Potions, Elixirs, & Magical Brews

Potions, brews, elixirs, and tonics have been used for centuries to heal the sick, engender feelings of love, and add potency to ritual or celebration. Today, these preparations are a powerful tool in the hands of the witch, apothecary, or herbalist. Join Melissa Madara, for a practical foray into the world of potions, their history, and their applications.

This lecture will cover –

  • A demonstration of the basic herbal preparations involved in potion making
  • An introduction to potions, their components & their uses
  • A look at magical beverages from history
  • A knowledge-share of recipes, inspiration, and herbal formulas!

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Melissa Madara is a occultist, author, and educator, teaching magic and witchcraft from a historical perspective. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world, with an emphasis on plant folklore and historical formularies. Melissa is the curator of Moon Cult, an online community of curious witches who learn and practice together. Find Melissa’s interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see their published works in Fiddler’s Green, Venefica Magazine, or their two books, The Witch’s Feast & The Witch’s Workshop. Follow Melissa at mooncvlt.com or on IG @saint.jayne

Curated & Hosted by

Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic, ethnographer and folklorist speaking and writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall. She is the author of Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently working on several Colquhoun related manuscripts. She is also the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022). She has contributed gallery texts and essays for a number of institutions including Tate, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and she is a curator and host for the Last Tuesday Society lecture series.

don’t worry if you miss it – we will send you a recording valid for two weeks the next day

18th Jul 2024 8:00 pm - 09:30 pm

£6 - £10 & By Donation

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