Monthly Archives: October 2011

Samhain Food

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Here is some typical Samhain food [found on the internet]:

 

 

 

MULLED CIDER WITH SPICES

4-5 cups apple cider
3-4 cloves
2 sticks cinnamon

In a large saucepan, heat cider, but do not boil. Serve in a large cauldron.

PUMPKIN BREAD

2 cups pumpkin, canned or cooked
1 cup melted butter or margarine, lightly salted
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
3 2/3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Blend pumpkin, butter, water, and eggs until mixed. Add flour, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baking soda. Then add raisins and nuts. Form loaf in greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until top is golden brown.

SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE

3 ounces semi-sweet dark chocolate, grated
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp each cinnamon and cloves
Dash vanilla extract

Slowly heat chocolate and milk in saucepan until chocolate has melted and blended in. Add cinnamon and cloves and stir. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and serve. Makes two servings

ROASTED SEEDS

Seeds of one pumpkin, washed
1 1/2 Tbl. vegetable oil
Salt, to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread clean, dry pumpkin seeds on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and add salt to taste. Bake 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.

[This works well with seeds of other squashes, particularly Butternut – yummy :-)]

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & APPLE CASSEROLE

* 1 small butternut squash (about 2 to 2 1/2 lbs)
* 2 tart apples
* 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
* 4 tablespoons butter, cold
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Butter a 2- to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Heat oven to 350°. Peel, seed, and cut squash into small slices. Core the apples, peel, and cut into thin slices. Toss squash and apples together. Transfer squash and apple slices to the prepared baking dish.

Combine brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cut in butter with fork or pastry cutter until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over sliced squash and apples. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes, or until squash is tender.

You can find lots of recipes and ideas online – search for “Samhain food” or “halloween food”. 

Samhain preparations

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 Samhain will soon be here and I’m starting to prepare foods and rituals.

For those of you not so familiar with Samhain, here’s a brief outline of the Sabbat:

Samhain is known by most folks as Halloween, but for Wiccans and Pagans it’s considered a Sabbat to honor the ancestors who came before us. It’s a good time to contact the spirit world with a seance, because it’s the time when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.

Religious scholars agree that the word Samhain (pronounced “sow-en”) comes from the Gaelic “Samhuin,” but they’re divided on whether it means the end or beginning of summer. After all, when summer is ending here on earth, it’s just beginning in the Underworld. Samhain actually refers to the daylight portion of the holiday, on November 1st.

All Hallow Mass
Around the eighth century or so, the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as All Saints Day. This was actually a pretty smart move on their part – the local pagans were already celebrating that day anyway, so it made sense to use it as a church holiday. All Saints’ became the festival to honor any saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. The mass which was said on All Saints’ was called Allhallowmas – the mass of all those who are hallowed. The night before naturally became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually morphed into what we call Halloween

The Witch’s New Year
Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The old year has passed, the harvest has been gathered, cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The earth slowly begins to die around us.

As you can see from the pictures on this page, there is the iconic black cat associated with witches and Halloween.

The Witch’s Familiar
Around the time of the Middle Ages, the cat became associated with witches and witchcraft. Around the late 1300’s, a group of witches in France were accused of worshipping the Devil in the form of a cat. It may be because of the cat’s nocturnal nature that it became connected to witches — after all, night time was the time they held their meetings, as far as the church was concerned.

Black Cat Folklore and Legends
Sixteenth-century Italians believed that if a black cat jumped on the bed of an ill person, the person would soon die.
In Colonial America, Scottish immigrants believed that a black cat entering a wake was bad luck, and could indicated the death of a family member.
The Norse goddess Freyja drove a chariot pulled by a pair of black cats.
A Roman solder killed a black cat in Egypt, and was killed by an angry mob of locals.
Appalachian folklore said that if you had a stye on the eyelid, rubbing the tail of a black cat on it would make the stye go away.
If you find a single white hair on your otherwise-black cat, it’s a good omen.
In England’s border countries and southern Scotland, a strange black cat on the front porch brings good fortune.

