Sunday, 31 October 2010

Blessed Samhain



*This is a repost since for some reason Blogger screwed up (or it could have been me), but somehow the post for Samhain was erased and replaceed with something else. So here's what i think was up*


Have a Happy and Blessed Samhain my loves, May the Gods and Goddesses Bless you in this new Year. .


Fly Safe and happy trick or treating.



Saturday, 30 October 2010

Samhain Prayers

There are many different prayers, the one's you make-up are of course the best ones which you can pray!!  I generally just wing it, but I have found that there are many different prayer books on the market, This one I love and it has many great prayers inside.  These prayers are from "A Book of Pagan Prayer" :

Prayer for the Festival of the Dead
  • I pray to all the Gods of death of darkness, of sorrow. Though I do not love you, I respect you. Though I do not welcome you, I honor you. Though i do no invite you into my life. I know you are already there.
  • Eat with us, Ancestors, on this night of the dead. Share our meal with us, and then go on your way.
  • Wild geese flying overhead on your journey south, bear away with you on your thundering wings, the cares that have made my summer weary. Cry out my pain, passing over the darkened land, until the air ocean sail washes away.
                 Offering that can be made to the Gods and Goddesses of Death are:
Beer, Mead, Wine. Bread,  for the Hunter Gods and Goddesses  can also be Meat if you are a meat eater or a hunter you can place a piece of something you have hunted, or even a feather from the birds or a piece of hide from the deer.


Hope these were helpful
Blessed Be 



Samhain Stories: Tam Lin

One of my favorite Samhain stories has got to be Tam-lin.  It's a Faerie tale and an amazing romance story at the same time.  And it goes a lot like this:

Tam-Lin
The King forbade his maidens all   
who wore gold in their hair
To come and go by Caterhaugh,
For the young Tam Lin is there.
And those that go by Carterhaugh
From them he takes a fee,
Either mantles or their rings
Or else their maidenhead!
Janet kilted her green mantle
(just) above her knee,
And she has gone to Carterhaugh
Just as fast as she could flee.
She had not pulled a double rose,
A rose, but three or four,
When up & spoke young TamLin
'Lady, please, pull no more!'
How dare you pull those flowers!
How dare you break those wands!
How dare you come to Carterhaugh
Withouten my command?'
(She says) 'Carterhaugh it tis my own
My Father gave it me,
And I will come and go by here
Without any leave of thee!'
(There were) 4 and 20 ladies gay
All sitting down at chess,
When in come the young Janet,
As green as any glass.
Up and spake her father dear,
He spake up meek and mild,
'My dear, Janet,' he cried,
'I fear you go with child!'
And if I do go with child,
It is myself to blame!
There's not a knight in all your hall
Shall give my child its name!'
Janet kilted her green mantle
(Just) above her knee,
And she ran off to Carterhaugh
For to pull the Scathing Tree.
How dare you pull that herb?’
said young Tam Lin,
’For to kill the bonny babe
That we got us between!'
'You must tell to me, Tam Lin,
Now you must tell to me,
Were you once a mortal knight
Or mortal hall did see?'
I was once a mortal knight
I was hunting here one day,
I did fall off from my horse,
Fairy Queen stole me away.
'Tomorrow night is Halloween,
The Fairy Folk do ride;
Those that would their true love win
At Miles Cross they must hide!
'First you let pass the black horse
Then you let pass the brown,
Run up to the milk white steed
And pull the rider down.
'First they'll turn me in your arms
Into a lion wild.
Hold me close and fear me not
As you would hold your child.
'Next they'll turn me in your arms
Into a snake or adder,
Hold me close and fear me not,
I am your child's father.
'Then they'll turn me in your arms
Into a red-hot bar of iron,
Throw me into well
And throw me in with speed.
'Last they'll turn me in your arms
Into a naked knight
Wrap me up in your mantle,
And hold me close from sight.'
So well she did what he did say
She did her true love win,
She wrapped him up in her mantle,
As blythe as any bird.
Up and spake the Fairy Queen,
An ancient Queen cried she:
'If I'd have known of this Tam Lin,
That some lady'd borrowed thee,
'If I'd have known of this Tam Lin,
Before we came from home,
I'd have plucked out thy heart
And put in one a heart of stone...
One of my very own!’
              Traditional, adapted by Beverly Frederick (based R.J. Stewart's version of 1692 c.e.)

