Harvest Sabbat Soup

I was reading this blog (Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth) and misread it initially as Harvest Sabbat Soup!  Then I got to thinking that it would be a good soup to take to any Harvest rituals you are attending.  I liked the idea that the recipe has been handed down from her great-grandmother and that brings in the Ancestor connection as well.  Enjoy! Here is her recipe:

Harvest Soup

“To begin, you will need to soak 2 cups of butter beans (or your favorite white bean) in a generous amount of water the night before. The next day, drain the beans and add them to a * 16 quart stock pot (stainless steel is preferred because of the acidity in the tomatoes we will be using). Fill the pot ¾ of the way full with water, add a few generous tablespoons of salt and let them gently boil for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until beans are completely cooked and soft.

* Since this is grandmother’s recipe, a large stock pot is required (though you could always cut the recipe in half to accommodate a smaller pot).

While the bean broth is simmering, take about 6 very large or 8 regular size (peeled) potatoes and cook them separately in a pot. I usually fill up my 4 quart stock pot with potato chunks and that amount works wonderful each time. Once the potatoes are soft, turn off the stove and mash them with the water into a thick potato water (see picture to the right). When this is done, add this potato water to your large bean broth pot. Bring the large stock pot back to a boil and add the following vegetables.

Now remember, this is very flexible. What I have found that also works is to replace like-colored vegetables to accommodate what you have on hand (you can also call this the “clean out your crisper” soup):

~ 1 large cabbage, chopped, I use the food processor attachment to do this {or approx. 16 loose cups of chopped swiss chard or a blend of chopped swiss chard, cabbage and spinach} You could also add in a few cups of sauerkraut for a different dimension of flavor.

~ 4 large carrots, grated {approx. 4 cups and I wouldn’t substitute the carrots as their sweetness plays an important role in the soup}

~ 1 very large or 2 small bell peppers, chopped {approx. 1 cup} {or a few peeled, shredded beets, or zucchini, yes anything really!}

~ 1 small bunch of broccoli, chopped fine (or 1 small bag of shredded broccoli stumps or a few cups of diced squash or 1 bunch of chopped spinach, or a few cups of diced green beans}

~ 1 bunch of green onions, chopped {or garlic chives, or a few tbsp. of dried chives}

~ 1 sweet onion, chopped

~ 3 stalks celery, chopped (or a few cups of shredded zucchini works as it seems we never have celery or a bunch of chopped spinach, or diced green beans}

~ Optional ~ 1 large rutabaga, chopped

If you don’t have something, just leave it out and add your abundant vegetable in its place to get the desired consistency. It comes out tasty every time as long as the bean and potato base is prepared along with the tomato sauce (which is added below).

Once the vegetables are added to the pot, bring it all back to a boil while adding the rest of these ingredients:

~ 2-3 bay leaves {you will remove these in the end when you serve the soup}
~ lots of fresh dill, to taste {or about 1 – 2 tbsp. if dry}
~ 1 quart of home canned tomatoes {or store-bough tomato sauce or tomato puree}
~ 1 small can tomato paste {or add in additional tomato sauce, this is flexible}
~ 1 cube of butter {highly recommended}
~ sprinkle of Braggs seasoning mix {or Mrs. Dash original flavor or your favorite herbal mix}
~ seasoned salt and salt {to taste}
Let this all cook together for about 1/2 hour. Then taste it to see what it needs. Usually it needs more salt, sometimes more dill, sometimes more spices. You can add your own variations. When the vegetables are tender and the flavor is good, then it is ready to enjoy {or freeze for the future in family sized portions}! I noticed that it tastes even better the next day once the flavors have blended together.Homemaking Hint: Stir the soup as you serve it and dip your ladle into the bottom in order to get the right ratio. If this isn’t done properly, you will be left with beans at the bottom of your pot and none in your bowls.”

© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways

Flashback – Beltane 2001

“Beltane honors the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess, whos union will produce the harvets to come. It also celebrates the start of summer in full bloom. For this ritual, gather or purchase wildflowers. With raffia, twine, or string, tie flowers together in long garlands; ten feet in length or longer is perfect. These don’t have to look professionally crafted. They only need to hold together for the purpose of your ritual. When you have completed the garlands, go out to a park or wooded area. Touch the land and its plants and trees with your hands, allowing yourself to connectwith the pulsing lifeforce of the area. Look around for items that are either feminine or masculine in their energy and begin linking them together with the flowery garlands to honor the union of the divine male and female energies. For example, you can link stones to oak trees, riverbanks to abandoned fire pits, or flowering plants to spikey ones.”

Copyright 2001 Edian McCoy LLewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001e

Samhain – Flashback 200

“Samhain/Halloween

At this time of year, the Sun is in Scorpio, a sign often associated with death, finality, and endings. Every ending leads to rebirth the process that leads back Pluto, ruler of Scorpio. Although he’s known as the God of the Underworld. Pluto also represents regeneration, transformation, and reincarnation. He asks us to celebrate death instead of fearing it, to understand that death is only the step before birth, and to trust in the immortality of the life-force. Pay homage to this dark God by honoring the spirits of those who have crossed over during the year. They have completed an evolutionary lesson and are now preparing for their journey back to the world of the living, refreshed and renewed. The candles we place in our windows help to guide them home, and burying an apple, at the foot of a tree gives them nourishment for this next leg of their journey. On this sacred evening when the veils between worlds are at their thinnest, celebrate the “graduation” of the souls who have left us. Rejoice in their lives, instead of mourning their deaths.”

