Lecture: AlcheMycology: Seeing and Working with Natures Alchemists
Mushrooms are some of the most profound and influential beings in Nature, transmuting dead and decaying material into food and nutrients for the foundation of life in many eco-systems. In this sense they are the Alchemistas of nature from the micro to the macro, fulfilling a unique and divine niche that is often under-recognized or overlooked. We will explore the role of fungi in environment and culture to glean what lessons can be learned from this unique Queendom in relating to the land, each other, and the spirit. Using the frame work of the Alchemical Principles and Processes we will understand the application of Fungi in the ancient art of Alchemy..
Jason Scott is an amateur Mycologist, Ethnobotanist and Spagyricist who has studied traditional Hermetic Alchemy, from history and philosophy to practice for the past 5 years. He has a background in Ethnobotany and Plant Medicine that started on the Big Island of Hawaii, and has carried back with him into his home: the Pacific North West. Born and raised in Oregon, Jason has an intrinsic interest in the fungal Queendom and all of its aspects: from cultivation to mycoremediation, to historical and cultural relationships. He is on an ever-deepening journey of education to understand the practical applications of his interests, and the golden threads that connect them.
Jason is the curator of Alchemycology.com and his introductory piece on the subject is featured in the new book by Peter McCoy (released Feb. 2016): Radical Mycology: A Treatise On Seeing and Working With Fungi. The Myco-Astrological (Planetary Correspondence to Mushrooms) chart that was featured in that book was also featured in Robert Rogers newest contribution to the fungal library: Mushroom Essences. He also runs Feral Fungi LLC out of Southern Oregon where he offers a number of services from freshly grown mushrooms, classes, spagyrics and herbal/fungal consultations.