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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, PH.D., Legally Stoned.

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Posted: 2014-12-09

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This is the time of year when people enjoy getting together for holiday cheer and making merry. While others tip a glass of wine or sip on whiskey, we share a toast from a special bottle of our very own blessed Soma Elixir of Heaven.

Nothing exhilarates and puts a twinkle in the eye like great Soma Elixir. In the Vedas there is reverent regard to the exhilarating effects of excellent Soma Pavamana.

The young exhilarating juice looks downward from its place in heaven...
— Rig Veda, Book 9, Hymn XXXVIII, Verse 5


The living Somas being cleansed
diffuse exhilarating drink.
— Rig Veda, Book 9, Hymn XXXIII, Verse 4

(Both of these are excerpted from our book, Soma Elixir of Heaven.)

Though lately I've tried to stress the ignored benefits and medicinal healing aspects of the mushroom, in this update I want to bring attention to the enjoyment, the FUN!

Yes we use Amanita as our energizer, medicinal and spiritual catalyst, but we also use it for pure pleasure too. When you're on the right Soma you usually can't stop smiling. You might even feel like dancing, singing or hiking --or being physical in other ways because you're full of power and might! Then again, you could just want to cuddle up with the one you love:) Soma is our fungi god meant to enhance Earth life, take away the boredom and pain and give us hope. This watery orb is also blessed with fertile land for a lush plant and fungi kingdom, and its King is Soma. Food and medicine is found herein as well as intoxicating substances.

After all, did you think The Grande Overseer of Life, who renders a cornucopia of sustenance would forget to provide something from nature we can use to experience ultimate joy?

Hail Holy Soma Pavamana!

— Merry Days and Happy Nights, Love Venus

Welcome to Holy Amanita and its Way in the Betterment of Your Life

Red cap This site is dedicated to the shamanic preparation and dosage of Soma -- the Amanita muscaria mushroom. More than a beautiful red mushroom with white spots, Amanita muscaria is Soma, the Path to Paradise and sacrament of Heaven.

— Hawk and Venus

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

Soma "Best Exhilarator"
–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!

We invite you to browse our website for free info about Amanitas, beautiful Amanita mushroom pictures, and more.

Praise for Sacred Soma Shamans

(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) 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) I wish you much joy and thank you again for your great work.
— Ewald. W., Ph.D.
(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.