Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter and East Star the Festival of Renewal

Easter Eastre East-Star -the Festival of Renewal




The Holy day of East Star was originally a celebration of renewal and rebirth for original people. Celebrating the return of early spring, it honors the Mother Nature goddess known in many cultures as Eostra, Oestera, Eastre(Esther), Ishtar, Auset, Het-Heru, Hathor, Aurora, or Adonis...

Earth has been referred to as Mother since ancient times as “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.”
The Goddess Nut, swallows the sun as Heru striking his uncle Set every evening, then to give birth to the Sun as Ausar every morning. During the night, guided by the moonlight of his mother Auset, a battle of Heru and his uncle Set is fought to release Heru's father, Ausar, and to once again witness the rising of Ausar to take his place as earth sovereign of all things green and growing. 

Auset brought forth her son Heru, after the murder of her husband Ausar, symbolic of abundant crops, as the rains from the sky met the welcoming earth in the spring. Festivals like “The Marriage Feast of Canaan” were Spring fertility rites in ancient times which celebrated Pregnancy, and the dawn of spring and fertility. The dawn of the Sun Star the equinox, was in the east, so Sunrise celebrations centered on growth and renewal were celebrated. Growers celebrated to ask petition for abundant crops, and eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans.



Easter is exceptional, depending on where you live in proximity to the Equator. There are only 3 seasons, instead of 4 for those living near the equator.

Other Names of Spring Goddess:




With brightening and longer days after vernal equinox, Eastre is full of growth and passion of new life. Eastre was known as Ma, the Great Mother Goddess of Northern Europe, by our Ancient Twa/Khoisan Ancestars. She is a goddess of dawn and spring, and her name derives from dawn, the light arising from East. The word, East and the female hormone, estrogen is also related to her.

The Rite of Spring,

Eastre’s male consort was the Sun god Ra, and rites of spring were celebrated in her honor on the first day of spring. Celebrations were on the first full moon following vernal equinox. The full moon represents a “pregnant” phase of Eastre, passing into fertility to give birth to the Sun’s offspring.

“Eastre” is derived from the direction East, and the Spring Goddess is associated with dawn. Eastre is related to the Indo-European Hausos, Goddess of dawn, and the Roman and Greek Goddesses, Aurora and Eos. In German Austron means dawn, derived from Aus, “to shine.” The ancient word for Spring was Eastre, and Goddesses in many cultures are celebrated as the bearer of springtime.




Aphrodite ~ Cyprus

Ashtoreth ~ Israel

Astarte ~ Greece

Demeter ~ Mycenae

Auset ~ Het-Heru (Hathor) ~ Kemet (Egypt)

Ishtar ~ Assyria

Kali ~ India

Ostara ~ Norse Goddess of fertility


The Middle East celebrates many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zorostrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismalili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shamm’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.

Rabbits and Eggs

Eastre represents renewal and fertility, and eggs and rabbits were sacred to her. Rabbits are potent symbol of fertility, as a female rabbit can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with the first! The markings of the full moon were believed by some Eastern cultures to be an image of a rabbit pounding a mortar.

The Earth in Spring is filled with fertility and awakening, many people get married during this season and many children are born during this time. The egg is an obvious symbol, and it has been a symbol of rebirth since ancient times. The hare was sacred animal of the Spring Moon. At vernal equinox an egg, is the symbol of New Life.

Our Mother Earth

Earth is referred to as Mother since ancient times: “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.” Watching the cycles of Nature one sees that rain falling brings life to Earth, so ancient cultures saw Father as Heaven, and Earth as Mother.
Auset suckling her sun Heru
The middle east celebrates many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zorostrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismalili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shamm’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.

So essentially Easter is the celebration of the fertile womb and the lunar menstrual cycle. Easter was not always celebrated as the Ascension Christ from the dead; the meaning of Easter was quite different from what Christians celebrate today. Long before the name of Jesus, many peoples associated this festival with the coming back to life of the god of the earth Ta-mmuz (see Ezek 8:14,) also known as Geb, Ausar, Adonis Orpheus or Perseus, who had been dead in the underworld during the winter to rise in the spring. The name by which Christians still celebrate the festival is the name of the ancient fertility goddess Eastre, Ishtar, Auset, or Ashtoreth (whose name also survives in the name of one of the books of the Old Testament, the only Bible book that contains no reference to God - the Book of Esther).


