all be about herbs? 1y
ErinSueMreads @tdrosebud yeah! It‘s going to be a set with one on herbs, one on animals, and one on minerals all in the same vein and all with the oracle cards! 1y
tdrosebud @ErinSueG Very cool! I ordered a copy from B&N. I can't wait for it to come in. 1y
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I have gleaned so much inspiration and wisdom from this book. It‘s beautiful and it has sang to my soul. This is a book I‘m going to be rereading often. If you‘ve been thinking about this one, get it and treasure it. #herbmagick #currentlyreading #hedgewitches #herbiary #theherbiary #bookstamums #booklover #bookish

Maewyn It looks so pretty!😍 1y
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Good morning beautiful souls 🖤✨

Last night I finished Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu and started reading and exploring The Herbiary. It‘s so so beautiful and whimsical. It‘s really more like an immersive guide to the botanical oracle cards that come with it than a book of herb lore and magic but it‘s still wonderful. I can‘t wait to get into the cards. #currentlyreading #herbmagick #hedgewitch #herbiary #oraclecards

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#bookmail best mail 🖤✨

I finally got my copy of The Herbiary by Maia Toll. It includes 36 oracle cards and information about 36 botanicals with guidance and rituals. It is soso beautiful. I have of course, brought two copies one for myself and one for my #witchpleaseswap match👊🙏 #herbiary #herbmagick #greenwitch #naturewitch #witchybooks #bookstamums #booklover #bookblog #bookish #bookworm

laurenbescoby This is beautiful! You have a lucky match 😍 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @miralunasbooknook I hope she will think so too! 🖤🙊 1y
monalyisha OOoOOoO! 🤤 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @monalyisha It‘s divine isn‘t it? 1y
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