— Gillian Flynn (via rabbitinthemoon)
Now I’m up properly, I note the traditional taboos of no red and no fish. I suspect the lamp is the best way to get a visual manifestation of the daimon; Also, this kind of thing is close to fetich work. palomayombe - got anything to add from a similarity/magical tech perspective?
Scarlet Imprint has been described, more than once, as a subversive publisher. So when we were offered a manuscript by Carl Abrahamsson we knew that we were the home for it.
With the publication of Reasonances, we are reaffirming our commitment to occulture as a force for change.
Art can function as a magical weapon.
When I began my own exploration of magick, it was a disreputable, dirty and dangerous thing to pursue. More than that, it was allied to a counter-cultural sensibility which rejected the blood temperature media of the mainstream and instead sought out its own neglected Saints.
This meant a pursuit of outsider artists, writers, painters, film-makers and dissidents with the empowering necessity of creating a culture of our own. It meant research to glean the information that was properly termed occult. It meant a ruthless pursuit of self-knowledge.
This seems to have been replaced by the simple circulation of online memes for clicks and kudos.
One vital force in establishing Occulture was Thee Temple of Psychick Youth whose…
Read More: http://scarletimprint.com/2014/08/the-return-of-occulture/
While many witches and other magic-users enjoy wild crafting for the ingredients for their rootwork, elixirs, spells and healing preparations, some herbs are threatened by over collection or loss of habitat and should never be collected in the wild. Some are threatened only in certain places and grow in abundance elsewhere. Always check your local DNR’s website to see what herbs are protected in your area and, of course, always get permission before collecting.
If an herb is protected, consider using an alternative. There is often another herb you can use in its place with good results. If you really want to use a threatened herb, consider growing it in your yard. Many wild plants will do well if you take the care to recreate their natural habitat.
Some localities have native plant societies that conduct plant rescues, retrieving threatened native plants from land slated for development. These may be offered for sale to the public for planting in gardens. Many threatened species are slow growers and take a long time to multiply, but the time and effort you put into it will be reflected in your magic, even if it’s many years later.
Note that this list may not be comprehensive and may not reflect the situation in your area. Check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for the information most pertinent to your locality.
Arnica - Arnica spp.
Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum thalictroides
Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana
Gentian - Gentiana spp.
Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius
Echinacea - Echinacea spp.
Eyebright - Euphrasia spp.
False Unicorn Root - Chamaelirium luteum
Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis
Kava Kava - Piper methysticum
Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum pendatum
Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum
Lady’s Slipper - Cypripedium spp.
Lobelia - Lobelia spp.
Peyote - Lophophora williamsii
Sandalwood - Santalum spp.
Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra
Trillium, Beth Root -Trillium spp.
Unicorn Root- Aletris farinosa
Virginia Snakeroot - Aristolochia serpentaria
White Sage - Salvia apiana
Wild Yam - Dioscorea villosa, D. spp.
Source: The United PlantSavers Website. Please visit www.unitedplantsavers.org/ to find out how you can help them save these natural treasures.
I do so enjoy how well this is written. Well done, thank you.