Feed Your Head, Part 2: Divining the Smoke

Salvia divinorum, or Diviner’s Sage, is the next stop on our fairly legal herbal journey. Many of you will be familiar with the small packages of the dried green leaves at smoke shops and metaphysical stores, or having it passed around a bale fire at a Pagan event–which is not quite as wonderful as getting multiple pipes and joints passed to you at a Dead concert. The smoke blend is relatively cheap and easy to obtain, and it is a good “gateway” ritual substance.

Like many mildly hallucinogenic plants, Diviner’s Sage is originally from Mexico. In most areas of the *United States, Diviner’s Sage is legal. However, the state of Delaware has made it completely illegal due to Brett’s Law, which is a stupid law right out of “Reefer Madness.”

While most people who take Diviner’s Sage smoke it in a pipe, the herb can be chewed fresh and held in the cheek like snuff. It can also be made into a tea or tincture. Www.sagewidom.org/usersguide.com is a good place to go for free information on everything Diviner’s Sage. It has some particularly helpful tips on propagation and storage. The two main points of the guide are use the sage in private–never in public–and to always have a babysitter. I’m not sure I fully agree with those points, but they are good things to keep in mind.

In my own experience with Diviner’s Sage, I felt somewhere between mildly stoned and extremely tipsy after smoking several bowls. I used it in a sweat lodge ritual, and it worked really well for that. It’s also good for trances, meditations, oracle work, ecstatic dances, and aspecting deities. As with all substances of this nature, all participants should be of legal age and no one should operate a vehicle while under the influence.

If you’d like to add an extra divinatory dimension to your smoking experience, you can try out the ancient art of libanomancy.  Libanomancy is divining the future through incense smoke.  If it blows one way, it means something.  If it blows another way, it means something else.  Even though this practice traditionally uses incense resin dropped on hot charcoal, it’s very easily adaptable to smoke rising from a pipe.  Check out http://www.angelfire.com/tx/tintirbabylon/libano.html for the meanings that the ancient Babylonians gave to smoke’s behavior.

 *THE UNITED STATES: Salvia divinorum is classified as a controlled substance in the states of Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Virginia. Salvia divinorum is also illegal in the states of Louisiana and Tennessee, but only if intended for human consumption. A local law prohibits possession of Salvia divinorum in Suffolk County, New York. Salvia divinorum is entirely legal in all other states.

These folks give sage advice:

The Geeky Kink Event http://thegeekykinkevent.com/

Tonia Brown www.thebackseatwriter.com

Chris Eagle Music http://chriseaglemusic.weebly.com/

Erotic Sensations http://eroticsensations.us/

Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/