Reading List, Bibliography, and Links
Notebook of the Librarian of Gushen Grove

Green Magick and Wizardry, Green Way, Green Man
Ancient Shamans, Philosophers, Lore Masters, Sages, Magi, Adepts, Wise Ones
Polytheistic Pagan Customs and Beliefs, Neopagans, Druidry, Wicca, Taoism, Druids
Green Crafts, Tree and Herb Lore, Plants, Wortcunning
Magick, Rituals, Spells, Arcana, Myths, Lore, Esoterica

Emphasis Upon Green Lore and The Craft for the Solitary Wizard
A Personal Reading and Research List, and Web Bookmark

One Old Druid's Final Journey
The Librarian of Gushen Grove, Red Bluff, California
The Green Wizard's Notebooks 

Cloud Hands Blog     The Spirit of Gardening    Seasons/Months    

Sabbats-Feasts     Druids     Taoism     Magick     Tarot     Tao Te Ching    

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Research by Michael P. Garofalo

An eclectic philosopher, librarian, gardener, mystic, Druid, Neopagan, magician, Shaman, Taoist,
Yoga instructor, Taijiquan and Qigong instructor, walker, wizard, reader, and discordian dancer. 




Michael P. Garofalo sometimes writes under the pen name of "The Librarian of Gushen Grove" and/or "The Green Wizard."
Is he really a wizard?  Ha!  "The Green Wizard" and "Gushen Moon" and "Valley Spirit Wizard"





The Green Wizard's Bookmarks

Wizards, Neo Pagans, Druids, Craft, Green Way, Shamans, Magick, Esoterica
Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes


What gets added to this list?  Why? 

1. It is a selection of what interests me in the general subject areas of nature spirituality, Druidry, Neopagan esoterica, aesthetics, ritual, mysticism, wizards, magick, gardening, and the Green Way.  It is a web bookmarker and bibliography for my use; and others might find it useful. 

2)  My current interests in 2012 include:  Druidry, Chen Taijiquan, Prayers, Months and Seasons, Roman Religion and Hearth, Walking, Qigong, , and Gardening

3) It is a record of my purchases of books and other resources.  These are marked VSCL (Valley Spirit Center Library).  It is a bibliography of my home library on the subject. 



Abaxion.  Chico, California.  Craft and occult supplies on-line.  

Above the Fog   Zen poetry by Mike Garofalo. 

Acupoints, Bodies, and Chakras: Where Classical Chinese Medicine Meets Ayurveda.  By Jack Sweeny. 





ADF:  Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF): A Druid Fellowship    

ADF:  Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF): A Druid Fellowship      Article in WitchVox  "A new Neopagan religion: Ár nDraíocht Féin. The Irish words [pronounced "arn ree-ocht fane"] mean "Our own Druidism, " and that's what I have in mind -- a brand new form of Druidism, not just Pan-Celtic, but Pan-European."   The ADF is a legally recognized 501(C)3 Church, and all donations are tax-deductable.    

ADF: By-Laws 

ADF Druids Northwest 

ADF 2009 Dedicant Training Manual (PDF format, 68MB) 



Agrippa, Heinrich Cornelius von Nettsheim 1486-1535     Biography  Wrote the Three Books of Occult Philosophy in 1531.  

Alban Elfed, Autumnal Equinox Celebrations, Mabon, Alban Elfed, Harvest Home

Albertus Magnus   1200 - 1280 

Alchemy Website.  By Adam McLean.  "Over 90 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 1300 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 2000 images, over 200 complete alchemical texts,  extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy."    

Alchemy Works Seeds and Herbs   The Raw Materials of Magic.  Elmira, New York.  "Whether you practice witchcraft, ritual magick, or simply enjoy unusual seeds and botanicals, you will find something here of interest. All these seeds, herbs, and resins have traditionally played a role in ancient or modern Earth-based spirituality (Paganism) and magick; many are traditional witching herbs. You can learn how to create a spiritual garden, which plants are linked to which planets or aspects of the divine, and how each botanical has been used in a spiritual context, be it in spells, rituals, or worship. The informational links can show you paths to further develop your wortcunning. As a practical alchemist on the plant path and a long-time gardener, I have a lot of experience with herbs and am happy to help you with advice on growing, plant lore, or choosing an herb for a particular ritual or spiritual purpose. So stick around and enjoy, and if there is anything you want that you don't see on my site, let me know."   

American Neopaganism  A very informative and extensive website. 

Amethyst's Wicca     

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom  By John O'Donohue (1956-2008).  New York, Harper Collins, 1997.  Recommended reading, 234 pages.  ISBN: 006092943X.  VSCL. 

Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA)   

Ancient Greek Religion.  Research Notes by Mike Garofalo.

Ancient Sacred Texts and Myths - Hermetics Resource Site

Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions.  By Pauline Campanelli and Dan Campanelli.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1991.  256 pages.  ISBN: 0875420907.  VSCL. 

Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
.  By Ted Andrews.  Llewellyn, 1993.  383 pages.  ISBN: 0875420281.  "Shows readers how to identify his or her animal totem and learn how to invoke its energy and use it for 
personal growth and inner discovery."  VSCL. 

Animal Spirit: Spells, Sorcery and Symbols from the Wild.  By Patricia Telesco and Rowan Hall.  New Page Books, 2002.  221 pages.  ISBN: 1564145948.

Animal Spirits: The Shared World - Sacrifice, Ritual, and Myth; Animal Souls and Symbols.  By Nicholas J. Saunders.  Index, 182 pages.  ISBN: 0316903051.

Animal Wise: The Spirit Language and Signs of Nature.  By Ted Andrews.  Dragonhawk Pub., 1999.  400 pages.  ISBN: 1888767340.   

The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual.  By Alexei Kondratiev.  Citadel, 2003.  320 pages.  ISBN: 0806525029. 

April: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

April: Beltane, Walpurgis Nacht, Celebrations, Prayers, Rituals, Lore, Gods and Goddesses.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds; A Collection of Ancient Texts.  Translated, annotated, and Introduced by Georg Luck.  Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins University Press, Second Edition, 1985, 2006.  Index, bibliography, glossary, appendices, notes, 544 pages.  ISBN: 0801883466.  VSCL. 

The Archdruid's Report.  A blog by John Michael Greer. 

Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF): A Druid Fellowship  
The ADF is a legally recognized 501(C)3 Church, and all donations are tax-deductable.    

The Art of Ritual: A Guide to Creating and Performing Your Own Ceremonies for Growth and Change.  By Renee Beck and Sydney Barbara Metrick .  Berkeley, California, Celestial Arts, 1990.146 pages.  ISBN: 0890875820.  VSCL.    

August: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo.

Autumn Equinox: The Enchantment of Mabon.  By Ellen Dugan.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2005.  Bibliography, index, 208 pages.  ISBN:  0738706248.  VSCL. 

Autumnal Equinox Celebrations, Mabon, Alban Elfed, Harvest Home

Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery.  By Mark Coleman.  Introduction by Jack Kornfield.  Novato, California, New World Library, 2006.  Bibliography, 243 pages.  ISBN:  9781930722552.  VSCL. 

Avalon Risen   Metaphysical books, art, supplies.  

Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch.  By Lama Surya Das.  New York, Broadway Books, 1999.   382 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0767902750.   

Ba Gua Zhang:  Links, bibliography, quotes, and notes.  Circle walking internal martial arts. 

The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. I & II; A Collection of Original Documents, Illustrative of the Theology, Wisdom and Usages of the Bardo-Druidic System of the Isle of Britain.  Complied and edited by John Williams Ab Ithel.  Lexington, Kentucky, Forgotten Books, 2007.  461 pages.  First published in 1862.  ISBN: 9781605061719.  VSCL. 

Beginning Practical Magic: A Guide to Spellcraft.  By Ian Corrigan.  Association fro Consciousness Exploration, 2002.  Distributed by Lulu Press.  ASIN: B002ACQJGU.  VSCL. 

Beloved Order of the Greenman    This website includes information, links, music and poems, bibliography, and photos of Green Man marches. 

The Bhagavad Gita.  Translated for the modern reader by Eknath Easwaran.  Chapter introductions by Diana Morrison.  Petaluma, California, Nigili Press, 1985.  Glossary, 237 pages.  ISBN: 0915132354.   VSCL. 

Biblioteca Arcana  

Black Elk Speaks
: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux.  By Black Elk as told to John Gneisenau Neihardt.   University of Nebraska Press, 2000.  21 Century Edition.  230 pages.  ISBN: 0803261705.  VSCL.   

Blake, William  1757 - 1827    

The Body of Light in the Western Esoteric Tradition.  By Mark Stavish. 

Bonewits, Isaac Cyberhenge

Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism.   By Isaac Bonewits.  New York, Kensington Pub. Co., Citadel, 2006.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 329 pages.  ISBN: 0806527102.  VSCL.      

Book of Druidry: History, Sites, Wisdom.   By Ross Nichols.  Foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm.  Edited by John Matthews and Philip Carr-Gomm.  London, Aquarian Press, Harper Collins, 1975, 1990.  Bibliography, index, 319 pages.  ISBN: 1855381672.  VSCL. 

