New Moon Sowing, Garden August ’15


A new excursion through the garden is now online at the new blog site! NOTE: the Garden is moving! From now find on all garden and herbalism related posts here:

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Mandrake seeds, Rue seedlings Aug. '15

Today I have sown the remainder of the mandrake seeds, which had been primed months ago. They were kept in wet paper towels and placed in the fridge for weeks, then taken out and placed in fresh wet paper towels. I’ve been hoping for them to germinate but thus far no sign of life. Yesterday I took them out, cleaned them (all seeds sunk in water, which is a sign they are still viable) and placed in soil today. In addition I have sown the same amount of unprimed mandrake seeds for comparison. I have one tray on my window bench at room temperature, but may move it to the basement, where it has cooler temps. The other tray is in the green-house.

Besides Mandrake I have also sown biennial henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) from fresh ripe seeds.

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Naamah Incense

Naamah Incense

Composed during the June new moon 2015

One of the commissions I’ve been working on lately and now going into the official Teufelskunst program: the first qliphothic incense blend, an offering to the dark goddess Naamah. Naamah here refers to a demonic entity, sometimes also called the “younger Lilith”. She rules over the lowest sphere on the adverse or reverse tree. Her name is commonly translated as “pleasant one”. Naamah belongs to the sitra ahra, the “other side”. Her sphere is called Nahemoth and of all the adversarial or dark gods she is closest to the created world. Nahemoth is thus sometimes portrayed as a sphere permeated by dead tree-roots entangling with the roots of Malkuth of the tree of life: where the roots of the one tree end the other tree begins. Naamah is therefore associated with the element earth or “black earth”. Her womb is the gate through which the various inclinations of the other side manifest inside the created world. Her beauty is a mask, behind which are hidden darker intentions. She is sometimes also compared to the Whore of Babalon.

Naamah Incense

Naamah incense, 100 ml uv-proof violet glass jar

I was commissioned to compose an incense blend focusing on the “pleasant” aspect. Earthy, warm and musky notes define this blend, which contains various fragrant herbs connected to the darker seasons (autumn and winter) and the element earth as well as other herbs and flowers evocative of Naamah, such as red rose and belladonna. Some of these ingredients are venific in nature (Belladonna, Bittersweet Nightshade), hence this blend is recommended for advanced practitioners.

Besides this I had to find a suitable vessel and packaging. Having been recommended Miron glass before, the uv-proof dark-violet glass would be my first choice for the spirits of the night side. The slender 100 ml wideneck jar also has an elegant shape. Besides this I’m also offering the blend in 50 ml jars. Miron glass is more expensive than normal clear or brown glass. Hence the qliphoth incense blends are a bit more expensive than my standard offers.

Available options: 100 ml / 18 Euro, 50 ml / 11 Euro + shipping

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Book Reviews, Faust’s Threefold Coercion of Hell

I’ve been asked to share my insights concerning Faust’s Threefold Coercion of Hell. This inspired me to write my first book review for the website:

faust_grimoire Dr. Johannes Faust’s Threefold Coercion of Hell, also called Cabalae nigrae, Magiae naturalis et innaturalis – first published in Passau 1505, the present version was published by Scheible, Stuttgart 1849 and republished by Verlag Geheimes Wissen in 2008. Renown for its rich illustrations, the book is essentially a black-magical grimoire dedicated to the advanced kabbalist, who is instructed in the arte of coercing, binding and making obedient the various spirits and demons. The book is also known as The Black Raven, perhaps in reference to its title page, which shows a black corvid inside a circle.

The main motif of the book is the “Harrowing of Hell”, the descent of Christ into hell, which is re-enacted by the practitioner. The spirits, such as Aciel, Anael and the tutelary Mephistophiel/ Mephistophiles, are illustrated in full color and their peculiarities pertaining to their different appearances and modes of calling and commanding are described in detail. In addition are given countless sigils for the spirits and circles, typically colored in black and red (a trademark of this book). The spirits are in fact demons, or fallen angels… read more


At the same time I wish to introduce a new website section for book reviews. I am composing the reviews focussing on the content and cultural context and placing emphasis on the peculiarities of each work. I will also try to provide background info on the author’s, when available. If you have written a review or suggestions for titles to add, please share in the comments or write an e-mail to and I may link them here.

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Site Updates and Preview Spring/Summer 2015

Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.

This quote by German writer and artist Günter Grass (16 October 1927 – 13 April 2015) sums up my past weeks. It has been silent here and, apart from the secondhand book sales, there have not been any updates to this blog. But this ought to change.

Meanwhile I did continue to work with Teufelskunst – on commissions, preparing new items as well as updating the site and re-arranging the list of plant profiles, to which have now been added thumbnails as well as short descriptions. This should make navigation easier and also more attractive. Besides this have been added lots of new articles and the list of herbs discussed in detail is growing. Opening the round for this year are four solar herbs, namely Angelica, Lesser Celandine, Primrose and Rue:

  • angelica thumb Angelica – The aromatic sun and fire herb has a long tradition of usage as a medicinal “all-heal”. Originally called Kvann, it was well-known in Northern Europe, e.g. the Sami people and Vikings used it as a food source and for flavouring. Hence it is also known as “Norwegian Angelica”. After the introduction of christianity and the spreading of the black death… read on
  • IMG_1741 thumbLesser Celandine – The herb’s Celtic name “Grian” means “sun”. It has also been referred to as “spring messenger”. The flowers of Lesser Celandine signal the arrival of spring and days getting longer. In German it is called “Scharbockskraut” or “Skorbutkraut” = Scurvyherb. The early leaves are rich in Vitamin C and have been taken on board by sailors… read on
  • IMG_1746 thumbPrimrose – In Norse mythology Cowslip was sacred to the goddess Freya, the “lady”, and was also referred to as “Freya’s Key”. Within christianity the flower became dedicated to St. Peter and the Virgin Mary and was referred to as “Our Lady’s Keys” and “Keys of Heaven” or simply “Keyflower”, which all relate to the bright yellow pendant flowers… read on
  • IMG_6663 thumbRue – In magic and folklore rue is believed to break hexes and protect. E.g it was part of the infamous Four Thieves Vinegar, which protected four thieves from the Black Death. It is also known as Herb-of-Grace. Ritual sowing methods demand the pronouncing of curses whilst scattering the seeds respective a young plant ought to be stolen in order to be potent in magic. In Milton’s Paradise Lostread on

