Kava Kava

A sacrament for welcoming special guests and friends

Kava Kava - A sacrament for welcoming special guests and friends

• Family: Piperaceae (Pepper family).

• Botanical Name: Piper methysticum Forst.

• Synonyms: Kowa, awa, yagona, kowa kowa, wati, ava, ava pepper, and intoxicating pepper.

• Geographical Location: Polynesia, Sandwich Islands, and South Sea Islands.

• Habitat: Grows best up to 1000 feet above sea level in cool, moist highlands or wet forests. It will grow densely to 20 feet where summer temperatures are between 80° and 90°F with sufficient sunlight.

• Botanical Description: An indigenous shrub several feet high with heart-shaped leaves and very short spikes rising from the base of the leaf stems that are densely covered with flowers. The stern is dichotomous, that is, two-forked, with spots. The upper rhizome is the part of the plant that is used. It is starchy with a faint pleasant odor and a pungent bitter taste.

Five varieties are cultivated in Fiji, three white and two black. The white varieties are considered the best source, preferred for commercial crops.

Kava kava has a history of religious and spiritual implications. The following Samoan legend epitomizes man's relationship to the sun, sky, water, and earth, as well as to the "Divine Being" or immortal self and the life cycle. It incorporates the alchemical marriage of fire, wind, water, and earth to the spiritual "other" of the soul.

A girl of great beauty, Ui, was offered to the Sun during the annual sun ceremony. The Sun was so pleased he took her for his wife. Later she was allowed to return to her people to give birth to their child. Ui was sent flying through the sky and miscarried. The fetus, however, floated upon the water and was cared for by a hermit crab. The boy child, Tagaloa Ui, grew up and taught mortals how to make kava and to show reverence for the ceremony.

Pava, the first mortal participant, had a son who laughed watching his father chew and spit the brew. Tagaloa Ui, angry at the irreverence, cut Pava's son in two. He then gave Pava the correct procedure. Pava offered the drink to Tagaloa Ui. Instead of drinking it, Tagaloa Ui poured half of the brew on the head of Pava's son, uttering "soyva" (life), making the boy whole again.

The legend is included in the kava ceremonies of the Samoans even today.

Active components in kava are six resinous alpha pyrones: kawain (C14 H14 O3), dihydrokawain, methysticin (C15 H14 O5), dihydromethysticin, yangonin (C15 H14 O3), and dihydroyangonin. None of these is water soluble except when emulsified. They are soluble in alcohol, oil, and other fat solvents, including gastric juices.

History

Chemistry

Kawain

Primary Effects

Small amounts produce euphoria; larger amounts produce extreme relaxation, lethargy, and eventually sleep. It does not impair mental alertness. Often there are visual and auditory hallucinations, lasting two to three hours with no hangover. Kava is similar to marijuana, as the effects are not noticed when it is used the first few times. Used habitually, kava is similar to cocaine in that it causes the mouth to feel numb.

Preparation

The part of the kava plant just below the surface of the ground reaches 3 to 5 inches thick in 2 1/2 to 4 years. After 6 years, the root will weigh as much as 20 pounds; after 20 years, 100 pounds. After harvesting, the root-stocks are scraped, cut into pieces, and dried in the sun on platforms.

Traditionally, the root was made into a tea. With the water-soluble components released, it acted as a mild stimulating tonic. If the material is first chewed, then spit into a bowl, and mixed with coconut milk, more powerful narcotic-type resins are released in emulsion. For maximum effects, mix 1 ounce kava with 10 ounces of liquid (water or preferably coconut milk), 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil, and 1 tablespoon lecithin. Blend until the liquid takes on a milky appearance. Serves one to two people.

Resins may be extracted with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in a heat bath. The solvent is removed by evaporation. Re-dissolve in just enough warmed brandy, rum, vodka, or honey. This is a more potent method because alcohol swiftly carries the resins into the system.

Ritual Use

Kava's history and chemistry indicate that its euphoric qualities are best shared with special guests or friends. The narcotic affects the "feeling" centers where warm emotions are generated toward those involved in the ritual. Therefore, kava has been used as a sacrament for welcoming special guests and friends. The following ritual is designed for maximum results:

1. Kava or its extracts should be put into your finest glassware (or coconut cups if you have them) and served to the most revered guests first. The bearer holds the cup at waist level with thumbs and index finger encircling the outside of the cup.

