Towards the Equinox

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Tonight I finished another two Sigil Card Sets to be shipped this week and spent the rest of the night with some red wine and a herbal contemplation, celebrating the end of summer and welcoming autumn. The equinox is not yet here but the air already smells like autumn and I am heavily working towards completing the next edition of my card sets as well as harvesting and preparing all sorts of herbs from our garden. E.g. yesterday I collected most of the Black Henbane and plenty of ripe Belladonna. Earlier this week I have been gathering Yew and Bittersweet Nightshade, with which I sat down tonight. These are noisy times, a lot of heated up thoughts are floating around and so I felt the need to oppose all that with the help of these herbs, which are simultaneously marking the start of a new circle… summer passed too fast, but I had some interesting experiences and crossed ways with a wonderful person (a huntress and taxidermist), who sent me some really amazing frankincense of the finest quality I’ve used up to this point… burning this heavenly stuff rounded up the night. Now the altar candle is still burning and the libation slowly drying/being consumed…

 

 

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Summer in the Garden II: Followup

Summer is coming to an end and yet I did not even share half of the photos I’ve taken during the past three months. So I sat down with a glass of red wine and made this summary of summer garden impressions for you. Click through the gallery to find a commentary on each motif and feel free to comment!

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Summer in the Garden I: Henbane

It’s been a while since I last blogged about the garden. So I will dedicate this entry entirely to the Green and all news concerning herbs and plants… and wow, they have been prospering! Do you still remember this? Well see how things are looking this summer… actually the Foxgloves have flowered ready by now and the same goes for the Poison Hemlock and Northern Wolfsbane. And whilst Henbane and Belladonna will soon also have flowered ready and their fruits are ripening, the Blue Monkshood is in full bloom now! Everything seems to be a couple of weeks ahead this year. Remember what I said about the mild winter? Well, in addition we are now having one really unusual hot summer!

So but one at a time. White Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)There is another herb currently flowering and bringing me much joy. And this herb shall introduce the stroll through the venific garden. The herb I am talking about is the White Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus). Sometimes it is also referred to as Yellow Henbane. This herb is a lovely relative of the Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger). It can be distinguished from the type species by some distinctive features: the flower petals are a brighter sulphur yellow and less veined. White Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)The stamina are coming more out of the bell-shaped flower chalices and are a pale yellow instead of black. I love how they jut out of the flower’s dark purple center… it’s somewhat quaint! The foliage is hairy as on Black Henbane, but differently shaped and silvery. The first sets of leaves are more round though still crenate whilst the distal or upper leaves are rather lanceolate and not serrated. For comparison I am posting photos of both. Besides this I find the flowers to stand a bit more loosely on the stem than on black Henbane but this may actually change, the taller the plant grows. Now I had success for the first time growing this herb from seed. It may in fact be owed to that super-summer I mentioned earlier. White Henbane (Hyoscyamus albus)The White Henbane is native to the Mediterraneans and likes hot and dry climates. I actually think to have seen it growing wild by the sea when visiting Malta! Hence I guess last year was simply too rainy and cold for the plantlets. This year I could sow earlier and the temperatures have been relatively warm and stable. Anyway, I have not worked with the plant further than growing it. I imagine thought it will make a fine addition to white powders and incense for divination and necromancy – possibly also for restoring lost memories. And it makes me think of summer, sun and the sea! All this in mind I am starting to wonder whether this is not the actual herba apollinaris, which was part of  divinatory incense offered up to the oracle at Delphi…

So, but here are the photos of the black henbane… the white henbane literally pales in comparison!IMG_5813 copy You see the flowers are also slightly larger and of course the purple veins spread all across the yellow petals! The stamina are colored inverse to that of its relative and do not protrude as much. The foliage is pilose too but has a more juicy green and the leaves are deeply serrated. On the second photo you see it better. There you also get an idea how huge the black henbane grows! I am particularly fascinated with the way the pods and supporting foliage are lining up. It reminds of the vertebrae of a human backbone or the spine of a serpent or dragon… it’s utterly evocative of primal forces such as Leviathan or Jörmundgandr or the Hydra. E.g. the henbane on the photo is having five heads by now… IMG_5794 copyAnd remember the story about Python slain by Apollo? Its body fell into a crevice in the ground and from the decomposing corpse intoxicating vapors rose up. Above that mythical place the oracle of Delphi was built and the priestess (Pythia), inhaling the fumes, became possessed by Apollo to foretell the future. It all leads again to that oracle… perhaps it’s time to offer some Delphian oracle incense? But least we forget, Henbane was also part of Pillars Golden Eitr incense!

