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Quotation Mark "In 1979, a religion dedicated to the mushroom was developed. The religion's founder is an individual named Hawk. Hawk was reportedly inspired by partaking of some Amanita muscaria tea on a "magical San Francisco evening." His experience led [him to hunt] down the mushroom to make the "sacred soma," which would become the Eucharist of the new religion... [his wife Venus] has taken on the role of High Priestess. Hawk's website provides a wealth of information about his religion and the sacred mushroom. It is located at"
— Todd A. Thies, PhD., Legally Stoned.
(Start Quote) I wish you much joy and thank you again for your great work.
— Ewald. W., PhD.

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Posted: 2015-07-20

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Latest Update: 2015-07-30 - The Miraculous Muscaria

We have witnessed many blessings bestowed by Amanita. To observe someone who has nearly turned to stone from grief, depression and disappointment in their life transform as the light returns to their eyes and hope fills their heart is truly rewarding.

This is the Medicine of Soma. It goes right to the source of your pain and suffering and lifts you above it. The mushroom enters your consciousness and begins to rework your wiring so to speak. We know for a fact that for some people it can stop the interference of negative imagery, sounds, and nagging intrusion of the effects of post traumatic stress.

Sometimes an event in one's life can leave an imprint on the mind. It haunts you as you relive it over and over, feeling the pain even hearing sounds of auto crashes, gunfire, screaming and so on.

I didn't understand why people couldn't just snap themselves out of P.T.S.D., just take control of their mind,--until it happened to me. After a car crash, I kept hearing the loud smashing sounds of the accident and I'd feel the sensation of the impact. Then it began happening when I wasn't even in a car. I was scared to drive and it was terrifying to be a passenger. I felt shame and despair. What was wrong with me? After several months of physical therapy had healed my physical pain I was still suffering the mental anguish.

One day I confided in Odin about it. I told him how it wasn't going away and that I feared I wasn't going to be able to snap myself out of it. He didn't say a word, just quietly left the room and returned with a lovely dried Red Soma and said, "Here, eat this whole mushroom, half now the rest throughout the day." and then he went back to his work.

I was delighted for it was one of my favorite mushrooms that I had dried that season. We have a picture of it in Soma Elixir of Heaven. It had a lot of tiny spots-- like stars in the night sky. I held it close to my heart in prayer. It was a glorious mushroom, sweet and loving and it gave me inner strength I never anticipated. The next day, no awaking to haunting crash sounds and I rode in a car without cringing and grabbing to hold on to something every few minutes. No sounds or sensations, hooray!

I didn't realize it was finally over until a few days later. Sure enough I never had to relive that nightmare and I was driving the car again without any problems! Thanks to the wisdom of my dear husband and the blessings of Soma.

The thing most people just don't get is that there is a lot more to Amanita than something to get you high. This miraculous mushroom can be a lifesaver and friend.

In Soma's Light,


Hawk and Venus are a husband and wife team of Amanita Shamans. Hawk is a Mystic-Priest Master Shaman. Venus is a High Priestess of Soma. Since 1979, they've shamanically picked and consumed the holy Amanita sacrament.

— Somadise of Red Angels

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–B-9, Rig Veda.
(Start Quote) Your book seems like an excellent guideway to a safe trip. Thanks for your effort to share your experience with the world.
— F.K., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Preparing Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms

Amanita Muscaria Mushroom For spiritual adventurers who wish to learn how to safely pick and prepare Amanita muscaria mushrooms for their own responsible use, and receive positive Amanita muscaria effects, we share over a third of a century of experience in our Sacred Soma Shamans book and Secrets of Soma DVD.

Learn how to dry, store make Soma tea and determine a personal Amanita muscaria dosage for a great Amanita muscaria experience, how to eat Amanita muscaria and discover the pain-killing, uplifting properties, healing energy and spiritual qualities of sacred Soma!

