Posted by: rosenthorn | July 8, 2011

Timing and The Wheel of the Earth Year.

Timing and The Wheel of the Earth Year.

Many spiritual people, activities, portals and otherworldly manifestations follow various forms of energetic timing.  Timing can be as simple as following the moon phase to as complicated as watching a portal over a lunar or solar year to understand its’ cycles.  There are good times to do healing, to get otherworldly information, for cleansing and  for protecting.  Timing appears to be universal as I’ve seen it used in Neo-Paganism, western ceremonial magic, Chinese Feng Shui, Indian Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine.  The following are summaries of various cycles that we are affected by.  This section has vast possible combinations which are useful in healing, in spiritual defensive and in protective work.   Here is a quick overview of the different ways of using time:
* As needed: on the spot repair work.
* Daily:  if in a very negative environment.
* Weekly:   see daily but work with each moon quarter for appropriate energy.
* Annually:  highly symbolic.
* Each new Solar Tide: works with solar energies, do every Solstice and Equinox.
* Each new Lunar Tide:  intensive psychic/lunar work,  Lunar tides/Fire Holy Days.

General Timing Information.

Western Elemental Tides of the Year.
Resting.   Spirit predominates.  Hallowmas to Winter Solstice.  Time in between.
Cleansing.  Air predominates.  From Yule to Spring Equinox.  Be willing to go with the flow, otherwise it will be very hard as this is the time of cleansing, getting rid of old habits and garbage.   Preparing the ground for the new.
Planting.  Water predominates.  From Spring Equinox to Roodmas.  Time to plant new     ideas, projects, dreams and goals.
Growing.  Fire predominates.  From Roodmas to Lammas Day.  Fire energizes seeds,     plants, drams, goals and growth of all life.
Reaping. Earth predominates.  From Lammas to Hallowmas.  Time to reap what you  have Sown;  for things to manifest on the physical plane.  Then the cycle starts all over  again with Hallowmas.

The Wheel of the Earth Year:    Holy Days.       Hallowmas (Celtic or Lunar New Year):   When the veil between the worlds, realms and dimensions is thinnest; time to honor ancestors and all beings that have  died so we may  live,  grow and evolve;  celebration of the final harvest before winter;  acknowledging of new life forms we created  through technology; some see and use it for evil and attempt to warp the energies, so keep things positive.
Hogmany (the western new years eve) is followed by Hag’s Day (new years day).  Celebrate this to be in tune with your local culture and be with friends.
Winter Solstice (Yule, Solar New Year): based on both the sun entering Capricorn and the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Celebrate the rebirth of the Child of Light and the return of light –  despite the winter, Light is on the rise and spring is coming.
Candlemas (Feast of Waxing Light) (L):  a celebration of Light but not warmth, prepare for planning the gardens and the ground for planting;  first stirrings of plant life in the ground.
Spring Equinox (S): Sun enters Aries, Spring arrives, a perfect balance between  light/male and dark/ female energies but the light is growing;  earth energies are the  greatest, spiritual contacts are broken which makes it hard on magical people.
Roodmas  (May Day)(L):  fertility, sexuality and growth.
Summer Solstice (Midsummer)(S):  Sun enters Cancer; the longest day and shortest night;  celebration of LIGHT  & LIFE in all its aspects!
Lammas (L):  celebration of the first grain harvest and sports.
Fall Equinox (S):  Sun enters Libra;  Celebration of the second grain, the grape and other food harvests, a perfect balance between male/light and female/dark energies but now the dark is growing;  a hard time for occultists, as contacts again are broken off.
“EMBER DAYS”.   These are special days on which we can help protect the purity of the cycle of Nature.  They are the three days before a major Earth Holy Day (a Solstice or an Equinox) in which the energies of nature are vulnerable to negative influences, tainting and distortion.  Some tap into these energy shifts for their own purposes, in a major, negative way.   I believe that Hallowmas and the Dark Moon are similar in that these are important dark energies of the earth cycle, but can be distorted by intention.

