Mandragora

The Mandrake (Mandragora) is a rare Mediterranean plant with much lore and history behind it.  References to the poisonous root and its pleasantly scented fruits can be found throughout mythology,  in folklore associated with witches, and even in the Bible.  Earliest recorded use of this plant dates back over three thousand years.  In addition to…

Veneficas Unguentum: The Witches’ Flying Ointment

The image of the witch has quite strong links to flight, the dead, herbalism and the unseen in most people’s minds.  Much of where this iconic image comes from has been ignored or even passed off as vivid hallucinations and stories created from the minds and traumas involved in the interrogations, until more scholarly examinations of Traditional Witchcraft and…

Hekate and her Plants

Hekate is the goddess of witches, mother of the witch Circe and aunt of the witch Medea (depending on sources). Many witches work with Hekate, and while I currently don’t work with her, I do find her to be an amazing source of inspiration when it comes to plants. You could say plants are a…