Quest for the Green Man

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The Green Man is the archetype of the generative masculine energy of the earth. In the ancient mythology of myriad cultures, he is Mother Nature's consort--and their lusty union is what makes the earth fertile again every spring. Now, John Matthews says, the Green Man is reemerging to balance the stereotype of Man as Destroyer and to heal our relationship with the natural world. With stories, lore, and poetry, Matthews tracks the Green Man in his many guises throughout history and as an icon in the modern ...
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Overview


The Green Man is the archetype of the generative masculine energy of the earth. In the ancient mythology of myriad cultures, he is Mother Nature's consort--and their lusty union is what makes the earth fertile again every spring. Now, John Matthews says, the Green Man is reemerging to balance the stereotype of Man as Destroyer and to heal our relationship with the natural world. With stories, lore, and poetry, Matthews tracks the Green Man in his many guises throughout history and as an icon in the modern ecological movement. His lush text is enriched with illustrations ranging from medieval architecture to modern art and with simple meditations for finding the Green Man in the forest of our own imagination. Altogether, this lively book will delight the eye, thrill the story-loving heart, and quicken the spirit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608251
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST QUEST
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: The Quest Begins 6
Chapter 1 The Face in the Leaves 18
Practice: Making a Shrine to the Green Man 40
Chapter 2 The King of the Wood 42
Meditation: The Green Lady 54
Chapter 3 Gods of the Forest 56
Meditation: The Guardian of the Woods 64
Chapter 4 The Dancers in the Green 66
Meditation: A Vision of the May 84
Chapter 5 The Green Gome 86
Meditation: The Green Giant 102
Chapter 6 The Wildman and the Wodewose 104
Meditation: A Vision of Herne 122
Chapter 7 The Greening of the Soul 124
Practice: A Ritual Journey 134
Sources and Resources 138
Further Reading 139
Index 142
Illustration Credits 144
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