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 →

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New Territory, new Spirits, same Poisons?

It has been long since we last wrote an article for the blog. If you are familiar with our Instagram, you will be aware that we have moved to the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, and so, that we now live in the Catalan Pyrenees. To us, that change is meditated, and the reasons... Continue Reading →

The Sleep Walker Blend

The Sleep Walker Blend is a narcotic mixture, which works on a much lower vibration than the rest of blends we have created. It is aimed for dream working, as it achieves a state of relaxation of the body and spirit, and connects the practitioner with the hidden messages that we find in the Realm... Continue Reading →

The Conjurer Blend

The Conjurer Blend is inspired in the mixtures smoked by Hindu herbal ayurvedic mixtures and aghori sadhu narcotic herbs. It consists of a mixture of datura seeds, damiana, coriander seeds, calamus root, clove, cinnammon, juniper berries, and belladonna leaves. Its aroma, hot and spicy, inflames the spirit and the body, awakes the Serpent within, and... Continue Reading →

The Hunter Blend

The Hunter Blend, inspired in old smoking blends from the European rural areas used in the past as substitutes of tobacco. The Hunter Blend incorporates mullein, the basis of most tobacco substitutes, regarding as pulmonary tonic, a forgotten medicinal plant which acts also as a powerful envigorating agent for spirit and Will to Power, hyssop,... 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 →

Mugwort Oil

"The magical dominion of Mugworts is the making pure of the Path, (…) its governance of the path extends into nocturnal wandering, for it is principally a plant of Dreaming." (D. Schulke, Viridarium Umbris, 461) Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) is a magnificient herb that may go unnoticed when walking along roads and hedges. Her nature, protective,... Continue Reading →

Bryony Roots

White bryony (Brionia Dioica) is also known as False Mandrake, English Mandrake, Ladie's Seal, or Devil's Turnip. In the past, Bryony was falsely sold as mandrake in some areas during the Middle Ages. Its roots, purgative and toxic, which can cause nausea and vomits if ingested, were carved and moulded into human shape by ludicrous merchants, and... Continue Reading →

Hemlock Roots

A sacred plant present in the old gardens consecrated to Hecate, Hemlock (Conium Maculatum) is a foul smelly plant that grows in hedges and wayside areas. Historically speaking, this plant was the killer of Socrates, and was used by Eleusian priests in order to numb their limbs helping them remain chaste. It is a plant of... Continue Reading →

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