Copyright 2000 Kim Rogers-Gallagher Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 200 Page 121

Beltane – Flashback 2000

“When the Sun travels through Taurus, Spring has reached its fertile peak. Trees are lush and green, flowers bloom, and birds wrestle meals for their youngsters from the moist ground. The air smells fresh, clean and “green.” This is the time of year for all of us to take a moment to appreciate the gifts of the Earth-Mother, both for this richness of her bounty and the home she provides. As the most pleasure-loving sign of all, Taurus is expert at enjoying all those wonderful experiences that make life inside the human body so delightful. This sign loves to indulge in good food, listen to sweet strains of music, and sit in awed silence as yet anothe sunset slowly fills the sky with color. The ancients danced their fertility rites on this day, taking pleasure in the sensual, fruitful touch of each other’s bodies, another delight the union of the Goddess and God provides. Whether you dance around a Maypole or  simply partake of a divine feast with friends at this magical time, be sure to revel in your body, the divine instrument that allows you to sample the wonders of our planet.”

Copyright 2000 Kim Rogers-Gallagher Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 200 Page 69

A Thought for Today

When trying to talk with ancestors or friends that have crossed the veil into the Spirit Plain/Summerlands do not expect to hear the voice they spoke with when amongst the living. Ask a question and do not try to force an answer but when a stay thought pops into your head it maybe right away or may take a while that is you ancestor or friend talking to you.

I have been getting many messages from my mom, they are short and to the point. While messages from my dad tend to ramble on a bit. My other ancestors and friends communicate in my mind in as many different ways as they communicated with me when living.

I was gifted with being able to see, smell and hear those who have crossed no matter whether I knew them in this life or not. This gift can be wonderful when helping to give someone peace but it can be a curse if I do not keep wards up to keep from hearing them constantly awake or asleep. Please do not flood me with requests to talk to those in the spirit world for you.

Copyright 2015 Lady Beltane

Candles for the Ancestors

Candles for the Ancestors

I am the Acting Chief Druid for the White Oak Exploratory Group.  We follow the AODA (Ancient Order of Druids in America).  An Exploratory Group means that none of our members are far enough along in their studies to petition the Grand Grove for a charter for a study group.

We use the Opening and Closing that is done by the AODA and can be found at this link:  http://aoda.org/Study_Groups_Groves.html  We wrote this ritual for Samhuinn because we chose to celebrate the eight Sabbats.

Grove Set Up

Altar

table

cloth

cauldron w/sand and censer

dish of incense

charcoal and tongs

cauldron w/votive candle

lighter and passflame

cauldron w/water

cauldron w/salt or earth

Chief Druid

staff and board

reading stand

 

Telluric Holy Days

Hirlas  (drinking horn or cup):

·        Samhuinn: apple cider (NW)

seasonal symbol:

·        Samhuinn: evergreens

Druid of Air

sword in sheath

Pendragon

sickle

mistletoe or other plant

Individuals

white robe

cord belt

Samhuinn – Candles for the Ancestors

Those that wish to may anoint themselves with Samhain Oil.  We also have a small votive candle for each person sitting on the altar that they may light for an Ancestor.

Chief

*

Welcome to our Samhuinn ritual, in which we will welcome and honor our ancestors, those who have gone before us and made us who we are. After a period of meditation, each of us, beginning with the Herald, will go to the altar and light a candle for our personal ancestors, whether of blood, or mind, or heart.

All

Period of quiet meditation. 

For those who practice color breathing, the color for Samhuinn is violet (purple).

Herald

With this candle, we illuminate the grove as a beacon to those who have passed who we love and cherish.

All

Each person in turn goes to the altar and lights a candle.

Almoner

Goes to the altar and raises the hirlas so that everyone can see it.

The hirlas is the horn of plenty, which we share in honor of the Earth, the Holy Kindreds, and in celebration of community.  From the Earth, her never failing promise; from the Holy Kindreds, the gifts of will and grace; from the community, fellowship.  I receive these gifts with thanks, and from all that is given, I give in turn.

All

The Almoner drinks from the hirlas, then passes it to the next person.  When it returns to the Almoner, s/he replaces it on the altar.

Pendragon

In this season of growing darkness, let us meditate on all that we have shared this day.

All

Period of quiet meditation.

Chief

We thank those who’ve gone before us and continue to guide us in our lives and spiritual growth. Please abide with us tonight as we feast in your honor.

We then sat around a table and shared a meal…a Dumb Supper in which no one spoke until dessert.

Beltane – Day 16

Beltane Magic [Part 5]

5.  Graveyard Dirt in Magical Workings

Mention graveyard dirt in a magical context, and chances are good you’ll get a lot of strange looks or questions. After all, it sounds a bit creepy, right? Who in their right mind goes around scooping up soil out of cemeteries? Well, believe it or not, a lot of people. The use of graveyard dirt isn’t all that odd in many magical traditions. Let’s take a look at some of the ways it can be used. More »

By Patti Wigington