Edited by Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy,
and Jenn Zahrt, PhD
VERDANT GNOSIS is a poetic rendering of the Latin expression, Viridis Geniii, 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 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.
The second volume of Verdant Gnosis: Cultivating the Green Path presents selected articles from presentations at the second annual Viridis Genii Symposium, which will be held at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, Oregon (3–5 June, 2016). For more information on the symposium, its featured presenters, and workshops, please visit the Viridis Genii Symposium website.
Table of Contents
Introduction —Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy,
and 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
USD $24.00 Softcover , 6 x 9
Illustrated, b&w, 166 pp.
About the Editors
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) and in the first volume of Verdant Gnosis. More information on Catamara’s herbal work can be found on the Rosarium Blends website.
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
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