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ABOUT  PHYTOGNOSIS

ABOUT A NEED

Phytognosis was born out of a need for genuine high-quality botanicals at reasonable prices. As a practitioner of leechcraft and wortcunning, I was frequently unable to find authentic ingredients necessary for my workings. As an experienced practitioner of this ancient Art, I am able to bring that same quality to my clients and customers.

Phytognosis specializes in handmade artisanal incense and ritual oils that are 100% natural and free of synthetics or fragrance oils. Our products are made entirely from plant material that is organic or ethically wildcrafted. Most of our products are ritually made, meaning we make each item during astrologically auspicious timing or according to medieval occult practices. Furthermore, we carry rare and unique plant resins, woods, oils, and leaves for ritual, meditation, spiritual workings, and personal enjoyment. We also have several ready-to-use products for novice practitioners.

ABOUT A NAME

The prefix phyto is Greek for plant or vegetation. Gnosis also derives from the Greek word that means knowledge, usually signifying spiritual or mystically generated knowledge. Taken together, the word Phytognosis means spiritual knowledge obtained directly from and through plants.

ABOUT THE WITCH

Jeremy is a long-time student of European folk magic and studies occult herbalism, folk medicine and the traditional witch-lore and practices of the British Isles. He also holds a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology as well as a Ph.D. in Pathology.

OCCULT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND WRITINGS

The Spoken Word:

  • 2017, Viridis Genii Symposium - Disease Transference: Plants as scapegoats in folk medicine

  • 2018, Viridis Genii Symposium - Key Note Lecture: Magical Medicine for Plague and Pox; Desperate Diseases Require Desperate Therapies

  • 2018, Viridis Genii Symposium Workshop - Apotropaic Plant Charms

  • 2019, Sam Houston State University, Honors College Seminar - Magical Medicine and Mystical Folklore: Applications for Today

  • 2023, Witch City Tarot Gathering - Herbs of Revealing: Plant Allies for Divination

  • 2024, Viridis Genii Symposium Lecture - Fallen Fruit: The Devil in English Botanical Folklore of the Autumnal Harvests

  • 2024, Viridis Genii Symposium Workshop - From Heaven to Hedgerow: A Phytognostic and Practical Experience with the Blackberry

  • 2024, Salem Witch Fest, Summer Agora - Sacred Scents: A Hands-On Exploration of Techniques for Crafting Ritual Incense

  • 2025, Witch City Tarot Gathering 2025 - Tarot de Marseille: A Journey into Traditional Tarot Wisdom

The Written Word:

  • Bechelli, J. (2016). An Aromatic Miscellany: Being a small inheritance of perfuming receipts collected by Jeremy Bechelli PhD. In D. A. Schulke, & W. J. Kiesel (Eds.),  Clavis, Occult Arts, Letters, and Experiences Vol. 4 (pp. 107–108).​

  • Bechelli, J. (2017). Disease Transference: Plants as scapegoats in folk medicine. In C. Rosarium, M. McCoy, & J. Zahrt (Eds.), Verdant Gnosis, Cultivating the Green Path Vol. 3 (pp. 75-97).

  • Bechelli, J. (2018). Magical Medicine for Plague and Pox; Desperate Diseases Require Desperate Therapies. In C. Rosarium, M. McCoy, & J. Zahrt (Eds.), Verdant Gnosis, Cultivating the Green Path Vol. 4 (pp. X-X).

  • Bechelli, J. (2024). ​Fallen Fruit: The Devil in English Folklore of the Autumnal Harvests. In C. Rosarium, M. McCoy, & J. Zahrt (Eds.), Verdant Gnosis, Cultivating the Green Path Vol. X (pp. X-X).

I was honored to take part in a photo essay by Jake Eshelman that was published by the World Sensorium. For more about how I work, please click the picture below:

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Photo by Jake Eshelman (www.jakeeshelman.com)

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