Also known as Jimsonweed, Mad Apple, Devils Weed, Witches Thimble, Devils Apple, Madherb, Manicon
A cousin to Angels Trumpet, which points its blooms downward “from heaven”, the Devils Trumpet has large white blooms that point straight up “from hell”!
Devils Trumpet can be a single or double blooming plant with lots of foliage and seed pods that seem to be covered in small spikes. The large blooms can come in colors that range from violet, white, yellow, and off white and also tend to bloom at sunset and sunrise. This plant grows wildly in places where there is little competition, such as over grazed fields and roadside ditches.
The chemicals of this plant, particularly in the nectar and seed pods, can cause violent hallucinations, fear, apprehension, and even death to some livestock. The pods have been used in shamanism to create visions. Some medicinal uses have been discovered, such as a fever reducer and help with asthmatic issues. However, because the plant is considered very poisonous, no one should ingest any part of this plant without professional permission and surveillance.
Uses in magic:
Because the pods are spiked and very poisonous, they are great to use for curses as well as protection magic. The blooms can be used in moon magic and also as offerings to Hecate. The plants elemental association is water.
Please use gloves when harvesting any part of this plant and keep it away from people and animals. Do not burn any part of this plant because the smoke can cause nausea and smells unpleasant.
Queen Maria Satanica || Mary of the Black Cathedral/Mass || “Bloody Mary”
Sin – most any traditional form of sin, though she’s particular
fond of the “unforgivable” ones, Strife, Discord, Necromancy/Nigromancy – and the
Dead and Damned, in general, the Dark Arts, Revenge, Sorcery, Divination, Domination
– of men, in particular, War – for it is she who is the Great, Marciless
Warrioress, Malediction, Sickness/Illness – mental illness and insanity are her
specialty, Cannibalism, Poison, Transformation/Shapeshifting, Sex – loves a
good orgy, Sacrifice, Entheogens and Poisons, Demons/Shades, Most any diabolic
works or motivations ;; She is power – the embodiment of primal, female energy –
and hellfire runs through her veins, flows through fingers, and burns behind
her eyes. She is Queen of Hell, Consort (and Mother) to the Devil (as Lucifer,
– the diabolic equal of Mother Mary, the Virgin: there must forever be balance.
Call upon her for works of:
Power, Sexual Wiles, Temptation, Lust,
Dominion, Knowledge of all things Diabolical/Nigromantic/Malicious, Raising the
Dead, the Evocation/Invocation/Conjuration of Demons/Shades, any works call for
Lucifer, the Destroyer – their powers are strongest when combined, Curing (or
inflicting) Disease/Illness, Lessons in working Herbs, Roots, Poisons – as well
as Astral Projection and Trance work, though Possession will most assuredly be
The Slain Dove, Jimsonweed Flowers & the Devil’s Fork
Maria Satanica, Queen of Hell: the most powerful and volatile manifestation, it is she who
Destroys, whose force and will is unmatched, she who hold the Fork of the
Devil, and impales all those who dare cross her or her attendants. For works
involving demons or shades of all types, it is she who presides above all.
Queen of the Dead: the aspect most knowledgeable in regards to necromancy, she who works in
the Graveyard, with the Dead and the spirits, shades and demons therein. She is
also the one most suited to heal or inflict illness – the one who imparts
medicine and poison.
Queen of the Night: The most sexually charged and alluring aspect, that of the Whore – who
is blatant in her indecency, who revels in her lechery – but she is also the
most human and understanding of the aspects, the one who is forgiving, the one
who does not judge, but offers comfort instead
Queen of the Crossroads: The Witch – the one who houses endless knowledge of the Black Arts –
her justice is swift. It is she who keeps the recipes and rituals, who knows
the arcane ways. She is the Sorceress, the Witch, the Priestess – she is the
one who reads the bones and walks the planes, who takes the guise of any
creature on which she has lain her eyes. It is she who keeps the sold souls,
bartered at the Crossroads, forever bound to do her bidding.
