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The Witches’ Ointment:
Demonizing the Psychedelic Sacred Feminine with Tom Hatsis
June 29, 2017
During medieval times certain wise-women, local magicians, and shamans concocted psychedelic potions, ointments, and powders that were used for a variety of magical and religious reasons. One of these religious practices involved using psychedelics entheogenically to fall into a trance and worship fertility goddesses (called popularly in our day, “the sacred feminine”).
Around the early 1400s some theologians debated how “witches” could fly to meet the devil at evil congregations called the Sabbat. A few of these theologians decided that these women weren’t using these spirit plants to experience ecstatic revelry in the presence of the Divine Feminine, but rather were worshiping Satan.
In this landmark study of the long ignored history of psychedelic magic Tom Hatsis will unravel the journey that entheogenic flying ointments took to become the demonized “witches’ ointment” of popular imagination.
Long before “reefer madness” hysteria, long before “The War on Drugs,” long, long before Nancy Reagan's failed “Just say No” campaign, the witches’ ointment was the original anti-drug propaganda tool of both religious and secular authorities.
The book, The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic (Inner Traditions: Park Street Press) will be available for purchase.
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