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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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New in Store: Aconite Roots, Gallow's Oak, Mandrake, Poison Hemlock, Poppy Seeds + Announcing Next Artist Interview

We received in the mail new precious working and crafting materials, amongst which was a huge gift from an English sorcerer: in the center of the package a Giant Poison Hemlock root, about 40 cm, perfect for a central altar piece in the work with the Typhonian Currents or in Rites of the Dark Goddess in Her Strangler-Aspects and Her Succubi.

“The Hemlock is certainly an ophidian sukkubi: coiling around the senses and fogging all reason: a deadly naiad who entices you and whose kiss tightens itself around you to constrict your breath and steal your life away. A beautiful and terrible Queen.”

To the initiated Poison Hemlock is on the other hand also a strong ally in the battle against all archonic suppression. The above roots are availabe for purchase. Prices on demand.

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Also available are recently harvested roots of Aconite. The roots are 7-13 cm in length, straight, curled and some forked, for making talismans or usage in powders and potions. Price varies from 5-15 €, depending on root size and shape.

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Gallow’s Oak for crafting: fine pieces of mossy-grown Gallow’s Oak wood to be crafted into  talismans. The wood is part of a trade with an English practitioner. More to be revealed about this later…

  

Further fresh Male Fern Root, Mandrake Talismans, Seeds of Poison Hemlock, Mandrake and Poppy and some anorganic ingredients such as Sulfur and Iron Oxide can now also be bought from us.

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Latest additions to our Fetish section: Green, Green/Black, Aged Bone and Bloodred Skull-Candles

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Coming up next: Interview with Occult Artist VÆNVS OBSCVRA

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Teufelskunst Fetish-Candles and Talismans in ‘action’:

      

Special Thanks to Cyril Helnwein for the terrific pic!

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Contact: info@teufelskunst.de

September 17, 2012

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Upcoming Artist Features, Teufelskunst Talismans, Ritual Incense and Custom Skull-Candles

In this journal we present the second batch of our hand-made Talismans, info on updated Website sections as well as photos by customers and friends who have received our Skull-Candles and took snapshots when burning them. We also announce our first Artist Interview!

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: SAMUEL ARAYA

We are looking forward to our first artist interview with illustrator and designer Samuel Araya. In the interview we will talk about his work and the inspirations behind his dark imagery. We will also have a closer look at three of his paintings, investigate their meaning and receive insights into the process of making them.

    

Artist Blogsite

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TALISMANS II

bellicum
Latin “war-signal”, “war-trumpet”,
also a name of the Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) tree

fasces
from the Latin word fascis,
meaning “bundle”

Fasces are a bundle of wooden sticks with an axe blade emerging from the center, which is an image that traditionally symbolizes summary power and jurisdiction, and/or “strength through unity”.

The idea behind the fasces has inspired us again in the creation of this second batch of handmade Talismans. The Talismans are manufactured in a manner similar to the first five Talismans offered here. The difference to the first series is in their form: whilst the first were atavistic representations of the ghost-like emanations of our craft the new talismans are more human in shape. Both Talismans serve at the same time as Mascots of our Teufelskunst and are only given into the hands of experienced practitioners.

The filling consists again of various hot peppers and herbs (partly poisonous) as well as loadstone powder. The skulls are carved again from the Blackthorn’s wood, each holding a pair of dark-red garnets in their eye-sockets. The talismans are accompanied by seven anointed Blackthorn spines bound together with cleansed red and black thread, forming Bellicum Fasces to be used in attack and defense spellwork. With each talisman comes also a cleansed vial to insert a hand-written spell or pact, one anointed onyx sphere and incense.

The talismans have been manufactured entirely by hand. They carry fluid links to the totemic soul of Crow, Scorpion and Snake, and powdered links to the plant souls of Aconite, Belladonna, Black Nightshade, Henbane, Mandrake, Mugwort, Thorn Apple and Wormwood, mixed with the tears of Myrrh and the wood of the Bellicum tree. Long Pepper, Grains of Paradise and Ghost Chili (Bhut Jolokia) lend their fire to the bodies of the talismans, within their chest beats a small heart-shaped ‘High John the Conqueror root’ and underneath the wooden skull vibrate the powdered remnants of a Human Skullbone.

The incense powder accompanying these talismans consists again of fiery ingredients and should be burnt outdoors only. (The exact formula is given inside the leaflet that comes with the talismans.)

Only seven of these talismans have been crafted and there will not be made more of them.

The price per Talisman set: 53 euro + shipping

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INCENSE

The fiery incense for Cleansing and Strengthening one’s focus can also be ordered solitary for 7 euro per 50 gram + shipping.

For the complete list of herbal and floral ingredients visit our updated website section Herbs & Incense. We also have small amounts of classic Witch Ointment Ingredients available. For more info contact us via info@teufelskunst.de

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SKULL-CANDLES

    

Always in stock are our hand-made Skull-Candles available in different colors, e.g. plain black, red, white or bone-colored as well as two-colored versions, e.g. half black/ half red/ half white/ half green and so on. Each candle is filled with corresponding essences, herbs and powders. The price for one candle is 16 euro + shipping. If you order more than three candles the price per candle is 13 euro + shipping.

(photos by customers and friends)

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Contact: info@teufelskunst.de

The first printed catalogue including complete price lists as well as artist interviews and features will be released later this year.

July 13, 2012

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