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Uprisings and Wind Over Water

The current astrological transits reflect the idea of increased civic/political tensions, as well as uprisings. The 59th Hexagram of the I Ching offers an appropriate remedy.

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Masonic Templary III: The Contents of the Cup

Soma’s identification has eluded scholars for centuries. It is spoken of in the Vedas as a plant, a libation, a drug, a bull, and even a deity. Soma is not unlike the fruit of the tree of life in Judeo-Christian lore or the legendary amrita or food of the Greek gods.

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Snake Medicine: How Shamanism Heals

Animistic perspectives, which hold the cosmos as “a being to whom prayers and offerings are made, who is endowed with understanding, agency and sentience, and responds to the actions of humans,” are often dismissed as primitive, yet this account of a healing within the shamanic traditions of the Native American Church and the vegetalistas of the Peruvian Amazon reminds us of how profound healing can be when it arises from indigenous perception of a sentient, living cosmos.

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Japanese Media and Psychedelic Yokai

The popularity of monster hunting culture in the demon blood-soaked West comes from its prehistoric psychedelic origins, when our ancestors freely indulged in visionary plants and found themselves living in the enchanted world of laughing fairies.

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