Anchovies

The anchovy is an oily saltwater fish abundant in the Mediterranean area where they are heavily utilized in the local cuisine. They are also found in African, Asian and Indian seas and cuisines. Anchovies have been harvested and preserved in salt or oil or dried for centuries and were an important trading commodity in ancient […]

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Amaretto

Amaretto is an Italian liquor flavored with almonds and/or apricot pits. Liquor contains the distilled spirit or essence of whatever it is made from. Amaretto is often used as an ingredient in desserts such as marzipan and tiramisu and is also delicious over ice cream and in chocolate concoctions. It is also delicious in a variety of mixed drinks. Correspondences Element(s): Spirit, Air […]

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Amaranth

The amaranth plant produces a very attractive flower head whose tiny seeds can be eaten as grain and whose leaves may be eaten as greens. Amaranth was and is an important grain in the Aztec and Incan cultures. Its common name comes from the Greek for “unfading” in reference to its longstanding blooms which represent […]

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Allspice

Allspice berries grow on a tree native to the West Indies. They smell like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and may be used used as a substitute for any of these herbs. Allspice has been used to make fragrances for men. The Mayan people used allspice as an embalming herb. Allspice berries are gathered green and dried […]

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa has been cultivated for animal fodder for centuries. Its high nutritional and caloric value, perennial habit and ability to regrow after being chopped down repeatedly makes it a useful and sustainable forage plant and hay crop. A legume, it is also useful as a nitrogen-fixing cover crop, improving the soil its grown in. Alfalfa […]

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Check your ethics

Over the past several months, I have seen calls to join in spellwork to mitigate the damage that the current regime seems intent on inflicting on minorities and the environment. I gave a nod to this subject in an earlier post but I didn’t talk about it specifically. Indeed, here I’m not going to talk about […]

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