Graveyard Dust

To the experienced practitioner of witchcraft, this may mean one of three things:

1. Either purely dust or earth taken from a churchyard.

2. Dried, powdered mullein herb (Verbascum thapsus.)

3. Bone ash and asphaltum, also known as mummy dust, originally obtained by grinding up Egyptian mummies. This is a great rarity nowadays for obvious reasons.

Any or all of these graveyard dusts may be used singly or in combination in Saturnian hex powders or sachets, designed to bring inertia or restriction of some sort. Similarly the following "simples" may also be used:

Pulverized myrrh wood Black poppy seeds

"Holda" berries, leaves, and flowers (elderberry or Sambucus nigra) Rue (Ruta graveolens] - edible but bitter Bitter aloes

Sourgrass (sorrel) - Rumex acetosa (edible but sour) Hawthorn blossoms (Crataegus oxyacanthus) Periwinkle blossoms (Vinca major or minor) Pulverized juniper wood and berries (Juniperus Communis) Pulverized yew wood and berries (Taxus baccata)

Felonwort (bittersweet or woody nightshade - Solarium dulcamara - poisonous) Dwale (deadly nightshade, devil's herb - Atropa belladonna - poisonous) Enchanter's nightshade (circaea lutetiana - poisonous) Twilight sleep (henbane - Hyoscyamus niger - poisonous)

Devil's apple (Jimson weed, Thornapple, devil's trumpet - Datura stramonium - poisonous) Mark of Gain (Hemlock - Conium maculatum - poisonous)

The last seven may be traditionally magical herbs, but they also happen to partake of the nature of powerful vegetable drugs. Again, as in the instance of the Mars variety, be careful.

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