Works in Progress

Works currently in progress resurrect the lore and esoteric wisdom traditions that have been suppressed, ignored and all but forgotten by conventional religion and psychology. They include a 22-chapter herbal intended for the modern mystic and a personal journal of spiritual quest, in the planning for this site. The particular focus of both these works is the esoteric body of knowledge known as Western Hermeticism.

An Annotated Mikado, completed by Wyn Wade in 1978, awaits its time for publication.

THE FIRE IN THE FENNEL STALK: Herbal Tales of Mind and Consciousness

Based on the medieval Doctrine of Signatures and utilizing the lore and properties of twenty-two plants, The Fire in the Fennel Stalk has been called “a nature trip through the journey of the soul.” Drawing on concepts alluded to in the mystical writings of the Kabbalists and further explored by Freud and Jung, the work traces the path of the spirit from ego-consciousness to God-consciousness, from our everyday mentality oblivious of the Unconscious, to conscious spiritual enlightenment and union with the divine.

“In a tomb of Hermes in a cave near Ebron, it is said that Alexander the Great found an emerald tablet on which were inscribed, on green stone, thirteen sentences in Phoenician characters. Known in legend as the Emerald Tablet, it included an observation for which it would be best remembered:

What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of One Thing. And as all things were produced by the mediation of One Being, so all things were produced from this One Thing by adaption.”

–Excerpt from the introduction to The Fire in the Fennel Stalk: Herbal Tales of Mind and Consciousness ©, a work in progress by Wyn and Barbara Wade


This unpublished work by Wyn Craig Wade captures the lives and times of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in a running commentary on the libretto of their most famous masterpiece comic opera, The Mikado. Using illustrations from newspapers of the time, explanations of now obscure references, and performance history notes, the unique genius of the partnership between these two masters is examined in the special light of the Victorian Age.