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Verdant Gnosis Volume 2

Verdant Gnosis:

Cultivating the Green Path

Selections from the Viridis Genii Symposium

Volume 1, edited by Catamara Rosarium and Jenn Zahrt, PhD 

Volume 2, edited by Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy, and Jenn Zahrt, PhD 

MANY HERBAL BOOKS focus on the clinical, holistic, and natural herbalist facets of herbalism. Some of these works touch upon folk magic and herbal esotericism from time to time, but there is a greater need for a volume more focused on herbal magic. The genii of plants have spread their roots throughout all cultures in one way or another. There is an increasing rise in both folklore and esotericism for working with plants. Our goal is to be the first to offer a holistic, multidisciplinary, and multicultural approach to the study of plants from the perspective of magic. Our deeply held intention with the manifestation of this volume is to honour the hidden world of herbalism via an in-depth exploration of the green mysteries.

These two volumes of Verdant Gnosis: Cultivating the Green Path present selected articles from the Viridis Genii Symposium, held yearly at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, Oregon. For more information on the symposium, its featured presenters, and workshops, please visit the Viridis Genii Symposium website.

About the Editors

Cat Rosarium

Catamara Rosarium is a master herbalist, ritual artist, botanical alchemist, and proprietor of Rosarium Blends. Her extensive herbal experience is motivated by a deep attraction to plants, scents, and how they impact the senses. She has undertaken numerous unique training programs, including the Hermit’s Grove Master Herbalism Program (Paul Beyerl), the Herbal Kingdom work at the Spagyrics Institute of Practical Alchemy (Robert Bartlett), Hoodoo and Rootwork (Catherine Yronwode), and the Arte of the Wortcunning Incense Tradition (Leon Reed). For its first seven years, Catamara co-organised the Esoteric Book Conference, and is the founder and convenor of the Viridis Genii Symposium. She has previously appeared in Sorita D’Este’s Hekate anthology, Her Sacred Fires (2010). More information on Catamara’s herbal work can be found on the Rosarium Blends website.

Marcus McCoy

Marcus McCoy is the originator of the bioregional animist practice and author of the original bioregional animism blog. He holds a BA in transpersonal anthropology in the study of the world’s magical and spiritual systems. He is a student of plant teacher shamanry and a practitioner of many folk magic practices. McCoy is a magical herbalist, artist, distiller, and perfumer who founded and owns the House of Orpheus perfumery, a producer of talismanic and liminal perfumes, following and innovating the tradition of perfumerismo. www.houseoforpheus.com

Dr Jennifer Zahrt

Jenn Zahrt holds a PhD in German literature and film from the University of California, Berkeley. Zahrt is a professional astrologer, writer, and an established editor of esoteric scholarship, including titles for Rubedo Press, Sophia Centre Press, Three Hands Press, and the journals Culture and Cosmos, CLAVIS, and Diaphany. Her trek on the green path began in November 2010, during a shamanic drumming ceremony in Marin County, California. In 2014 she spent three months living in the Cape Floral Region in South Africa, volunteering at a local organic farm and absorbing wisdom of the bioregion shared with her by amaPondo and Swazi sangomas, both in Cape Town and in their homesteads in the Transkei. She currently lives in Seattle. www.jennzahrt.com