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Everything you need to know about Dakini Festival 2017

Dakini Festival
Dakini Festival

This summer’s only festival that makes you feel like a copilot in a full of adrenaline aviation show on Tuzla Airfield, has gathered artists from all around the world for 5 days and nights of partying on the Black Sea’s shore.

Dakini Festival is a new festival spearheading another psytrance culture growth into Romania. The festival will take place in the wilderness on the Romanian Black Sea coastline, on the virgin lands of Tuzla Beach, Constanta for four days and nights of music, speakers & workshops, art installations and more, in one of Eastern Europe’s biggest yoga villages featuring some of the world’s most inspiring and creative minds. Dakini Festival will take place between 29th of june and 3nd of july and will bring over 100 artists on all three stages: chill/live, micro-house and psy-trance.

INTRODUCTION

To create a memorable event on the Black Sea Coast that brings together people who actively pursue a life of spiritual elevation through music, dance and yoga.

Dakini aims to inspire active people from Europe and around the world connect in an environment that celebrates life, nature, freedom, tolerance and creativity, and elevate through better understanding of the world, the self, the nature and the relation between them.

Dakini Festival
Dakini Festival 2017

To become the premiere spiritual event in Romania, a catalyst that inspires our community, is internationally recognized and financially sustainable. Located on the Romanian Black Sea Coast, Dakini will become a year after year destination where everybody feels free and open to share quality mind-expanding experiences that contribute to peace within and in the world.

Dakini festival creates the ambient to fully enjoy the world we live in, in all its forms, with cultural and traditional varieties. DAKINI is about much more than just music, it looks to create an ad-hoc society with all the spiritual amenities necessary to entertain one’s soul, including but not limited to: yoga, martial arts, guided meditations, dance, massages, holistic medical center, tantra, nature immersions, astrology, art installations, hands on workshops, kids area, meditation beach, sustainability and much more…

How? Participants from different countries, guests from other cultures and traditions, the exposure of the new ideas and perspectives – including the impact we have on nature and the sentient beings with which we share this planet – will enrich us spiritually and make us to understand how we can do better and fairer for our entire world.

Music & Activities in Dakini Festival

The Psytrance stage will host among others: Astrix, LOUD, Avalon and E-Mantra; The Chillout Stage will host among others: Desert Dwellers, GAUDI, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Vibrasphere, Kaya Project, Suduaya, Irina Mikhailova, Solar Fields, Globular, Ancient Core, Kukan dUb Lagan, DJ Johnny Blue & Zen Baboon; The Micro Stage will host various Techno and House sounds.

Dakini Festival is situated on the Romanian Black Sea coastline, on the virgin lands of Tuzla Beach, Constanta, about 230KM from the capital Bucharest and is reachable via plane, train, car and buses. Full details can be obtained from the Dakini Festival website: http://dakinifestival.com.

Dakini Festival 2017 line up playlist

We have below a playlist for you where you can taste some of the Dakini Festival 2017 edition line up.

Dakini Festival psytrance
Dakini Festival 2017 Psytrance
Dakini Festival micro stage
Dakini Festival 2017 Micro Stage
Dakini Festival chill stage
Dakini Festival 2017 Chill Stage

DAKINI FESTIVAL – A Journey Into the Unknown (29 June – 03 July 2017)
dakinifestival.com (full information available)
Dakini Festival on Facebook: Event – Official Page Tickets

Southeast Europe is now richer for new extravagant festival – FOREST FEST SERBIA

Forest Fest Serbia
Forest Fest Serbia 2017

Giant caves, trees almost 200 years old, clear rivers, streams, deep forests, absolutely cut off from the rest of the world and civilization are just a few of the reasons why festivals lovers are visiting Forest Fest Serbia for the third year in a row!

To be honest, FOREST FEST is a winner when it comes to festivals in Serbia, and maybe in the whole region!

The location of the Forest Fest became a real magnet for tourists thanks to its amazing beauty of nature and interesting prehistoric discoveries –  two mystical caves which you can visit during your stay at the festival.

