Buddha and the Mushroom Moon

Compare this now to the Vedic Budha, god of Mercury and son of the Vedic moon god Chandra, who was anciently associated with the lunar deity Soma. As the god of inspiration, Soma was also considered a divine communion drink (a juice) scholars say was made from psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushrooms. This ingredient was referred to as Amrita in the Rig-Veda and said to "make men immortal."

Modern scholars, such as Wasson, Allegro and Ruck, suggest that moon gods like Soma were associated with psychoactive mushrooms for a good reason. Unlike plants that feed on sunlight, mushroom fungi grow only at night, under the moonlight. Furthermore, mushrooms also tend to grow under coniferous pines, possibly associating them with the semi-evergreen Bodhi tree (or ficus religioso) cognate with the legendary Wisdom Tree or Tree of Life.

So when we read about the story of Buddha, described as the son of a raja who becomes enlightened under the Bodhi tree, it is most likely a reference to the Amrita mushroom and, in particular, its ingestion in Soma communion to attain enlightenment.

As example, the attached photo shows Buddha with mushrooms growing out of his head. Identified as the "divine parasol" on the Cosmic Tree of ancient Vedic stupas (temples), mushroom trees are sometimes shown sprouting from the top, temple or crown - called a "tika" in Sanskrit - of Buddha's head. From this we get the right-angled "schwass-tika" spiral (meaning 'serpent's breath temple') symbolizing both the outer stone temple of the stupa as well as the inner temple of the mind. For this reason, swastikas were anciently used on maps to indicate good temples where one might become enlightened like Buddha.

Like Osiris, Dionysis and Mithras, the Vedic Budha was a vegetation god associated with a psychoactive communion drink. As with other so-called "Green Men," Budha's enlightenment was originally a reference to the psychedelic experience and the Unity consciousness it produced. His cup was the crescent Moon, where Soma juice was believed to be stored.

Thus in the most ancient interpretation, Buddha-Budha (later identified as Mercury and Hermes) can be considered the son of the Moon incarnated as a psychoactive mushroom (a messenger or savior) who delivers divine enlightenment when 'sacrificed' in communion. In time, this practice was replaced by other disciplines to help induce altered states, such as yoga and meditation. Yet, the Buddha archetype of enlightenment has survived intact into present day - a metaphysical substitute for the primordial relationship that once existed between the animal and plant kingdoms.