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 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.
Verdant Gnosis: Cultivating the Green Path presents selected articles from the inaugural Viridis Genii Symposium, which was held at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, Oregon (Friday 31 July—Sunday 2 August, 2015). For more information on the symposium, its featured presenters, and workshops, please visit the Viridis Genii Symposium website.
Table of Contents
Introduction —Catamara Rosarium and Jenn Zahrt, PhD
Green Gold: Alchemy in the Plant Realm —Robert Allen Bartlett
The Genius in the Bottle: Bioregional Animism and the Viridis Genii —Marcus McCoy
Plant Communication: Two Relatively Simple Approaches
The Wisdom of the Trees —Julie Charette Nunn
Benedicaria: The Blessing Way of Southern Italian Folk Woman —Gail Faith Edwards
Um Clarão nas Matas: Working with Plant Spirits in Brazilian Quimbanda —Jesse Hathaway Diaz
Dream Grass —Ryan Wazka
Twenty-First Century Visionary Medicine Woman —Shonagh Home
The Rose in Sensorium —Catamara Rosarium
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Illustrated, b&w, 150 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 the past seven years, Catamara has 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.
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