I love ancient lore.
All of human understanding of the sacred looks to me
like a long procession of people trying to make sense
of their beautiful yet short, compared to the universe and the elements,
So, why do people bring Pine trees into their houses at the Winter Solstice, placing brightly colored (Red and White) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other and as representations of the love of God and the gift of his Sons life? It is because, underneath the Pine bough is the exact location where one would find this ‘Most Sacred’ Substance, the Amanita muscaria, in the wild.”
–James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind”Read the fascinating article here.
With thanks to Prairie Child.