daniel a schulke

A substantial addition to the occult library, though I had to sell a kidney to get it😎.
VIRIDARIUM UMBRIS
The Pleasure Garden of Shadows
By Daniel A. Schulke
Number 215 of 576 copies
First Edition - 2005
Published by Xoanon

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Of the Nail, the Thorn, and the Cross

  1. Iron Nail Cross
  2. Cross of Samael
  3. Oak Nowl

Metalwork, sculpture, and carving attributed to Daniel Schulke

“The Thorn is both punitive & binding, the Holy Nail of the Greenwood executing the grim sentence of Crucifixion at once harnessing the forces of binding & torment.”

— Daniel Schulke, Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow

The cross has been defined by Schulke as “the supreme magical formula of incarnation-sacrifice-apotheosis arising from the fixation of spirit into the four ways of matter.”

My Witchy Reading List for 2017

Books on traditional witchcraft, herbalism, trance work, modern applications, etc.

Crones Book of Charms & Spells, by Valerie Worth (2000)

Crones Book of Words, by Valerie Worth (1971)

Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic, by Emma Wilby (2005)

Early American Herb Recipes, by Alice Cooke Brown (1988)

Encyclopedia of Pyschoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications, by  Christian Rätsch (1998)

Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual, by James Green (2000)

The History of the Devil, by R. Lowe Thompson (1929)

How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation, by Sandra Ingerman (2006)

Letters from the Devil’s Forest, by Robin Artisson (2014)

Magical and Ritual Uses of Herbs, by Richard Alan Miller (1983)

Natural Magic, by Doreen Valiente (1987)

Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul, by  Ross Heaven, Howard G. Charing (2006)

Shamanic Journeying, by Sandra Ingerman (2003)

Singing With Blackbirds: The Survival of Primal Celtic Shamanism in Later Folk-Traditions, by  Stuart A. Harris-Logan (2006)

Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path, by Daniel A. Schulke (2012)

The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer, by Brian Bates (1983).

Witchcraft for Tomorrow, by Doreen Valiente (1978)

Witchcraft Medicine: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices, and Forbidden Plants, by  Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Wolf-Dieter Storl, Christian Rätsch (1998)

So Ive had no internet for a few days... so heres the news...

I found a new favourite book to share with you all…. not sure exactly how many of you know about it, but its called “Viridarium Umbris” and is by Daniel A. Schulke. It has a thorough knowledge of potions, herb collection and appropriate times for collection plus much more. Its a pretty good read. Heres some stuff from inside the book as well as some of the beautiful artwork..

Poison is a glyph for magical power itself: complex, concentrated, liberated in the hands of the elect, and disastrous in the hands of the fool. Its very nature is transmutative, changing all it touches, the maker and breaker of laws, policies, and epidemiological systems.
—  Daniel A. Schulke, Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Mute Charm of the Hortus Conclusus. -Viridarium Umbris

“Now wood to leaf to book become.
Now ash to ink to word as one.
Now bind the spell of word to eye,
And in the heart of shadows lie.
By draw of nine on knotted cord.
By downward point of buried sword.
By flood and tide of rivers four.
By sign of tongue nailed on the door.
Green host of Eden seal thy troth.
And slay all breakers of the Oath.
Oh Rosarie, of thorn gates bound.
I praise the compass of the round.”

For secrecy and protection of the grimoire.

Self-poisoning for the attainment of mystical knowledge, ecstasy, and congress with the spirits, we call “The Poison Path. This designation separates the mystical endeavor of Transmutation from the vulgar dross of hedonism or criminal activity. Ours, therefore, is an Art of subtle discrimination, of observation and of caution. Gnosis of the Poison Path arises not from the first matter of it’s toxin, nor it’s mundane somatic effects, but in it’s Transmutation via the Art Magical to serve the Path of the Seeker.
—  Daniel Schulke, Veneficium

anonymous asked:

I'm looking for books on the Traditional path, do you have any titles on the top of your heads? What does it mean to be a traditional witch? What role, if any, does the Devil play in this form of the craft? I'm new to this and looking for literally ANY information that you can give me. Thank you so much I adore your blog!

There are a few different sects of traditional witchcraft, and the books will vary depending on what sect you’re looking at. 

