Keynote Lecture:The World of Herbal Magick: A Meta-Analysis of Twentieth-Century Ethnobotanical Research
In this lecture Paul will discuss the importance of his work and what led him to this path as an Ethnobotanical researcher. He will discuss the issues in an herbal world that is increasingly modeled after the American Medical Association and why it’s imperative to do this type of research. He will discuss his qualifications as a researcher, the criteria he uses to determine if the data meets the standards for research and discuss what sources he has used in his research resulting in over 1700 herbal monographs.
Rev. Paul Beyerl has been known as an educator in the field of botanical medicine as well as Herbal Magick since the 1970s. His book The Master Book of Herbalism, published in 1984 is selling as strong as ever today. When his seminal book A Compendium of Herbal Magick was published in 1996 he had documented information on 330 species. Data he gathered for this book had to meet his requirement of being academically sound with documented historical accuracy. Today his research has files on approximately 2500 different species which are used in folk magick, religious ceremony and shamanic practices. His research (about 75% completed) has taken him through research from the subcontinent (primarily India and Nepal), the southern third of Africa, North America and Europe.
Beyerl is the founder of The Rowan Tree Church (incorporated in 1980) with its Mystery School for advanced training in Magick and the Mysteries. His work includes The Hermit’s Grove which is the imprint as a publishing house as well as the umbrella for the botanical programs including The Master Herbalist Program and the new botanical gardens.
With his partner, Rev. Gerry, the Beyerl’s have relocated the Church and Grove’s Administrative and Publishing to a new Retreat Center they are establishing in the hills of the Root River near Houston, Minnesota in the Driftless Area of the Upper Mississippi, untouched by the drift of the last two glacial periods.
**Remembering Paul** May his memory always be a blessing~
In 2020, Paul and the Rowan Tree Church celebrated their 40th year of incorporation as a Wiccan Church. On December 30, 2021 Founder and Eldermentor Rev. Paul V. Beyerl passed beyond the veil and is now among the ancestors.