Ideal locations for Worship and Workings:
Always worked at Night; Crossroads – “X” and “T”, places
of Death, Disease and Despair – Battlefields, Hospitals, places of Massacre,
Murder, etc., Caves/Tunnels, Graveyards/Sepulchres/Mausoleums – especially Catholic
cemeteries which feature Mary statues at the foot of the crucified Jesus, Thick
Woodlands/Wetlands, Brothels, Crematoriums, Deserted Roads or Building –
especially desolate, nature-reclaimed Churches, any Subterranean place – including
Offerings, including but not limited to:
Animals Sacrifices (or
blood of) – lamb/goat, black hen, dove*, snake; Poisonous flowers – Jimsonweed,
in particular, rotted/spoiled meat, bladed weapons – though tridents, lances
and spears are also accepted, hot-pepper infused rum, red wine mixed with vinegar,
thorny brambles or red roses, Sinner’s Dirt/Dirt of the Damned – the grave dust
from the grave a particularly nasty person (murderers, rapists, etc.), statues
of Mother Mary that have been defiled with blood, graveyard dirt and brimstone.
Takes black or red candles
“Maria Satanica – Queen of Hell: Purveyor
of Damnation, Consort
of The Devil, Mistress
of the Diabolica; She
who drove the spear – Into
the Heart of God, Who
lapped at the blood Of
Christ – upon his Cross, And
rules the infernal nethers, And who
creeps – like the serpent – Up
the spine and into the mind; Mistress Mary – Queen of the Dead, Harlot
of the Boneyard, Who
digs a hand into the grave, And
raises the bones of the Forgotten;
Mistress Mary – Queen of the Crossroads, Who knows the ancients ways – Who barters yet – for stolen souls And bestows to (wo)man, Her mysteries,
Mistress Mary – Queen of Night, Whose
kiss is that of poison, Rise
from the depths – and settle, Now,
upon the Mortal Plane; The
flesh is yours, The
blood is yours, The
choice is yours.
Seal of Maria
Satanica – used to evoke her
presence; offerings should be left on the seal
Mistress Mary – used for invocations
when marked upon the body; can also be used to incorporate her energy into
works or as a way of solidifying the evocation of like-entities (i.e. Lucifer, the Destroyer or some manifestations
of The Devil)
*IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS OR RECURRING MEDICAL AFFLICTION YOU SHOULD SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY. THESE REMEDIES ARE FOR MINOR AILMENTS AND TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF.
ALSO PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR OWN ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES WHEN IT COMES TO HERBS AND OINTMENTS*
(IMPORTANT: Herbal preparations should never be boiled in aluminum
vessels! Use only copper, earthenware or pyrex to avoid contamination of
the medicines. Please follow all directions carefully!)
ANIMAL BITES (MINOR WOUNDS) - The powdered root of angelica (gathered when the moon is in Leo,
preferably)mixed with a bit of pitch and laid on the biting of dogs, or
any other creature, helps to cleanse the open wound and makes it heal
ANXIETY - A tea made from catnip, chamomile or skullcap helps to relieve anxiety and nervousness.
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS (HARDENING OF THE ARTERIES) - Combine one pint of grain alcohol with one ounce of powdered dried
Hawthorne berries. This tincture should be given in doses ranging from
one to 15 drops. (NOTE: Although hawthorne is non-toxic, it can produce
dizziness if taken in large doses)
ASTHMA - Place the soft fuzzy leaves of the mullein plant in a teapot with hot
water and inhale the steam through the spout to relieve the symptoms.
Another preventative against mild attacks calls for one tablespoon of
sunflower oil taken at night before going to bed. A brew of skunk
cabbage, garlic, onion and honey was favored by many witches as a remedy
for bronchial asthma. A very old asthma remedy used by the Native American calls for the smoking of ground red clover blossoms. The leaves
of the California gum plant combined with those of the stramonium were
ATHLETE’S FOOT - Rub onion juice between the toes two or three times daily until the condition disappears.
