THE GREEN MYSTERIES. ARCANA VIRIDIUM. An Occult Herbarium. Images by Bejamin A. Vierling. FORTHCOMING, Spring, 2018.
Price: $85.00 USD
Publisher: Three Hands Press
Date Published: 2018
Edition: First Printing
Condition: Fine in Dust Jacket
Book Id: 310874
Tall Quarto, full green cloth with color dust jacket. 560 pp., over 275 original illustrations specifically commissioned for this book, 12 full-page color plates. Calligraphy by Gail Coppock. Containing: Magical Correspondences, Ethnobotany, Folklore & Chemistry; Charts, Tables, Diagrams and Lexica of Magical Botany; Extensive information on Pharmacology and Posions; Recipes and Ritual Formulae. Among the Twenty-Seven essays included are 'Devils in the Basilica,' 'The Meaning of Viriditas', and 'The Rhabdomantic Art.' Also present is a special inclusion of a text entitled The Dream-Book of Sylvanus. A fine copy in dust jacket. We can Offer Pre-Orders for this heavily anticipated book, forthcoming shortly. Originally announced in October 2016 for early 2017 publication, the book is now in the final stages of preparation and will be with us soon.
¶ From the author of 2005's Viridarium Umbris comes The Green Mysteries, the 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 botany examines in detail the folklore, magical uses and spiritual essences of the vegetal kingdom. While presenting the material through both magical and mythopoetic narrative, the stance of the book is also grounded firmly in supportive disciplines such as botany, chemistry, and anthropology, and also 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 Oinment, intoxicating incense, the herbal dimsension 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, presented in an engaging narrative style.