The Origin of the Witch’s Hat

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I have always been interested in symbols even more so than words or language. When my sons were younger, we would come up with themes for each Halloween and entertain the neighbors. We have dressed up like pirates and had candy in a treasure chest, dressed up in pinstripes and acted like mobsters, zombies coming out of coffins, and our personal favorite…me as a witch and my husband and sons as Grim Reapers.

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Every Halloween and Fall time I find myself attracted to the witch’s hat. I never questioned it and just go with it. Well, yesterday, I decided to ask my Guides about the origin of the witch’s hat. It was explained that it is symbol for a shaman, a healer, a sage, etc. It isn’t evil at all, nor are the other pagan symbols such as the broom, the cauldron, dressing in black, etc.  Many concepts that have been taught to us as being evil, is really an illusion and smoke screen to keep us distracted from our true, authentic self. When we are one with our Divinity…we are very powerful and not able to be controlled by anyone on the lower vibrations. Those in the higher vibrations are not into control, that isn’t the intention at all.

My Guides encourages me to research online as well. They guided me to two articles that I would like to share with you and hopefully you find it as interesting and insightful as I did.

Happy HalloweenHappy Halloween!

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

The Pointed `Witches` Hat and Its Aryan Origins

As a child have you ever wondered why pointed hats[often decorated with lunar, stellar and solar symbols]were associated with witches? It would appear that this headgear truly was worn by witches-or more likely priestesses/priests or shamans amongst various Aryan peoples.
At Subeshi in China the mummies of Europoid women have been discovered with this kind of head gear which scholars associate with the Indo-European speaking Tocharians or Iranians.[See The Tarim Mummies by J.P. Mallory and Victor H. Mair].
There is strong linguistic evidence to support the idea that Aryan priests and fortune tellers were present in the Shang and Zhou dynasty courts, probably in service to blonde haired Aryan emperors[Yellow Emperors] who ruled as the first emperors of China, over a subjugated mongoloid population. These priests were called Magi, the plural of the Old Persian Magus. Archaeological evidence indicates that these Magi had Europoid facial features. Their conical headgear has also been associated with the Aryan steppe tribes.
Theirs was a fire cult and they served a sky god.
A recently broadcast television documentary[Museum Secrets] brought to my attention the discovery of ancient gold hats, one of which is on display in the Neues Museum in Berlin. Three others are in existence and all were found in Germany and France, indicating the existence of a Bronze Age solar cult in central Europe.
So it would appear that the image of the pointed hat wearing witch or warlock is not as far fetched as it once seemed!

~ Original Post: http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-pointed-witches-hat-and-its-aryan.html

 

The History of the Witch’s Hat

There is a stereotypical image of a Witch. She is an ugly old hag, sporting a large wart on her elongated crooked nose, dressed in long black flowing clothes and always topped with a broad brimmed tall pointed black hat. Where did the image of the Witch’s hat come from?

The trade mark Witch’s hat does not come from the Medieval times as art from that time period shows Witch’s wearing a variety of hats and head scarves appropriate to the time period. None of the art shows a Witch wearing the stereotypical hat we see today.

It probably comes from the 15th Century when tall pointed hats were used as dunce caps and similar hats were popular fashion in London. As happens today, new fashion trends start in the big cities and slowly make their way to the smaller towns and county sides. By the time that the farmers and country dwellers started wearing the tall pointed hats, they were far out of fashion in the big metropolitan cities. During the 15th Century, the City folk referred to those who lived in the country as “pagani”.

Pointed hats soon became something only a country dweller or pagani would wear. These women were often wise to the way of the Earth and used herbs in their daily lives for healing and so the hats became associated with the wise women or healers that lived in the country.

Once the Witch trials started, any woman who was considered a wise woman or healer fell suspect to using the “black arts” and hence the pointed hat became a symbol of a witch and was considered evil. During this time, the hat became associated with the horns of the devil and anyone wearing one was considered a follower of Satan.

By the Victorian times, artists had made the image of the old Crone wearing the Witch’s hat a common thing. Witch’s wearing the tall black broad brimmed hat were seen flying upon their brooms wreaking evil in the dead of night in many a Fairy Tale. The image stuck and today is still used in the same context.

