Many people are surprised to hear that a foundational belief in Ozark folk magic and healing practices is in the governing power of celestial bodies. At one time, the phases of the moon and zodiac moon signs in particular ruled over most of Ozark hillfolk’s actions. Hillfolk often consulted their farmers’ almanac to find the “best days” to, for instance, cut their hair, wean a calf, sew up a pair of stockings, get married, or a whole host of other life situations governed by the movement of the heavens. Healers and magical practitioners have also had an intimate relationship with these celestial bodies and have left behind many different ways of incorporating astrological practices into our work in the modern world. In this class, we will be looking at practices, spells, rituals, and diagnosis methods that specifically involve the phases of the moon, planetary and elemental correspondences, and the zodiac moon signs. Together we will look at how Ozark practitioners have used these magical timings in developing complicated and dynamic rituals as well as how we can use this knowledge to heighten the power of our own work today.
Recordings will be sent to ticket holders after the event.
|Time:||4:00 PM to 6:00 PM|
Brandon Weston (Fayetteville, AR) is a healer, writer, and folklorist who owns and operates Ozark Healing Traditions, an online collective of articles, lectures, and workshops focusing on the Ozark Mountain region. As a ...