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Monday, April 28, 2008

Teaching Meditation to Children

Monday, April 28, 2008
One of the biggest questions that I have had in raising my children is whether or not to teach them meditation. And the answer that I have reached is that when they have the attention span to sit still for more than five minutes is most definitely yes.
But there are some guidelines for you to follow, if you decide to teach your children how to meditate.
  1. Don’t expect too much from them. Remember that they are just kids
  2. Remember also that they do have a short attention span. Don't force them if they get bored or antsy.
  3. Never show disappointment or impatience with children.
  4. Make it perfectly clear that it is not a competition. Especially if you have more than one child.
  5. Keep all instructions simple and use as few words as possible.
  6. Use a gentle and soft voice when giving those instructions.
  7. Show a good example. If they see you being patient and, caring, happy and relaxed then they are more likely to be and stay motivated.
When you teach meditation don't focus so much on having them clear their mind. Instead have them focus on a certain positive emotion or on a syllable or a picture. In an earlier post I talked about making mandalas. If your kid makes a mandala then they can use that to meditate on.
Here are some links on meditation for children. I encourage you to explore those sites and use the information their.

http://www.buddhanet.net/metta_k.htm
http://www.susankramer.com/ChildMeditation.html


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Crafts for Kids -- Cross Stitching

Sunday, April 27, 2008
I feel that I must start with the warning that this craft project involves a needle and is not recommended for kids who can be trusted not to hurt themselves with said needle.
Now with that out of the way, cross-stitching can be a fun and enjoyable activity for all ages from kids to adults. And for people who feel that they are unable to sew, cross-stitching can be relatively easy.
I recommend investing in an embroidery hoop, maybe even a couple if you decide to make this a long term hobby. Different size loops are needed for different size projects. Here is a link on how to cross-stitch.
There are many different patterns available for purchase but there are some free patterns available online. Below is a list of some of those links, both free and for sale.




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Teaching Children the Old Songs

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Now while I am not a believer in the idea that there are unbroken lines of witches that go back for thousands of years, I do believe in the power of chants. I covered in an earlier post how to make simple drums and rattles for children. So here is an opportunity for you all to use those instruments.
The actual beats used really don't matter, the Gods know your intentions and that is all that matters.

Goddess Chant

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali

We all come from the Goddess by Z. Budapest and Ian Corrigan

We all come from the Goddess
and to her we shall return
like a drop of rain
flowing to the ocean.

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies shall be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls shall rise again

The River is Flowing by Diana Hildebrand-Hull

The river she is flowing
flowing and growing
The river she is flowing
down to the sea
Mother, carry me
Your child I will always be
Mother, carry me
down to the sea

These are just some of the chants that are popular in the Pagan Community. Here is a link that has these and others with sheet music and midi sound files.

Blessed Be and Happy Chanting!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Beltane Recipes

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One of the traditional meats that was served at Beltane feasts in the lands of the ancient Celts was most likely pork. In fact sheep are still the predominant livestock in Ireland of today. Apples are also a popular fruit of Beltane. So I hope that you enjoy the recipe below.

Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Apples

3 whole, boneless fresh pork tenderloins, about 1 3/4 lbs.
Salt to taste, if desired
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp. corn, peanut or vegetable oil
1 tsp. dried or chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 onion, about 1/4 lb., peeled and cut in half crosswise
8 red, waxy potatoes, about 1 lb.
2 Golden Delicious apples
1/4 c. fresh or canned chicken broth
2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. Sprinkle the tenderloins with salt and pepper. Put the corn oil in a pan large enough to hold the whole tenderloins in one layer. Sprinkle with rosemary and turn the pork in the mixture to coat it all over. Place on top of the stove. Arrange the onion, cut side down, around the pork. Heat the pork, turning to make certain the pieces do not stick. Cook until the pieces are lightly browned all over. Place them in the oven.

3. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and put them in a saucepan with water to cover and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes.

4. Peel, core and quarter the apples as the potatoes cook.

5. Drain the potatoes and arrange them around the meat. Turn the pork and continue baking for total of 30 minutes.

6. At the end of that time, scatter the apple quarters around the meat and return the pan to the oven. Continue baking 15 minutes.

