Soul Cakes were also part of All Saints' Eve superstitions. It was believed that the spirits of the departed would return to their homes on this night. As a result candles were lit to guide their way and food and drink (including soul cakes) were put out for them.
150g caster sugar
560g plain flour, sifted
3 egg yolks
generous pinch of saffron
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp allspice
3 tbsp currants
2 tsp milk
Crush the saffron in a pestle and mortar, add the milk and grind to combine. Sift together the flour and remaining spices into a bowl.
In the meantime, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks and add to the creamed mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sifted flour and spice mix and stir in the currants. Add the milk and saffron mixture and enough additional milk to form a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and shape into flat cakes about 5 or 6cm in diameter. Transfer to a well-buttered baking tray and place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tbs. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 well beaten egg yolks
2 cups milk
2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
2 stiffly beaten egg whites.
In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon.
Makes 12 pancakes.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add to mixture. Mix until until well blended.
Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture. Add orange peel and nuts.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup apricot brandy
In a large pot, combine the apple cider, confectioner’s sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Simmer slowly on low heat for about 15 minutes. Take care that the cider does not boil. Add the apricot brandy and then serve the cider while it is still warm. Refrigerate any leftover cider.
Note: I have used apricot nectar instead of brandy and it wasn’t too bad.
Yield: 8 servings
Source: Dunwich, The Pagan Book of Halloween
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
In small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale. Beat in eggs and buttermilk until well-blended. Add flour mixture to form a batter. Preheat oven to 375ºF. In medium bowl, mix pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves until well-blended. Stir into the batter. Ladle batter into 12 2 1/2-inch greased muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then cool on rack.
Yield: 1 dozen
Source: Dunwich, The Pagan Book of Halloween
Elder Flower Fritters
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons brandy
1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups elder flowers, freshly picked and cleaned
Mix egg, rose water, honey, and brandy in a bowl, then stir in flour and cinnamon. Should be thick like pancake batter. (Add flour if it’s too thin, and add more brandy if it’s too thick.) Fold in the flowers. Fry like pancakes, OR drop by the teaspoonful into a deep-fat fryer until golden brown. Serve with orange water sprinkle and fresh lemon, or dip in sweet cream
Source: Patricia Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Garlic Pork with Chestnuts
Wrap a dollar bill around a chestnut and place it in your purse to attract money
1 pound chestnuts
11/2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into cubes
1/2 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon sage
Pinch of Thyme
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup sherry
3/4 cup hot water
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish
Skin chestnuts by making a cut along the flat side of each one and dropping them into a pan of boiling salted water . Boil for about 5 minutes. Chestnuts must be peeled while hot, so only tkeout a couple at at time. Remove both the outer shell and inner skins. In a fresh pan of water simmer the peeled chestnuts for about 15 minutes until they are tender. Gently brown the pork loin in the butter. Transfer to a casserole dish and add the chestnuts, along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook in the oven for 2 hours at 300 degrees, stirring ocasionally. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Source Joanne Asala Celtic Folklore Cooking
Samhain Scrying Brew !
The ancient Celts knew that spirits were abroad on Samhain,that magick was
thick as sweet - smelling smoke,perfuming the air with possibilities.
The Celtic New Year's Eve is the perfect night for divination.The loving ancestors
who surround you like a warm clock to keep away the winter chill will look into
the future with you to see what gifts and lessons lie in store,what choices
you can make to ease the way.
Samhain is the prime time for deep seeing,divination,magickal workings and
rituals of all kinds.
1 cup water
3 tablespoons or more dried mugwort (not only good for helping us to contact
our inner wisdom,but also very relaxing)
1/4 cup dried oatstraw (good for the nerves)
1 cinnamon stick,2-3 inches long
Maple syrup,honey or brown sugar
Boil the water,then add to a teapot into which the mugwort,oatstraw and cinnamon
stick have been placed.
Steep for at least 15 minutes.Strain and pour into a dark-colored mug,
sweeten with maple syrup,honey or brown sugar.
Now sit comfortably in your sacred space with your mug,sniff your Scrying Brew,
feeling the steam,warm as breath,on your face.Take a sip and savor the earthy
taste.As you sip,become aware of your breathing.As you drink ,be with your breath,
without attempting to change it.When the tea is nearly gone,gradually turn your
attention to the surface of the liquid remaining in in your mug.
Gaze at it without effort,simply letting yourself be with the mug and tea.
As you look,pay some dreamy attention to the thoughts that flash through your
Blessed Samhain !!!
Blyssful Saturn's Day Stargazers~
(waxing/12% of Illumination)
The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.
Saturday 25th October 2014
Moon 19° Scorpio squares Jupiter 19° Leo
Moon 23° Scorpio conjunct Saturn 23° Scorpio
Your Tarot Card for October 25th is The Moon
October 25th, 2014
What has traditionally been known as the Moon card refers to a deep state of sensitivity and imaginative impressionability, developed within a womb of deep relaxation. Here we dream and go into trance, have visions and receive insights, wash in and out with the psychic tides, and experience deep mystical and/or terrifying realities beyond our ordinary senses. The full moon and/or eclipse cycle charted by the Magi (as in some of the earliest Moon card images) exemplify this as a mechanism that Nature uses to expand consciousness.
