The Gardner Room at The Atlantis Bookshop
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Modern Occult Herbalism stands on the shoulders of Western Esotericism. Whilst there is much reference to occult principles in magical herbalism, there’s seldom a resource to help a witch understand these. This workshop is a ‘primer’ in occult ideas underlying herbalism. This includes Elemental theory, Planetary associations, the basics of plant alchemy and the infamous ‘doctrine of signatures’.
If you’ve wondered why it’s important to know what plants are associated with which element or planet, then this is the workshop for you. Attendees will leave with a grounding in some of the ideas and concepts that modern day occultists, not just occult herbalists, rely on. You will learn some practical ideas that they can adapt into your own practice too, discuss and try herb picking rituals and learn to calculate planetary hours.
Paul Wood is a sticks and stones type of witch. A lifelong student of the Craft and the Mysteries, he has been teaching ‘Western Esoteric Herbalism’ for over 15 years. During this time he has extensively researched the historical use of plants and herbs in magic, and owned a company dedicated to recreating and selling historic and ancient occult recipes.
He is first and foremost a Witch, though has collected a number of labels over the years; A Wiccan High Priest, an initiate of ceremonial traditions, and a traditional witch amongst them. In the mundane worlds, Paul has a background in integrative psychotherapy, psychology and clinical hypnosis.