WHERE: Paštrić, Serbia
WHEN: 08 June – 12 June 2017

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Ribnica Cave
Ribnička pećina (Ribnica Cave) is situated in the canyon of the Ribnica, one of the jewels of the Kolubara watershed, under the slopes of the mountains Maljen and Divčibare.
Šalitrena Cave
Šalitrena pećina is a cave in Western Serbia near the village of Mionica, at the northeast tip of a Dinaric mountain range.

In the village Paštrić in Mionica, 25 km from Valjevo and 83 km from Belgrade, time seems to have been stopped. River Ribnica that belongs to basen Kolubara flows through the village bordered by beautiful forests and meadows, making a perfect location for this event. At the beginning of the river  there is Šalitrena cave, an important prehistoric site,while in its central part you can see Ribnička cave across St. Peter and St. Paul monastery. In the area of the festival , you can visit other see sights like: Stone Museum, where you can see more than 300 geological exhibits, Kumova česma- symbol of friendship, Banja Vrujci and house of one of the most famous Serbian dukes – Živojin Mišić.

River Ribnica
River Ribnica

Monument of nature Ribnica in which our Festival is located, was placed under protection as a unique site in Serbia which is habitat of European wild cat Felis Silvestris ( safe for humans), foxes , skunks,eagles, bats…Also here you can find wild fruits like blackberry,strawberry, raspberry and cherry.

european forest cat
European forest cat

There are also 13 nicely developed , large trees whose age is estimated to be over 160 years old. From here you can tell – exotic and fascinating nature is waiting for you!

Forest Fest Serbia
Forest Fest Serbia

The beauty of this place is hardly  described  by words and therefore we invite you to see for yourself: colorful  landscapes and the richness and diversity of flora and fauna.

Forest Fest Serbia
Forest Fest Serbia

Artists, record labels and art organizations from all over the world  will represent a wide variety of genres such as ethno trance, psychedelic trance, Morning Trance, Ambient, Chill out, Dub, Alternative, Goa Trance … On FOREST FEST will perform world stars:

E-Mantra (Altar records) Askari (Dacru rec.) ELEUSYN (JOOF rec.) TROPICAL Bleyage (Dacru rec.) NIGHT HEX (Suntrip rec.) … and many other famous artists.

Forest Fest Serbia

Forest Fest Serbia

Forest Fest Serbia

What certainly attract same attention of tourists as the good sound are Serbian domestic specialties that tourists will have opportunity to try like: gibanica, palenta , homemade bread, sarma..With all of that food it is inevitable to taste famous drinks like homemade wine and rakija. But on this festival you will also find Italian, French, Indian, Russian specialties.

Forest Fest Serbia

For worldwide visitors entrance will be 50Eur. Ticket price includes a camping place at the riverside, free parking, access to the natural monument Ribnica and entry for all five days.

Forest Fest Serbia

For all additional questions you can visit www.forestfest.rs.

Surrealism Polish Painter Who Learned To “Photograph Dreams”

Surrealism Polish Painter Who Learned To Photograph Dreams

Surrealism Polish Painter Zdzisław Beksiński was born in Sanok, southern Poland. He studied architecture in Kraków. In 1955, he completed his studies and returned to Sanok, working as a construction site supervisor, but found out he did not enjoy it. During this period, he had an interest in montage photography, sculpting and painting. When he first started his sculpting, he would often use his construction site materials for his medium. His early photography would be a precursor to his later paintings often depicting peculiar wrinkles, desolate landscapes and still-life faces on rough surfaces. His paintings often depict anxiety, such as torn doll faces, faces erased or obscured by bandages wrapped around the portrait. His main focus was on abstract painting, although it seems his works in the 1960s were inspired by Surrealism.

Let us take you on a journey through the curious mind of a Surrealism Polish artist, Zdzisław Beksiński, who made a name for himself with his dystopian surrealism paintings, filled with post-apocalyptic imagery and nightmarish creatures.

The artist is no longer with us to better explain the vast roster of over 300 of his works, but he used to say: “I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams.” And that is exactly what popped into my head when I first saw his paintings. Even, though, they utilize recognizable everyday objects, those are paired and arranged in ways only the dream world could sustain in a single picture.

These unseen combinations gave birth to mind-bending scenarios, which do build an anxious feeling while looking at them. The artwork is beautifully abstract, yet it does have the power to invoke real world references, which makes it even creepier. The artist’s explanation? Well, it may lie in these cryptic words: “What matters is what appears in your soul, not what your eyes see and what you can name.”

Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński
Polish artist paintings nightmares Zdzislaw Beksinski
Zdzisław Beksiński

Psychedelic drugs show promise in Treating Depression

Depression is a challenging and often long-term condition that can be very difficult to treat. In clinical studies, psychedelics have shown significant long-term positive impact on mood, even when used in just a single session. For decades, psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms and LSD have been used in clinical studies, private therapy, and at home to alleviate depression. More recently, the prescription medication ketamine has shown incredible results for treating depression.

New research presented in April at the Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in Oakland, California, suggests psychedelic drugs can help people battling depression and other psychiatric disorders that defy conventional therapies.

Dráulio Barros de Araújo, a neuroscientist at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, presented new findings from a study that used ayahuasca — a hallucinogenic brew of bark and leaves that groups indigenous to the Amazon use in healing ceremonies — to help treat depression. (The study hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet but is available here.)

In a 2015 pilot study, Araújo and his team showed that one dose of ayahuasca (between roughly four to seven ounces) quickly alleviated depression in six Brazilian volunteers without serious side effects. Encouraged by these results, he repeated the study in 2016 with 17 volunteers. Again, participants tolerated the psychedelic concoction and experienced relief that lasted throughout the 21-day trial.

But, Araújo says, “The main problem with these studies is that we didn’t control for the placebo.” In drug trials, a placebo is a sham substance with no active ingredients. Researchers use it to suss out the effects of the drug they’re testing from a person’s expectation that taking a pill will help them. Controlling for this placebo effect is especially important in depression trials, since studies show up to 40 percent of patients respond to a placebo, though that effect is short-lived.

“Psychedelic therapy reinvigorated my belief in healing,” says one physician. 

Ayahuasca before it is cooked and served as a tea. (Credit: Terpsichore/Shutterstock)

So he designed a placebo-controlled study for 35 volunteers who’d tried at least two different conventional antidepressants to no avail. They were randomly assigned to receive either a single dose of ayahuasca or the placebo, an inert brown, bitter brew that looked and tasted like ayahuasca. Neither investigators nor patients knew who got what.

People in both groups started feeling better the next day. But a week later, the difference between the two groups became apparent: those who took ayahuasca experienced a substantial drop in the severity of their depression.

The Magic of Mushrooms

Another study presented at the conference, led by Leor Roseman, a doctoral neuroscience student at Imperial College London, reported similar results using psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic” mushrooms.

In Roseman’s study, also yet-to-be published, 20 volunteers with treatment-resistant depression received two doses spaced a week apart. The first dose was a teaser to prepare them for the main event — a second dose large enough to produce a strong psychedelic experience.

During their clinically induced trips, participants listened to music with their eyes covered to facilitate introspection, while two therapists recorded the participant’s experience. Of the 19 people who completed the study, most showed dramatic improvements up to a week after the sessions. Their gains persisted for about five weeks, at which point some people continued to improve while some got worse.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (not associated with the current study) create a comfortable environment during a therapy session using psychedelics. (Credit: Matthew W. Johnson/Wikemedia Commons)

So what was the difference between those who responded well and those who didn’t? The intensity of a person’s peak experience, Roseman says. This so-called peak experience is associated with several psychological states, including a sense of unity and dissolution of self, positive mood and insight. The more intense the peak (and the more intense these psychological states), the more improvement people experienced.

Collectively, these findings offer a glimpse into the potential of psychedelics. Unlike conventional medications, which tend to dampen positive emotions along with the negative, psychedelics like ayahuasca and psilocybin intensify both the good and bad. This helps people work through their painful memories with a therapist in ways they couldn’t before. It’s psychedelic drugs’ power to produce a profound psychological experience, researchers hope, that will put patients on the path to lasting recovery.

Research and Articles about Depression and Psychedelics:
My First Psychedelic Experience at Johns Hopkins Changed My Life
The Psychedelic Miracle
Psychedelics are About to Transform Mainstream Medicine into Something Amazing
Research: LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier
Using Mushrooms Reconstructs the Brain

The Magician and the Trance – Esotrance

The Magician and the Trance – Esotrance-min
The Magician and the Trance – Esotrance
The Fool and the Trance – Esotrance Column
Esoterism and Trance – Esotrance

Continuing our journey of the Fool (…)

After going out the door and finding himself completely aimless in the midst of life. Our Crazy Walker sees that he is not all alone. There are others crazies, so loose, free and also lost like him.

But, as OSHO speaks in his eternal wisdom: “When two men are lost in the woods and meet, they are happy and celebrate, but … as the euphoria of the encounter passes, they realize that, despite being accompanied, they are still lost in the woods.”

At that moment, our beloved character realizes that his path is not just the one, that it needs to hit other worlds. And choose a path to follow. So decide it’s time to have a new goal. It is in this moment of meditation that he has an “insight”, which makes him wish to evolve. And here comes the question: How to do this?

It concludes after much thinking that one has to travel in search of a new place to live, to become something other than a being detached from ideals, one needed more knowledge about the world and the things that exist in it. Learning how to transform and transform … and then a metamorphosis occurs … and it becomes The Wizard!

The Magician. by Rider Waite Tarot
The Magician. by Rider Waite Tarot

The Magician in the Tarot is represented by the figure of a young man awakened, fascinated by the powers of nature that are available for him to develop all his intellectual potential.

In the picture you see a table and four objects on it: a chalice, a coin, a dagger and a wooden stick (usually already in your hand – like a stick of a condom). These objects symbolize the four elements, The chalice is the water element; Currency, land; The sword, the air and the wooden stick, the fire. But these elements are what nature gives us in a more crude way, it lacks what it seeks from deeper: The Ethereal.

This element is found in the figure of the magician himself, who himself can not yet see himself as such. It is self-knowledge. It is knowing how to use the power that is available to you externally, to internally create this new “Crazy”, strong, broad and complete, that he so much seeks to be.

Infinite are the powers that your spiritual essence can have, and so there is also the symbol of the infinite (the lemniscata) in your head, remembering that your free mind can be as immense as the Universe.

The sum of the infinite mind, the elements of nature and the figure of the master of magic, symbolically represented in this letter, exalt the concept of the one who seeks his own truth, his real way, of what he is capable of. In this letter we can also see the regency of the masculine principle, which achieves objectivity, practicality, intellectuality and the use of reason.

Sebastian Trevelyan - Tarot by Ailisea
Sebastian Trevelyan – Tarot by Ailisea

The Trance Magician


And here our “Trancer” (that Fool, free and loose), already adapted to the group and enjoying its first festivals, realizes that something is missing.

Do not just go and spend hours dancing and watching others dance. He wants to be a part of, wants to understand what he does there. What is all this energy for? Where does it leave from? Why am I here? Is this where I belong? … And with a mind full of “for what” and “for” … suddenly … expands!

At this point, you have to accept the fact that it will never go back to its original size (laughs).

And our character decides to learn more, to participate more, to seek knowledge. And among so many nice areas in a festival, he is full of curiosity. Want to know what it’s like to be a DJ, learn juggling, why some do not eat meat. What is the healing tent? Etc, etc.

In an eternal twist of information, the Magician is like a curious teenager and lavishes energy. You think you know everything, but you realize there’s so much more to know. He is the one who seeks and needs to find his place, the wisdom of the total man.

He wants to know, he wants to participate. Aware of this, he follows his journey.

¹ sudden clarity in the mind, in the intellect of an individual; Illumination, popping, light. In psychology: understanding or solving a problem by sudden mental uptake of appropriate elements and relationships.

Le Magician - Midnight Soul Tarot by Liz Birdsong
Le Magician – Midnight Soul Tarot by Liz Birdsong
Mi Tarot, Tu Tarot
Mi Tarot, Tu Tarot

Amazing Photos Captured at the Powder Ridge Rock Festival, 1970

Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970

What’s the most famous concert that ever happened? Most people would probably say Woodstock, the blow-out 1969 festival that symbolised and crystalised the hippie dream and the counterculture of the era. Ok — this next question’s a little more difficult: What’s the most famous concert that never happened? A good candidate would probably be the Powder Ridge Rock Festival Festival, which lured thousands of music fans to Middlefield in late July of 1970.

The Powder Ridge Rock Festival was scheduled to be held July 31, August 1 and August 2, 1970 at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Middlefield, Connecticut. A legal injunction forced the event to be canceled, keeping the musicians away; but a crowd of 30,000 attendees arrived anyway, to find no food, no entertainment, no adequate plumbing, and at least seventy drug dealers.

William Manchester wrote: “Powder Ridge was an accident waiting to happen, and it happened.” Volunteer doctor William Abruzzi declared a drug “crisis” on 1 August and said “Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene.”

Drugs were openly sold and commonly consumed at the festival. Rock doctor William Abruzzi (also at Woodstock) was there to treat bad LSD trips, and said there were more bad trips at Powder Ridge per capita than at any other music festival he’d ever worked. He attributed some of the problems to the barrels of “electric water” that were available for free public consumption; people were invited to drop donations of drugs into these barrels, creating drug cocktails of unknown strength and composition.

Although the promoters of the festival announced plans to reschedule the event for another location, no such plans ever came through, and no refunds were ever issued to the ticket buyers.

Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 - August 2, 1970
Powder Ridge Festival July 31 – August 2, 1970

(Images via Brill Gallery)

420 Meaning: Story Of How April 20 Became ‘National Weed Day’

420 Meaning Story Of How April 20 Became National Weed Day

NATIONAL WEED DAY is an unofficial celebration dedicated to cannabis that is marked in various locations around the world every year, 420 meaning both marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize April 20 or 4/20 as a national holiday for cannabis culture, but few actually know how the date got chosen. You can read more about history of 420: National Weed Day here.

Last year more than 1,000 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park to mark 4/20, smoking joints together at the designated time while calling for cannabis to be legalised.

To be fair, it seems like no one really knows the story behind how 4/20 originated. According to the Internet’s most trusted source for Internet slang, uh, Internetslang.com, 420 quite simply translates to “weed.” One popular urban legend maintains that the term originated because there are 420 chemical compounds found in cannabis, while another claims it was a secret police code used to indicate the presence of marijuana.

cannabis plant
Image: Getty Images

For years, people have speculated about the true meaning of 420. Some popular myths about the origins of 420 include that the number is the police code for marijuana, it’s the number of chemical compounds found in weed or it has some connection to Adolf Hitler’s birthday, April 20, 1889.

The origin of the term 420, celebrated around the world by pot smokers every April 20, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.

Real Reasons why we associate 420 with Weed

In 1971, Five students allegedly hatched a plan to meet at 4:20pm, where they embarked on a mission to find a plot of cannabis plants that were growing nearby. Even though their mission was unsuccessful, rumour has it that 420 continued to be used as a secret code for marijuana.

Today, it remains a term used to describe the consumption of weed, especially at around 4:20pm in the afternoon.

cannabis pot
The tradition of 420 has dictated the day in which the festivity occurs

A more popular story points to a northern California high school in the early 1970s, where weed-loving students would light up after class at around 4:20 in the afternoon. Eventually, the catchphrase 420 is said to have moved beyond the pot-smoking circles of San Rafael High School to become a part of the greater marijuana lexicon.

There’s some proof to back up this version. In 2009, The Huffington Post tracked the tradition back to a group of five friends at San Rafael High School who called themselves the “Waldos.” The group apparently coined the term in 1971 as a code for when they were going to meet up to smoke pot after school.

The term apparently became popular with Grateful Dead fans, who helped to move it across the country. Today, it’s used as a symbol for weed appreciation — making April 20th the perfect day to celebrate our love for pot.

Cannabis March in Malta
Cannabis March in Malta (5th May 2012) Source.

At some events, revellers have used the festivity to protest for the legalisation of marijuana. In previous years, Snapchat has launched a Weed Day face filter option on April 20.

How is Weed Day celebrated?

#weedday #irka #serbia

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Festivities are widespread in the US, where observances have been held in locations including Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco and Parliament Hill in Ontario.

Cannabis lovers in other countries have also recently adopted the tradition. Hyde Park, London, has proven a hotspot for Weed Day celebrations over the years. Celebrations are also usually marked in Dunedin, New Zealand at the University of Otago.

Regardless, it seems 420 is here to stay, as are the celebrations that come with it. Weed is having a major moment right now, so even if you don’t smoke pot, grab a few 4/20 munchies and some friends, head to the nearest park, and see what all the action is about. There are plenty of ways to show your weed appreciation — even if you don’t choose to light up yourself.

Now that you know how 420 may have come about, perhaps you’ll be able to enjoy this year’s festivities even more than usual. Well, just remembering that you now know the origins of the holiday will be a win actually.

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Bicycle Day is April 19 – The day when Albert Hofmann has discovered LSD

Exactly 74 years ago, on April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz, in Basel, Switzerland, has discovered LSD, where he experienced all the heavenly and hellish effects of lysergic acid diethylamide.

Bicycle Day celebrates Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann’s discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD in 1943, and the subsequent, and at times harrowing, ride home on his bicycle after deliberately ingesting a dose of the drug.

Albert Hofmann
Albert Hofmann first experienced LSD’s full effects while riding a bicycle in Basel, Switzerland, on April 19, 1943, as commemorated in this blotter-acid art.

Bicycle Day is April 19, commemorating April 19, 1943, when Dr. Albert Hofmann first took LSD intentionally.

Three days earlier, he had absorbed a small amount of the drug either through his fingertips or by accidentally ingesting it.

On Bicycle Day, he took 250 µg of LSD intentionally and, fearing he had made himself ill, cycled home from his lab. During his bicycle ride, he experienced the effects of LSD, making this the date of the first ever acid trip.

He wrote about his experiments and experience on April 22, which was later put into his book LSD: My Problem Child.
This day (for LSD users) is when they celebrate the discovery and first ever use of the drug.

27 Incredibly Clever Pieces of Street Art That Give a Totally Different View of This World

Street Art

Street art is, by nature, controversial. To some, it’s vandalism and an eyesore. To others, it’s a great backdrop for their next Instagram shot. But to the artists themselves, it’s their way to broadcast the social and political currents running through a city.

Who was it that said that being a street artist isn’t a serious profession? These guys know how to turn an ordinary brick wall into a door leading to another dimension. That kind of work doesn’t go unnoticed and for good reason.

Here are 27 examples of truly outstanding street art from around the world that seemingly remove the border between the real world and the imaginary one.

Paris, France

Nuxuno Xän
© Nuxuno Xän

Grenoble, France

NEVERCREW
© NEVERCREW

Washington, USA

Douglas Hoekzema (hoxxoh)
© Douglas Hoekzema (hoxxoh)

Bergen, Norway

afk_artworks
© afk_artworks

San Pablo del Monte, Mexico

Hesiucka Jolubacku
© Hesiucka Jolubacku

Esteli, Nicaragua

XAV
© XAV

Anderlecht, Belgium

Smates
© Smates

Los Angeles, USA

astro
© astro

Spain

tetiroelcuento
© tetiroelcuento/twitter

Switzerland

Felice Varini
© Felice Varini

Lisbon, Portugal

Andrea Tarli
© Andrea Tarli

Berlin, Germany

Molekuele
© Molekuele

Bali

Arte y muros
© Arte y muros

Montréal, Canada

Seth Globepainter
© Seth Globepainter

St. Petersburg, Russia

Muzei strit-arta
© Muzei strit-arta

California, USA

Mark Schneider Fine Jewelry
© Mark Schneider Fine Jewelry

Buenos Aires, Argentina

martinronmural
© martinronmural

Lucerne, Switzerland

NEVERCREW
© NEVERCREW

Berlin, Germany

EVOL
© EVOL

Assago, Italy

NEVERCREW
© NEVERCREW

Los Angeles, USA

astro
© astro

Portugal

Odeith
© Odeith

Hsinchu, Taiwan

BrendanTheBlob
© BrendanTheBlob

California, USA

John Pugh
© John Pugh

Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico

John Pugh
© John Pugh

Hamburg, Germany

tenten (1010)
© tenten (1010)

Venice, Italy

Peeta EAD RWK
© Peeta EAD RWK 
WD aka Wild Drawing
© WD aka Wild Drawing

The Fool and the Trance – Esotrance Column

The Fool and the Trance - Esotrance Column-min
The Fool and the Trance - Esotrance Column-min

Read the previous article about Esoterism and Trance – Esotrance.

All right, people! Look at the picture in the letter. This cute guy there will be our main character:

The Fool

Image: Modern Tarot - The Fool
Image: Modern Tarot – The Fool

The Fool is the cool. It is like a child at the moment of birth … He knows nothing, he fears nothing, everything is new to him, everything is within her reach, so is The Fool. In the image of the Fool is the lightness of the being, he continues to loose his way, free of any kind of mooring.

This can bring restlessness and activity, but also changes to what is stagnant. It is contrary to the comfort zone … in fact, it does not even seem to know what that is.

In the image of the letter you see a dog (there are versions with a cat) trying to draw your attention to an abyss in front of him, which he does not even notice, since he is distracted looking at other things. His clothes are threadbare, but he does not care because he is detached from matter. The flower in his hand symbolizes spring, blossoming into a new reality.

In a psychological reading, the Fool is hyperactive, suffers from a constant disturbance of attention, but … for the Tarot, the Fool is us. He – inattentive and detached from the world around him – is our first step to an unknown path, to chance that takes us beyond.

THE WAY

Rider Waite Tarot - The Fool
Image: Rider Waite Tarot – The Fool

Symbolically the Fool goes on his way ready to live a new story, free, knowing that something amazing can happen every moment and accepts this fact without flinching. It also expresses a certain confusion, a slip here, another over there … but it is protected by its inconsequence.

Another meaning that we find in this figure is of someone who goes on a quest, like a hidden desire that suddenly spills out, that goes after something that was suffocated a long time ago. This letter speaks of spontaneity, of living the naked life, as it presents itself. And accept that you will always be an apprentice.

There are many esoteric forms of interpretation, but here we follow the idea that the Fool is the protagonist of a story, and that the Major Arcana represents the path that the Fool traverses through the principal human archetypes and the great mysteries of life. We call this path “The Fool’s Journey”.

AND WHAT DOES TRANCE HAVE TO DO WITH IT !?

Jean Carlos Ramos
Image: Jean Carlos Ramos

Simple! The character here is the clearest and symbolic description of the soul of the  “Trancer”, as some like to call. Your luggage is light, but its vibration, giant. One who apparently has no need to cling to anything, he transcends matter … but carries with him a determination and an energy to develop any kind of art, whether for himself – as a means of survival – or to nourish the spirit of a group.

Freed from the domains of the ego, the further it will go. Even if this seems distant from their knowledge; His freedom and acceptance makes him, at the core of his essence, rest his deep desire to go beyond what he is.

Nothing else holds him, not even his own self, since, apparently, he does not know the meaning of his existence and unconsciously seeks for it.

As we see in the picture of the letter, he does not seem to see the abyss that the dog – representing in this case, his consciousness warning him of the limits of his own nature – desperately tries to warn him, ignoring him.

In this vast mixture of worlds, at a distance from values ​​imposed upon him, our Fool instinctively walks his way and ends up finding other beings who, as crazy and free as he is, are open and pure to absorb new airs, the arts, pleasures and a miscellany of knowledge that is infinitely available to those who are willing to fearlessly follow their “Fool’s Journey”.

So, dear readers, as I have now done with the Fool’s letter, I invite all of us together to analyze the next steps of our “Fool” in the vast world of Trance, in this incredible journey of the 22 Tarot Major Arcana.

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