The variants of the courtly lovers (representing skillful use of the sex force) or the man sleeping it off under the tree (use of drugs to alter consciousness) are also traditional avenues for tapping this primal force. Human interest in higher states propels us to the frontiers of consciousness, where we cannot always control what happens. The Moon card represents the ultimate test of a soul’s integrity, where the membrane between self and the Unknown is removed, and the drop of individuality reenters the Ocean of Being. What transpires next is between a soul and its Maker.
The Witches Rune for Today
Keywords: Friends, family, travel.
Meanings: This rune is to do with the your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You say whatever is on the tip of your tongue today; however, you could step into deep water so quickly that you don’t have time to get your bearings. Unfortunately, you may be even more impulsive than ever with your words now that mischievous Mercury moves forward in your 7th House of Relationships. Although you might be tempted to stir up some drama, you’re still better off approaching a conversation about your feelings with thoughtful deliberation. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
You feel like royalty now as you luxuriate in the splendor of your own domain. But just because jolly Jupiter is camping out in your 4th House of Home doesn’t mean you will get everything you want now. Stay optimistic, even if you face a minor setback. It’s crucial to project a positive attitude now that the Sun is traveling through your 7th House of Partnerships. Setting the bar high encourages your friends and family to step up to the plate and give it their best shots.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
Playing to your audience is tricky business if you aren’t on stage today. It’s tough to be a teacher if you don’t have a class. Above all, you need a stable platform from which to express your creative ideas. Nevertheless, you could still make real progress on a project now by thinking outside of the box. Solidifying routines may still require additional time, yet creating structure reliably leads to greater opportunities down the road.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your feelings are so tangible that they could overwhelm your plans today. However, avoiding serious emotional commitments now allows you to encourage your imagination to meander without restraint. Keep in mind that even the most impractical thoughts can have practical consequences. Exploration of your inner worlds leads to outer rewards.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Everyone might be relying on you to be the nurturing one of the group with four planets residing in your 4th House of Emotional Security. Additionally, others expect you to entertain and amuse them now. However, you’re simply not in the mood to put on a performance and you want to avoid the spotlight completely. Tracing your feelings back to their underlying causes can make a real difference, enabling you to make positive changes that last.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You would be quite content these days if people left you alone for a while. You long for seclusion and may greatly benefit by carving out some quiet time for self-reflection. Still, there might be one or two close friends you really want to share your thoughts with now; just don’t let your socializing grow out of hand. Your self-esteem depends on your ability to establish healthy boundaries while still being vulnerable with those you love.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Sometimes making the simplest changes in a relationship can take longer than you expect. Thankfully, the Sun’s alignment with your key planet Venus refreshes your dreams and widens your vision of the future. Paradoxically, your confidence is on the rise, even as you sink deeper into your feelings. Nevertheless, carefully building on a solid emotional foundation makes more sense than rushing ahead just because you like what you see on the horizon.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Charming Venus cozies up to the Sun in your 1st House of Personality, you won’t likely be short on charisma — even if others criticize or attack your plan. This is your moment to shine; you’re at the top of your game, so eagerly invite in every opportunity that knocks at your door.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You are a natural-born traveler yet responsibilities are stacking up today, prohibiting your free movement. If you do end up taking a trip now, it will likely be for business, not pleasure. Nevertheless, you still may want to go somewhere special, so expand your intellectual sphere by researching a new and different destination. Don’t wait for fate to decide your future; stand up and be counted as someone who makes their own opportunities.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
You might have to work with a very stubborn person today, someone who seems bent on turning a simple exercise into a totally frustrating experience. Pride is not a strength at this time, but a sure sign of weakness. Thankfully, real cooperation is possible when humility is present and there is respect for all parties involved. Remember that bossing others around won’t get you what you want now, but practicing compassion could just do the trick.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You want to step back and take in the whole picture today, so you are quite willing to walk away from the details and leave them to someone else. You’re not interested in superficial matters; you’re too serious to get sidetracked, especially if you’re seeking power and integrity now. However, be ready to drop whatever you are doing if someone with convincing sincerity shows up. The right person can act as a catalyst that changes everything for the better.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
You can transform the most boring drudgery into an exciting adventure today by simply putting all of your heart into your work. The same old chores that usually annoy you to no end suddenly invite you to explore your imagination and cultivate your creativity. The good news is that you can be productive and playful at the same time as long as you are willing to work hard without taking yourself too seriously.
As the veil things so the stranger of our friendlies and not so's enter my vivid dreamtime, Molly has them too for she has been as restless as I. This is the time spirits contact me in the dreamtime to bargain for a place to be drawn forth and honored on All Hallows Eve. As you can see I am in contact with elders and past family members so there is no need for me to make contact on that night, so the time is open for the spirits beyond to be in line for a crossover communication with me...I do get the weirdest request but so be it.
These simple exercises are to be done just before you go to sleep. There is no effort necessary, simply a sincere desire to receive the benefits that can come to you through the dream state. The techniques are so simple, you may doubt their effects, but truth is always simple. Try them. This is the way to test them.
TO REMEMBER DREAMS
Fill your mind with thoughts of someone that you love. Pick someone uncomplicated that you have few issues with. Now is not the time to practice unconditional love on someone! It can even be a pet, if you like. Anyone or anything that you love.