Beverly Frederick does an amazing song version on her cd Through the Darkness which can be found here  You can find an amazing modern adaptation from Tanya Huff called "He Said, Sidhe Said " "Finding Magic"

This is one of my favorite tales from I was a child, it's a beautiful romantic tale, but it also draws on the magic Samhain, The transformation reminds me so much of Taliesin, which talks about the changes created through the magic of Cerridwen's cauldron. Every Samhain I re-read this tale, sometimes the younger children will re-enact this play it's awesome!! 

Have fun with it!!
I hope you enjoy this story like I do,
Blessed Be


Friday, 29 October 2010

New Meals for the Kitchen Witch

Hi my loves


I know I haven't done a Kitchen Witchin Video or blog in a minute, and I have tons to share, i just can't seem to get the motivation to write the blog or edit the videos. So I am making myself do it today.  Here are a few fall appropriate recipes, especially for those who like me can't have lactose products. I miss butter desperately, but I have now found a new substitute in Earth Balance. I have also created this new recipe to substitute for butter.


                                                    Apple Butter
Ingredients:
4 1/2 lbs tart cooking apples (about 14 medium apples)
4 cups apple cider or apple juice
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves


Directions:
Wash, core and quarter apples
In an 8 or 10 qt dutch oven or kettle combine apples and cider or juice
Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 mins or until apples are very tender, stirring occasionally.
Press apples and liquid through a sieve or food mill. Measure 9 1/2 cups mixture. return to the dutch oven, stir in sugar and spices, bring back to a boil, reduce heat.
Cook, uncovered, over very low heat about 1 1/2 hours or until very thick, stirring often to prevent sticking.

Ladle apple butter into hot sterilized pint or 1/2 pint jars, leaving 1/4 head space. 

This creates 112  1 tbsp servings
Nutrition per servings
28 calories
0g total fat (0g saturated fat)
0mg cholesterol
7g carbs
0g fiber
0g protein

Freezer Directions:
Place dutch oven or kettle in a sink filled with ice water to cool apple butter. Spoon cooled mixture into freezer safe containers, leaving 1/2 inch head space for top containers or 3/4 inch head space for narrow top containers.
Seal Label and freeze for up to 10 months. 

                                                            Apple Pie Filling
Ingredients:
12 lbs cooking apples ( granny smith, rome beauty, jonathon, pippin, golden  delicious, winesop, northern spy, ot braeburn apples)
5 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups clear jel
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2  tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
5 cups apple juice
2 1/2 cups cold water
3/4 cups lemon juice
Directions
1) Cut apples into 1/2 inc slices, Place in ascorbic acid solution, drain well measures 33 cups
2) heat 1 gallon water to boiling, add 6 cups apple slices, return to boiling. Boil for 1 minute, using a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a large bowl, cover. Repeat with remaining apples.  Measures 24 cups
3)In dutch oven combine sugar. Clear jel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, Stir in apple juice and the cold water
4) Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.  Add lemon juice; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. pour over apples stirring to coat. 
5) Pour into hot sterilized jars. Remove air bubbles, leave an 1 inch space, wipe rim and seal.
6) Boil for 25 mins or until properly sealed
Makes 6 or 7  qts enough for 6 or 7 pies


Kitchen Tip:  
apple flavors vary, cool a small amount of the filling and taste it before canning.  At this time you can adjust the spices and sugar, however Do Not adjust the amount of lemon juice.
                                                     How to Use the Filing 
Spoon one 1 qt of the filling into pie crust, cover, you can add a dab of butter if you like., cover with top layer and bake. Make sure to cut vent holes in the top layers bake 25-30 mins and serve!!!


recipes derived  from the better homes and gardens "canning and preserves book pg 29, and 72



Enjoy My loves


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Welcome Mrs B's Horde!! Part Deux



I am proud to have you here.

I love Halloween and obviously so do you (or you wouldn't be here).  There are many ways to get around the website, I have an awesome Broomstick guide at the bottom of the page with the links for each post listed there.  I also have on the side a link about me, a bucket lista movie list as well as a book list.

So scroll on down and check out the links for my 31 days of Samhain, where I discuss how I came to the craft, share witchy craft ideas, book reviews, what Samhain means to me, who my Gods are, my trip to Salem, poetry and so much more (of course its not all 31 days yet so come on back and check it out as the month roles along). On Sunday, I will share my Samhain altar and my ritual. set-up.  
Thanks so much for stopping by
Blessed Be & Happy Samhain

There is no more room in


the broom closet

To some of my friends I'm just the weird friend who's really into nature, to some Im pagan, to others I'm a  hedge-witch.  Very few people know the last part. my family kinda knows but pretends I'm reformed (mhahaha too funny). As I have said before the women of my family have the sight, even though they have it they interpret it as a gift from God, and don't actively use it, they just let stuff happen then use the information.
One night my mom dreamt her Grandfather led her into my room (this was way back in high school). From there he showed her all the hiding spots for my wrapped books about the occult.  The next day while i was away my mom went into my room and went to all the places she dreamt about and sure enough she found them all, with this she had my sister help her dig around and seek out everything: fiction books she objected to, history books, witch guide books, tarot cards, my athame, my scrying bowl and mirror.