7. Remove the meat to a warm serving platter. Add the broth to the pan. Stir and bring to a boil about 5 minutes; remove from heat. Cut the pork into crosswise pieces and serve with the potatoes, apples and the sauce spooned over. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley. Yield: 4 to 6 servings. courtesy of cooks.com

Another great idea for dinner on Beltane is mead. But since it is alcoholic it is not always acceptable to everyone and is off limits to kids. So why not try a non-alcoholic mead?

Soft (non-alcoholic) Mead

4 cups spring water
1 cup honey
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced

Bring the water, honey, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon to a boil in a non-metallic pan. Stir until honey is dissolved; heaviness should disappear from bottom of the pan. Use wooden spoon to skim off skin that forms at top of brew. Add lemon and orange slices, squeezing as they are placed in the pan. Cool completely; strain. Store in bottle in refrigerator. courtesy of clannada.org

Blessed Be!


Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 21, 2008
There are many things you can do to celebrate Earth Day and to honor our Mother. You can make a pledge to recycle more often or you can plant a tree. Or simply take a walk to enjoy the wonderful beauty of Nature.
If you choose to plant a tree then I would encourage you to check out this site.
Take the time also, today to talk to your children about the importance of caring for and honoring the Earth. Talk to them about the circle of Life and how we are all part of one very large organism.
Please leave comments or email me about the activities that you all do to honor the Earth on Earth Day.

Blessed Be!


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Earth Day Crafts for Children

Sunday, April 20, 2008
I know this is a day early but I figure we could all use the extra time to prepare. There are many wonderful things that you and your kids could do to celebrate Earth Day. Take the time to talk about recycling and better yet enlist their help in sorting out some of the stuff in your house that needs to be recycled.
A great craft project for you to do with your kids is to make a wreath.

Materials Needed:

  • Ring of cardboard (empty cereal boxes work wonderfully)
  • construction paper (blue and green)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • piece of wool
Instructions
  1. Trace a small plate and a large plate onto a piece of old cardboard.
  2. Empty cereal boxes or frozen dinner boxes work well as a source of recycled cardboard.
  3. It doesn't matter if you go over the folds of the cardboard
  4. Cut a small strip of cardboard and glue it onto the back of the ring over any folds in the cardboard.
  5. This will reinforce the ring.
  6. Cut strips of construction paper (about 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches)
  7. Glue the strips into rolls (like making a paper chain)
  8. Glue the rolls of construction paper onto the wreath.
  9. Alternate colors to make a pattern.
  10. Use the template pieces on the website listed below for the Earth to hang in the center.
  11. Tape a small piece of wool to the earth and the wreath so it hangs in the middle.
The link to this project is here.
There are many other great craft ideas and other fun things to be found on their main website here.

Blessed Be!


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sacred Fires -- Drumming

Thursday, April 17, 2008
With warmer weather already here, or in some cases coming upon us, many pagans will be gathering for drum circles. There is a special magick to be found at drum circles. I have been at some circles that felt like a place out of time.
One in particular sticks out in my mind. There were a couple of guitars and a violin present. They were accompanied by a set of larger drums, called djembes and a handful of smaller drums, called doumbeks. Suddenly the air changed and we could all feel the energy rise around us. Small groups begin to spontaneous dance. Complete strangers threw caution to the wind and danced around like gypsies under the moon long ago.
If you haven't managed to get to a drum circle then I encourage you to do so. Even if you don't drum or dance, you can always shake a rattle in time or just sit and enjoy the rhythms.
Small children, those that require constant supervision are not oftentimes good companions for circles. But older children, especially if they have their own instruments, will also have a blast.

