11″ X 17″ ANGEL’S TRUMPET Art print on Parchment from Maxine Miller’s Magical Botanicals Plant Series.
This print depicts the ANGEL’S TRUMPET ( Datura Brugmansia Suaveolens) from this series.
Print is unframed and signed by Maxine Miller.
Angel’s Trumpet is a more recent entry into the language of flowers, and therefore interpretations vary. The characteristics often given involve associations with angels and celestial powers, communication with the dead, and the Judgment card from the tarot.
Legend says that on Samhain night the Arddu leads the Wild Hunt, capturing lost souls. Should you find an Angel’s Trumpet tree in bloom on that night, you will hear its flowers trumpet the start of the hunt. Cover your ears and run inside, least some panicked spirit escape into you to avoid the Hunter.
If an Angel’s Trumpet is fragrant during the daytime, it means that someone nearby you has died. Under the influence of this scent, you may see his or her ghost.
The otherworldly scent of the Angel’s Trumpet flower attracts not only moths, but haints as well. There are several fixes to keep from being haunted. A blue bottle can be hung from the tree, or placed over a dead branch. Cascarilla (powdered eggs shells) can be placed to encircle the trunk of the plant, which should be done with each full moon, as the powder will sink into the soil with the alternative benefit of providing calcium for stronger flowers.
Ancient Colombians mixed Brugmansia with tobacco and maize beer to make a narcotic brew. This was given to the wives and slaves of dead kings, numbing them so that they would not protest being buried alive with their deceased master. In this capacity Angel’s Trumpet may be responsible for legends of zombie slaves.
Angel’s Trumpet began its travels in the early 1800’s, leaving South America, where it was used as a hallucinogen. Both it’s psychotropic effects and the fact that is it fragrant at night identify Angel’s Trumpet with ancestral spirits, and the trumpet shape of it’s flower can easily be seen as an amplifier for their voices. A hallucinogenic drink derived from angel’s trumpet was given to children with behavioral problems, with the belief that their ancestors would speak through the drink to admonish them and correct their behavior. Brugmansia had some medicinal uses, which allegedly aided in reducing pain and inflammation, and as an expectorant. It is considered toxic, and care should be given when handling any part of the plant.
Angel’s Trumpet is popular in Hawaii, where it was introduced in 1825 off the ship Blonde that arrived from Rio de Janeriro. It has quickly become one of their sacred flowers, which they call ‘nanahonua,’ meaning “gazing earthward.” Hawaiians smoked the leaves, creating their own tradition of hallucinogenic ritual.
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