PLANT MAGICK The Library of Esoterica


PLANT MAGICK The Library of Esoterica

JESSICA HUNDLEY    Book Number: 91553    Product format: Hardback

The fourth volume in The Library of Esoterica explores the historic roots of plants in myth, religion, and magickal practices. Through essays, interviews and more than 400 images, from ancient Egyptian stonework to 18th century botanical illustrations, Plant Magick chronicles the beautifully symbiotic relationship between plants and people. It delves into the symbolism, ceremony, and our ritual relationships with the botanical world in a visual journey through our interdependent evolution with nature, from ancient Greek sculptures to Renaissance paintings to visionary art inspired by psychoactive plants, cacti, and mushrooms. Our myths, beliefs, and shared stories are continually reflected in nature; purity represented by the white lily or spiritual awakening by the bloom of the lotus. Our joys and laments are mirrored in the cycle of the seasons, in the seed birthing sprout, or in the dead leaf falling softly from winter branches. Plants, trees, and flowers as signifiers of transition are also deeply embeded within rites of passage rituals across global cultures. Rose petals strewn along the wedding aisle mark the evolution into womanhood and marriage. A wreath of lilies stands sentinel over an open grave. A lover's bouquet awaits on the doorstep. The wooden May Day pole is circled by girls wearing crowns of woven daisies, celebrating the coming of spring. Birth, unions, and burials - cycles of joyful celebration and deep grieving, all are marked symbolically with herbs, flowers or branches of a tree - the integration of nature into ceremony our method of signifying catharsis. Since time immemorial, plants have also served as potent symbols within the religions of the world; Buddha attaining enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, Eve plucking the Apple of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. From root to vibrant blossom, Plant Magick explores the fertile, interconnected history between plants and people. 17 x 24cm, 520 pages. New from Taschen.
Bibliophile price: £30.00


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ISBN 9783836585644
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