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   TEONANACATL 1995 Psilocybe Cyanescens Astoria Ossip
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following texts accompanied spores of Psilocybe Cyanescens Astoria
Ossip, which were dispatched in january and february 1995.
some of the letters additionally contained b/w grafics of sporeprints
or a copy of the article by J. Gartz (#6, below).
 
 
to my revered teacher, and powerful ally,    T E O N A N A C A T L
 
"I am older, older than thought in your species. My Mystic and Magickal
powers have been known by WOmen since thousands of years before Buddha and
Christ. Societies that have followed my rule have lived in harmony with
nature. I can bring the mightiest wars before your eyes, or - show you -
Death. Can show you: certainty (not faith) and peace - unutterable. And I
can give you laughter, joy, and ecstasy - ineffable. Showing the future to
those who dare is nothing: I could place you with the Gods. And my joy is to
see your joy and my ecstasy is in yours. Learning to reproduce my growing
environment you will come to love me. The mushrooms which you see are only
the part of my body dedicated to sex thrills, sunbathing and the communion
with symbiotic species. My true body, hardware for my collective hypermind,
is an underground network of fine fibers, which may cover many acres, grow
for thousands of years, and can have far more connections than even the
human brain. Learning .. thy Way .. you will look upon me with awe and
amazement  -  FOR I AM THE FLESH OF THE GODS. "
 
(1) O. T. Oss, O. N. Oeric - Psilocybin/ Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide
(1976), 2nd, revised ed. available. (2) S. L. Peele - Fruit Of The Gods
(1982). (3) for descriptions of giant armillaria fungi (honey mushrooms)
see Nature, April 1992; SporesAfield, archived at: gopher.econet.apc.org
/environment/misc/mycology.  (4) Lao Tse - Tao Te King
 
The classic (1) sold more than 100,000 copies and helped a lot to ensure
that TEONANACATL will not be (again) censored into oblivion. The grain-jar
method of growing Ps. Cubensis and other leave/compost/dung-eating species
is fastest and can easily be done indoors. But it is also quite laborious,
and even if these mushrooms are grown on straw or compost, the cultures are
short-lived and require repeated sterile lab work for propagation. (5)
 
Wood-loving species, however, (and especially those preferring a colder
climate), like Ps. Cyanescens, can easily be allowed to grow in outdoor beds
like perennial plants -comparable to trees-, requiring no (more) labwork.
It should be pointed out, that mushrooms of a strikingly similar habitat
are probably the biggest living organisms on earth today, as well as among
the oldest (3).
J. Gartz recently described a "new method of mushroom cultivation in
N-America", which can indeed do without any labwork (6).
 
Some european growers prefer to start with a (onetime) run of spawn-
production (agar-dishes, glasses of oats/rye/barley, then glasses/bags of
woodchips) in spring, which usually results in a first harvest in fall, and
a mushroom bed that can be enlarged both in area and yield in the next years
and very probably be maintained far beyond human lifetime. Clean wood debris
(like from a planing machine. sawdust does not work) seem to work even
better than freshly chopped wood. Although Ps. Cy. seems to be able to fruit
on plain wood without any casing, it is advisable to supply the bed with
enough soil (+seeds), and leaves and larger branches, as the mushrooms
really love to grow in between and under grass or other plants.
 
The mushroom-beds obtained can be left on their own most of the year and
(in a good location) need attention only at harvesting time. Outdoors
unfavorable weather may of course diminish or prevent a year's harvest,
but as this cannot hurt the mass of underground mycelium, the shrooms
will just make up for it next season.
 
(5)  P. Stamets, J. S. Chilton - The Mushroom Cultivator (1983)
(6)  Integration, J. for mind-moving plants & culture, 4 (1993)
 
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"Oh, growing them seems to be no less consciousness - expanding than eating
them." a -then new- pupil of Teonanacatl quite correctly realized.
 
Psilocybe cyanescens Astoria Ossip made its way to europe from the northern
U.S., but may well have originated elsewhere, even -as a mycologist pointed
out- from (sub)tropical mountain areas. Like Psilocybe Cyanescens
(Wakefield), the "Wavy Cap" known from Britain and US., IT NEEDS A FEW WEEKS
OF COLD (NEAR FREEZING) WEATHER FOR FRUITING, and seems to feed on any kind
of wood, cardboard or similar. Mycelium and fruiting bodies are strongly
blueing and the latter have an entheogenic potency, which was described as
'at least twice that of Ps. Cub.' and 'not weaker than Ps. Semilanc.' after
comparisons with dried and weighed samples. The caps of Ps. cy. A. O., which
easily grow bigger than 3" in dia, are often distinctly umbonate and rarely
wavy, and there is other hints, that it may just as well be a species
closely related to, but not identical with Psilocybe Cyanescens.
 
