Sat, Aug 05|
Encountering the Blessed Mother in Ozark Witch Trees with Brandon Weston
Available as an individual ticket, part of the Saturday Day Pass or General Admission Ticket.
Time & Location
Aug 05, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
About the event
The natural landscape is seen as a sentient, alive force within Ozark folklore. This is especially the case with the "witch trees," often looked at with great suspicion because of their magical qualities and ability to attract spirits. In Ozark folk magic and healing practices, witch trees like the red cedar, dogwood, redbud, pawpaw, sycamore, and others, provide auspicious materia for spells and rituals, but they also figure as trees beloved by the Blessed Mother in her many forms. Verbal charms and prayers often highlight this connection by symbolically situating the Mother at or around witch trees, or give her specialized props made from the bodies of the trees themselves.
In this presentation, we will look at the folkloric connections between the witch trees and the Blessed Mother as well as highlight specific magical practices from traditional and modern Ozark practitioners that utilize these trees.