ello again, and thank you for reading this month’s instalment of, Eating for Enlightenment. As the sacred hoop turns yet again, here we are at our beloved Beltane! The summer begins heralding a most auspicious occasion, the end of winter. Winter is an arduous journey and souls can grow weary and hearts heavy, one can actually feel bone tired. Our ancestors had experiences of food running low and having a variety of food was nonexistent. The dreary winter blanket finally melting off perfectly illustrates the melancholy and exhaustion that infiltrates on so many levels to this day. Beltane is needed and required, as we need air water sun and nourishing foods, for our very Soul is crying out for the relaxation and rejuvenation that summer brings
season of celebration and gratitude of the summer’s return. If you have an outdoor fire/grill to cook on let’s make that our cooking center for the summer season. Make sure your grill is sparkling clean for best flavor and sanitation. Cast iron cookware is amazing for health flavour and retaining heat. Cast iron can also be used indoors as well as outdoors on the campfire.
The seed of spring have been planted and the crops are young and require tender loving care. With proper care the bounty will be amazing but we all have to do our part. Making sure that we tend what we have sown. Insuring crop fertility was the main reason for Beltane festivities, but also includes activities such as frolicking in the country, maypole dancing, fertility fire leaping, circling the fire three times (sun-wise) for good luck in the coming year, athletic tourneys feasts, music, drinking, and children gathering flowers.
Herbs ~ All-heal, blessed thistle, broom, curry, daffodil, dogwood, coriander, dragon’s blood reed, fern, fireweed, nettle, flaxseed, hawthorn, marjoram, paprika, radish, rue, snapdragon, mushroom, almond, meadowsweet, rose, woodruff, tansy, elder leaves.
Beltane also a decorative and festive celebration, Flowers, flower wreaths and garlands are typical, as well as colorful ribbons and streamers. Flowers are a vital offering, for they signal summer’s triumph against winter and the blossoming of sensuality in nature and the abundance that will usher forth. Beltane or Bright Fire is largely celebrated with fire, bonfires, and candles or whatever is most convenient to your situation. For me I will be talking about the hearth fire or stove which serves so brilliantly, and the foods we cook in this Beloved 36 | MYSTIK WAY MAGAZINE
So my fire is blazing, ready to nourish my soul but I’m not quite ready yet. I also believe in setting the mood for my celebration with my mind body and soul, so I like to dress my table. I use different herbs, flowers and stones. As the aroma of culinary delight fills the air, I also like to perfume the air further and pay homage with incenses.
Incense ~ Rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, peach, musk, or vanilla. Stones ~Malachite, garnet, rose quartz, emerald, beryl, tourmaline.
Published on May 8, 2013
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