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Mon, Sep. 26th, 2005, 11:45 am
baalitlaura: Samhain

Ladies - just wondering if any of you are planning special rituals or gatherings for Samhain. I am going to have a gathering this year with my friends, most of whom are non-pagan, but very open-minded. I thought we could start a dialogue about how open we are with our spirituality, possibly share some great harvest recipes and ritual ideas that are very inclusive. How do you all decorate your homes for this time of year (if you are into decorating)? I'd really like to know what Goddesses you all identify with at this time of year. I always think of Kali this time of year because of her destructive nature and winter's arrival.

~Baalitlaura

Mon, Sep. 26th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
venus_paradox

I associate this time of year with the Morrigan, the three dark Celtic goddesses. I'm really excited because this Samhain is going to be the first I'll really celebrate with my mother. We've both grown so much in our spirituality this year. Also, we have about six pumpkins growing that should be ripe, so Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkin bread, pumpkin stews, and general gord madness should ensue.

I've recognized the three days when the Veil is thinnest each year since I was a child. It's a good time to commune with ancestors, make amends in the spiritual plane, and go "traveling" through the astral and dream world. Blessings to you and yours, living and otherwise!

~Delphi

Wed, Sep. 28th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
that1girl

I think every year I ask this, but please explain Samhain to me....?

Wed, Sep. 28th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
baalitlaura: Samhain

Samhain (pronounced "Sow-en") is one of eight Pagan High Holidays. Many pagans feel that Samhain is equivilant how Christians feel about Christmas. It was orginally the holiday used to remember our ancestors that we lost (either that past year or longer). It is also a time of year when the veil between our world and the spirit world is the thinest, so it's a good time for divination, tarot readings, and attempting to contact spirits. Samhain has been "christianized" into Halloween or All Saint's/Souls Day, but as with most Christian holidays, the traditions are similar. People can dress up, often in scary costumes, like ghosts or skeletons; this connects to the Hispanic tradition of "La Dia de los Muertos" - The Day of the Day. Bobbing for apples, having parties, even setting a place at the dinner table for your great-grandma, welcoming her spirit to your meal, is a great way to celebrate Samhain. I think for me, Samhain is different from Halloween (what I celebrated growing up) in that it is more spiritual, and Halloween is secular. Halloween is about candy and dressing up, where Samhain is about reflection, letting go, the end of the Harvest, begining of winter and remembering the lessons of our loved ones who've passed on.

Sun, Oct. 9th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
that1girl

I found a really neat baked apples/butternut squash recipe, and I think I'm going to try it today...I'll let you know how it is.
It's pretty much the average sweet/spicy thing that people do....I'll probably use maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne, honey, and allspice or nutmeg on the chopped squash and apples, bake @ 350 for .... 40 minutes...? I'm kind of an intuitive chef instead of following a particular recipe.
Anyway, I thought that sounded really good.

Do you have any vegetarian recipes?

Mon, Oct. 10th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
baalitlaura: recipes

i cook intuitively sometimes too. like with tofu. I just decided not to be afraid of it and just try cooking with it. for me it's a weekly staple to cook some kind of stir-fry/pasta/rice dish with tofu. you can use olive oil, a little garlic, some onion, and cook that until the tofu gets nice and crispy on the outside (if you like it that way - you can also just steam it in a pan with some water). Then I might throw in some pine nuts, chopped tomatoes and basil. Put it on some angel hair (with a little more butter/oil) and yummy!

Another good recipe I make that my husband loves is the broccoli cheesy rice bake. just cook up 1 cup of rice (which will be 3 cups cook rice) and then in another pan cook 1 large onion in some butter/oil/margarine/veg-spread. After the onions are clear looking, add a can of cream of mushroom soup, and a package of velveeta cheese (16oz cut into cubes -easier). Meanwhile, cut up about 2 cups of broccoli and put that in a glass rectangular baking dish with the rice. After the cheese is melted and mixed in the pan (I use a non-stick frying pan) then pour it over the rice and broccoli and mix it up. You can add some soft bread crumbs to the top, or not. Cook it around 350 for about 30 minutes, until it's brown on the top. I got that recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook, if you can believe it! It's a nice casserole that most non-vegetarians would eat too.