A History of the Witch Persecutions
Ellen Evert Hopman
In the Americas we tend to think of the Salem trials when we think of the witchcraft hysteria, but those weren’t the only trials! Ellen Evert Hopman interviewed descendants of many historical New England witches, as well as modern witches, and will talk about what it meant to be a witch in early communities, how they came to be accused by their neighbors, and the continuing repercussions of fear and prejudice and misinformation that continue to plague modern practitioners. If you get a chance to read the book before the conference, Ellen will still have much to share from her long practice
From the Bronze age through the Witch hysteria of the middle ages to Salem and beyond. I cover the timeline and tie it in to current world events. Based on my book “The Real Witches of New England – History, Lore and Modern Practice”.
ELLEN EVERT HOPMAN is an author, Master Herbalist and Druid Priestess. A professional member of the American Herbalist’s Guild, she teaches Herbalism and Druidism in the USA and in Europe. Her books and videos on herb craft and Druid wisdom include; The Sacred Herbs of Samhain – Plants to Communicate with the Spirits of the Dead, The Sacred Herbs of Beltaine – Magical Healing and Edible Plants to Celebrate Spring, The Real Witches of New England : History, Lore & Modern Practice, A Legacy of Druids – Conversations with Druid Elders from Britain, the USA and Canada, Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore, Secret Medicines from Your Garden – Plants for Healing, Spirituality and Magic, Secret Medicines of your Kitchen, Tree Medicine -Tree Magic (on the herbal and magical properties of trees), A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year and A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine (Druid medicine, Ogham and Celtic lore of herbs), Being A Pagan (with Lawrence Bond) (a book about what it means to be a Wiccan, a Witch or a Druid in the world today), and Walking The World In Wonder – A Children’s Herbal (a book of herbal formulas and recipes suitable for children of ALL ages). Her video Gifts from the Healing Earth, teaches the basics of herbal healing and her video “Pagans” covers the eight festivals of the Pagan Wheel of the Year. She is currently Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak, www.tribeoftheoak.com, an international Druid teaching Order, and was the founder of the White Oak Druid mailing list and a co-founder of the White Oak Druid Order (Ord na Darach Gile) www.whiteoakdruids.org . She was Co-Chief of the Order of White Oak for five years. She was a founder and then Vice President of the Henge of Keltria Druid Order for nine years. Ellen was Professor of Wortcunning, Healing, and Lore at the Grey School of Wizardry for four years, and was one of the founders. She is Second Circle in ADF (initiated by Isaac Bonewits) and was made an Archdruidess in the Druid Clan of Dana, Grove of Brighid, by Lady Olivia Robertson when she visited her castle in Clonegal. Ellen is also a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri. She was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids; A&E Television’s; “The Unexplained” (Secret Societies, The Druids and the Knights Templars original air date 4 March 1999 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2IxNJGe03U ). Find her books, workshops and blog at www.elleneverthopman.comEllen Evert Hopman