BACKACHE - A tea of nettle or rosinweed is recommended for aching backs by many witches.
I pick jimsonweed
in a field behind the church
and hold it up to the sun,
the petals are thin
like veiny virgin skin
and it gives ofF a scent
that must be what the night
musky and charred-
a fire always burning
on the fuel of promises
a faceless, nameless thing
came to me while I was
flower picking and said
that all it takes to be free
is the swallow of one seed
so I down it like the pills
I take each night and for a moment,
I am falling, then floating
down the river Styx,
a deal I didn’t know I was making;
my soul is no longer my own,
but in death we are all flight-filled
free and equally passing
hi, so i've got a scene where my character is drugged - she hallucinates and eventually passes out for about a day. is it possible that someone drugged her with the intention of killing her, but only produced these effects instead? thanks (your blog is so useful!!)
Anything is possible! What I would suggest is finding a hallucinogen and considering its uses, however. Most of the hallucinogens that are used recreationally aren’t really the go-to things I would think of when I think the word poison.
I’m hesitant to bring it up (because it seems to come up a lot on this blog), but ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, which causes hallucinations but also surgical levels of anesthesia. Perhaps her captors thought a giant dose would kill her, but it doesn’t? (Ketamine can kill due to laryngospasm or apnea, but it’s very rare, and there have been absolutely ridiculous overdoses [100x intended dose] of ketamine that have simply produced lengthy hallucination/anesthesia.)
As for other poisons that may cause hallucinations among a whole host of other symptoms… amanita polypramis (a mushroom), baneberry, Jimsonweed, cathinone, and carboxamine can all cause hallucinations, but they don’t cause “hallucinations + sleep” in the way ketamine does. Also, PCP is a hallucinogen, but it has, umm, other effects I’m not sure you want, and “PCP + sleep” is a laughable pairing at the best of times.
Some will be more easily applicable than others. SOME WILL CONTAIN TRIGGERS (violence/supernatural references)!! Feel free to change pronouns/genders at will.
❛ Look, I have just found out that I am a witch, that my sisters are witches, and that we have powers that will apparently unleash all forms of evil. Evil that is apparently going to come looking for us. ❜
❛ Is that bad luck? ❜
❛ No, no, no. It is Phoebe and her new powers. ❜
❛ Yeah, I said it to mom and it was the last thing I said to her before she died. ❜
❛ Okay, apparently my power isn’t the only one that’s grown. ❜
❛ Curse? What curse? ❜
❛ And tell them what? That someone broke into our house to try and steal our broomsticks? ❜
❛ Ah, probably a zombie or vampire. ❜
❛ Couldn’t your people just issue some kind of statement? ❜
❛ One killer cocktail literally. A little oleander, some jimsonweed, bloodroot, among other things. Stops the heart immediately. ❜
❛ Oh, don’t threaten me. ❜
❛ I’m so sorry. I had no idea. ❜
❛ No, actually that good. It was… Well, we were naked. But that’s not the point. ❜
❛ No, I’m free. I’m not going back. ❜
❛ Oh, yeah. You want to have that conversation with him? ❜
❛ Yeah, well, what else can we do? ❜
❛ Yeah, but there must be some kind of incantation to reverse it. ❜
❛ You got one too. Come here. ❜
❛ I don’t know. But why should I believe anything that you say? I mean, you don’t even know the difference between what belongs to you and what belongs to, oh, let’s say Macy’s. ❜
❛ We are going to be careful, we’re going to be wise, and we’re going to stick together. ❜
❛ So, witches forever? ❜
❛ I mean, you could always calculate her age by the number of rings on her fingers. ❜
❛ Stairs can be sobering. ❜
❛ Yeah, well, all demon-hunting and no play has made me a lot less picky. I gotta figure out a way to put some more balance in my life. ❜
❛ Your gift. Show him your gift. ❜
❛ So we’re actually supposed to believe that you’re Cupid? ❜
❛ You’re kind of hard to miss in that outfit. ❜
❛ Look, I know that this all sounds incredible, but it doesn’t make it any less true. ❜
