The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals (Hardcover)
Toll begins her book by comparing an herbiary to a bestiary: both are fantastic, imaginative works, not intended to be used as scientific texts. That describes this whimsical book perfectly, with its fanciful descriptions of each plant as an anthropomorphized character and rituals and reflections that relate to the plants' properties.
This book is excellent on the strength of its pictures alone. Every page is stunningly illustrated with unique interpretations of each plant. The included oracle cards are a beautiful bonus.— Kaley
Rosemary is for remembrance; sage is for wisdom. The symbolism of plants — whether in the ancient Greek doctrine of signatures or the Victorian secret language of flowers — has fascinated us for centuries. Contemporary herbalist Maia Toll adds her distinctive spin to this tradition with profiles of the mysterious personalities of 36 herbs, fruits, and flowers. Combining a passion for plants with imagery reminiscent of tarot, enticing text offers reflections and rituals to tap into each plant’s power for healing, self-reflection, and everyday guidance. Smaller versions of the illustrations are featured on 36 cards to help guide your thoughts and meditations.
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“In this delightful debut, Toll relies on her imagination to spin a fun botanical mythology. O’Hara’s bright, bold illustrations—which introduce each entry and are also included as a divination deck—will appeal to readers with strong lines and a sense of glowing from their centers, a boldness that carries through to the more representational sketches of plants that follow. It will appeal to those looking for fun new ways of considering plants.” — Publishers Weekly
“This book is enchanting, wise, engaging, and entertaining! Filled with magic, myth, and tantalizing bits of wisdom, The Illustrated Herbiary may just be one of the most delightful and original herbals written, and definitely one of the most beautifully and lavishly illustrated. Don’t expect to learn a lot of scientific facts about herbs in this whimsical ‘herbiary,’ but be prepared to find your sense of wonder kindled and your imagination sparked as you connect in a most profound and playful relationship with the green world around you.” — Rosemary Gladstar, herbal educator, activist, and best-selling author
“Opens us to the plant world and ancient teachings from those who live close to the earth.” — Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation
“Part oracle, part kitchen-conversation with a beloved friend, this book is a treasure that will open your awareness to the plant world like never before.” — Asia Suler, founder One Willow Apothecaries
“Who knew that plants had such a powerful language and could speak to the core of our soul? The rituals are deliciously simple and the accompanying oracle cards are a delight.” — Brigit Esselmont, author, Everyday Tarot & founder of Biddy Tarot
“Every page blooms with deep-rooted plant wisdom.”— Rosalee de la Forêt, author, Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal
“It takes a special ear and heart and mind to translate nature's wisdom, and Maia Toll does it with staggering beauty. The messages of healing and renewal here, for the earth and human, will leave you smiling and spellbound.” — Linda Sivertsen, author, Generation Green, & host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast
“Rife with wit and wisdom about the more ethereal aspects of 36 botanicals, The Illustrated Herbiary invites readers to enter into an ever-deeper relationship with the plant allies we share this Earth with.” — Ashley English, author of the “Homemade Living” Series
“Beautifully written, vibrantly illustrated and a seamless blend of physical observations and spiritual sagacity. This herbal is not primarily about healing your body; it is about how plants can help you heal your life.” — Robin Rose Bennett, herbalist and author of The Gift of Healing Herbs and Healing Magic- A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living
“This is an important book full of kindness, old ways made new and practical magic. Maia is a voice for the plants she so lovingly shares with us, and she makes their healing energy and wisdom accessible to all.” — Nicole Cody, award winning blogger and metaphysical mentor
“Maia's book is beautiful and informative and sassy. It is a delicious introduction for the new herbalist and a strong addition to any herbal, gardening or esoteric library. You should own this book.” — H. Byron Ballard, folklorist, author Earth Works