2. The cup is then lifted to his forehead while in the center of the room. The cup bearer then stops 4 feet in front of the guests, lets the cup rest in his right palm, and lowers his right hand with his left. The left hand is placed behind the back while serving the cup to the guests. He then returns to the center of the room while the guest drinks.

3. The guest receives the cup with both hands, pours a little kava onto the floor and says, "May our guardians be with us today." The cup bearer raises the cup and says,

"Life." AU others say, "Blessed be." He then drinks his kava in one gulp. The others are served. In silence, they receive the cup and drink the contents in one gulp.

4. If one accepts kava, but does not finish it, the remainder must be discarded before returning the cup.

5. When all have drunk, the lead guest says, "The ceremony is complete. The bowl will hang with the cup and strainer." Light food should then be served and the party begins.

Note of Caution: Continual chewing eventually destroys tooth enamel. Constant and excessive use of the fresh root with alcohol can become habit-forming and after several months results in yellowing of the skin, bloodshot and weak eyes, emaciation, diarrhea, rashes, and scaly, ulcerous skin. When kava use is discontinued, the symptoms disappear within two weeks.

Kawain also has surface anesthetic properties similar to those of cocaine alkaloids. In the Islands, kava leaves are applied to cuts and bruises to prevent infection and to promote healing. The kava pyrones have antibacterial activity against gonococcal and coliform bacilli.

Yohimbe - A love sacrament for pagan matrimony or sexual intercourse

• Family: Rubiaceae (Madder family).

• Botanical Name: Corynanthe yohimbe.

• Synonyms: Pausinystalia, yohimba, yohimbehe, and johimbe.

• Geographical Location: Tropical West Africa, especially Congo and Cameroon.

• Habitat: Jungle forests, low altitude.

• Botanical Description: A large tree that grows from 35 to 50 feet high. The leaves are 3 to 5 inches long and are oblong and oval in shape. The seeds are winged.

Most of the Bantu-speaking peoples have traditionally used inner shavings of the bark as a stimulant and aphrodisiac. It is only used when mating rituals occur. These orgies have been known to last up to fifteen days, with doses of yohimbe increased gradually over that period.

Chemistry

The active constituents are yohimbine, yohimbiline, and ajmaline, all being indole-based alkaloids. The major alkaloid yohimbine can also appear as hydrochloride. This makes it easily assimilable via the mucous membranes (snorted) or when applied beneath the tongue.

YOHIMBINE

Yohimbine

Yohimbine and yohimbiline must react with the hydrochloric acid in your digestive juices for them to become soluble and easily assimilated into the body. Yohimbine hydrochloride is also known as quebrachine.

Primary Effects

Yohimbe acts as both a central nervous system stimulant and a mild hallucinogen. Yohimbine is a sympathomimetic indoletype alkaloid with cholinergic and adrenergic blocking properties. It also inhibits serotonin, the "fine tuning" chemical of the brain.

The first effects are a lethargic weakness of the limbs and a vague restlessness, similar to the initial effects of LSD. Chills and warm spinal shivers may also be felt, accompanied by dizziness and nausea. MDA produces a similar reaction and effect. A relaxed and somewhat inebriated mental and physical feeling, accompanied by slight auditory and visual hallucinations follows. Spinal ganglia are affected, causing an erection in males. The effects last from two to four hours.

Preparation

There are several techniques for preparing yohimbe. The traditional way is to bring 2 cups of water per person to a boil. One ounce of yohimbe is then added to the boiling water and allowed to boil for less than four minutes. The heat is turned down and the brew simmered for twenty minutes. Strain the liquid and sip slowly about one hour before effects are desired. If you add 1000 milligrams of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), the bark tea will react to form yohimbine and yohimbiline ascorbate, soluble forms of the two alkaloids. The alkaloids are more efficient in this state in that they are more quickly assimilated by the body and tend to reduce possible nausea. It is also recommended that you fast for eighteen hours before ingesting yohimbe.

The second technique is much more efficient. For one person, soak 1 ounce of yohimbe bark shavings in ethyl alcohol or any drinking alcohol (gin or vodka works well) for an eight-hour period. Strain the shavings and pour the liquid onto a flat cookie sheet, and let the alcohol evaporate. Use low oven heat (150°-250°F) to speed evaporation. The residue, amounting to 1 gram to 1 1/2 grams, will be yohimbine hydrochloride. This can be snuffed or placed under the tongue. The effects are more pronounced and the reaction occurs within ten to twenty minutes, rather than one hour.