Doing this will fill you heart with love. After you feel this love, softly sing or chant to yourself the word "HU" (pronounced like the name Hugh), placing your attention on the forehead or third eye area. HU is an ancient name for God. and is considered by some religions to be the highest vibration it is possible to chant on this plane.
Do this for about four to five minutes. Then try one of the following exercises. This is a good way to begin to open to spiritual dreaming, or any kind of dream work. It also alters your brain chemistry.
A CHANTING METHOD TO REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS
Do the preceding exercise and then take a deep breath. Then, start spelling out the word DREAM. Take each letter and softly sing them to yourself three times: D-R-E-A-M, D-R-E-A-M, D-R-E-A-M. Draw out each letter, like this: Deeee, Rrrrr, Eeeee, Aaaaa, Mmmm. Next, chant the word DREAM for a few minutes. Then just go to sleep.
OTHER WORDS TO USE WITH THE PRECEDING EXERCISE: L-O-V-E, W-I-S-D-O-M, T-R-U-T-H, F-R-E-E-D-O-M, L-E-T G-O, R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R, P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E, G-R-A-C-E, T-R-U-S-T, ETC.
ANOTHER WAY TO REMEMBER DREAMS
First, pick a night that you will have no problem getting up the next morning. Like a weekend night. Set an alarm to wake you about two hours before you would normally get up. When you are awakened by the alarm you will probably have been in the middle of a dream. Write it down then, without the distractions of having to shower, get breakfast, make deadlines, etc. This is about developing habits for remembering dreams.
WATER GLASS TECHNIQUE
Pour water in a glass. As your pour it say out loud: "As I pour this water, it represents the dreams that I will have tonight and all of the memories of these dreams." Place it by your bedside. Take a few sips before retiring, and as you do, say to yourself "As I drink this water, it fills me with the ability remember my dreams with great clarity". Then just go to sleep. When you awaken, take a few more sips, saying "As I drink this water, it enables me to remember my dreams easier and easier everyday".
Write down anything that comes to you. This is a simple, ancient technique, used by aboriginal tribes.
THE "HAND" TECHNIQUE
After you can remember your dreams and are somewhat aware you are dreaming... Try to notice your hand, in your dream, as you are dreaming. If you do this, you can focus on the hand and use it to anchor your consciousness in the dream, helping you to become more aware of yourself as the dreamer, in your dreaming. As you become more aware, you can leave the "pre-set" dream and start flying, visiting people, places etc.!
OBJECTS THAT "BRIDGE THE GAP"
As you drift off, place your attention on something in your room. A dresser, the closet door, chair, etc. Bring your awareness of this object with you into the dream state. This can help you begin to become aware of leaving your body as you are going to sleep. It can act as a kind of bridge to the other side.
While you are focused give yourself the command to awaken in your dream, aware of the dreaming. Failing to maintain concentration will not harm you in any way. You'll just go to sleep naturally.
WATCH THE WATCH...
Get yourself an inexpensive wrist watch what beeps every hour on the hour. When it beeps, pay close attention, and say to yourself each time, "I easily remember my dreams." When you go to sleep, wear the watch. When it beeps in the night, while you are dreaming, the sound of the alarm can help you realize you are dreaming. Take the sound of the watch into your dreams and let it help you become lucid and aware. After you are aware you are dreaming, you can change the dream to anything that you wish.
Say to yourself three times "A, A, A" breathing in and then out slowing with each letter. Then go to "B, B, B" and repeat; then "C, C, C". Then see yourself going down a hallway with a door at the end. Open the door slowly and know that the Dream Master or your Guide is on the other side of the door. Invite them to take you to the places that you have earned.
ASK FOR HELP
Before you go to sleep at night, when just beginning to drift off, ask for an Angel, Guide or Master to come to you in the dream to help you with a problem, instruct you, take you to another plane, help you with a problem, to fill you with love -- ask for whatever you want!
LIGHT ON THE THIRD EYE
Gently place your attention on the forehead area, the so called third eye or spiritual eye. Imagine that a bright white light is shining down onto the area and into your head.
Softly chant a word such as God, Love, HU, etc. as you keep your attention on this area. Feel the light expand and let your awareness expand with it. Invite the "Dream Master" into your awareness now and invite them in your dream. Set no limits or expectations, simply go with him or her.
PAST LIFE DREAM RECALL TECHNIQUE
Imagine orange light beaming into either the right side of your jaw, (the joint area), or the right eye. As you breath, imagine that you are breathing into this point. (Either one). As you breath out, softly chant or sing the word Hoo-Kee. (Pronounced like Who-Key). This will activate spiritual points for remembering the past lives.
Place your attention on a point about an inch above the ridge at the back of the head. Feel it, there is often and indentation here. Imagine white light beaming into the spot, as you breath in and out with your attention placed here. As you breath out, softly sing or chant the letter "Z-zzzzz", pronounced "Z-e-e-e-e". Do this for about ten minutes. Then invite the Dream Master or your Guardian Angel to take you in your dreams to the places you have earned.
GETTING ANSWERS IN DREAMS
Just before you go to sleep, relax and decide that you will get your answer to a question while in your dreams. Say to yourself: The answer to what I want to know is ion my dreams. I am shown the answer in my dream.
When you awaken it will be the first thought in your mind. Be sure that you write it down right away.
