“I love to make things, but incense baffles me . . .”
“Spaghetti sauce – a love potion – you’re kidding me!’
“Most of the personal items I find in the stores contain too many chemicals . . .”
“Halfway through a recipe, I found out I was out of frankincense . . . what do I do now?”
Natural magic utilizes the world around us for magical purposes – employing it for the benefit of every aspect of our lives.
Magical Herbalism unites the powers of plants and man to produce changes in accord with human will and desire. This is the Magic of amulets, sachets, and charms; incenses, scented oils, infusions and potions. It’s Magic as old as our knowledge of plants, and as new as today’s needs, wants and desires.
Come join James and Michael – practicing Druids – as they explore some of the many facets of this timeless art. In this class we will begin to master the basics of utilizing and understanding herbs and their properties, incense making, oil blending, the creation of spell bags and potions, magical cookery, and much more.
Magical Herbalism 101: Class Outline
Sunday, April 15 – Introduction to Magical Herbalism
Theories and practice of magical herbalism. Herb basics – reference books, sources, gathering and purchasing your herbs, storage, setting up your magical pantry. Substitutions and modifying a recipe.
Wednesday, April 18 – The Art of Oils – Using and blending scents. Making your own simple infused oils. Creating simple perfumes, colognes, and purpose blends. Making bath salts, massage oils, washes and sprays, powders and charm bags.
Wednesday, April 25 - Incense – Theory and hands-on practice. We‘ll learn about bases, using saltpeter (or not), and making loose incense. We’ll be burning lots of resins, gums, spices and plant materials to familiarize you with their scents – guiding you through a couple simple recipes – and then time to create your own blends. You’ll create your own custom zodiacal blend, and learn about binding agents and making cones and sticks.
Wednesday, May 2 – Potions and Brews – Magical Cookery. Put a little zing in your love life, harmony in your home, and money in your pocket! Recipes, spells and ideas to turn everyday meals into rituals to draw the good things in life!
Wednesday, May 9th – Miscellanea – All the little things that don’t quite fit in the other lessons, or we might have found after that lesson, or you asked for . . . and, of course, we can’t forget the infamous flying ointments!
About the instructors: James Stuart and Michael Riley have formally practiced various forms of Wicca and Celtic paganism for more than thirty years, being working partners for over twenty. As Elders of a Long Beach based Wiccan group and former Grove alchemists/herbalists for Awen’s Breath Grove, ADF, their knowledge of ritual, history, practical spellwork and magical herbalism give them a unique perspective on modern urban paganism.The Green Man 5712 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601 North of the 101/134 Fwys
East of the 170, off at Burbank
Just north of the Red Line/Orange Line North Hollywood stations
(approx 5 min walk north from station)