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Amanita phalloides | Death cap

Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the death cap, is a poisonous mushroom that is considered to be one of the deadliest in the world. It is responsible for the majority of mushroom poisoning deaths.

Mycological Information

  • Type: Amanita phalloides belongs to the Amanitaceae family. It is found in various parts of the world and is notorious for its extreme toxicity.

  • Cap and Stem: The death cap mushroom has a distinctive appearance with a greenish to yellowish cap and a white stem. Its cap may have remnants of a universal veil.

  • Habitat: This mushroom is mycorrhizal, meaning it forms a symbiotic relationship with the roots of certain trees. It is often found near oak, chestnut, and pine trees.


Magickal Properties

  • Death: Amanita phalloides is often associated with death and dying. It is said to be a powerful tool for exploring the depths of the subconscious and confronting fears.

  • Transformation: Amanita phalloides can also represent transformation and rebirth. It is said to be a gateway to new beginnings.


Elemental Correspondences

  • Element: Earth

  • Planet: Pluto, Saturn

  • Color: Black

  • Deities: Hades, Persephone

  • Chakras: Root, Sacral

  • Tarot Card: Death


Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Hades: The Greek god of the underworld, Hades is associated with the death and transformation-promoting properties of Amanita phalloides.

  • Persephone: The Greek goddess of the underworld, Persephone is also associated with the transformative powers of Amanita phalloides.


Using Amanita phalloides in Magick

Amanita phalloides is a powerful but dangerous tool that should only be used by experienced practitioners. It should never be consumed in any form.


Here are some specific ways to use Amanita phalloides in magick:

  • Create an Amanita phalloides incense blend for outdoor use to invoke the energies of death, transformation, and rebirth.

  • Use Amanita phalloides in rituals and spellwork to confront fears, break free from limiting patterns, embrace new beginnings  and explore the depths of the subconscious.


Amanita phalloides is a powerful tool that can be used to explore the depths of the human psyche and experience profound transformations. However, it is important to use it with caution and respect.


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