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Schulke, Daniel A
Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow...Which Treats of the Secret Knowledge of Trees and Herbs, Deliver'd by the Fallen Angels unto Man (Deluxe Edition of 72 Copies )
Xoanon Publishing, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. Deluxe Edition of 72 hand-numbered copies (this being No. 45) bound in full antique goat with gilt device to front and gilt titles and decorations to spine. Housed in a slipcase. Includes the 20-page card-covered booklet 'The Epistle of the Tree, Being the Oracle of the Witch-Tree Eshemhayya - a "received text" recorded at a grove of trees in Essex in 2004. 526 pages. Black and white illustrations and sigilae throughout. Page marker ribbon. All components are in about fine condition. An extensive grimorium of Wortcunning, or herb-magic, the Pleasure-Garden treats of the secret knowledge of trees and herbs as delivered by the Fallen Angels unto mankind. The book’s principal concerns are the sorcery and gnosis of the Greenwood, as arising from the varied luminaries of the Eternal Gardens of the Arte Magical. As a grimoire of Spiritual Botany, the Book is a Hortus Conclusus of text and image intended for the indwelling of these plant-spirits. The work encompasses magical practices, formulae, and mystical exegesis, all treating the respective arcana of Nature-Spirits and the powers of individual plants. Magical foci are on devotion, purity, humility, silence, solitude, and the hieros-gamos of wortcunner and plant as a tutelary relationship, in conjunction with the Mysteries of Cain, first tiller of the soil. The whole is intended as a textual reification of occult herbalism within the context of the Sabbatic Craft Tradition.
Bookseller: Richard Bishop Bookseller [United States]
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