As wizards understand, to know Creation is to know Thyself.
From the herbalism of early hunter-gatherer Homo sapiens in the Holocene to the emerging botany of Aristotle to current discoveries of planta epigenetics, we mages are sorely lacking in knowledge with practical utility. Collecting old books of spirit lists is a nice hobby for content consumers, but does little in the way of allowing the true mage to express their innate force of will within Creation.
Jupiter is expansion. Galileo's discoveries of Jupiter's moons brought expansion to our minds, and would lead, in time, to the Galileo spacecraft being sent into the orbit of the kingly planet.
Fuxing, one of the three Sanxing, is my favorite archetypal Jupiter. He is the God of Wealth, just as he is in other times and places. Fuxing holds a traditional ruyi scepter. Fu was early on associated with crops and the accumulation of wealth. In my magical operations Jupiter has brought specifically into Kelly’s and mine minds the knowledge of the natural world, and very specifically plants and plant spirits. It has become too tiring for us to try to express outwardly the inner realities we experience. They aren’t the point anyway. The point is that they point you to Work to do - here and now, by your innate force of will, in the natural world we are born of.
And so, with that, this will be the first blog post in a series that will seek to educate the mage towards a deeper understanding of their most called upon allies within the Kingdom Plantae.
Those early herbalists within the Holocene inhabited the very mountains that I live in today - the Appalachian mountains, which was long ago Cherokee territory. Before we jump into the local flora, we will seek to gain fluency in what Terence McKenna called the very technical language of botany, beginning with physiology.
An example of a eudicot, or clade of flowering plants, which make up 3/5ths of all plant species.
Eukaryotic plant cell:
Cell Structure of a leaf:
Sexual reproduction by flower