The Zodiac.
Capricorn:   December 22-January 20;      Saturn, Earth,    “I use”.
Aquarius:  January 21-February 19;      Uranus, Air ,    “I know”.
Pisces: February  20 – March 20;    Neptune,   Water,    “I believe”.
Aries:  March 21 –  April 20;     Mars,    Fire,    “I am”.
Taurus: April 21 – May 21;    Venus,    Earth,     “I have”.
Gemini: May 22 – June 21;     Mercury,   Air,    “I think”.
Cancer: June 22 – July 23;  Moon,   Water,   “I feel”.
Leo:  July 24 – August 23;   Sun,   Fire,   “I will”.
Virgo:  August 24 – September 23;  Mercury,   Earth,   “I analyze”.
Libra:  September 24 – October 23;  Venus,   Air,   “I balance”.
Scorpio:  October 24 –November 22;   Pluto/Mars,   Water/Fire,  “I create/transform”.
Sagittarius:  November 23 – December 21;   Jupiter, Fire,    “I perceive”.

Lunar Tides.
Dark Moon.  INTENSE; transformational, powerful.
“New”  Moon (first sliver).   Plant magical and other intentions for the month.
Waxing Moon.  Anything that increases and is positive: luck, abundance, fertility, health, good habits, relationships, active psychic work, blessing work.
First Quarter Moon.  Lunar version of the Equinox, time of balance but the Light is growing.
Full Moon. Celebrations, harvest, worship; manifesting healing, success, prosperity, love, happiness, spirituality, family and good times.   Dance in the moonlight!
Waning Moon.  Decreasing or banishing bad habits, misfortune, poor health, poverty, bad  luck, misunderstanding; passive psychic work, cleansing or banishing.
Third Quarter.  Lunar version of the Equinox, time of balance but the darkness is growing.

Weekdays.
Sunday.  Solar Energies, good for blessing, success, masculine and light activities.
Monday.     Lunar energies, good for psychic and feminine activities.
Tuesday.   Martial energies.  Good for legal, military and courageous activities.
Wednesday.   Mercurial energies.  Good for communications.
Thursday.   Jupiterian energies.  Good for finances, benevolence, expansion.
Friday.    Venusian energies.   Relationships, romance, societal matters.
Saturday.    Saturnian   karma, death, limitations, etc.

References for Celebrating the Wheel of the Earth Year.
Lunar: earth/group celebrations   Solar: star/personal evolution celebrations.

Hallowmas (Celtic/Lunar New Year).
Colors: pumpkin oranges, rust and blood reds, scarlets, fiery yellows, blacks, grain golds, ghostly gray and whites.
Customs: bon and bone fires, apple games, pumpkin carving and carrying, fire dancing, honoring ones ancestors, fortune-telling, celebration of final harvest, telling ghost stories, dumb supper, leaving a white candle and milk in the window for lost spirits, dressing in costume to scare spirits away, trading soul cakes, tarot story telling, leaving milk and a white candle in a window for lost spirits.
Element Ruling Season. Earth – Dark Spirit.
Foods: crowdie, lambs wool cider, soul cakes, elderberry sweet, apple and pumpkin based foods, oatcakes, skull candies and cakes.
Offerings:  Ancestor/Turtle Island blend with extra myrrh in it.
Incense:  Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers and herbs; make several handfuls and use in the bonfire recipe.   Incense: myrrh, basil, poppy, rose, elder, cedar, dragon’s blood;   Bonfire: rose, frankincense, myrrh, holly, oak leaves, cedar, a dried apple peeling, poppy, pinch brimstone, optional is to add apple wood and seeds.
Magical Workings: Reincarnation; divination for and rejoicing in, the new lunar year;  honoring ancestors; giving thanks for everything on all lunar levels received in the past year; penetrating the veil/talking with those who’ve passed over; honoring all beings that have died so we may live, grow and evolve; celebration of the final harvest before winter; acknowledge the new life forms we’ve created through technology; some see this Holy Day as evil and seek to warp it’s energies, so keep things positive.     Music: Dukas’ The Sorcerers Apprentice; Moussorgskys’  Night on Bald Mountain or Vangelis Opera Sauvage or Heaven and Hell.
Sangraal Shrine and Candle Circle.  A black or orange altar cloth (unless you can get a nice Halloween tablecloth), four tapers: white, orange, red and black,  others as inspired; four jack-o-lanterns with elemental colored votives inside, or use ceramic or other forms of “pumpkin heads” (candles etc).  Try two skulls for the feminine (place in the west and north) and two jack-o-lanterns for the masculine (east and south).
Symbols: pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, skulls, ghosts, black cats, witches, cauldrons, broomsticks, fire, leaves, nuts, spiders, webs, skeletons, graveyard items, final harvest symbols such as corn stalks and scarecrows.
Ogham Fews:   The Yew, Blackthorn and the Elder.

