Produced by Judith Hill and The Renaissance School of Practical Astrology
THE 2014 "LOST SECRETS OF RENAISSANCE MEDICINE CONFERENCE" IS A SUCCESS
by Judith Hill
Download the official 2014 Program here.
This last weekend, April 12th-13th, 2014 my long-awaited baby was born. The first "Lost Secrets of Reniassance Medicine: Herbs, Astrology and Alchemy." Despite late and paltry advertising the conference was attended by approximately 70 attendees, ages 20-70, representing several states. (See bottom for appropriate credits and contact info).
The atmosphere was super "charged" as ancient "indigenous western medicine" was presented by three of the best American speakers and scholars in this field. A large, full room of hungry minds and bright eyes greeted the speakers. Gorgeous, Renaissance music played at opening and breaks. It felt so good! Yellow daffodils filled the tables, and portraits of great Renaissance herbalist-astrologers festooned the walls. During the event, a bright young woman, (who does not wish to be credited) coined the term "psychochondriac" during the talk on "Supernatural Classes of Illness", widely recognized prior to 1700.
How did this unique conference come to be?
RENAISSANCE MEDICINE CONFERENCE HISTORY:
Since age ten, I've been gathering ancientmedical and astrological information from all angles, not realizing that all my eccentric obsessions conflated perfectly into what can be termed "Renaissance Medicine". One day, while reading the
diary ofRenaissance physician-herbalist and master astrologer Joseph Blagrave ("Blagrave's Physick", republished by The Amercian Center for Astrology) I clearly saw how the entire tradition of Euro-Middle Eastern medicine was not only lost, but historically besmirched. We don't even "go there" because our high school history books chant "leeches and bleeding."
In fact, this system is not dissimilar to India's Ayurvedic tradition or ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine, both now gaining wide patronage, if not rare but occassional establishment acceptance. The Medieval and Renaissance West's "crown jewel" was the medicinal use of astrology for diagnoses, herbal harvest, administration of cure; and surgery. Telescopes and catscans have replaced the astrological chart, but what have we lost? Is not it pertinent to reexamine our medical past in order to bring to light its best lost and tossed secrets?
The idea dawned to have a small conference entitled "The Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine". Matthew Wood, the renowned, and widely beloved and voluminous speaker on herbal medicine agreed to join me.
It just so happens that Matthew possesses a superb knowledge of astrology and its publication history and medical conflations! This blended perfectly with my medical astrology expertise and significant herbal studies. He has authored many of the best and most fascinating texts on Herbal Medicine extant. His (and everyone else's) contact information is listed below. I highly recommend Wood's books to anyone interested in European and American herbal medicine.
While speaking at Nicole Pepper's truly amazing (and important!) "Portland Plant Medicine Conference", I spotted young Sajah Popham, a dred-locked alchemist-herbal practicioner. Here was someone authentically practicing the making of "spagyric" tinctures, in the precise manner of 17th century alchemists! This was like finding a rare and valuable, lost species of plant! To our great fortune, he agreed to join us.
Next, I approached Jaysen Paulson, president and creator of the new and quite active "Portland School of Astrology". I asked him if he would co-produce this conference with me in the position of logistics producer. He agreed, and our dream team was complete. (Jaysen also gave one talk.) Nicole Pepper, owner and producer of the renowned Portland Plant Medicine (held yearly in Portland, Oregon), agreed to assist with publicity.
This historic event was held atThe Bamboo Grove Salonat 134 SE Taylor St, in Portland,Oregon. This was one-track affair (with speakers this strong, why divide interest?), presented in a large warehouse-style room, filled with wooden benches, chairs, daffodils. John Renbourn's magical "The Lady and the Unicorn" played in the background. Vendors, books and snacks filled a side room. Sajah Popham and Nicole Pepper availed us of their excellent tinctures, and Judith's books were selling out.
Matthew's books were unavailable due to shipping charges. Beautiful, hand drawn astrological art charts, framed, were also available through Nicole Pepper's partner, whose name I unfortunately do not know.
The Program (now available for download):
- Renaissance Medicine Introduction (Hill, Wood)
- Alchemy, Spagyrics and Initiatic Medicine (Popham)
- Zodiacal Man, As Above so Below (Hill) order now
- Zodiacal Plant (Wood)
- Astrological Vitality and Herbal Remedies for Your Sun Sign (Paulson) (not available)
- A Key to Galen's Method of Physick (Wood)
- Mars and Saturn in Renaissance Diagnosis (Hill) order now
- Simplified Medical Chart Interpretation (Wood)
- Supernatural Classes of Disease (Hill) order now
- Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Panel (Hill, Wood)
- Post Conference Workshop with Judith Hill (included with full conference download)
- Full conference including post-conference workshop order now
CONFERENCE CREDITS AND WRITE UPS
Personally, I'd be thrilled should anyone wished to reference this conference (see proper manner of credit representation, at bottom). For future conference venues, or write up permissions, please contact Judith Hill.
Jaysen Paulson: portlandschoolofastrology.com
HISTORIC CREDITS FOR THE FIRST LOST SECRETS OF RENAISSANCE MEDICINE CONFERENCE
HOW TO REFERENCE ALL IN-PRINT, MEDIA OR WEB REFERENCES TO THE LOST SECRETS OF RENAISSANCE MEDICINE (its easy!).
For write ups and all credits, always: Just say this: "The First" Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference. Then under it write the following three credits:
The Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine ™ © Judith Hill
Ideational Producer, Owner: Judith Hill
Logistics Producers: Portland School of Astrology and Portland Plant Medicine
Trines to all,