Just to name a few specific traditions, there is Cochrane’s Craft, Feri, Sabbatic, and Luciferian. Often times, those traditions can overlap one another. Books involving these would include all writing by Daniel Schulke, Andrew Chumbley, Nigel Jackson, Cochrane, etc.
Then you have the other half of traditional witches, who don’t really follow a defined or named path, but pull their knowledge from cultural roots, folkloric roots, and the practices/beliefs/superstitions of the European Early Modern Period. Therein, you will find a lot of books on anthropology, history of beliefs, folklore, etc. One book I would highly recommend is “Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits” by Emma Wilby. 

In essence, there are two ways to separate it. Traditional Witchcraft (being the first listed) and traditional witchcraft (the second). 
It depends on the tradition, but the first set of traditions often focus much on high magic and ceremonial practices, whereas the second involved much low/folk magic (but does not necessarily exclude ceremony and vice versa). 
Often times, the two forms of traditional witchcraft tend to flow into one another. 

The Devil is an initiatory figure, who guides, teaches, and assists witches who choose to follow him. In traditional witchcraft, he is often described as “The Dark Man” or “The Witch Father”, as he acts as a guardian to witches. He isn’t necessarily the Devil as most know him, and at the same time, he can be. Many traditional witches found their way to this path through him, as his way of creating witches is to chew up the person and spit out the witch. He is also considered the wilderness embodied. However, while traditional witchcraft stresses a connection with the wilderness and land on which you work, it does not require that one work with the Devil, or any deity at all. 

Mistletoe

Air/Sun

 “Mistletoe, which ideally has been loosened or blown off its tree of habitation by a storm, is collected with utmost reverence. Requiring the work of two simplers, one must knock the Tree from the boughs, whilst another must catch it in a clean silk dedicated specifically unto Ixias, its governing Genius. Following the dictates of certain elder lore, Mistletoe is gathered on the sixth day of the Waning moon, but its virtue is chiefly solar, rather than lunar, so the station of the Sun should be given consideration.”

  — Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow by Daniel A. Schulke

the Opposer...

“The Opposer is the god-form of transgression; it personifies the essential ethos of the Crooked Path and is the totem of the sorcerous mentality. Its double-form is perceived in contemplating the two sides of a knife edge or the bifurcation of a serpent’s tongue. One may discuss the double-form in dualistic positive/negative terms or in male/female polarized terms. In the former mode the positive form is the attitude adopted by the sorcerer in order to be at one with a given environment of belief, that is, to use the surroundings, irrespective of their nature, as the vehicle of one’s path. The negative form is the conscious inversion of the forms of belief which are imposed upon oneself from outside and the use of their inverse forms as the vehicle of one’s path. The key is alternation between the two forms according to the needs of the sorcerer. In simple and illustrative terms: the positive application of the Opposer allows one to move unseen within any given environment of belief and to utilize it without incongruency, either within one’s own internal belief structure or in the system within which one is moving. The negative application liberates one from the imposition of belief-forms upon one’s perceptual purity by the deliberate over-turning of those imposed forms; the inverse belief-forms being taken as the expression of one’s own intent. An understanding of this secret reveals one reason why the Sabbatic Initiate could utilize the demonic symbology imposed upon the strata of folk-magic during the Inquisition; it also reveals why such an initiate could go to a Christian church without offence to himself or any others. One should bear in mind that the two forms or modes of praxis are means to the realization of the Opposer as the Force which transgresses all Nature.”   

Andrew D. Chumbley, “The Sabbatic Cultus: an Interview with Andrew D. Chumbley" by Robert Fitzferald; Opuscula Magica Vol. 2

”…the Crooked Path may be seen as a perpetual dance between the stations of Holiness and Heresy, Tradition and the Deviation of the Path. Each momentary stance must be held in equipoise, the practitioner fully aware of the summit of its potentials, as well as their weaknesses, ultimately knowing that meditative integration will render all duality false and illusory.“

Daniel A. Schulke, Foreward to Opuscula Magica Vol. 2


This manifest realization is something which has greatly impacted and fueled my sorcerous work in such ways as its realignment of personal praxis and as the vehicle for change I work to embody.