You will be already familiar with nature spirits from illustrations of tiny fairies and pixies sitting on toadstools and mushrooms. You may not have realised, though, that there is a hidden message in these works of art. It is a metaphor for our true Elders, the Underlords and the Overlords of the green mantle of this Earth, who are known to us merely as fungi.
It’s amazing how we take fungi for granted, given its absolute power in the land. Every single animal and insect on the planet, including mankind, comes originally from fungi, from which we began to separate about 650 million years ago.
Mushrooms (colloquially-known as ‘shrooms’) are our true Common Ancestor; we have far more in common with them than with apes. Human cells and fungal cells are remarkably similar and this means we are able to obtain physical healing from them, in the form of penicillin, and also spiritual healing, in the form of tea made from pixie-capped psilocybin and red-and-white flyagaric. Our relationship with this oldest of our ancestors might be why our brain synapses have doubled in size over hundreds of thousands of years. We can certainly trace the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms back that far, from hundreds of votive offerings and burial goods that archaeologists have found all over Europe, Eurasia and America.
Even modern bio-scientists recognise the intrinsic intelligence of these eukaryotic organisms that live deep in the soil. They have discovered that these are the nature spirits who organise the flows of groundwater to the roots of trees. There is a massive, luminous network of branching, threadlike mycelium hyphae that act like telegraph wires, sending along the instructions to bring in more water to a tree with roots that are too dry, or to move the underworld streams when they are needed elsewhere.
This gives a whole new meaning to the well maidens of Arthurian myths who deserted their posts, turning the whole country into a Wasteland. There are also the three Norns who guard the Wells of the Wyrd and water the roots of the World Tree Yggdrasil to create a sort of shimmering, foaming loam that sounds a lot like fungi.
So it can be no coincidence that rock art paintings of mushrooms have been found in the caves that used to be inhabited by the rain shamans of the Nevada desert. One does not bring the rains by merely consulting with the thunder god above; one also has to communicate with the water organisers of the land below.
There are millions of different “races” of fungi, like the various types of yeast used in Mediterranean flatbreads, Irish bannocks, Polish bagels, Indian naans, Danish pastries and so on. It wouldn’t do if we all ate the same kind of bread. In other words, just as our own stories have been customised to flow better in our Rivers of Blood, so do our own mushrooms.
Wise women herbalists know that there are no such things as “weeds”; that if a plant erupts through the soil unexpectedly in the garden, it is unwise to treat it as an unwelcome guest. It may have only turned up on your doorstep because you need its specific healing qualities. Charity begins at home.
Of course, there will always be those who are lured to try more exotic experiences in the jungles of the Amazon with ayahuasca, datura and San Pedro. I have no doubt that the visions derived from the intelligences of those psychotropic plants are invaluable to the shamans who are indigenous to the land where they grow. But it has become almost a brain tic of our times – the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side.
However, in flying back from abroad, you may have noticed, as the plane swoops down for its long, slow descent over the patchwork pastures of the Home Counties, that there is no greener and more pleasant land than our own. The Land of Milk and Honey is surely the true epithet for the Blessed Isles which were renown, in ancient times, for their bee-keeper shamans?
So I prefer to follow the ways of the bee-shamans when contacting the inate intelligence of this land. It’s best to pick the tiny pixie-caps of psilocybin in the silver dawn dew of autumn meadows, and take them home to make tea.
But here is a Health Warning: Please avoid the red-and-white spotted flyagaric mushrooms because, unless you really know what you’re doing, they can be fatally poisonous. And these “magic mushrooms” should not be taken for recreational purposes and you might “designer drugs” such as LSD and Ecstasy. The spirits of the land are not there to be played with for fun and then discarded – and if they are approached in that manner, they might give you a very “bad trip.”
This was an extract from my new book, Stories in the Land: A pilgrimage into Avalon, which will be out soon.
About me and my work
Hello, I’m Annie Dieu-Le-Veut and I write books on shamanism, Earth magic, the Grail Mysteries, the spirit of Sovereignty and sacred sexuality. I also decode ancient myths to show how they are actually the vessels or arks of our ancestors sailing the seas of Time and containing, deep in their submarinal holds, precious messages about our innate holographic relationship to eternal astrological and alchemical cycles which drive each of us along our life’s path.
Once we understand the substance of the messages our ancestors left for us thousands of years ago, we can realise the value and meaning of human life and finally know what to do with it.
The Grail Mysteries: Sovereignty and shamanic sex magic
The Bright World of the Gods: A real faery tale from the mists of Avalon
Stories in the Stars: What our ancestors were trying to tell us.
How to read my books
If you’re thinking of getting one or more of my books, can I give you a bit of a steer? There are two ways to receive my teachings, and each augments the other.
If you wish to go down the fictional route, and become inspired in your dreams and imagination by the coded magical keys, symbols and metaphors hidden in mytho-poetic romantic adventures, I suggest that you read The Bright World of the Gods first, and then The Grail Mysteries.
They are actually the first two books of a trilogy, although they work great as standalones too. I haven’t written the third in the series yet. However, if you feel you need some help with unravelling the meanings of the symbols and metaphors found in ancient myths, my theoretical works are straightforward accounts that explain these Mysteries teachings in plain language.
Reclaiming Sovereignty is largely about the historical and mythological evidence, going back thousands of years, for the practice of shamanic sex magic, otherwise known as the Marriage of the Sun and the Moon, which brought wisdom and enlightenment to the newly-crowned king on the night of his coronation. There is also a step-by-step guide for practising it yourself.
In Stories in the Stars, you’ll learn that ancient myths are like Trojan horses carrying our ancestors’ voices and wisdom that they hid in astrological and alchemical metaphors which, once I’ve taught you how to decode them, will help you to transform and reincarnate into your own life today.