San Pedro (Huachuma): What is it?

The Huachuma Cactus

San Pedro (Huachuma) Trichocerus Pachanoi is known as the Cactus of the Four Winds. The modern or post-colonial name for this sacred cactus is San Pedro, but the spirit of the master-teacher prefers the ancient name, Huachuma.


Huachuma at Chavín de Huántar

Like Ayahuasca, Huachuma is sacred visionary plant teacher widely used by curanderos (healers). However, while the spirit of Ayahuasca is feminine in nature, the Grandfatherly spirit of Huachuma is masculine. And, while Ayahuasca is focused on inner-work, Huachuma evolves one’s potential for a conscious connection to nature and spirit while interfacing with the outer world. Huachuma opens the sixth-sense and awakens the divine within. This results in a sacred, non-ordinary state of consciousness—an extraordinary state of expanded awareness and divine communion.


El Huachumero

This is the primary teaching of the grand maestro personified in the spirit of Huachuma. He teaches us what it is like to experience this sanctified state of being. Initiates are given an awe-inspiring demonstration, through direct personal experience, that humans have the potential to live in communion with the divine. Humanity is being afforded the opportunity to evolve into conscious co-creators with the divine. Even so, it is up to each of us, individually, to find our own path.


Sequencing the Sacred Medicines


Among those who have worked with both plants, some might feel initiates should begin with Huachuma since ceremonies with this master-teacher tend to be less challenging. Dawn of Eden recommends participants begin with Ayahuasca to obtain the cleansing and purification of the body, mind and spirit that it provides. Such purification is highly desirable before one endeavors to enter the state of divine communion facilitated by Huachuma.

Additionally, Ayahuasca helps to restore “wholeness” to one’s soul. This enables a better integration of one’s physical and spiritual worlds. The process involved allows participants an opportunity to regain much of their personal power. Accordingly, working first with Ayahuasca is the ideal preparation for those who plan to engage the grand maestro, Huachuma.


Chavín de Huántar


Twice a year, Dawn of Eden hosts a “by invitation” spiritual pilgrimage to the “Holy of Holies” of sacred sites, Chavín de Huántar. Here, in the cradle of Andean civilization, Dan Reynolds facilitates Huachuma ceremonies of the highest order to bring those in attendance into a state of grace and divine communion.


To learn more, visit The Chavín de Huántar Gallery.

Related links:

The Sacred Plants      Ayahuasca: What is it?  

Ayahuasca Purge: What is it?    The Role of the Shaman

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Dawn of Eden® is the only fully licensed shamanic center in Iquitos that is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. The Dawn of Eden Church is the only church in Peru dedicated to the transformation of human consciousness utilizing the sacred plants Ayahuasca and Huachuma as a sacrament.

Dan Reynolds, Dawn of Eden®

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