Our minds know the answers to almost anything. What holds us back is our attitudes about situations and things. When we relax and let it work out in your dream state, we can access the higher wisdom more easily.
WHAT IF NOTHING WORKS?
If you cannot remember anything, even though you have tried every technique for a while, give yourself the command "I will not remember my dreams tonight".
Sometimes this will work when nothing else will. It is sometimes called reverse psychology or the Law of reverse effort.
Relax and have fun with this. Give it time, have patience. You have the rest of your life to practice and enjoy the benefits of lucid dreaming, spiritual awareness and your association with your Guides and the Dream Master.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ---Lao - Tzu
Copyright © 2001 Sherry Whitfield Merrell
All rights reserved
Spell to Conjure Spirits
Two tall purple candles
Two tall green candles
A purple Amethyst Green Jade or Agate - in center of altar
Sandalwood & Lavender Incense
Sandalwood & Willow Bark Incense
Witches' Bowl - a bowl or tray 13" or more in diameter, marked for divination.
Three casting stones
Cast a triple circle. Conjuring of Spirits is always done in hours of darkness, not necessary to be midnight, but preferred. After you have performed your primary ritual, cast the incense into your burner, Place the Spirit Candle into the center of the altar and say:
(turn slowly deosil as you speak)
"Spirit of good will, I bid thee enter
The Outer Circle.
The Second Circle.
The Inner Circle.
I am protected by this Pentacle upon my breast.
Which bears the name of (your Spirit Guide)
I bid thee, Spirit, Reveal thy Earthly name!
Repeat this conjuration three times.
Perform a nine card Tarot Divination for the Spirit's name, unless the Spirit replies in some other manner.
Ask: Have you a message for me?
Perform a Tarot Divination or use the Witches' Bowl to ask questions.
Spirit, is it true that....?
Deal gently with the friendly Spirits and they will lead you to the Greater Mysteries.
During your questioning, observe the Spirit Candle.
If it wavers or rises and falls, or flickers unevenly, use the Tarot to see if the Spirit has a message.
You may ask 3 questions, after that you must ask:
May I seek further guidance?
Ask only 3 more questions.
Bid the Spirit depart, saying:
(Name), Good Spirit.
So pagans play safe and be blessed!
Wondering what to give that special witch this Yule season? Why not put one together and gift it so they can make it, and it will be fresh too!
Toffee Blondies In A Jar
Layer the dry ingredients for these sweet bars in a jar then give to friends and family as a holiday gift.
Yields: 1 jar (enough for 16 bars) Start to Finish: 15 mins
Toffee Blondies In A Jar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup toffee pieces or butterscotch-flavored pieces
In a quart glass jar, layer brown sugar, chocolate pieces, flour, baking powder, salt, nuts, and toffee pieces. Fasten lid; attach directions for making bars to jar (below).
Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. In a large bowl combine 1/4 c. butter, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir in jar contents. Spread into prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until set and golden brown and edges just begin to pull away from pan. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts (Toffee Blondies In A Jar)
Per serving: 202 kcal cal., 10 g fat (3 g sat. fat, 36 mg chol., 108 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 1 g fiber, 3 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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Makes: 36 servings Prep: 30 mins Bake: 1 hr 325°F
Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, cut up
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil; set pan aside.
In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and the 1 tablespoon butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in 1 egg, the pumpkin, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the cinnamon, and ginger until combined. Stir in the 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.
In a small bowl stir together the 1-1/4 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a large saucepan combine the chocolate and 3/4 cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Gradually add the 2-1/4 cups sugar, beating with an electric mixer on low speed just until combined. Add the 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and the 2 teaspoons vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined.
Spread chocolate mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture in several mounds on top of the chocolate batter. Using a narrow metal spatula, gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate batter. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake about 60 minutes or until center is just set when pan is gently shaken. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Cut into brownies.
From the Test Kitchen
Layer brownies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts (Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies)
Per serving: 159 kcal cal., 8 g fat (5 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 2 g monounsatured fat), 43 mg chol., 92 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 2 g pro.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Thomas Banyacya was one of four Hopi spiritual leaders selected by traditional Elders in 1948 to carry Hopi prophecies to the world. A half-century later, as the sole remaining Hopi messenger, Banyacya joined nine other indigenous people to speak before the United Nations General Assembly to warn them that their prophecies indicated that civilization was about to be subjected to abrupt and extreme changes from nature and the planet. It is worth recalling his message.
"Hopi in our language means a peaceful, kind, gentle, and truthful people. We made a sacred covenant which includes the responsibility of taking care of this land and life for (Masawa, the Great Spirit's) purpose. Our goal is to pray and promote the welfare of all living beings and to preserve the world in a natural way."
The Hopi leader said the prophecies indicate the world is in its "final days." He demanded that an investigation be made to stop the destruction of native peoples' lives and homelands. He warned against ruining nature and desecrating sacred sites. Banyacya emphasized that the Hopi center, in the Four Corners area of the Southwest US, is a Sacred site which has a special purpose for humankind's future survival. It should be left in its natural state, he stated."It should be the mission of your nations and this Assembly to use your power and rules to examine and cure the damage people have done to this earth and to each other,"Banyacya exhorted the Assembly. "It is up to all of us as children of Mother Earth to clean up this mess before it's too late."
