Baneful Herbs in Magical Practice | Coby Michael Ward

Using Baneful Herbs in Magic With their infamous reputations and prominent place in myth and folklore, the Baneful herbs begin to seem more like mischievous magical creatures appearing throughout history in folktales and first-hand accounts.  They are powerful in their chemistry and in their occult power, but they are still plants.  The deadly nightshade grows … Continue reading Baneful Herbs in Magical Practice | Coby Michael Ward

Samhain: Honoring Ancestors of Craft and Tradition | Coby Michael Ward

Samhain, the season of the witch, is a time for us to honor the powers that underlie our Craft.  The hidden powers behinds the scenes, guiding our movements and our inspiration.  The Dead guide us; they are present when we weave our magic.  Those who have laid the foundations for our Great Arte, fertilizing our … Continue reading Samhain: Honoring Ancestors of Craft and Tradition | Coby Michael Ward

Samhain in the Devil’s Garden | Coby Michael Ward

All Hallows Eve is quickly approaching.  The darkness is creeping closer every day.  You can feel the cold grip of the coming winter slithering its way back up from its yearly resting place deep in the Underworld.  The excitement and anticipation on both sides of the veil are tangible.  It is during this time of … Continue reading Samhain in the Devil’s Garden | Coby Michael Ward

Thornapple, Gender and Ritual Application | Coby Michael Ward

Cultivating the Devil’s Apple aka Thornapple I spent part of this afternoon harvesting my Thornapple plants.  One of them grew to be close to five feet high!  The Thornapple I grew this year is a Datura stramonium var. tatula; similar to the common Datura stramonium only it is less shrubby and has lavender-purple flowers.  I harvested leaves, seedpods, … Continue reading Thornapple, Gender and Ritual Application | Coby Michael Ward

Unguentum Venenum: A Flying Ointment | Coby Michael Ward

The infamous witches’ flying ointment is a quintessential representation of the beliefs surrounding medieval witchcraft.  Its status is right up there with the broom, the cauldron and the familiar spirit.  Diabolic ointments containing poisonous ingredients were a hot topic of debate in the witchcraft trials and were used to support theories on both sides.  They … Continue reading Unguentum Venenum: A Flying Ointment | Coby Michael Ward

Preparing for Flight: Techniques for Ritual Entheogens | Coby Michael Ward

Using Plant Spirit Medicine to Enhance Spiritual Practice Entheogens bring us into the presence of the Divine.  They bring the Divine within or allow us to “fly” to spiritual dimensions to access wisdom.  Whether we are traveling in spirit or Spirit is traveling to us is an arbitrary distinction, since we are all part of … Continue reading Preparing for Flight: Techniques for Ritual Entheogens | Coby Michael Ward