In the latest outbreak of what-the-fuqery, potentially poisonous – and hallucinogenic – spinach has prompted a nationwide food recall in Australia. The alerts don’t specify the nature of the contaminant, other than that it is ‘plant-based.’
The most likely suspect seems to be the notorious psychedelic Datura aka Jimsonweed which is a spinach look-alike when it’s not flowering. The authorities probably aren’t mentioning that in case swarms of avid psychonauts swarm the supermarkets seeeking what they think will be a shamanic high.
This occurred with Mercury in the retrograde shadowzone and aligned with Uranus + the North Node in Taurus. In classical astrology, Taurus is totally food, agriculture, supply chains and so on. At the same time, btw, there is an alert + recall for poppy seeds because of an overly high level of thebain, which is apparently similar to codeine.
(Scroll down for more on the astrology around this incident.)
There have been many previous cases of accidental datura consumption from people thinking it was spinach but they’re usually growing their own or wild-foraging and unaware that the plant had infiltrated what they thought was a patch of spinach.
I gather that even hardcore psychonauts have a healthy respect for datura – it is one of the classic sacred plants and it’s also one of the most lethal.
This archeology site notes that “it was used by shamans to transcend the borders of life and death and communicate with spirits. Among the Mohave, Yuma, Cahuilla, Zuni, and other cultural groups, Datura is used more generally to create and break hexes, to protect from evil, and even as a sleep and dream aid.”
Third Wave, a pro-psychedelics info site, says that users frequently report encountering dead friends and family. It would be absolutely terrifying to ingest some thinking you were having a spinach smoothie or some funky greens with your omelette and bam: hallucinations et al.
It also causes a host of side effects ranging from unpleasant to life-threatening and people are being hospitalized over this even as more products are recalled – baked goods containing spinach and so on. There must have been a s**t-load of spinach involved.
But the datura story is so strange – it’s sacred, it’s dangerous, it’s the witches weed said to be the main ingredient of the flying ointment used by witches for their brooms and, well Carlos Castaneda was an advocate.
Yet it was also sold for years as an apparently successful cigarette for ashmatics. Marcel Proust swore by them. They were launched in 1879 – Neptune and Pluto were in Taurus FYI – and while eventually replaced by the asthma inhaler, sold until the Eighties!
So did the millions of people consuming these also experience frequent hallucinations? Were they all tripping? And if it was good enough for doctors to recommend for nearly a century, what changed?
To me this is a story about industrial agriculture and drug culture.
Mercury spends much of January repeating this alignment and then, from mid-May, Jupiter is in Taurus which will amplify Uranus. And, at the end of Pluto in Capricorn, we’re already in a wind-down from globalism as we have known it.
It all fits astrologically and if you’re thinking ‘poisoning, hallucinogenics etc’ sound Neptunian – yes! So the announcement came with the Sun square Neptune and the actual harvesting of the not-quite-spinach would have been with Mars square Neptune.
So this story will evolve in interesting ways and have other ramifications for sure. Thoughts?