Majestic Garden Review and Tutorial
The Majestic Garden is a forum for psychedelics and harm reduction on Tor. Unlike most other marketplaces, it does not feature the usual visual representation of listings, nor does it have a streamlined ordering and purchasing system.
The Majestic Garden is a forum for psychedelics and harm reduction on Tor. Unlike most other marketplaces, it does not feature the usual visual representation of listings, nor does it have a streamlined ordering and purchasing system. Even so, some members of the forum buy and sell goods through peer-to-peer (P2P) methods.
How to Access The Majestic Garden
As with all of the other markets we've discussed so far, The Majestic Garden exists on the Tor network. Therefore, you'll need a special browser called the Tor Browser to access it. It just so happens that we have a tutorial entitled How to Access Tor (.Onion) Sites, for those of you who are unfamiliar with this process (and which goes into more detail).
One difference between The Majestic Garden and other markets, however, is that if you click a link to it with a v2 onion address (such as http://2oywvwmtzdelmiei.onion), it will redirect you to a second link list with mirror sites. The mirror sites are all v3 onions, and are listed above (as well as in this screenshot).
Creating an Account
Unfortunately, in the case of The Majestic Garden, the site isn't accepting new registrations at the moment. The only exceptions to this rule are that 1. if you previously had an account, you can still log into it, or 2. you may be able to log in a friend's account, if they'll let you.
The Majestic Garden addresses this by directing newcomers to The Hub, a popular Tor forum for darknet markets and other information. The Hub has a Majestic Garden section, where you can get in touch with the mods of the site and ask questions.
Interface and Functions
TMG's interface is very much like other Tor forums. At the top of the main page is a general menu, with the following options:
- Home - takes you back to the homepage.
- Help - explains some of the basic functions of the site, like registration, logging in, profiles, and posting. Simple Machines Forum software was used to create this site, so the help links redirect to the Simple Machines wiki.
- Search - search the forum for topics of interest.
- Profile - view your profile, change account settings, and add information to your profile.
- My Messages - read your messages or send messages to other users.
- Logout - log out of your account. Note: if you tell the site to only keep you logged in for a specific amount of time (such as 1 hour), you will be automatically logged out after that time.
Below this you will see a series of forum topics; you can join any discussion which suits your interests. If it's your first time on the site, you may want to visit "Newbie corner."
Overall, The Majestic Garden seems fairly easy to use and to navigate. If you're accustomed to non-forum markets, however, it may be a bit of an adjustment, as there aren't neatly arranged categories and search filters to find specific goods. This site may be better as a place to find recommendations for other markets you should visit, rather than a market itself.
Categories and Listings
As mentioned earlier, The Majestic Garden is not your typical market; there are no regular "listings" as you would find on most other markets. Nonetheless, there are topics and threads that may be of interest to you. Here's a small sampling:
- PGP Encryption
- TMG FAQ
- The Garden Gallery - for artists on the site who want to feature their work
- Crypto & Cryptocurrency Corner - discussion about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
- LSD TEKs
- DMT TEKs
- Shroom TEKs
Search Functions and Filters
As on most markets, The Majestic Garden has a search function with several different filters. In the search field, type in any search term, such as “shrooms.” You’ll then see results matching your search.
If you want to narrow down your search, you can use the following filters:
Match all words – match the exact phrase you type in
Match any words – match any individual words you type in
By user - choose a specific username to search for
Search order - Most relevant results first, largest topics first, smallest topics first, most recent topics first, or oldest topics first
Options – Show results as messages or search in topic subjects only
Message Age – choose a range for how old the message is that you’re searching for (0-9999 days).
How to Choose a Vendor
As we explained above, because The Majestic Garden uses a different format than markets that you may be used to, choosing a vendor may be tricky. Even so, there is a section called “Vendor Information and Reviews” just for this purpose.
In this section, you can read reviews by other members of specific vendors and their products, as well as receive offers (discounts) given to members of the site. There is also a thread entitled “New Active Vendors,” in which vendors that are just starting to sell can introduce themselves to the community and advertise what they’re selling.
How to Buy Products
Because it isn’t a typical market, buying products on The Majestic Garden is a bit more challenging than on other sites. The only way to buy directly on the site is through peer-to-peer transactions, which would take place in private messages. The problem with this, as you may know, is that there's no guarantee that you'll receive goods that you pay for, particularly if you don't know the vendor.
Be that as it may, what most people seem to do with regard to buying things is to read threads on a specific vendor’s products, and then visit the markets on which they regularly sell their goods. This makes the process far easier and safer than buying products without the check-and-balance systems that most markets have, like escrow and multisig.
Like the other functions of the site, The Majestic Garden’s support differs from other darknet markets. Rather than filling out a support ticket, like you would on other sites, there is a topic entitled “Support,” which contains two threads: “Forum” and “Security.”
“Forum” is for general questions related to the site, while “Security” is related to subjects like PGP, VPNs, operating systems, and other anonymity and security issues. You can also visit the "Rules & Protocols," "General Annoucements," or "Important Info" threads for general information about the site.
Pros and Cons
Great forum for information about psychedelics, harm reduction, and security
Fairly intuitive interface and functions
Supportive community who are willing to help even those who are unfamiliar with these topics
Only sells products through P2P transactions; does not offer escrow, multisig, or other protections
Does not have a support ticket system like most markets (replaced by a help section)
Registration is currently closed; not accepting new members except through special arrangements