Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 20 – Ostara 2016

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Welcome to the 20th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Ostara! The days are getting longer and life is beginning to bud and bloom everywhere.

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Within our Ostara 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: “Bloom Amazing Things in your Life”
  • Music & Chants: “Hecate Crossroads Chant” written and performed by Shaylee
  • FooDoo with Qabal: “Making Sodabread”
  • Music: “Teacher” by Ginger Doss from her album “Hand and Hammer
  • It’ll Grow On You: Lord Riekin brings us Master Tonic 201: Beyond the Basics
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: Circling Up
  • Music: “We Come from Monkeys” by Emerald Rose from their album “Archives of Ages to Come

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 19 – BONUS EPISODE!

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We’ve got something special for you, podcast listeners – our first BONUS EPISODE! In this episode we feature a workshop which was recorded at Turning the Tide 2015, presented by Lady Bridget entitled “Touching the Past: Ancestor Altars and Workings.” Also in this episode is the song “Sing Me a Lullabye” by Aradia from her album, Songs for All Seasons, and the song “Here in the Woods” by Lady Bridget from her album, In Her Sacred Space. Follow this link to purchase In Her Sacred Space and check out the other albums by Lady Bridget.

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Foodoo: Qabal’s Scones

In the Imbolc 2016 episode of our podcast, Reaching for the Moon, Qabal shares a delicious recipe for homemade scones. For your ease in making these delicious treats, we’re sharing the no lies recipe below so that you can make your own foodoo at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter cut into quarter inch cubes and then frozen
  • 1/2 cup currants, cranberry, raisin – any fruit chopped to the size of a raisin (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Step01
Ingredients – ASSEMBLE!

Modifications:

  • Add vanilla
  • Add orange rind to make it citrusy
  • Rosemary – with less sugar, you can make a more savory scone
  • Want a fluffier scone? Double baking powder!

Do not add:

  • Anything that will add moisture, so not fresh fruit
  • Chocolate chips – add too much fat and tends to burn. If you want to add chocolate chips, make it wetter and lower the temp for cooking

Once your ingredients are assembled, preheat oven to 425. Allow to sit at this temperature for at least 15 minutes.

Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and sugar. You can use a food processor to achieve this, or a wisk or your hand.

Step 2: Add the butter – using a food processor to pulse until it gets to a lumpy  cornmeal consistency. Or use pastry blender to cut the butter in.

Add the butter into the mix.
Add the butter into the mix.

Step 3: Mix in your currants or whichever dry fruit you will be using.

Time to add our fruit!
Time to add our fruit!

Step 4: Add the cream. This is a process. Add 1/2 a cup to start, stir gently. Then wait a few moments to hydrate the flour. Humidity may make this process tricky.

Adding the liquids into the mix
Adding the liquids into the mix

Step 5: Flour can absorb flour from the air. You may not use the entire 1 cup of cream. Stop adding your liquids when your mixture looks like this:

The consistency we're after
The consistency we’re after

Step 6: This is the way we want our mixture to look. It will look a little dry. You want the dough to end up just a little wet but not too much.  In the above, we used 3/4 cup of cream due to the humidity that day.

Step 7: Put the dough in an 8″ cake pan to get a nice round shape, then tap it out of the cake pan to get ready to cut. You can skip this step and just make your own round shape about 8″ across. You’ll then cut this length-wise into 8 triangles.

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Our dough is in our cake pan for shaping
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The perfect circle! Now ready for slicing into triangles!

Step 8: (optional) Brush some cream on your scones before they go into the oven. This will give them a nice brown crust. You can also sprinkle them with a little sugar if you want a slight sweetness.

Brushing with cream to add a lovely golden crust
Brushing with cream to add a lovely golden crust

Once in the oven, your scones will be done in about 12 minutes. You can flip the scones midway for even browning.

The waiting is the hardest part...
The waiting is the hardest part…

Remove from oven, cool on a wire rack for just a few minutes. Below is what the crumb of our scones will be. It should have a cake-like look but be crunchy.

LOOK AT THAT YUMMY SCONE!
LOOK AT THAT YUMMY SCONE!

If you double the amount of baking powder you will get a much lighter scone. This crumb will airier and fluffier.

They can be served warm or at room temperature. You can serve them with tea or coffee, and jam goes really well with these.