❛ After everything that I’ve seen in my life, and believe me, I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff, it takes a lot to scare me. But this time, I’m really scared. ❜
❛ Um, do you remember Pearl Harbor? ❜
❛ No, I’m not okay! You’ve turned me into a witch! ❜
❛ I realise that I do want kids. I think that I’d make a great mom. ❜
❛ Okay, so that spell switched all of our powers. ❜
❛ Same thing that we’ve always done. Borrow each other’s clothes, hog the phone. ❜
❛ I don’t know. You know, I’ve been, I’ve been mad at you for so long, ever since mom died, I don’t know how else to be. ❜
❛ And that’s for thinking that you wouldn’t get slapped. ❜
❛ He was either too stunned to speak or actually believed me on some level. It was the closest that we’ve ever come to having an honest conversation. ❜
❛ Oh, the rutabaga! ❜
❛ I can’t believe how much hate that took. ❜
❛ I’m just following my instincts, and they’ve never led me wrong before, at least not when I was really listening to them. ❜
❛ OK, was it a demon? ❜
❛ I don’t know, I just felt a chill. [name]? [name], are you there? ❜
❛ Okay, how are we doing on that spell? ❜
❛ So you can slice off a chunk of demon flesh but you can’t touch a pig’s foot? ❜
❛ Alright, here goes. From this moment on your pain is erased, your bad luck as well. ❜
❛ I don’t obsess. I think. Intensely. ❜
❛ Well, he ran me over. ❜
❛ Are you saying that you don’t want to see me anymore? ❜
❛ I mean, look, it’s a hassle. It can sometimes screw up our personal lives. ❜
❛ Do I have to use my power on you? ❜
❛ I can’t just let an innocent man die! ❜
❛ Yeah. Yeah, I’ll just run up to the Altar Room, which by the way is right next to the Potions Lab, and I’ll be right back. ❜
❛ Okay, you know, for your information, I do not have man troubles. Financial ones, now, yes. But definitely not man troubles. ❜
❛ I hit [name] in the chest with an axe and he didn’t even bleed. ❜
❛ Hello? Gluttony, table for one. ❜
❛ Oh, oh, alright, so, uh, I’m gonna go now and I’ll be downstairs and work all night long and I’ll be really quiet and you won’t have to worry about me. ❜
❛ I’m just never sure if it’s better for you to know or not to know. ❜
❛ Where do we go from here? ❜
❛ I don’t believe this! We’ve been frantic, worried sick about you thinking you’ve been kidnapped. ❜
❛ It’s the 21st century. It’s the woman’s job to save the day. ❜
❛ By the way, you owe me for a car tow and a tank of gas, you little leech! ❜
❛ He’s the demon! ❜
❛ Oh, well, I see that you’ve inherited dad’s talent of bailing. ❜
❛ They really shouldn’t have given us the finger. ❜
❛ Anyone who steals it ends up dead. ❜
❛ So I think I’ll call this, “Woman Pretending Not to Look Out the Window”. ❜
❛ I’m gonna win this fight and save your ass, that way I can kick it myself later. ❜
❛ Okay, now would be a very good time to get angry. ❜
❛ It should make for a pretty interesting defence. ❜
❛ If I died tonight, my gravestone would read ‘Here lies [name], she worked hard’. ❜
❛ I told him the truth. ❜
❛ You say that like it’s a bad thing. ❜
❛ So this is a pretty interesting band, what’s their name? ❜
❛ Okay, I know it sounds crazy but I saw her. It was just like my dream. ❜
❛ I’m calling the cops! ❜
❛ I am so sick of saving your asses. ❜
❛ We weren’t all troublemakers. ❜
❛ By the way my dress looks good on you. ❜
❛ Are we good or what? ❜
❛ No. Actually, it gave me a good feeling. ❜
❛ I don’t like them, but I don’t go running through the house naked screaming 'run for your life’ either! ❜
❛ What’s the vaccine for? What does it protect against? ❜
❛ We are not leaving here without you! ❜
❛ And tell them what, that she’s dying of old age at 25? ❜
❛ I am so impressed that you can make a protest statement and show cleavage all at the same time. ❜
❛ Or maybe she’s out to destroy us. It wouldn’t be the first time. ❜
❛ By the looks of the clothes, I’d say we were in the early 1600s. ❜
❛ So, do you think the one of the employees might have stolen it? ❜
I have so many plants. So. Many. Plants. Some of them are beginning to put out seed pods (datura, I’m looking at you!!), and while the seeds themselves are still a few months away, I need to start planning.
