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Plant Magic

Plant Magic

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Volume 4 of the Library of Esoterica, written and edited by Jessica Hundley, published by Taschen, 2023 (9783836585644).  Hardcover.

We exist in a symbiotic relationship with plants which make up 99% of life on Earth: we breathe the breath that plants exhale.  Yet as ecologist Pam Montgomery, the author of the Foreword, points out, we have fallen into a deep forgetfulness over this fundamental truth.  This volume of the Library of Esoterica seeks to plant a seed of awakening, hoping to open ourselves up to the natural world - plants, cacti, fungi, flowers, and trees - through symbolism, ceremony, and ritual relationships depicted, as Tashen does so well, through artworks and photography.

Plant Magic traces the history of our relationship with plants and fungi through myth, religion, and magical practices around the globe.  We find traces of our lost souls in the myths and deities of the past.  Plant Magic takes the story down to the present looking at the inspirations of  psychoactive plants, cacti, and mushrooms in music, popular culture, and visionary art.  An excellent resource for those seeking to explore the history, art, and healing traditions of plant and fungi medicines.

The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.  

Taschen is a carbon-neutral publisher.

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EAN: 9783836585644 (hc)
Pub Date: 2023
Page Count: 520
Size: 7 x 9.8