Rue is often used in tinctures, incense and herbal blends for cleansing. Lesser Celandine and Primrose grow in abundance in our yard. And Angelica I have lately been using in different incense blends. I finished the article about this herb late at night and the aromatic scent of Wild Angelica seeds are the last thing I remember, before sinking into a comatose sleep, which granted me a surreal dream with the Dead and the Poisoner. The dream was so strong and intense that I’m guided to use both, the root of Angelica archangelica as well as the aromatic seeds of Angelica sylvestris in dream and divinatory incense blends.

What is planned for the coming months? I have continued work on new wooden seed boxes. I have also worked on new plant sigils, which are to be revealed later this year. I have further been absorbed into researching the conceptual backgrounds and ingredients for new incense blends, which resulted in three new formulae for the Queen of the Night to be presented soon, as well as one incense blend for the Mother of Man-Dragons.

IMG_1653 copyBesides these I have been commissioned for a solar/fiery incense inspired by norse mythology. I composed two blends, focussing on fire and sun symbolism, and taking into account runic attributions for the herbal ingredients. They are called “Múspell” and “Sowilo” incense respectively. The incense blends are currently not for sale, but I may add them to the shop upon request. The same commission also lead me to working again with the mighty Yew tree, more about which I may share later.

I have also been asked about the third series of my magistelli poppets as well as the next row of sigil cards. All I can say is at this point, please be patient! Pertaining to art, the next will be a small print run of the Regina Amandrakina idol, which was published in the latest and now sold out Pillars journal. And speaking of it, Anathema publishing offered me to sell two remaining copies of the journal through my site. So I’m thinking about arranging a special offer. Again more about this later.

For now I just wish you all a blessed Beltane/Walpurgis night!

Sun flares, photographed after the solar eclipse, March 20 2015


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New Secondhand Literature: Liber Falxifer 1st Edition, XIV, Necronomicon Gnosis, Exploring the Unnamable, Adulrunan

Teufelskunst Secondhand Literature

The following books are added newly to Secondhand Literature. For details on pricing etc. please view the descriptions below. The books ship from Canada. The shipping costs are not included in the price and must be negotiated individually with the seller.

7 - Liber Flaxifer Dust Cover Front   8 - Liber Falxifer Interior

Liber Falxifer by N.A-A.218, Ixaxaar 2008, (Standard Edition – 1st Edition) #22 / 72 — Near Mint Condition, Minor wear on upper edge of dust cover, Read Once
Price: 300 € – RESERVED

9 - XVI Front   10 - XVI Interior

XVI by Multiple Authors, Scarlet Imprint 2010, (Standard / Babel Edition – 1st Edition) #286 / 700 — Very Good Condition, Some wear on spine’s foil, Read Once
Price: 100 €

5 - Necronomicon Gnosis Front 6 - Necronomicon Gnosis Interior

Necronomicon Gnosis by Asenath Mason, Edition Roter Drache 2007, (Standard Edition – 1st Edition – English) — Very Good Condition, Tiny crease on upper front corner, Read Once – SOLD

2 - Exploring the Unnamable Front 3 - Exploring the Unnamable Back 4 - Exploring the Unnamable Interior

Exploring the Unnamable by Lodge Magan, 2007, (Standard Edition – 1st Edition) — Very Good Condition, Crease on lower back cover, Read Once – SOLD

Necronomicon Gnosis and Exploring the Unnamable are only sold together – SOLD

11 - Adulrunan Dust Cover Front 12 - Adulrunan Interior

Adulrunan: Och Den Götiska Kabbalan by Thomas Karlsson, Ouroboros Produktion 2005, (Standard Edition – 1st Edition – Swedish) — Mint Condition, Never Read
Price: 100 € – SOLD

For purchasing please write an e-mail to and I forward all serious requests to the seller. The seller then gets back to you in e-mail. After a book is sold and shipped I charge the seller  5% sales commission. Please be aware that shipping costs, Paypal or currency conversion fees may not be included in the listed prices.

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Mandragora Flowering

Originally posted on Wiebke Rost:

Mandrake Flowering

Vernal mandrake shooting forth plenty of flowers, in fact surpassing all previous years. It’s an utterly delightful sight! But still too early for bees or other pollinators. I may have to jump in…

This is my last of the vernal variant, all the others are autumn mandrakes, which flower in autumn and resort to an underground existence after christmas, usually showing no sign of life until the next fall. Even though I saw one of them is sprouting anew… I wonder if that one manages at last to actually flower at a time when the temps and light conditions are suitable.

Me and the mandrakes… an endless story to be continued.

Another photo of the plant in its current state of glory… those fresh leaves that look like salad (but are really very poisonous thanks to a variety of alkaloids) may soon extend to half a meter length.

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Secondhand Literature: Chumbley, Schulke, Eytzinger, Uccello

Still available:

The above books 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.


Uthark: Nightside of the Runes by Thomas Karlsson
Hardcover | 2002 | Ouroboros Produktion
First edition | ISBN 9789197410212
Condition: Used, specks on the cover
Price: 200 €
ships from Sweden


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