Icaros—the Enchanting Magic Melodies

Icaros are the shamanic songs sung or whistled during ceremony. They are often referred to as magic melodies, and sometimes they are sung in an ancient dialect. Icaros are frequently taught to an apprentice by their maestro. Alternatively, they may be learned directly from the spirit of Ayahuasca or the …

Medications and Health Concerns

Those suffering with schizophrenia or other mental or psychotic disorders should not consume Ayahuasca. If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, or if you are receiving treatment for any health condition, it is advisable to consult your doctor before drinking Ayahuasca. It is also recommended you consult …

About Mapacho

The spirit of Mapacho is an extraordinary shamanic ally. This sacred tobacco is totally organic. It is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and does not contain any of the toxic additives used in commercial cigarettes. Mapacho is used extensively in Peruvian shamanism (in both Ayahuasca and …

Sequencing the Sacred Medicines

As previously observed, working with Ayahuasca and Huachuma is like discovering the “Holy Grail” of spiritual transformation—the proverbial “fast track.” Each of these plant-teachers can play a vital role in one’s personal growth. Properly sequenced, these divine agents of transformation can have synergistic and complementary results. Among those who have …

Huachuma (San Pedro Cactus)

The sacred cactus, Huachuma (Trichocereus Pachanoi), is known as the Cactus of the Four Winds. The modern or post-colonial name for this cactus is San Pedro, but the spirit of this master-teacher prefers the ancient name, Huachuma. Like Ayahuasca, Huachuma is a sacred visionary plant teacher widely used by curanderos …