November 8, 2019

By drawing from existing practices in magical herbalism and witchcraft we can incorporate baneful herbs into our practcal spellwork in ways that allow us to tap into their strange power. Read more

October 12, 2019

The tides of the spirit world are reflected in the green world because in reality the two are one. The world of root, stone and claw are the physical manifestation of a more subtle current. Samhain is the perfect time to turn our awareness to the Poison Garden, the Devil’s Acre; those forgotten and forlorn places. Read more

September 16, 2019

I have found that the majority of plants particularly those associated with spirituality and expanding consciousness (like Thornapple) disrupt the whole gender paradigm.The outdated gender binary is undergoing a Saturnian entropy, a static paradigm being broken down and reborn into something more reflective of our spiritual natures. Read more

September 3, 2019

The infamous witches’ flying ointment is a quintessential representation of the beliefs surrounding medieval witchcraft. Its status is right up there with the broom, the cauldron and the familiar spirit. Diabolic ointments containing poisonous ingredients were a hot topic of debate in the witchcraft trials, and were used to support theories on both sides. Read more

August 28, 2019

Entheogens allow our spirits to fly and to go to other worlds. Some of them teach us to grow wings and ascend to the uppermost branches of the world tree, and others take us deep into ourselves, deep into the shadows of the Earth. They teach us to become the darkness where all knowledge resides. Read more

August 18, 2019

Seamus (SHAY-mus) is a retired culinary artist, pastry chef and chocolatier. He is an artist, occultist and visionary; combining delectable confectionery, plant spirit gnosis and herbal alchemy. Seamus recently introduced us all to his premiere product, the “poison” truffle. Read more

August 13, 2019

Over the past year I have watched this thing that is the Poisoner’s Apothecary grow into what it is today. It has branched out in so many different directions and led to so many more opportunities than I would have imagined! I have learned so much about myself, the community and running an online business. Read more

August 1, 2019

When it comes to sacrificing something we love it can be difficult to see past the initial loss. Even if we are going to gain something infinitely more valuable, our short-sighted human nature thinks “this is mine, and I’m entitled to it so why should I give it up?” This is what makes it a sacrifice. Read more

July 23, 2019

Nightshades are such a fascinating group of plants. There are over 3,000 different varieties within this diverse family. Nightshades of all kinds have reputations all over the world for their spiritual, magickal and diabolical association. Nightshades grow everywhere! Read more

July 2, 2019

The bright purple flowers hanging from the towering stalks of the Foxglove plant are a sight to behold. It is said that when the stalks droop over that they are being occupied by the Fae. Foxlgove is a beautiful cottage garden plant associated with Fairy Lore, and also a deadly poison. Read more

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