In his address, Banyacya invoked the Hopi prophecies about the consequences of living out of balance with nature and spirit. Floods, earthquakes, extinction of animals and birds, climate changes, hail storms, and many damaging hurricanes, he said, are the loud voices of his ancestors' warnings. Most public adjusters would even probably tell you that a mixture of those things at once would probably be a cause for concern. The evening of the native speakers' appearance at the UN, heavy rain, strong winds, and the worst floods in New York's memory assailed the New York City area. Major highways were closed, and the UN building's lower subfloors flooded, forcing a shutdown of its heating and air conditioning.
Native people attending the General Assembly considered these events more than coincidental. Thomas Banyacya called on all the participants, including UN officials, to form a great circle in a symbolic act of prayer. One participant claimed she had never felt herself to be in such a safe place. Others noted that no further storm damage occurred in Manhattan after the circle gathered.
The Hopi Tablets - as revealed in Thomas O. Mills book, The Truth
It is clear that the new millennium seems to coincide with the prophetic times of many of Earth's oldest religions. The Mayan calendar marks the end of time in just a few more years. Many Native Americans describe this not as an end but as the moving from one era to another era. In our Alaskan story this was explained as moving from the fourth to the fifth hoop. In the Hopi tradition, the movement will be from the fourth to the fifth "world."
An interesting exploration of the Hopi prophecies is provided by Thomas O. Mills. Mills grew up on the Hopi Reservation in Second Mesa, Arizona. As a boy, he helped his Mom run the newly built Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, which today is the main stopping point for outsiders.
In his book, The Truth, Mills reveals that he has written the book because he wants to let more people know about the Hopi prophecies. His message implies that there is something of the Divine Spirit in these prophecies that will "click" if we just will take the time to hear him out. And he is right.
Mills explains the Hopi stories of Creation. Humanity has had three previous eras of development, a rise and fall marking each one. We are now at the end of the "fourth world," poised to enter the "fifth world.". Each previous world has been felled by some catastrophe, such as the ice age, or the inability to speak and use language. According the Hopi prophesy, we are about to enter into the fifth world, which naturally implies an impending fourht world catastrophe.
What will our downfall be this time? Can we avoid it? The Hopi have had the answers embedded in their traditions and religion like the DNA of a latent virus. When the time is ripe, the symbolism and pagantry will be revealed as a stable metaphor of complex issues regarding nature, creation and human survival. Some of these issues are frankly addressed in The Book of the Hopi. But few non-Hopi have ever been exposed to these teachings.
Mills provides numerous translations from The Book of Hopi and he does a good job of explaining these in his own words. It's a rare individual who can understand such complexities and yet have the ability to speak so plainly. Perhaps most interesting of all is that Mills describes a collection of tablets that were left by Masawa, the Caretaker of Earth (more specifically, the southwest American desert), to the Hopi upon their entrance to the fourth world. Mills explains how the Hopi were instructed to care for the planet. He shows many interesting similarities between concepts and representations of Hopi deities and those of ancient Egypt. He has a brilliant and well-illustrated theory that envisions the Egyptian pyramids and surrounding temples as forming large symbolic messages which reinforces the underscores the impending transition to the fifth world.
Mills proposes that the giant stone pyramids functioned to balance an unstable planet. Like the weights used to balance a tire, the careful positioning of these structures can influence the axis of the planet. Although the pyramids are minute in relation to the Earth, the mechanism is the result of almost super-human knowledge of nature. His illustrations of Egyptian murals from over four millennia seem to reinforce his theories. Your mind is allowed to contemplate the significance of these revelations. At a time when we focus more on our differences and less on our common ancestry, The Truth seems rightly named and comes just about in time.
Below are Mills' illustrations of the Hopi tablets that were given to the ancient ones by Musawa. The story is told as follows:
The Hopis also have in their possession the stone tablets that Masaw gave to them. These are not ordinary stones that could have been made in America, but ivory stones with hieroglyphs cut into them with strange figures... like those carved in Egypt on the temples.
Figures of headless men, swastikas, and snakes. One corner of the Fire Clan Tablet has a corner missing. It was broken off when Masawa gave the stone to the Hopi, and this piece was given to the White Brother as proof that he could return and join in the Ceremonies, finally completing the Cycle making this a paradise on Earth, complete with joyful songs to the Creator from the rooftops. Old Oribia will be rejuvenated and rain will come for all the crops for all four brothers on Mother Earth.
One of the tablets Masaw gave to the Fire Clan was very small, about four inches square, made of dark colored stone, and with a piece broken off from one corner. On one side were marked several symbols, and on the other the figure of a man without a head. Masaw was the deity of the Fire Clan; and he gave them this tablet just before he turned his face from them, becoming invisible, so that they would have a record of his words.
This is what he said, as marked on the tablet: After the Fire Clan had migrated to their permanent home, the time would come when they would be overcome by a strange people. They would be forced to develop their land and lives according to the dictates of a new ruler, or else they would be treated as criminals and punished. But they were not to resist. They were to wait for the person who would deliver them. This person was their lost white brother, Pahana, who would return to them with the missing corner piece of the tablet, deliver them from their prosecutors, and work out with them a new and universal brotherhood of man. But, warned Masawa, if their leader accepted any other religion, he must assent to having his head cut off. This would dispel the evil and save his people.
