mushrooms have long been used in folk magic and have been associated with witches (sometimes positively, usually superstitiously). the poisonous Amanita muscaria (aka fly agaric or fly amanita) has been most associated with witches and has long been used in flying ointment recipes. this well known mushroom is also associated with faeries, along with yellow faerie cups (Bisporella citrina) and dryad’s saddle (Polyporus squamosus).
psilocybin mushrooms (hallucinogenic) have long been used for spiritual, religious, shamanistic, and witchcraft purposes in various regions around the world throughout history.
mushrooms in general are most associated with the element of Earth, the moon, intuition, strength, longevity (even immortality, depending on the culture), psychic energies, and psychic awareness. edible mushrooms are great additions to witchy dishes when you’re looking to improve psychic abilities, encourage dreams and to get better in tune with your intuition (plus, they’re very nutritional). dried mushrooms can be added to charm bags, witch bottles/jars, ground up for use in powders, and oils.
Mushroom Magic Oil
Best prepared during the new moon phase in the lunar cycle.
Based on 2 dram size bottle:
Fill bottle 1/2 full with hemp seed Oil (blend). Add 9 drops patchouli essential oil and 9 drops bergamot essential oil.
Add to the bottle:
- 3 mushroom pieces (dried, non-poisonous variety)
- 3 aventurine chips
- paint a small mushroom on the bottle
This oil may be used for earth magic, binding, ridding bad habits, and bringing about justice. [x]
folklore and history:
- In many areas, the appearance of a ring of mushrooms on the ground is cause for either rejoicing or alarm. In Great Britain, these circles are known as fairy rings - and they are where the Fae come to dance and frolic after a rainstorm. However, like many other locations associated with faeries, humans who dare to enter such a ring may find themselves asleep for between seven and one hundred years, or worse yet, whisked off to the land of the wee folk, never to return.
- In Holland, these rings are believed to be left when the Devil sets down his milk churn - once he picks it up, there’s a big circle left in the grass. In some countries, such as France and Austria, these rings are associated with sorcery and malevolent magic, and travelers are well-advised to steer clear of them.
- One of the best known mushrooms, at least in European culture, is the red-and-white Fly Agaric. This mushroom appears often in illustrations of fairy tales - you might see a gnome or a fairy perched on top of one. Experts believe that the Fly Agaric was used as a hallucinogenic by northern European shamans and religious leaders. Interestingly, it contains two toxins that reduce the body’s response to fear stimulus, so it may have been ingested by warriors prior to battle. In central Europe, the Fly Agaric is associated with the Yule season, and there is a theory that Santa Claus’ red and white suit originated in the colors of this magical mushroom.
- In ancient Egypt, mushrooms were a rare delicacy indeed. They were associated with immortality, and as such, only royalty could consume them - because, after all, royal persons were descended from the Egyptian gods themselves. Hieroglyphs found in Egypt indicate that mushrooms were being consumed with meals as long as 4,500 years ago.
- In China and Japan, mushrooms were associated with longevity and strength - partly because some of the most popular mushrooms that grew there were known for stimulating the immune system. Shiitake and maitake mushrooms, in particular, have been used in herbal remedies for centuries.
- Mushrooms have been used by many cultures throughout time as part of ritual and religion. The toxin psilocybin is found in certain mushrooms, and the use of hallucinogenic fungi has been documented in rituals dating back thousands of years. Entheogen researcher Giorgio Samorini describes the discovery of rock art representing mushroom cults in Libya and Algeria from 7,000 - 9,000 years ago in his article The oldest Representations of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms in the world (Sahara Desert, 9000 - 7000 B.P.).
warnings: when gathering, be sure to store different types of mushrooms in separate containers or baggies. you don’t want to risk poisonous mushrooms coming in contact with edible ones. a field guide for your region is very important to have and if you have any doubts, take samples to a professional for identification. click here for wildcrafting and foraging tips.
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