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 18 – Imbolc 2016

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Welcome to the 18th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Imbolc! While we’re still in Winter’s grasp, we have already noticed the days starting to grow longer…

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Within our Imbolc 2016 podcast, you will find:

  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: Alpandia teaches how to add herbs and oils to candles (bringing light in for Imbolc)
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Qabal walks us through the making of scones
  • Music: “Flicker and Flame” by Mama Gina from her album “Goddess Kiss’d
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: discussing the use of technology in ritual
  • Tarot Tips: Lady Bridget talks about how to choose a tarot deck
  • It’ll Grow On You: Join Lord Riekin as we continue through medicinal uses for Kitchen Spices! This episode we look at herbs starting with the letters P, Q, R, and S
  • Music: “Turning Wheel” by Lady Bridget from her album “In Her Sacred Space

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 17 – Yule 2015

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Welcome to the 17th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Yule! It’s our last podcast of 2015!

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Within our Yule 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • The Interview: Lady Bridget interviews Cossette about relocating from Miami, FL to Australia, and the differences she has found
  • FooDoo with Qabal: Revealing the secret techniques and mystery behind making successful Madeleines.
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: on how to use Common Sense to survive the Holidays
  • Music: “Santa Claus is Pagan, Too” by Emerald Rose from their album “Rants and Rambles
  • It’ll Grow On You: Join Lord Riekin as we continue through medicinal uses for Kitchen Spices! This episode we look at herbs starting with the letters M, N, and O
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: cleverly incorporate spellworking into your holiday tree decorations
  • Music: “Old Ways” by Mama Gina from her album “Solitarie“.

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 16 – Samhain 2015

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Welcome to the latest episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The veil thins as we turn our attentions towards Samhain.

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Within our Samhain 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • The Interview: Interview with Kasha, NFO of CoG
  • Astronomy with Aequitas: Scorpio and Sagittarius
  • Pandie’s Pagan Projects: How to make Samhain Candles
  • Music: “Autumn in Asheville” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Archives of Ages to Come”
  • It’ll Grow on You!: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters H through L
  • Lord Coyote Morningstar shares his thoughts on Ancestor Prayer and Altar Setup
  • Music: “We Do Not Die” by Ginger Doss and Velvet Hammer, from their album, “Best of Pagan Song”
  • FooDoo: Qabal teaches us how to make Yogurt
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee: where she discusses Accomidations
  • Music: “Summerland” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Fire in the Head”

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Foodoo: Making Whole Wheat Bread

In the Mabon 2015 episode of our podcast, Reaching for the Moon, Qabal shares the magic of whole wheat bread with us. We’re happy to share the recipe so that you can make your own foodoo at home!

Biga

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon of yeast

This is combined and let to proof at room temperature for 24 hours.  Room temperature means 70-72 degrees.  If you keep things warmer, you can partially proof at room temperature and then move to fridge overnight.

Soaker

  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ – ½ cup of wheat germ (depending on your taste)
  • 2 cups of whole milk (you can use soy milk if it is not flavored with other thinks like vanilla)

This is combined and kneaded and let sit overnight.

Final Dough

  • 2 Tablespoons of instant yeast
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter  (vegan margarine is the substitution)
  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of a thick sweetener (honey, molasses – honey is better but I use Maple Syrup more often than honey or molasses)
  • 4 teaspoons of salt (by salt, this means table salt not kosher salt)

Baking temperature reminder is preheat oven to 400F then drop to 350F.  Don’t forget the water.

The finished bread will last about three days before it starts to dry.  Remember, your bread has no preservatives-  so it’s shelf life is shorter.

Enjoy!

Check out the process below. Click on any picture to see it larger!

Reaching for the Moon Podcast: Episode 15 – Mabon 2015

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Welcome to the 15th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. The Wheel continues to turn and we find ourselves at Mabon!

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Within our Mabon 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Astronomy with Aequitas: “Mabon and Libra”
  • It’ll Grow on You: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters G
  • Music: “Three More Drops” by Emerald Rose, from their album, “Archives of Ages to Come”
  • Nice Witch with Shaylee who discussed Pagan Standard Time and how it impacts rituals and gatherings
  • Qabal brings us Foodoo, all about making wheat bread
  • Music: “I am Plenty” by Crow Women, from their album, “Crow Goddess”
  • Workshop: Cat brings us the Magick of Teas, inspired by her workshop at Turning the Tide 2014
  • Music: “May the Circle Be Open” by Crow Women

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Reaching for the Moon Podcast – Episode 14: Lughnassadh 2015

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Welcome to the 14th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. As we honor the sacrifice of the Warrior God, Lugh, we’ve got a special treat for you!

