Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Transforming "Spiritual Warfare": Day 11 (South Dakota)

"Cumulus Clouds Over Yellow Prairie" photo thanks to WikiCommons.
"Cumulus Clouds Over Yellow Prairie" photo thanks to WikiCommons.
After Wednesday's orgy of Agarical fun, I needed a nice, sober, stalwart fungus for South Dakota's defensive team. Yesterday we fought fire with fire, sort of. The folks who are so hell-bent on their flaming intercession have been stoking their piety pyres, so I reached out to an ancient fire-keeper: Fomes fomentarius, the official fire-starter of the 5,000 year old Ötzi the Iceman. Also known as the Tinder Fungus, Hoof Fungus, Tinder Conk, Tinder Polypore, Punk, Touchwood & Ice Man Fungus, this understated polypore has played many roles in ancient & modern cultures around the world. Most relevant to this project are its fire-based uses; it makes a good fuse for rifles & a great punkwood for quick ignition. Feisty, no? Here's the bonus-boon: it has the additional benefit of being useful for banishing evil spirits when burned!

There's a whole bunch of angles that these fungal representatives can take. In accordance with my original plan, they are saprophytic, but before that, they live as parasites! Add some fire power & talents in the banishing department & in the words of my Uncle Sam, (no really, that is his name, conveniently apropos, isn't it?) "Hot damn!" This makes for many possibilities... the manner of execution I will leave up to them.

Tinder polypore, Fomes fomentarius
Tinder polypore, Fomes fomentarius
by fire's tongue,
a foothold gain,
defend our rights,
protect the sane!

by autumn's light,
rot the blight!
Make it right!

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