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 one they smother a foul ooze upon one another’s naked bodies. They dance in ecstasy as the poison goo seeps into their bloodstream. As the drums and rattles overwhelm the senses, their bodies become lighter than air as they touch off the ground and lift into the night sky. Soaring between the stars, they take their flight to the sabbat gathering and enact their witchery…”
Dramatic tales of witch flight like the above can be found all across Europe from hundreds of years past. The flying ointment is said to be a toxic aid responsible for the witch’s flight to the sabbat meeting grounds. Traditional flying ointments from old Europe were said to be made from a noxious mix of animal fats, poisons, and a number of other nefarious ingredients. In this hands-on activity, we’ll craft a DYI non-toxic, animal-free flying ointment* that’s easy to make and replicate in the future. While mixing our ointments, we’ll discuss the history of the witches’ “Unguentum Sabbati”, what it’s used for, and how the spirits of flowers, roots, and leaves will aid us in traversing the otherworld. Take your own container home and put it to use in dream work, astral travel, and otherworldly trance.
The in-person versions of this class are part of an experiment to see if it might be possible to teach this online through a brief distance course. Would you be interested in such a course? Drop me a line and let me know!