Datura and Black Moonstone infused under the full moon & lunar eclipse of August 2017
Datura inconspicuously holds court with aged cottonwoods and oak trees until the sun’s summer peak, when her alluring and intoxicating glory unfurls under dank, moonlit skies. Her multi-faceted medicine was shown to me rooted in the energy of the north, winter’s territory upon a medicine wheel. Where her perpetually shifting faces peer upon one with such wonder that one is rendered absolutely shifted in their placement in the multiverse. In night shrouded deserts Datura can lead us on a journey of self discovery, shadow work and profound transformations, via fundamental breakthroughs as she breaks down layers of one’s known, consensual reality. The hidden places just beyond the corners of one's inner vision where the roots to our actions and reactions lie, where past traumas may still hold power over us, and yet, where true potential for lasting change exists. If you choose to work with her (or she chooses you for that matter), be prepared for her light to shine upon our roots of stories past for healing to begin.
I was led by her to create this Moon Shadow essence, powerful energetic medicine for such transformations. A single, intoxicating blossom of Datura was chosen in the wild beauty of southern New Mexico along with a shimmering orb of Black Moonstone. A mineral whose presence invites one to peer into the deepest reaches of her cosmos, seeing the interplay between dark matter and light filled galaxies upon her gilded bands. These energies were infused in spring water, under the light of the Aquarius full moon and lunar eclipse, this eclipse adding a boost to the potential power and speed of one's transformation. Datura said of this medicine, "This will bring forth a veil of shadow never seen before, allowing one to go deeper into their shadow, learning its ways, knowing it intimately, allowing for one's light to shine brighter." They work together on a level that transcends language, a level where only vibration exists. Like wintertime, this medicine may mask herself in a veil of innocuous stillness, yet under the frozen waters of life her potent energy is consciously moving , carrying foundational transformation to one's whole being.
If you feel drawn to work with Datura as an ally on your path, her flower essence is a safe method, as ingesting her plant matter is ill advised due to her highly psychoactive and potentially deadly tendencies. (Do not mistake safe as simple though, this is powerful medicine that can quite literally rock your world.) It bears repeating: be fully aware when deciding if this essence is right for you at this moment in time. If you are feeling grounded in life and have a network of support available to you, and feel ready and willing to plunge into the depths of one's shadow then this medicine may be for you. Basically I'm saying, be prepared for shit to get real, with the knowledge that it is for a shift into a new level of awareness.
This Moon Shadow essence is just one way to work with Datura’s essence, there are quite a few magical folks creating beautiful medicine (Alchemy of Artemis and Desert Alchemy are two that I have experienced). Pay attention if you feel drawn to a specific plant essence, gem or other carrier of medicine, they are probably reaching out to work with you.
Sitting with a flower / gem essence for a lunar cycle is a profound path to developing a relationship with that spirit being. Rest comfortably in a darkened space, seated or lying down, and begin to work with just a drop or two of the essence on your tongue. Close your eyes and focus on where the drops entered your body, feel as their energy merges with your own. Sit with whatever experience arises for the next 5 - 10 minutes or longer. I encourage you to keep a journal of your experiences for a couple of reasons. One; it will be a reference for weeks, months or years down your path, when you realize one day how profoundly your life has slowly, but most definitely shifted. In my personal experience with energy medicine this is how it tends to work, not that immediate change doesn't occur, it does, but those foundational shifts in understanding and perspective are inconspicuously built in small increments. One day you awaken to realize you are in an entirely new place from which to view the world. You are able to look back upon your written path and see how all of those seemingly small pieces fell into place at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place. Two; placing your visions into the physical world via pen and paper solidifies their existence and therefore increases their power. I highly recommend this, as my journals are probably my most treasured tools on this spiritual journey.