Leftover Chicken Soup

Tonight’s dinner was quick and easy, made from about a half left over chicken. We had grabbed one of those whole roasted chickens at the store and had it with ceaser salad last night.

Leftover Chicken Soup
1/2 a chicken, cooked, deboned and chopped roughly
3 cups water
1/2 onion, chopped roughly
1-2 cups of a veggie (carrots, cabbage, celery, lettuce, potatoe, taro, water chestnuts, bamboo) chopped appropriately
1 package instant onion soup mix
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 bundles of mung bean noodles
1 tablespoon miso paste

Put soup mix, onion, veggies, soy sauce and water in the pot, bring to a boil. Add chicken and noodles, return to a boil. Boil about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in miso paste. Let rest a few minutes and enjoy.

It is a really simply recipe. Tonight I substituted garlic and herb soup mix for the onion instead. You could use any noodle you like, even ramen. I keep the fridge full of tupperware stocked with pre-chopped veggies. So it took me almost 9 minutes to prepare dinner.

Chicken and Pork Adobo

It is hot here! Like I could fry eggs on the hood of my car hot. The old-folk talk not only consists of who died, but of who got heat stroke. So, in longing for colder climes and the days when my crock pot bubbles up warm, hearty soups I am cleaning up my recipes. Here is a yummy recipe for Adobo

Chicken and Pork Adobo
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water
2-8 cloves peeled and crushed garlic
2 teaspoons salt
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb chicken thighs
2 lbs pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 Tb soy sauce
A little bit of vegetable oil

Put everything but the oil in the crock pot and cover. Cook on high for about 2 hours, or low for about 4-6. Whatever it takes your crock pot to get the meat to melt-away soft.

Pour out the sauce into a skillet and reduce. If you are in a hurry you can also just stir in some thickener. Put the oil over the meat in the crock and pop in the oven under the broiler to brown it. When the sauce is thickened and the meat is brown, pour the sauce over the meat and serve hot or cold with rice and tortillas. Keeps fine when made ahead, it is great the next day too.

You might notice my recipe calls for no chili or other hot spice. That is because I have a pepper allergy. So if you want to add chili powder or other peppers, feel free.

Energies in the Earth

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Fault Zones. Above some fault zones, various minerals and rocks have been violently mixed together, causing magnetic and electrical anomalies and even measurable variations in gravity. Far from being fixed, gravity, magnetism and the direction of true north on a compass may all vary at points on the surface of the earth. For example, the type metallic ore in rock determines its magnetic properties while the thickness of the earth’s crust or the altitude at a certain site can influence the measurable gravitational force. Under tectonic pressure, fault zones can show changing energy fields too. Some researchers suggest that fault zones might possibly cause altered states of consciousness in susceptible people.

Around the world, sacred sites are time and again found to be positioned
on fault lines. Just north of Flagstaff, Arizona, lies an ancient Anasazi site, Wapatki Pueblo (above), built over blowholes that inhale and exhale air over six-hour periods. These blowholes are openings in the earth that are connected to vast underground geological fault systems.

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The Anasazi and other American Indians of the southwest dug holes in the floors of their kivas (circular subterranean ceremonial chambers), possibly with the intention of forming entrances to the sacred underworld. At Wapatki Pueblo, these holes connect directly to the blowholes beneath, which may indicate that fault systems played an essential part in Anasazi ceremonies.

Measuring radioactivity. At Long Meg in Cumbria, the Dragon Project discovered a few of the stones at the site contains small areas or nodes that emitted continuous streams of gamma radiation. These were the same stones that reportedly gave Peter Thomborrow his shock. While granite is usually slightly radioactive, these standing stones are unusual in that they appear to possess concentrated points of energy.

Radiation itself may not have been the cause of Thomborrow’s reported disorientation. Dragon Project researchers, however, have discovered zones of heightened natural radiation at ancient sites, caused by the presence of granite or other radioactive minerals, or an issue of radon gas from the ground, may have an effect on sensitive individuals.

