Tag Archives: Poisoner’s Apothecary

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, and stems.  I have a

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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 remain a part of modern

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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 the same whole.  Everything already

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Deadly Delicacies from Emporium Black | Coby Michael Ward

I love introducing people to new things in the magical community.  I love networking with fellow practitioners and pointing people in the right direction to help meet their needs because I know how difficult this labyrinth can be to navigate. The chocolate was amazing and the subtle taste of the herb-infused honey was noticeable enough that you knew there was

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