Pedanius Dioscordes was born in Anazarbus, a small city northeast of Tarsus in the Roman province of Cilicia (now we call it Turkey) around the times of Nero and Vespasin. He was a surgeon in the Roman Army and traveled with them to Italy, Greece, Northern Africa, Gaul, Persia, Egypt and Armenia. His travels gave him the oportunity to study a great many medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Dioscordes started "De Materia Medica" which was a list of known medicinal plants of the Roman Empire. It was eventually finished roughly 20 years later, around 50 AD.
When people think of Witch Bottles these days they often think of those New Age glitter and jewel encrusted spell bottles you find at your local chintsy "Witch Shop" or "Metaphysical Store" but in reality a real witch bottle is much different and the real funny thing is that there not even made by Witches...
Herbal medicine is one of the oldest healing arts and is very much the medicine of the people. Much effort has gone into trying to regulate this art (for better or for worse) but there is nothing to stop a person stepping outside their door to forage for herbs to make into numerous different healing remedies.
Often held during the month of October in private residence, the Dumb Supper is comprised of a three course dinner served in reverse, and observed in solemn silence. A popular sacred practice among Witches and Pagans, this ceremony is designed to help summon the souls of our loved ones from the other side so that we may give thanks, and perhaps even commune with them once again.
Handfasting is a beautiful loving gesture and offers a very visual addition to the ceremony with a physical reminder in the form of the bindings. It is a very symbolic way to remember it and 'ties the knot', binding you in love to one another, in front of all of your loved ones. Creative and memorable keepsakes can also be part of the ceremony such as a signed commemorative certificate as proof that you have partaken in the ceremony.