The visionary experience induced by 2 to 2.5 g (dry/80 kg) of P. cy. A. O.
has been described as colorful, psychedelic and as deep and far-out as can
be, effecting the mind without any stress on the body. It may encompass
about everything which S. Grof described in his excellent books (7) or which
can be found in the Bardo T.dol (8). It is sometimes threatening, nearly
always astonishing and enlightening, and has been found healing in quite a
few cases.
 
(7) Realms of the Unconscious (1975) -- + J. Halifax: The Human Encounter
with Death (1977) -- LSD Psychotherapy (1979, new edition available, after
all) -- Beyond Death (1980). (8) The Great Liberation Through Hearing in The
Bardo = The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
 
Ps. cy. A. O. grows very vigorously and usually produces spores copiously.
It is quite exciting to watch under a microscope, how a high percentage of
these germinate within 6-36 hours when put onto agar at room temperature.
 
*  Send at least $ 2 (cash or stamps only) for more infos, or $ 5 for a
small sample of spores (but ample enough for microscopy and propagation),
or $ 10 to $ 20 for an entire, more decorative sporeprint of P. cy. A. O.
to: TEONANACATL/(postlagernd)/ Postamt 1092 Wien/ A-1092 Vienna, Austria *
 
 TUNE IN:                to universal knowledge and perception unveiled.
 DROP OUT:    object consumerism. stop the war against Earth and People.
 TURN ON:                             SMI**2LE:  Increase  Intelligence.
 
... and *study* all of Leary, A. Huxley and R. A. Wilson ! and Kerouac &
Castaneda.  TEONANACATL teaches patience and perseverance, too.
 
                                     !
  TEONANACATL does not sell mushrooms. TEONANACATL does not sell anything.
TEONANACATL teaches that materialistic consumerism is endangering WOmankind.
         TEONANACATL advocates conscientious consumerism objection.
       TEONANACATL explicitly disrecommends the breaking of any Law.
                    TEONANACATL teaches responsibility.
           TEONANACATL is a model for networking and cooperation.
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Enclosed is spores of PCY-AO, collected in fall 1994. Please treat them with
responsibility and the respect due to all forms of life.
 
* item void where prohibited-prohibition void if violating human rights !
 
They come from mushrooms growing outside in a forest environment, and
therefore some contamination with other spores is possible. But great care
was taken not to introduce additional contaminants, and the sporeprints were
all sealed into plastic within a few days of taking them. Especially when
kept in a cool and dark place they will stay viable for many years.
At least small parts of the spores of each mushroom were already spread in
promising places and so given back to earth, thankfully.
 
These spores are provided to enable research on this fascinating but not
well known organism. Your feedback will be highly welcome. I hope that this
will help to find answers to some of below. They must not be sold and
neither the spores nor any derivatives thereof should be used to gain
personal profit or for other ethically doubtful purposes.
 
There is many things to learn still about TEONANACATL in it's many forms:
 
- PCY-AO certainly belongs to the genus Psilocybe, but the exact species is
currently not known. Local mycologists stated that sHe does fit the
description of Psilocybe Cyanescens in 'all' points; other people tend to
believe that it is a separate species.
 
- Very probably the high entheogenic potency of PCY-AO is due mainly to its
comparably high content of psilocybin and/or psilocin. (Nor)Baeocystin and
yet unknown compounds may also be present. To my knowledge until now no
analytical data exist. Dried samples of PCY-AO were sent to the university
of Leipzig for a chemical analysis, the results of which will hopefully be
available soon.
 
+ Progress in the most promising kind of research, however - the goal of
which was summarized beautifully by Aldous Huxley in 1962 in a letter to
Albert Hofmann (below) -  has been made nearly impossible for several
decades now through propaganda, censorship and oppression, which now openly
employ the methods of war  . . .
 
 
  I HOPE TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TECHNIQUE OF -APPLIED MYSTICISM- A
   TECHNIQUE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THEIR TRANSCENDENTAL
  EXPERIENCE AND TO MAKE USE OF THE INSIGHTS FROM THE -OTHER WORLD- IN THE
 AFFAIRS OF -THIS WORLD-. (MEISTER ECKHART WROTE THAT 'WHAT IS TAKEN IN BY
CONTEMPLATION MUST BE GIVEN OUT IN LOVE'.) THIS IS WHAT MUST BE DEVELOPED -
 
THE ART OF GIVING OUT IN LOVE AND INTELLIGENCE WHAT IS TAKEN IN FROM VISION
 
           AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SELF-TRANSCENDENCE AND SOLIDARITY
                  WITH UNIVERSE.           (edited, 1994)
 
 
   .. there still is hope .. the wall in Berlin did come down, too.
 
                                         .. just another crack in your wall.
                                                      an148626@Anon.penet.fI