At the Rollright Stone Circle (above) near Oxford, England, a series of measurements revealed a 1,000-foot length of the lane adjacent to it produces higher-than-normal background geiger counts. One possible explanation is this might be caused by energy-emitting rocks in the road’s foundation.

That specific stretch of road near the Rollright Stones has been the site of many curious experiences. Among these, witnesses have reported seeing a car containing two people disappear as it approached the stone circle; a huge, dog-like creature with coarse grey hair appears fleetingly and then vanishes; and an old-fashioned gipsy caravan that appeared and then just as suddenly disappeared. Although these strange sightings at the site might be explained away as mere optical illusion or simple misunderstandings, the people involved seemed to believe the sightings were part of some sort of hallucinatory effect caused by the site’s mysterious properties.
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Effects of radiation. Other unexplained effects occur at sites that appear to exhibit enhanced natural radiation. Most of Europe’s underground chambers are found in areas with a high proportion of granite rocks or where stones with some degree of uranium in them have been found. Inside Chun Quoit (above), a 5,000-year-old Cornish dolmen (a type monument that consists of two or more upright stones supporting a horizontal slab), British archaeologist John Barnatt and a photographer, Brian Larkman, saw bands of light flashing along the bottom of the horizontal slab. Geiger counter readings that were significantly higher than normal background readings have reportedly been recorded at the dolmen.

Some researchers, including Blanche Merz, believe ancient builders were aware of the effects of radiation and chose sites in order to make use of “the play of natural forces.”

Source: Earth’s Mysterious Places

Foods and Their Magical Associations

Fruits, Vegetables and Greens
Alfalfa sprouts : Providence, Sustenance
Apple : Peace, Love, Health, Earth magick
Apricot : Romance
Artichoke : Growth, Safety
Banana : Heroic energy, Male sexuality
Beets : Passion, Love, Beauty
Blueberry : Peace, Calm
Broccoli : Strength, Leadership, Physical improvements
Brussel sprouts : Endurance, Tenacity, Stability
Carrot : Vision, Masculine energies
Cauliflower : Lunar/water-related magick
Celery : Passion, Grounding, peace
Cherry : Love, Female sexuality
Coconut : Diversity, Flexibility, Spirituality
Corn : Life of the land, Cycles, Eternity
Cranberry : Energy for security and protection
Dandelion : Divination, Foresight, Oracles
Date : Resurrection, Eternity, Spirit
Garlic : Hex breaking, Banishing, Protection
Grape : Dreams, Vision, Fertility
Grapefruit : Purification, Health
Guava : Romance, Fantasy, Relieving sorrow
Horseradish : Protection, Fiery energy
Lemon : Longevity, Purification, Marriage, Joy, Faithfulness
Lettuce : Financial magick, Peace, Relaxation
Lime : Cleansing
Olive : Peace, Spiritual pursuits
Onion : Protection
Orange : Health, Fidelity, Love
Passion Fruit : Promoting kinship and love
Pear : Longevity, Luck
Peas : Goddess Magick, Love
Peppers, green : Growth, Prosperity
Peppers, red : Energy, Vitality, Strength
Peppers, yellow : Empowered creativity
Pineapple : Healing, Protection, Prosperity
Pomegranate : Fruitfulness, Hospitality, Wishes
Potato : Folk medicine, Health, Grounding, Earth magic
Quince : Happiness
Raspberry : Vigor, Stamina, Love
Strawberry : Zest, Intensity, Romance
Sweet Potato : Well founded, gentle love
Tomato : Attracting love

Herbs and Spices
Allspice : Luck, Health
Bay : Psychic powers, Strength and health
Caraway : Protection from theft and negativity, Trust
Cardamon : Increase the strength of unions/partnerships
Catnip : Rest, Joy, Cat magick
Chives : Protection, Breaking bad habits
Clove : Stolen kisses, Fun love, Protection, Piercing illusions
Coriander : Love, Well-being, Intelligence
Dill : Protecting children
Ginger : Health, Cleansing, Vibrant energy, Zeal
Lavender : Spiritual vision, Acknowledgement, Comfort
Parsley : Luck, Protection from accidents
Pepper, black : Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Banishing
Saffron : Bounty, Leadership, Prosperity
Salt : Cleansing, Purification, Grounding