Book of Pagan Prayer.  By Ceisiwr Serith.  San Francisco, California, Weiser Books, 2002.  Notes, annotated bibliography, appendices, 286 pages.  ISBN: 1578632552.  VSCL.  Begins with an essay titled "Why and How We Pray" (68 pages) and then a collection of over 500 prayers for NeoPagans. 

The Book of Sacred Stones: Fact and Fallacy in the Crystal World.  By Barbara G. Walker.  San Francisco, Harper, 1989.  Index, 209 pages.  ISBN: 0062509217.  

Book of Shadows, Pagan Prayers and Invocations, Rituals

The Book of Wizardry: The Apprentice's Guide to the Secrets of the Wizard's Guild.  By Cornelius Rumstuckle.   St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 2003.  408 pages.  ISBN: 0738701653.  

Branwen's Pagan Directory:  Pagan, Witchcraft and Wicca Directory of Resources. 

A Brief History of the Druids.  Peter Berresford Ellis.  New York, Carroll and Graf Pub., 2002, Reprint 2005.  Bibliography, index, 304 pages.  ISBN: 0786709871.  VSCL.   

The British Druid Order

Butte County Pagans Yahoo Group, Northern California  

Calling the Quarters, Casting the Circle, Magickal Protective Sphere, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Creating the Sacred Sphere l'encyclopédie des mondes imaginaires.  Liens en Anglais.  

Casting the Circle, Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Calling the Quarters, Magickal Protective Sphere, Creating the Sacred Sphere

The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum   

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year  By Caitlin Matthews.  Harper One, 1998.  416 pages.  VSCL. 

Ceisiwr Serith   The material on the ethos and religion of America is very useful.   Great links. 

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Beltane to Mabon.  Lore, Rituals, Activities, and Symbols.  By Ashleen O'Gaea.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2005.  Bibliography, index, 219 pages.  ISBN: 1564147320.  A good study of four spring and summer Celebrations in the Wiccan-NeoPagan year.  Rich in details and ideas.  VSCL. 

Celebrating the Seasons of Life: Samhain to Ostara.  Lore, Rituals, Activities, and Symbls.  By Ashleen O'Gaea.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2004.  Bibliography, index, 221 pages.  ISBN: 1564147312.  VSCL.  A good study of four autumn and winter Celebrations in the Wiccan-NeoPagan year.  Rich in details and ideas. 

Celtic Knot 

The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year.  By Caitlin Matthews, 1999.   VSCL. 

The Celtic Way of Seeing: Meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel.  By Frank Mac Eowen.  Foreword by Tom Cowan.  Novato, California, New World Library, 2007.  Notes, index, 142 pages.  ISBN.  1577315413.  VSCL. 

Ceremonial Circles: Practice, Ritual, and Renewal for Personal and Community Healing.  By Sedonia Cahill and Joshua Halpern.  Harper San Francisco, 1992.  199 pages.  ISBN: 0062501542.  VSCL. 

Chang San-Feng, Taoist Master  

Chaos, Gaia, Eros: A Chaos Pioneer Uncovers the Three Great Streams of History.  By Ralph Abraham.  San Francisco, Harper, 1994. Notes, bibliography, index, 263 pages.  ISBN: 0062500139.   CSUM. 

Chaos Magic.  The research notes of Mike Garofalo. 

Chaos Magic - Texts Online

Chinese Philosophy (Taoism): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes   

Circles, Groves and Sanctuaries: Sacred Spaces of Today's Pagans
.  Compiled by Dan and Pauline Campanelli.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1993.  Resources, 268 pages.  ISBN: 0875421083.  Ideas for creating indoor and outdoor altars and sanctuaries.  VSCL.    

Circles - Sacred Circles     

Circling the Sacred Mountain: A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas.  By Robert Thurman and Tad Wise.  New York, Bantam Books, 2000.  352 pages.  ISBN: 0553378503.  VSCL. 

Cloud Hands Blog by Mike Garofalo 

Comparative Mythology.  By Jaan Puhvel.   John Hopkins University Press, 1989.   320 pages.  ISBN: 0801839386.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.  Edited by Thomas H. Johnson.  Boston, MA, Little, Brown, and Co., 1890, 1960.  Index of First Lines, Subject index, 770 pages.  VSCL. 

Compendium of Herbal Magick.   By Paul Beyerl.   Custer, Washington, Phoenix Pub., 1998.  Appendices, index, 528 pages.  ISBN: 091934545X.  VSCL.  

Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic.  By Phil Hine.  Tempe, Arizona, New Falcon Publications, 1995.  192 pages.  ISBN: 156184117X. 

Controversial - Wiccan and Witchcraft.    By George Knowles.

Crazy Wisdom
.  By Wes Scoop Nisker.   Berkeley, California, Ten Speed Press, 1990.  226 pages.  ISBN: 0898153506.   VSCL.    

Crowley Tarot, Book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley and Freida Harris

Creating Circles and Ceremonies: Rituals for all Seasons and Reasons.  By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2006.  Appendices, glossary, index, 288 pages.  ISBN: 1564148645.  VSCL.  This is a valuable collection of information, poetry, rituals, songs, and craft activities for NeoPagans. 

The Crescent Moon Book of Nature Poetry: From Langland to Lawrence.  Edited by Margaret Elvy.  Kent, England, Crescent Moon Pubs., 1994, 2008.  97 pages.  ISBN: 1861711328.  VSCL. 

Crowley, Aleister  1875 - 1947.    Foundation     Links     Works    Biography

The Crowley Tarot.  The Handbook to the Cards by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.  By Akron (C. F. Frey) and Hajo Banzhaf.  Translated from the German by Christine M. Grimm.  Stamford, CT, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1995.  222 pages.  ISBN: 0880797150.  VSCL.  

Crystal Balls and Crystal Bowls.   Tools for Ancient Scrying and Modern Seership.  By Ted Andrews.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1995.  Index, 238 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 1567180264.  

CSUM = California State University at Chico, Merriam Library.  I go to this university library every 21 days and check out books, read journals, do research, and browse.  The annual fee for CSU library privileges is only $50.00.   Tehama County Public Library.   Butte County Public LibraryShasta County Public Library

Culinary Herbs  

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic.  By Scott Cunningham.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1995.  Index, 221 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN:   0875421261.   VSCL. 

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.  By Scott Cunningham.  St. Paul, Minnesota, 1989.  Index, glossary, appendices, 318 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN:  0875421229.  VSCL. 

Cuttings.   Short poems by Michael Garofalo.

Daoism (Taoism): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes   

Dancing With the Wheel: The Medicine Wheel Workbook
.  By Sun Bear, Wabun Wind, and Crysalis Mulligan.   New York, Fireside, Simon and Schuster, 1991.  Index, 234 pages.  ISBN: 0671767321.   VSCL. 

December: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans.  By Ceisiwr Serith.  Tuscon, Arizona, ADF Publishing, 2009.  298 pages.  ISBN: 0976568136.  VSCL. 

Deep Ecology Resources  

The Deva Handbook: How to Work with Nature's Subtle Energies.  By Nathaniel Altman.  Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1995.  Index, bibliography, 164 pages.  ISBN: 0892815523.  VSCL. 

Dictionary of Northern Mythology.  By Rubolf Simek.  Translated by Angela Hall.  Suffolk, England, D. S. Brewer, 1984, 1993.  Extensive bibliography, 424 pages.  ISBN:  9780859915137.  VSCL. 

Dionysus(Greek), Bacchus (Roman) - Wikipedia  Ancient Greek god associated with wine, ivy, bulls, patron of agriculture and theater, flute, abandon, ecstasy, immanent divinity, death and rebirth (Osiris myth), Pan, divine liberation (Eleutherios), end of worries, exuberance, liberty. 

Dionysus - Wildvine   An excellent website with lots of information, insightful articles, and lovely layout. 

Discordianism - Wikipedia  "A modern, chaos-centered religion founded circa 19581959 by Malaclypse the Younger with the publication of its principal text, the Principia Discordia. It is widely regarded as a parody religion, and has been called "Zen for roundeyes", based on similarities with absurdist interpretations of the Rinzai school. Discordianism recognizes chaos, discord, and dissent as valid and desirable qualities, in contrast with most religions, which idealize harmony and order. The religion is largely composed of whimsical and absurd ideas, though many adherents claim there is a deeper meaning to their flippant attitude. Eris is the matron deity of the religion."  As for the authors of Principia Discordia, Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst is most likely the pen name of Kerry Thornley (1938-1998), and Malaclypse the Younger is most likely the pen name of Gregory Hill (1941-2000).   

Discordianism - Links  

Dictionary of Northern Mythology.  By Rudolf Simek.  D. S. Brewer, 1996.  440 pages.  ISBN: 0859915131.  VSCL. 

Discordian Society

A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus.  By Richard Payne Knight.  1786. 

Divination - Tarot

Divine Incantations to the Protective Gods of the Five Directions.  From the Taoist encyclopedia, Secret Essentials of the Most High, 574 CE.  Translated by Livia Kohn.  Casting the Circle - Taoist Style. 

Draioch: Rites of Celtic Sorcery.  By Ian Corrigan.  2005.  Republished by Jeffrey Wyndham, 2007.  Distributed by Lulu Press.  352 pages.  VSCL. 

