February 16, 2019

Charms, prayers and petitions for protection are found in virtually every religion and spiritual practice. Apotropaic artifacts from ancient cultures show us the prevalence of protection magic in the ancient world. There are more plants with protective properties than any other magical category. Read more

February 11, 2019

Many ritual objects serve as dwellings for individual spirits, providing them with a physical anchor in this reality. They may also act as catalysts for specific arcane powers, serving as focal points for states of consciousness and ritual mindsets. Read more

February 6, 2019

Daemonolatry is a branch of magical practice which employs the powers of daemonic forces known from the grimoire tradition. Like any form of spirit work; it is centered around cultivating a relationship with these distinct spiritual entities. Read more

January 29, 2019

Imbolc is a fire festival, observed by candlelight and burning the evergreens brought into the home at the winter solstice. It is observed by rituals of purification, healing and protection. Connected to the goddess Brigid, wolves and the promise of spring. Read more

January 29, 2019

Wortcunning: A Folk Medicine/Folk Magic Herbal by Nigel G. Pearson, a recently released title published by Troy Books gives a glimpse into the personal herbal materia medica of a local witch family in the Enlglish country side. Read more

January 24, 2019

Transformation, Creativity and New Perspectives Eclipses are special events in and of themselves, this one in particular, being a Super Moon made it extra special.  The Moon’s close proximity to Earth intensified the power that this eclipse will have over the next six months.  The Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse that occurred on January 21st, 2019 was the beginning of this year’s eclipse cycle, which will be completed with the next lunar eclipse in July 2019.  It also wrapped up the… Read more

January 23, 2019

Saturn and Ancient Agricultural Deity Excerpt from The Poisoner’s Pocket Guide Series Volume One: Book of Saturn, by Coby Michael Ward Saturnus, is the elder god who as Cronus gave birth to the Olympians only to devour them.  He is a god of greatest antiquity whose origins are obscure.  He is said to be the son of Gaia and Uranus, and grandchild of AEther and Dies, the most ancient of all gods.  The time of his rule was known as the… Read more

January 20, 2019

Occultists must become polyglots to understand the language of “the All.” The Universe holds an infinitely complex dialogue between the animating forces of Nature. The many languages of mankind hold pieces of this language and can be used to begin to understand its patterns. Read more

January 12, 2019

Principles of Correspondence: Planetary Rulership  Plant Magick 101: with Coby Michael Ward Proprietor of Poisoner’s Apothecary January 19th, 2019  In Western Esoteric traditions and magickal practice the universe is governed by seven primary forces.  These forces represent the physical and esoteric laws of nature that hold our universe together.  There are also Seven Hermetic Principles, which much of the western magickal tradition is based on.  The principles are like physical laws of gravity, inertia and cause and effect that explain… Read more

January 3, 2019

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands. Pixabay. The Orkney Islands lie off the coast of northern Scotland in the waters where the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet.  Less than one third of the 70 plus islands are inhabited with a population of less than 20,000 people.  The indigenous cultures of the Orkneys were assimilated into the culture of the Northmen who settled the island in the 8th and 9th centuries.  Like much of Northern Europe it was a stronghold of… Read more

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