What's it Wednesday

by Dawn Farmer

Guess away…

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  1. Well, it seems to be dried plant matter. Based on the petal, perhaps a rose potpourri?

  2. Dr. Slammy – I long suspected you knew of the Illuminati rites… so you know that the exact nature of this image can’t be discussed. I’ll have to say Brian is correct by calling it black tea. 🙂

  3. I apologize for not responding sooner. I had to drive an alien to the Chinese consulate in LA today. Something about not having paperwork in order. 🙂 Looks like Slammy has it covered, though.

  4. I finally managed find the time to sit down and do some research. Brian was correct in recognizing that this is black tea. And Slammy was, of course, also correct in stating that these herbs were part of a TI initiation rite.

    As you all know, Beltane occurred on May 1st. Although this holiday has been co-opted by a number of different religions over the centuries, this holiday is one of the most important annual events celebrated by the TI and has been for centuries. Unlike many Earth based religions, Beltane is considered by the TI to be the start of the new year (as opposed to Samhain for, say, the Celts).

    The time between Beltane and the next new moon is an important period in TI initiation rites. During this period, the potential initiate must undergo a series of trials which ultimately results in a “cleansing” of all prejudices, an acceptance of all faults, and a celebration of all strengths (known or otherwise).

    One of these trials (designated “Nox Noctis Viator” or “Night Traveler”) requires that the initiate stay awake for three full days in a space (e.g. a sanctum sanctorum or cave) that is completely devoid of all sources of light. This is supposed to represent the void between stars. Prior to the trial, the initiate prepares a strong drink using several sources of black tea leaves (for example, a combination of Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling, and Krasnodar tea).

    As you might imagine, this trial often results in a hallucinogenic experience. As the experience is highly personal and rarely discussed with anyone other than the initiate sponsor/mentor, I do not know what sorts of experiences are necessary for acceptance into specific TI orders.

    This year, the first new moon following the holiday occurred last weekend. Although these trials are exceedingly rare, given her choice in images this week, I cannot help but wonder if Dawn was part of an initiation rite this year.