Pagan Entheogens

Sunday, 10th May, 2009 - ARkadia: Shamanrchic and Eco-Pagan Confernce, Hamstead Heath, London


Forthcoming Talks:

August 2009:

Liberté, légalité, éternité 

September 2009:  

Luck, Psi and Belief in the Paranormal

Altered States, Imagery and Healing



Psi-verts and Psychic Piracy

Brazilian Psi and Altered States Conference: A Review


Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Species Connectedness and Psychedelics 

Parapsychology and Psychedelics

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Entheogenic Entity Encounters 

Inducing Near-Death Experiences with Chemicals

Psychonautic Misadventures in Time

Obituary: Duncan Blewett

Tribute: Albert Hofmann 

An Interview

A Preliminary Survey

Paranormal Experiences and Psychoactive Drugs

Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Parapsychology: Magic and Science:

A Magical Perspective on Parapsychology

A Parapsychological Perspective on Magic


Recent Talks:

Liberté, légalité, éternité

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

Psychology and Superstition

Pagan Entheogens

Hofmann, LSD & Parapsychopharmacology

The Neurochemistry of Psi

Entoptics: More Than Meets the Eye?

Parapsychology: Science of the Future or the Past? 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?

Does Psilocybin Cause Psi? 

Death and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

The Neurochemisty of Psi 

Psi may look like luck 

Testing for Precognition

Entheogens: The Religious /Paranormal Bridge

Sacramental Plants and Psi

The Shaman, The Vision and the Brain

Visionary Encounters and Neurochemical Mythology

Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

DMT Entities: Deities or Delusion?

Research in Parapsychology: Academic Studies of Magical Phenomena

Superstition, Magic and States of Mind

You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition

Pagan Entheogens

Dr David Luke

Dionysian Underground                                                                       ARKadia: Shamanarchic and Eco-Pagan Conference                               Hamstead Heath, London                                                       6pm-ish, Sunday 10th May, 2009                                                                             

Entheogens are defined as psychoactive substances used in a scramental manner or spiritual context. Shamanism, as a type of paganism, has been using entheogens since antiquity. The pagan use of entheogens historically is also well documented with the use of Soma in the Orient, Hoama in the Middle-East, the solanaceous "witching herbs" in North Africa and Europe, and Kykeon by the Ancient Greeks as part of the Eleusinian Mysteries -  a truly Dionysian beverage no doubt. Modern day entheogens, often having plant origins, sometimes also take a much less organic form, such as synthetic anaesthetics and even synthetic ingredients in cough syrups. Do these appeal to pagans too? What is the relationship between plant entheogens, species connectedness and animism, and how do synthetic drugs fit into this? What limitations do pagans put on natural substances in nature worhip? These questions and more will be pondered over from a supine position in between copious libations, quoffings and toasts to Dionysus.