I will have seeds from
Thornapple/Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)
Black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger)
Garden sage (Salvia officinalis)
White sage (Salvia apiana) - possibly; it’s a pretty finicky plant, but it’s doing well so far
Morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor)
Possibly a few other things, depends on how lazy I get
Here’s the question: how many of you would be interested in purchasing seeds from my plants? Is that something I should attempt to explore? Because otherwise, most of these seeds will go to waste. Let me know what you think!
creativity, destiny – for it is she who writes your path in the stars, oracular
vision, divine influence, purification, protection, cosmic power – it is she
who fuels the sun, the stars and lights the moon, the fire of life – without
which nothing might live
It is she who is tasked with ensuring the continuance of the
Universe as we know it, striving always to make the world better – by means of
beauty, creation and inspiration, as such, she is well-suited to art and the
Oracular Spirit, for it is she who imparts vision and allots the drive to make
these visions reality. She is the Cosmic Artist, who – in great strokes –
painted the skies in their varying colors and with the flick of a wrist,
arranged the planets thusly. She might be worked through the sun or the moon,
for which it could be said that she has two aspects (though, in reality, they
are one-in-the-same): the Light-Giver. It is her Solar Aspect that purifies,
grows and fights the darkness, and her Lunar that remains as the last testament
of light in the night sky – the Guide, Queen of the Secret Path – the way to
hope through the darkness.
Offerings, including but not limited to:
Yellow flowers (solar
aspect) – particularly roses, marigolds and tiger lilies, gold, any form of art
in her name, wines (of any kind), precious or semi-precious stones, vibrant
spices (such as turmeric, cayenne, curry, etc.), salt; White flowers (lunar
aspect) – particularly night-blooming, magical ones (like Jimsonweed), silver,
moon-water, aloe vera, salt
Ideal locations for workings:
Open spaces – anywhere
with a great view of the sky, particularly the sun or moon, such as cliffs,
fields, forest clearings, places struck by lightning; she is not as particular
about location, as anywhere the light touches is within her domain. Her Lunar
Aspect is best appealed to on the Full Moon, and avoid the Dark/New Moon.
To Call Her
Gather a collection of offerings, a square of black or
white/yellow cloth (choose depending on aspect) and – with white/yellow paint
– mark her seal (above). Upon this, the offerings will be presented. Go forth
to a place you have chosen for the working. Note, that unlike most of the
others discussed, she can easily be worked with during the day, whereas the
others tend to prefer the hush of night. Arrange your offerings in an artistic
or fun way, she will appreciate the time spent arranging them to be pleasing to
the eye and the creativity involved. When you are aptly prepared, ask her to
come: trust your intuition and delve into recesses of the mind. Present a
desire, ask for her presence and her help. For those with Sight, she might
appear swathed in gold or silver, and possesses an almost electric personality.
Once the connection has been made, you might make a plea to
her. What that will be is entirely dependent on what you need. She is ruled by
the mind, not the heart – do your best to present your case in a clear and
methodical manner. She may challenge you to cut through the emotion and see
with clarity your true desire – which could be a blessing or a curse.
When you are through, leave the offerings for her – you may
wish to take a minute to appreciate the warm light of the sun, or the ghostly
glow of the moon overhead.