-The Book of Hopi~
Blue moon is a term used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. It is also commonly used to refer to the second full moon in a calendar month.
Such a blue Moon (second full Moon in single calendar month) will next occur on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 10:43 am UTC.
Contrary to popular belief, a blue moon is not actually blue in color.Blue moon is a term that is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons.
A year has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall (Autumn), and Winter - with three months and three full moons each. When one of the seasons in a year has four full moons, instead of the usual three, the third full moon is called a blue moon.
These days, the second full moon in a calendar month is also often referred to as a blue moon. This particular use was popularized due to a misinterpretation in a 1946 article in Sky and Telescopemagazine. Such blue moons occur rather frequently - at least once every two or three years. The next such blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015.
Are blue Moons rare?
Blue colored moons do rarely occur when dust or smoke particles in the air are of a specific size. Such particles help create a blue colored moon by scattering blue light.
Red moons, which can be caused by other sizes of dust particles or lunar eclipses, are much more common than blue moons.
The phrase, once in a blue moon, is colloquially used to suggest that something is very rare.
Why the third Moon?
There are different accounts of why the third full moon of a season of four full moons is called a blue moon.
For instance, the Ecclestical calendar, which indicates the dates of the Christian fasts and festivals, uses the phases of the moon to determine the exact dates for holidays like Lent and Easter. The month of Lent contains the Lenten Moon. The first full moon of Spring – also known as Easter Moon or Paschal Moon – falls a week before Easter. In order to ensure that Lent and Easter coincides with the phases of the moon, the calendar has termed the third moon of the season as the blue moon.
Other accounts suggest that since each full moon of a normal year had a corresponding name, for instance Harvest Moon, the 13th moon in a year was called a blue moon. This way the calendar was aligned to make sure celebrations and holidays would still fall during their "proper" times.
Did you know?
About once every 19 years, the month of February does not have a full moon. The years when this happens, also have two full moons in two different months. This phenomenon will occur next in 2018.
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Q: 1 bk shadow cpt 4
How does the Dark Lord bring order out of chaos, and is it a selfless act, and for what reason?
Q: 2 bk shadow
In the Green Craft, what does the numbers represent and stand for?
Q: 3 bk shadow
In the Sabbats Cross Quarters, which one is where the Dark Lord and Crone meet as equals and why?
Q: 4 bk shadow
In chapter four of the shadow what is the other number, how does it come to be, why do we use it, and from what order of law does it come from?
Q: 5 bk shadow
When was the last time we had the phenomenal two dark moon in one solar month?
Q: 6 bk shadow
What is a Sidhe Moon ritual quest used for, what aspect of the moon does it represent, and when is the time to do this ritual?
Q: 7 bk shadow
What tools are used to prepare a Companion Quest? (be very specific-Altar, Bath, Tea)
Q: 8 bk shadow
What is the one thing we mist not do in a black mirror passage ritual and why?
Q: 9 bk green cpt 4
What are the types of energy we use for craft and how to we get them?
Q:10 bk green
What is the primary tools for raising energy and what type of energy do we use it for?
When raising energy, would we do it the same way with dark energy and why?
Q: 12 bk green
In the Green Craft, where do we draw energy from and why?
Q:13 bk green
Through another method of raising energy the chant or chant dance witches have used the “eko.” What does this mean and where did it come from?
Q:14 bk green
Why is it important to send and or direct energy?
Q: 15 bk spell cpt 6
Why is it important to clear and charge your component? List two examples?
Q:16 bk spell
Working with correspondence we use many from a number of categories, list the categories?
Q: 17 bk spell
Name four tool components?
Q: 18 bk spell
Name four element components?
Q: 19 bk spell
Name four herb components?
Q: 20 bk spell
Name four stone components?
Q: 21 bk spell
Name four numbers and their associations?
Q: 22 bk spell
Name two planets and their planetary associations?
Q: 23 bk spell
Name two days and their associations?
Q: 24 bk spell
Name four angle names, association meaning and planetary associations?
Q: 25 bk spell
Name four color and their correspondences?
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THE BASIC WITCH
WEEK-4 GREEN LIVING
What is the difference of practicing magic and living the Green level of the craft?
When did Ceremonial Magic come about and why?
How did the Aryan influence conflict with the Green level concepts?
What does the Green Influence focus on?
What are some of the problems or controversies in the craft?
How does the Core Traditions affect the Green Level?
What was the problem in the doctrine “The Charge of the Goddess and why?
What was one of the the one thing the Green level agreed Gardner brought to the authentic witch tradition?
According to Ann Moura, the Witches Rune is not Green element, Why?
According to Ann Moura's Green level, were not Wiccan so what were they based on?
What is the differences between the five & sevenfold blessings?
Does the Green element consider these blessings an appropriate expression the Green can relate to?
According to the Green level, is kneeling in front of the alter required in order to show respect to the divine and why?
Is the traditional greeting of “Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again” an exception of the Green element of the craft?
What are some of the “Other Green Codes?”
What was one of the bad things called by Ann's mother and how did you draw it to you?
Q-17: How can one return the negativity to the sender?
What was a spell using the word “Benedida” used for?
Why is the Green level so connected with fairy folk and how do you know you have been visited by fairy folk?
Why do we follow Divination’s and what type of Divination's?
Why does a practitioner living the craft teach?