Simple guidelines for Fire Circle courtesy of 4qf.org

Our guidelines are simple and unrestrictive, but we do ask that they be respected. These requests are for our safety, both physical and spiritual. We hold this circle, this fire as sacred. This is a circle, cast with intent in ritual, and we ask that you enter and exit through the East Gate.
Please refrain from smoking cigarettes or pipes while within Fire Circle. If you do smoke, step out of the circle through the East Gate, and make sure to pocket any butts or other debris. Alcoholic beverages may not be present at Fire Circle and public drunkenness will not be tolerated. Please keep all glass and ceramic containers of any kind off the sanded center. Fire jumping is prohibited.
The inner ring is reserved for dancers, if you wish to dance slowly, while remaining still or wish to mediate, please move towards the outside. Always keep in mind that it is the interaction between the drums, the dancers, the fire, the sky above and the ground below that provides our energy.
Be respectful of your fellow participants. Ask before taking a picture, this is taboo to some and disrespectful to someone in trance. Flashes are disruptive and startling, refrain from using a flash when you do take a picture. Have fun, be safe.
If you have a question or request, ask one of the fire tenders. This circle, this fire, this night is what we make of it and what we bring into it."

So find a drum circle nearby and go have some fun!

Blessed Be!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Beltane Story

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The children came to their grandfather, crying out for another story. "Tell us grandfather about the Gods and what comes next in their story."
Smiling the grandfather said, "Well children, if you remember the Gods and the animals had just worked the magick to bring back Spring. And so they spent the next few months enjoying Spring and falling in love.
"So the faeries smiled knowingly and began to make a gift for the Gods. For they knew soon that the Gods would come together in love and be one. So they wove and wove until on the Eve of May their weaving was done. And there where the Faeries had worked so hard was a bower of flowers for the Gods. A bed made of flowers, sweet smelling and pretty to behold.
"Yet still the Gods tarried in the garden of the world. So the faeries called the children and taught them the dance of the Maypole. To bring fertility to the Earth and to urge the Gods to do their part in furthering the cycle. They went across the land gathering brightly colored ribbons and brought them to the pole that the faeries had erected in the forest glen.
"And as the children danced on that May morning, weaving around and around the pole they raised their voices in song. And finally the Goddess came to the God and they became one in that Divine Marriage, the Hieros Gamos.
"So, in celebration, the faeries lit a sacred fire from eight woods. Birch to represent the Maiden, white and pure. Oak to represent the Horned God, strong and mighty.
"Then rowan for life and willow for death. For all life must end to come again. Hawthorn to purify the union. Hazel for a wise child to be made. Apple to aid in fertility and grape for joy. Fir that the union lasts evermore. And when the fire was kindled and grew up to kiss the sky, couples and those looking for another gathered. With great joy these couples jumped the fire to share in its gifts. Wishes they asked for and such was the magick that all the wishes asked were granted.
"When the Gods left their bower of flowers that the faeries had led them to, they smiled and caused the Earth to grow even more bountiful. And because the faeries served so faithfully they were gifted with the first of the bounty of milk and honey.
"So my children that is why we weave and dance the Maypole and light the sacred fires. For it is on this day that the Holly King begins his life. And the magicks we weave help to bring him here safely, so that the cycle may continue forward.
"Now listen children to the hidden meaning and lesson to be found here in these few words. For you to be complete and to grow, you must also blend the two halves. The Goddess and God within.
"Know that great things will come from it. And be strong.
"Now run along children and play let me rest. I will tell you the next part of the Story of the Gods another time"
And the children went to gather ribbons for their own version of the maypole. For they all wanted to do their part.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beltane Custard and Flower Recipes

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Custards are a traditional recipe for Beltane since they include eggs and milk. These are traditional symbols of fertility and also traditional gifts to the faery folk. So Happy Cooking!

Marigold Custard

Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 to 2-inch piece vanilla bean
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. rose water
  • whipped cream
Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.

Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals. adapted from Scott Cunningham's Guide to the Solitary Practitioner

Chocolate Custard Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup chocolate, grated
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
1. Melt the chocolate with a little hot water.
2. Add the milk, mix well, put on fire and bring to a boil.
3. Mix eggs and sugar together.
4. Add the chocolate and milk and mix well.
5. Fill a pudding dish with the custard mixture.
6. Set pudding dish in a baking pan partially filled with water.
7. Bake in moderate oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. courtesy of recipes.lovetoknow.com

Blessed Be!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Crafts for Children -- Drums and Rattles

Monday, April 14, 2008
I don't know about your children but my children are big fans of music, especially drumming and chanting. In fact the oldest one has a drum of her very own that I bought her. But for those that don't want, or don't have the money to invest in buying a premade drum, you can always make your own.
They won't be the best sounding drums but your kids will love you for it, guaranteed.