It is recommended that upon the completion of your request
that you leave another offering to her as a gift of thanks – a work of art or a
poem/hymn is perfect for her.
i assumed we were all on the same page here but let’s back up a second
“mormon tea” is one very specific tea made very specifically in old timey pioneer utah. it’s made from ephedra and/or jimsonweed, and people haven’t really been drinking a lot of it in the past century, even mormons.
ephedra is a dangerous upper, and jimsonweed is psychedelic.
this gets long and tangential because i’m kind of trying to combine all the DMs i’ve had about mormonism recently into one sort of masterpost, so it loses the focus on mormon tea at times:
I’m currently working on translating a giant document of Louisiana Creole folk remedies, and so I thought I would share some common plants that I’ve come across so far. There will be more to come, I’m sure, as I’m only half way through the document.
Bachoukta: Sumac, Rhus glabra. ex. Pou jonsiv gonfle fe bouyi la rasin bachoukta. For sore gums boil some sumac roots.
Betrav, betwav: Beet, Beta vulgaris. ex. Pou koklich fe en siro avek de betrav. For whooping cough make a syrup with beetroot.
Bòm, dibonm: 1) Mint, Mentha. ex. Vou pe fe enn tode avek du te, avek de kalite d afèr vou kas deyòr kòm lo bòm. You can make an herbal tea with tea, and with things you get outdoors like mint. 2) Anise, Pimpinella anisum. ex. Fe li boi ain ti tasse di te baume shauvage, metté li ain cataplasse la feuille patate sou so ti vente. Give him a cup of anise tea to drink. Put a poultice of sweet potato leaf on his little stomach.
Chasparèy, sasparèl: Sarsaparilla, Smilax ornata. Also referred to as sarsepareille which is referenced as Callicarpa americana, American Beautyberry. ex. Pou move son ye te bouyi trwa ou kat laliyonn chasparey pi ye te bwa sa. For anemia, they used to boil three or four sarsaparilla vines and drink that.
Chougra, chou gras: Pokeweed, poke berry, Phytolacca americana. Not to be confused with the “chou gras” of French Canadian origin which is “lamb’s quarters” Chenopodium album. ex. En chougra sa sanm lameriz. Sa gen de grap e se mèm koulèr ke lameriz. Pokeberry looks like wild cherries. It has clusters of berries and the same color as wild cherries.
Flè gombo fevi, fleu gumbo févi: Okra flowers, Abelmoschus esculentus. ex. To bouilles trois fleu gumbo févi et to fais li bois ein ti tasse a café tous les heures ou les démi-heures. Boil three okra flowers and you make them drink a coffee cup of that every hour or every half hour.
Frenn pikon: Prickly ash, toothache tree, Zanthoxylon clova. ex. Pou mal o don, fe twa en chik avek frenn pikon e met sa si to don. For a toothache, get a chaw of prickly ash and put it on your tooth.
Kontak: Greenbrier, carbrier, Smilax ap. Pou flou, en nimoni e de doulèr, fe en di te avek larasin kontak e enn avek larasin mamou. For the flu, pneumonia or labor pains, make a tea with greenbrier roots and another with the roots of the mamou, mix them together and drink that.
Kòrna, cornard, cornar: Jimsonweed, Datura stramonium. ex. Pou lopresyon fimen korna di taba, sa geri opresyon. For asthma smoke Jimsonweed like tobacco, that will heal the asthma.
Krokjirak, krodiròf, kouduròf: Clove, clou de girofle, Syzygium aromaticum. ex. M ap bouyi en janbon. Mo mèt krodiròf andan li. I’m boiling a ham. I put cloves in it.
Lamoulen, molène: Mullein, Aaron’s Rod, Verbascum thapsus. ex. Lamoulen, se en zèrb. Sa sanm en plant zepina. Sa fe debranch e sa fe de grenn tou piti. Mullein is an herb. It looks like a spinach plant. It has branches and makes small seeds.