Grains, Nuts and Legumes
Barley : Love, Controlling pain of any nature
Beans : Divination, Prosperity, Decision-making
Hazelnut : Wisdom, Fertility
Oats : Life of the land, Prosperity, Sustenance
Peanut : Earth magic, Male energy
Rice : Abundant blessings, Fertility
Walnut : Mental faculties

Edible Flowers
Carnation : Pride, Beauty
Chrysanthemum : Longevity, Ease, Vigor
Clover : Triple god and or goddess
Cowslip : Faerie magick, Grace
Daisy : Innocence, Fidelity, Dawn, New beginnings
Elder flower : Protection from Fey, Blessing, Wishes
Hyacinth : Reliability, Constancy
Lilac : Love, Youth, Joy, Fastidiousness
Marigold : Cares, Burdens, Change, Luck in love
Orange flower : Purity, Faithfulness, Fruitfulness
Pansy : Glee, Fancy, Fondness, Fairy folk
Rose : Love, Faithfulness, Friendship
Tulip : Declaration of love
Violet : Grace, Modesty, Excellence, Expression

Miscellaneous
Baking soda/powder : Raising energy or expectations
Beef : Prosperity, Grounding
Bread : Kinship, Sustenance
Butter : Tenacity, Smoothing relationships
Cake : Celebration, Joyous occasions, Hospitality
Cheese : Joy, Health, Things coming to fruition, Reinforcement of personal or spiritual groundwork
Chicken : Health, Well-being, Sunrise magick
Chocolate : Lifting emotions, Love
Clams : Increase sexual desires, Secrets revealed
Coffee : Energy, Alertness, Mental awareness
Cookies : Maternal instincts, Nurturing love
Corn syrup : Solidifying plans or ideas
Deer : Elegance, Grace, Refinement
Eggs : Fertility, Mysticism, Ancient questions
Fish : Strengthen psychic awareness, expand ability to give and receive love
Flour : Revealing hidden matters, Consistency
Gravy : Smooth transitions, Consistency, Uniformity
Ham : Theatrical flair, Dramatic energy
Hazel : Wishes, Good fortune
Jelly : Joy, Energy, Pleasantness
Juice : Rejuvenation, Vitality, Energy
Lamb : Sensitivity, Kindness, Warmth
Lobster : Reincarnation, Rebirth, Growth
Milk : Goddess energy, Maternal instinct, Nurturing
Mustard : Faith, Mental alertness
Popcorn : Lifting burdens, Recreational activities
Pork : Fertility, Profuseness
Relish : Protection (dill), Enhanced passion (sweet)
Sausage : Zest, Variety, God magick
Soup : Steady change and improved communication
Syrup : Tree magick, Amiable meetings
Tea : Divination, Insight, Meditation, Restfulness
Turkey : Colorful displays, Holiday feasts, Family gatherings
Waffles : Gathering or reserving amiable feelings, Accommodation
Wine : Celebration, Joy, Honoring positive actions
Yogurt : Health, Spirituality, Goddess magick

100 Benefits of Meditation

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There are so many advantages to meditation.

Physiological benefits:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigor.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- Improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- Harmonizes our endocrine system
33- Relaxes our nervous system
34- Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- Higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behavior
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgments
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- Helps you learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with God/Goddess/All-That-Is
93- Attain enlightenment
94- Greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life & raises your vibration

Tin Can Luminaries

can-recycled-luminaryYou need:
Tin Cans
Nail
Hammer
Metal file
Candle
Paper and Pencil
Tape
Towel
Sand or Kitty Litter
Water and a Freezer