Drawing Down the Moon.  Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today.  By Margot Adler.  New York Penguin, Revised and Updated Edition, 2006.  Index.  First edition by Beacon Press, 1979. 1986.  ISBN: 0143038192.   VSCL.  This is a very influential historical summary of Pagan beliefs and organizations in the United States of American.  Include on many basic reading lists by Neo-Pagan groups. 

Druid Craft Tarot.  By Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artwork by Bill Worthington.  192 page manual included.  St. Martin's Press, 2005.   ISBN: 0312315023.   VSCL.    



Druidiry Blogs 

American Neopaganism:  Provides an very complete and extensive list of Neopagan Blogs. 

The Archdruid's Report.  A blog by John Michael Greer, Archdruid of AODA. 

The Fenland Druid

Fortitude of Spirit   A blog by David Oliver Kling, Jr (Tau Athanasios).  Adept and Arch Priest of AODA. 

The Orthodox Druid   By Auberon Draenen Wen. 

The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth.  By John Michael Greer.  Foreword by David Spangler.  San Francisco, Weiser Books, 2007.  Index, bibliography, 248 pages.  ISBN: 9781578633975.   VSCL. 




Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom.  By Maya Magee Sutton and Nicholas R. Mann.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2000.  Bibliography, index, 331 pages.  ISBN: 1567184812.  VSCL. 

Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century.  By Philip Carr-Gomm.  London, Rider, 2002.  Index, reading list, glossary, 186 pages.  ISBN: 9780712661102.  VSCL. 

DruidMedb, Jessie Olson, is the Senior Druid of the Feather River Grove in Chico, California. 

Druid Network  

Druid Network - Pacific Northwest 

Druid Power: Celtic Faerie Craft and Elemental Magic.  By Amber Wolfe.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1996.  Glossary, bibliography, index, 272 pages.  ISBN: 0738705888.  VSCL. 

The Druid Renaissance.  Edited by Philip Carr-Gomm.  Hammersmith, London, Thorsons, Harper-Collins, 1996.  Resource list, 301 pages.  ISBN: 1855384809.  VSCL. 

Druid Triads, Wisdom Sayings  

The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth.   By John Michael Greer.  Foreword by Philip Carr-Gomm.  San Francisco, CA, Weiser Books, 2006.  Bibliography, index, 272 pages.  ISBN: 1578633540.   VSCL. 

The Druids.  By T. D. Kendrick.  London, Senate, Studio Editions, 1927, 1994.  Index, 227 pages.  ISBN: 185958036X.  VSCL. 

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
.   By Ellen Evert Hopman.   Rochester, Vermont, Destiny Books, 1995.  Appendices, bibliography, index, 213 pages.  ISBN: 0892815019.  VSCL. 

Drumming, Sacred Drumming, Drumming Circles, Shamanic Drumming

Earth, Air, Fire and Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic.  By Scott Cunningham.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1994.  Index, 223 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875421318.  VSCL. 

Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic.  By Scott Cunningham.  St. Paul, Llewellyn Pubs., 1994.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875421210.  Appendices, charts, 153 pages.  VSCL. 

Earth Prayers
.   Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon. San Francisco, Harper Collins, c 1991.  First Edition. Full Title: Earth Prayers from around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth. 451 pages, index of first lines, a calendar of earth prayers, and acknowledgments.  ISBN: 006250746X.  VSCL.  

Earth Spirit Living: Bringing Heaven and Nature into Your Home.  By Ann Marie Holmes.  Atria Books, Beyond Worlds, 2007.  288 pages.  ISBN: 1582701504.  VSCL. 

Ecomysticism: The Profound Experience of Nature as Spiritual Guide.  By Cal Von Essen, M.D..  Rochester, Vermont, Bear and Co., 2007.  Index, bibliography, 274 pages.  ISBN:  9781591431183.  VSCL. 

The Eight Aspects of Becoming: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes.  By Mike Garofalo. 

The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism - A Study in Spiritual Evolution   

Eight of Wands   The research notes of Mike Garofalo on tarot, chaos magic, sigils, etc. 

Eight Section Brocade Qigong  

Eight: The Castle

Eight Trigrams of the I Ching 

The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water and Earth in the Wiccan Circle.  By Deborah Lipp.  Llewellyn Pubs., 2003.  Illustrated edition.  288 pages.  ISBN: 073870301X. 

Elements of the Druid Tradition.   By Philip Carr-Gomm.  Shaftesbury, Dorset, Element Books, 1991.  Resources, bibliography, index, 131 pages.  ISBN: 1862040311.  VSCL. 

Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry, Volume I.  By Kveldulf Gundarsson.  iUniverse, Inc., 2007.  184 pages.  ISBN:  0595421652.  VSCL. 

Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits and Elementals.  By Ted Andrews.  Llewellyn Pubs., 1998, 2002.  240 pages.  ISBN: 0875420028. 

Encyclopedia Mythica.   By M. F. Lindemas.  

Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom: A Celtic Shaman's Sourcebook.  By Caitlin and John Matthews.  Shaftesbury,Dorset, Element, 1994.  Notes, Bibliography, Index, 456 pages.   ISBN: 1852305606.  VSCL. 

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic.  By John Michael Greer.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2000.  Index, 200 pages.  ISBN: 9780738796740.  VSCL. 

Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism.  By Diana L. Paxon.  New York, Kensington Pub., c 2006.  Index, appendices, bibliography, 204 pages.  ISBN: 0806527080.  VSCL. 

Exploring Celtic Druidism: Ancient Magick and Rituals for Personal Empowerment.  By Sirona Knight.  Franklin Gates, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2001.  Index, 240 pages.  ISBN: 9781564144898.  VSCL. 

Exploring the Northern Tradition.  A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites, and Celebrations from the Norse, German, and Anglo-Saxon Traditions.  By Galina Drasskova.  Foreword by Swaim Wodening, cofounder of the Angelseaxisce Ealdriht.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2005.  Index, bibliography, notes, appendix, 200 pages.  ISBN: 1564147916.   VSCL. 

Everyday Moon Magic: Spells and Rituals for Abundant Living.  By Dorothy Morrison.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2003.  Index, 271 pages.  ISBN: 9780738702490.  VSCL. 

Everyday Tao: Living With Balance and Harmony
.  By Deng Ming-Dao.  Harper, San Francisco, 1996.  272 pages.  ISBN: 0062513958.  VSCL.  

Faeries.  By Brian Froud and Alan Lee.  Harry N. Abrams, 25th Anniversary Edition, 2002.  216 pages.  ISBN: 0810932741. 

Fairies and Their Kin.  By Bob Thrubshaw. 

Fairies, Faeries, Nature Spirits: Bibliography, Glossary, Quotes, Links, Resources

The Fairies in Tradition and Literature.  By Katharine Mary Briggs.  Routledge Classics, 2nd Edition, 2002.  352 pages.  ISBN: 0415286018. 

The Faeries' Oracle.   Paintings by Brian Froud and book by Jessica Macbeth.  Simon and Schuster, Books and Cards Edition, 2000.  Book: 208 pages.  66 Tarot Cards.   ISBN: 0743201116.     

Farrar, Stewart (1916-2000)   Home   Links   

Father Oak's Druidism  

Feather River Grove, An ADF Druid Grove.   Chico, California.  Official ADF Grove.  The Grove uses various locations in Bidwell Park, Chico, and at the Mystic Valley Retreat Center in Puglia, California, near the Feather River.  The Feather River Grove of ADF is a legally recognized 501(C)3 Church, and all donations are tax-deductible.  The Senior Druid of the Feather River Grove is DruidMedb.

February: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age

First Degree Curriculum, Druid Apprentice, Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). 

Five Animal Frolics Qigong

Fitness and Well Being: Bibliography, Links, Resources  

Fortitude of Spirit   A blog by David Oliver Kling, Jr (Tau Athanasios)

The Four Elements and Quaternary Systems  

Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic.   By Edred Thorsson.  San Francisco, Weiser Books, 1984.  Glossary, bibliography, 155 pages.  ISBN: 9780877285489.  VSCL. 

Garden Retreats: Creating an Outdoor Sanctuary.   By Barbara Blossom Ashmun.  Photography by Allan Mandell.  Chronicle Books, 2000.  160 pages.   ISBN: 0811825000. 

Gardening and Spirituality

Gardening With Soul:  Healing the Earth and Ourselves with Feng Shui and Environmental Awareness
.  By Gaylah Balter.  Bloomington, Indiana, Learning Tree Books.  ISBN: 0970786115.   

Gardner, Gerald Brousseau (1884-1964)  

Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.L.S., The Librarian of Gushen Grove, Red Bluff, California, aka The Green Wizard

Geer, John Michael (1962-)   Seventh Grand Archdruid of the North of the Ancient Order of Druids of America (2003), Druid Companion of the Order Bards, Ovates, and Druids (2002).   Author of 12 books. 

Goddesses: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes  

Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.   By Brian Froud.  Simon and Schuster, 1998.  192 pages.  ISBN: 0684847817.

Good Magic.  By Marina Medici.  New York, Fireside Books, 1988.  249 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN:  0671763164.   

