Don’t Pick The Berries!

“Don’t pick the berries”. That’s what we are told from an early age. They are dangerous! Bad for you. Poisonous. They will kill you. Anything is dangerous in the wrong amounts. Salt can kill you if you have too much, yet it seems to be very good for you in small amounts. Many medicines are made from tiny extracts of “poisonous” plants, for example, digitalis from Foxgloves is used for hearts. Even deadly snake venom is used for healing.

Luckily for me, blackberries were allowed to be picked, so I grew up with some training in hedgerow food. A few years ago I branched out into elderberries and sloes. This year, despite the terrible weather, haws are in abundance everywhere I go. “Work with what you have” is one of my mottos for life, so I am now experimenting with haw recipes (See recipes link below).

One recipe I have tried is Hip and Haw Jelly, where haws are mixed with wild rosehips. I am struck by the simplicity of haws compared to rosehips. Haw berries need very little work, they are already soft, almost cheese like. Rosehips contain irritants on the inside, so they need very detailed processing before they are edible. Both are high in Vitamin C, which I am sure the government knows. So why did they tell everyone to make Rosehip Syrup during the war? The instructions sent out across the land show how laborious the recipe was, and surely it was designed to keep women busy, and to distract them from any alternative old wives tales about Hawthorn. The Rosehip Syrup production is described as one of the success stories of the war. I am sure that rosehips are of great value too, but why do they not want us to know about Hawthorn?

Hawthorn is the Holy Thorn. It is the thorn around Jesus’ crown on the cross. The most Holy Thorn was planted near Glastonbury on Wearyall Hill by Joseph of Arimathea when he visited with the Holy Grail. Possibly Jesus was with him at the time. The Thorn is planted precisely on an Earth Energy node. The Bishop of Bath and Wells sends a cutting to the Queen every year, which shows exactly how powerful Hawthorn is, and especially this particular one. What does the Queen do with it? This is not just some quaint annual ritual, and my guess is that the Queen has many of her own Holy Thorns grown from previous cuttings.

Haw is the same sound as some other words, which are therefore related. The words sound the same, but we are distracted by the spelling into seeing them as completely different. “hoar”, “whore”, and “hor” are the same as haw. Wikipedia mentions that hoar might be related to haw. Hoar means grey or greyish white with age, and to me this implies wisdom. A hoar frost is a particular type of frost on cold clear nights. An interesting thing about making sloe gin is that it is better after the sloes have been through a frost, as this helps release the juices. So I am wondering if the same applies to Haw berries. Hor is a prefix to hormone, which is hor.moon. The moon controls the hormones. And the hormones control us. Hor is also in the word horizon, (hor.eyes.on, hor.zion), hor.oscope, hor.crux. Whore is a female temptress, though the word has been hijacked to imply someone worthless and lowly and evil who trades their body. The thing that all these haw words have in common is some sort of power, maybe control of your own mind, maybe control of others’ minds.

Mushrooms have the same danger warnings as berries, but if the right ones are used in the right way, they are very powerful. That is why they are called magic mushrooms. Shamans use them. They can be used to help people open their minds. And this is not in the interests of the powers that be. They want to keep our bodies sick and our minds closed.

WARNING: Make sure you research what you are picking and eating if you have not done it before, or learn from someone who knows. Berries and mushrooms are powerful if you have the knowledge to use them and know which ones are which, but, like most things, may be dangerous if misused.

(See also earlier posts: Decoding the Murder of Jesus, Shelf Life, Rod and Staff)

(Hawberry recipes:

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