Contemporary witches of today do not wear the stereotypical black hat, preferring to go bareheaded or wear a circlet of flowers upon their head during Rituals. Yet, they still honour the Witch’s hat. For them, it is a way to honour those who suffered unfairly during the Witch trials and a way to honour all the wise women in the world who sought to heal not hurt with their knowledge. Halloween, is a special time for them, it is when they honour their ancestors and those who have passed on.

What a perfect time to honour the Witch’s hat!

~ Original Post: https://spirituality.knoji.com/the-history-of-the-witchs-hat/

 

Numerology for Thursday, 29 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 29/October/2015

Despite your fear of failure or rejection you may feel you have to bring in some new ideas and new ways of doing things. You may suddenly become aware that the old way of doing things is not working. Try not to take the reactions of others personally and try to keep things light. You may have to compromise and ‘get real’ to get your message across. Stay positive, this is an opportunity to develop great creativity and learn the value of true sharing, so listen to others even though they may not be saying what you want to hear. Totally believe in the truth you are living, focus on helping others and there will be a positive outcome.

 

Jane Alton

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Sugary Secret of Pet Treats

Sugary Secret of Pet Treats

 

Today’s pet treats aren’t the dog bones of your childhood. Over the past decade, a surprising ingredient has begun to appear on pet treat ingredient lists: sugar.Following the trend of sugar-laden children’s snacks, pet treat manufacturers are tapping into a dog’s sweet tooth to boost sales.

 “One of the key reasons I became involved with fighting pet obesity was when I began seeing sugar added to pet treats. I think if more pet owners were aware of this, they may choose their treats more carefully.” says veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and author of “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives” (2010 HCI). “When you have popular treats such as Snausages SnawSomes that list sugars as three of the first four ingredients, you know there’s a problem.”

And the problem is huge. APOP estimates that 45% of US dogs and 58% of cats are too heavy. That equals an estimated 89 million pets that are at high risk for developing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

Ward says the problem is linked to money – lots of it. With US pet treat sales estimated to be nearly $2 billion in 2010, the treat bowl has turned golden. “Sugar is incredibly attractive to dogs. If a dog gobbles a treat quickly, an owner is more likely to give another – and another. This adds up to more sales – and profits. In the race for pet treat profits, our pets’ health is being bankrupted.”

Ward also contends that added sugar has behavioral consequences. “Numerous studies in rats demonstrate that overfeeding sugar can create symptoms similar to drug addiction. A dog’s daily sweet treat may be contributing to overeating and other undesirable behaviors. This is why I call today’s high-sugar treats ‘kibble crack.’”

Of course, pet treat manufacturers are quick to blame pet owners for the problem. After all, dogs and cats don’t buy or give these products themselves. Ward agrees – to a point. “Pet owners definitely have a feeding disorder when it comes to their pets. Ultimately it’s up to each owner to control how much they feed their pets. What I want to bring attention to is what ingredients are in pet treats – and why. Pet owners must begin to question why there is sugar in a treat that claims to help teeth.”

Ultimately both the pet food industry and Ward have pet’s best interest at heart. “Today we have some of the best pet foods and treats we’ve ever had. For that, I am grateful. At the same time, we’re seeing some of the unhealthiest products masquerading as wholesome and nutritious. It’s time we reveal the sugary secret that is contributing to obesity in pets.”

Dr. Ward’s Dirty Dozen – Popular Sugary Pet Treats:

  • Canine CarryOuts Chewotta  -Dextrose first ingredient
  • Snausages SnawSomes! Beef and Chicken Flavor -Sugars 3 of first 4 ingredients
  • Pedigree Jumbone Mini Snack Food for Small Dogs-Sugars 2 of 3 first ingredient
  • Petrodex Dental Treats for Cats- Dextrose second ingredient
  • Pedigree Jumbone- Sugar third ingredient
  • Milk Bone Essentials Plus Oral Care- Sugar third ingredient
  • Pup-Peroni Lean Beef Recipe- Sugar third ingredient
  • Science Diet Simple Essentials Treats Training Adult Treats with Real Beef- Sugar third ingredient
  • Cesar Softies Dog Treats- Sugar third ingredient
  • Milk-Bone Chewy Chicken Drumsticks- Sugar third ingredient
  • Meow Mix Moist Cat Treats- Corn syrup fourth ingredient
  • Pedigree Marrobone- Sugar third ingredient

Other common sugar-containing treats according to Dr. Ernie Ward:

  • Pedigree Jumbone – Sugar third ingredient
  • Beneful Snackin’ Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
  • Pit’r Pat Fresh Breath Mint Flavored Cat Treats – Maltodextrin first ingredient
  • Three Dog Bakery Lick ‘n Crunch – Dextrose third ingredient
  • Beneful Snackin Slices – Sugar fourth ingredient
  • Busy Chewnola – Maltodextrin second ingredient
  • Exclusively Dog Vanilla Flavor Sandwich Creme Dog Cookies – Sugars first two ingredients
  • Canine Carryouts Dog Treats – Corn syrup second ingredient

For more information, visit www.PetObesityPrevention.com or www.DrErnieWard.com

Numerology for Wednesday, 28 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 28/October/2015

There may be a great deal of re-evaluation today as you and may want to inspire others through your work. You may feel lots better if you cultivate the more gentle side to your nature. Perhaps taking things as they come, rather than reflecting on everything and trying to make everything perfect. Try to be more spontaneous and find the courage to truly be yourself; worry and fear are your true enemies.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Feng Shui Tip: Keep It Simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most basic, yet vital points in Feng Shui, is the way energy flows in any given room in your home.  When spatial harmony exists, the drift of energy will be slow, circuitous and auspicious.  Therefore it is important not to over furnish or over decorate…and try not to let pieces of furniture jut out and create sharp edges (poison arrows).  Getting this one major thing right (spatial harmony in the home) will do wonders towards bringing you a life of prosperity and well-being.

Numerology for Tuesday, 27 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 27/October/2015

Hang on to your truth today and try not to be too impulsive. You are very sensitive and may try to resist change, but may feel forced into action. You may feel in new territory but if you believe in what you are doing and are well directed towards a purpose there is the potential for great success. Try not to be too absorbed with your own feelings, listen carefully to what others have to say, treat others with kindness and consideration. Embrace the bigger picture as well as your goals – life is about the journey, not just the destination.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Numerology for Sunday, 25 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 25/October/2015

You can be unstoppable with regard to making your ideas a reality. But despite your driving intensity giving you an air of great confidence and self-assurance, there may be emotional turmoil on the inside, especially when you want to be seen as in charge, but may be forced to go with the flow more than you would like. If you can still love and believe in what you are doing, there is the potential for great intuition and synchronicity. So, try not to dwell on what has gone before and don’t let things slide. Move forward, doing things in new ways and thinking in new ways. Focus on structure and what’s viable, you want to provide for all so try to do this without imposing your beliefs on others.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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Feng Shui Tip: Harness the Luck of the Matriarch in 2016

Lillian Too has been My Feng Shui Grand Master Teacher for over 20 years. I would like to share this recent article from her, in regards to next year… 2016. Enjoy~

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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In the coming Year of the Monkey, matriarchal energy is extremely powerful and it will be a year where the power of women will bring great control to extremely difficult situations. This year, the auspicious Earth number 8 has flown into the earth sector of the Southwest, which is the home location of the matriarch. The Southwest is also the home of the Monkey (SW3), which lends additional power to the matriarch this year.

It is also a year where turning to the Goddesses of the Earth for strength and sustenance is most beneficial. In the coming year, it is your mother, for example, that will exert greater influence on your and your life rather than your father and in 2016 this is a really good thing. If you are able to harness the cosmic powers of the female energy, it will make a real difference to everyone’s luck equation; it will bring safety, security, new wealth and effectiveness in management of your own household and even of corporations, organizations and countries.

The SW is the home of the Indirect Spirit of Period of 8 and as such the presence of water in this location is vitally important if you seek wealth creation. So be sure to place water in the SW to empower your wealth feng shui. If the SW is also the sitting or facing direction of your home then it is even more important for you to activate this sector. No need for swimming pools or ponds in the SW (although if you have them it is amazingly good luck), but feng shui enhancers such as water features like fountains and crystal vases with blue colored water will do very well. Remember that when you do activate the SW, the financial benefits and stability affect your entire household…. which is truly powerful feng shui.

Finally, note that water in the SW is not just for wealth luck! When you place water in the SW it will ensure the continued nurturing presence of the mother figure.

If you liked this information then be sure to get your 2016 Fortune and Feng Shui Animal Sign Horoscope Book for 2016. Order Your Personal Animal Sign Copy Here NOW!

~ Lillian Too

Grand Master Lillian Too is undoubtedly the world’s most prolific and popular writer and advocate on living with good Feng Shui! She has written over 100 books that have been translated into 31 different languages, and over 10 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.

Numerology for Wednesday, 21 October 2015 by Jane Alton

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Numerology for 21/October/2015

Quiet your soul and allow time to look within and to reflect – you can sometimes best help others by standing back. You love to talk and you are good at it, but true security isn’t always found on the outside, connecting to a bigger/higher purpose is an inside job and the language is silence. With so much going on in your head try to focus on the reality of this minute now, it’s all you truly have for certain. Try to see things as others do and remember the power of love.

Jane Alton

~ Jane Alton

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All Natural Pumpkin Spice Latte

Labor Day weekend. Kids back to school. The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Who knew the latter would become synonymous with all things fall?

Ten years ago, Starbucks almost didn’t launch what would become their most successful seasonal beverage of all time… the Pumpkin Spice Latte. With a cult-like following, this drink, with its multiple Facebook Fan Pages, has sold more than 200 million units since its induction in 2003.

But, let’s talk about its nutrition. A grande (16 oz.) with reduced-fat milk will set you back a 380 calories with whopping 50 grams of sugar! Talk about a coffee/sugar buzz! Not to mention all the artificial flavors that are in the pumpkin syrup.

There has to be a better way.

One of my greatest passions is making the healthy lifestyle taste good. Who wants to spend the rest of their life with boiled chicken and steamed broccoli?! Yuck! I love taking “unhealthy” recipes and converting them to something we can feel good (or relatively good) about including in our diets. If we want to practice healthy eating for a lifetime, we might as well ENJOY it.

So, after much tinkering, I’ve put together this healthier version of the Starbucks Pumpkin Latte. From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy every last sip!

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Ingredients

  • 1 shot of espresso or 4 oz. of very strong coffee
  • 3/4 cup of milk of choice (taste best with raw cow or coconut)
  • 3 TB organic pumpkin puree (where to buy)
  • 1 TB of real maple syrup (where to buy)
  • 5 drops of stevia (or you can add another 1/2 TB of maple syrup)
  • 1/8 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice* (cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, cardamom) – (where to buy)
  • 1/8 tsp. of vanilla extract (where to buy)
  • Pinch of coconut sugar for topping (where to buy)

* You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 50% cinnamon, 35% ginger/nutmeg, 10% clove, 5% cardamom.

This beverage is equivalent to a tall size and contains 185 calories with 22 grams of natural sugar versus Starbucks’ version with 330 calories and 40 grams of mostly refined sugar. If you want to make a grande size, increase your ingredients to: 2 shots of espresso or 6 oz. strong coffee, 1 1/4 cup of milk, 4 TB pumpkin puree, 1/4 tsp. of pumpkin spice/vanilla extract each, 1 1/2 TB maple syrup, and 7 drops of stevia.

Directions

pumpkin-spice-latte-coffeeIf you don’t have an espresso maker and like lattes, I highly recommend investing in this machine. It’s inexpensive and think about it this way… You’ll recoup your costs with just 20 visits to Starbucks. I bought one and use the milk steamer regularly for Griffin.

If you aren’t interested in purchasing one, you can still make this drink. Just concentrate your regular cup of Joe to 4 ounces of liquid. This will create a similar intensity of an espresso shot.

Once you have your coffee ready, put in mixing glass and add your pumpkin, spices, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Use an immersion blender (another awesome investment) to whip together. If you don’t have one, use a blender.

As an FYI, we played with the pumpkin and spice/vanilla extract ratios and while 1/8 tsp of the latter seems skimpy, we found it was just right. By adding more, you overwhelm the pumpkin flavor.

Meanwhile, add your stevia to your 1 cup of milk and heat with your espresso maker. I like mine nice and frothy but do to your liking. If you don’t have a machine, you can put milk in a saucepan over a medium flame. Once the milk is simmering, remove and put in blender. Stir on high to create a nice foamy milk. Pour into a vessel and gently pound on the counter a few times. Let it sit for a minute and then use a spoon to separate the liquid from the foam of your milk. This will help you achieve the nice frothy top of a latte beverage.

Pour into mug of choice and dust the top with a pinch of coconut sugar.

Enjoy immediately!

~ Mama Natural

Original post: http://www.mamanatural.com/pumpkin-spice-latte/