The Great Encyclopedia of Faeries.  By Pierre Dubois.  Simon and Schuster, 2000.  184 pages.  ISBN: 0684869578.  Illustrated by Roland and Claudine Sabatier. 

The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation.  Including the Demotic Spells.  Volume 1: Texts.  By Hans Dieter Betz.  With an updated Bibliography.  Second Edition, 1992.  Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1986, 1992.  Notes, appendices, 353 pages.  ISBN: 0226044475.  VSCL. 

Greek Religion.   By Walter Burkert.  Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, Reprint Edition, 2006.  512 pages.  ISBN: 0674362810.  Originally written in German and published in 1977; translated by John Raffan in 1985.  VSCL.   A scholarly review of Green Religion (1200 - 300 BCE).  No illustrations.  VSCL. 

The Green Man.   By Kathleen Basford.  D.S. Brewer, Reprint Edition, 2004.  128 pages.  ISBN:  0859914976.

The Green Man: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes, Lore, Myths.  Research by Mike Garofalo.  Associations:  Burry Man, Jack in the Green, Gawain and The Green Knight,  Green George, Green Lady, Greenman,  Green Man, Green Woman, Holly King, Leaf Man, Pan, Old Man of the Woods, Oak King, Robin Hood, Wood Sage. 

The Green Man - Paganmen    Includes Greenman workshop notes. 

Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth.   By William Anderson.  Photography by Clive Hicks. London, Harper Collins, c 1990. 176 pages, bibliography, notes.   "Beautifully illustrated in colour as well as black and white, and connected with a BBC Omnibus documentary,  Green Man is the record of a quest for the archetype through folklore, religion, art and architecture, 
from prehistory to the present."   ISBN: 0062500759.  

Green Man - Wikipedia

Green Way Blog   By Michael P. Garofalo

Green Way Research

Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore, and Herb Craft.   By Ann Moura (Aoumiel).  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1996.  Index, appendices, bibliography, 274 pages.  ISBN: 1567186904.  An good introductory text on the way of the old religion.  Insightful observations on the history of religon by a historian.  All aspects of the Green Craft are covered: philosophy, magick, rituals, seasonal celebrations, folk lore, herbals, craft tools, etc.  For Aoumiel, the Green Craft involves pantheism, polytheism, reverence for nature, non-dogmatic beliefs and practices, home arts, and mostly solitary practice.  VSCL.  

The Green Wizard, The Librarian of Gushen Grove, Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.L.S., Red Bluff, California.

Green Wizard: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes  

Grey School of Wizardry   Founded by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart in 2004.   California.  A study program for teenagers and adults. 

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
.  By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.  Ranklin Lakes, NJ, New Page Books, 2004.  Index, 370 pages.  ISBN: 1564147118.  A detailed and practical instructional manual on the way to become a wizard.  Intended for a young reader but useful to anyone.  An excellent reference tool.   VSCL.   

Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows.  By An Moura.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 2003. 304 pages.  ISBN: 0738702870.

Gushen Grove:  The word "Gushen" or "Gu Shen" is a phrase from the Chinese book by Lao Tze, The Tao Te Ching, and it means the "Valley Spirit - The Dark, Fertile, Empty, and Fathomless Ground of Beings, The Ever Giving Mysterious Mother of Life.  Karen and Mike Garofalo's sacred circle (nemeton) is in the center of the North Sacramento Valley, south of Red Bluff, California. 

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) - Concept and Theory  



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Harding, Douglas (1909-2007), "The Headless Way"

Harry Potter   A character created by author J. K. Rowling.    

Harvest Celebration, Lammas, Lughnasadh, Summer Festival, First Harvest, August 1st

Heinlein, Robert  Anson  1907-1988

Hedge Druids, Hedge Witches

Henge of Keltrina   

Herbs - Links    

A Hermetic, Esoteric and Mystical Website  

Hermetic Magic: The Postmodern Magical Papyrus of Abaris.  Edited and introduced by Stephen Edred Flowers, Ph.D.  Boston, Weiser Books, 1995.  Appendices, bibliography, index, 291 pages.  ISBN: 0877288283.  VSCL. 


The Hero's Journey
.  The World of Joseph Campbell: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work.  Edited with an introduction by Phil Cousineau.  New York, Harper and Row Publishers, 1990.  Index, 255 pages.  ISBN: 006250102X.  

High Days, Sacred Days in the Year, High Holy Days of Paganism

Home Sanctuary: Practical Ways to Create a Spiritually Fulfilling Environment.  By Nicole Marcelis.  McGraw Hill, Contemporary Books, 2000.  272 pages. ISBN: 0809224895.  

I Ching - Trigrams  

The Illuminatus! Trilogy.   By Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.  Includes: "The Eye in the Pyramid, the Golden Apple, and Leviathan."  New York, Dell, 1975.  805 pages.  ISBN:  0440539811.   VSCL. 

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies.   By Anna Franklin.  Vega, 2003.  288 pages.  ISBN: 1843336243.

In Nature's Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth.  By Patricia Montley.  Boston, Skinner House Books, 2005.  Index, bibliography, resources, 379 pages.  ISBN: 155896486X.  VSCL. 

In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology, and Myth.  By J. P. Mallory.  Thames and Hudson, Reprint Edition, 1991.  288pages.  ISBN: 0500276161.

Interconnectedness, Interdependence, Web of Life:  Quotes, Poems, Links

Invoke the Goddess: Visualizations of Hindu, Greek and Egyptian Deities.  By Kala Trobe.    St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 2000.  Index, bibliography, 207 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 1567184316.   

The Inward Journey.
   By Edith S. Schnapper.  The Concept of The Way in the Great Religions of World.  London, George Allen & Unwin.  1965, 1980.  Index, 235 pages.  ISBN: 0042910153.  A fascinating study of natural images and icons found in the religions of the world. 

Irish and Other Celtic Songs.  By Isaac Bonewits. 

January: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Journeying: Where Shamanism and Psychology Meet.   By Jeannette M. Gagan, Ph.D..  Rio Chama Publications, 1998.  177 pages.  ISBN: 0964208806.

July: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

June: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Labyrinths:  Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes  

Lammas: Celebrating Fruits of the First Harvest.   Anna Franklin and Paul Mason.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pub., 2001.  Bibliography, index, 276 pages.  ISBN: 0738700940.   VSCL.  

Lammas, Lughnasadh, Summer Festival, First Harvest, August 1st

Learning Ritual Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice.  By John Michael Greer, Earl King, Jr., and Clare Vaughn.   Boston, Massachusetts, Weiser Books, 2004.  Index, bibliography, 271 pages.  ISBN: 1578633184.  VSCL. 

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Calling the Quarters, Magickal Protective Sphere, Casting the Circle, Creating the Sacred Sphere

Liber Null and Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic.  By Peter J. Carroll.  Weiser Books, 1987.  214 pages.  ISBN: 0877286396. 

Librarian of Gushen Grove, Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.L.S., Red Bluff, California, aka The Green Wizard 

Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History.  By Diana Wells.  Illustrations by Heather Lovett.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.  Index, 369 pages.  ISBN: 97815651245912.  VSCL. 

Living Druidry: Magical Spirituality for the Wild Soul.  By Emma Orr.  Piatkus Books, 2005.  216 pages.  ISBN: 0749924977.

Living Paganism: An Advanced Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  By Shanddaramon.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Age Books, 2006.  Index, bibliography, 255 pages.  ISBN: 1564148254.  VSCL. 

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  By Scott Cunningham (1956-1993)  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1994.  Index, 220 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875421849.  

Llewellyn Publications

Llewellyn's 2010 Magical Almanac.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010.  Index, charts, 384 pages.  ISBN:
0738706906.  VSCL.     

Llewellyn's 2005 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac.  Holidays and lore, spells and recipes, rituals and meditations.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 2004.  264 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0738702293.  

Lughnasadh, Lammas, Summer Festival, First Harvest, August 1st

Mabon, Alban Elfed, Autumnal Equinox Celebrations, Harvest Home

Magic Gardens:  A Modern Chronicle of Herbs and Savory Seeds.  By Rosetta E. Clarkson.  Foreword by Sal Gilbertie.  New York, Collier Books, 1939, 1992.  Index, 369 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0020309767.  

Magical Herbalism.  By Scott Cunningham.  The Secret Craft of the Wise.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1997.  Index, 241 pages.  ISBN: 0875421202.  VSCL. 

The Magician's Companion.   A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism.  By Bill Witcomb.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1993.   Appendices, resources, 577 pages.  ISBN:  0875428681.   VSCL. 

The Magician's Dictionary  Online dictionary of the "Apocalyptic Cyclopaedia of Advanced Magickal Arts."  

The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of Rituals of Thelema.  By Lon Milo DuQuette. San Francisco, Weiser Books, 1993, 2003. Notes, bibliography, 261 pages. ISBN: 1578632994.

The Magickal Year: A Pagan Perspective on the Natural World.  By Diana Ferguson.  New York, Quality Paperback Book Club, 1996.  References, index, 224 pages.  ISBN: 0877288828.  VSCL.  

Magic of Trees: Lore, Myths, Sacred Stories, Nature Spirits in Trees

Magic: The Eight of Wands  Bibliography, Links, Resources. 