Ritual Use

Yohimbe is the finest sacrament that can be used for a pagan wedding ceremony. Whereas Christianity uses the duality of good/evil, the pagan draws energy from the male/female duality. One type of pagan altar is arranged by marking a circle on the ground, large enough to surround those who will participate in the ceremony. The altar is set in the center of this circle. An incense burner and six candles are placed on the altar. One candle is set at each quarter, (North, East, South, and West), and two remain on the altar during the rite. An image is chosen by the betrothed and this is also placed on the altar with a wand, usually fashioned from a willow branch. The image and the material of the wand are really your choice.

The marriage rite is best performed at the time of the new moon, when energy (soma) is flowing inward rather than outward. For this type of ritual, the altar is traditionally placed at the eastern edge of the ritual area. All candles are generally white, and the incense has a flower scent of the couple's choice.

An ancient Celtic custom has the bride wear a veil or net and an article of red or scarlet. The couple come with gifts for each other. These are placed on the altar before the ceremony. Wine and cakes should also be present for the orgy that follows. The pledge rings are fitted over the wand and given to the priest or priestess before the ritual.

To begin, the priest or priestess lights the candles and incense. They stand together with their backs to the altar (facing west), the priestess to the right of the priest.

The priest holds his right hand aloft and says:

May the place of this rite be consecrated before the gods. For we gather here in a ritual of love with two who would be hand-fasted.

_and_, come forward and stand here before us and before the gods of nature.

The man and woman step forward, the man to the right of the woman.

The priestess says:

O beings of Air, Be with us here. With your clever fingers tie closely the bonds between these two.

O beings of Fire, Be with us here.

Give their love and passion your own all-consuming ardor.

O beings of Water, Be with us here. Give them the deepest of love and richness of body, of soul, and of spirit.

O beings of Earth, Be with us here.

Let your strength and constancy be theirs for so long as they desire to remain together.

Blessed Goddess and Laughing God Give to these before us, we do ask, Your Perfect Love and Perfect Peace.

Blessed Be.

All: Blessed Be.

The priest then picks up the wand and rings and holds one end of it before him in his right hand; the priestess holds the other end with her left hand. The rings are between them.

The priestess speaks:

Place your right hands over this wand and your rings (his hand over hers).

The priest continues:

Above you are the stars below you are the stones. As time does pass, Remember... Like a star should your love be constant. Like a stone should your love be firm. Be close, yet not too close.

Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience each with the other for storms will come, but they will go quickly. Be free in giving of affection and warmth. Make love often and be sensuous to one another. Have no fear, and let not the ways of the unenlightened give you discomfort. For the Goddess and the God are with you Now and always.

All pause for several seconds, then the priestess says:

(Answer)

Is it your wish,_

to become one with this woman?

(Answer)

Here the rings are exchanged, just before the final statement:

Then as the Goddess, the God and the Old Ones are witness to this rite, I now proclaim you primates! (*)

[*] The Church of AU Worlds refers to one's primary mate as "primate."

The yohimbe is now consumed to seal the contract and a kiss is given. (The kiss is also known as the third password.)

Now everyone consumes yohimbe. When the gifts have been opened, the ritual is considered over. The priestess takes the wand and taps each candle to put it out, starting at the north and going clockwise, while saying:

Our rite draws to an end, O lovely and gracious God and Goddess, be with each of us as we depart.

The circle is broken!

Then enjoy the evening with your friends and yohimbe. Orgasms will be intensified! (See Psilocybe Mushroom, Ritual Use, page 96 for ritual technique for sexual intercourse.)

Note of Caution: Yohimbe is a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. Among the materials which may be dangerous in combination with MAO inhibitors are sedatives, tranquillizers, antihistamines, narcotics, and large quantities of alcohol. Any of these will cause hypertensive crises (severe blood pressure drop). Amphetamines, LSD, cocoa, and dairy products will cause hypertensive crises (severe blood pressure rise). It is generally recommended that no other drug be used in combination with or within a ten-hour period of the use of yohimbe.

Librium or sodium amobarbitol partially blocks yohimbe effects. Indian Snakeroot (Rauwolfia serpentina) also contains yohimbine and indole alkaloids. Rauwolfia is not recommended, as it takes a minimum of two days to several weeks for the body to metabolize reserpine, and there is no control over when the effect will occur. Rauwolfia is quite dangerous as an MAO inhibitor.

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