Consulting plant spirits
for spiritual and psychological guidance and healing
A Ph.D. in Philosophy and Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies may not be the most likely resume builder for a Medical Herbalist, but Thea Summer Deer reveals a new dimension of herbal medicine in her book, Wisdom of the Plant Devas. It is a dimension where the plant’s spirit is consulted for guidance and healing beyond the physical. A student of metaphysics and the healing arts for more than thirty five years, she has been educated by herbalists and shamans across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Thea’s story begins in a traditional Seminole Indian Village where she ran barefoot, climbed coconut trees and fished in a bygone era along the banks of the Miami River. When she was eight her family moved to the rural countryside where she rode horses through mango, avocado and lime groves; swam in the ocean; and played in her mother’s award winning rose garden. Her fascination with herbs and medicinal plants began early in the mountains of North Carolina where she spent her childhood summers.
In Thea’s new book, Wisdom of the Plant Devas, each plant has a story to share with us, a healing story to guide us in trying times, a spirit medicine for the New Earth that is presently unfolding. Herbs are some of the most powerful allies we have for these transitional times–we just need to learn how to listen as they share their knowledge with us.
Examining the botany, modern and traditional uses, history, and folklore of 13 special herbs, such as rosemary, uva ursi, and datura, Thea shares divinations and messages from their devas, or plant spirits, explaining how these stories carry the herbs into our lives, letting them work their magic on us. Exploring herbal medicine from an energetic perspective, she reveals that by communing with the deva of a plant, we can call on the plant’s physical, psychological, and spiritual medicine and guidance–without ingesting it or even being in its presence.
Detailing the sacred space of a Medicine Wheel Garden, whether in a backyard or our imaginations, she connects us with the devas and empowers us to seek our own answers with their much-needed spiritual guidance and divinatory advice. Creating a bridge between botanical medicine and plant spirit medicine, she shows how by coming into community with the devas and co-creating with the world of nature, we can gain tremendous insights to help heal our hearts, our minds, and our spirits.
Wisdom of the Plant Devas is a multidimensional experience. Destined to become a guide book at the edge of evolution, it is a fascinating journey into botanical medicine, spirituality and psychology.
Want to know more? You can read more about the book, or learn more about the author, and how her journey began.
Title: Wisdom of the Plant Devas
Subtitle: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth
Author: Thea Summer Deer
Publisher: Inner Traditions Intl./Bear and Company Imprint
Retail Price: $16.00
Page Count: 224
Publication Date: August 19, 2011
Trim Size: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
Contact: Cynthia Fowles
Inner Traditions•Bear & Company Publicity
One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont 05767 USA
1-802-767-3174 ext. 135