  1. Clean off your can. Remove any labels or paper. Lighter fluid can take off sticky adhesives. If the edges are sharp, file them down to avoid cutting anyone.
  2. Measure your piece of paper to fit around the sides of your tin can. You can measure with a tape measure and produce designs on your computer, or freehand them.
  3. Fill you can with water and put it in the freezer. Overnight works well, but you just need the ice to be solid if you are not patient.
  4. While the ice is freezing. Get your designs ready. Trace them out of a craft book, find line art on your computer or freehand it. Make sure your finished design fits the paper patten you made earlier. You may wish to mark holes for punching or simply draw lines.
  5. When the ice is frozen, dry the outside of the can and tape the pattern to it. Use plenty of tape. As you poke holes in the paper, it may need more tape.
  6. Use an old towel to work on. Fold and roll it to help hold the can in place. Use your hammer and nail to punch holes along your design. The water will keep the can from collapsing.
  7. If you have a large design, or it is a hot day, you may need to refreeze the can.
  8. When you are done with your design, remove the paper and let the ice melt. Use the file to clean up any particularly rough edges inside.
  9. Fill the bottom with sand or kitty litter (just below the holes), add your candle and enjoy.
  10. You can dress up these cans with some spray paint. Get one made for metal. If left outside or in moist areas, the cans will rust. If you don’t want them to rust, be sure to dry them after the ice melts and spray them with a clear coat design to protect metal from rusting.

Are you Paraskevidekatriaphobic?

01-wd1109-superstitions-2That giant word up there means afraid of Friday the 13th.

The history and folklore that surround the superstitions of the Friday the 13th fear are pretty neat. They are on my mind this week, because we do have a Friday the 13th this Friday. And, I have a black cat. Unfortunately, I do have to worry about him when this day comes around. So, he will be spending the n ext few days safely in the house and away from any crazy folk who think he may be bringing them bad luck or some other rot.

Some interesting facts for this year, 2012. We have three occurrences of Friday the 13th this year. And they are 13 weeks apart! This week is the last of them. They were January 13th, April 13th and of course the coming July 13th. We do have 3 in a year fairly often, but this year is special, because it is also a leap year. Aren’t the human constructs of calendars fun?

Most folks do have some sort of superstition. What is a superstition and what is an accepted norm vary from culture to culture and change with the fashion of society. So living out here on the edge by hedge, I just don’t put a lot of stock into it all. I’ve got my superstitions I’m sure, it all just depends on who is doing the looking and the judging.

But back to our fear of a calendar day…..

The number 13 itself reoccurs in many mythological and religious traditions. Some of the more well known include the 13 people at the last supper from several branches of Christianity. This dining event was when a member of the party betrayed the Christ figure and it lead to his murder on a Friday. This may hearken back to the Norse custom of forbidding 13 at a table, for it means that one must die within the year. If only 13 attended, a 14th place was set for the visitor at the door. Or that inclusion may come down to us from the conversion times.

Many folks think of the Knights Templar in connection to Friday the 13th. This was the date that King Phillip IV sent his army out to capture and imprison monks of this medieval order. In the information we have from this event, there does not seem to be any significance to the date, other than that is when King Phillip IV finished his planning and was able to get implementation. After all, the order sent to the bailiffs had gone out nearly a month before. He had to have an effective strike happen simultaneously all over France, so he had been planning and sending notice for sometime. Each set of orders was accompanied with instructions to open at dawn on Friday the 13th and not before. It hasn’t helped the legend much that in 1307, when this event occurred it was also October.

In modern times, we have Tupac Shakur dying on Friday, September 13th in 1996. But he was gunned down on the 7th of September, so the murderer could not have known how long he would linger.

Here are a few more superstitions to fuel your nightmares or gales of cackling. In fact, I think I will list 13 of them.