March: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

March: Vernal Equinox, Celebrations, Prayers, Rituals, Lore, Gods and Goddesses.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Master Book of Herbalism.  By Paul Beyerl.  Illustrations by Diana Greene.  Custer, Washington, Phoenix Pub. Co., 1984.  Index, 415 pages.  ISBN: 0919345530.  VSCL.  

Master Chang San-Feng



Grand Master Chang San-Feng


Master Han Shan

May: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Medicinal Herbs and Drugs

Meditation: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.  Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo.

Meditation - Methods

Meditation - Standing

Meditation - Walking

Merlin    Biography

Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice.   By Anna Franklin.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2003.  Glossary, appendices, bibliography, index, 225 pages.  ISBN: 0738700525.  VSCL. 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  Seventh Edition, 2009.  New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2009.  Index, 292 pages.  ISBN: 9781603290241.  VSCL. 

The Modern Day Druidess.  By Cassandra Eason.  New York, Kensington Pub. Co., 2003.  Index, appendices, 216 pages.  ISBN: 0806526378.  VSCL. 

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts.  By Donald Michael Kraig.   Second Edition, 2010.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1988, 2010.  Appendices, annotated bibliography, index, 581 pages.  ISBN: 0875423248.  VSCL. 

Months: Poems, Lore, Quotations, Bibliography, Pagan Lore, Notes, Chores.   Complied by Michael P. Garofalo.

Mount Analogue.  A Tale of Non-Euclidian and Symbolically Authentic Mountaineering Adventures.  By René Daumal.  Translated from the French by Carol Cosman.  Woodstock, New York,  Overlook Press, Tusk Ivories, 2004.   120 pages.   ISBN: 1585673420.  VSCL. 

Mt. Shasta Mountain, California, Sacred Mystic Mountain   Bibliography, Links, Resources, Lore, Quotations 

The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory and Practice.  By Brendan Cathbad Myers, Ph.D.  Foreword by Isaac Bonewits.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2006.  Notes, Index, 236 pages.  ISBN: 1564148785.  VSCL. 

Mythic Crossroads: Myths and Legends    Annotated links.  

The Mythic Forest: The Green Man and the Spirit of Nature.  By Gary Varner. 

Nature Mysticism    

Nature-Speak: Signs, Omens, and Messages in Nature.   By Ted Andrews.  Jackson, Tennessee, Dragonhawk Publishing, 2004.  Index, 445 pages.  ISBN: 1888767375.  VSCL. 

Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with the Intelligence in Nature.  By Marko Pogacnik.  Scotland, Findhorn Press, 2009.  This is a revised, updated and expanded version of the 1997 edition.  Bibliography, 253 pages.  ISBN: 9781844091751.  VSCL. 

Nature Spirits: Bibliography, Glossary, Quotes, Links, Resources 

Nature Spirits of the Trees: Interviews with Verena Stael Von Holstein.  Edited by Wolfgang Weirauch.  Translated by Matthew Barton.  Illustrated by Gudrun Hofrichter and Jesus Perez.  Edinburg, England, Floris Books, 2009.  228 pages.  ISBN: 0863157033.  VSCL. 

Nature Spirits:   Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies.  By Bobby Lake-Thom, Medicine Grizzly Bear.  Plume, 1997.  Bibliography, index, 224 pages.  ISBN: 0452276500.  VSCL. 

Neopagan Rites: A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work.  By Isaac Bonewits.  Llewellyn Publications, 2007.  240 pages.  ISBN: 0738711993.  VSCL. 

New Age and Neopagan Religions in America.   By Sarah M. Pike, Ph.D..  New York, Columbia University Press, 2004.  Notes, glossary, bibliography, index, 220 pages.  ISBN:  0231124023.  CSUM.  Ms. Pike is a professor at CSU Chico, CA. 

Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals and Beliefs.  By John Lindow.  Oxford University Press, 2001.  Index, 365 pages.  ISBN: 9780195153828.  VSCL. 

Northern California Pagans Network  

Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner.  A Book of Prayer, Devotional Practice, and the Nine Worlds of the Spirit.  By Galina Krasskova and Raven Kaldera.  Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, New Page Books, 2009.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 254 pages.  ISBN: 9781601630346.   VSCL. 

November: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 



Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD)


My wife, Karen, and I both joined the the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in May, 2010.  We are both studying the coursework for the Bardic Grade. 

Doire Bhrighid (Oak Grove of Brigid in Scots Gaelic) is a Seed Group with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids; located in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. 

Druid Cast - The Druid Podcast.  A Druid Podcast brought to you by the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. 

Grove of the Oaks   Sacramento, CA 

Gwersu of the OBOD (1- 12)   We subscribed to both the audio recordings on CD, and to the phamplets of the Gwersu (Lessons, Studies, Courses) of the OBOD.

Manannan mac Lir Grove  San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Message Board of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids - The Druid Grove 

OBOD Groves and Seed Groves 



Occult Philosophy: An Introduction, the Major Concepts and a Glossary.  By Marc Edmund Jones.  Stanwood, Washington, Sabian Publishing Society, 1948, 1977.  Index, 436 pages.  ISBN: 0394733436.  VSCL.   

October: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Olives:  Bibliography, Links, Quotations, Notes  

One Old Druid's Final Journey: The Notebooks of the Librarian of Gushen Grove

Order of Bards Ovates and Druids.   The largest Druid organization in the world.  A complete training program in print and audio versions, discussion groups, library, extensive resources.  I am a member of this Order as a Bardic Grade student. 

Order of Beatha  

Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality.  Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions.  By Matthew Fox.   New York, Jeremy Tarcher, 1983, 2000.  Notes, bibliography, index, 364 pages.  ISBN: 1585420674.  VSCL. 

Our Troth: Volume 1, History and Lore.  By Kveldulf Gundarsson.  2nd Edition, 2006.  North Charleston, SC, BookSurge Publishing, 1993, 2007.  Bibliography, 576 pages.  ISBN: 1419635980.  VSCL. 

Our Troth: Volume 2, Living the Troth.  Compiled by Kveldulf Gundarsson.  2nd Edition, 2007.  North Charleston, SC, BookSurge Publishing, 1993, 2006.  Bibliography, 589 pages.  ISBN: 1419636146.  VSCL. 

Owl's Daughter   Beth in Durham, NC, is a tarot expert. 


Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide.  By Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling.  Translated from the German by Katja Lueders and Rafael Lorenzo.  Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions, 2006.  Index, bibliography, 213 pages.  ISBN: 1594770921.  VSCL. 

Pagan Nation 

Pagan Prayers, Invocations, Rituals

A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book.  By Ceisiwr Serith.  Weiser, 336 pages, 2011.  VSCL.

The Pagan's Muse:  Words of Ritual, Invocation, and Inspiration.  Edited by Jane Raeburn.  New York, Citadel Press, Kensington Pub., 2003.  211 pages.  ISBN: 0806524405.  VSCL. 

Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation.  Joyce and River Higginbotham.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn, 2006.  Bibliography, index, 259 pages.  ISBN: 0738705748.  VSCL. 


Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions.  Joyce and River Higginbotham.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn, 2004.  Bibliography, index, 272 pages.  ISBN: 0738702226. 

Pa Kua Chang:  Links, bibliography, quotes, and notes.  Circle walking internal martial arts.  60Kb+  

The Path of Druidry: Walking in the Ancient Green Way.  By Penny Billington.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2011.  Index, bibliography, glossary, 331 pages.  ISBN: 9780738723464.   VSCL. 

Paths to Fitness and Well Being: Bibliography, Links, Resources

Pathways in the Green Valley Blog.   By Michael Garofalo. 

A Perennial Course in Living Druidry   The Druid Network 

Plants of Love : Aphrodisiacs in Myth, History, and the Present.
   By Christian Ratsch.   Ten Speed Press, 1997.  208 pages.   ISBN: 0898159288.  

“Portable Darkness: An Aleister Crowley Reader.” Edited by Scott Michaelson. Solar Books, 2007.

Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help.  By Marion Weinstein.  Revised Edition.  Foreword by Colin Wilson.  Custer, Washington, Phoenix Publications, Inc., 1978, 1981.  Index, 283 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 091934500X.

Practical Celtic Magic.  A working guide to the magical heritage of the Celtic Races.   By Murry Hope.  England, The Aquarian Press, 1987.  Index, 256 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN:  0850306248.   

Preparing for Lammas Celebration, Lughnasadh, Harvest Festival, August 1st, 7th Neo-Pagan Holy Day of the Year 

Preparing for the Autumn Equinox Celebration, Mabon, Alban Elfed, September 21st, 8th Neo-Pagan Holy Day of the Year 

Preparing for Samhain, Halloween, October 31st, 1st Neo-Pagan Holy Day of the Year

Principia Discordia  

Prometheus Rising.  By Robert Anton Wilson.  Tempe, Arizona, Tempe Publications, New Falcon Publications, 1983.  284 pages.  ISBN: 1561840564. 

Pulling Onions.  Gardening Quips, Observations, and One-Liners by Michael P. Garofalo.   Over 615 aphorisms. 


