The DMT Mandala.

Illustration of the DMT Mandala shows the Spirit of the Mimosa Hostilis Tree. You can see the Spirit rising from the top of the Tree. At the base of the Tree - 2 Shamans ethically harvest only the lateral roots of the Tree. The Spirit has 12 hands with bracelets. Using American Sign Language these 12 hands spell out; “All One Source”. He is holding 2 mushrooms which are Psilocybin, also known as 4-HO-DMT, or 4-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine. So this is a tip of the cap to the Fractal Nature of DMT to occur in different forms and totally different biological structures (mushrooms/plants).
The circle of 16 Mayan-inspired panels that his hands are pointing to describe in great detail the path from the Germination of the Mimosa Seed, all the way through an Extraction and Recrystallization of DMT. As you complete the Circle you are brought finally to the Molecule itself, raised above the hands of the Spirit, Radiating. The Keyhole to Imagination is marked with undecipherable and forgotten Sacred text, all the way around. The 12 hands with bracelets represent the 12 carbon atoms of the DMT Molecule. The 16 panels that the hands are pointing to represent the 16 hydrogen atoms, and finally the two Spheres held in the hands of the Spirit, represent the 2 nitrogen atoms; to complete the DMT Molecule.

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Source: Siberian Times

This festival, named ‘Call of 13 Shamans’ was held in an area of Siberia that retains great respect for shamans and was intended as a show of unity by the planet’s most respected practitioners.

Among the participants was Guillermo Kestenbettsa (Peru), Hivshu (Greenland), Kim Dzhong Hee (South Korea), Otakame Rogelio Carrillo (Mexico), Mariman (Gerardo Arrieta Aranda) (Chili), Zhamsuran Chuluunbaator (Mongolia), Kailash Kokopelli (Sweden), Elvil Chilbiir-Kam (Olard Dixon) (Russia) and others.

Normally when you go into a 'magic' shop 80% of the stuff they're selling is bullshit

Maybe they sell crystals, dried herbs (which are way past their expiration date and have been stored incorrectly), and some figurines of gods/goddesses.

But most of the time they’re full of ‘love spell books’, 'fairy friends’, 'angel guide books’ and some figurines of fairies and dragons.

Most of this stuff is bullshit and completely useless to a practicing witch but I still live in hope of being able to purchase my supplies locally.

However, purely by chance (i was looking for some jewelry) I came across an etsy shop called wildwizardcrafts. Browsing through their products, I was amazed.  This is the first online 'store’ I’ve ever come across which instead of trying to sell me bottled 'spells’ and 'potions’ actually sells ingredients for everything and they all look pretty fresh since I think he gets them locally.

let me give you an example:

  1. Mistletoe 

  2. Yew 

  3. Juniper berries, wood and leaves 

  4. Blackthorn witch pins 

  5. Oak/Rowan/Willow/Birch/Apple/etc. wood products
  6. Bones/Skulls (Raven, Crow, Deer, Wolf, Bison, Bobcat etc.) 

     

  7. As well as Fur, Teeth, Claws, Feathers, Feet and Antlers of various animals.
  8. Need a Rabbit Foot to make a Luck Charm/Curse?

  9. How about Crossroad and/or Graveyard Dirt?

  10. Rowan Tree Bark? Rock Salt? Sage? for that extra protection - Yep to all three

  11. Dandelion and Fern Roots? Moss? Mushrooms? Berries? - So much!
  12. Railroad Spike? Horseshoe? Iron Nails?

This is close to the perfect 'shop’ for any magic practitioner. Now I personally wouldn’t have any use for some of these ingredients because I know what kind of spells they’re used for… but damn, this place has pretty much everything! 

“Unless we do something with our dreams, we will not dream well. This is indigenous wisdom, understood by all of our ancestors when they lived in cultures that valued dreams and the dreamer. As my friends of the Six Nations tell it, soul speaks to us in dreams, showing us what it desires. If we do not take action to honor such dreams, soul becomes disgusted with us and withdraws its energy and vitality from our lives.”

- Robert Moss
Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom
http://amzn.to/16zYxrB

Image Credit: Wen Hsu

“As a fertility god, the Green Man expresses an ancient spiritual view of our relationship with nature, a oneness with the earth, a belief that within the wooded groves and fields live humanlike presences that are in fact divine. A corollary to the belief is that we, like the natural world we live in, follow nature’s same cyclic patterns of birth, growth, maturity, decay, and death, followed by rebirth.”

- Tom Cowan
Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
http://amzn.to/1z309oh

Image Credit: Lorelyne @ DeviantArt