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What I am thankful for

On this festive and food oriented holiday I thought I’d drop a note to say what I’m truly thankful for.

I am thankful for the love of a beautiful woman, my soulmate and my life.  Diane who at this time is slaving away in the kitchen to produce another bountiful feast for us to enjoy.  For her courage against all odds, for her perceverence in maintaining her unwavering devotion for me during my first marriage to another and for her ability to make me see the man I want to be I am, indeed, truly thankful.  I would have no books published, no awards won nor would I have so many author friends if not for her gentle guidance and stubborn patience.  I would happily lay down my life for her. 

My step-children, children and grandkids.  These are my future hopes that what I’ve learned in my past will be furthered onward in generations to come.  For the sons who aren’t of my body, but share a kindred soul I thank the Goddess for Matthew and Ben.  For her devotion to family and taking up arms against a sea of troubles that threaten our clan I thank Her for Candace.  Brendan, my youngest who shares my wild imagination and Anthony who tries to hold his own in two households I thank the Goddess for them as well.  Duncan, Sabastian, Keegan, Miguel, Nathan and Sibohan who are not of my blood but are eternally bound to me I humbly take joy in their existence.

For the lousy job I have.  Despite the constant whining and complaining by customers who demand I take charges off their bills (despite the truthfulness to their validity) I thank the Goddess that I’m employed.  This thing called work, which takes me away from hearth and home, provides me with just enough money to chase my dreams with my family by my side.  Although I grouse and grumble, I would be homeless without it.  I try to take as much pleasure from doing a good job as I can.  It also has allowed me to talk to many a kindred soul.  Those who are just happy to be served and ask nothing more than a fairness outweight and outnumber the gripers.

I thank my parents Nancy and Charles, gone many years since who provided me with food, shelter, clothing and love for which there is absolutely no price that can be attached to it.  I only wish I could thank them in person, but having done so in life I am secure in the notion that they watch from on high and, hopefully are proud of their oldest son.

I am thankful for the country inwhich I was born.  For the Red, White and Blue–for the chance to live free and do as I wish without restraints to spirit, education or social status.  I do not believe in Red states or Blue states and I”m hopefully thankful that we still live in a free society.  Only in America can you be anything you want to be.  Soldier, statesmen, banker or baker you can do as you wish here in the good old U.S.A. 

To those who serve in the military, keeping us safe I am truly grateful.  My family has ever been closely associated with those in uniform.  Since my great-great-great grandsire Baron Barton Von Neumann who came here from his native Germany to settle in Ohio to my mother’s side that crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Italy I am thankful for my heritage.  Those who didn’t serve went into factories to make both domestic and military materials during Peace and War.  I would be nothing without my past.  I am proud to say my step-son Matthew and son-in-law Jose both proudly serve in the U.S. Army.  Words cannot express my pride in this.

In closing I would ask you to seek out your loved ones this Thanksgiving and see to it you connect with them on an emotion and spiritual level.  Conversations during dinner, football games or just over coffee will be the ever-burning logs inwhich your memories will glow and warm you. 

Blessed Be!
Chris

Kitchen Witchery: Bewitch the Bird for Thanksgiving!

 

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Most everyone, Pagan or not, will be cooking Turkey on Thanksgiving, among other things. And if you are, a Pagan, then you know all about the power of energy, intent, and emotion—the very thing we pour, mix, and conjure up into our cooking, spells, and rituals. So this Thanksgiving, I thought it would be neat to share a little bit of Kitchen Witchery for Pagans (or anyone interested) who are new to the scene or senior Pagans who may have never thought of this before. Whatever Pagan you are, I hope you enjoy this and wish you a fabulous holiday!

Now very quick, what is Kitchen Witchery?

A Kitchen Witch uses magic to enhance her meals. Her kitchen becomes her cauldron so to speak. Emotion, moods–all are energy and it pours into your food while you are preparing it. So why not use full advantage of that. Why not charge or invoke your herbs and seasoning…why not spread the magic to those at the table?