Qigong: Valley Spirit Center

Quotes for Gardeners.  Over 3,500 quotes arranged by over 140 topics.  Complied by Michael P. Garofalo.  


Readings to Uplift a Gardener's Spirits: Bibliography, Links and Resources  Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo.   

Reclaiming the Power: The How and Why of Practical Ritual Magic.  By Lady Sabrina.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn, Publications, 1992.  332 pages.  ISBN: 0875421660.  VSCL. 

Red Bluff Park.  Highway 99E near Hwy 36E and Salt Creek.  Silo.Net     Red Bluff Park II    Mario Rodríguez Cobos (Silo), 1938 - , author and spiritual guide was born in Mendoza, Argentina. 

Red Bluff, California, Valley Spirit Center  

Reformed Druids of Gaia   "The mission of the Reformed Druids of Gaia is to invoke a web of knowledge, mythos and experience that provides a framework for reconnecting with the Earth Mother, and re-gathering her progeny through tribal collectives consecrated to responsible conservatorship and progressive cognizance within the evolving tradition of Reformed Druidism."

Reformed Druids of North America Information Webpage   A highly informative webpage by Michael Schafley. 

Reformed Druids of North America, Carleton College, Founding Mothers and Fathers Grove, 1963 

The Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads.   By Arthur Berriedale Keith.  Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Pubs., 1925, 2007.  Two Volumes, Chapters 1-29, Detailed Index, 683 pages.  Published in 1925 by Harvard University Press.  ISBN: 9788120806443.  VSCL. 

The Religion of the Veda.  By Herman Oldenberg.  Translated by Shridhar B. Shrotri.  "Die Religion des Veda."  Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Pub., 1988, 2004.  Originally published in 1894 and revised in 1916.  Index, notes, 359 pages.  ISBN: 8120803922.  VSCL. 

Religion of the Ancient Celts.  By J. A. MacCulloch. 1911.  Text online.

Ripening Peaches:  Taoist Studies and Practices  

Rites of Passage: The Pagan Wheel of Life.  By Pauline Campanelli.  Illustrated by Dan Campanelli.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pub., 1994.  265 pages.  ISBN: 0875421199.  VSCL. 

Roman Pagan Religion   Roman hearth family religious practices. 

Roman Religion: A Sourcebook.  By Valerie M. Warrior.  Newburyport, MA, Focus Pub., 2002.  Index, bibliography, maps, 215 pages.  ISBN: 1585100307. VSCL. 


Sacred Circles and Spheres:  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes    By Michael Garofalo.

So You Want to Be a Wizard.  By Diane Duane.  San Diego, Magic Carpet Books, 1983.  

The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways.  By Edain McCoy.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1994.  Index, 255 pages.  ISBN: 1567186637.  Practical suggestions for celebrating the pagan holidays in the Wheel of the Year.  VSCL. 

Sacred Drumming.  By Steven Ash.  Edited by Renata Ash.  New York, Sterling Publishing Company, 2001.  Index, 144 pages.   Includes a 60 minute audio CD.  ISBN: 0806926570.  VSCL. 

Sacred Fire, Holy Well: A Druid's Grimoire.  By Ian Corrigan.  Tuscon, Arizona, ADF Publishing, Second Edition, 2009.  Gaeilge glossary, bibliography, 318 pages.  ISBN: 0976568128.  VSCL.  Excellent resources for liturgy. 

Sacred Sounds: Transformation Through Music and Word.   By Ted Andrews.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1993.  Bibliography, 214 pages.  ISBN; 087420184.  Bardic Traditions, pp. 115-211.  VSCL. 

Sacred Woods and the Lore of Trees   Very interesting presentations about the historical uses, lore, and magical properties of many types of trees. 

Save the Redwoods League  

Search for the Green Man - Mike Harding  

Secrets of Sacred Space.  By Chuck Pettis.  St. Paul, Minnesora, Llewellyn, 1999. 

Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group.  By Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero.   Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2002. 1st Edition.  792 pages.  ISBN: 1567181368.  VSCL. 

September: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  Research by Mike Garofalo. 

Sex Magick: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes

Shamanic Experience: A Practical Guide to Contemporary Shamanism.  By Kenneth Meadows.  Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, Element Books, 1991.  Glossary, bibliography, resources, index 196 pages.  ISBN: 1852302267.  VSCL.  

Shasta Mountain, California, Sacred Mystic Mountain   Bibliography, Links, Resources, Lore, Quotations 

The Solitary Druid: A Practitioner's Guide.   By Robert Lee (Skip) Ellison.   New York, Kensington Pub. Co,., Citadel Press, 2005.   Index, bibliography, appendices, 262 pages.  ISBN:  0806526750.  VSCL.  Revrend Ellison has been the Archdruid of Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF) and Dean of Divination and Beast Mastery - The Grey School of Wizardry. 

The Solitary Pagan  

Solitary Wicca for Life: A Complete Guide to Mastering the Craft on Your Own.  By Ann Muchy-Hiscock.  Provenance Press, 2nd Edition, 2005.  256 pages.  ISBN: 1593373538. 

Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation.  By Silver Ravenwolf.  St. Paul, Minnesota, 2005. Notes, bibliography, appendices, 590 pages.   ISBN: 0738703192.  VSCL. 

Solitary Ritual Format   Clan of the Triple Horses

Sophia: The Feminine Face of God: Nine Heart Paths to Healing and Abundance  By Karen Speerstra.  Nine Heart Paths to Healing and Abundance.  Studio City, California, Michael Wise Productions, 2011.  Index, bibliography, 340 pages.  ISBN: 9781611250046.  VSCL. 

Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God  By Caitlin Matthews.  New Revised Edition.  Wheaton, Illinois, Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, 2001.  Index, bibliography, notes, 430 pages.  ISBN:  0835608018.  VSCL. 

The Spirit of Gardening.  Over 3,500 quotes arranged by over 140 topics.  Complied by Michael P. Garofalo.  

The Spirit of Trees.   Stories, folktales, essays, curricular resources, poems and links about the symbolic and aesthetic dimensions of trees.  Outstanding links to folktales, stories, and legends about trees.  

The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess.  Rituals, invocations, exercises, and magic.  By Starhawk.  10th Anniversary Edition, Revised and updated.  Bibliography, index, 288 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0062508148.  A very influential work on Goddess worship and pagan religious practices. 

Spirituality and Sexuality

Staff, Rod, Wand
   Bibliography, links, resources, quotes, notes, practices.  

Standing Meditation  

Summer Festival, Lammas, Lughnasadh, Summer Festival, First Harvest, August 1st

Summerlands   Celtic NeoPagan resources.  By Searles and Deborah O'Dubhain. 

The Summer Solstice: Celebrating the Journey of the Sun from May Day to Harvest.  By John Matthews.  Foreword by Caitlin Matthews.  Wheaton, Illinois, Quest Books, 2002.  Index, 144 pages.  ISBN: 0835608158.  VSCL. 

Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks.  By Gary Thorp.  Broadway, 2001.  176 pages.  ISBN: 0767907736.  

Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and Qigong (Chi Kung): Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Journal, Notes   

Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman.  By John Matthews, with additional material by Caitlin Matthews.  Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions, 1991, 2002 (2nd Edition).  Index, extensive bibliography, 357 pages.  ISBN: 9780892818693.  VSCL. 

Tantra: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes

Taoism: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes   

Tara, Green Tara, White Tara, Buddhist Tantric Goddess

Tarot: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Notes, Recommendations 

The Tarot: Methods, Mystery and More.   By Cynthia Giles.  Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1996.  Index, 240 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0684818833.  

Teutonic Magic:  The Magical and Spiritual Practices of the Germanic People.  By Kveldulf Gundarsson.   Loughborough, Thoth Publications, 2nd Revised Edition, 2007.  Appendices, 341 pages.  ISBN: 1870450221.  VSCL. 

Tongues in Trees:  Studies in Literature and Ecology.  By Kim Taplin.  Devon, England, Green Books, 1989.  222 p. An excellent commentary on the role of trees in life, literature, and the artist's inspirations.  A fine collection of quotes and insightful comments on the writings on the following authors:   John Keats, John Clare, William Barnes, John Ruskin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, E. M. Forester, John Fowles, Ivor Gurney, David Jones, Andrew Young,  J.R.R. Tolkien, and Frances Horovitz.  VSCL.

Thoth Tarot: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Notes, Recommendations 





Green Way Journal by Michael P. Garofalo


Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity 

Tree Lore  

Trees - Buddhist and Hindu Lore

Trees for Healing:  Harmonizing with Nature for Personal Growth and Planetary Balance
.   By Pamela Louise Chase and Jonathan Pawlik.  North Hollywood, California, Newcastle Publishing Co., Inc., 1991.  257 pages.  Notes, bibliography, list of organizations.  The lore and magical aspects of trees.  ISBN: 
0878771573.  VSCL.  Organized by areas of the United States.  Includes a bibliography.  

Trees - Links and Quotes  

Trees: Lore, Myths, Magick, Legends Esoterica.  Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.  

Tree Medicine - Tree Magic.   By Ellen Evert Hopman and Diana Green.  Custer, Washington, Phoenix Pub., 1992.  176 pages.  ISBN: 0919345557.  

