Psychedelic Skull Mysteries with Darren Le Baron
- Tue 22nd Mar 2022, 7pm – 9:30pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
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Join Darren Le Baron as he explores some of the historical and esoteric meanings behind skull symbolism, and what connections it has with psychedelics.
You can find skull symbolism interwoven within cultures dating back to the earliest ancient peoples on the continent of Africa. You can also find it in the art, mythology and rituals of indigenous peoples all over the world. Skull symbolism would later influence the major religions and numerous secret societies of the modern world. You cannot deny the Skull Gang influence regardless of how it’s been flipped; whether you see it as death, mortality, cult ancestor worship, intellect, evil, poison or resurrection… these are the notions it evokes. In this new presentation Darren Le Baron will explore some of the historical and esoteric meanings behind skull symbolism, and what connections it has with psychedelics.“ I frequently see skulls all over while on psychedelics. Sometimes I see them as brief flickers as my eyes move while walking, and sometimes I see them as closed-eye visuals that resemble the sort of flaming-skull motorcycle gang style art.” The psychedelic users of the ancient world portrayed skulls in their art, some even wore and adorned real human skulls as part of their traditions. These acts may be considered taboo and primitive in the here and now. But these peoples and their relationship with skulls, death and the afterlife can also invoke life in the here and now.
Darren Le Baron
Darren Le Baron is an educator, researcher and event organizer based in the UK. Known around the world for his Shroomshop Master classes he is keen mushroom cultivator and teacher and has been growing gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for the last ten years. By day he is an Organic Horticulturist and Food Enterprise tutor and has translated his home growing experience into a social enterprise.
Although not often recognized by researchers and scientists, fungi and plants have been used by indigenous Africans, and those in the diaspora for spiritual and community development for millennia. Several groups use these sacred plants in their rites of passage initiation ceremonies and daily ritual. Darren is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker who is passionate about sharing his research and findings on ancient African plant medicines, the history, mythology and various applications.
Collectively his work aims to inform and empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to cope with social challenges and contribute to community development as well as self-improvement in an innovative, creative, culturally-aware style.
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