Giulia Turolla

Lecture & Workshop Host

LECTURE: Two Sticks and a Gold Ring: The use of plants in Northern Italy folk magic.
The ancient tradition of “Segnature” is a set of magical practices (mostly oriented at healing), that have been kept secret for centuries and transmitted orally only to a few chosen people showing specific signs: in this lively tradition shamanism, herbalism, and local folklore dance with one another, bringing us back to a time and place where body, soul and spirit are one, and secret healing chants are woven in simple kitchens. A genuine Italian folk magic tradition, with roots reaching at least as far as the middle age.

Workshop: The Making of Saint John’s Water.
Making Saint John Water is one of the most widespread acts of herbal folk magic still practiced all over Italy.
Purification, protection and good fortune: the powers attributed to this potion are respected and sought out even today. We will explore the history and meaning of this practice, and discover how to prepare, preserve and use this powerful sacred Water.
$5 materials fee

BIO: Giulia is an Italian witch, High Priestess and teacher in the Temple of Ara tradition (Tempio di Ara, in Italy). She graduated with honors in Archaeology and Ancient World Cultures from Alma Mater Studiorum –University of Bologna and her field of specialization is ancient magical/religious technology and culture. She has been leading circles for the Temple of Ara since 2008 and actively teaching study groups and advanced workshops since 2012. As an artisan, she also creates shamanic and magical tools focused on European magical traditions. Some of her work may be found at Bosco di ArtemesiA.

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