Seattle: Revelore Press, 2017. 152 pages. New.
“Verdant Gnosis” refers to the collective spiritual intelligence of our botanical environment. This third anthology of the series “Cultivating the Green Path” brings together essays from a selection of international authorities in this rapidly expanding esoteric genre. Corinne Boyer explores plants used in cursing magic; Cody Dickerson details the magical use of Black Henbane in ancestor work; Demetrius Lacroix reveals the mysteries of High John in Rootwork; Rebecca Beyer reviews the folk magical and medicinal uses of plant roots in Appalachia; Jeremy Bechelli explains the use of plants as magical scapegoats for disease transference. Eric Purdue looks beyond correspondences to unearth the philosophical and theoretical logic underlying Agrippa’s system of magic; Jason Scott ponders the application of alchemical principles to fungi, and Robert Allan Bartlett introduces a new methodology for compounding herbs. Scholarly but accessible, erudite but practical, this is another fine edition from the Verdant Gnosis corpus. Illustrated throughout.