Archive | September 24, 2014

Today’s reading


The Hare
Queen of Wands

Hares have been linked to the spring (Eostre = Anglo Saxon hare goddess) and sexuality since Celtic times when it was considered taboo to kill them. Prolific breeders, they also represent fertility and potential. Hares are also famous for the `boxing’ ritual during March.

An empowered and energised person, with the ability to utilise their full potential, as long as they are not tempted to use that power against themselves or others.

Hildegard: A Saint Eight Centuries in the Making

hildegard & volmar

The visionary abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) has long been regarded as a saint, with her feast day of September 17, yet she was only officially canonized in May 2012. Why did it take the Vatican over eight centuries to canonize this great polymath, composer, and theologian?

The first attempt to canonize Hildegard began in 1233, but failed as over fifty years had passed since her death and most of the witnesses and beneficiaries of her reported miracles were deceased. Her theological writings were deemed too dense and difficult for subsequent generations to understand and soon fell into obscurity, as did her music. According to Barbara Newman, Hildegard was remembered mainly as an apocalyptic prophet. But in the age of Enlightenment, prophets and mystics went out of fashion. Hildegard was dismissed as a hysteric. Even the authorship of her own work was disputed as pundits began to suggest her books…

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Bullock’s Popovers

This recipe is from the old Los Angeles dept store Bullock’s that had the best tea rooms back when ladies lunched when they shopped.

6 eggs
2 cups milk
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp of butter or margarine

Beat eggs
Beat in milk until blended
Combine flour and salt mixture to milk and eggs and blend.
Fill 8 well-greased custard cups.
Place on baking sheet and bake at 400° degrees for one hour.

Note: if using new custard cups, season to prevent sticking. Cups should be placed in hot oven 30 minutes. Remove old grease and re-grease cups before using.