The Psychedelic Acacia Tree of Life

"And thous shalt make an altar of Shittim (acacia) wood...and thous shalt overlay it with brass...And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass." (Exodus, 27: 1, 2, 6)

Biblical scholars, such as Shannon, Shulgin, Feliks and Duke, suggest acacia was the sacred wood of the tabernacle because it contains DMT and will produce religious visions when consumed in communion.

In the Hebrew Talmud and early Jewish hermeneutical texts, the acacia is extolled.

"Sing, O sing, acacia tree
Ascend in all thy gracefulness
With golden weave they cover thee,
The divir palace hears thy eulogy
With diverse jewels art thou adorned."

To the Egyptians, the acacia was the Tree of Life in the Garden of Heliopolis. Osiris was said to have been killed by being enclosed in a coffin from which an acacia tree sprouted, then out of this tree Osiris (in other versions his son Horus) came out to life. According to the Book of the Dead, some children lead the deceased to the tree, and coffin texts describe that parts of it were squashed and bruised by the deceased, and then employed with magical healing effects. For this reason, acacia was often used for the construction of sarcophagi.

In Greek mythology, the acacia symbolizes immortality and resurrection. The Tree of Life in the Garden of Hesperides may have been the Acacia nilotica, also known as Sant Acacia or Egyptian thorn. With its yellow globulus flowers, some consider this to be the Golden Fleece of the Argonauts, though it could well have been blended with the entheogenic grain fungus ergot (ergo=argo) to make the Greek Ambrosia or kykeon. It may also have been the original thorny bush behind the Thorn Jujube described as the crown of Jesus.

Death and rebirth attributes have long been associated with the acacia. This parallels myths across many different cultures where a son of God is killed and sacrificed only to be resurrected. Such stories typically refer to vegetation gods (The "Green Man") whose father is the Sun.

Thus, we might understand the religious purpose of acacia and other entheogenic communions as causing ego death followed by the rebirth of Krishna or Christ consciousness. In religious rites, such communion rites would have been linked to the metaphorical death and rebirth cycles of the Sun, Venus and Moon (and corresponding deities), celebrated during the winter solstice, spring equinox, moon phases, 8-year Venus-Earth cycle and the rare Venus transit of the Sun. Sacrificial communion during these celestial events represent the prime fertility rites of the ancient world.