TEUFELSKUNST Occult Art Shop and Blog

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

 

April 30, 2015

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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…

 

 

September 8, 2014

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Easter Yew Wands (of Harrowing and Hallowing)

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Devil thy name, Trickster at the Crossroads of Midnight
Come forth, Corpse-pale Eidolon of the Osseous Field
Ever-poised in thy Goat-black Cowl that shrouds Mortality,
Master of the Passage ‘twixt Wax & Wane do I seek.
Thirteen times Widders around the Tree do I turn
Here, sheltered ‘neath the boughs of your Faithful Kin:
The Cypress and the Yew, I do lay the Furrow of Mortality
Wherein the Maw of Void makes sweet the promise of Annihilation
And sundry veils rent so rouse the Blessing of Certain Death.

Saviour thy name, Leveller at the Cross of Midday
Convoke here, Golden-toned Christ of the Paradise Found
Ever-steady in meagre Lamb-white Fleece that cloths Eternity,
King of the Pathway of Virture & Vice do I hunt.
Thrice times halved ‘til the 3rd day the loaf do I break
Here, knelt ‘neath the married beams of the Rood:
Transference & Transcendence, I do raise the Ridge of Eternity
Wherein the Gates of Heaven make bitter the dreams of Man
And all sinful debts settled so pay the Boon of Life Eternal.

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13 Wands, harvested from 13 old Yew trees on the Midnight leading into Good Friday, under the light of the waning moon. Due payments of libation, bread and blood have been served to the guardian of the ghoulish yet immensely beautiful trees. For three days and nights the bread is being broken to them and their wood prepared. Each wand is then  cleansed in the waters of the sacred Heathen Spring of Avalon. Finally braids taken from the red cloth of the crucifix put out on the Good Friday and the white cloth draped over the cross to symbolise the resurrection on Sunday are bound around them.

The wands are not carved or varnished and can be crafted and shaped further by those who do not have access to this special type of Olde Yew wood from trees, which have been guarding the graves and crossroads of life and death for centuries. There are alltogether 10 wands available for sale:

  • 5 wands with a braid of 2 red 1 white – the Wands of Harrowing
  • 5 wands with a braid of 2 white 1 red – the Wands of Hallowing

Attached to the end of each wand is also one tail-feather of a Raven, the Prophet of Man and the Oracle of Hades, gathered through a beautiful specimen found during a sojourn in the Forest, a gift from the Sylvan Realm. A satchel of Yew needles and bark will accompany each wand, with a hand-numbered label.

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The Yew is the Man in Black at the Crossroads, the Patron of the Souls kept in She’ol and also of the Ancestors. It is also the tree of Dark Resurrection and thus sometimes the Man in Black is viewed crucified to a Yew arbor.

The wands are a kind offer by woodwose, wanderer, sorcerer, word cunner and friend Ash Nostro Morg.

Info, pictures and prices will follow after Easter. Only one wand per customer.

Pre-ordering via info@teufelskunst.com

Download and spread
Download and spread

March 29, 2013

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