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Praise for Sacred Soma Shamans

(Start Quote) Hello, I'd like to thank you for sharing this on youtube, because it has lead me to the DVD, which has been a great inspiration and educational for my relationship with the Soma mushrooms and my spiritual growth. I find them in great number here in Switzerland! Thank you.
— Anonymous.
(Start Quote) Just a quick email to thank you guys for your sacred work in bringing forward this sacrament... Thanks a lot guys and Lots of Love You U 2!
— J.
(Start Quote) I have been telling a lot of people about your soma sessions that you did. I really feel that soma is my medicine and since a session I have experimented with soma more and more. I got to know the spirit of soma and to me it is unsurpassed from any other medicine. It's an amazing helper.
— P, Santa Cruz.
(Start Quote) I bought your book about a year ago, and have reread it several times. The main reason I have for emailing you is to say how happy I am Hawk is still alive and kicking. When I finished the book for the first time, my stomach churned at the idea Hawk's fasting and austerities may have finished him off. My adrenal gland started firing when I found that pic of him modeling the butterfly Soma. You guys are my heroes. I want to end up living life the way you do. So to find the "guru" I thought might have died still going strong made me very happy. Just thought I'd let you guys know.
— Captain Bimble.
(Start Quote) Only Amanita shaman in North America. Peace.
— F.
(Start Quote) I have now had the opportunity to read Sacred Soma Shamans and I'm amazed by the scope of their personal experience and rigorous historical research.
— H.M.
(Start Quote) Lots of LOVE and appreciation for your great work and gift on your books. In a world where almost everything is rationalized, hearing and feeling about people living a true connection with Nature in general and Soma in particular is a BLESSING... The reading of your "[Sacred Soma Shamans]" book is truly one of the most beautiful I ever have, beautiful in the way you respect Soma, Mother nature and yourself, which of course is the same at some point :-)
— L.M., France.
(Start Quote) Added: 2013-02-25
I would take the trip again but not to the extent that I did 20 years ago, it took me that long to land back on earth. I suffered visions and social dislocation for many years. I don't know how to prepare so I would like to purchase your book Sacred Soma Shamans and your DVD.
– J.
(Start Quote) Hello Hawk and Venus,

My name is S. and your book was lent to me by a friend (the version he had was called "Shamans of Amanita") while I was in the Peruvian jungle for the last 3 months- and I must say that I was sad when I had to return it to its owner. I greatly enjoyed your easy to read and information laden book! Not to mention the intense calling I had to learn from Soma.
— S.
(Start Quote) Added: 2011-03-20
The knowledge of the Soma Shamans will change the world. May God bless you.
– Simone from Italy.
(Start Quote) Your opinion means a lot to me because you are the only prophet and mystic out of the masses that I believe.
— M.
(Start Quote) To give you a bit of an idea of why I am interested, I am seeking connection with the Divine. That is all. Simple direct connection. To open my heart and entire being to Grace, Love and Presence of Mother-Father-God-Goddess-Divine-Supreme Absolute Being Consciousness. I would like to surrender myself whole-heartedly, and feel that I need some help to do that. My hope is that Soma Medicine Teacher will help me.
— P.
(Start Quote) Added: 2010-12-19
THANK YOU... i appreciate greatly what you are doing for our society; it means a great deal to me.
– J.V.
Sacred Soma Shamans
(Start Quote) "I found [Sacred Soma Shamans] very entertaining as well as highly informative on Shamanic Shaman sacramental use of Amanita mushrooms. This book consists of 35 wide ranging chapters, but is easy and quick to read, especially if you already have a basic knowledge of fungi. Whether you’re just interested in someone else’s adventure for entertainment or want some valuable tips on how to collect, prepare and consume Soma, a guide to Soma consciousness is found in this book."
– Curt Haney, VP for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.
(Start Quote) "[Sacred Soma Shamans] can only be referred to as a mycological masterpiece... the most comprehensive and complete book on using the sacred Soma mushroom in the field... may very well be to mycology and culture as great of a discovery as Gordon Wasson's discovery of Psilocybe Mexicana in 1957.
— Steven Scott, Cannabis Culture Magazine.
(Start Quote) From my meditation practice I can say this is soma, and this mushroom is the clean unadulterated god-mind, one mind. It's quite surprising how different it is from psilocybin mushrooms. it is so clean, it seems to be god-mind simple as that. It's such an incomprehensible blessing that such a perfect mushroom exists."
— H.
(Start Quote) Amanita muscaria's are wonderful, they open the gates of heaven; magic elixer.
— C.R.
(Start Quote) Many blessings & positive energies to Hawk for voicing the true Angelic message of the Supreme Being. Our world could benefit from the truth.
— M.