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Nature’s Pharmacy

These days one cannot think of any UK-based apothecary without triggering internal images of aisles upon aisles of overpriced, gaudy cardboard enshrined creams and tablets, guarded by busy, white-coated workers; each infused, in equal measures, by a discrete ambience of detachment and patronization. It was, however, the ancient Greek civilisation...

Pharmakon by Michael Rinella

Pharmakon by Michael A. Rinella

Originally published in 2010 ‘Pharmakon: Plato, Drug Culture, and Identity in Ancient Athens’ by Michael A. Rinella is a scholarly exposition of the use and understanding of the pharmakon in ancient Greek culture generally, and in the works of the philosopher Plato specifically. Rinella is currently the National Endowment for the Humanities...

Shamanic Odyssey

The Shamanic Odyssey by Robert Tindall with Susana Bustos

Originally published in 2012 ‘The Shamanic Odyssey: Homer, Tolkien, and the Visionary Experience’ is written by Robert Tindall, with Susana Bustos. Tindall, a professor of English and a writer, has previously published ‘The Jaguar that Roams the Mind’ (2008). His wife, Susana Bustos, is a professor of psychology, a transpersonal...

Angels in the Incense Altar: Psychoactives in Earth Magic and Early Alchemy

Angels in the Incense Altar: Psychoactives in Earth Magic and Early Alchemy

The following essay has been written by Kevin Murray and is published here with his kind permission. Please find his contact details at the bottom of this page. Through a paradigm of sympathetic magic, ancient alchemists sought to animate statues, turn lead to gold, and perfect their own existence. They...

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