Updated 11 Jan 2020: Now We’re Eating Powerful Phalloides
Though just about anyone can benefit from shamanically picked and prepared Amanita muscaria, it's not something that's easily available to the masses so not many personally know of its gifts. That's why it's our mission to bring awareness about the joy of the mushroom and also warn of its dangers.
For one thing, it's not a mushroom to be casually plucked and tossed in a bucket willy nilly or ordered online. Though the mushroom has a physical form here on the material plane, it also has a divine essence which is still communing with the Spiritual World. But, it must be kept "alive" after it's been harvested.
For, if its spirit remains alive after it's been picked, the mushroom will be a true catalyst — a go between — to the Otherworld which is concealed to most people of the material dimension. This is why the mushroom is so valued by I who know its Spirit. I can merge with the mushroom as a vehicle, the Red Chariot that lifts me above the mundane world where we receive the intelligence, guidance — and a nudge — if you will, to positive action and healing in our lives.
But ideally, the mushroom must be ready to leave its home in nature to continue its journey through you. That's when the magic happens. It mustn't retreat to a dormant state or die otherwise you'll find yourself host to an unhappy guest or just another common chemical high.
As Amanita shamans, we have a deep understanding about these sensitive elements. We know that if we handle them properly and pay attention to their individual needs we'll be rewarded with heavenly bliss.
Amanita is a treasure of this earth, a beloved friend who shows up for an annual visit that brings joy to the world. We appreciate their physical beauty and value their Spirit.
For, Amanita is sacred. They aren't meant to be the latest "product" for instant gratification seeking fad conformists who must do everything they're told is currently trending.
Amanita is meant for the spiritual elite — for those who stand apart from the herd. It's for people who will put out the time and effort to learn how to be friends with a lovely red mushroom. It's not for the mooers, but its perfect for the doers.
And it's our mission to reach the rare few who have what it takes to take Soma. If you want to be a fully alive, awakened human being who can see beyond the illusions and feel the power of the gods, take true shamanically prepared Amanita.
— With Power of Soma, Venus
Shaman: Shay mun, Shah mun, or Sham mun
No matter how you pronounce it, most people have no idea what it really means. As experienced Amanita Shamans we want to define what a Shaman is and always has been.
We'll start from the origin of the word. Shaman was first known to be used by the Tungus people of Siberia. Initially it was the name for mushroom eating ascetics who like the ancient Aryan Soma and Haoma Users of India and Persia ceremonially used Amanita as their spiritual catalyst.
Original shamanism had nothing to do with vines, barks, dung 'shrooms or sorcery. Amanita has always been the supreme shamanic catalyst to the spiritual domain.
It takes great wisdom and power to safely transport the soul. Asceticism is the fire and Amanita muscaria is the fuel — the perfect accelerator to go between the material and spiritual worlds for guidance, power and divine inspiration.
Today people once described as sorcerers, curanderos, witches, medicine men and outright phonies might claim to be “shamans” or outsiders began to mistakenly refer to them as shamans, but traditionally these people have used vines, barks, herbs, plants or other mushrooms in their practices. They don't have the skill with Amanita and abilities of the original shamans. Call them something that fits what they do and what they use.
Unless you've faithfully practiced severe asceticism to steal yourself for this endeavor, hunted and prepared them so their spirits don't die or become toxic, successfully consumed thousands of Amanita as an apprentice, can survive Panthers and Phalloides, you aren't an Amanita shaman. You are an Amanita User.
To be a traditional Shaman you must be an Amanita master able to hunt, gather and transform a poisonous fungi into a benign spiritual essence, consume it, transport yourself safely to the spiritual world and return with infallible information about the future (not some story about entertaining imagery and cryptic nonsense) and you must have the ability to dispense the mushroom successfully.
In other words it takes a lot of hands on Amanita expertise. You can't merely order some questionable mushroom online or find a few in the woods and present yourself as a shaman. True shamanism isn't poser BS. It's a serious, dedicated lifelong calling.
