There are as many branches on the World Tree as there are paths to the Underworld. The diversity of magical practitioners is part of our shapeshifting nature, expressing the unseen powers of nature through our devotion. Pharmakos, the path of poisons is part of the area of traditional witchcraft and it is my personal area of focus and my blog’s namesake. Read more

The image of the classical witch has been shaped over the centuries to become an antithesis of institutional religion. The medieval witch differs in form and function from the sorceresses and magicians of antiquity. It is also important to remember the role of Christian myth and folklore which contributed heavily to the understanding of the European Witch. Read more

Understanding the underlying currents that feed our magical practice give us new insight to the reason why certain practitioners gravitate towards specific types of occult symbolism in their magic. Read more

Spirit communication has been a central pillar of magical practice since the begininng of human civilization. Witches, shaman, and sorcerers have learned to gather power and knowledge through their relationships with these spirits. Spirit boards are a modern manifestation of spirit communication tools, and opinions of such vary within the magical community. Read more

Atropa belladonna or Deadly Nightshade is a plant with a long history in magic and witchcraft. It is a quintessential plant of the poisoner’s arte offering many lessons to those with the sight to see beyond her warnings of death and delirium. Read more

In classical witchcraft circles based on traditional European folklore the elder gods are those nameless genus loci and ancestral spirits that predate human civilization; they are the primal chthonic and celestial forces that embody vast entities of nature and magic. Read more

Bones of all shapes and sizes have been used by numerous cultures in ceremonies and spiritual rites; from Tibetan Femur Flutes to African bone throwing, these remains have served as spiritual tools to many. Read more

Flying ointments and incense blends made from traditional recipes penned in medieval grimoires are a few of the mysterious items that Occvlta provides to their patrons; witches and sorcerers of discerning tastes. Read more

Green Witchcraft puts us in direct relation with the natural cycles of the area we live in, the Poison Path is a part of the realm of green magic and likewise has powerful lessons to teach us about the shadow side of Nature and ourselves. Read more

In classical and medieval folklore, Venus became associated with witchcraft via the “ars veneris,” or love magic. Sometimes referred to as the feminized Lucifera, her associations with Diana the goddess of witchcraft and Dame Venus of the Germanic witches, begins to show us an underlying theme of Luciferian symbolism. Read more

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