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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.

 

July 28, 2014

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Pillars 'The Golden Eitr' Incense

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Anathema Publishing approached us with the request to compose an incense that they could add to contributor copies of the new Pillars Periodical. Pillars is an annually published, esoteric magazine featuring occult artists and writers from all over the world. This year’s Pillars comes out under the motto of The Golden Eitr, which is a term derived from North mythology and translates roughly as ‘Golden Poison’ or ‘Golden Serpent’s Venom’ – in reference to the ur-matter of all existence, which is represented as a very poisonous liquid substance from which all living beings evolved.

The incense contains ingredients evocative of the journal’s motto and aims to awaken

‘The Power of Counscious Knowledge, Elevation & Holy Veneficum’

For this the Fruits of the (Forbidden) Tree – Apple and Fig – where harvested and left to dry over the cause of several months. They add the physical link to and represent the lust of the flesh and the cause for the sin that followed. The lust for committing deadly sin is furthered by Coriander and Nutmeg, arousing with fire, yet also potentially protecting against the wrath that may be wrought through this element… Cloves remind the initiate of the pain caused by the nails driven into the flesh of the Saviour, who sacrificed himself on the Cross timbered from the same tree[1], yet also protecting him and her. Lulled by Henbane – the herb crowning the dead that wandered by the river Styx[2], erasing the memories of past lifes – the pain is numbed and the practitioner may find hirself in communion with the shades, their presence sweetened and blessed by the scent of myrrh, whereas the Sage of the Diviner may act as the secret guide, who challenges and leads the aspirant on his journey and in the quest for spiritual insight and greater Gnosis.

“As cure for the Wrath of another Venom,
there did Apple and Venom bring it about.”
– Gratten & Singer [1952: 151-157]

Pillars Incense
Incense composed for Pillars Periodical, Anathema Publishing

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The incense is currently reserved for contributors of the Journal, but it is planned to make available a limited batch together with a signed art print illustrating and evoking the different aspects of our incensus. More about this to follow here in time.

Besides, Pillars Periodical can be ordered NOW. Only 220 copies are available and preorders are going fast. So better be quick!

September 27, 2013

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Poisoner's Seed Boxes, New Collection

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For the Poisoner – containing seeds from at least 22 different herbs. The boxes are labeled with the Motto of the Poisoner and they are accompanied by a special Info Booklet. The booklet is handbound and printed on strong laid paper, which has been provided by Buchbinderei Dresden. It contains info on each herb and is illustrated with our unique Herb Sigils. Extra pages with a table offer space for taking own notes on the sowing and growing process:

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Price: 40 Euro + 5,50 Euro shipping (international shipping via registered letter)*

For ordering write to info@teufelskunst.com

*When ordering estimate ca. 2-3 weeks for order processing (seeds are filled up freshly)

Below is a gallery with photos of herbs grown from our seeds:

Black Mandrake Black Mandrake Sprout, photo by CM Vænvs Obscvra Labeled Sowing Containers, photo by CM Vænvs Obscvra Black Nightshade star-shaped flowers, photo by Bone Garden Botanica Rivea corymbosa Henbane Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Henbane Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Datura Seedlings, photo by Wiebke Rost Belladonna sprouts, photo by Wiebke Rost Belladonna sprouts, photo by Wiebke Rost Wormwood grown from seed, photo by Wiebke Rost Poison Hemlock Seedlings Seedlings 2013, own Green House Mandrake grown from seed Belladonna young plant, photo by Wiebke Rost Wormwood grown from seed, photo by Wiebke Rost Mint Path, photo by Wiebke Rost

July 29, 2013

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Occvlta Poison Herb Pendants

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One of a kind Poison Herb Pendants by OCCVLTA (Spain/Catalonia)