Winter Solstice (Yule, Solar New Year).   The sun enters Capricorn, the shortest day and longest night of the year.
Colors: snowy white, cardinal red, ever greens, woody browns, solar gold, black.
Customs: celebrating the return of the Sun/Light: a living Yule tree; the Yule Log; decorating with holly, rosemary, pine and mistletoe; bell ringing, caroling, wassailing; baking and gift sharing; joining friends for medieval and renaissance feasts; need fires at dawn to welcome the sun; all night vigils; keeping a piece of the Yule log to light next years log ….  Listen to good music on Public Radio from around the world.
Element Ruling Season. Earth.
Foods:  German stollen, Swedish Glogg, apple cider, wassail, fruit or white cakes.
Offerings:  frankincense, myrrh and yellow corn meal.
Incense: Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers and herbs; make several handfuls.   Incense: bayberry, frankincense, cedar, juniper, mistletoe, myrrh and pine.
Bonfire I: bayberry, cedar, frankincense, holly, myrrh, oak, pine and  wintergreen.
Bonfire II: rose, frankincense, oak, anise, vervain and mistletoe.
Magical Workings: celebrate the rebirth of the SON/SUN and the return of light; despite the winter, Light is on the rise, spring is coming.   Can use this time for Initiations.
Music: Gregorian Chant, medieval or renaissance yuletide carols and Vivaldi’s WINTER.
Shrine and Circle.  Black or dark blue cloth, or white for snow, tapers: white, green, red and black, a black taper, a red taper;   a little bell on the left and an incense burner on the right; a circle of rosemary, holly, ivy and pine cones.
Symbols: Yule trees and logs, evergreens, red solar candles, rings of holly, pine, rosemary, mistletoe, juniper; popcorn/cranberry strings, the robin and the wren.
Ogham Fews:  The Holly, Alder, Honeysuckle and Mistletoe.

Candlemas (L).
Colors: pastel, pale, washed out colors.
Customs: animals giving birth, planning future gardens, candle and hearth re-lighting, celebrating community and the planet, preparing for the new year, a wreathe or crown of candles, “bad weather today means winter is over“, taking stock and inventory of your magical and mundane needs for the year; visiting a natural history or geology museum, use tarot to create a fun future by pulling out cards at random and telling stories, burning a candle from dusk to dawn, noticing the days are a bit longer than before.
Element Ruling Season. Air.
Foods: lambs wool cider, dried fruit and anything made with dried fruit, oatcakes and bannocks, vegetables, milk and dried meat.
Offerings:  oatmeal bannock with dried fruit, a milk posset.
Incense:  I : frankincense, jasmine, oak, rose, benzoin, local herbs and grasses.
II: dragons’ blood, frankincense, jasmine, hyssop, mistletoe,  rose and myrrh.
III : frankincense, jasmine, hyssop, rose, benzoin, a pinch of dragons’ blood.
Bonfire incense: rose, frankincense, oak, anise, vervain and mistletoe.
Magical Workings: celebrate Light but not warmth, prepare the ground (and the future) for planting, first stirrings of plant life in ground, bless all the candles to be used in the following  year, release old partnerships and welcome in acknowledge/welcome new ones, define the focus and desires of the new year, reaffirm being part of GAIA.  A TIME WHEN SPIRIT DESCENDS INTO MATTER.
Music:  Shuberts AVE MARIA or Bill Douglas’ EARTH PRAYER.
Shrine and Circle.  Dedicated to GAIA, nature, all communities and relationships and the increasing power of the light.  White cloth with a large piece of tin foil in the center: has a tight wreathe or ring of small white candles with a larger one in the center.  Sprigs of juniper and pine in the corners, to the left is a small bowl of soil, to the right – rings and other symbols of partnership. Tapers: white, pale yellow, blue and pink.  Circle: dried fruit, lit candle, milk, oatcakes.
Symbols: symbols of partnerships, a bowl of earth, candles, seeds, stuffed baby animals, sheep and lambs, wool, ground hogs.
Ogham Fews: Hawthorn, Willow and the Reed.

