Category Archives: Flying Ointments

A Poisoner's Week

A Poisoner’s Week

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For the past week my home has been filled with poisons; poisons covering the dining table in the form of my black and white illustrations to be shipped out, poisonous specimens arriving at my door, and poisons infusing into oils and animal fats for new batches of flying ointments. Amanita muscaria caps, white speckled and red, smelling like the sweet rotting leaves and fallen evergreen needles of a forest floor. Henbane seed pods, crushed in my fingers like egg shells, spilling out tiny brown pearls. Dried belladonna covered in huge green leaves and blackest berries. I experimented with new recipes: a pure belladonna ointment with a menstruum of pig fat and an ointment of fly agaric mushroom caps and mandrake root with a menstruum of bear fat. The belladonna ointment is still undergoing testing to see if it is safe for use, but the second one is now available in the Apothecary as Soma Flying Ointment. It is excellent for ecstatic rites of intoxication, drumming, and dance. Use for sacred ceremonies and spirit work or to work with the World Tree. I filled a big order for Ixaxaar who requested flying ointment samples to go with the forthcoming issue five of Clavicula Nox which…

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Poisonous Art and Unguents

By | Artwork, Entheogens, Flying Ointments | 12 Comments

There have been late nights of infusing flying ointments in the stove, my home redolent with the scent of sticky sweet poplar buds and the fresh spring air pouring through the open windows. There have been trips to suppliers on sunny days to gather new ointment tins, fragrant beeswax, and papers as black as night. There have been long evenings spent designing and printing labels and prints of my black and white artwork full of skulls and poisons. The results of these days and nights were new batches of flying ointments in lovely tins featuring my artwork matching the poisons within each unguent – belladonna for the aves ointment, mandragora roots for mandrake ointment, and henbane for the traditional flying ointment. The ointments sold out quickly with their new pretty black and white feathers. I will be able to make more in about a week. I still have some Witches’ Ointment left in the original green glass jars for any beginners or lightweights who want to incorporate ritual entheogens into their magical practice. I made two collections of cards and prints with my artwork, one featuring poisonous plants and one with the theme of skulls. Though they have sold out…

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The Making of a Flying Ointment

The Making of a Flying Ointment

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The creation of flying ointments is quite the process for me. To share a bit of the magic and practical side of it I will be taking you through the crafting of the Sabbat Flying Ointment from start to finish. “Sabbat: is one of the most intense flying ointments I make and, though I don’t usually recommend it for beginners, it is one of my most popular ointments  due to it being such a classic traditional recipe — inspired by the recipes recorded by Giambattista della Porta, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, and Honorius. First I head to the farm market up the street to buy bulk pig fat from the butcher. When I get home I carefully slice away any remaining traces of meat and then cut it into small cubes with my very sharp hand forged ritual knife. The smaller the fat is cut up, the faster and more evenly it renders. I hone my knife before and after each use, wash it right way when I’m finished butchering, and oil the blade now and then to always keep it sharp and in its best condition. I put the fat on the stove starting on medium heat to get it going…

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Veneficium Moon

Veneficium Moon

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Or, the Witch is visited by the Professor and the Poisoner. The Poisoner gives me a single blood-red rose and a bouquet of flowering monkshood he’d grown. We talk of midnight guerilla rituals, goblin markets, and secret entheogenic gardens.  Smoke from the long-stem ritual pipe curls around us. The Professor rings and shows up at my door white-bearded with a straw hat and mischief-filled eyes. As I make us all tea, he unpacks gifts to me of poisons from his garden. On my workbench appeared three quarts of fresh belladonna berries from his freezer, a very large bag of dried belladonna stalks, and a paper bag of datura leaves, seed pods and flowers –freshly harvested that morning. A mutual academic friend told the Professor the work I’ve been up to recreating old flying ointment recipes and he’d been eager to meet me since –the labour day long weekend finally working for the both of us. We talked of method, dosage, reactions, safety, and history of flying ointments. He and I, along with the Poisoner, shared our tales and knowledge of growing and working with poisons: “henbane grows like a weed, but you need to plant it every year …belladonna will over-winter here,…

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Just Your Average Thorsday

By | Bones & Blood, Entheogens, Flying Ointments, Herbalism | 10 Comments

I haven’t been able to cook in my kitchen for a couple of days… sometimes the things in the oven and on the stove are not so edible in a witch’s kitchen. There are big jars of flying ointments in the oven infusing : oils and fats of duck and bear infusing with poisonous herbs and sticky sweet balm of gilead. I light crow feathers aflame until they turn to ashes, powder them, and mix them into the Aves Ointment with the dust of wild bird bones. There is a pot of bear fat rendering on the stove from gelatinous mess to a clear earthy-blood colour. I’m hoping to turn this batch into bear tallow candles. My home smells heavy of the scent of rich fat and sandalwood incense with the sounds of Wardruna pouring out the open windows this warm summer evening. It’s not just mead bubbling away in my kitchen; nearby is a bucket of hydrogen peroxide gurgling like a witch’s cauldron as it cleans wolf and bobcat skulls. I’ve been busily crafting ointments, incense, and smoking blends to restock the apothecary by this weekend. I had a lovely Midsummer’s evening of tarot, mischief, and a friend’s homemade wine….

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