viα atlasobscuraXylotheks: Wondrous Wooden Books That Hold Wooden Collections

xylothek (from the Greek for tree, xylon, and storing place, theke) is an object where the container is a fundamental component of the contents. The term usually refers to books that are both made of wood and filled with wood specimens. Xylotheks (also spelled xylotheques) first began appearing at the end of the 17th century in cabinets of curiosity. As time progressed, they grew larger and more systematic, with hundreds of individual volumes in a single collection, and are now consulted by those working in forestry, botany, forensics, art restoration, and other fields.

Xylotheks were particularly popular in late 18th century and early 19th century Germany. In these constructions, each book in the xylothek was made out of a particular type of wood, the spine covered with the corresponding bark and decorated with associated moss and lichens. Once opened, the book would reveal samples of dried leaves, flowers, seedlings, roots, and branches, with a special compartment in the spine holding a written description of the species’ biology and use. The Special Collections department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences library in Alnarp, Sweden, contains a beautiful example of this type of xylothek, made in Nürnberg, Germany, at the start of the 19th century. Similar xylotheks are also found in France, Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic. For even more on the rich history of Xylotheks, keep reading on Atlas Obscura…

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Energy Vessels

All this talk of magick using energies and things similar got me thinking.

If you can’t afford an ingredient, (or just don’t wanna buy it) take a cleansed object with you to the store, suck the energy you need from the ingredient and place it into the object. Use object for whatever you need the energy for.

Sometimes I just hold energy from things/people inside myself if I’m going to be using it very soon, so you can be the energy vessel if need be, but an object will contain it for longer periods of time, and sometimes more effectively.


Types of Magic(k) Often Forgotten

wicked-bitch-of-thewest:

I’m kinda bored, so I decided to make a witchy post about some magickal practices that are often forgotten or ignored. A lot of this is stuff from my personal practice, if you have any questions, feel free to send me an ask. UPG warning ahead, also warning for auto play on my blog (I’ll eventually get rid of it, but probably not today)

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wicked-bitch-of-thewest:

wicked-bitch-of-thewest:

poppet-prince:

wicked-bitch-of-thewest
:o wat dat?

I talk a little bit about it here and in some other post (I can’t remember which), but flesh magic is basically a system where you draw on the energies produced by the body’s sensations, emotions, arousal, physical movements, and so on. I do it a lot (because it’s a really easy and convenient power source without a big price tag). Since you’re only skimming the surface of what builds up and radiates out of the flesh, the person probably won’t ever notice. 
Some people (like me, and apparently you) just kinda naturally do it, but it’s a fairly easy type of magic to master.

Oh! And I forgot to add, but sex magic is technically a branch of flesh magic

This is right down swiggity swag and 100% fits my style~

wicked-bitch-of-thewest:

wicked-bitch-of-thewest:

poppet-prince:

wicked-bitch-of-thewest

:o wat dat?

I talk a little bit about it here and in some other post (I can’t remember which), but flesh magic is basically a system where you draw on the energies produced by the body’s sensations, emotions, arousal, physical movements, and so on. I do it a lot (because it’s a really easy and convenient power source without a big price tag). Since you’re only skimming the surface of what builds up and radiates out of the flesh, the person probably won’t ever notice. 

Some people (like me, and apparently you) just kinda naturally do it, but it’s a fairly easy type of magic to master.

Oh! And I forgot to add, but sex magic is technically a branch of flesh magic

This is right down swiggity swag and 100% fits my style~



I need to exercise my witchcraft more but I need stuffs and things ;.;


Sometimes when I’m out there’ll be someone whose energy I feel and enjoy and I get the urge to breathe in really deeply if I’m sorta close to them, almost like I’m breathing their energy in, and I’m not sure what that’s about