Tuesday, 3 June 2008

TER & other entheogen cartaceous resources

Since 1992 The Entheogen Review serves the international psychedelic network as "the journal of unauthorized research on visionary plants and drugs". In their 'statement of purposed' is written to 'think of it as a community of subscribers seeking and sharing information on the cultivation, extraction and ritual use of entheogens.'

Founded by Jim DeKorne (author of the famous book Psychedelic Shamanism), who published it in the form of a few pages quarterly newsletter until 1997, since 1998 it's published by David Aardvark (with the help of other two people), who made a great work rendering TER a true and better magazine, not only esthetically...

Unfortunately, probably due to economical problems, too much work for so many people and few subscribers, Aaardvak & company have decided that 2008 will be the last year of publication. It's a very bad news, since if nowadays it's easy to find a lot of entheogen-related infos on the net, it's not equally easy to find ACCURATE infos, or extremely informative and interesting articles written by entheogen luminaries like Jonathan Ott, Johnny Appleseed, Keeper Trout or Dale Pendell. Consequently I urge all the entheogen enthusiasts to contact David and friends, give them suggestions for the magazine survival (a bi-annual publication or an on-line edition, for example) and - even more important - our love and support. (TER, POB 19820, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA)

I think that more than ever our ever-growing community deserves a high quality cartaceous resource like TER.

Another good idea to support the magazine is to make a subscription (25 dollars for the U.S.A. and 35 dollars foreign) beginning with the 2008 Vernal equinox issue, which features articles like Disembodied Eyes Revisited (An Investigation into the Ontology of Entheogenic Entity Encounters) by David Luke, Green Flames: Thoughts on Burning Man, the Green Man and Dionysian Anarchism, with Four Proposals by Dale Pendell and Myristica fragrans: an exploration of the Narcotic Spice by Ibo Nagano and many other interesting things.

Visit TER site here

Another magazine that well deserves our attention and support is Shaman's Drum, a quarterly publication dedicated to the 'experiential shamanism and spiritual healing'. Published by Timothy White, it's a priceless resource of articles, infos and book reviews about shamanism in all its forms, mainly (but not only) traditions and rituals that involve the use of visionary plants.

Among other things, in the current issue you'll find articles about Siberian healing practices and African bwiti, one of the current 'psychedelic churches' that use entheogenic sacraments, in this case iboga (Tabernanthe iboga).

For subscriptions and back issue visit the Shaman's Drum site

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