The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study of Magic.  By Israel Regardie.  Edited and annotated by Chick Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero.  Originally published in 1932.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 3rd Edition, 2000.  552 pages.  ISBN: 1567181325.  VSCL. 

Triads:  Wisdom Sayings of Celtic philosophy, Neopagan Druids   

Trigrams of the I Ching

Trismegistus, Hermes  Hermes is the Greek version of the Egyptian god Thoth.  He is associated with medicine, learning, literacy, time, magic, arcane wisdom, and the night-darkness-moon.  

The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic and Lore.  By Douglas Monroe.  St. Paul, MInnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1994.  430 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875424961. 

The Upanishads.  Introduced and translated by Eknath Easwaran.  Afterword by Michael N. Nagler.   Tomales Bay, California, Nilgiri Press, Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, 1987, 2007.  Index, notes, 382 pages.  ISBN: 1586380214.  VSCL. 

The Upanishads: The Wisdom of the Hindu Mystics.  Translated from Sanskrit by Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester.  New York, Signet Classics, 1948, 2002.  184 pages.  ISBN: 9780451528483.  VSCL. 

Valley Spirit (Gu Shen) - Concept and Theory

Valley Spirit Center, Red Bluff, California 

Valley Spirit Journal.   By Michael P. Garofalo.  A daily blog about life in the North Sacramento Valley, California.  Includes much on gardening, movement arts (Taijiquan, Walking, Qigong, Yoga), Green Wizardry, philosophy, web publishing, tarot, and lifestyle notes.    Includes some photographs.  

Valley Spirit Green Wizard.  He practices gardening, rites, qigong, taijiquan, yoga, tarot, walking, standing meditation, and drumming.  A philosopher and eclectic NeoPagan from Red Bluff, North Sacramento Valley, California. 

Veil of Isis; Or, Mysteries of the Druids.  By W. Winwood Reade.   Online text. 

Voices of the Earth: The Path of Green Spirituality.   By Clea Danaan.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2009.  Bibliography, 179 pages.  ISBN: 9780738714653.  VSCL. 

VSCL =  Valley Spirit Center Library.  The home library of Mike and Karen Garofalo, Red Bluff, California. 

Voyager Tarot: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Notes, Recommendations 

The Voyager Tarot:  Way of the Great Oracle.  By James Wanless.  Carmel, California,  Merrill-West Publishing, 1989.   330 pages.  ISBN: 0961507934.    VSCL.   I use this book and the Voyager Tarot each day. 

Waite, Arthur Edward 1857-1942   

Walkers Between the Worlds:  The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus.  By Caitlin and John Matthews.  Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditios, 1985, 2003.  Bibliography, index, 441 pages.  ISBN: 0892810912.  VSCL. 

Walking - Meditation

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives.  By Dan Millman.  H. J. Kramer, 1984.  216 pages.  ISBN: 0915811006.  

The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want.  By Deepak Chopra.  New York, Harmony Books, 1995.   169 pages.  ISBN: 051770434X.   VSCL. 

The Way of Wizards.  By Tom Cross.  Andrews McMell Pub., 2001.  176 pages.  ISBN: 0740719653.  Excellent illustrations by the author.  

Way of the Shaman.  By Michael Harner.  Harper San Francisco, 1990.  208 pages.  ISBN:  0062503731.

Ways of the Strega.  Italian Witchcraft: Its Lore, Magick and Spells.  By Raven Grimassi.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Pubs., 1995.  Index, 285 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 1567182534.  

Web of Life, Interconnectedness, Interdependence:  Quotes, Poems, Links 

The Well:  Myths, Lore, Rituals, Rites, Bibliography, Research Notes, Quotations.   By Michael P. Garofalo.

Western Esoterica - Hermetics Resources Website

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life.  By Pauline Campanelli.  Illustrated by Dan Campanelli.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1989, 1993.  ISBN: 0875420915.  VSCL. 

The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth.  By Robert Graves.  New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1948, 1975.  Index, 511 pages.  ISBN: 9780374504939.  VSCL. 


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.  By Scott Cunningham.  Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.  Index, bibliography, glossary, 218 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875421180.  A very good introduction to the Craft by an open-minded person.  

Wild Goose Qigong   





Months and Seasons
Quotes, Poems, Saying, Lore, Myths, Holidays, Gardening Chores
Compiled by Mike Garofalo
Winter Spring Summer Fall
January April July October
February May August November
March June September December 



Wilson, Robert Anton   (1932-2007)  Author of Illuminatas   Wikipedia   Homepage 

Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas.  By John Matthews.  With contributions by Caitlin Matthews.  Wheaton, Illinois, Quest Books, 2003.  Resource lists, 247 pages.  ISBN: 0835608344.   VSCL. 

Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  By Margie McArthur.  Freedom, California, Crossing Press, 1998.  Index, bibliography, 164 pages.  ISBN: 0895949369.  VSCL. 

The Witch and Wizard Training Guide.   By Sirona Knight.   Citadel Press, 2001.  186 pages.  ISBN: 0806522135.  Introduction to magickal practices.  

The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity.  By Janet and Stewart Farrar.  With line illustrations by Stewart Farrar.  Custer, Washington, Phoenix Publishing, 1987.  Index, 319 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0919345913.  

The Witches Voice (Witchvox)  NeoPagan News Online since 1997.

Witta: An Irish Pagan Tradition.  By Edain McCoy.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn, 1993.  Index, bibliography, glossary, resources, 253 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0875427324.  

Wizard County - A Gallery of New Age Art and Visionary Poetry  By M. Shannon Johns.  

Wizard Poems - Google Index  

Wizard's Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic.  By Caroline Tiger.  Price Stern Sloan, 2001.  87 pages.  ISBN:  0843177039.

Wizard's Handbook.  By Anton Adams and Mina Adams.   2003.  

Wizard - Wikipedia

The World of Darkness: Sorcerer - The Hedge Wizard's Handbook.   By James Estes and Phil Brucato.  White Wolf Pubs., 1997.  ISBN: 1565044517.

The World of Wizards: Modern Magical Tools and Ancient Traditions.  By Anton  Adams and Mina Adams.  Metro Books, 2003.  160 pages.  ISBN: 1586637568. 

Wudang Mountain, China   Qigong, Taoism, Taijiquan

Yeats, William Butler  1865-1939

The Yin of Tai Chi: Tao, Tai Chi and the Mysterious Female.  By John Lash.  London, Vega Books, 2002.  Index, 305 pages.  ISBN: 1843336154.  

The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant.  By Russill Paul.  Novato, CA, New World Library, 2004.  Notes, appendices, resources, index, 306 pages.  ISBN: 1577315367.   Includes audio CD.  VSCL. 

Zen Poetry

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The Green Wizard

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"Beloved, gaze in thine own heart, 
The holy tree is growing there; 
From joy the holy branches start, 
And all the trembling flowers they bear. 
The changing colours of its fruit 
Have dowered the stars with metry light; 
The surety of its hidden root 
Has planted quiet in the night; 
The shaking of its leafy head 
Has given the waves their melody, 
And made my lips and music wed, 
Murmuring a wizard song for thee."  
-  William Butler Yeats, The Two Trees



"In Life's name and for Life's sake, I say that I will use the Art for nothing but the service of that Life.   I will guard growth and ease pain.  I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened.   To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so -- till the Universe's end."  
-  Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard


The Spirit of Gardening.   My collection of over 3,500 quotes arranged by 140 topics on Gardening and the Green Way.


"Standing at the Mysterious Pass
Centered in the Eternal Now,
Balanced in Body and Open in Mind,
Rooted into the Sacred Space,
Motionless as the Golden Mountain,
Fingers around the Primeval Sphere.

Dragons and Tigers are still dreaming -
Ready for Rebirth. 

I breathe in, the World Breathes Out.
The Gate of Space opens;
Heaven moves and Yang is born.
The hands move out, embracing the One.
The mind settles and is clear.
The Dragon Howls,
Ravens fill the Vast Cauldron,
Mind forms melt like mercury,
Spirit rises in the Clouds of Eternity.
Yin appears like the moon at dusk.

I breathe out, the World Breathes In.
The Doors of Emptiness close;
Earth quiets and Yin is born.
The hands move in, entering the One.
The body settles and becomes whole.
The Tiger Roars,
The Great Ox is nourished by the Valley Spirit, 
Substances spark from flaming furnaces,
Essence roots in the Watery Flesh.
Yang appears like the sun at dawn.

Dragons and Tigers
Transformed within the Mysterious Pass -
Chanting and Purring.

-   Michael P. Garofalo
    Opening at the Mysterious Pass
Sun Style Taijiquan




"Where is man without the beasts?
If the beasts were gone, men would die
from a great loneliness of spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man.
All things are connected.
This we know.
The Earth does not belong to man;
man belongs to the earth.
This we know.

All things are connected, 
like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth."
-   Chief Seattle
    Message to President Pierce, 1954.
    Interdependence - Quotes for Gardeners




The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want
By Deepak Chopra, 1995. 

Lesson 1.  A wizard exists in all of us.  This wizard sees and knows everything.   The wizard is beyond opposites of light and dark, good and evil, pleasure and pain.  Everything a wizard sees has its roots in the unseen world.  Nature reflects the moods of the wizard.  The body and mind may sleep, but the wizard is always awake.  The wizard possesses the secret of immortality.

