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Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path


Poison has gotten such a bad rap — maybe for good reason, but learning the nuances and intricacy of this intersection of poison and witchcraft can aid you down a new and perhaps fulfilling path of magic.  This book explores ancient rites, alchemy and folk magic, and how people have learned to leverage botanical knowledge for mystical uses.


  • Softcover with black and white illustrations
  • 6" x 9" x 0.5" in size
  • 196 pages        


Portland's most colorful, authentic, and empowering publishing house and distributor, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution is a vertically integrated publishing house that equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice. Microcosm was started by Joe Biel in his bedroom as a distro and record label in 1996 and is now among the oldest independent book publishing houses in Portland, OR. Microcosm focuses on relating the experiences of what it's like to be a marginalized person and strives to be recognized for spirit, creativity, and value. All books are printed in the U.S. on post-consumer papers, and the company doubles the industry average in number of women authors and prioritizes hiring of special needs employees. Microcosm constantly poses the question “How can we remove barriers to success for marginalized people in our industry?”