Culpeper Anniversary Lecture: Astrology, Magic and the Occult Sciences
The famous herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, was born 400 years ago on 18 October 1616. Although his Herbal is widely known, few people today are aware of how radically different his brand of herbalism was from that of his contemporaries. Physick without astrology is like a “Lamp without Oil” was the maxim that under-pinned his writings and own medical practice. This lecture explores his astrological-herbalism, details of which were stripped from his Herbal just 12 years after it was first published, and delves into a strange world of plant-lore which has been lost to herbalism for centuries.
Julie Wakefield began specialising in herbalism at the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. As a staff member at the Old Operating Theatre she delivers talks on past uses of plants both in the Herb Garret and Southwark Cathedral’s herb garden. She is an active member of the Historic Herbalism Research Network and a university guest lecturer.