This Wild Mushroom Is No Longer Recommended For Eating

Greetings!

With only a handful of weeks left in 2018, I’m hitting the road one last time this year to offer a few exciting events.  During these programs, I’ll be discussing the bounty of mushrooms and other foods associated with one of my favorite groups of trees:  oaks!  Here’s the current schedule:

November 5, Clemson, SC: South Carolina Upstate Mycological Society
November 7, Atlanta, GA: Mushroom Club of Georgia
November 12, Slippery Rock, PA: Bartramian Audubon Society

For more information on these events, check out the Learn Your Land event calendar.

Moving forward, let’s talk about the Angel Wing (Pleurocybella porrigens).

In older field guides, this fungus — which looks a lot like a small oyster mushroom — is listed as edible and good.  In more recent guides, this mushroom is accompanied by the warning:  not recommended for eating.  And according to many credible sources today, the Angel Wing is considered poisonous.

And not just mildly toxic, but deadly poisonous.

So how did it happen?  How does a mushroom go from being “edible and good” to “poisonous?”

Well, that’s the topic of today’s brand new video.  In it, I discuss the controversy associated with a species once widely touted as an edible mushroom.  Check it out!

 

I missed the opportunity to photograph this tiny green mushroom back in June, hoping that it would reappear during a more favorable moment in the future. Fortunately, it did… and I was able to spend a few precious minutes with this little green slimer last week.  Check out this recent Instagram post to hear more of the story!

Thanks for reading and watching, and as always, thank you for your support!

-Adam Haritan

Going into the Age of Aquarius

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There is always a time when the old becomes outdated or just doesn’t work anymore.  That which was either forced upon people or propagated on the people is being outgrown.  A new horizon opens up.  Most people will be fearful of the changes coming.  They will fight to keep the old.  They don’t want to let it go.  I’m not talking about something like styles that change over time or political changes.   I’m talking about a true awakening change that will change the world forever.  The magnitude so strong that it will change the very core of the human race.  This change began within the last century and is getting stronger every passing day.  Whether a ruler, political figure or anyone else does not agree, they can not stop it.  It is written in the stars.  Literally.  

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BE A HERBALIST THIS FALL

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Autumn is the time to ground down and return to our inward selves.  After the ethereal light and abundant days of summer, we start to prepare for the darker days ahead.  It’s the best time of year to set intentions, get quiet, create and manifest dreams, and to re-commit to healthy habits–the simple things that add up to a healthier state of being.

Wherever you are in the world and whether you experience a dark winter or not, honoring the seasons within the body is one of the most fundamental practices within herbalism.

1. INVITE WARMING, GROUNDING AND NOURISHING RITUALS BACK INTO YOUR LIFE

From a holistic, traditional standpoint, each season is characteristic to an element or quality within nature, and we should guide our lifestyle choices to support the season. For example, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this season marks the beginning of the Yin (cool, watery, deep) part of…

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The Samhain of our Lives

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Just last week, we had our first hard frost. After homesteading for a number of years, you grow to be vigilant for the signs of the first frost. The air smells different somehow in the two or so weeks leading up to it. The bird and wildlife patterns change.  The nights have a crisp bite to them that they didn’t even a few days before. And then, just like magic one day, the frost is there, glistening in the morning light. The garden radically changes overnight–even for those things you covered–the entire landscape lies in disarray.

Sunrise at First Frost Sunrise at First Frost

I could feel it on the air, and for the last few mornings, have been going to to see if it had arrived. That morning, I turned the corner and first saw it first on the strawberry patch–white and glistening. The frost is beautiful, magical, and yet, destructive. While the…

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National Make a Difference Day — Sylum Clan

Today is Make a Difference Day There are so many ways to make a difference. Hold the door open. Call up a friend to see how they are doing. Support local community centers. Give to Charity. Make someone smile. The list is endless. In a world that at the moment seems filled with hate, anger,…

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Hauntings According to Spiritism

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

First things first, in Spiritism we really hesitate to call places “haunted”. As a philosophy it has always sought to create calm, rational adherents, who are able to approach the spirit world with peace of mind rather than fear. One of the big questions that came up for budding Spiritists early on was that of haunted places, and whether we should be afraid of such locations. Allan Kardec in The Mediums’ Book encourages readers to rationally think through what exactly goes into a haunting. What is present? How is it affecting you or the family who lives in the place? And how are you able to help resolve the issue? There are many approaches to hauntings that we can look at through the lens of Spiritism, but below are just a few mentioned in detail in chapter nine of The Mediums’ Book.

What Creates a Haunting?

A haunting usually…

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Queen Of Air And Darkness

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The early Celts savoured the dark side of life. They embraced war like a lover, plunging into battle naked, singing gloriously boastful songs. They were fearless in the face of death, which their belief in reincarnation taught them was ‘…but the centre of a long life.’ It was not uncommon for a man to lend money and agree on repayment in a future lifetime. Their day began at dusk; the new year at Samhain, the festival we know as Halloween. Darkness was associated with new beginnings, the potential of the seed below the ground. In Celtic mythology and folklore, the wisdom of darkness is often expressed by powerful goddess figures. Whether in the natural, cultural or individual context, their role is to catalyse change through the transformative power of darkness, to lead through death into new life. A Dark Goddess of nature, particularly in Scotland, is the Cailleach, a name…

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Astrorisa Moon Blast ~ Free Taurus Full Moon Report ~ 10/24/2018

HUNTER’S MOON
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 12:45 PM~ EDT
Moon 1° Taurus, in House 3
Sun 1° Scorpio, in House 9
  
Taurus~Oshun Full Moon Forecast 
This moon forecast reading is for 27 days
 
October 24, 2018 – November 20, 2018 
 
Taurus full moon forecast
Welcome to the last Gratitude Full Moon Time of the year, it is a Hunter’s Taurus full moon 1°13 accompanied by the Sun in Scorpio 1°13. This moon will be in Taurus until Friday, October 26 2018, 02:45 PM, so we all have until that date to light our Gratitude candles.

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The Goal of Spiritism

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

What’s the goal of Spiritism as a philosophy? It might be an odd question, but it was certainly one on the minds of the early Spiritists like Allan Kardec. As a both a philosophical movement and “science” (as the early members would come to call it) Spiritism sought to ultimately prove the existence of an afterlife to those who might not believe, or redefine the definition of the afterlife for those still held in the grip of overbearing religious traditions. Most of these proofs came in the form of seances where mediums would channel certain spirits in order for the assembled group to gain some sort of new knowledge from the session. Much of this knowledge consisted of details and assurances about the afterlife, the role of spirits, the purpose of life, etc. Occasionally, as with the many channeled passages found in Kardec’s works, these spirits might also provide essential…

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Remember Who You Are

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This post will be for the misfits.  The ones who don’t fit in.  At one point or another we all had that feeling.  Most people just let their soul die and do whatever it takes to fit in. We become a robot. This usually happens to us at a very young age.  We were not taught any different. It is the way we were brought up. Everyone loves to blurt out “Be Yourself!”  But as soon as someone does something out of the norm they get ridiculed, bullied and pushed away.  The ones that don’t conform are awake and go on wondering “Why am I here?” Sooner or later the ones that did conform get a wake up call and they either hit the snooze button and go back to being robots or they wake up.  The awake individuals are few and far…

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