Things You Will Need

Empty Coffee Cans
Construction Paper
Glue
Scissors
Dry Beans or Rice

Instructions
  1. Make sure the coffee cans are clean
  2. Measure the construction paper to fit around the cans
  3. Decorate the paper
  4. Glue the paper around the cans
  5. If you wish to go a step further and make rattles then add the beans or rice
  6. Make music and have fun



Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Maypole

Thursday, April 10, 2008
Many of us know of the Maypole, but for those that don't; The Maypole is a tall pole, typically made of maple, that is decorated with flowers and has long ribbons tied to the top. Then there is done that activity that is know as the Maypole Dance. Where the dancers spin around the pole weaving and entwining the ribbons. This is representative of the fertility that this Sabbat is known for.
Now fertility connotations aside, the Maypole is an entertaining and fun activity for children. And for those that don't want to, or don't have the means to erect a giant pole in their yard, there is the mini Maypole. http://www.mppl.org/kids/maypole.html
In my opinion it is not necessary to explain it all to children who are to young to understand the sexual connotations. But older children, and this is completely up to your discretion, could be told some of what the Maypole means. And in fact could probably use this occasion as an opportunity to do magick with you for things that they need in their life.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pan Myths - Who is He? What Does He stand for?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sometimes put under the same label as the Horned Lord, Pan is more well known then other Deities that fit into that aspect. And in fact has more that is known about him.
Pan has a goat's feet and two horns, and wears a lynx-pelt. He is the god of woods and pastures, and also the mountain peaks and rocky crests are his domain. He wanders along the hills, slaying wild beasts. But in the evenings he plays sweet and low on his pipes of reed, with singing nymphs or charites holding him company.
In this description I see a story about how men can, and in my opinion, should be. For too long men have been taught to be just cold stoic automatons. But a Pagan Male should be more than that, he can be the Warrior, the Hunter, the Bard, the Lover and the Peacemaker. And can do all of that without being a series of contradictions. I like to think that we all are more flexible than that.

Pan also is known more for his sexual prowess than for anything else. Yet he was also the shepherd and I have a theory that he also served at some point as a Father figure or at the very least as a God for leaders to emulate.
For, in most cases, a Father can be described as a shepherd tending to his flock or family. Facing all danger, unafraid. So that he may return to safety any family member that is lost or taken.

Meditate on this aspect also and let me know what you all think. Am I too far off base with thinking that Pan could be a Father figure? Either way just think on this Deity and what lessons he has to offer.

Blessed Be!


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Beltane Vegan Recipes

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Yes it is that time again. Four weekly posts on recipes for the upcoming Sabbat. Some of these recipes have milk and butter in them but perhaps those with better experience with cooking vegetarian meals can find a way to substitute those ingredients.

Leek and Broccoli Quiche
Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients
  • 1 frozen ready to use deep dish pie shell or pastry for 1 pie shell
  • 2 leeks cleaned, and chopped finely
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese, any kind you like
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prick the bottom of the pie shell with a fork to allow ventilation, set aside.

In a large fry pan, saute leeks and broccoli in butter until leeks are lightly browned. Remove from heat to cool. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk or cream, flour, salt and pepper until frothy. Set aside.

Add cooled leek mixture and cheese to pie shell. Spread evenly. Pour egg mixture slowly over the top. Put into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until top is slightly browned. To check for doneness, the top should be firm, insert a butter knife in the middle to ensure it comes out clean.
Serve immediately. courtesy of Canadian Wiccans

Now I know that the following is not in the normal pattern but I figured a vegan version of my favorite desert was a good fit.