What does it truly mean to Live the Green and why is it right?
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Sorry did not get back online last night because we did not finish up until 9:30 pm. I started at 3:00 pm with a dream interpretation, then a totem animal reading that usually takes 1 hour took 3 hours. We took an intermission for some tea and then started the initiation ritual and that took over an hour, went into refreshments and intermission then onto the dark moon ritual.....After all was done and closed a half hour of grounding and self reflection on the coven's nights events. Was beautiful!
During the day when I was doing the animal reading delivery trucks came with the antique ouija board and the raw diamond willow staffs. Was perfect timing because the initiant could not find the right wood for her wand....and the diamond willow was the blessing on her initiation night. Guess I'll be making her a wand. I salted the ouija board for containment until I have time to properly cleanse it since it is used and most likely has some spiritual attached to it already which brings me to already strange events since its arrival. After the rituals during the centering & grounding Hecate took on a real moving presents, I cannot go into detail what happens in the coven but the new initiant was enlightened. Graywolf & I closed down shop and locked up everything, had a late dinner, and made coffee for the morning. We were watching the recorded American Horror Freak Show and kept hearing some noise behind us....I mentioned it again and the coffee pot went off by itself. We looked to see if the auto timer was in and it was not. Well guess we were instructed to have some fresh coffee.....lol. Shall be an interesting Samhain because I will be re-activating the ouija board that night...got some relatives to talk to...
Be Blessed Today Pagans!
Blessed Thor's Day Everybody!
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Blyssful Woden's Day Pagans!
Tomorrow is the new dark noom and the solar eclipse depending on your time zone. The time when the Sun enters Scoripo so what does this mean?
Sun 25° Libra => enters Scorpio Thursday => 3° Scorpio - I said last week was BIG - which it was - well this week will be BIG too - but in a completely different way. The transformative changes will be much calmer, more dignified, more refined and less overwhelming and much less dramatic - even so for some people will come as a BIG surprise - but that's only because "they" are still attempting to live in "2013" when it's now "2014". Life is moving forward.
You've seen that whilst Sun in Libra wanted to bring you PEACE, STABILITY and HARMONY in your life - and in order to do this - it has had to show you what brings you instability. This week defined by Sun in Scorpio means all the transformative changes will happen like leaves falling from the trees - the time to face a truth and delete the instability and "dead" things out of your life forever will arrive and will happen with ease.
Mercury 20° => 16° Libra in retrograde - you will be feeling all the lively action - as the almost triple conjunction of Sun, Mercury & Venus in Libra - will influence you until Thursday - full of communications, phonecalls, talking and decisions - to do what you should have done - and to do what you urgently need to do.
Unlike normal Mercury retrograde - this retrograde in communicative Libra - will ensure you can CHANGE your future - by undoing mistakes from the past - correcting things as if they never happened - and having a 2nd chance at lots of things you know are your destiny - but let me say that even if you don't want to talk about the "past" - things from the "past" will need to be sorted out this week.
This week the rebellious Uranus in retrograde in Aries - approximately opposing - Mercury in retrograde in Libra - is going to unexpectedly make you say something to unblock a blockage of the "past" - dump the "past" and get your life moving.
Dark Moon Blessings
When I say dark moon, I do not mean that part of the moon that is a sliver of a fingernail in the sky. That is New moon and distinctly different than the darkness of the moon hanging in the sky, the period of time when the sun reflects nothing onto the moon. The great void when things can be easily cut away from you for release.
Bowl of blessed water
1 white candle
1 black candle
" you who lifts the torch before the gates,
Shackle breaker, crowned with light,
Let us, the tempest tos't, take refuge in your circle of stars."
*Light candle dedicated to Hecate
*draw down the moon
*call forth any guardians who maybe empathetic and helpful to your cause ( I like to call the ruling lunar element)
*call forth any personal guides who may wish to help you with your work
* reading regarding what must be let go of for you to move forward and upward
card 1: what worries you
card 2: what you should not forget
card 3: How to bring best resolution to the situation
*write down every detail you can pick out from the cards including color domination, symbols that repeat themselves as well as the meaning of the individual cards. Be as thorough and accurate as you know how to be.
* Take a moment to meditate upon the reading
"I stand upon the crossroads, root wise and stone sure.
Walker, above, below, and between the worlds,
Severer, I call to you, show me what I must cut away to move forward on the crooked path in a balanced manner."
* take a moment to observe with all of your senses. She may have something to 'say'. If you have invited any guardians or personal guides, be sure to listen for their voices as well.
*Visualize a cord drawn between yourself and the concept or object that you are to sever away from you.
*with your athame, sever that cord and see the concept or object float away to be sucked into the void of the dark moon and be transformed into energy for Her to use for Her own purposes. "By the power of my will, with the blade of Hecate, I sever you! Go now, Leave! So now unweave!"
* Thank Hecate for Her attention and help
* thank your personal guides
* Thank any guardians you may have called
*extinguish Her candle
Dark Moon Blessings!