Spring Equinox (S).  The Sun enters Aries, Spring arrives; earth energies are the strongest which breaks the spiritual contacts of occultists thus makes this time hard on them.  A “psychic stress time” .
Colors: lavenders, whites, pale greens and pastels.
Customs: bird watching, egg dying and hunting, ESP training for children, a single purple candle burns along with patchouli incense, from dusk to dawn biding farewell to spirits before the veil grows thick and the material realm blossoms with life, spring house cleaning, hot cross buns and honey cakes.
Element Ruling Season. Air.
Foods: light/sweet foods, breads/foods made with anise/cardamom, maple syrup and eggs.
Offerings:  a sweetbread with eggs and honey or maple syrup.
Incense: Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers and herbs; make several handfuls.  Incense: Three parts rose and equal parts of frankincense, oak, anise, vervain and a pinch of mistletoe.  Bonfire incense: rose, frankincense, oak, anise, vervain and  mistletoe.
Magical Workings: assuming a new magical name, a perfect balance of light/male and dark/female energies … planting seeds for future spiritual growth, or magical intention for the year.
Music: Vivaldi’s SPRING,  Beethovens’ PASTORAL SUITE or Rolf Lovlands, SONGS FROM A SECRET GARDEN.
Shrine and Circle. white cloth, tapers: white, lavender, yellow, green (pastels).
Circle: feathers, pastel candle, flowers and colored eggs.
Symbols: colorful eggs, bunnies, chicks, birds,
Ogham Fews:  The Beech, Birch and Silver Pine

Roodmas (L).    Fertility, sexuality and growth.
Colors: bright bold seasonal colors, whites and, bright lush florals.
Customs: trysting, gathering flowers and herbs, merrymaking, dancing around fires and maypoles, feasting, seeking out the faery folk, wearing green, leaving a gift of something sweet for the fairy folk and astral spirits of the vegetation, blessing wells and making a Beltane fire out of the Nine Celtic Sacred woods.
Element Ruling Season. Fire.
Foods:   Seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables, sweets and beverages,
Offerings:   flowers or herbs of the season or floral or herby based “soft” mead.
Incense:  Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers, herbs; make several handfuls.
Incense I: lilac, apple blossoms, and other flowers of the season.
II: jasmine, frankincense, rose, sandalwood, myrrh & dragons blood.
Magical Workings: balancing and celebrating the male-female polarity, growth of a goal or project, celebrating the growing earth, love and lovers
Music: Ravel’s BOLERO, medieval May Day tunes, SUMMER IS A COMIN’ IN.
Shrine and Circle.  White cloth; tapers: white, red, green, yellow with maypole candle in center; flowers, staff, bottle of sparkling juice and early fruit.
Symbols: maypoles, flowers, woven flower rings, chains, wreathes and crowns.
Ogham Fews:  The Ivy, Heather, Ash, and Morning Glory

Midsummer’s Day  Summer Solstice (S). Sun enters Cancer; the longest day and the shortest night;
Colors: white, fiery sun colors and bright natural colors.
Customs: need fires, seeking the faery folk on this evening, fun and frolic, picking sacred herbs, jumping between Oakwood fires for luck, overnight vigil with a ritual at dawn and at noon, circle reading and relighting hearth fires from the bonfire for luck.
Element Ruling Season. Fire.
Foods: light breads, fresh cheese and new vegetables.
Offerings:  zucchini,,  vegetable or solar breads with saffron.
Incense  Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers and herbs; make several handfuls.    Incense: mistletoe, oak, St. Johns Wort, frankincense, copal and rose.
Bonfire incense: oak, basil, frankincense, lemon peel, chamomile, mistletoe, rose, copal, carnation, juniper, rosemary and St. Johns Wort.
Magical Workings: celebration of LIGHT in all its aspects!  Any masculine/solar working.  Initiations.
Music: A SEA NAMED SOLARIS, Vivaldi’s SUMMER.
Shrine and Circle.  Yellow cloth,  tapers: red and white tapers with a yellow one in the center,  inside is a smaller ring of green ones; basket of flowers, an oak stick, bottle of solar herb tea, the offering bread.
Symbols: Oak leaves, St. Johns Wort, woodland sprites, faery rings, sun symbols, fire, the wren and the fey folk.
Ogham Fews: The Oak, St. Johns Wort, Mistletoe and the Sacred Grove.

