The Wisdom of Buddha
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
These cookies can be made on Hallow’s Eve. They can be shaped like people and the herb rosemary is added to the dough as a symbol of remembrance. Some of the cookies are eaten while telling stories or attributes of special ancestors, reminding us that we still have access to their strengths–or perhaps a predisposition to their weaknesses. The rest of the cookies are left outside by a bonfire as an offering. This can be a solemn ritul, but it need not be.
Ingredients for the cookies:
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter or margarine (softened)
2 t. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 T. chopped rosemary
Heat oven 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture. Beat until dough forms and refrigerate for three hours. Divide dough into halves. Roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface. Cut out with gingerbread women or men cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting with second portion. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite method of eating Oreos:
You will need a package of Oreo Cookies … the cheap imitation sandwich cookies are an insult to the Goddess! … enough for everyone to have at least three. Milk is good, but optional.
Reading the “creme filling”
You can also interpret the creme as moon phases: The full creme on right side is full moon, left side new moon….different phases can be interpreted by different splits in the creme. There are many other possible ways to interpret these cookies. Go with what feels right for you.
Of course, you must eat the cookie afterward to honor the Goddess. If you want to dunk your cookie, do so after the divination. Mushy cookies don’t separate well.
TO HELP CHANGE ENEMIES INTO FRIENDS
Take a photograph of your enemy and pass it through the rising smoke of jasmine, orange, vanilla or violet incense. As you do this, recite the following incantation 3 times.
Enemy, enemy, turn into friend Let all ill will, now come to an end.
If you do not have photograph of your enemy, you can use a square piece of blue parchment paper upon which you have written his or her full name and birth date, if known. After reciting the incantation for the third time, take the photograph or blue parchment and put it in a small box along with a beryl gemstone. Fill the box with vervain, cover it with a lid, and then store it in an undisturbed place. For best results, perform this spell when you moon is full.
Colors: Red and Yellow
Elements: Fire and Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of yellow and red place a bow and arrows, three torches, wreaths of twigs, cookies shaped like goats or deer, a flaming brazier, and a chalice of Greek wine.
Offerings: Goat cookies and wine.
Daily Meal: Goat meat or venison, if possible.
We hail on this day Artemis Agrotera,
Divine Huntress of the forests.
Lady who roams the high mountains,
Lady who delights in the circle dance,
Light-Bringer, Silver Bow,
Huntress of the deep Arcadian woodlands,
Leader of nymphs, and first among them,
Ever-virgin, enclosed within yourself,
Lady of Munikhia, Harbor Watcher,
You whose bow lies always before Ephesus,
All hail, Goddess, and be gracious to our song!
We sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold,
Pure maiden who cheers on the hounds,
Shooter of stags who delights in archery,
The protectress of young suckling creatures,
We call you on this day!
For long ago when they called upon you
For protection, you saw that many were slaughtered,
Too many even to give sacrifice!
So we ask also protection from you,
For us, for our haunts, for the creatures
Under our care, O Divine Huntress,
Whose silver tracks range far and wide.
(One who has been chosen to do the work of the ritual shall pass around first the basket of cookies, and all shall take one, and then the chalice of wine, and all shall toast to Artemis. Then all shall cry out together, “Artemidae!” and snap the heads off of their cookies, and throw them into the brazier as sacrifice. The rest shall be eaten, and the wine poured out as a libation.)
Rolled Oat Yule Cookies
I make these cookies all year long, although during the Yule season I add either red and green M&M’s or dried cranberries to the batter.
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup M&M’s or dried cranberries
In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and brown sugar. Mix in water and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, baking soda, and M&M’s or cranberries.
Mix the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture.
Shape the cookie dough into two long logs, cookie size in diameter.
Wrap the logs in wax paper, parchment, or plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Unwrap cookie logs and slice into ½ inch thick cookies.
Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and bake for about 12 minutes.