Everything

They stock piled all my books near the door of my room and waited for me to come home.
On the way home I kept getting this weird funny feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach and delayed going home for a couple of hours by hanging out with my friends even longer than normal.  I still don't know if that was good or bad and when I got home my sister wouldn't look at or talk to me but told me to just go upstairs, my littlest sister showed them to me, I tried to pull as many as I could, but I couldn't save them all the others???
My mom burned!!!
When I think of the money spent on those books I want to cry, my only words to her was to ask her


" How would you feel if I had done this to you? Desecrated your church and burned all your bibles?" 
she never did answer that question.  I can understand why she did it, but it still hurt to know that your family won't accept your faith.  My mom's father was a deacon in his church, her mom the first lady of the church, she grew up in the church and has never doubted or wondered about her faith. To most Jamaicans anything that's not Christianity (and their brand and flavor of it ) is devil worship.  She wouldn't listen to anything I had to say; so i made the decision never to practice as long as i was in her house. i packed away what i had saved and hid everything else at a few friends homes.
Culturally Jamaicans have internalized the slave masters mentality that the religion of the ancestors is devil worship and Obia (Voodoo) is looked down upon.
I never discussed faith with any of my family ever again and to this day, I never mention my faith or beliefs.
This is a pretty harsh story, but its mine. It took a while for me to even speak to my mom again, and even now this still colors everything, i don't share as much as i used to and i certainly never discuss my faith with her.
Its sad to note this but when you have been raised culturally to know that anything else is wrong you cant accept it from even the closest person.  Even if you see that it makes them happy. I don't really blame her, she has her faith and I have mine. Its just unfortunate that her faith teaches that mine is an abomination to hers, and must be eradicated.
My mom's reaction was the most severe my sisters didn't really care other than my next youngest who aided in the "purging" who doesn't believe I am on the right path at all.
We got into a fight over the summer and we discussed it all, she wanted to know why I didn't like her. (I thought I hid it so well) and I told her, she still thinks what she did was right but she didn't agree with the book burning (she's a teacher).  Its ok I have been learning to work through it and let go.
I'm not as hurt as I used to be and I have found I'm not really as angry as I was before, I'm just resigned to way they believe and know that their beliefs will never change,
Neither will mine!!!
How did your family react to your faith dear readers? any tales like mine? Any worse than mine? Please do share


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Wednesday Weigh In

Hello dear readers,

Today is weigh-in day, time to account for what we have doing for the last week, so here we go

New weight: 232
Old weight: 240

I also screwed up the courage to measure the inches so here they go:

thighs: old: 26, new 24 1/2
hips: old: 47in new 46 1/2
waist: old:48, new 45
bust: old: 49, new:47
arms: it's the same 15 in
size 16 pants size 18 fall off now!!!!


OmGoddess Can I tell you how excited I am that this is working? I am so happy to see these numbers, so here is an idea of what my workout was like:


I walked two days with my parents around the local baseball field, 
day 1: 6 laps
day 2 5 laps (it started to rain, so home we went)
I took three days off, because I was hurting in paces I had forgotten I had!!

Then yesterday I walked 5 laps and ran 2, yes ladies and gents I ran the laps, the way i did it was to walk 1/2 the lap then run the other half, I did this for four laps equaling two ran laps, and it felt Gooooood!!!
How are you doing my loves? Have you done your numbers?


Blessed Be
Aisha

Disney Part 2




Here are the last of my trip pictures to Salem. It's a trip anyone who can should attempt to take. here are some pictures of walking around and checking out historic homes:

Here is a view of their garden:


This is from the Boston tea company at the Peabody Museum located here in Salem

I also went to the Salem Witch Musesm which housed a little ritual room after the walk thru, here are some of the altars that are set up here:




















What really surprised me on this trip ist that despite the fact that there are numerous signs asking people not to touch or move the altar items, how many people still picked them up and smelled them O_o
On the outside wall of the museum as your leaving.Are the amazing pictures of the Goddess




















I love these pictures so much when I got home I blew them up and made small posters of them.
There is an awesome Pirate Museum in Salem that I love, they share the stories of how the Jolly Roger came to be the Pirate symbol and talk about all the Pirate who are famous, or is that infamous.

