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The Night Queens, With J. W. Dotson


Pale and poisonous, filling the night with their narcotic vapors, the deadly flowers of the Nightshade family call forth the lunar powers of madness and intoxication. With respect and devotion, these flowers reveal themselves as tutelary spirits of bewitchment, domination and mediumship. We will discuss Datura, Brugmansia, Nicotiana, Ratrani flower, as well as the nonpoisonous Jasminum sambac, and the Orchid Cactus.



James is a psychiatrist with a fascination for the strange borderlands of fragrance. His interests include ethnobotany, alchemy, classical astrology, and archaic and traditional medicine. He has been a perfume blogger at Sniffapalooza Magazine and is the first recipient of the Now Smell This “ Le Prix Eau Faux” award (2008). James is currently a guest lecturer at The Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles.