The Cactus of Vision – San Pedro and the Shamanic Tradition of northern Peru


Article Reprint from Sacred Hoop Magazine: Summer 2004 Issue.

This interview and photos also included in the book I co-authored ‘Plant Spirit Shamanism‘ published by Destiny Books.

Shamans from different cultures and traditions have been using psychoactive plants since the dawn of human emergence. These plants have been used traditionally for guidance, divination, healing, maintaining a balance with the spirit or consciousness of the living world.

Howard G. Charing and Peter Cloudsley talk with Maestro Juan Navarro

San Pedro Maestro Juan Navarro with his sons.

Mesa Nortena

Maestro Juan Navarro and son

Maestro Juan Navarro


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2 thoughts on “The Cactus of Vision – San Pedro and the Shamanic Tradition of northern Peru

  1. efcaran says:

    “And then comes detachment, a type of visual force … inclusive of all the senses … including the sixth sense, the telepathic sense of transmitting oneself across time and matter … like a kind of removal of one’s thought to a distant dimension.”
    You can read more?

  2. tradordie says:

    “It is important for us not to look at these forces as positive or negative – it is what we human beings do with these forces which is important. Although the contents and form of the artes varies from tradition to tradition, the mesa rituals serve to remind us that the use and power of symbols extends throughout all cultures.”
    You can more about this?

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