Reflections on the Path of Poisons (III): the Dark Alliance

There is something that very few of us think about when interacting with plant spirits, or any spirit for the matter, in the paths of Witchcraft: we focus on the relationship between cause and effect, and yet we leave a 'real' inclusive analysis out of the question. In Witchcraft in general, and magical herbalism (and... Continue Reading →

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A Ritual of Harvest

  Autumn is here. Not astronomically, not "oficially" here, but there is always one day when you can feel the vibrations of autumn in your bones, in the trees, in the wind. And that time came last Thursday. I left home to do the last harvest before the Dark Half of the Year (during that... Continue Reading →

Materia Venefica: Hyssop, Spirit of Protective Majesty

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is the first plant spirit we'll be investigating in the Materia Venefica, a series of articles regarding our experiences with endemic Pyrenean plant spirit covering all its essence and magical applications. In Materia Venefica you will not find medicinal approaches to plant usage, but folk beliefs, literary references, and, above all, our... Continue Reading →

Smoking Blends by Occvlta

This season we have introduced a new series of herbal products for those who walk the ways of magical herbalism, sorcery, and devotion, following the precepts of the Poison Path. As we have said in the past, there are several steps to cover before we decide to go for a full inmersion and start ingesting... Continue Reading →

How to Burn Incense

Burning incense is considered one of the oldest ways to perfume a space or a person. In fact, the word perfume comes from the Latin expression per fumum 'through smoke', a method that originated as a sacred activity, reserved for worshipping spirits or performing magical rites. As we stated in this article, we are nowadays used to employing incense as... Continue Reading →

Yet Another Article on Flying Ointments

Well, it's that time of the year when we start receiving enquiries regarding flying ointments, asking when we will be starting to make some more, as the ones we had done in the past. The bitter truth is that we have never stopped making flying ointments at Occvlta, but we keep them to ourselves and the closest members... Continue Reading →

Cultural Appropriation in the Path of Poisons

We have already spoken about dangers in the Path of Poisons, the implications of Fear, the threat of Addiction, etc. all of those topics which, it was concluded, were caused by great degree of misinformation and lack of real or deep contact with nature dwelling spirits. Now, something that comes up to mind is the existence of... Continue Reading →

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