Verdant Gnosis:
Cultivating the Green Path, Vol 2

edited by Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy & Jenn Zahrt, PhD

166 pages / July 2016 / 9781947544024


Within this second volume of Verdant Gnosis, you will find a rich selection of international authorities on the Green Way who reveal 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.

With contributions from: Corinne Boyer, Urtica Dioica, Gail Faith Edwards, Karl Feret, Jesse Hathaway Diaz, Jon Keyes, Marcus McCoy, Dan Riegler, Catamara Rosarium, Daniel A. Schulke, and Jenn Zahrt, PhD. Featuring art by Morgan Singer.

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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 second volume you will find a rich 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.

—Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy & Jenn Zahrt, PhD

Gaia Sophia and the Emerald Path
—Dan Riegler

Transmission of Esoteric Plant Knowledge in the Twenty-First Century
—Daniel A. Schulke

Funerary Trees, Folklore, and Practices in Grief and Mourning
—Corinne Boyer

Man-Dragon, Man-Root, and the Witch: Mandragora and Ginseng as Plant Allies
—Jesse Hathaway Diaz

Devil’s Club: Sacred Cascadian Medicine
—Jon Keyes

Beyond the Mundane and Medicinal: Magic in the Woods
—Karl Feret

Baltic Amber in Myth, Medicine, and Magic
—Gail Faith Edwards

On the Importance of Keeping a Poison Garden
—Urtica Dioica

Controversy and Conversion: Astrological Considerations for Potent Herbal Workings
—Jenn Zahrt, PhD

This book is the second volume of the Viridis Genii Editions series. In 2015 we set a precedent and galvanized a community: never before had a symposium been held that focused on the ethnobotany of magic. Between July 31 to August 2, 2015, practitioners and students from around the country and globe gathered in Damascus, Oregon to share in verdant gnosis. Attendees enjoyed a keynote speech, eight additional lectures, and nine hands-on intensive (optional) workshops—all on various topics concerning the green arte. Everyone who attended collectively deepened their awareness and understanding, delving further into the mysteries of the verdant gnosis. A witches’ market was formed at the heart of the event, where select practitioners could showcase and sell their wares to fellow practitioners. Shamanic performance artist and Tuvan throat singer Soriah topped it off with an incredible performance. Curanderas gave limpias, Quimbandeiros gave readings, and multitudes of green threads wove an abundant tapestry of networking and community over the course of the weekend.

The symposium and this anthology, composed of work by select speakers at the symposium, give diverse voice to the Viridis Genii itself—a spirit of myriad form that has many secrets and many more faces. The humble messengers of the green spirit have again expressed themselves here through the continued traditions and practices of masters and explorers, its guardians and garden tenders.

The works assembled in this tome give the Viridis Genii voice and share in its mysteries, so that those mysteries may perpetuate. This volume begins with Dan Riegeler’s passionate keynote meditation on the green arte magical and the Viridis Genii, as a movement, lifestyle, and salve for our planet’s current woes. The following article by Daniel A. Schulke then reveals the importance and history of the transmission of praxis and knowledge of our green arte. Then, Corinne Boyer, a Cascadian folk magic and medicine practitioner, gives the Viridis Genii voice in the relationship between humanity, death, and the green gifts’ work in death’s dark soils. From there, we delve into Jesse Hathaway Diaz’s extended meditation on two roots of much power and mystery—North American ginseng and the man dragon, mandrake—a powerful second contribution to this anthology series.

From the vast expanse of indigenous North America, we return again to the realm of Cascadia, as Jon Keyes recounts the Cascadian legends and ethnobotanical history of Devil’s Club and articulates his own personal praxis as a healer. From these brushy thickets of Oplopanax , we then turn to the gifts of trees, with Karl Feret, who speaks of wood, magical tools, and the many established relationships throughout the world with the tall ones. Turning our attentions then from wood to stone, Gail Faith Edwards provides us with a comprehensive arcana of the magic and medicine of one of the world’s oldest voices of the green spirit: the fossilized blood of the trees, which takes the form of the stone known as Baltic amber.

Turning from ancient history to the immediate present, Urtica reminds us that the best time to plant a tree is “five years ago,” and gives us an urgent and ecologically imperative look at the localization of the speaking and healing plants that have assisted humans in learning the great depths of the Viridis Genii’s mysteries. Urtica stresses the importance of growing our own poison garden and suggests how we might do so with greater ease, for the benefit not only of ourselves, but of the planet itself.

Our anthology wraps up with an impassioned look at the oft-misunderstood practice of working with plants from the stance of astrological correspondences in magic and medicine. Here Dr. Jenn Zahrt immaculately details methods from throughout the centuries and gives clear guidelines to the practitioner who knows that in each blade of grass, stardust dwells.

Keeping with the precedent set by the first volume, this edition of Verdant Gnosis  features an illustration by Morgan Singer. The piece of Baltic amber found at the beginning of Riegler’s keynote contribution functions as a visual emblem for many of the themes woven throughout this volume, most explicitly Edwards’ piece on Baltic amber itself, but also, more evocatively, the other traditions preserved and furthered here.

It is with a humble pride and reverence to this great green work that we transcribe and transmit the voices of those who work with the Viridis Genii. With each volume of this anthology and each year that the symposium grows, it is our hope that the green mysterium tremendom grows, as do those who seek to perpetuate it in their own garden of dreams and magic.

Bloom True,
Catamara Rosarium,
Marcus McCoy
& Jenn Zahrt, PhD
Olympia, Washington
April 20, 2016

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