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Do not misuse my gifts.

Momoy is the Chumash Goddess of the datura flower and its medicinal and ritual use, as well as the guardian of tradition. The Chumash people lived (and still live) in coastal California and were famous for their beautiful basketry. They did not, however, have pottery (the bowl is artistic license), but the design on the bowl is borrowed from petrogylphs believing to depict visions. The Chumash were fishermen and laboriously made flour from acorns, which are edible only after extensive treatment.

Momoy is associated with the datura plant, specifically Datura meteliodes. The datura family is known for its narcotic and medicinal properties, and includes D. stramonium, the white thorn-apple or jimson-weed.

Momoy advises on correct proportions and careful use of this powerful medicine. It is said that if you drink Her bathwater—in other words, a tea made from the root of the datura plant—you will be granted visions and wisdom. But Momoy would not let Her grandson drink it, as he did not know the proper dosage.

She is shown here wearing a Navajo-style necklace of so-called "squash blossoms." The blossoms are actually stylised representations of the trumpet-shaped datura flower, which She is also wearing in Her hair.

This card in a reading advocates a common sense approach to the current situation. Learning from others with experience, watching and calmly waiting are advised. Also, issues of medication and its side effects may be influencing the situation or playing more of a role than you think. Perhaps it is time to reexamine their role, or to get a second opinion.

Also called: Grandmother Momoy



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