Verdant Gnosis Volume 4 - (ed) Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy & Jenn Zahrt
Seattle: Revelore Press, 2018. Paperback, 224 pages. New. This fourth volume of Revelore Press' anthology series
Verdant Gnosis: Cultivating the Green Path once again brings together a selection of essays from internationally-recognized authors exploring the human relationship with plant intelligences. Jeremy R. Bechelli leads off the collection with the provocatively titled essay 'Magical Medicine for Plague and Pox' which explores the magical plants and entities related to plagues and smallpox around the world. Julia S. Carreras examines the use of intoxicants and poisons in medieval witchcraft; John Anderson sheds light on Chinese black magic and its medical treatment, whilst Demetrius Lacroix provides a much-needed exposition of Haitian Vodu. Janine Tyto Hagal explores the relationship between Runes and plant lore, and Rebecca Beyer writes eruditely on the folk magic and herbal remedies of Hildegard von Bingen. Joyce Netishen gives a personal reflection on the Anima of the Soul and her own work with plant intelligences, and Karin Di Giacomo explores the element of Fire in Hermetic cosmology through an account of collective ritual. Jesse Hathaway Diaz provides some reflections on the World Tree in Brazilian magic, and Cody Dickerson closes the collection with some reflections on plant spirits and metals in sorcery, folklore and agriculture. Scholarly, erudite but accessible, this fourth volume in the
Verdant Gnosis series contains much that will interest and delight anyone who wishes to cultivate their own relationship with the magic of plants and nature.