You are taking someone's life in your hands when you dispense Amanita and they could die or go insane if you “play” Shaman with this mushroom without being a true Amanita master. The point is, don't get too full of yourself just because you feel drawn to a mushroom, prepare for this exquisite journey, do the work, make yourself worthy of this divine friend and you will be rewarded in many ways. If you are truly interested in using Amanita, do yourself a great big favor and get our book Sacred Soma Shamans so you can get the help and guidance you need.
Blessed Soma, Venus
Through trial and error, risking our very lives, we learned to determine potency, dosage and timing. We dared to get to know the spirit of the mushroom and have found the way to Somadise, Heaven on Earth.
A Shaman is a master of Amanita, Mystic, and prophet of Soma consciousness. In his heart, a seer of Soma.
My religion is prophecy with Soma. Our website guides you to proper Soma use in your life and family. Here in Northern California, we do sessions for others seeking to come and see our beautiful natural coastal areas.
Amanita phalloides is one of the most powerful consciousness alternators on Earth. It charges your mind with holy spirit in the form of a mushroom.
It completely blocks your ability to feel psychological or physical pain, anxiety, or fear. When your body is critically injured, you mind can't go into shock. Without pain, fear, anxiety, or shock, you have obtained four supernatural powers. Because only in Heaven can the gods feel no pain, fear, anxiety, or shock.
The spirit of phalloides increases your strength by at least 100%. In the Rig Veda, it says it doubles it. It fills you full of energy — in other words, life — which dramatically increases your endurance, and can triple your aggressiveness.
Amanita phalloides is a death for those unfit to use it! Because only a Grand Master Shamaness or Shaman can, though spiritual telepathy and energy union, perform the ceremony necessary to take this mushroom-god without dying. They must spend years in holy asceticism before taking it.
Beware! Phalloides is harmful to you. So don't use it. Taking phalloides requires a master's degree in the shamanic conquest of Amanita-Soma consciousness, and God.
"Venus Says" (external link to YouTube)
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!
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.
This wizard is amazing, he doesn't care about the posinous Amanita, what a badass— Anki H.
I wish you much joy and thank you again for your great work.— Ewald. W., PhD.
"[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only Amanita shaman in North America. Peace.— F.
Kudos on your work on Amanita muscaria in the Americas. Kudos for your work on the preparation of the species. Normally I do not recommend Amanita to others, but i do point those interested its preparation to your pages and books.— John W. Allen
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.
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.
Hello again. I just wanted to say I loved the Soma Shamans book. It is a rare gem, one of the few books I feel truly privalaged to have read. The ONLY book I know of with the sort of information that I was looking for and so much more.— Peter G.
"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 www.somashamans.com"
— Todd A. Thies, PhD., Legally Stoned.
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.
The knowledge of the Soma Shamans will change the world. May God bless you.– Simone from Italy.
Your opinion means a lot to me because you are the only prophet and mystic out of the masses that I believe.— M.
This is almost certainly the best book on amanita muscaria in existence, at least if you want to learn about how to use the mushroom and what it can do rather than read through hundreds of pages of scholarly research with comparatively little practical information. The authors know what they are talking about from personal experience and in this book they share some of the knowledge they have gained. It is also a fun and entertaining read, filled with the spirit of Soma and divine wisdom.— Reader Review.
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.
THANK YOU... i appreciate greatly what you are doing for our society; it means a great deal to me.– J.V.
"[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.
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.
Amanita muscaria's are wonderful, they open the gates of heaven; magic elixer.— C.R.
Many blessings & positive energies to Hawk for voicing the true Angelic message of the Supreme Being. Our world could benefit from the truth.— M.
guru of amanita— Rahul Kumar.
I loved Soma and I appreciate your giving an antidote to Amanita poisoning if accidentally overtaken.— Jane.
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, President for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.
"[Sacred Soma Shamans] & Soma Elixir are two books written by Hawk and Venus, shamanic high priest and priestess of Soma... Hawk and Venus are modern day Soma Sacrificers. They hunt, gather, prepare and sacrifice Amanita Mushrooms for spiritual sacrament, energizer, medicinal, and uplifting tonic, using ancient Shamanic-Priesthood skills. They have dared to get to know the spirit of this mushroom, through extreme experimentation and devoted daily use of Soma for over  years.– Curt Haney, President for the Mycological Society of San Francisco.