July, 2017

The Poison Dress

Who doesn’t love an urban legend? Here’s one that’s as creepy as it is mystical. The Poison Prom The story goes that a beautiful young woman set out for prom night wearing an impossibly gorgeous dress that she got for a bargain. It fits perfectly. She cannot believe that she scored this dress, making her prom night dreams come true. As her night of revelry goes on, she starts to feel faint and rushes for the restroom. The next morning, the police find her dead in that very restroom. The cause? Poison by contact. You see, the dress truly was […]

Upcoming Flying Ointment Classes

Posting my recent review of Thomas Hatsis’ The Witches’ Ointment reminded me to post the info for a classes I’m teaching this summer on that very topic. This summer I’ll be doing my Unguentum Sabbati class in two places: at TempleFest in New Hampshire and right here in Washington, DC. Folks familiar with my Flying to the Witches Sabbath Class will feel right at home since this is a deeper dive into a subtopic within that arena: the notorious (and usually poisonous) flying ointment. Here’s the class description: “In the dark of night they meet in a forest clearing. One by […]

Book Review: The Witches’ Ointment – The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

Title: The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic Author: Thomas Hatsis Rhizome Rating:  4 out of 5 The Witches’ Ointment is a topical book I’ve been hoping someone would write for a very long time. I was apprehensive with my wait because I was hoping that someone would write it with both a solid, scholarly approach as well as a sincere interest in the occult lore of flying ointments and their importance in folkloric witchcraft. I’m glad to report that The Witches’ Ointment  by Thomas Hatsis is a book that’s filled that criteria. This book presents just about everything one […]