 

To be continued /…

Appreciations

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Do you record your daily appreciations – things, places, people which you are appreciative of and thankful for that day?

I must admit I have done this spasmodically over recent months but I have made a pact [with myself] that I will be doing this daily from now on.

So, today I am grateful for:

sleep, love, birthday, family, sunset, picnic, presents, Sam, Max and Meg, my children, ginger tea, peace and harmony

This only takes a few moments but I think it will help us all get into a positive frame of mind and be appreciative of things around us.

What do you think?

Namaste  x

Prose about Women

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Been referred to this beautiful prose – wanted to share it with you too ..

Here’s to WOMEN
Author: Unknown

WOMEN are WOW .. just face it!!
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up for injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without new shoes so their children can have them.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!
Women do more than just give birth.
They bring joy and hope.
They give compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have a lot to say and
a lot to give.

This has been sent to you from someone who respects you as a woman!!! Pass it along to your woman friends to remind them how amazing they are and to all the men .. for a realisation to appreciate women more!!

New Goddess book is released

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73 things a Goddess should knowWanted to tell you about a fantastic new Goddess book which has been released by Goddess Leonie.

73 things a Goddess should know is now on sale via Amazon and Create Space.

I’ve ordered my copy and it should be soon winging it’s way over from Australia to England.

Check out Leonie’s page HERE  and read some of the book reviews.

The book is currently #4 in the Amazon Occult, Religion & Spirituality Chart

Order your copy now to receive in time for Christmas.

It’s getting chillier here ….

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Central England is starting to get decidedly autumnal.  The wind has picked up, the temperatures have dropped [currently 8 degrees C – feels like 4 degrees C according to the wonderful Accuweather site] – time to get out the woolly pully I think.

Still, this is the time of year that brings out some of the most wonderful colours that Mother Nature has to offer.  I am a Scorpio child so this is my favourite time of year.  The trees were starting to turn red/gold/brown some weeks ago but then the process seemed to stop as the weather got warmer [28 degrees two weeks ago!] but now, we are on the decline and I expect the trees will start to shed their leaves very soon.

I like to spend as much time as I am able outside – I take a walk or a drive to a woodland or park and snap away with my camera and video.  To be able to sit beneath the trees is a very special experience as is to hug them and  I feel so calm and peaceful when I do so, it’s certainly something I would recommend you try.   I’ll be posting up a few facts about trees and some meditations/exercises in the next couple of days so that you can experience it too.

For those of you in the UK I recommend this website – The Forestry Commission  to help you locate your nearest woodland/forest.

There is a tree very close to where you live that longs to hear your dreams, hold your fears and support you when you need a friend [essenceofthewild.co.uk]

Starting a new week

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Good Morning Goddesses and welcome to the start of another week.  It’s quite warm here in Central England already 16 degrees celsius at 9am which, for October, is pretty good.  Have been slightly unnerved though with the online newspaper reports of a severe winter and -20 degree temperatures, all ready to roll in during late October/November – better wrap up for Samhain!

I have a Goddess Network Circle this week, we’ll be working with energy healing and feeling how the positive energy can enhance your motivation.

Chakra balancing – do you have any recommendations for online videos/audio for this, would like to expand my resources and I like to work by recommendation rather than plucking a site out of the air.  Personally, I use Doreen Virtue’s CD but just wondering what else is out there on offer.

Another  topic that always goes down well at the Circle  is affirmations.  Here are a couple for you:

  • Every day I achieve greater balance between my thoughts and my actions
  • Every day I allow myself a few moments just to be

Remember, when you use affirmations to always phrase them in the positive and in the present, that’s most important so that the subconscious mind uses them straight away.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to start a Goddess Network Circle in  your locality, please contact me [see contact page on this Blog] and I’d love to tell you what’s involved in that.  You will receive training and resources and it is a wonderful way to meet like minded people.  For no obligation chat, get in touch.  Thanks.