The Jagged Path
Hecateis Anointing Oil
Monkshood and Hemlock Anointing Oil
Monkshood has an incredible amount of legend and lore behind it.
AKA: Auld Wife’s Huid, Blue Rocket, Devil’s Helmet, Friar’s Cap, Leopard’s Bane, Monk’s Blood, Mousebane, Queen of all Poisons, Venus’ Chariot, Wolfsbane, Wolf’s Bane, and Women’s Bane
Another name is Wolfsbane, which may come from its use in wolf baits. (There are differing teachings on Wolfsbane and Monkshood; most claim that they are one in the same, others say that each is a different species of Aconite, although both contain the same properties)
Some mythologies claim the plant could be used to repeal werewolves, while others claim it actually leads to lycanthropy!
One of monkshood’s older common names was Venus’ Chariot so it may have been used in pagan flying ointments. So called “flying ointments” were allegedly used by witches (hence flying on broomsticks where a balm or salve containing a poisonous herb was applied to the skin to control the dose. The purpose was to avail the shaman or witch of a dangerous herb’s intoxicants, getting high for visionary or mystical journeys, while avoiding some of the fatal effects.
According to Greek legend, the plant grew from the spittle of Cerberus, the three-headed hound of Hades, when folk hero Heracles drew up the beast from its infernal abode.
Monkshood has been used in spells and magical rituals of baneful magic, death magic, protection, invisibility, necromancy, and shape shifting.
Aconite is also named hecateis, after the goddess Hekate. Hekate is an ancient Greek goddess of witchcraft, associated with crossroads, gateways, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, the souls of the dead/ necromancy and shape-shifting.
The correct dosage of monkshood’s root and pure aconite can be used as a painkiller for aches, to prevent infections and to widen the veins to treat e.g. coronary disease.
AKA: Australian Carrot Fern, Badman’s Oatmeal, Beaver Poison, Bunk, Caise, California Fern, Devil’s Bread, Devil’s Porridge, Hever, Nebraska Fern, Snake-weed, Spotted Corobane, Spotted Hemlock, Warlock’s Weed, Wode Whistle, and Woomlicks.
Historically, hemlock was used as a sedative and antispasmodic. Greek and Arabian physicians administered hemlock juice for externally swelling, joint paints, and skin problems.
Lore of Hemlock include an association with necromancers and witches. Witches were believed to mix poison hemlock with other poisonous plants, to create an ointment that helped them fly. Some suggest that this combination brought on hallucinations and a dreamlike state that made them think they were flying. Spells and rituals use poison hemlock for purifying ritual swords, knives, and magical tools, as well as for astral projection and hexing.
Hemlock is associated with Hekate as well, and is included in my dark garden, dedicated to Hekate.
I have added another, slightly tamer plant, also associated with Hekate. Lavender, like Monkshood, with its magical purple blooms, holds some keys to the dark state of magic and mystery. Lavender is a non-binary plant, spacious and dynamic enough to contain what seems to be opposite. Lavender is said to protect one from the evil eye. Historically, fragrant bundles of lavender were placed in the hands of women during childbirth to bring courage and strength. Hekate stands true in her role as Goddess of Childbirth, maintaining her role over Lavender.
As the almond tree is sacred to Hekate, this oil is created with almond oil.
This oil was created to anoint tools of practice; blades, candles, and petitions in particular, It also makes a lovely offering to any statuary or devotional item on your altar.
As with all my products, this was created in a small batch, to ensure potency and quality.
This particular oil was blended on a Dark moon, November 13, 2020, and was charged and dedicated to Hekate, in ritual, on the night of the moon of Hekate, November 29, 2020. The main vessel of oil was consecrated within a circle of black tourmaline, black onyx, and moonstone, alongside offerings of fresh bread, honey, and wine. Patchouli smoke was spread via owl feather, and Hekate was called upon for her blessings.
Ingredients: aconite root, hemlock leaves stems, lavender buds, almond oil