ARCANA VIRIDIA: The Green Mysteries; An Occult Herbarium. [Reservations Being Accepted]

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ARCANA VIRIDIA: The Green Mysteries; An Occult Herbarium. [Reservations Being Accepted]
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Three Hands Press, 2016. Limited Cloth Edition. A FINE CLOTH COPY IN DUST JACKET. Twelve full color plates, and an additional 260+ images in a variety of mediums, including a special watercolor wash over ink. A product of twenty-five years of experiential research on the spiritual and occult properties of plants, being a compendium of trees and herbs from countless spiritual traditions, this exhaustive Herbal of esoteric and occult botany examines in detail the folklore, and the magical uses and spiritual essences of the vegetal kingdom. While presenting the material through magical and myth poetic narrative, the stance of the book is also grounded firmly in supportive disciplines such as botany, chemistry, and anthropology, and includes up-to-date phylogenetic and pharmacological findings. The text focuses especially upon the Doctrine of Plant Essence, and how those powers are utilized in the active practice of magic and sorcery. Interspersed with encyclopedic plant entries are short narratives addressing such concepts as the Witches’ Flying Ointment, intoxicating incense, the herbal dimension of Alchemy, and the ‘Green Saints’ such as Al-Khidir, the medieval Wildman, and the forest-dwelling Nymphs who nourished the Greek gods. More than a mere collation of previously existing works on plants, much of the material is drawn directly from the author's private field notes, diaries, and manuals of magical operation from 1991-2016. The magnificent artwork by Benjamin Vierling took more than five years to create, and is composed of 275 separate and original illustrations and plates that brings further light to the text via the symbolism explored through the stunning botanical images. Calligraphy by Gail Coppock. 560 pages. Tall quarto. (Item ID: X-GR)


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