Honey Locust - Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust - Gleditsia triacanthos

Botanical Alchemy

There was once a man named Kian who loved God very much. One day, he found himself walking with God in a forest and asked, “Please show me your power. I desire to truly understand and experience it fully.” God chuckled and pointed to a village nestled within the woods. “You are thirsty, child. Go to that village, knock on the first door you come to, and ask for tea made from the root and the vine.”

“Great power is worry, and total power is boredom, such that even God renounces it and pretends, instead, that he is people and fish and insects and plants; the myth of the king who goes wandering among his subjects in disguise.”

Immediately, Kian did as God commanded. As he approached the village, he came across a small hut and knocked on the door. The door opened, and there before him stood the most beautiful being he had ever seen. Mesmerized, he completely forgot where he had come from and what he was doing. He had lost himself but gained something far greater. The woman’s name was Incarnata, and when she saw the lost stranger at her doorstep, she invited him in for tea. Kian stayed in the village and eventually married Incarnata. They had three beautiful children. There were times of plenty and times of scarcity, times of joy and times of terror. The years went by, and their experiences grew.

"The glory which You have given Me I also have given to them, so that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and You loved them, just as You loved Me."

One day, the rains came, and they did not stop. The villagers all fled for the hills. Kian grabbed his two children, and Incarnata grabbed the third. As the waters rose, Incarnata and the child were swept away and did not come up. Kian frantically placed his children on a high rock and dove into the water to find them, but it was too late. As he made his way back to his remaining children, he watched as the water suddenly rose up and swallowed them too. Consumed with indescribable grief, he floated in the churning waters and finally climbed onto a long, flat rock and wept.

“All ‘things’ are God made manifest in the physical. God creates unlimited possibilities which are being played out for us to ‘get it/wake up’. How easily we recognize the Divine behind a gorgeous sunset; a stunning rainbow; a majestic eagle gliding across the sky. But God wears infinite disguises. God is also peering out from behind the eyes of the leper; behind the young girl who pierces her arm with a drug-filled needle; the pile of rotting refuse which becomes home to rats and street people.”

After some time, he felt a gentle and loving hand on his shoulder. As he looked up, he found himself lying on the forest floor, and God was standing before him. “Are you still thirsty, my child?”


This tree is a perfect example of an unsung hero of the plant world. Its song will someday be mrevered by many.

On an exoteric level, it is a tree that has been valued for its landscaping qualities. It produces quality wood and creates a canopy of filtered light. It is also valued for its edibility, having a sweet seed pulp and delicious pea-like seeds.

However, there is also an esoteric level that will, with time, birth it back into exoteric knowledge. P.D. Newman, an entheogenic researcher, has rediscovered something of great value for humanity. Through his research of Native American culture, he discovered that there exists in northern climates another form of ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca is a tea found in South America that combines two separate species of plants from two separate parts of the jungle. When combined and brewed together, a tea is produced that will create altered states of consciousness. These altered states are currently being studied for their ability to cure addiction, stress disorders, depression, and anxiety.


What P.D. Newman discovered was that in northern climates, an almost identical tea can be made using the outer root bark of the Honey Locust tree and the flowers of the Maypop vine. According to P.D. Newman, it takes around 12 to 15 grams of outer root bark from the Honey Locust tree and around 25 to 30 grams of flowers from the Maypop vine to create a mixture that can be consumed. The exact process has not been disclosed, but the well-known Ayahuasca tea from South America is generally boiled together but can also be taken powdered in its raw form.

If any of this is true, and there is currently no reason to believe it isn’t (as Honey Locust is related to the DMT producing Acacia trees, and Maypop is known to have MAOI properties), in this context, small steps are wiser than giant leaps, for small steps, over time will eventually turn into big ones.