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Wooden Seed Boxes #31-36

Wooden Seed Boxes, April 2017

In follow to the wonderful feedback and many emails received after the last boxes had been sold, I spent the past weeks crafting and researching what would become the content of the next row of wooden seed boxes, these being numbers 31-36.

This time my focus was drawn towards magical herbs, which can be found on a blooming summer meadow and are traditionally used on the summer solstice. Many of these herbs are sown in April and May, hence the timing. Some annuals, such as poppies, you may be able to harvest already this summer, if sown now.

Besides this I wanted to include some new venific herbs, to accompany the well-known nightshades and popular poison plants. In my search my attention was drawn to the spurge, more precisely the caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris). Earlier I had been asked for spurge to use in a martial incense recipe and had trouble finding the right type. By chance I came across references pointing to the caper spurge with its poisonous milky sap, prominent size and auspicious shape. The plant seems to have been well known in Germany. It would be planted near one’s home as a protection against curses and it was used to break the spells of other witches. It was also thought to ward of moles and is hence also known as mole plant in English language.

Besides this I included the wild relative of the candle larkspur, named field or rocket larkspur (Consolida regalis), with its lovely deep blue flowers. The flowers are used in protection spells and the herb is planted to protect the home, similar to the closely related delphinium. The rocket larkspur is unfortunately in decline due to intensified agriculture. Another reason, to include it here.

A threatened herb with strong healing attributes is the lovely centaury (Centaurium erythraea). It has been attributed a plethora of benific properties and is rare to find in the wild these days. I am thus happy to have found a supplier of seeds for this rare healing herb. Another old and perhaps forgotten about healing herb of antiquity, which is now experiencing a renaissance is the wood betony (Stachys officinalis). Likewise the motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) was a popular healing herb in medieval times until interest in the plant declined. It makes for a nice background plant with other purple and pink flowering herbs and interesting addition to the ‘witch’s garden’.

In selecting the herbs I also paid attention to the 13 plants described in Harold Roth’s book “The Witching Herbs” (signed copies available here) and thus included seeds for each.

Altogether there are now seeds for over 50 different sorcerous benific and venific herbs contained in one box. The box itself is pyrographed stained and varnished by hand. The sigil on the box is the “Sigillum Major” or “Greater Sowing Seal”. It includes references to the work with plants, crossroad symbolism etc. and is also used as the official logo for Teufelskunst. The sigil inside the box is called “Sigillum Minor” or “Lesser Sowing Seal” and is an abbreviated form of the former, traceable in one stroke of a line. Each box is numbered on the bottom.

Printed sowing instructions in tabular form are included with each box. For detailed information on each herb please visit my plant blog.

Update: The boxes are sold. You can still e-mail me for the complete list of seeds contained in this series at info@teufelskunst.com. I will work on 4 more boxes this spring to round up the number before the summer solstice. Than that’s it for a while.

April 20, 2017

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Seed Boxes Follow-up

The latest seed boxes have been sold and shipped. I received much more inquiries than expected and will get back to each individually. Please bare with me if this takes a few more days. I have also started preparations for the next boxes, these being #31-36. It will take a couple of weeks to complete these. My plan is to have them ready in time for mid-spring – for sowing all those herbs that like it warm. The other seeds that come with the box can be sown in autumn or given the artificial cold treatment in the fridge.

About the boxes: they contain seeds from at least 44 different venific and benific ‘witch’ herbs. The boxes are pyrographed with the “Sigillum Major” or “Greater Sowing Seal”, which you also see as the official logo of Teufelskunst. The boxes are then stained and varnished. Following this, hundreds of little paper bags are labeled and filled with the seeds, which I partly gather by myself and partly purchase from other places. I usually spend at least 40 hours on four of these boxes. It is a tedious but also rewarding process, which gives me the chance to connect deeper with the herbs and it also empties the mind and brings new inspiration. I also learn how the seed for each herb looks and what it requires to break its dormancy. It is my hope that the content of these boxes will bring joy to others and aid them in their own studies.

Please write to me at info@teufelskunst.com if you wish to reserve one in the future!

March 17, 2017

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Wooden Seed Boxes #27-30

Seed boxes #27-30, completed

The boxes contain seeds from at least 44 different venific and benific ‘witch’ herbs. The boxes are pyrographed with the “sigilum major” or “greater sowing seal”, stained and varnished. Then hundreds of little paper bags are labeled and filled with the seeds, which I partly gather by myself and partly purchase from other places. I usually spend at least 40 hours on four of these boxes. It is a tedious but also rewarding process, which gives me the chance to connect deeper with the herbs and it also empties the mind and brings new inspiration. It is my hope that the content of these boxes will bring joy to others and aid them in their own studies.

Update: the boxes are sold. Please write to me at info@teufelskunst.com if you wish to reserve one in the future!

March 9, 2017

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Seed Boxes

Wooden Seed Boxes

Wooden Boxes, Hand-Branded and varnished

We have expanded our Seed contingent and offer now seeds from over 50 different plants. As a special offer you can now buy a beautiful hand-branded and varnished wooden box containing seed-samples from over 40 plants we currently have in stock. Along with the box you also receive sowing instructions for each herb, illustrated with our unique plant seals. If you think that is just too much you can also get the wooden boxes in smaller size with seed samples from at least 22 different plants.

The same seeds can also be purchased with a sigil-adorned Cardboard-Box. Printed sowing instructions are included here as well.

  • Wooden Box with seeds from over 40 plants: 66€ + shipping*
  • Wooden Box with seeds from 22 plants: 44€ + shipping*
  • Cardboard Box with seeds from 22 plants: 38€ + shipping

*Only few available at a time

For more special offers check our Seeds Collections or view the A-Z list of available seeds including prices on single seed portions.

Order via info@teufelskunst.com

Note: Wooden boxes are currently sold, but new ones are on the way…

December 21, 2012

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Seed Collections

As promised, here the photos and prices for our recent seed collections that have been put together under this lunar eclipse. All seeds come from plants we have grown by ourselves and have been gathered with our own hands. The price on a single seed bag is €3,00 (you get a €1 discount on each if you order three or more). Or you choose a whole set which comes in a limited edition woodcut adorned sleeve. (Photos of the ready packages will be posted later.)

I. Poison Witchherbs: Common Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium), Henbane  (Hyoscyamus niger), Belladonna (Atropa belladonna), Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum), Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), Blue Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii), White Wolfsbane (Aconitum lycoctonum), Hellebore (Helleborus niger), Columbine (Aquilegia atrata)

Price for one set is €18 + shipping (only two available) both reserved

II. Benefic Witchherbs: Rue (Ruta graveloens), Vervain (Verbena officinalis), Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Dragonshead (Dracocephalum moldavica), Masterwort (Peucedanum ostruthium), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Price for one Set is €13 + shipping (only two available) both reserved

III. Mexican Herbs: Mapacho (Nicotiana rustica), Yauhtli (Tagetes lucida), Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides)

Price for one set is €6 + shipping (only one available)

IV. Daturas: Purple Dhatura (Datura metel var.), Toloache (Datura innoxia), Common Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium), Datura hybrid, ivory flowers

Price for one set is €7 + shipping (only two available) both reserved

For orders and reservation write to info@teufelskunst.de with a list and note if you wish to receive sowing instructions with your order.  Also please bear in mind that different countries have different laws and conditions on shipping. We charge in any case only the actual fee it costs to ship but we cannot take responsibility if a mailing gets lost or cannot be delivered. If there is doubt please check first the laws of your country.

December 11, 2011

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