Lèrb-a-vèr, albavè, larbavè: Wormseed, Chenopodium ambroisaides. ex. To lav larbavè byen e to bouy sa dan dile. To pran sa kan en nanfen gen devèr. You wash the wormseep and boil it in some milk. Give that when a child has worms.
Lèrb-malo, lèb-malo, zèrb-malo, lab-a-malo: 1) Swamp Lily, Alisma odorata. ex. Lèstæ se kouri dan l bwa pou li se fouye sa ye pèl lab-a-malo; se tou maye; se maye konm en dwa. Lester went to the woods to dig up what they call swamp lily; it’s jointed like a finger. 2) Lizard’s tail, Saururus cernuus. ex. To trouve li dan le pleri, lèb-a-malo. You find it in the swamp, lizard’s tail.
Mamou: Coral tree, mamou, Erythrina herbacea. ex. Pou fliksyon pwatrin, to pronn lagrenn mamou e fe en di te avek li pou pèrsonn-la bwa. For pneumonia, you take some mamou seeds and make a tea that the sick person will drink.
Mèksiken: Balsam pear, Momordica charantia. ex. Pou de koupir, met en mòrso mèksiken si to koupir, ou met di mèksiken don wiski e vide sa si laple. For cuts, put a piece of balsam pear on your cut, or put some balsam pear in whiskey and pour that on your wound.
Plakmignen, plèkmiyen, plaqueminier: Persimmon tree, Diospyros virginiana. ex. Vous pren des bourgeons plaqueminier et bouilli-yé. Vous mette dé ti pincées borax en dans-là. Vous gargarize la gorge avec ça. Take some persimmon buds and boil them. Mix in two small pinches of borax. Gargle with that.
Rave, raven, ravè: Cockroach, Blattodea. ex. En lòt kichò ye te kònen sèrvi si to te ge en bobo ki te e abouti pou vini myeu, ye te me en rave on sa. Another thing they used if you had a sore that was coming to a head and healing, they would put a cockroach on it.
Refò, raifort: Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana. ex. Pou jonsiv gonfle, pron en rasin refò e to chik sa konm la gonm. For sore gums you take some horseradish root and chew it like gum.
Sasafrwa, sasafra, dibwa gombo: Sassafras, Sassafras albidum. ex. Pou rezipel kon li vini blon ye te pron farin, trwa ti moso sasafra pi wiski e ye te met sa onsonm pou fe kataplonm. For erysipelas, hen it turned white they used to take flour, three pieces of sassafras and whiskey, and they put all of that together to make a poultice.
Siro, sureau: 1) Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis. “fey siro” elderberry leaves, “laflè siro” elderberry flowers. ex. Pou la fyev on frison mase flè siro on jou Fet de Dche pi bouyi sa don dolo pi bwa ti vè trwa fwa pa jou. For fever with chills collect elderberry leaves on Corpus Christi Day and boil them in water and then drink a glass of it three times a day. 2) Blackberry, Rhubus genus.
Sol, sòl: Willow, saule, Salix alba. ex. Pou deronjmon, pronn de kalite lekòrch konm frenn e sòl, avek larasin kontak e en ti kirelye di sel opsonm. For diarrhea, take two kinds of bark like ash or willow, with some greenbrier roots and a teaspoonful of Epsom salt.
Zèrb-koken, zèr-koken, zèr-kotchen, zar-koken: Cocklebur, Xanthium americanum, Xanthium strumarium L. ex. Zèr-koken, kan li chèch li kòl an to lenj, li s tach an to lenj. Cocklebur, when it’s dry it sticks to your clothes.