The pendants are filled with dried Mandrake, Henbane, Belladonna, Fly agaric, Sage and more. A special treat are the dried flowers of Henbane and Belladonna, which have been carefully plucked by hand and dried at our altar. From flower to fruit and seed, from root to leaf, the pendants carry versatile links to some of our most powerful plant allies.
The shells of the pendants consist of a durable glass imitation, which is lighter and not as fragile as real glass. They are silver framed and come in different forms, from round eyeglass to gothic window style to slender tube vial and measure ca. 4-7 cm. To purchase these unique pendants please visit the OCCVLTA online store at occvlta.tumblr.com or write directly to occvlta@gmail.com

June 1, 2013

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Aconite Info

A new Info Page on Aconite has been added to the Website along with a PDF for download

Aconite

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Aconitum

Related genera: Anemone, Aquilegia, Delphinium, Helleborus, Pulsatilla, Ranunculus

The poisonous plant genus Aconitum consists of at least a hundred different species and has an array of legends and folklore attributed to it.

Sometimes called ‘Queen of Poisons’ or ‘Plant Arsenic’, similar to how arsenic is considered a ‘King of Poisons’.

A distinction sometimes found concerns the names Monkshood and Wolfsbane. Some argue the original Wolfsbane is the white or yellow-flowered species Aconitum lycoctonum whereas the blue flowering Monkshood, Aconitum napellus is probably the better known of the two species and it is frequently found in medieval monastery gardens. The two species contain different poisons, which are however similar in effect.

Mythology and History

The Greek word akónitos is composed of ak = pointed and kônos = cone, an akon being a dart or javelin, perhaps a reference to the use as an arrow poison. Theophrastus suggests the name derived from the town of Aconæ (today assumed to be near Karadeniz Ereğli in Turkey). It may also have been named after Mount Akonitos in Pontus (Asia Minor), where the plant is said to have grown from the spittle of Cerberus, the three-headed watchdog of Hades, when the folkhero Heracles drew up the beast from his infernal abode. Homer (800 bc) gives the first account of this myth in the Illiad. Eight centuries later Ovid embellishes the story in Metamorphoses VII Continue reading Aconite Info

April 23, 2013

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Aconite Root Fetishes

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Aconite Roots in glass tubes

Finally I could find fitting glass vessels for the remaining Aconite roots! These are tubes with a flat base and a natural cork stopper for sealing. They are 16 cm in height and perfect for herbal fetishes. A seal hand-inked on a cleansed piece of laid paper and info about the Aconite herb is included with each root fetish. – SOLD

Prices: € 10 for the one to the left, € 19 for each of the other two

Shipping: € 5,50 for registered mail international

For ordering write to info@teufelskunst.com

April 19, 2013

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High John the Conqueror Root

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High John the Conqueror is a legendary folk hero of Afro-American traditions. He represents freedom, strength, sovereignity and above all cunning. It is believed that by rubbing the root named after him his spirit can be contacted and petitioned for help in different matters concerning the struggle for a better life, love, wealth and good luck in gambling. The root is said to come from a species of Morning Glory (Ipomoea), either Ipomoea jalapa or Ipomoea purga. They are usually round or egg-shaped, of a dark brown color and have a shrivelled surface (because of this they have been compared to the balls of dark-skinned men). The root plays an important roll in many lines of Afro-American folk magic and often greater value is placed on the shape of such root than on its size or weight. When used in spellwork, the root must be whole and sustained with libations of alcohol, anointed with oils or offered tobacco (as if you would be giving these offerings to the actual folk hero).

The roots offered here come from an established American supplier. I have been thinking long whether to take them into the Teufelskunst store and finally decided yes, they definitely belong here too! Some of these I am making into charms wrapped in red silk, together with Devil’s Shoestring root. They can also be bought single by those who wish to make their own charms or use them for magical oils. Sometimes also a pair of two equal looking roots is used. Above is a photo of all High John the Conqueror roots currently available (prices for single roots, root pairs and vials as given).

For ordering write to info@teufelskunst.com

PS: I am still waiting for the photos of the English Easter Yew Wands. I appologize to those who had already reserved one. Photos may come by the end of the month (when the wands have been resurrected from their graves).

April 16, 2013

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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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