Ausar is the god who conquered the underworld. Easter was celebrated as a time of new life, Beauty, sunshine, and birth. Jesus (in the Christian version of the myth) is just the latest in a long line of gods to symbolize new life through resurrection. Easter was originally (and still is) a celebration of the fertility of the earth, renewed each springtime. The egg, the chick, the rabbit, the flowers, are all fertility symbols (and much older than this latest Christian symbol of the resurrected god). Its celebration has often been marked by sexual exuberance, pregnancy and new birth, as is still prominent in the pre-Lenten Carnivals and Mardi Gras festivals and the phallic symbolism of the May pole and the cross.

The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.

The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March. Easter is a movable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. churches in and around Rome observed the practice of celebrating Easter on the following Sunday calling it “the day of the resurrection of our Savior.”


Western Christianity, using the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April inclusive, whereas Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May. Initially, in the early days,

The specific day on which the resurrection should be celebrated became a major point of contention within the church.

If his resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him, when was he crucified- To rise again in three days? Did he rise on the Sabbath or the first day of the week?







It is the central tenet of Christian faith and theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of the Christian faith, according to the Apostle Paul, who even says that if Jesus Christ has not been resurrected then the Christian faith is worthless and futile (1 Cor. 15:14-17). Therefore, without Easter there is no Christianity.

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Maafa syndrome was constantly occurring, long before Stockholm syndrome... Maafa Syndrome is the total identification with an abuser, for the hope of favor. Our People of color, have totally rejected their own Cultural and Spiritual Icons, for their own interests and survival, to completely surrender and embrace a false god, created in the image of a western alien construct by Aryan Caucasians and Arabs, for the sole purpose of perpetuating, propagating the interests of Arabs, and Aryan Caucasians, to absolutely and perpetually control the Cultural Social, economic, Political, educational, capital resources of the masses of Human Indigo peoples of color around the world! These believers have colorized this Icon, (like making chitterlings into a gourmet delicacy,)  and will lay down their lives, and turn on their own family, to protect this deeply embedded inception... "The Matrix is a technicolor dream world"... Morpheus...

Historically, the Christian church, because it could not eradicate the celebration of this popular festival, reinterpreted it and assigned to it a new meaning, but was unable to erase completely its original significance. The The Mother and Sun Icons, the egg and the rabbit, the Ankh, the Khepra Beetle (the real symbols of this festival) will continue to be loved and celebrated as long as we can marvel at the new life which the spring brings.

Things to Energize You!

Decorate your home with Spring flowers; crocuses, daffodils, violets, lilac, lilies, roses, iris
Add something green: a plant, candles, soap to represent growth and expansion
Work on projects and ideas initiated around Winter Solstice

Here are some favorite Spring Flower symbols. Add some to your home!

Dogwood Flower: 4 petals symbolize 4 directions
Iris: Purity, wisdom, faith, birth blessing, life and resurrection
Honeysuckle: Rebirth, renewal, spiritual sight, versatile mind
Jasmine: Lunar, psychic, spiritual love
Lily: Strong associations with fertility, purity, rebirth
Rose: True love, joy, yellow roses for Eastre


The soil is prepared, planting season has begun, so sow your seeds and hard work will bring you full bloom!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Amen Ankh Urban Farm- Wild Edible Plant Foods: Identifying Purslane

Foraging: Identifying and Eating Purslane (avoid poisonous spurge!)


Purslane: abundant, tasty, very nutritious, and pretty easy to identify--with just a couple pointers!

Identification difficulty for the Novice

Purslane, (latin name: Portulaca oleracea), is a wonderful, edible "weed". It's tasty, versatile, highly nutritious, easy to find, grows everywhere and is relatively easy to identify. It's not native to North America, so it is generally considered to be an invasive weed. For those of you with an interest in Foraging, homesteading, and/or sustainable eating, choosing invasive species for your meals is one of the most sustainable, locavore options. There's even a word for it: invasivore

Purslane does have one dangerous look-a-like: the potentially deadly spurges. (Euphorbia varieties). I find that they really don't look that much alike, and there is one tried and true way to tell them apart--making purslane a good plant for even a novice forager. 