Some more information concerning Kitchen Witchery–

What is Kitchen Witchery?

Kitchen Witchery 101

Ok, but do I have to be a Witch to do this?

No. Women have been doing this forever whether they are aware of it or not.  My grandmother never called herself a Witch but she was the first one to tell me, NEVER cook while you are mad unless you want those sitting at the table to leave with a sore belly or worse. 

Whether you are a Pagan or not, energy and emotion is a powerful thing. How many times have you heard the phrase, “That supper took 40 percent backache and 60 percent love.” (Numbers may vary depending on who says it lol)

That’s what it means though…love is an emotion so could that be why when a meal is prepared with it, we feel so content, happy, and full with bliss? It may be…as some believe it is.

So what are we doing in this article?

Below, I am going to show you what a bunch of ingredients mean so while you are adding them, you can mentally charge their intent and or purpose. Now I am just going to throw a bunch of ingredients out there that I gathered by searching through various Turkey and Thanksgiving recipes. You do not have to use them, but in case you do, now you will know what they mean.

I found a great site that matches up with many books I have (listed below) so in case you don’t have the books, you can look at the site online and get any extra ingredients you need.

The Turkey:

Native American Pagans believe the Turkey to symbolize Pride, Abundance, Generosity, Awareness, Virility, Fertility, and Sacrifice. It is said that they are at their peak of power during the Autumn season and because of this they mean harvests, new beginnings, cycles, and preparation. Source for this information is HERE.

Added Ingredients:

Allspice –Money, Luck, Healing.

Rosemary — Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing, Sleep, Youth

Potato — Image Magick, Healing

Thyme — Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage

Sage — Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes

Rice — Protection, Fidelity

Celery –Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers

Carrot– Fertility, Lust.

Cinnamon —Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love.

Salt–cleansing

Onion — Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust

Apple Love, Healing, Garden Magick, Immortality.

Source so you can look up your own:

Magical Herbs

Great books:

Scott Cunningham Magical Herbs

Paganism & Thanksgiving

We all know the story of the Pilgrims and how the first American Thanksgiving came about. What we do not learn or may not know–what the Elementary Schools do not include in their Plays & Skits–is more about the Native Americans & Pagans that influenced Thanksgiving.

For instance, did you know that the tribe of Native Americans that had their meal with the Pilgrims was called Wampanoag? And did you know that they held celebrations and gave thanks to Kiehtan, the Creator ? Not only did they believe that their most precious crop of corn was a blessing from him, but they also gave thanks to many of their other Spirits for the other foods they ate.

Before Thanksgiving was made a holiday in the year of 1861, settlers had already brought their traditions to America—all influenced by Pagans. After all, Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and harvest…correct?

Celebrating and giving thanks for a Harvest can be seen throughout history in many cultures.

Just to name a few…

*Ancient Rome gave thanks to Ceres, Goddess of the Harvests.

*Ancient Greeks honored Demeter

*Celtic Pagans and Angelo Saxon’s had huge celebrations–Lughnasadh and Mabon. These were to honor the first and second harvest blessed upon them by their Goddess and God.

Lughnasadh marked the beginning of the harvest season, the Harvest of Grain (Bread), the ripening of first fruits (usually berries), and was traditionally a time of community gatherings, market festivals, horse races and reunions with distant family and friends. Wikipedia

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth. Resource

Now what could some of the things you’re eating on Thanksgiving symbolized?

(For all Our Kitchen Witches Out there!!!!)

Turkey-– Native Americans–symbolized the Mother Earth and a shared Harvest.

Apples–Celts–rebirth, healing and youth

Pumpkins--Native American– was symbolic of personalized power (in some cultures) and symbolized the sun.


Wishing you a Merry Pagan Thanksgiving!

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Resources (if not listed above with quotes)
Pagan Symbolism (in regards to Thanksgiving)
Wikipedia Thanksgiving
Pagan Roots (in regards to Thanksgiving)
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