Lesson 2.  The return of the magical can only happen with the return of innocence.  The essence of the wizard is transformation. 

Lesson 3.  The wizard watches the world come and go, but his soul dwells in realms of light.  The scenery changes, the seer remains the same.  Your body is just the place your memories call home.  

Lesson 4.  Who am I? is the only question worth asking and the only one never answered.  It is your destiny to play an infinity of roles, but these roles are not yourself.  The spirit is nonlocal, but it leaves behind a fingerprint, which we call the body.  A wizard does not believe himself to be a local event dreaming of a larger world.  A wizard is a world dreaming of local events.  

Lesson 5.  Wizards don't believe in death.  In the light of awareness, everything is alive.  There are no beginnings or endings.  To the wizard these are only mental constructs.  To be most fully alive, you have to be dead to the past.  Molecules dissolve and pass away, but consciousness survives the death of the matter on which it rides. 

Lesson 6.  The wizard's consciousness is a field that exists everywhere.  The streams of knowledge are compressed in revelatory moments.  We live as ripples of energy in the vast ocean of energy.  When the ego is set aside, you have access to the totality of memory. 

Lesson 7.  When the doors of perception are cleansed, you will begin to see the unseen world - the wizard's world.  There is a wellspring of life within you where you can go for cleansing and transformation.  Purification consists of getting rid of toxins in your life: toxic emotions, toxic thoughts, toxic relationships.   All living bodies, physical and subtle, are bundles of energy that can be perceived directly. 

Lesson 8.  Power is a double edged sword.  Ego power seeks to control and dominate.  The wizard's power is the power of love.  The seat of power is the inner self.  The ego follows us like a dark shadow.  Its power is intoxicating and addicting but ultimately destructive.  The eternal clash of power ends in unity. 

Lesson 9.  The wizard lives in a state of knowingness.  This knowingness orchestrates its own fulfillment.  The field of awareness organizes itself around our intentions.  Knowledge and intention are forces.  What you intend changes the field in your favor.   Intentions compressed into words enfold magical power.   The wizard does not try to solve the mystery of life.  He is here to live it. 

Lesson 10.  We all have a shadow self that is part of our total reality.  The shadow is not here to hurt you but to point out where you are incomplete.  When the shadow is embraced, it can be healed.  When it is healed, it turns to love.   When you can live with all your opposite qualities, you will be living your total self as the wizard. 

Lesson 11.  The wizard is the teacher of alchemy.  Alchemy is transformation.  Through alchemy you begin the quest for perfection.  You are the world.  When you transform yourself, the world you live in will also be transformed.  The goals of the quest - heroism, hope, grace and love - are the inheritance of the timeless.  To summon a wizard's help, you must be strong in truth, not stubborn in judgment. 

Lesson 12.  Wisdom is alive and therefore always unpredictable.  Order is another face of chaos, chaos is another face of order.  The uncertainty you feel inside is the doorway to wisdom.  Insecurity will always be with the quester - he continues to stumble but never falls.  Human order is made of rules.  The wizard's order has not rules - it flows with the  nature of life. 

Lesson 13.   The reality you experience is a mirror image of your expectations.  If you project the same images every day, your reality will be the same every day.   When attention is perfect, it creates order and clarity out of chaos and confusion. 

Lesson 14.  Wizards do not grieve over loss, because the only thing that can be lost is the unreal.  Lose everything, and the real will still remain.  In the rubble of devastation and disaster are buried hidden treasures.   When you look in the ashes, look well. 

Lesson 15.  To the extent you know love, you become love.  Love is more than an emotion.  It is a force of nature and therefore must contain truth.  When you say the word love, you may catch the feeling, but the essence cannot be spoken.  The purest love lies where it is least expected - it unattachment. 

Lesson 16.  Beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping there are infinite realms of consciousness.  A wizard exists simultaneously in all times.  A wizard sees infinite versions of every event.   The straight lines of time are actually threads of a web extending to infinity. 

Lesson 17.  Seekers are never lost, because spirit is always beckoning to them.  Seekers are offered clues all the time from the world of spirit.  Ordinary people call these clues coincidences.  To a wizard there are no coincidences.  Every event exists to expose another layer of the soul.  Spirit wants to meet you.  To accept its invitation, you must be undefended.  When you seek, begin in your heart.  The cave of the hear is the home of truth. 

Lesson 18.  Immortality can be lived in the midst of mortality.  Time and the timeless are not opposites.   Because it embraces everything, the timeless has no opposite.  At the level of the ego, we struggle to solve our problems.  Spirit sees that struggle is the problem.  The wizard is aware of the battle between ego and spirit, but he realizes that both are immortal and cannot die.  Every aspect of yourself is immortal, even the parts you judge most harshly. 

Lesson 19.  Wizards never condemn desire.  It was by following their desires that they became wizards.  Every desire is created by some past desire.  The chain of desire never ends.  It is life itself.  Don't consider any desires useless or wrong - someday each one will be fulfilled.  Desires are seeds waiting for their season to sprout.  From a single seed of desire, whole forests grow.  Cherish every wish in your heart, however trivial it may seem.  One day these trivial wishes will lead you to God. 

Lesson 20.  The most good you can do for the world is to become a wizard. 

-   Deepak Chopra.   The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons in Creating the Life You Want.  New York, Harmony Books, 1995.   169 pages.  ISBN: 051770434X.  



Eight Trigrams of the I Ching




Themes of Wizardry
By Mike Garofalo, 2000

1.  Interconnectedness, Web of Life, Interdependence, Complexity 

2.  Sensory Awareness, Expanded Sensory Consciousness, Keen Senses, Close Observation, Being Present, Seeing Clearly

3.  Knowledge of the Rhythms, Seasons, Cycles, Patterns, Phases, and the Flow of Life.   

4.  Power of Intention, Will Power, Concentration, Being Focused, Applied Sciences, Magick, Spells 

5.  Transformation, Development, Growth, Self-Improvement, Flexibility and Adaptation, Mastery  

6.  Power of Plants, Plant Lore, Nature Studies, Botany, Gardening,  Elementals, Ecology

7.  Mysticism, Rituals, Worship, Spirituality, Sacred Circles

8.  Earth Religions, Paganism,  Pantheism, Mythology, Polytheism, Zen, Shamanism, Goddess 

9.  Mind/Body/Spirit Arts:  Qigong, Walking, Taijiquan, YogaMeditation, Dance, Mudras 


Pulling Onions.  Gardening Quips, Observations, and One-Liners by Michael P. Garofalo.   Over 680 aphorisms. 



Seven Precepts of Merlin:
First: Labor Diligently to acquire knowledge, for it is power.
Second:  When in authority, decide reasonably, for thine authority may cease.
Third:  Bear with fortitude the ills of life, remembering that no mortal sorrow is perpetual.
Fourth:  Love virtue - for it bringeth peace. 
Fifth;  Abhor vice - for it bringeth evil upon all. 
Sixth:  Obey those in authority in all just things, that virtue may be exalted.  
Seventh: Cultivate the social virtues, so shalt thou be beloved by all men. 
The motto of the Druids the world over is "United to Assist."  The aim of the Druids is Unity, Peace and Concord."

Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism, p.162. 



"He dances the Moon with power and grace
Amidst the hills and trees, in His sacred space
A dancer moving swiftly between the realms
There in the leaves . . . . what do you see?
If you honour the Old Ways - it may be He"

The mysteries of Nature are waiting to reveal themselves to you, just outside the realm of the mundane. . . . . If you follow the path of the dancing God, you may find that the world is a much more magical place than you ever imagined. . . . . Embrace a tree, relax in a garden, or sit in a wooded glen, to find the Greenman.  Focus on the mystery of a single clump of grass or a leaf. . .  If you are patient and engrossed in your appreciation of simple nature, the Greenman will come to you!"
The Green Man - Pagan Men




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The Green Wizard's Notes


"Green Wizard" or Black Coneflower, Rudbeckia occidentalis, "This unusual black-eyed Susan is the black eye without the Susan! It has no petals, only green sepals (the part that encloses the bud), which surround a long black cone. When the cone first forms, it has a gold ring of pollen around it that stands out like a Saturn ring (not visible in this pic). Considering that the actual flower parts (the cone) are black, this makes a neat Pluto plant, and it's then especially fitting that the golden petals are absent (absence being a Pluto quality). Its flower essence is used for reaching the hidden depths of the soul and helps with contacting one's shadow side. The flowers have strong stalks and are good cut or dried (great altar decorations). Keep them picked to get more flowers. The foliage is nice grey-green and goes well with other greyish/silver plants like wormwood, poppy, lavender, and California poppy. This is a good plant for cottage gardens and as a background for other black flowers. This magick herb flowers July-October and grows up to 39 in/1 m, although there are reports of it getting 5 ft/1.5m. It is a fast-growing plant and can bloom in 12 weeks. Bees, butterflies, and goldfinches love it. This native of western North America is also known as western coneflower, black cap coneflower, and black beauty coneflower."
Rudbeckia occidentalis, Green Wizard, Alchemy Works







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Cloud Hands Blog

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