The Doctrine of Signatures is used around the world in pre-modern cultures where thought-by-association is accepted as a valid means of obtaining knowledge.
The idea is that a plant looks like the disease, organ, or person it can heal.
For instance, Celandine (Chelidonium majus) has yellow/orange sap like bile. It was official in the U. S. Pharmacopeia until 1951 for “biliousness;” now they just remove the gallbladder.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvensis) looks and feels like course horse hair, so it is good for the hair. Actually, it is beneficial for nearly all connective tissue. It also grows on wet sands, so it is a remedy for the kidneys.
Thus, the shape, color, sensory impression, and habitat all can be used to determine the uses of a plant.
The putrid smell and bad taste of Figwort (Scrophularia spp.) indicate that it is a remedy for putrefaction. Since it has gland-like or hemorrhoids-like flowers, it is called Figwort and Pilewort and used as a lymphatic and hemorrhoid remedy.
Who is this for?
This is for all experience levels, beginner to advanced.
Do you love plants, herbalism, metaphor, and being in wonder and awe of this vast world? This is for you!
What is the Doctrine of Signatures
How to identify a signature in a plant
How to use the language of intuition, metaphor, and archetype to access plant signatures
A whole new view of the plant world and the greater environment!
A greater connection with and intuition about the plants and their amazing healing potential!
Matt and Leigh help you dive into the fascinating topic and study of the Doctrine of Signatures in this Free Intro Class. Enroll for free to access this class and access the extra resource materials.
Enjoy on-going exploratory and interactive classes lead by Leigh!
Each month Leigh will guide us in discovering the signatures of a new herb; encouraging and helping students to see this amazing plant world through new eyes, or perhaps simply with a new perspective.
Matthew will chime in on occasion too!
These classes are part of the unique and central concept of the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism curriculum: Nature Wisdom.
Leigh will be presenting the same content to each group. Experiences with each group will vary based on the participation. Join both groups to maximize on the insights and fun!
Summary Video - At the end of each month Leigh will present a summary of what the groups discovered along with her own studies and insights. The most recent video can be viewed for free here on the MWIH YouTube channel. Each month a new video will replace the previous one so be sure to subscribe to the channel to learn the latest!
Video Recording - A collection of all the DS video recordings is available to subscribers of The Library.
The Doctrine of Signatures Free Intro Class - Video
Doctrine of Signatures - Class 1 - Intro - Audio
The Doctrine of Signatures Free Intro Class - Webinar Chat Text and Transcript
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Introduction to the Doctrine of Signature by Matthew Wood
The Doctrine of Signatures by Matthew Wood
Intuitive Speech and Culture by Matthew Wood
Complementary Resources List
The Four Elements by Matthew Wood
Documents are not downloadable. Please note that Matthew often adds manuscripts of upcoming books and is allowing students early access to these works-in-progress; therefore, they are available as 'view-only' documents and are not downloadable.
Start at any time! Complete the lessons at your own pace.
Certificates designed and signed by Matthew Wood are available for purchase to those who successfully complete all tests with a passing grade of 70% or better. More details regarding herbal course certificates are here.
Tests are multiple-choice, and multiple attempts are permitted.
For those of you seeking clinical hours, we have a list of all classes/courses with corresponding accreditation hours.
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My age is 34 and I began reading M.W. at the age of 19. I must express, that as an initial reader back then, the MWIH new videos have been a joyous gift from him and his colleagues. Ultimately, to anyone interested: buy all his books and read those, as you shall learn so much more. I can not attest to school, as I am not enrolled; but I own and have studied nearly everyone of his books, and I must say that my own experience has shown to me that his testaments and scholarly citations have inspired me more than any other herbalist. To all herbalist: grow and wildcraft herbs locally for the emerging renaissance of American herbalism. The fate of this knowledge is in our hands.Read Less
Amazing. You wrote the exact information and guideposts for me to follow on my Spirit quest. My whole life I've been mocked for how I lived in the world. Hea...Read More
Amazing. You wrote the exact information and guideposts for me to follow on my Spirit quest. My whole life I've been mocked for how I lived in the world. Head case after reading new age on the internet after avoiding. I have no religion. Just boons from guides gifted as I assisted with a pure heart in life and the world helps tell you your story as you meet other parts of yourself. Thank you!!!! Even the free course gave me incredible leads. Will get a membership soon.Read Less
Very inspiring and a good tool you opened a special section on the Ring of knowledge for this topic. My impression by the video chat, is that it may looks a ...Read More
Very inspiring and a good tool you opened a special section on the Ring of knowledge for this topic. My impression by the video chat, is that it may looks a bit improvised as non fallowing a table of content such as _ Exaple (Leaves signatures, shapes, textures... stalk shape...., flowers..) And THAK you for the free contentRead Less
I love listening and learning all herbal information. Every time I learn something new and unique that Matthew and his guest have to offer. love it!
I love listening and learning all herbal information. Every time I learn something new and unique that Matthew and his guest have to offer. love it!Read Less
Wow! The paper on the language variations changed and shifted my worldview. Wasn't sure what to expect from a free class but between the language variations ...Read More
Wow! The paper on the language variations changed and shifted my worldview. Wasn't sure what to expect from a free class but between the language variations and the Doctrine of Signatures it stretched my brain. About to sign up for the basic classes and go from there. I was a little unsure about the courses and what to expect but after going through the free class I am hooked! Thank you!Read Less
Pretty much complete, thx a lot for this!!!
Pretty much complete, thx a lot for this!!!Read Less
I really got a lot out of this course. I especially liked the discourse on language. That was completely new for me.
I really got a lot out of this course. I especially liked the discourse on language. That was completely new for me.Read Less
Thuja/ Cedar , Leigh Arnoldy Comment: The presentation with Leigh was superbly done and exceptionally well presented with a great deal of authenticity displ...Read More
Thuja/ Cedar , Leigh Arnoldy Comment: The presentation with Leigh was superbly done and exceptionally well presented with a great deal of authenticity displayed. The graphics and listings of Observations potential and Confirmation was very well organized for clear thought and visual memory. This presentation was a joy to watch and presented in such a way as to encourage creative problem solving . You are not only helping build back community better you are a blessing to many helping others reframe mental perception during this critical time .TY👏🏼Read Less
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