For this edition of Flashback Friday, we have a June, 1981 report from Hannah Spencer, who traveled to a pagan pot farm in Arizona and discovered how the wisdom of medieval Jews tends to make pot far more potent.

With the ’80s in complete swing, and everyone speaking apocalypse, some pot farmers have abandoned bourgeois society and have begun to develop their dope in an old, time-tested way. The way of the “old religion,” paganism. Pagans are fascinated with the mysteries and tidelike cycles in nature, and deal with the planet in its feminine elements of birth, life and death. Due to the fact cultivating a garden is an intrinsic portion of this cycle, these pot farmers are employing their know-how of nature and esoteric science to pull off some whopper weed. As I was fortunate adequate to devote final summer time at a “new age” (organic) ritualistic marijuana farm in the parched wilds of the southern Arizona desert, I will describe some of the earth-loving strategies that developed some of the most scrumptious weed I have ever noticed or smoked.

To commence with, the people in this tiny neighborhood have been strict vegetarians. Due to the fact they lived close to the Mexican border, their diet regime consisted mainly of fruit, the remains of which (peels and juice pulp) have been composted and provided back to the earth.

Simply because it was so exceptionally hot (temperatures have been frequently in the 100s), the early morning was the most comfy time to garden. This was commonly accomplished in the nude and was a exclusive way of acquiring a extremely good all-more than tan.

The leader of this neighborhood was a practicing magician and Cabalist, Cabala becoming the ancient program of attributions, a mystic study begun by the medieval Jews. Cabala is also referred to as the “occult’s filing cabinet.” By way of his research he found that marijuana (Indian hemp) was attributed to the quantity seven.

Seven represents the planet Venus, which, reassuringly adequate, stands for victory. Seven is also provided as the quantity of the occult and is the quantity of all the gods. It is also the quantity of the eastern path and, thankfully for my buddy, also the quantity of sandy earth.

Marijuana and the quantity seven are beneath the influence of Capricorn when you speak astrologically. From these primary observations, and his know-how of the accurate meanings of these symbols, he started his garden.

As any superior pagan knows (or any old farmer for that matter), it is greatest to plant particular crops when the moon is in a water sign, that is, Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Marijuana is one particular of these crops. For the appropriate residence of the moon, seek advice from either a existing farmer’s almanac or a precise astrological calendar. 1 ought to also plant when the new moon is waxing. This goes not only for marijuana, but for planting in common.

My buddy started by facing east in his effectively-composted plot. He decided to plant his grass (as he had for several years earlier) in a heptagon, that is, a seven-sided figure employing the occult study of geomancy. Clad in a loose-fitting robe, he stood inside the center of his plot and, employing pagan ritual, he cast a circle for protection, separating that which is inside from that which is with out. The circle sphere of the worker (gardener).

In the center of this circle ought to be a tree, a fertility symbol crucial to the pagan way. An oak is the preferred form, going way back to the old Druid traditions. The circle is measured by the circumference of the tree’s shade line for the duration of higher noon. Consider of a sundial’s longest shadow length, and compass a circle about that, employing your tree as your ruler. The tree holds the appropriate talismans and crystals on its branches, and this inner circle is employed for garden meditations, singing, playing music to the plants and, final but not least, rituals.

Inside the heptagon, my buddy planted his cannabis indica seeds. He was a wizard with sinsemilla, and he chanted and he prayed his way by way of this complete operation.

About the marijuana heptagon he planted a quantity of herbs, decorative flowers and vegetables all linked Cabalistically with cannabis. Amongst these plants are orchis root and damiana in the herb category, roses in the flower category, and thistle. In truth, my buddy ran a gate of rose bushes about his marijuana crop and thistle about the roses. This thorny guard kept out banditos and other undesirable items.

Most nights, somebody slept inside the fragrant confines of the garden. This not only added far more protection, but also kept the plants enterprise.

A paganist prides himself on his intuition regarding nature and his instant sphere, the location about him, and all the devas (nature spirits). He communicates with these spirits and brings offerings to the goddess or earth mother to reassure a bountiful harvest.

1 of the most crucial entities in paganism is in the character of Pan, that horny tiny goat-footed deity who spends his time screwing all the female functions in nature.

All through the summer time we spent a substantial portion of our time reciting odes to Pan and dancing to flute music, which supplied a extremely attractive atmosphere for the lady plants in the garden. This was superior, simply because one particular of the magical photos provided to the quantity seven is that of a wonderful naked lady, and as we place that image in our minds, we knew Pan would get off as he frolicked and cavorted amongst the seductive greenery.

Paganists celebrate several ancient holy days for the duration of the summer time to encourage a plentiful harvest come fall. These days involve Beltane (May perhaps Day), August Eve, Midsummer Day, fall equinox and Samhain. These celebrations commonly ended in splendid feasts, as did the complete-moon rituals that have been practiced every single month. These festivities normally took spot in the garden with our thoughts concentrating on the loving cultivation of the plants.

Harvest time was for the duration of the complete moon in October. That day was a extremely joyous and holy one particular, filled with lots of difficult labor and thankfulness to the gods. The weed was excellent—huge, luscious buds that we cautiously hung in the wooden drying space currently festooned with protective talismans.

As is customary, the extremely greatest of the crop is provided up to the goddess, who is looked at in a threefold manner as the maiden, the mother, and the crone. This providing assists safe her blessings for a fine garden subsequent year. 1 cannot be selfish when dealing with Mama Nature.

A lot of smoking requires spot in the harvest celebration, as you can think about, and there was far more partying immediately after this ritual than there had been all summer time. Then the wicked Arizona mushrooms and peyote are brought out from their sacred altar space and the cycle is completed.