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  • Rewilding the Sacred Masculine
  • Written by: Sophie Strand
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins

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• Reveals the restorative fungi archetype of Osiris, the Orphic mysteries as an underground mycelium linking forests and people, how Dionysus teaches us about invasive species and playful sexuality, and the ecology of Jesus as depicted in his nature-focused parables

• Liberates Tristan, Merlin, and the Grail legends from the bounds of Campbell’s hero’s journey and invites the masculine into more nuanced, complex ways of dealing with trauma, growth, and self-knowledge

Long before the sword-wielding heroes of legend readily cut down forests, slaughtered the old deities, and vanquished their enemies, there were playful gods, animal-headed kings, mischievous lovers, trickster harpists, and vegetal magicians with flowering wands. As eco-feminist scholar Sophie Strand discovered, these wilder, more magical modes of the masculine have always been hidden in plain sight.

Sharing the culmination of eight years of research into myth, folklore, and the history of religion, Strand leads us back into the forgotten landscapes and hidden secrets of familiar myths, revealing the beautiful range of the divine masculine, including expressions of male friendship, male intimacy, and male creative collaboration. In discussing Dionysus and Osiris, Strand encourages us to think like an ecosystem instead of like an individual. She connects dying, vegetal gods to the virtuous cycle of composting and decay, highlighting the ways in which mushrooms can restore soil and heal polluted landscapes. Exploring esoteric Christianity, the author celebrates the Gnostic Jesus of the Gospel of Thomas, imagining the ecology that the Rabbi Yeshua would have actually been referencing in his nature-focused parables. Strand frees Tristan, Merlin, and the Grail legends from the bounds of Campbell’s hero’s journey and invites the masculine into more nuanced, complex ways of dealing with trauma, growth, and self-knowledge.

Strand reseeds our minds with new visions of male identity and shows how each of us, regardless of gender, can develop a matured ecological empathy and witness a blossoming of sacred masculine powers that are soft, curious, connective, and celebratory.

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©2022 Sophie Strand. All Rights Reserved. (P)2022 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

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  • 12-01-23

The Flowering Wand

Sophie‘s writing is life changing. She reminds me that all life is a continuum, there is no end, death is ever present and alive

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  • 24-12-22

absolutely delightful

exactly the medicine we need for these times. thank you for the trip, I will come back to this often

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  • Pixieface
  • 13-12-22

Extraordinary, thought provoking book!

This book is astonishing! I found myself enthralled and deeply moved by this revisioning of masculine mythic figures. I didn’t agree with all of the author’s points but everything made me think in new and fertile ways like the very best of conversations with a beloved friend. Highly recommended!

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  • 03-12-22

A work of art

This is a book I will read (or listen to) again and again. If you’re curious/passionate about the interweaving of ecology, spirituality and mythology, this queer presentation of the untold mycelial mythology is an enchanting place to start!