With that in mind, I'd like to tell you everything I have learned about purslane, including how to identify it, and how not to confuse it with spurge, and some basic cooking tips. 


Purslane history

Purslane has spread throughout all of the Old World, (Europe, North Africa, and Asia). It is eaten fairly frequently through out it's range, especially in the Indian subcontinent. With European imperialism, purslane spread to Australia and North and South America, where is is commonly eaten,(especially Mexico)-- Strangely, it is often considered a weed and not eaten in U.S. or Canada in the modern day. (It used to be eaten in parts of the US as recently as WWII.)

Purslane can be found almost anywhere, and can adapt itself to a variety of climates, from arid to damp, hot to cold, and sun to shade. It's considered a succulent, and can adapt itself to environments that experience the extremes of  rainy seasonal monsoons and months-long droughts.


Identifying Purslane: Portulaca oleracea*

  1. Purslane grows low along the ground, generally under 3". Occasionally it will create a bunch or cluster, which can grow about 6" high. It grows from a central taproot, so all the branches of an individual plant will come together at the same place. 
  2. Purslane is a succulent. Both stalk and leaves have a thick, fleshy feeling to them. The leaves are not as thick as in most decorative succulents, but their leaves and stems are thicker than spurge. Think of the thickness of kid leather. (See close-up pic). 
  3. Stems can be red or green with a reddish tinge. Small bright yellow flowers can grow from the cluster of leaves. Leaves are a bright green.
  4. Leaves grow out from the stalk in a "star", of four leaves. Sometimes 2 of these leaves will form before the others, but most times you see the leaves on a plant they will be in groups of 4--often 2 large and 2 small. This looks very similar to a whorled leaf configuration.
    See pic.
    The four-leaf "star" like growth of purslane
  5. Purslane leaf edges are smooth, not serrated. (They don't have jagged or toothy edges)
  6. Purslane stems are smooth and hairless. 
  7. Most importantly: if you break the stem of purslane, there is NO sticky white liquid (called latex), Purslane may be a little sticky, but it will be clear, not white. However, small the latex on small spurge plants can be very hard to notice and/or dry up quickly, so make sure to use ALL identification points.

Disclaimer

Important!

Never eat any wild plant unless you are 100% sure that you have identified an edible species.
Always cross-reference the information you find on the internet with an expert, a foraging group, or several reference books. Have fun, but be responsible. Identification is entirely your responsibility. . . and it can also mean your life!

*As always you should never accept anything you read on the internet without verifying it for yourself with either a local expert or several publications. Colors can vary from monitor to monitor, and images are not as clear as in printed materials. Personally, before I eat anything I verify it with at least 3 reliable sources. I have found this to be a remarkably good way of ensuring my safety when foraging. 


This blog has been put together for general information, education, reference, Spirituality, Current Events and Entertainment purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, or the American Medical Association and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any specific conditions. Ask your doctor for his professional advice before making radical changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Poisonous Spurges: Euphorbia varieties
  1. Euphobia is a pretty big genus, including poinsettias, which are also poisonous. Spurges also grow low along the ground, generally under 3", and they too can grow higher. They also grow in a creeping fashion, out of a central point. 
  2. Spurges are not succulents, so the leaves are thinner, like typical plants. If you look at this spurge image, the leaves are almost paper-thin. Not all varieties are this delicate, but none are as thick as those of purslane.
  3. Stems can be red or green with a reddish tinge. Leaves are a darker green, compared to purslane, in most varieties. 
  4. Leaves grow parallel to each other on the stem in pairs. These leaves will always be opposite each other on the stem, unless they are growing at the junction of a branch. (Then the 2 leaves and the branch will come off the stem evenly spaced--like the spokes in a wheel). But there will never be more than 2 leaves at the same point on the stem. 
  5. Every spurge I know of has serrated, indented or toothed leaves. However, sometimes these serrations are very small, and the teeth can also be small and widely spaced--appearing smoother. 
  6. Most (but not all) spurges have hairy stems. Some also have hairy leaves.
  7. Most importantly: if you break the stem of a spurge, it will ooze a sticky white liquid, called latex.
Because of leaf pairings, spurge tends to grow more horizontal than purslane. A flatter flat, if you will.
 Just as poinsettia can become a problem for house pets, spurges have caused deaths among sheep or other small domestic foraging animals. If you have spurge in your yard, I would use gloves, and try pulling it out if you have young children or pets who go out un-escorted. 