Lammas (L).
Colors: grain golds, bread browns and  vegetation greens.
Customs: Olympic-like games and competitions, sports and martial arts.  Any grain product – baked or otherwise, trial or temporary marriages, gathering herbs, sand candles, replacing rugs in the home and gathering seeds for next year’s crops.
Element Ruling Season. Water.
Foods: early fruits and vegetables, grain products, fish and poultry.
Offerings:  Multigrain bread with herbs in it and barley water.
Incense:  Dry local flowers such as sunflower, marigolds, add seasonal grain flour, oak, myrrh and pine, a pinch of dragons blood.   Bonfire incense: oak and other tree leaves, hops, sage, juniper, pine and myrrh.
Magical Workings:   A celebration of first and the grain harvest, sports, honoring your elders, psychic connections, playfulness, reaping what you sow and rejoicing.
Music:  Chariots of Fire or Gwydions’  Lammas Day.
Shrine and Circle.  Grain gold cloth;  tapers: yellow, brown, red and green; a “John Barleycorn” in the center surrounded by yellow and brown votives; a bowl of grains and seeds, ear of corn on the cob, special juice and loaf bread.
Symbols: baskets of grains, corn and other products and martial arts weapons.
Ogham Fews:  The Vine, Barberry, Hazel, White Poplar.

Fall Equinox.  The PAGAN THANKSGIVING(S).  Sun enters Libra;  another hard time for occultist, as contacts again are broken off.
Colors: Pumpkin oranges, fruit reds, grape purples, grain golds, leaf browns and vegetation greens.
Customs: Harvests, brewing and wine-making, canning etc.; blessing stone circles and henges, giving thanks for all the bounty and blessing of the past season.  A thanksgiving feast.   Outdoor grain mandalas for the birds, and other animals.
Element Ruling Season. Water
Foods: crowdie, lambs wool cider, soul cakes, apple & pumpkin based foods, oatcakes, hazelnuts, sassafras tea or  root beer, cornbread and other nut based foods, general thanksgiving feast.
Offerings:  multigrain mandala made outdoors and left for nature to use
Incense  Base: local dried leaves, grasses, flowers, herbs; make several handfuls.   Incense: seasonal flowers, leaves, sassafras, patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, tobacco.
Magical Workings: Celebration of the second grain, the grape and other food harvests, perfect balance between male/light and female/dark but the dark Is growing; balancing opposing forces, welcoming back spirits of nature as the inner realms grow stronger and the outer realms go to sleep.
Music: Vivaldi’s AUTUMN, Beethoven’s ODE TO JOY.
Shrine and Circle.  Harvest colored cloth; tapers: purple, red, yellow and orange, purple one in the center; E: nuts, S: grapes, W: bottle of juice and N: bowl of nuts.
Symbols: cornucopia, harvest items, nuts, grains, corn, grapes and leaves.
Ogham Fews:  The Black Walnut, Apple and The Ocean

Recipes for Celebrating the Wheel of the Earth Year.

Hallowmas (Celtic/Lunar New Year).
CROWDIE.   To applesauce add whipped cream.  You can use the special spice blend here.  Chill.  Mix the charms in at the last minute and serve a generous portion for each person. Items for divination include: butter rum lifesavers for rings and marriage, cashews for a bit of joyful nuttiness in life, Hershey’s hugs and kisses for emotional support when things get bad, candy coins for money and jelly beans for food.
ELDERBERRY SWEET.  Take 1 pint of Elderberry juice and add 1/4c honey, spice if desired.  Boil, then simmer 5 minutes.  Thicken with 1/4c. rice flour or cornstarch.  Place in serving cups and chill.  Add crowdie sans charms on the top before serving.
LAMBS WOOL CIDER.   Boil in some spiced cider, the following:  12 peeled and cored small apples until they fall apart.  Place on top of a gallon of cider in a punch bowl and add whipped cream.
PUMPKIN CHILI.   Cook up buffalo and drain any fat.  Place in crock pot.  Add onion, 1 can red kidney beans, 1.5 cans tomato, 1T honey, 1c. raw pumpkin chunks, 1/2c. mushrooms, 1T chili powder, 1 bay leaf, 1/8t red pepper, and 1T rosewater.  Slow cook 2-3 hours.
PUMPKIN COOKIES.  Mix spice blend with 2c. Flour, 1t baking soda.  Aside: presoak raisins in some milk.  Cream together 1/2c ghee, 1/3c rice syrup, 1/4c molasses, & 1 c cooked pumpkin, vanilla if desired.   Now add the flour mix, add more if needed.  Add raisins too.  Drop by the spoonful on to an un-greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes at 375.  Work in oatbran or oatmeal and grated orange peel if you like.
PUMPKIN SOUP.   To pumpkin puree, add Braggs Liquid Aminos, ginger and miso to taste and some cooked pumpkin chunks.
SPECIAL Hallowmas SPICE BLEND.   Combine 2-3 inch cinnamon sticks, 1t. Crushed myrrh tears, 3/4t each: clove buds and allspice berries, 1/2t each: cardamom, mace & black pepper;  1/4t each anise and ginger.
SPECIAL SPICED CIDER. Simmer teabag of above for 15 minutes in cider.  Add honey or honey/molasses blend to taste and serve warm.

