Witches, Cauldrons & Ale, From Witching to Healing

part three of women's magic with plants, honey, yeast, barley & broomsticks ... next session Sunday 9th October 2022 

about this afternoon session

During the Part One episode of  'Witches, Cauldrons & Ale' episode I explored the ancient origins of the 'alehouse wives' recorded on scribed stones in Mesopotamia some time between 7000 BC and 10,000 BC.

From there I explored the spread and journeys of the 'alehouse wives' traditions westwards, skirting the Roman Empire, to be revered as 'goddesses' by Viking and Norse tribes.

During Part Two, 'Medieval Momentum', I carried on through the 'alehouse wives' tradition landing on Briton lands and eventually onto our Ireland of Eriu. 

I explored the 5th Century 'alehouse wives' and their humble ale brewing shelters and retreats beside sacred spring wells during Early Medieval years. I explored how 'alehouse wives' escaped the grips of slavery and slowly accumulated wealth and power through 1000 years of Medieval legacy. 

I delved into their growing family lives and how their children and descendants entered and developed the traditions. This includes how their men sons became powerful brewers too.

During this Part Three, 'Witchery To Healing'

I will be exploring the dark days of late Medieval times, especially during the establishment of Feudalism. From the Medieval times I will explore into the growth of Christian Puritan ways. This includes the early branding and propaganda of accusing 'alehouse wives' of being Witches working for the Devil and the enforced consequences of that.

I include encouraging ways that many 'alehouse wives' women avoided that cruelty and preserved their craft.

I conclude this edition with upbeat examples of where the 'alehouse women' culture is thriving and growing in a much more balanced, inclusive, healthy, sustainable, and much more consensual way.

I will also review the modern interpretation of witchery by many women who may call themselves witches today, but are more passionate about herbalism and healing rather than being 'alehouse wives'.

This is the fourth of eight 'Samhain' themed 'Nature Folklore' sessions.

Looking forward to you joining us on 'Witches Cauldrons & Ale, from Witches to Healing'.

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