  1. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the Devil’s luck; Jack the Ripper (not even his real name), Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo. Nifty how you get to count or not count middle names as is convenient to make it fit the facts.
  2. Superstition held that in ancient Rome, a witch’s coven comprised 12 women, with the Devil being the 13th member. Not sure how ancient this ancient superstition is, but with the Devil being Christian and all, how did he do the time traveling bit?
  3. Mirrors, ohh now there is a good one. Break a mirror and get 7 years bad luck (more mystical number love). This idea goes with the whole body of belief that is built around mirrors reflecting the soul. That same body of belief gives us a fount of interesting beliefs surrounding mirrors. This sounds like a good way for Grandma to have to stop buying expensive mirrors with rambunctious kids around. Hey, it works for fairy tales!
  4. Biggest Wins! Break a wishbone in half, and whom ever got the bigger part gets their wish. More ancient Rome references, that apparently our Ancestors spent their time fighting over the prized dried bones from their feasts, resulting in them breaking. And the one with the bigger pieces somehow won the fight, or the luck, or paying for the beer. And toss them broken bits around, bone divination is great after a turkey dinner!
  5. Don’t open umbrellas in the house, or you’ll poke someone’s eye out. But there is more to it than that, don’t even open it alone, or it brings bad luck. Where this came from is rather hard to pin down. More references to ancient Rome, if you want to talk about some serious time traveling of having pop up umbrellas back with the togas. But hey, if you won’t listen when Mom says don’t do that, then attach some spooky myth and let it scare you into behaving.
  6. 66. The number of the beast of course. Three sixes in a room is scary due to the Book of Revelations out of a translation of the Bible, the common Holy Text of several Christian sects. According to State University of New York at Buffalo anthropologist Philips Stevens, the writer of Revelation was writing to persecuted Christians in code, so the numbers and names in the book are contemporary references. Three sixes in a row is probably the numeric equivalent of the Hebrew letters for the first-century Roman Emperor Nero.
  7. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, if you have 3 feet. Bad luck comes in threes. Nowadays you hear it often in relation to celebrity deaths. Three is a magical mystical number. But I think there is a little confirmation bias going on here. Just go check yourself. You’ll be sure to find it three times.
  8. Black cats crossing your path. The original thought that started this whole missive. Cats have been the companions of humans for thousands of years, and feature prominently in mythological roles. They also have a different set of sense than we do. So they sometimes see or hear things we can not. This has contributed to the idea that cats are psychic or magical. The maligning of our black feline friends may be due to their long association with shape shifting witches, or simply with their magical qualities and the tendency of any black animal to be hard to see at night. They can be quite startling when you suddenly come upon a live animal in what you thought was a shadow.
  9. Crossing under ladders. This seems like more of Grandma’s practical advise, like the mirror and umbrella. It was later attached to the idea of breaking the triangle, representing the Christian Holy Trinity (even though thousands of other cultures have Holy Trinities, they don’t seem to mind being in the presence of them). It has also been pointed out that a ladder is similar to a medieval gallows. But I haven’t had enough wine to really see that one yet.
  10. Knock on wood. This is done when someone says something bad or portends an ill omen. The old use of this was to deafen the ears of the Fates, who are always listening. And if you give them a challenge, like making things worse, or proving your word. Why, they are more than happy to oblige. They have a crooked sense of humor.
  11. Throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Salt is an ancient substance, of much importance. Humans need salt to survive. Salt is so precious, it is of course the origin of our word salary, as it was used as a form of payment. Salt is grounding, neutral and can drive away spirits. So if you spill such precious a substance, it must be due to the presence of evil spirits. And they often lurk on the sinister side (the left). So don’t turn around and be captured by them, and potentially possessed. Instead toss some of that spilled salt over that left shoulder to get rid of them.
  12. Hold your breathe when driving by a graveyard. This one of course has to be modern. No way you could hold your breathe walking by one. You would pass out and join the residents. But this has to do with airy quality of spirits and ghosts, and the idea that you could accidentally breathe one of them in, and become possessed.
  13. And finally, bird poo. The superstition is that if a bird poops on you, and it lands on your head, you will have good fortune. One of those balance of life kind of things. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather carry an umbrella.

So what have we learned from all of this? Possession is around every corner. Grandma knows best. The ancient Romans really got up to some weird stuff. And someone, somewhere apparently does have a time machine.