The Bird Goddess is one of the most ancient goddesses, both a living-giving creator and goddess of death and regeneration. The Valkyrie, a northern European goddess, is a representation of this goddess as death wielder, The bird guise of the Valkyrie is that of a raven, long associated with death and magic. The name Valkyrie means “chooser of the slain”; the face and form of the Valkyrie are the last thing a person sees before death, Valkyries are the psychopomps who lead the soul to the afterworld. For ancient people death was part of a cyclical process leading again to rebirth; black was a positive color, a symbol of fertility and abundance, The Valkyrie represents that part of us that is unafraid of dark places; she can lead into and through them. She reminds us that seeds germinate in the darkness, that sometimes we need darkness in order to grow.
1 cup/128 grams shortening or 1/2 cup/113 grams shortening and 1/2 cup/113 grams of butter
1/3 cup/43 grams sugar
2/3 cup/86 grams ground blanched almonds
1 2/3/ 214 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon salt/1.25 ml salt
1 cup/128 grams confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon/5 ml cinnamon
Mix together shortening, sugar, and almonds. Soft together flour, salt, and then stir into almond mixture until a soft dough forms. Chill dough for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Break off pieces of chilled dough and roll pencil thin. Cut rolled dough in 2 1/2/6.5 cm lengths and form each into a verdant shape with your fingers. Bake in an increased cookie sheet until set, but not brown, about 14-16 minutes. Mix together confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Cool cookies on pan, and while they are slightly warm dip each in cinnamon mixture. Makes approximately five dozen crescent Moons. For vegan guests, use a natural sugar substitute in place of refined sugar.
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Feng shui is an ancient art and science that was formalized over 3,000 years ago in China. In literal translation feng means “wind” and shui means “water.” In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune. Conversely, bad feng shui means bad luck or misfortune.
Some elements of Feng shui practice date back at least 6,000 years, and it contains elements of various branches of scholarly study, including physics, philosophy, astronomy, and astrology. It is related closely to closely to the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.
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