Vegan Carrot Cake

Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 3 Cups shredded Carrots
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice
  • 3/4 Cup of Granola Oil
  • 1 Cup of Raisins
  • 1 Cup of Copped Walnuts
Topping:
  • 8oz Tofutti cream cheese or other kind of soy cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2tsp vanilla
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Do not use a hand mixer for this recipe, use a ladle or spoon.
3. Mix all the dry Ingredients together.
4. Then mix in the Carrots and the Oil to the dry ingredients.
5. Add the Orange Juice and mix it all together.
6. Grease pan with cooking spray or oil.
7. Put the batter into cake pan.
8. Bake for 45 minutes or until knife/toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
9. Let cool completely
10. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together with hand mixer.
11. Pipe into a plastic ziplock bag and close bag.
12. When cake is completely cool, cut a little snip off the bottom corner of the ziplock bag and drizzle the creamy frosting over the top of the cake as pictured.
13. Or you can always just frost it regular.
14. Enjoy!
courtesy of grouprecipes.com


Monday, April 7, 2008

The Great Rite

Monday, April 7, 2008
I know Beltane is still nearly a month away but the few weeks before the Sabbat I like to be heavily involved in chronicling traditions, recipes and crafts. I also figured that if I cover this early then you will have the time to think over it in detail before Beltane itself.
So first off, what is the Great Rite? Although many of you may know the answer already, the answer simply, is that it is the sexual union between the Horned Lord and the Maiden, Goddess of Spring.
But more complexly it is the union between the masculine and feminine energies present within nature and more importantly within ourselves. It is Shiva, the inseminator, descending into Shakti, the Divine womb. If you look deep within this then you will see that there is a great lesson to be learned. That without action there can be no growth. And that without thought and a container for action then there can be no fruit from acting.
This can also be described in the balance within Yin and Yang. Neither can exist without the other, if there is to be balance in nature and within ourselves.
I see that this is a problem in most religions of the world, Wicca and Paganism included, some religions have excluded the feminine energies of the divine and then there are those that swung the pendulum to the other side, excluding almost completely the masculine component to Creator. (I must say for fairness sake, that this is not always the case. No rule can be defined as all encompassing).
So over the next few weeks look at how you behave. Are you all action and no focus, no container for your activity? Or are you a thinker without action?
Either one is pointless and will achieve nothing or very little in the end.
Spend time in meditation visualizing the athame dipping into the chalice. Also take the time in normal waking life to try to integrate the masculine and feminine energies within yourself, striving to be a more complete and whole person.

Good Luck and Blessed Be!


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Crafts for Children -- Beading

Sunday, April 6, 2008
There are many types of beading work that children can do. Some of which will require adult supervision and aid and others that (depending on age) they can do on their own. If your kids decide that they like this, then it may be worth picking up a beading project kit.
Beading projects can range from as simple as beaded friendship bracelets. To as complex as beaded pendants. For younger children I recommend the larger beads and for the older children or even for yourself you can use smaller beads and in some cases use a loom or just needle and thread. I have made some wonderful pieces by beading onto leather, none of which I have - a side-effect of being generous.

Rainbow Sun Catcher Pony Bead Pattern
Pattern designed by 6 year-old Rachel from Simi Valley, CA.

You Need:

* 66 Light Blue Translucent Pony Beads
* 10 Clear or White Pony Beads
* 18 Purple Translucent Pony Beads
* 12 Red Translucent Pony Beads
* 12 Orange Translucent Pony Beads
* 12 Yellow Translucent Pony Beads
* 8 Green Translucent Pony Beads
* 6 Dark Blue Translucent Pony Beads
* 3 Yards Clear Plastic Lace
* 2 Suction Cups

Our Sun Catcher Kit makes six assorted beaded sun catchers.

Instructions

Begin at the left side of the pattern and string 9 light blue beads to the middle of your craft lace. String the second row onto one lace. Take the other lace and string through the second row in the opposite direction. Pull tight. Repeat for the third row. Continue according to the pattern. Tie off with a double knot and trim. Slide hook of suction cup under the lace on each side. courtesy of makingfriends.com


If you choose to bead onto leather or even cloth and are handy with a needle then you can use the flat even count peyote stitch. The instructions may come across a little confusing but give yourself some time, I found it to be one of the easiest beading techniques to use. http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/aa071497.htm

Good Luck and Blessed Be!