Winter Solstice (Yule, Solar New Year).
SPICED APPLE CIDER.  (Shire of Shadowdale.)  Simmer in 1 gallon apple cider, the following: an orange studded with some cloves, a few cinnamon sticks, several slices of ginger root and the juice of a lemon.  Once done add ¼c honey/molasses blend if want a richer taste.
CRANBERRY RELISH.  Grind clean cranberries with peeled oranges and a lemon.  Then add pineapple and if you wish some walnuts and honey until tastes “just right”.
GLOGG.   Seasonally available from IKEA stores.  It tastes like grape juice with a bit of lemon, cinnamon and clove.  It can be drunk as is or added to juice or cider.
MARCHPANE.  Almond “sugar” cookies in seasonal colors, shapes and flavors.

Candlemas.
BARLEY FRUIT SOUP.  Simmer broth, 1c. barley, 1 sliced tart apple, 1/4c. dried diced apricots, a slice or two of fresh ginger and a scant 1/3t. ginger for 20 minutes.  At the last minute add 1c peas and as many sliced mushrooms as you wish.  (Meat is optional).  Add co-jack cheese when you serve with homemade bread on the side.
“BUTTERED” BARLEY  Cook barley in broth, then add ghee and Liquid Aminos.
DRIED FRUIT SCONES.     Preheat oven to 350F.   Soak dried fruit in juice with some ginger.  Dredge the fruit with flour mix later on;  save juice and fruit.  Mix 2c light weight flours, 1/2t baking powder, 1.5t baking soda and a few spices (just a smidgeon of myrrh).  Heat 1c & 2T fruit juice fluid and 3T ghee.  Cool until lukewarm, add 1/3c dried milk.  Then mix in the fruit and finally the flour mix.  Place in a greased, wax paper lined round cake pan and partially cut into 4-6 wedges.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and cool.  Serve with herbed or spiced ghee.
DRIED MEAT STEW.   Soak dried meat until it softens, removing the excess flavoring and salt.  Add to a blend of winter vegetables as part of a stew.
HERBED or SPICED GHEE.     Add honey and sweet spices/extracts for sweet; add fried garlic and herbs etc if you want more substantial “butters”.
HODGILS.   To a handful of oatmeal/bran, add salt, pepper and chives.  Mix with a bit of sunflower oil and broth.  Drop dumplings in soup broth and cook 20 minutes.
LAMBS WOOL.     See Hallowmas.
MJEDDRAH.    Cook 1c lentils with a bay leaf and broth.  Drain and use the broth for the rice.  Sauté in mustard oil, mustard and cumin seeds; then add garlic, onion, red and black pepper.  Now add 1c basmati rice and the lentil broth.  Simmer until rice is done.  Add stock as needed.  At the last minute add the lentils.
MILK CUSTARD PUDDING.   Blend 2c milk with 1/4c cornstarch.  Carefully bring to boil, then reduce heat and stir a bit.    Beat 2 eggs and 1/8t salt.  Add a little of the warm milk and beat.  Continually add more until all is added.  Cook over low heat, stirring continually until thick.  DO NOT BOIL!    Serve either warm or chilled.  Top with maple sugar if you wish.  Add spices if desired.
OATMEAL BANNOCKS.   These can be sweet, plain or herby.  (Sweet follows.)     Soak 1/2c raisins in 1/2c warm water and set aside.  Sift together 1 1/8c flour, 1c oatmeal or oatbran, 1/8t powdered milk, 1/8c soy powder, 1/2T baking powder and a blend of cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger.   Proof 1T yeast, 1/6c honey, a pinch ginger in ½c warm water.   Mix the raisins, yeast and 3/4c flour.  Beat well.  Add the rest of the flour.  You should have an elastic kneadable dough.  Let raise, then beat down.  Knead again and place in a greased, wax paper lined round cake pan.  Let raise, grease surface. And partially cut into 8-10 wedges.   Bake for 30-45 minutes.  Remove and cool.  Serve with herbed or spiced ghee.
A POSSETT.  Mix milk with saffron, ginger, cardamom, rosewater and honey
SNOW CREAM.  Blend together milk, vanilla and honey or various fruit juices and add to fresh, clean snow from outside.   Serve and enjoy!