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Our Lughnassadh podcast features the workshop, “The Warrior’s Mindset” presented by Edward G. Rickey during Equinox in the Oaks. We’ve been saving this workshop especially for this episode since this is the time of year that we honor the Warrior Gods.

We’ve broken up the workshop with some great music, including:

  • “Gwydion’s Song to Lieu” by Emerald Rose, from their album “Archives of Ages Past”
  • “We Won’t Sleep Tonight” by Crow Women, whose music can be found at their website

You can learn more about Edward Rickey at his blog, Jet Black Wings. He also generously provided us with a resource list if you are interested in learning more about the Warrior Way:

Living the Martial Way – Forrest E. Morgan
The single best book I own on this subject. Heavily leaning towards practicing Asian martial artists, the information can and should be applied more broadly.

The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
The preeminent swordfighter of Japanese history, at age sixty he sat down to write his thoughts after winning 35 duels and establishing his own school of fencing. As with any Japanese/Chinese literature, read several translations, since a single character can have several meanings. Some writers imply all or some alternate meanings, and good translators will work to include the nuances. I have the Cleary translation from Shambala Press.

Jarhead – Anthony Swofford
This is the book I read the passage from.

On Killing – Dave Grossman
Source of the Sheepdog/Wolf analogy.

33 Strategies of War – Robert Greene
Amazing sourcebook from all across classical literature. He uses all kinds of sources to illustrate the systems that win wars. Two of his other books, 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction are ones I highly recommend.

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
While specifically focusing on team or corporate leadership, Sinek’s work is good for understanding the relationships in organizations and the source of the hormones of emotion that I mentioned.

King Warrior Magician Lover – Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
A so-so book about warriorship, but a good discussion on male archetypes and how they work or fail.

The Tao of Jeet Kun Do – Bruce Lee
Any practicing martial artist needs to read this book.

Guerilla Warfare – Che Guevarra
Focuses on the relationship between a warfighter and the people he fights for. If you can set aside the politics, an excellent book. If this is your speed, follow it up with Mao Tse Tung’s book On Guerrilla Warfare.

Secrets of the Samurai – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Kooky title but a very good overview of Budo, or the Way of the Warrior in Japan.

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere – Oscar Ratti and Adelle Westbrook
Probably the best book ever written on the subject.

The Last Article (short story) – Harry Turtledove
A short story in sort of an alternate history. The Nazis defeat the British and invade India, and then have to deal with Ghandi. There’s a powerful lesson here, and an easy read.

The Sword and the Mind – tr. and ed. Hirosaki Sato
This book is a translation of two of the main manuals for swordfighting in the Yagyu-ryu school, known as family-books.

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In addition I’d like to suggest three other sources. They all have Youtube channels and you might learn something from them.

First in Travis Haley, owner of Haley Strategic. He coined the phrase “higher standard of care” that I used.
Haley Strategic

Second is Chris Costa, owner of Costa Ludis training.
Costa Ludis

Third is James Yeager, owner of Tactical Response. He is the source of the comment “I don’t kill people, I protect people. In protecting people, sometimes bad guys die”.
James Yeager

 

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EMLC Podcast – Episode 13: Litha 2015

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Welcome to the 12th episode of Reaching for the Moon, the podcast brought to you by the Witches and Pagans of Everglades Moon Local Council. It’s Litha – Here comes the Sun!

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Within our Litha 2015 podcast, you will find:

  • Workshop: Kasha presents “How to Make and Use Florida Water” from Equinox in the Oaks, 2015
  • Tarot Tips: Lady Bridget continues our exploration of the Tarot, this time speaking about Nicknames for some of the Cards.
  • Music: “Fire in the Head” by Emerald Rose, from their album, “Fire in the Head”
  • Coyote Morningstar shares his experiences with “7 Sacred Waters
  • It’ll Grow on You: We continue our journey through your spice rack with Lord Riekin – we cover spices with the letters D-F
  • Song: “Fairies Stole my Keys” by Emerald Rose from their album, “Con Suite

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