“The most prompt of all poisons.” -Pliny the Elder, in Natural History.  Wolfsbane, Monkshood, Aconite Wolfsbane. Courtesy of the author. Aconitum napellus, Aconitum carmichaeli, Aconitum foresteri, Aconitum lycoctonum; spp.  There are over 150 species that belong to the genus Aconitum.  This category of plants is in the family of Ranunculaceae, a different family than Solanaceae which consists of the Nightshades.  Literally, falling in a category all it own Wolfsbane is a strange herb with numerous applicable uses for the magical practitioner.  The… Read more

This plant has always had a seductive and magical quality to me, and many others who have fallen under her hypnotizing spell. For example, Robert Cochrane specialized in Atropa belladonna and her alkaloids, which eventually lead to his strange death. I remember first hearing about this plant in the movie Practical Magic, where Aunt Jet’s Belladonna played a central role in the movie, causing the death of Jimmy Angelov. Read more

Mandrake is one of the most infamous plants associated with magic and witchcraft. Today it is coveted as a vessel for the familiar spirit known traditionally as the Magistellus or Little Master. This is my collection of lore gathered on this plant, and it is always growing as new discoveries are made. Read more

Among the many forms taken by the great Horned God of Old, this article explores some of the connections between ancient deities Saturn, Cronos, and Janus. Read more

This article features Nicholas Kingsley who is an instructor of Performance Magic and Wizardry at The Grey School, an academy for witches, sorcerers and students of the magical practices. Read more

The myths of our ancestors are written in the sky, going beyond the archetypal association of the Greco-Roman planetary images we are able to connect to a Pagan cosmology that supports the images of Celtic, Germanic and Norse spiritual concepts and entities. Read more

The Christian Church has influenced nearly every aspect of Western Civilization since its rise to power. It has proven to be a powerful political and economic tool, and has been the dominant worldview for all of modern history, however some of its more oppressive doctrines have no place in religion nor modern progressive societies. Read more

This unique guide to the Crooked Path features an arcane compilation of various tools of the strange arte of the Veneficus, part sorcerer and part apothecary. The alchemical synthesis of classical witches herbs with spirit arte is one of the main themes of this work detailing my own discoveries working with these entities. Read more

Saturn helps us prune away all that is detritus in our lives, as Cain the Farmer, he harvests that which can be used to build stronger foundations in our lives and makes room for new growth. Read more

A complex of shrines dedicated to the gods, the ancestors and the spirits of the land is nestled in the groves and glades of Northeastern Ohio. Theoretically places with simillar climates and environments would have similar spirits, and this part of the United States would be very similar to Western Europe where many of these shrines get their inspiration. Read more

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