- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Moon Books (24 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780995725
- ISBN-13: 978-1780995724
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.5 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pagan Portals - By Wolfsbane & Mandrake Root: The shadow world of plants and their poisons Paperback – 24 Feb 2017
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The dark side of me loves reading about poisons and I suspect Im not alone in this... Dracos book is a very good introduction to the ancient arte and history of poisons which goes back certainly beyond 4,500 years and probably throughout human history. I like Dracos writing style which is both authoritative and accessible; I feel as if shes talking with me over a cup of tea and I really like that... Altogether an excellent little book. Thoroughly recommended --Elen Sentier, author and shaman
About the Author
Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books. She now lives in Ireland near the Galtee Mountains.
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The second part of the book discusses historical methods of detecting poison and trying to counteract it. The information about how people would use stones to detect poisons was really interesting. Some gemstones were believed to neutralize poisons and were placed on the goblets of Royalty as a protective measure. Other stones were believed to ward off poisoning just by wearing them or having them on your person. Certain imagery and amulets as well as prayers and incantations were also used to help ward off poisoning. The historical use herbs to combat poisoning is also examined - most being herbs that induce vomiting.
The third section of the book is a very well researched encyclopedic list of baneful plants and fungi including every day plants and herbs around us that aren’t normally discussed or thought of as such. The magickal uses of these plants are only briefly mentioned afterwards.
The last chapter of the book discusses using these plants for cursing or bottling. Melusine has one of the most balanced views I’ve seen on cursing. She does not dismiss cursing as ethically wrong while placing emphasis on the seriousness of doing so and the magickal coin that such a working may cost the witch in the long run. She also warns that a curse cannot be undone by the one who’s cast it. Her preferred method is bottling, which seems to be somewhere between a curse and a binding which she believes can be undone by unbottling the spell itself. She then concludes the book by giving a good number of her bottling spells to stop various forms of harassment, incorporating the use of baneful plants.
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