The Cabot Coven  of witches have an amazing pictural on the walls of the store leading inside.here it is:








It was huge so i had to break it up into smaller pictures, sorry for the jumbled look it wouldn't move into place the way i wanted so, there Im done trying.
When I stay in Salem I stay at the beautiful Salem Inn

I hope you enjoyed my view of Salem
Blessed Be
Aisha

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Sometimes I just know....


I dream, sometimes scary nonsensical dreams, but dreams non the less. Sometimes I dream a song, and wake up and turn on the tv and there it is, being played. As a teen I used to wake with a word playing like a refrain in my head, and the word would pop up all the time that day, either it's definition could be applied to a situation or sometimes to the whole day, then of course would be when someone would use it in a sentence to me. Freaky!!

This is all to explain some of my ideas that I get, I will dream a situation and wake up with the words a character said stuck in my head, I will get ideas and thoughts and forget to act on them and then see someone else make a video or blog about it!! (even freakier) sometimes I know exactly what friends are going to say or know who is calling even before the phone rings (useful for those calls you can say you never got LOL).

Many times I have woken up with a poem, a scene from a book or something in my head and I would write it down. Sometimes nature inspires the "knowing". This is a poem I wrote in April of 2006 after I walked in the woods:

                      I am the daughter of the Morrigan ©

I will go above, beyond, and thru all 
obstacles because
I am the daughter of the Morrigan
I am unstoppable, unmovable, undeniable
       I am the daughter of the Morrigan
I an beautiful, & terrible
I come in many guises
I am an unchallenged child
I am a lover of all things
I am Mother to all
I am beloved among many
I am her Priestess
I am tried and true method
I am wisdom unbound
I am ALL this & more
I am wise I am Kind
You see
       I am the daughter of the Morrigan

After I wrote this poem out, that's when I knew who my Patron Goddess was, funny thing is when I went walking in those woods, this wasn't the question whose answer I sought.  But this answer made all the other questions, pale in comparison, and I knew so much because of this one answer.  This is what I meant when I said She sought me, this poem refused to be dulled by time, as I wondered thru the woods, but instead grew stronger as I headed home, and all the words flowed no hesitation, no loss of what was there, it all translated, and I thank Her everyday for it.

Why not share how the season inspires you? Do you have any poems inspired by your Patron Goddess or God?

Brightest blessings
Aisha



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Monday, 25 October 2010

It's Like Disney for....

or Witches!!!


Where else would I be discussing other than Witch City of the World?? Salem Massachusetts. 
The city of 1692 Fame. Now this city is a haven for Wiccans, Witches and many Pagans alike.  The city changed its nickname to Witch City and has on thier official logos, city stamp and police cars the logo of the witch,
Every October there is a big festival which hosts the most amazing rituals and parites for little witches and big witches alike. Street fairs, concerts, public rituals and re-enactment of the Witch Trials are just a few of the many things going on the amazing city. 

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Salem City Center

The first time I ever went to Salem was on a school trip through my catholic college (yes I said Catholic).  I have gone back several times since and the Magic of Salem has never dimmed for me. there are always more new and fun things to do and see. As a history lover this is a city to see. 
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From the Witch Museum, to the harbor where you can be transported back trhough time on one of the many boats. I can just imagine myself back there (Oh wait nope wouldn't want to go there slaverly is just not my thing).  You can get a taste of what it was like to live in Salem and the Witch Village in Essex just a few minutes outside of Salem, here people  are dressed in period pieces and "live" in the village. 
The first thing I went to see when we got to the Salem green was the huge statue sitting in the center of the town, of Roger Conant, founder of Salem. Right behind him is the Salem Witch Museum.
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Next I head over to the Burial Point, where most of the women killed during the trials are buried.  
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Here several stones have been set to commemorate the men and women who suffered during the Salem Trials.

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This is all that's left of the original courthouse, this beam:sits in the museuem over the door as you go down into the prison cells. Be careful not all the exhibits are wax!!
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Downstairs in the "prison"s different scenes from the trials are re-created by the wax figures. Each showing a different scenario including the one instance of crushing, that occurred.
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Here are the other pictures from the wax museum:  Here the trial is starting, 
.Being sent to the jail:

Tituba and the girls:
















Here are the other pictures of the end of the display:


































There are many more pictures from my trip and I will share those another time this week
Laters my loves