Spring Equinox (S).
CHICKPEA SOUP.  Soak 1/2c each chickpeas and lima beans. Simmer in broth with black pepper and marjoram.  When the beans are half cooked, add 1c pearled barley or rice.  At the last minute add honey and milk.  Thicken if desired.
GREEN DUMPLINGS.   Clean spring greens and chop or blend them.  Sift black pepper, a pinch salt, 1t baking powder and 1c. flour.  Work in 2-4 oz ghee or sunflower oil and then add the greens.  Form 1” balls and boil in a broth or bake.
HAAK.   Sauté in mustard or roasted sesame oil: garlic, black pepper, paprika and onion.  Aside, lightly steam collards or other greens.  Then fry in the oil.
“SOFT MEAD”.     Boil 1 quart water, 1c flavored honey, 1 slice each of orange, lemon and lime; 1/2t allspice, 1/4t nutmeg and ginger.  Scrape off the scum until there is no more arising.  Add the juice of ½ lemon.  Strain and cool.

Roodmas (L).
CANDIED WILDFLOWERS.   Whip up 1 egg and 1t water.  Have a bowl of finely powdered evaporated cane juice handy.   Prepare the violets and roses.  (Clip the white bit from the rose and the stems of the violets).  Dip into the egg and then into the cane juice powder.  Cover both sides and place on a paper towel to dry.   (Make sure these have not been sprayed with any kind of chemical!)
HERB BREAD.   Sauté the following in 2T olive oil: garlic, parsley, oregano, thyme, and basil.  Add to bread dough before the final rising.
MINTY FRUIT PUNCH.   Make a blend of grape, apple, cherry, lemon, lime, pineapple and berry to make a punch.  Aside make a tea of 1t spearmint and peppermint in 1c water.  Add to punch.  Serve cool or chilled.  You can use ice cubes that have fresh mint or borage frozen in them.
ROSE PUDDING.    Prepare 1c. organic, rose petals with the white parts removed.  Place in boiling water and boil 5 min.  Remove and dry on paper towels.  Sift together 2T cornstarch, 1/4t cinnamon, 1/8t clove and allspice.  Add 1/2c milk.  Blend with the roses and 4T honey.  Add 1/4t almond extract and 1.25 c milk.  Stir for about 5 minutes until it is thick.  Beat 1 egg.  Add a little of the warm milk and beat.  Continually add more until all is added to the egg.  Cook over very low heat, stirring continually until thick.  DO NOT BOIL!  Pour into a bowl and add pine nuts.
SALMON SOUP.   Make a soup of carrots, potatoes, peas, garlic, onions and salmon; thicken with mashed potatoes and bread crumbs.
SPINACH BALLS. (Shire of Deodar).   Take a pound of cooked, cool spinach and mix it with a can of mushroom soup.   Aside, beat an egg and add to the spinach mix.  Mix together: 1/2c bread crumbs, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary marjoram, sage and thyme.   Mix with the spinach.   Add enough crumbs to make solid balls.  Place on a greased baking sheet at 350 and bake until golden.

