Re-reading Ayahuasca

“You are the shaman,” announced Terence McKenna at the beginning of a new phase of the archaic revival. With thousands of you-shamans going to Iquitos every year to get their feathers, it may be time to unpack that idea, and for that reason the new edition of the 15-year-old classic Ayahuasca Reader (AR) is extremely timely. As… Read more »

Ritual Poetics, Ayahuasca and Goetia

Myth and plot, metre and rhyme, Structuring life in space and time, Lines of meaning cutting through it, Ink on the page of the master poet. Life is very strange, and so is magick, but they both seem to follow laws as inviable as the laws of physics. These are the laws of poetry.

Out of the Shadows

Muswell Hill Press has published an anthology of articles from Psychedelic Press (with me in it). Chapters Fireworks – Cody Johnson The Lotos-Eaters – Mike Jay Taboo from the Jungle to the Clinic – Rev. Nemu Beats on Acid – Roger Keen No Imperfection in the Budded Mountain – Andy Roberts A Psychedelic Trickster – David Luke Watts Ego – Robert Dickins Psychedelic… Read more »

A taita’s perspective on the commercialisation of ayahuasca

  It’s complex, considering the economic poverty in the jungle and the spiritual poverty in Europe’s capitals. Hungry people will eat anything. Well done to Ancestral Seeds for getting this conversation going, and for helping to preserve the remains of Amazonian traditions in the post-colonialist world.

Detective Inspector Nemu

“Your silence gives consent” Plato The film-makers at Ancestral Seeds have written an article about recent developments in ayahuasca-land, and I’m in it as a kind of global policeman: https://ancestralseeds.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/surreal-scenes-as-ayahuasca-goes-global/ I’m not sure what I think about this. It seems a bit rich for me to tell people what the proper way to drink ayahuasca is. And… Read more »

Psychedelic Press UK

The very excellent Psyspress UK anthology is on sale, with one of my articles in it. This excellent publication brings together various mind-bending writers, among them: – Andy Roberts (historian and Fortean Times writer) on the history of the Welsh Psilocybin festival. – Casey William Hardison (one-time underground chemist) on his bust, incarceration. – Dr Ben Sessa (psychiatrist and co-founder… Read more »

From the Lips of Spirits

A Santo Daime ritual, which may last over twelve hours, consists almost entirely of songs, the themes of which range from the personal to the cosmological. This expanding musical corpus contains all the teachings of the tradition, and is central to the daimista ayahuasca experience. But where does this poetry come from?

Daime Talk

This is a talk I gave at Canterbury University in December 2012, about ayahuasca and the cultures that use it, focusing on Santo Daime. Part 1 introduces ayahausca.

Santo Daime UK

A talk about how the British media and justice system system has reacted to ayahuasca and Santo Daime in the UK. Note, as of December 2012, the charges have since been dropped.