Our family’s favourite Samhain cookie

Owl Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter ( 1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
chocolate chips, about 3 to 4 dozen (or use other candies for eyes)
cashews, about 3 to 4 dozen
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla, beating until smooth and creamy.

Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Remove about 2/3 of the cookie dough to a floured surface. To the remaining dough, add the cooled melted chocolate, blending well.
Roll out half of the vanilla dough to a 10- x 4 1/2-inch rectangle. Shape half of the chocolate dough into a roll 10 inches long; place on the vanilla dough portion. Wrap the vanilla dough around chocolate dough; wrap in foil. Repeat with remaining vanilla and chocolate dough; chill rolls for about 2 to 3 hours.

Cut rolls of dough into slices about 1/4-inch thick. Place two slices together on a greased cookie sheet; pinch upper edge of each cookie to make ear tufts and place a chocolate chip in the center of each chocolate dough eye section. Place a cashew at the bottom connection of the two cookies to make the beak. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Bake owl cookies at 350° 8 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and let cool on racks. Store between layers of waxed paper or foil in tightly covered containers.

Today’s reading



Page of Cups 

This tiny bird, both sexes covered with the colours of the rainbow, is equally at home in the air or in the water. With its remarkable ability to dive beneath the water and catch fish, the kingfisher has been symbolic of ancient wisdom and lore for centuries. 

The beginning of healing, perhaps tears bringing emotional release. The cup is a precious gift. 

A person who will guide you to a place of healing, perhaps by a message or gift. 

Be aware of small signs, that may have later significance. A special person who moves in and out of your life. A free spirit, elusive, but dynamic whose positive energy is illuminating.

Today’s reading



Nine of Stones 

Reverence for past wisdom and sacrifice. 

The ability to relate to ancient knowledge and pass on the lessons of ancestral memory and ritual. 

Be aware of the patterns of connection linking you and nature around you to the past, present and future. 

Deep learning. The memory of much that has been revered in the landscape can be retrieved in periods of respectful stillness. 

Learning from elders

Today’s reading



Ten of Cups 

Generous fulfilment of desires from a source that is pure and cleansing. Reward for patience and love given selflessly. True emotional stability and freedom. 

Cups filled to overflowing. 

Open to the power of love. Be careful not to get swept away by it.

Today’s reading



Five of Stones 

The inner strength and courage to protect yourself and survive the challenges of life. This may mean a withdrawal from trauma to focus emotional power. 

… watching lightning strike the home, the emotional centre. 

Temporary withdrawal, looking on, unsure of how best to handle the situation. 

This inactivity initially taken as self-protection, can become over-passivity.

Samhain Playlist

Samhain Playlist

Fires at Midnight – Blackmore’s Night

Fur and Feathers – Anne Hill

Samhain Eve – Damh the Bard

Misty Mountains – Hobbit

25 Years – Blackmore’s Night

Ghost of a Rose – Blackmore’s Night

Faerie Queen – Blackmore’s Nithgt

Samain – Steeleye Span

Freya Shakti – Emerald Rose

All Soul’s Night – Lorena McKennit

Nothing More – The Alternate Route

Keep me in your heart – Warren Zevon

We are not alone – John McCutcheon

Lady in Black – Blackmore’s Night

Hymn to Her – Pretenders

Morrighan’s Quest – Laura Powers

Samhain Set – Maggie Sansone

Season of the Witch – Donovan

Song of the Witches – SJ Tucker

Today’s reading



King of Cups 

The picture shows male and female reindeer as both sexes have antlers. Male reindeer rut in the autumn for dominance of the herd and the antlers are a potent symbol of sexual power. 

Fly agaric is also found at this time and the reindeer appear to eat this highly toxic red fun-gi and seem `drunk’. Some shaman drank the purified urine of the reindeer for its hallucinatory properties once the toxins had been removed. 

Drawing this card denotes companionship, deep friendship. A sharing of profound understanding, a mutual love of knowledge from the past. 

Possible creation of a home together, a sense of home-coming and enduring friendship