–>*Hint* Pillars 1.III is being worked on heavily and I am contributing once again and this time actually with a written piece! My article will also indirectly deal with a subject rooted in the Green Kingdom… more about this soon! <–

Anyhow, back to the garden. I still have plenty to share, both on poisonous and benific herbs… But for tonight I must call it quits.

 

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More Secondhand Literature: Liber Falxifer, Pan Paradox, Queen of Hell, Qabalah Qliphot and Goetic Magic

Newly listed:

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  • Liber Falxifer, by N.A-A. 218, 1st edition, Ixaxaar publishing – 250 €  SOLD
  • Pan Paradox, by Vexior, Ixaxaar publishing – 150 €  SOLD
  • Queen of Hell, by Mark Alan Smith, Ixaxaar publishing – 150 €  SOLD
  • Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic, by Thomas Karlsson, deluxe – 550 € reduced to 200 € SOLD

All above titles ship from Turkey. The prices do not include the shipping or paypal fees. The seller prefers to ship deluxe editions with express mail (ca. 50 €). Shipping for other books may be negotiable and depend on weight and destination country.

If you are interested in one or several books listed here write an e-mail to info@teufelskunst.com and I will forward your request to the seller. The seller gets back to your request if the book(s) you want are still available. You pay the price for the book(s) + shipping costs to the seller. Please consider also that you may have to bear any extra costs such as paypal fees and currency conversion fees.

Also still available: http://teufelskunst.com/literature/

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New Secondhand Literature

Newly listed:

All above titles ship from Germany. The prices are without shipping costs or paypal fees. The shipping costs are charged seperately, depending on weight and destination country and are added to the final price.

How it works: if you are interested in one or several books listed here write an e-mail to info@teufelskunst.com and I will forward your request to the seller. The seller gets back to your request if the book(s) you want are still available. You pay the price for the book(s) + shipping costs to the seller. Please consider also that you may have to bear any extra costs such as paypal fees and currency conversion fees.

Still available:

Viridarium Umbris, Arbor Infernis Edition (overstock copy)

Viridarium Umbris, Arbor Infernis Edition, by Daniel A. Schulke
Edition Specifics: overstock copy, not hand-numbered, comes without talisman
Price: 1000 €  reduced to 750 €

QUTUB, by Andrew D. Chumbley
Edition Specifics: Xoanon Publishing, second edition
Price: 200 € reduced to 150 €

Both books ship from Germany. Shipping costs and paypal fees are not included in the price and charged etxra. Contact info@teufelskunst.com if interested.


Note to sellers: As I am receiving a growing amount of requests from people who wish to resell esoteric books, I will from now on charge a 5% fee on second hand literature sales. Included in this fee is the work of presenting the items online and putting potential buyers in touch with sellers. The fee is charged only if an item is sold.
When you calculate prices for books that are out of print or were limited to a certain number of copies, bear in mind that books, which have been around for 5 years or less should not be sold as expensive as a book which may have been out of print for decades. I may also reject works by authors that are not in harmony with my stances and modus operandi. In those cases I recommend you use other platforms.
Btw. I would very much welcome to expand the range towards classical literature, e.g. old and interesting or fancy editions of classics such as Don Quijote, Faust etc., old herbals as well as out of print art books and illustrated children’s books.
REVIEWS
You have written a review, commentary or essay on a favorite book, author/artist or piece of art of yours? Note me with a link or excerpt and I may add it to the site. In the future I  may also present here reviews of books which are of special relevance to my craft.
Contact info@teufelskunst.com
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Teufelskunst Amulets

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amulet
from Latin amuletum
according to Pliny “an object that protects a person from trouble”

These amulets or medals are dedicated to our spiritual guides and followers alike. Cast in bronce and finished by hand, each one is unique and meant to serve as a long-lasting tool, potentially granting its wearer protection and power. Whether these medals will actually serve as protecting amulets is of course in the hands of their owner. They are offered here without any formal consecration and are accompanied by a small portion of wormwood, lavender, myrrh and mandrake as well as care instructions and the gold smith’s certificate. There are altogether 33 Teufelskunst amulets:

  • 13 engraved
  • 10 embossed dark, with patina
  • 10 embossed bright, without patina

The price is 49 Euro for one amulet including chain. The shipping costs are charged extra and bundled with your other orders. As usual shipping is only via registered mail.

