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Neoboletus luridiformis | Scarletina bolete

Updated: Jan 2

Neoboletus luridiformis, the scarletina bolete, is a type of wild mushroom belonging to the bolete family (Boletaceae).

neoboletus luridiformis mycological illustration

It is primarily known for its culinary uses and is less commonly associated with magical or ritual practices. Nevertheless, this article will give an overview of information about its botanical characteristics, possible magical correspondences, and associated traditions:

Mycological Information:

  • Mushroom Type: Neoboletus luridiformis is a medium-sized bolete mushroom with a bright red to orange cap. It is characterized by the presence of a network-like mesh pattern on the stem and the vibrant coloration of the cap.

  • Habitat: These mushrooms are typically found in coniferous and broadleaf forests, often growing in a mycorrhizal association with trees.

Magical Correspondences:

  • Energetic Qualities: Some practitioners may draw upon the general characteristics of mushrooms in their magical work. Mushrooms are often seen as symbols of transformation, due to their rapid growth and development. They can be used in spells or rituals related to personal growth, change, or renewal.

  • Protection: Some believe that Neoboletus luridiformis can offer protection from negative energies.

  • Transformation: The mushroom's dark color and unpleasant odor may also be associated with transformation and overcoming obstacles.

Elemental Correspondences

  • Element: Earth

  • Planet: Saturn, Mercury

  • Color: Black

Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Chthonian deities: Some Chthonic deities, such as Hades and Hecate, are associated with the underworld and transformation.

  • Darkness and shadows: Neoboletus luridiformis's dark color and unpleasant odor may also be associated with darkness and shadows.

Uses in Rituals

  • Protect against negative energies

  • Overcome obstacles

  • Connect with the underworld or darkness

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