June 4 – July 23 (with a break the week of July 16)
Sliding Scale, $160 – $320
“Medicine and magick started as aspects of the same activity and gnosis – they only are separate if you make them so.” — Mitch Bebel Stargrove
The medicinal and magical actions of a plant are inextricably linked. Medicine is just a specialized form of magic — “the art and science of creating change in conformity with Will“ applied within the realm of the human body. All magic operates within this same universe of matter and energy we inhabit, and so it stands to reason that the physical properties which we use to identify the medicinal actions of a plant can also be used to understand and describe that plant`s more esoteric gifts.
In this eight week course, we will explore the foundations of plant magic through the lens of traditional western herbalism. We will look at how patterns of heat and cold, wetness and dryness, tension and laxity show up in our bodies, our environments, and our lives, and how we can work with plants as allies in shifting these patterns.
Each week there will be a new lecture — participants can call in to hear the lecture live and ask questions and share comments or can listen to a recording at a later time. Lectures will begin at 5:00 p.m. each Tuesday that the course runs. There will also be an online forum for further discussion.
To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
About the teacher:
Sean Donahue is a traditional herbalist and witch living in Victoria, BC. He teaches herbal energetics in the School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim College, and is a Priest and a keeper of the Green Wand in the BlackHeart Line of the Anderson Feri Tradition of Witchcraft. For Sean, magic, medicine, and poetry are all expressions of a deep connection to the living Earth, and personal, cultural, and ecological healing are inextricably linked.