Orders are being taken now at info@teufelskunst.com

Concerning the Red King pendants, I have received more requests than I have pendants. Initially this was a commission by a single customer and we did only a couple extra. But since I keep getting requests we might do some extra and I am taking on reservations now, without guarantee though, just to have an estimate. The price for these was and remains 69 Euro including chain. If you are interested write to the same e-mail.

Below are some photos for reference:

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Winter in the Garden

The garden beginning of last week and one day later: winter has finally arrived and the plants can now rest underneath a protecting blanket of snow. The long autumn had a positive aspect though: winterafter a rainy summer and cool autumn I could still bed out young plants that had caught up slowly together with some late acquisitions. This concerned herbs such as Aconite, Belladonna, Henbane and Poison Hemlock as well as Lovage, Hyssop and Wormwood. In the background are planted plain white and purple spotted Foxgloves, which had been sown last year. These are now asleep underneath the white shroud that Hulda has laid upon the earth, awaiting resurrection in spring. Mandrakes kept in pots have been moved inside to the basement, together with a few daturas, angel’s trumpets and other plants that don’t withstand freezing.

Likewise Teufelskunst seems to have gone dormant. However those watching this space  may have noticed silent changes, corrections and additions that have been and continue being done pertaining to the site’s structure as well as content, with new and corrected info texts being uploaded to the Garden library as well as new items being added to our Herbal Supply – for example resins and powders in labeled glass bottles. I am constantly working on expanding and increasing the quality of the service, inspired and spured by recent customer requests as well as interaction with other experienced herb and seed dealers.

A few things on my list to look into in 2014 are for example new Aconite species, namely the beautiful Climbing Monkshood (Aconitum hemsleyanum) with dark claret flowers and the Yellow Monkshood or Healing Wolfsbane (Aconitum anthora). Further I was able to track down rare seeds of the allegedly most poisonous Monkshood, the Indian Aconite or Bish (Aconitum ferox), which I hope to be able to grow from seed this year. Besides this I seek to expand my knowledge about different Datura species, adding the Long Spined or Fierce Thorn-Apple (Datura ferox) to the garden. What else? I did not have any success yet at growing Henbane Bell (Scopolia carniolica) from seed, so I will give it another try with new seeds from a different source. Finally I have also been offered rare seeds of the Indian Belladonna (Atropa acuminata). For those interested I will post about my sowing and growing progress here.

Of course there are also orders to take care of and it is a pleasure and rewarding to receive this type of positive feedback and see the group of new and returning customers grow. Being an artist/hand-crafting things on the one hand and being a seller/taking care of business on the other is certainly not always an easy combination, especially when inspiration kicks in. Occvlta SinistraHaving to hold it back in favor of handling and shipping orders (duty) however does also insure that I am not chasing after any quick idea and forces me to be selective of what I actually manifest. In this regard I am also extremely excited about and thankful for the collaborations that arose last year, first of all with Occvlta, who have already begun creating a new collection of unique Reliquary Pendants with Teufelskunst herbs. (Seeing the new pendants yesterday was a real treat!) Click on the picture to the left to learn more.

Besides this yet another jewellery collaboration is coming to frution with a metal worker from Finland, currently casting the first batch of metal pendants with our Sigilum Major – or Greater Sowing Seal, which is simultaneously also the seal of a certain herb. (If you are familiar with our plant inspired sigilla magicae you may recognize it.) For those interested in the process comes here a photo of the casting procedure… and here are now the final prototypes: Teufelskunst-pendants-2014+

As you can see there is also another pendant being done. More about this, photos and details concerning prizing to be announced soon. Pre-orders are already accepted at info@teufelskunst.com

What more? The past weeks were also filled with new experiences and inspiration transmitted by nature’s silent witnesses, the trees and vine (see documentation). From harvesting Poison Ivy and Mistletoe to communicating with Birch, Alder and other giants, which lastly ought to lead to new creations – amongst others in the form of new altar discs. This year starts with birch and black alder, of which I have a few raw wood slices to work with and that shall result in ten new pentacles to be offered here soon. For reference, these have been inspired by a recent customer request and they are different in that they are pyrographed into raw untreated wood that still has tree bark on. Details and pictures to follow. Besides this I am also working on new regular pentacles.

Lastly I have been approached for different commissions, such as tattoo designs and illustrations. I have also been contemplating the direction into which Teufelskunst is going and aim altogether for a stronger combination of supply, collaborative efforts and original art. Whatever news this year will have – you will read about them first here.

So long, thank you so much for your love, support and patience.

Yours X.A.

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Blessed New Year

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