Episode VIII: Flying Ointments
Follow the witch as she delves into the history of flying ointments through the literature of ancient Greece and Rome, then forward into the grimoires and verse of the early modern period, and then lastly to a modern folktale of a witch and a flying ointment from the United States, collected from oral sources in the 1930s. Learn about the poisonous plants and the methods used to create witches’ unguents and why they may be more ancient than commonly believed.
- Apuleius, Lucius . The Golden Ass. [160 AD].
- Blackwood, Margaret and Skelton, Robin. Earth Air Fire Water: Pre-Christian and Pagan Elements in British Songs, Rhymes and Ballads. Arkana: London, 1990.
- Davis, Hubert J. The Silver Bullet and Other American Witch Stories. Johnathan David Publishers, 1975.
- Della Porta, Giovanni Battista . De Miraculis Rerum Naturalium. 1558.
- MacGregor Mathers, S.L. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin The Mage As Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his Son Lamech, A.D. 1458. John M. Watkins: London, 1900.
- Rhodius, Apollonius. The Argonautica. [200 BC].
- Shantell Powell”Flying Potions and Getting to the Sabbat“. The Witching Hours. 1998.