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The Flowering Wand: Rewilding the Sacred Masculine
by Sophie Strand


This book challenges the traditional, often rigid and violent, narrative of masculinity by re-rooting it in nature, ancient mythology, and the wisdom of diverse ecological systems.

Key Concepts:

  • The Flowering Wand: Represents a more expansive and connected form of masculinity, grounded in nature and relationality.
  • The Sword: Represents the traditional patriarchal masculine, focused on dominance, violence, and separation.
  • Mycelium: Serves as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of myths, ideas, and the natural world.
  • Rewilding the Masculine: Exploring the lost and often forgotten archetypes of masculinity that embraced nature, play, and multiplicity.


  • Breaking Free from Monolithic Narratives: The book challenges rigid, patriarchal narratives of masculinity by highlighting a diverse range of ancient and forgotten archetypes.
  • Rediscovering Connection to Nature: Strand emphasizes the interconnectedness of humans with the environment, highlighting the importance of listening to and learning from the natural world.
  • Rethinking Masculinity and Gender: The book explores the fluid and multifaceted nature of masculinity, challenging the binary of male/female and advocating for a more inclusive and holistic understanding of gender.
  • Healing Trauma: The book acknowledges the deep wounds caused by patriarchal systems and explores how a more nature-connected and embodied masculinity can promote healing.

Key Figures:

  • Dionysus: The wild god of the vine, representing ecstatic celebration, nature-based spirituality, and fluidity of gender.
  • Merlin: The wizard who embodies a connection to the natural world and teaches kingship through understanding the multiplicity of nature.
  • The Minotaur: Represents the dance of life and the interconnectedness of humans and the animal world.
  • Orpheus: The mythical musician who embodies the power of song to heal and connect with the underworld.
  • The Hanged Man: Represents a shift in perspective, allowing for understanding rooted in the earth and the body.
  • The Empress: Embraces the masculine as a welcoming home, a space for nurturing and connection.
  • Jesus: Strand reinterprets Jesus's teachings through a more nature-based lens, highlighting his connection to the earth and his potential as a figure of ecological wisdom.
  • Tom Bombadil: The enigmatic figure who represents a pre-patriarchal state of being, embodying a deep connection to nature and playful mastery.
  • Sleeping Beauty: Represents the sleeping world, waiting to be awakened by a more compassionate and curious masculinity.


Strand uses a blend of mythology, psychology, ecology, and personal experience to weave a powerful argument for a more sustainable and fulfilling form of masculinity. She draws upon a rich tapestry of stories and figures from various cultural traditions and explores their potential to inform a more holistic understanding of the masculine.

Ultimately, "The Flowering Wand" is a call to action for men to re-root themselves in nature, embrace their complexity, and become active agents of healing and change for themselves and the world.