Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Daniel A. Schulke

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: B009CCTYLS

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Daniel A. Schulke

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: B009CCTYLS

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Veneficium concerns the intersection of magic and poison, originating in remotest antiquity and reaching into the present day. Beyond their functions as agents of bodily harm, poisons have also served as gateways of religious ecstasy, occult knowledge, and sensorial aberration, as well as the basis of cures. Allied with Samael, the Edenic serpent of first transgression whose name in some interpretations is 'Venom of God', this facet of magic wends through the rites of ancient Sumer and Egypt, through European Necromancy, Alchemy, the arcane the rites of the Witches' Sabbath, and modern-day folk magic. Of particular note to this study are the herbs of the so-called 'Devil's Garden', bearing relation to the witchcraft concepts of the Graal of Midnight, the Witches' Supper, and the Unguentum Sabbati, the flying ointment of the witches which has exerted fascination over scholar, historians, and practitioners alike. Beyond consideration of the toxicological dimensions of magical power, the concurrent thread of astral and philosophical poisons are also examined, and their resonance and dissonance with magical practice explored. Veneficium will be of interest to students of magic, witchcraft, alchemy, botanical folklore, medicine, and occult pharmacology.

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which is at once I'm haristic and Egregoric. This octriga, or coven of eight, represented as a symbolic circle of eight conjoined lirmical retorts. The Elixir is generated in each individual <« lort, whose function is to cook and distill, and in doing ••», i he elixir passes from one body to the next in a repeated m l<\ female to male to female, here seen as a conjunctive *»tnil solar and lunar. The force applied to each retort must i«< 11I concordant resonance, but the participation of ouiliiple

Juvenal; writing in his Satirae, he relays that "this man produces magical charms, this other sclln Thessalian philtres with which they [wives] can torment the minds of their husbands." 50. Christian, pp. 203-204 were destined to die, and often this terror shortened their lives.51 In his Elegies, the poetTibullus remarked of a certain Thessalian enchantress: Now she makes the infernal hosts swarm round her with her magic screamings, and now she bids them be gone, sprinkling them with milk. When

life. The present Ix »ok is thus informed by this interior perspective, as well as t hat of magical history and ethnobotany, and my two decades i if herbalist practice. Because of this multiplicity of vista, it is my hope that the book serves as a small contribution to the field of the study of both magic and poison. C x-rtain chapters present herein also originate as essays in occult journals. In recent years, it has bedcome necessary to ^at her these together, largely due to the increased

Wolfsbane (Aconitum napellus), Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum), and a number of other nightshades, Henbane comprises the essential botanical template for the Unguentum Sabbati, or Witches' Flying Ointment, which are also contemporary to the time frame of our study. Henbane and other solanaceous plants bear a class of chemicals collectively referred to as the tropane alkaloids, the most important of which are atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine. These alkaloids —particularly scopolamine— have

cognate in some sense with the Yoruban ashe, or Pacific Islander mana. narco-aesthesis: induction of a mystico-ecstatic state via the ritual use of drugs. Narcotic Sabbat: the medieval witches Sabbat as speculatively arising from the usage of psychoactive plant, animal, and mineral substances. New Flesh: mystical concept present in Sabbatic Witchcraft relating to magical augmentation of the Self, drawing upon ecstatic ritual, atavistic power, and the sorcerous formulation of Will, Desire, and

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