DARK MOON CHANT
This night is Hers
The New Moon of each month
Light some candles representing Her torches
While mugwart burns in the flames
Goddess of the Crossroads
Let Hecate be honored in this sacred night
Light to show me where I have come from
Light to show me where I can go
Whats your Choices
Do not look to another
For She looks at you to decide
The choice is yours
You have come to a hedge
You do not know what to do
Your at a fork
Tis time to trust your instinct
Go with what you know
and always listen to your heart
Write a Hymn
To the dark Goddess within
She is the ending
so there can be new beginnings
Her name is power
Her name is great
Queen of witches
She is Hecate
Goddess of keys
She has access to all
Ah but one yet she still awaits
is the key to your heart
Hecate Hecate Hecate
Most beautiful One
Triple Goddess three in One
Goddess of witches, magick. justice, vengeance healing and even prosperity Goddess of women who know you and know you not
Hecate Hecate Hecate
With my heart I praise
With a nod I show respect
For honor is due to you
Hecate Hecate Hecate
Would you Dark Mother come dance with me
Beneath the slit of the silvery moon
Come oh Come o Hecate
For tonight my heart longs for you
Legends and Traditions
The Ghost that Danced at Jethart
THIS legend carries us back to the time of Alexander IlI. of revered memory—to a time when Scotland was enjoying—what was not often her wont—such an amount of rest from turmoil, that she could participate a little in harmless ostentation and brilliant pageantry. Such brilliant pageantry occurred in i 285
at Jedburgh, which Alexander had fixed upon, from the celebrity of its abbey and the attractiveness of its surrounding scenery, as a fitting place wherein to celebrate his marriage with Yolande, daughter of the Count de Dreux. Jedburgh was thus in high holiday; but at the banquet in the evening—more splendid, we are told, than anything of the kind previously seen in Scotland—held, it is said, in the great hail of the abbey, and at the very moment when the hilarity of the brilliant assemblage was at its highest—when the dance had grown fast and furious, and all went merry as a marriage bell—there took place a remarkable, ghostly incident. One of the exhibitions of the evening consisted of a kind of military dance or procession. While this dance was performing, and while the mirth was unbounded, an unwelcome visitor appeared at the festive board, whose presence put a sudden end to the hilarities of the evening. At the close of the procession of maskers, a spectre glided into the room and mixed in the dance, at sight of which the music ceased in an instant, and the maskers fled in affright. In the midst of the turmoil, the spectre suddenly disappeared. The incident of the skeleton dancer was too remarkable not to becomes associated in the public mind with national disaster. Accordingly an old poet connects with the apparition the fact that—"The king soon after, falling from his steed,
Unhappily died,—after whose death, ensuing
Woe to the land, sedition, wreck, and ruin."
Astrological Rulers: Venus, Moon
Keys: Love Principle, Fertility Gabriel (turns force into form)
Rules: emotions, love, sorrow, courage, astral planes, clairvoyance, tides, oceans, pools, streams, wells, womb Melancholic; Feeling; strong, excitatory
Virtues: compassion, tranquility, tenderness, forgiveness, modesty, fluidity in creativity, receptivity, influence
Vices: self-indulgence, negligence, cowardice, indifference, instability, moodiness, infatuation, easily put upon, delusions
Autumn & sunset
Symbols: willow, dolphin, fish, water snakes, sea birds, myrrh, ferns, rushes
Tool: cup or cauldron (depending on tradition)
Spirits: undines under Neksa (elusive at first, flowing & difficult to understand, watch politely and learn)
I cannot express how important it is to follow the lunar cycles when planting and harvesting magickal herbs.
The moons is a powerful influence on us whether we see it as simply gravitational influences or more Spiritual or Energetic. Either way there is an effect on the life on our planet.
When the moon is in the stage between the New Moon and The Full Moon it is called The Waxing Moon. This is a time of gaining and expanding. The Moon's gravitational force is pulling away from the earth. This is the time when the oceans are "pulled" away from the Earth and we have Low Tides. So in Harvesting, this is a good time to take the plant parts that are above ground as that is the direction their energies are being pulled and so enhances the plant's properties in those portions. This is also an ideal time to make or decant your preparations. In this instance, the moon's force is helping to pull the energies and chemical constituents out of the plant and into the preparation. If you want or can wait to decant your tinctures and oils just at the moment of the Full Moon or the last few hours before hand then you will have this added energy force pulling just a little extra out of the plants.
During the time of Full Moon to New Moon is called the Waning Moon. This is when the gravitational influences are pushing down and inward. The oceans are "pushed" downward and we have High Tide. This is the time that is ideal for harvesting below the ground: the roots of plants. The moon is pushing energies and chemical constituents down and inwards into the roots.
For preparations it is the ideal time to take down those bundles of herbs you have been drying. The energies are being "pushed inwards" and re ready for storage or final preparations.
A good rule of thumb would be; Harvest during the Waxing Moon and Storage during the Waning Moon.
You may want to also take into account what the herb will be needed for. Waxing Moon is "gaining and building"; so this is an ideal time to make or take tonic preparations or anything that is being used to build strength or energy. Waning Moon is "warding and loosing". This is a good time to make or take preparations such as detoxifying herbs or herbs to loose or remove anything unwanted such as weight.
You may want to consider plants ruled by the Moon also as well as diseases ruled by the Moon when taking or making your preparations.
Keeping the Lunar Phases in mine when Harvesting or Preparing your herbs also help you to focus your intent and needs from the plant you are using. Though it isn't absolutely necessary to incorporate this into your harvesting and preparations I feel that it is an added bonus in the energetic strength of your final product.