Midsummer’s Day  (Summer Solstice (S)).
BRAIDED ROSE, ALMOND & SPICE BREAD.    Proof 1c vanilla soymilk, 1/4c water, 1/4c honey, 1/4t ginger and 1T yeast.   Sift together:  3c flour, 1/4c ground almonds, 1/4t each: cinnamon, allspice and clove and 1/8t mace.   Mix together: 1 egg, 1/4c sunflower oil,  2T rosewater, 1/8t almond extract.  Add the yeast mix to this.  Next add the flour mix, using more flour if needed.  Let raise until doubled.  Form a three braid loaf.  Raise again.  Bake 350F for 35-45 minutes.    A SOLAR VARIATION:  Use orange juice, allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and saffron.
GREEN BEANS/ALMONDS.  Fry almonds in ghee.  Cook beans, then add almonds.
FROZEN ICE.   Use honeyed fruit juices with fruit chunks and spices.
FRUIT SALAD EXTRAVAGANZA.  Combine mulberries, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, melon balls, bananas, peach-apple-pear slices, and pineapple.  Mix with a dressing of vanilla yogurt with mint and ginger, or pineapple juice with ginger, mint and allspice.
GRILLED MUSHROOMS. Fry mushrooms in ghee with rosemary, sage, garlic and marjoram.   Sprinkle with black pepper.
OATMEAL SOUP.   Fry carrots, onions and garlic in ghee.  Add oatmeal.  Fry briefly.  Add broth and boil.   Simmer.   Near the end, add peas, parsley, salt, pepper.  Once cooked completely, add milk.
SOLSTICE SPECIAL.  Brew a tea from mint leaves, cinnamon, mace rinds, cloves and cardamom.  Freeze borage and mint leaves in apple juice as ice cubes.  Make a punch of orange, lemon and pineapple juices.  Add the tea.  Chill.  At the last minute add lime sparkling water.  Pour the beverage over the fruit juice cubes.
SORBET.    Blend 4c fruit juice, 3T honey, 2c fresh or frozen fruit, 2T orange rind.  Freeze 2-3 hours.    Re-blend.  Freeze 30 minutes.  Place in individual serving containers.
SPINACH BALLS.   See Roodmas.

Lammas (L).
FRUITED MULTI-GRAINED BANNOCKS.   Emphasize barley and early fall fruits in the oatmeal bannock recipe.
BARLEY WATER.   Cook 1 c. hulled barley in water.  Use the barley in a soup.  To the water add the following:  milk, honey and spices.  (i.e. cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger and allspice).  You can also add cocoa.
BEET TART.   Make a barley pie crust and bake it.  Clean, peel and finely dice beets enough beets to fill the shells 2/3‘s full.  Cook with herbs until mostly done.  Drain.  Now shred 1lb co-jack and mozzarella cheeses.   Place both beets and most of the cheese in a large bowl.  Mix well.   Place all in the pie shell.   Cover with the rest of the cheese and then with tin foil.  Poke holes in the foil.   Bake 15-30 minutes until the beets are done and the cheese is melted.  Let cool until solid enough to serve.
EARLY HARVEST BROTH.     Make a soup using broth, squash, greens, beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower and other vegetables.
FRESH FRUIT SCONES.   Substitute fresh for the dried fruit in the Spring Equinox recipe.
STOVIES.   Simmer potatoes in sautéed garlic and herbs until soft.  Add ghee and black pepper.  Serve.

Fall Equinox (S).
ALMOND APPLE PUDDING.    Sift together 1/4c rice flour or cornstarch, 1/4c ground almonds, 1/3c powdered milk and spices (1/4t cinnamon, 1/8T each clove, ginger and cardamom.).  Prepare 1lb. cooking apples by cleaning, peeling, coring and dicing them.   Heat 2c water and add flour mixture.  Add a pinch of saffron.  Add apples next.  Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce.  Cook 5 minutes until very thick.  Pour into a serving dish and serve either warm or chilled.
COBAGES.  Simmer 1 head shredded cabbage in broth seasoned with basil and black pepper.  At the end, add 1c peas, fresh mushrooms and 1/2c slivered almonds.
CRÈME DuBARRY.  Steam ½ lb cauliflower and potatoes.  Set aside.  Separate each into 2 portions.  Combine one of each and blend together with spices of choice.   Use the soup as a sauce over the rest of the veggies.
PEARS IN CONFECTION.   Boil 3 firm, peeled and cored pears in 1c water seasoned with 1/4t red sandalwood.   Simmer until soft but still firm (about 15 minutes).   Aside, combine 1.5c red/concord grape juice or apple cider with spices of choice and 1T honey.  Boil then simmer until syrup-like.  Pour the syrup over the pears and serve warm or chilled.
PEARS IN CAROB CREAM.  Cut 3 firm baking pears lengthwise and core them.  Coat with lemon or lime juice.  Mix 1/2T carob with 1/2T coca powders.  Add this plus 1T honey to whipping cream.  Beat until the mixture peaks.  Spoon into each pear half and chill ½ hour before serving.
POTATO SCONES.    Add enough flour and butter to ½ lb mashed potatoes to make a dough.  Roll thin and cut into a circle.  Prick with a fork all over.  Bake on a hot skillet, turn over once.  Eat hot or cold.

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