Class Insecta (Insects) Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths) Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin) Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths) Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths) Tribe Prodeniini Genus Spodoptera (Armyworms) Species ornithogalli (Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth - Hodges#9669) Other Common Names Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva) Cotton Cutworm (larva) Synonyms and other taxonomic changes Spodoptera ornithogalli (Guenée, 1852) Prodenia ornithogalli (Guenée, 1852 Long list of synonyms due to the very large range to South America. Phylogenetic sequence # 932219 Numbers Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 11 species of the genus in America north of Mexico. (1) Size Wingspan 32-44 mm. Larvae to 45 mm. Identification Adult: forewing brown with bluish-brown shading inside AM line and near apex and anal angle; oblique yellowish shade line extends across orbicular spot and almost to PM line; white mark below reniform spot forks to form a sideways Y shape; lower median area dark gray (or orangish-yellow in form “flavimedia”); hindwing translucent white with blackish veins and terminal line. [adapted from description by Charles Covell] Larva: smooth-skinned, pale gray to black with yellowish-orange stripe along each side and two black triangular spots on top of most segments; head capsule brown with black markings and white inverted V shape Range California, to Colorado and Florida, througout all of eastern United states and southeastern Canada.) (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (2), (8), (9) West Indies, Mexico to Brazil. (9) Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data. Season Adults are most often reported from March to November. Florida and Texas have adults reported every month of the year. (10), (9) Food Larvae feed on many herbaceous plants, including alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, grape, grass, jimsonweed, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, pokeweed, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, watermelon, and wild onion. Life Cycle Overwinters as pupae in soil. Adult emergence begins in early April and continues into May. Egg masses placed on foliage, trees, or buildings. Eggs hatch in about 6 days, and larvae feed for 3 weeks. Sixth instar larvae burrow into soil to pupate. Moths emerge in two weeks. Entire life cycle takes 4-6 weeks. Three to four generations per year.
This talisman is used to aid in Witches’ Flight, astral travel, amplifying Crossroads and Spirit work and (as the name suggests) is particularly (though not exclusively) useful in works that involve the Devil – and other diabolical entities. I have always had a particular fondness for Datura stramonium – a.k.a. Jimsonweed, the Devil’s Trumpet or as we always called them: Moonflowers – as it was the only plant my grandmother couldn’t kill. Because of that, she grew them everywhere – they lined the porch, the sides of the house, the driveway, she even planted them at the wood’s edge! While is has been used as an entheogen for centuries, for the sake of safety, I offer this alternative means of use:
The Flying Stone
Given that the plant is technically toxic – handle with care; it has been known to cause contact dermatitis and the seed pod is quite obviously “pokey,” so…
Datura Seedpod – unopened
Twine/Sturdy String – red, black, white or natural-tone
Candle/Wax – in a corresponding color to your twine/string
Ash – of the above sigil
Black Square of Fabric – 8x8 should work
Powdered Mayapple – root or leaves **also poisonous, read proper handling procedures before use**
At an hour or event befitting your desire, burn the sigil and mix the ashes with a few drops of oil or alcohol (note: if using alcohol, you’ll want to work rather quickly, given its quick evaporation time) and apply the mixture thusly to the Datura seedpod. You may speak a few words of blessing or name it in the honor of a spirit or entity if you prefer, but such is not required. (You may also add the Mayapple powder to the oil, but make sure to use gloves)
With your string/twine, tie around the center once, then at a 90 degree angle (to form an “X”-shape)*, then once around the circumference, at which point, begin wrapping the pod ‘round and ‘round in all directions until it takes on the shape of a ball and covers the spikes. *If you intend to wear the charm as an necklace, fashion a long enough hoop to accommodate your head and neck before tying the circumference. (You can take this opportunity – if you haven’t already – to add your Mayapple powder before proceeding to the next step.)
Light your candle or melt your wax in a double boiler. Either dip or melt the wax upon the charm, molding the wax into a shiny outer shell while it is still warm. Melted wax is much easier, but there’s something about dripping candlewax and molding a little at a time that just seems more… right. It also hardens a lot faster and gives a more stone-like, mottled appearance.
Once the wax has dried completely, wrap the “stone” in the black cloth and tie up the corners. Bury it then at the Crossroads – or another location that is more suitable for your desire – and allow it to stay beneath the ground for three night before exhuming the charm. It is complete and may be carried or worn. If you choose, you may seal the stone before using/wearing it to prevent the wax from softening or leaving an oily residue on any clothes, as well as strengthening its exterior.