Psychedelic Astrology & Moonflower Magic

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The Moon loves to be in the sign of Cancer, sign of her rulership…Despite all the Full Moonie merde the next few days one can be productively emo, sooky goo-goo with loved ones/loyal confidantes and deeply aware.

Think also herbal Zen Hippy as way to cope with the intensifying of the Saturn-Uranus opposition. Actually, i just thought of this; the combo of Mars conjunct Neptune and the Cancerian Moon and Venus going retrograde etc make this the ideal weekend to practice Haute Meditation…Yes.

Download something haute-hippy and Zen Noire from Sequoia & see how far you can ramp up your meditation et al. Saggos will naturally astral travel the furtherest whilst Leos will be upgraded to connecting with a supreme being the most quickly, because the SB feels Leo can relate to the vagaries of Supreme Beinghood.

The Cancerian Moon is also always heaven for sharing fave fairy tales and myths with children…

Moonflower (or how the Moonhorses came to Japan)…is the sweetest little fairy tale…


“Hundreds of years before the Europeans developed rubber, the Aztecs mixed the juice of moonflower with tree latex to produce an elastic they made into rubber bands, hammers, and balls for a ritual game. A relative of the morning glory, moonflower has its cousin’s heart-shaped leaves and vining habit, but instead of greeting the Sun, like the morning glory does, the flowers of this Moon plant open in late afternoon and stay open for one night, which makes them wonderful in Moon gardens. They are pollinated by moths drawn to their scent, which humans can smell too, if they have the genes for it (not everyone can perceive the scent of some white flowers).  The presence of moths in turn can attract bats, Hekate’s friends. Try inhaling the scent of moonflowers before doing divination or before going to bed in order to produce prophetic dreams…”  From here…

Fascinating re how some peeps don’t have the genes to smell some white flowers???  But i would be wary re even copping a whiff of Moonflower now, having read this…from here

“…Highly toxic! WARNING! These are some of the names for Datura: Jimson Weed, Moonflower, Devil’s Weed, Hell’s Bells. Devil’s Cucumber, Thorn-Apple, Devil’s Trumpet, Pricklyburr…”

Does anyone know about this stuff??

It would be so anti-Saturn-in-Virgo/Pluto in Cap to addle one’s brains sniffing Moonflower scent in the garden under the nearly-Full Cancerian Moon…BUT then again, you used to be able to buy Moonflower body wash (?!) on Amazon…“…Used as a psychedelic in Nordic traditions, the moonflower helps you find refuge. It is a blue escape, in the cold clear waters. with notes of boronia, freesia, apple blossom and birch, moonflower lit in the background will cause a welcome moment of recluse….”

But I am serious about the meditation though; most amazing weekend for it in yonks & may even help with the retro-Venus romantic nostalgia, if it strikes.

And another ancient Moon myth; the Babylon Moon God – Sin.

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13 thoughts on “Psychedelic Astrology & Moonflower Magic

  1. errr
    you can smoke the furled flowers like a big cigar.
    that or make a tea
    smoking is safer – but very dangerous anyway you take it!

    in japan
    it is the rabbit in the moon not the man in the moon. the rabbits are pounding mochi (sticky rice).

  2. Enjoy the perfume of the moonflower Mystic. No harm in enjoying the scent of these flowers, but eating/smoking/boiling/drinking or even rubbing your eyes after touching unknown plants can be risky if you don’t know what you are dealing with.

    The ‘moonflower’ pictured here looks like Ipomoea alba, one of the twining vines similar to the common blue-flowered morning glory. Many plants that require moths or bats for pollination have pale reflective or luminescent flowers that open and release their perfume at night. Divine.

    This ‘moonflower’ is in a different family to the herbaceous ‘Thorn Apples’ (Datura stramonium) or the woody ‘Angel’s Trumpets’ (Brugmansia species), famous for their hallucinogenic & poisonous compounds. Both the Thorn Apples and Angel’s Trumpets have long trumpet or bell shaped flowers that are much larger than the Ipomoea species pictured above.

    The common names we use for plants and animals have strong local meanings but can be used for something else entirely in another locality, often just a few miles down the road! Hence the use of Latin binomials for clarity and accuracy. Thank you Linnaeus.

    Thanks for the lovely Japanese fairy tale. I loved the imagery of the moonbeam transporting people and tiny horses from the Moon.

  3. Carlos Castenada in one of his early books went into great detail about Datura. If memory serves, the shamanic way of preparing it for use was very detailed. It took 2 years and was considered highly dangerous even to advanced practitioners.

  4. One of my ex husband’s cousins took this and yes, extreme hallucinatory experience saw her trying to walk across water in a canal. Severely cut up her legs and feet as a result. Very lucky that she didn’t drown. They do grow like weeds here in QLD.

    Angel Trumpets, have these long tubular trumpet bell shaped flowers that hang down, all creamy white, almost decadent…but obviously trouble if ingested.

    • A beautiful flower, probably why in so many gardens, etc… even saw it in a garden in Russel, Bay of Islands, NZ. I wonder if every indigenous population where it grows is aware of it’s effects and utilises it for shamanic/hallucinogenic purposes? Will have to ask local Indigenous folk about their use of it…

      • the “indigenous” folk (more commonly known as maoris here – if any racial disctinction is noted at all, indigenous is not as commonly used in aotearoa as it is in australia, we’re a bit more “all in it together” at grass roots level on the other side of the ditch – although obviously not 100% there yet, fingers crossed for the future) of my lovely cloudy land have other more easily accessed and pleasant weeds to imbibe. It’s not so interesting to us the angels trumpet. If you’re an ethno botanist our forests and gardens are plentiful – blue meanies around easter time and wacky baccie are the natural highs of choice. The young seem more drawn to man-made chemicals though – this is a concern.

        • I once ate the stalks of a few blue meanies, and then was told Oh no ! dont eat the stalks, (a bit late) full of strychnine, the heads are wonderful though. Gold tops are the way to go.

  5. A few people I know have taken datura, with very unpleasant results. Not recommended at all. One ended up in hospital, another sent blind for a time, etc… unfortunately the ongoing urban myths about it mean there is always someone who wants an extreme hallucinatory experience, willing to risk this sort of poison. The plant is quite common up here in the tropics, even remember one outside the local pub entrance when I was a kid – handy spot, maybe, it was the raging ’70s!

  6. Found some more info on Moonflower:

    “Subject to statutory control as a weed, notably in some parts of Australia”. RHS Encyclopedia of Herbs.

    Another book says that it should never be used for self medication as it is so poisonous – 20 seeds can kill a child. Also says the leaves have a foetid smell.

    Has anyone else noticed how some of the loveliest flowers are borne by toxic plants? Digitalis/foxgloves, laburnum, orchids, etc.

    So, Myst, sniff away, but don’t touch. And when you have done, report it to the authorities as a notifiable weed! Sorry to be so taureanly practical, but this is a dangerous plant.

  7. Datura stramonium (Thorn Apple, Jimson Weed) is extemely poisonous! It contains tropane alkaloids, like belladonna. Subject to legal restrictions in some countries.

    Used medicinally for asthma and Parkinson’s Disease. Relaxes spasms. Used in excess, causes giddiness, hallucinations and coma. I expect that is why it is associated with visions!

    Flowers are very pretty but stem is covered in sharp burrs and thorns – very prickly. When I found it growing in my garden last year I dug it up, wearing gloves, and burned it. Suspect there may be different varieties of daturas, but it is not a plant I am happy to have around people or animals. Stictly one for the experts, IMHO.

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