Amanita Muscaria aka courage mushroom
The bright red Amanita Muscaria with its white speckles is known worldwide under the names fly agaric, lucky mushroom or guru mushroom. Various myths circulate about it, and different and sometimes contradictory symbolic meanings are attributed to it. Happiness and poison, life and death – the associations with this living being are as contradictory as they can be.
The spirit of our Amanita Muscaria is particularly characterized by its wildness - it gives courage and willpower to live out its essence, completely pure and raw. Sometimes extroverted and loud, sometimes wild and chaotic. Radical honesty is his motto. Very wise in origin, but loving in nature. Through smoking, it caresses the user with a pleasant, sweet, velvety scent.
Our fly agaric is a true wild catch, as it cannot be domesticated. It comes exclusively from forests in which it has naturally settled. Despite all scientific and technological advances, no one has yet managed to artificially breed the Amanita Muscaria, which reflects its natural nature in an almost teasing way.
The fly agaric can be recognized by children with the naked eye thanks to its unmistakable appearance. Stem and slats in a white-yellowish color, crowned by an orange-red hat, usually decorated with white flakes - which could also correspond to the style of a new-modern retro lamp is the classic look of the wondrous creature Amanita Muscaria.
Toadstools can be found almost everywhere in the northern hemisphere; in North and South America, throughout Europe, in North Asia, in western Alaska and even in Australia. Our specimens come from natural, wild forests in Lithuania.
He may have inherited not only his temperament but also his sociability from his human surroundings. The red fly agaric is only occasionally found on its own and usually in groups. His primary homeland of Lithuania offers truly beautiful landscapes - crystal clear lakes, gigantic swamplands, golden sand dunes and the refreshing Baltic Sea. Stone Age villages and traditional towns can also be found. However, in the middle of deep green forests, our fly agaric prefers untouched nature and complete peace.
In symbiosis with other plant species, the Amanita Muscaria is of great service here. The fungus itself largely consists of so-called mycelium, a thread-like network underground that interacts with other plant roots. The fungal network ensures an improved soil structure and makes it easier for other plants to absorb water and nutrients. In return, the fungus is provided with vital carbohydrates at the root tips, which are protected by it.
The reddish fruiting body above the ground forms from summer to late autumn, where it is harvested neatly and with great care by hand by Lithuanian collectors.
For thousands of years, people have been experimenting with herbal effects for their own development. This is also the case with the Amanita Muscaria species, which has long been of particular interest to spiritually interested people. After all, it was not only used as a fly trap pickled in milk and sugar (muscaria = fly). It has been used since the 18th century because of its ingredient muscimol, particularly by shamanic peoples in Siberia. This active ingredient is created during drying from part of the ibotenic acid contained.
As the most well-known poisonous mushroom, the toxic effects of the fly agaric are often overestimated. Although it is undisputedly poisonous in its fresh form due to the ibotenic acid it contains, it is not classified as fatally poisonous. Some people even use it as an edible mushroom because the poisons are primarily found in the skin of the cap and are mostly water-soluble. Therefore, the red skin is removed and the fungus is subjected to a water bath lasting several hours.
However, in the interests of responsible use, we expressly advise against oral consumption of the fly agaric. Instead, we offer it exclusively as incense in order to experience its subtle nature without falling into a state of intoxication.
According to its appearance, the fly agaric is a striking, rather dominant and extroverted character. Through experiences in shamanic cultures, it is said to give courage and willpower, and to fade fears and inhibitions. Wherever it strengthens self-confidence, old feelings of shame would disappear. Although it has a mild effect on users, it can bring out a wild and chaotic side. It is also said to produce a slight feeling of euphoria in addition to a calm and clear mind. If you believe the legends of indigenous peoples, Amanita Muscaria can help people live their innermost, truest being authentically.
He acts like a benevolent teacher, especially on a linguistic level, which is why he is sometimes referred to as the guru mushroom. By formulating your thoughts, it can help create mental clarity. The fly agaric surrounds the complexity of reality, simplifies it to the aspects that are really relevant at the moment and thereby creates a clear direction. He wants to follow this with loving wildness, self-determined and persistent.