I didnt expect it. The energy from both Datura and Brugmansia has always hit me heavy, and maybe thats their way of saying they like me - or at the very least, theyre reactive to me.
Datura was the first of the solanaceous beauties to regard me - as a child, its flowers drew me, and i wondered why it was called a weed, but i knew there was something “off” about it, even before being cautioned of its poison. Datura has always struck me as wild - feral, a gnosis ive found is shared among those ive read whove grown and worked with them, and yet it has only found me in the wild, though this year ill grow it for the first time, and ill know it better.
Daturas bestial nature is reminiscent of how it grows - bursting forth from the soil and spreading out its trumpets. I feel its growl, as it unfurls and claims its territory - it very much does. You can almost hear it “Mine!” Greedy devil, but i love it. Approach with caution. I remember a night i plucked one of its flowers, as it loomed up on a slope. Beneath the moonlight, its white flowers gleamed, and its spirit felt like it laid down before me like a wild beast - “come pet me,” and i caressed its flowers before plucking one from the stem. I was in a period of non-practice at the time. But i believe Datura tells you if it wants you - its selective, but when you look at it, and it looks back, see if you can feel it nod its head, whether you feel that ancient, feral force within, and how does it regard you. Does it calm and beckon? or does it push you away?
Brugmansia, related to Datura, has a different temperament to me. I hesitated to grow it. Its a powerhouse for sure. Even from just pictures, it seems to root with a profound, deep intelligence, while a dark, thick heavy energy surrounds its canopy of drooping flowers - evil? I thought at first. As i come to understand, its just heavy, and like most plants they don’t understand things from a “moralistic” perspective. Theyre both entities and channels. They are and do. the experience of its spirit was quite pleasant - its been teaching me lucid dreaming which surprised me because while i know the plant allies can aid in advancing magical work - thats literally the foundation of my practice, i didnt expect a plant ive had no consumption or physical contact with whatsoever to help me fly outside my body - considering its native uses, that may not be very surprising at all. Needless to say, i will be ordering seeds and adding brugmansia to my troop, and calling on it for future work.
Has anyone else worked with these two?