Sustainability

Purslane is a non-native species in the Americas. (To be completely fair, there may be native varieties, but they have interbred and/or died out from competition with the ones brought over from the new world). Purslane is commonly considered to be an invasive species. Invasive generally implies that the plant is doing active harm to the native environment/species, like edible Kudzu. Invasive species are generally considered to be beneficial. in their introduction,

However purslane has been here so long that it's pretty much done whatever damage it's going to do. Like dandelion, it's very possible that purslane wiped out native species when it arrived, but the invading colonizers weren't keeping track, so we really have no idea.

Eating a bunch of purslane, even wiping out a local patch or two isn't going to do any damage to your environment. (Provided you don't use chemicals, of course). Of course, In my opinion, purslane is a very pretty plant, as well as a tasty one. And, given that it can and will grow everywhere, and spreads quickly, you can use it for a nice ground cover in areas you are having difficulty getting anything to grow. Purslane will grow from cuttings, so if you want to get rid of it, don't compost, or let it go to seed. Kept in check, however purslane is a good companion plant for gardens, and helps retain soil moisture.

Eating Purslane

Purslane is a great vegetable for anyone: forager, or gardener. Unlike some wild plants which are bitter (and need to be boiled) or tough and stringy (and do best in a food processor), purslane has excellent flavor and texture, and can be prepared raw or cooked. The leaves, flowers and stems are all edible, (I have never heard of anyone eating the roots--so I would avoid them).

Eaten raw, they have a juicy, crunchy texture. I would call it closest to celery, with an okra like liquid. without the stringiness of celery. The flavor is somewhat tart with a mellow grassy note, or like a mild seaweed.  Where I used to live, it grew prolifically, by roadsides and parking lots--(areas where you would risk ingesting dangerous chemicals.)

Use purslane raw in salads, and sandwiches. When cooked, purslane looses much of it's unique texture, becoming soft like cooked spinach. If you cook it lightly, however, it makes an excellent substitute for pasta--like a thick spaghetti or an udon noodle. Purslane is naturally vegan and gluten free, but has mucilaginous aspect: like okra, purslane will release a sticky liquid when cooked. This "mucilage" can be used to thicken soups and stews, or even an egg white substitute, but if using purslane as a pasta substitute, you will need to rinse the veggie thoroughly and may need multiple changes of boiling water. Cooking purslane also removes much of the sour apple flavor, making it taste more like a spinach or other cooked pot-herb. Other cultures around the world use purslane in baked goods, including semi-sweet applications.

Nutrition

I rarely get to talk about nutrition in wild plants, because the studies just haven't been done. But purslane has a long history of consumption, throughout the world, and we know a lot about what it has to offer.

Purslane is a nutritional powerhouse. Vegetarians and vegans especially will be excited to know that purslane has more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. It's protein and iron concentrations are higher than in any cultivated vegetable--including kale. Purslane has more magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin E than kale as well. In a calorie to calorie comparison, it has more potassium than a banana. In addition there are some B vitamins, a good amount of vitamin C, a fair amount of calcium, and a smattering of those micronutrients people say we should get more of. . . All nutritional data has been gathered from the Wikipedia page. 

Note of caution

Purslane has oxalates in it, similar to Japanese knotweed and wood sorrel. As we've mentioned before, many veggies you can buy in the store have oxalic acid, including spinach and rhubarb. People with kidney problems and/or rheumatoid arthritis should avoid these foods. The sick, the elderly, the very young and women who are pregnant or nursing should also avoid wild plants on general principle.

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