Friday, October 28, 2011

I have no point today

Really, I don't.  So, I thought I'd share a favorite chant video from YouTube.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creating your own talismans

Sometimes, a symbol will creep into our consciousness and make a home there.  It might be something ornate and well known, or may be simple, easy to overlook.  It may describe us, or our journey, or our hopes.  It may be the idea that protects us or guides us.  Whatever the symbol and its reason for importance, we can embrace it, make it part of us if we choose.

For me, stars, butterflies and cauldrons are three symbols that resonate within my psyche.  The stars came into my mind very slowly over time.  I've always loved to look at the night sky, but at some point, the idea of a star became a symbol of hope to me.  I was drawn to stars on furniture, clothing, jewelry and pictures.  Butterflies happened all of a sudden, but once they became part of me, I noticed them everywhere.  Cauldrons came to me in a dream.

If you have a symbol that means something special to you, embrace it, incorporate it and enjoy it.  Add it to your clothing, your household or your creative projects.  A tiny talisman can bring comfort and magic into your mundane activities.  It can be a touch stone that helps you balance and cope with life's stresses.  It doesn't need to be big or grand or even noticeable to anyone but you. A charm bracelet or pair of earrings are great ways to have talisman jewelry (Fire Mountain Beads has tons of cute, inexpensive charms and beads).   If you sew or embroider, try adding your talisman to a scarf.  Iron on a patch to your jeans or paint a picture (stencils are a great way for non artsy people to add unique touches to their homes) to represent your symbol.

It's up to you to embrace your own magic and to empower yourself.  It's not as a hard as it seems and there are lots of ways to do it.  Have fun, make it personal and enjoy the beauty and strength of your own magic.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Rosemary Pork Loin

This is a favorite recipe for fall and winter gatherings.  It's very easy to make, doesn't make a huge mess to cook and tastes wonderful.  Apples are symbolic of love, beauty and the afterlife.  Rosemary is for remembrance (as Shakespeare's Ophelia, so beautifully points out) and mint is protective.  A great magical dish for a celebration of the ancestors or the Day of the Dead.

2-3 large gala, honey crisp, braeburn or fuji apples, sliced
1 pork loin (if using a smaller loin, cut the other ingredients in half)
5 springs rosemary
3 sprigs mint
salt and pepper to taste

Place pork loin in  a crock pot.  Add rosemary, mint, salt and pepper.  Add sliced apples.  Cover and allow to cook 6-8 hours on low (180 degrees on the meat thermometer).  Serve with roasted potatoes, fall veggies and crusty bread.

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