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Verdant Gnosis:
Cultivating the Green Path, Vol 1

edited by Catamara Rosarium & Jenn Zahrt, PhD

150 pages / June 2015 / 9781947544017

 

Verdant Gnosis brings together international authorities on the Green Way, ranging from plant alchemists, shamanic herb-masters, to bioregional animists. Herein you will learn to communicate deeply with the mysterious intelligence of the plant kingdom, breaking down the barriers of anthropocentric thinking that separate humanity from nature.

With contributions by: Robert Allen Bartlett, Sean Croke, Gail Faith Edwards, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Shonagh Home, Marcus McCoy, Julie Charette Nunn, Catamara Rosarium, Ryan Wazka, and Jenn Zahrt, PhD. Featuring art by: Maxine Miller and Liv Rainey-Smith.



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VERDANT GNOSIS is a poetic rendering of the Latin expression, Viridis Genii, which refers to the collective spiritual intelligence of our botanical environment. Viridis means ‘green, verdant, growing’—all that is lush and nourishing; while genii is the origin of the words ‘genius’ and ‘genie’—the spirit, daemon, or guiding intelligence of an entity. Viridis Genii—the verdant gnosis—is thus the spiritual path of working with the intelligence of living nature.

Within this volume you will find a selection of international authorities on the Green Way, ranging from professional plant alchemists, shamanic herb-masters, to bioregional animists. Herein you will learn the ways in which you can communicate deeply with the mysterious intelligence of the plant kingdom, breaking down the barriers of anthropocentric thinking that separate humanity from nature.

Introduction
—Catamara Rosarium and Jenn Zahrt, PhD

Green Gold: Alchemy in the Plant Realm
—Robert Allen Bartlett

The Genius in the Bottle: Bioregional Animism and the Viridis Genii
—Marcus McCoy

Plant Communication: Two Relatively Simple Approaches
—Sean Croke

The Wisdom of the Trees
—Julie Charette Nunn

Benedicaria: The Blessing Way of Southern Italian Folk Woman
—Gail Faith Edwards

Um Clarão nas Matas: Working with Plant Spirits in Brazilian Quimbanda
—Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Dream Grass
—Ryan Wazka

Twenty-First Century Visionary Medicine Woman
—Shonagh Home

The Rose in Sensorium
—Catamara Rosarium

This book is the first volume of the new Viridis Genii Editions series. Each year we intend to publish a book containing outstanding articles from presentations delivered at the Viridis Genii Symposium. This volume contains articles from nine of the seventeen presenters at the inaugural symposium held at Damascus, Oregon from July 31 to August 2, 2015.

We have selected works based on the spirit they invoke, the distinct thread that weaves the green gnosis into the great tapestry of the green art. The approaches presented here range from the scholarly (Hathaway Diaz) to the poetic (Wazka). Yet each also partakes in the perilous act of attempting to render in language something that necessarily escapes it. We hope that as the reader meanders through the pathways presented, the slippage in the spaces between the words and concepts allows another dimension to emerge. A distinct logic adheres in the plant realm; the repetitions appearing across the essays here evince a knowing that resists articulation in human language. It is a way of knowing that must be experienced directly, and the authors brave enough to share their wisdom reveal their dance around this elusive reality.

One must read carefully across these essays to fully perceive the force of what has been shared. The variety of tone and style demonstrate the myriad entryways to the green path. This book, a celebration of just a few of them, will leave the reader with specific recipes for intentional work with plants, testimony from living practitioners of traditions near and far, and a palpable sense of our inescapable embeddedness in the Viridis Genii. It is our hope that this volume serves as a keepsake for the symposium participant and as continued inspiration for the aspirant.

Bloom True,
Catamara Rosarium, &
Jenn Zahrt, PhD
Olympia, Washington
June 20, 2015

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