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Term: Bane


Bane: A type of herb that has, or is believed to have, poisonous properties or will keep something away. Often used in combination with the name of what it is said to repel such as henbane or wolfsbane. In some instances, the herb is not poisonous in the sense of it killing or sickening a person, but rather, it may induce visions.

Bane: In general, something that is considered bad, evil, or destructive.


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One of the darkest chapters in the history of herbs has been in the traditional usages of "baneful" (poisonous) herbs. Such herbs, including henbane, hemlock, hellebore, mandrake and datura, were popular in Renaissance magic for inducing visions, ...
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Herbal Codes ó Or, You Don't Need to Kill a Black Cat
Many grimoires and books of magic use animals and their parts as codes for herbs and other materials. Here are a number of them, some from the Greek Magical Papyri (see PGM XII:401-44), a work composed between 200BC and 500AD. Others come from Galen ...
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