The Green Wizard's
Reading List and Net Bookmarks


Starting on July 10, 2007, this webpage is updated and maintained at and served from:



Green Magick and Wizardry, Green Way, Green Man
Ancient Shamans, Philosophers, Lore Masters, Sages, Magi, Adepts, Wise Ones
Polytheistic Pagan Customs and Beliefs, Neo-Pagans, Druidry, Wicca, Taoism
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, Web Bookmark

The Spirit of Gardening

Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Notes


Research by Michael P. Garofalo



July 9, 2007  Last Update at this web address.




Michael P. Garofalo sometimes writes under the pen name of "The Green Wizard."
Is he really a wizard?
Green Way Blog: The Green 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. A purely arbitrary selection of what interests me in the general subject areas of nature spirituality, Druidry, Neo Pagan esoterica, aesthetics, ritual, mysticism, and the Green Way.  It is a web bookmarker and bibliography for my use; and others might find it useful.  2)  I'm a member of Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), studying for the First Degree.  Therefore, this list reflects my research, reading, and practices as guided by AODA.  3)  My current interests include:  July     Butte County California Pagans    Mt. Shasta     Sun Taijiquan    Green Man

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

Above the Fog   Zen poetry by Mike Garofalo. 

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."  

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

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."   

Amethyst's Wicca     

Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA)   

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.   

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

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

Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF): A Druid Fellowship

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. 

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.    Buddhism. 

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

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

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    

Book of Pagan Prayer.  By Ceisiwr Serith.  York Beach, Maine, Weiser, 2002. 

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.      

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, Wiccan, Online Resources

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.   

Butte County Pagans Yahoo Group, Northern California  

The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum  

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 in-depth study of four spring and summer Celebrations in the 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 in-depth study of four autumn and winter Celebrations in the NeoPagan year.  Rich in details and ideas. 

Chang San-Feng, Taoist Master l'encyclopédie des mondes imaginaires.  Liens en Anglais.  

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.    

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

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

Controversial - Wiccan and Witchcraft.    By George Knowles.

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

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.    

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.  MGC.  

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

CSUL = 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.  MGC.  ISBN:   0875421261.   

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

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 Ecology Resources

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,[1][2][3][4] 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."  

Discordianism - Links

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.   MGC. 

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.    

Druid Network  

Druid Network - Pacific Northwest

The Druidry Handbook: Spiritual Practice Rooted in the Living Earth.   By John Michael Greer.  Weiser Books, 2006.  272 pages.  ISBN: 1578633540.   VSCL. 

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
.   By Ellen Evert Hopman.   Destiny Books, 1994.  228 pages.  ISBN: 0892815019. 

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0875421318.  

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

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.  MGC.  

Eight Section Brocade Qigong  

Eight Trigrams of the I Ching 

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

Encyclopedia Mythica.   By M. F. Lindemas.  

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

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

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  

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

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

Five Animal Frolics Qigong

Fitness and Well Being: Bibliography, Links, Resources  

The Four Elements and Quaternary Systems

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)  

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.  MGC.  ISBN:  0671763164.   

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

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.  MGC.   A scholarly review of Green Religion (1200 - 300 BCE).  No illustrations. 

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.  MGC.  

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.   MGC.   

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

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) - Concept and Theory  


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

Heinlein, Robert  Anson  1907-1988

Henge of Keltrina   

Herbs - Links    


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.  

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 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.  MGC.  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. 

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.  

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

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

Llewellyn Publications

Llewellyn's 2004 Magical Almanac.  St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2003.  Index, charts, 384 pages.  MGC.  ISBN: 0738701262.   

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0738702293.  

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0020309767.  

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

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.  MGC.  ISBN:  0875428681.  

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

March: Quotations, Poetry, Celebrations, Bibliography, Links, Gardening Chores.  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.  MGC.  

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

MGC = In the Valley Spirit Center Library (VSCL) collection of Mike and Karen Garofalo. 

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. 

Months: Poems, Lore, Quotations, Bibliography, 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. 

The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory and Practice.  By Brendan Cathbad Myers.  Foreword by Isaac Bonewits.  New Age Books, 2006.  237 pages.  ISBN: 1564148785. 

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

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. 

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.  CSUL.  Ms. Pike is a professor at CSU Chico, CA. 

Northern California Pagans Network  

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

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. 

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  

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

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

Pagan Nation

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. 

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

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.  

Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help.  By Marion Weinstein.  Revised Edition.  Foreword by Colin Wilson.  Custer, Washington, Phoenix Publications, Inc., 1978, 1981.  Index, 283 pages.  MGC.  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.  MGC.  ISBN:  0850306248.   

Preparing for the First Harvest Celebration (Lammas, Lughnasa, 6th Neo-Pagan Holiday)

Principia Discordia

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

Qigong: Valley Spirit Center

Quotes for Gardeners.  Over 3,300 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.  MGC. 

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."

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

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.  MGC. 

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 1567186637.  Practical suggestions for celebrating the pagan holidays in the Wheel of the Year.  

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 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. 

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

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.  MGC.  

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.  MGC.  Archdruid of Ar nDraiocht Fein (ADF) and Dean of Divination and Beast Mastery - The Grey School of Wizardry. 

The Solitary Pagan

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.  MGC. 

Solitary Ritual Format   Clan of the Triple Horses

The Spirit of Gardening.  Over 3,300 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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0062508148.  A very influential work on Goddess worship and pagan religious practices.

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

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

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

Taijiquan and Qigong: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Journal, Notes   

Taoism: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes   

Tarot - Aid to Meditation 

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

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. 



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.  MGC.  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.  

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0875424961.  A number of Neopagan and Druidic scholars question the value and accuracy of Mr. Monroe's writing on Merlyn lore and magic; and rate this work as fictional "hogwash." 

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. 

VSCL =  Valley Spirit Center Library.  The home library of Mike and Karen Garofalo. 

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

Waite, Arthur Edward 1857-1942   

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.   MGC. 

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.  MGC.  ISBN: 1567182534.  

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

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. 


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.  MGC.  ISBN: 0875421180.  A very good introduction to the Craft by an open-minded person.  

Wild Goose Qigong   




Seasonal and Gardening
Poems, Quotes, Sayings, Ideas, Chores
Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo





January April July October
February May August November
March June September December



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

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.  MGC.  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.  MGC.  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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Mike Garofalo pulling onions in the vegetable garden. 







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 3,400 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 615 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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