March 3 to 5, 2023

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March 3 to 5, 2023, join the world’s largest livestream magical conference, featuring nearly 100 Witches and Conjurers on live video from across the globe! Watch classes live and then rewatch on-demand as often as you like!

Veneficium, Pharmakon, Medicine: The Forbidden Secrets of Women and Medicine in Ancient Times

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A Livestream Class with Angie Buchanan

Sunday, March 5 at 3:15 pm in The Moon Garden

Plant magicians, witches, healers, and sorceresses. From alewives to beer witches, from midwives to poisoners, from priestesses to witches, there is a grain of truth to be found in the ancient mythologies. We cannot speak about the forbidden secrets of women and medicine in ancient times, without talking about religion. We cannot speak about veneficium, (meaning an instance of poisoning; poisonous substance, the preparation of magic potions; sorcery, witchcraft, magic, magic potions) without addressing how religion has attempted to erase their practices. We cannot speak of pharmakon, or trace the history of medicine, unless we also speak of religion, and how it shaped women’s place in it, and then their exclusion from it –and subsequently how it shaped modern medicine. Experience and knowledge of herbal remedies to treat the sick were passed down from generation to generation. These magics were frequently opposed by the Church as they represented a threat to the religious messages they preached and to the formal medical licenses that were issued by the Church to university-trained doctors.

In this presentation, we’ll travel from Cleopatra and Circe – the ultimate “poisoners of antiquity”, to curses inscribed on lead sheets and dipped in potions, by peasants and nobility alike, to 2022, when witches are reclaiming body autonomy and connecting with plant medicines to help them expand their vision and strengthen their practices. In this presentation, we’ll travel from Cleopatra and Circe – the ultimate “poisoners of antiquity,” to curses inscribed on lead sheets and dipped in potions, by peasants and nobility alike, to 2022, when witches are reclaiming body autonomy and connecting with plant medicines to help them expand their vision and strengthen their practices.