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring is Here -- Collect Some Flowers

Thursday, April 3, 2008
And when you collect them there are many things to do with them. But today I am going to talk about weaving a crown of flowers. Long a tradition for Beltane it is a good idea to include this into your family traditions.
Some suggestions for flowers are daisies or dandelions. You can also choose wildflowers. Just be sure that they won't cause any allergic reactions for you or your kids.

Things You’ll Need:

* 25 flowers
* Knife (optional)

Step 1:
Gather 25 flowers, such as daises or dandelions. Make sure that the stems are about 4- to 5-inches long so they can be tied easily.

Step 2:
Make a slit in the stem about a 1/4-inch long through the middle of each flower stem. This should be 2 inches below the head of the flowers. Use your fingernail to do this or you can use a sharp knife.

Step 3:
Slip the end of another flower's stem through the slit you have made and pull it until you get to the head of the flower.

Step 4:
Do the same with the next flower, weaving the stem of another flower through the next slit. Keep going in this manner until you've made a chain of flowers.

Step 5:
Make sure the chain will fit your child before you finish it off by measuring it around her head.

Step 6:
Twist the ends of the chain together to form a ring. Stick each end through slits in the stems to secure it.

Step 7:
Place the crown of flowers around her head and watch proudly as she dances around her kingdom. courtesty of ehow.com

Blessed Be!



Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Horned God -- Myths

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The horned God was a prevalent god in the old world. Evidence of the worship of this God, in different forms, is prevalent from the Land of the Celts all the way East to the Indus Valley. In the Western world he was worshipped as Cernunnos and in the East he was worshipped as Pashupati.
Much of the worship and myths of these Gods has been lost to history, but some things can be pulled out by conjecture.
For example Pashupati means Lord of the Animals. He is also believed to be a predecessor to Shiva. The story going that Shiva spent so much time in the forest that he became wild like the forest and the animals within it.
Then there is the most well known representation of Cernunnos. The one that appears on the Gundestrup cauldron. In this image he is portrayed in a lotus position surrounded by many different animals some of which have been identified and some of which seem ambiguous.
Both Gods at different times have also been portrayed with three faces and Cernunnos sometimes with three cranes flying over his head.
Some scholars liken this to their connection with the lunar Goddess. But in my opinion this is rather a representation of the fact that the Horned God was an universal God of life. Ruling over birth, life and death. Therefore emphasizing his importance to the peoples of Paleolithic times.
So I encourage you to honor this God in the coming months and especially at Beltaine the time when animals are coming into their own. Meditate on the image and think about what the connection between the two might mean for your own belief system.
It is my sincere belief that at one point in mankind's history we were one people, which means one language and one religion. And that all religions of today have some connection to that one religion. While this explains the similarities between the two Gods it is also a clue to look to the East to find the answers to why certain things are done in the West.

Comment me and let me know your thoughts!

Blessed Be!


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

How to Outfit A Kitchen

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
In continuing the theme I began last Wednesday on kitchen related posts, I figured that today I would talk about the bare minimum of necessities for your kitchen. First the list:
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Cast Iron Frying Pans
  • Enamel Coated Dutch Oven
  • Stand Mixer
  • Food Processor
  • Collander
  • Food Grater
  • Loaf Pans
  • Muffin Pans
  • Casserole Dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Sheets
In my kitchen I use only wooden spoons, because they tend not to retain odors and taste like plastic spoons do. Plus wood is biodegradable unlike plastic.
I use cast iron because they retain heat and are (once properly seasoned) easy to clean. My Dutch Oven is also cast iron but mine is covered in enamel. The cast iron for the heat retention again, and the enamel to make it dishwasher safe.
These are essential for most of the cooking that I do. The rest are primarily used for baking. I have found the stand mixer to be the easiest since I don't have to stand there and hold the bowl and the mixer for extended periods of time.
If anyone out there thinks that I forgot something please comment and let us all know.

Blessed Be!