The Cathars: Christians who believe in Reincarnation, Dualism, and Ascetic Salvation

The Cathars were Christians who broke away from the Catholic church during medieval times. They did not label themselves as “Cathars” — rather, “good men” or “good women” or “good Christians.” The religion was a dualistic and Gnostic movement. Unfortunately, the Catholic church eventually struck back and they died out by the 1200s — whileContinue reading “The Cathars: Christians who believe in Reincarnation, Dualism, and Ascetic Salvation”

Try-it Tuesday ~ Mead (Honey Wine) Recipe

Mead is an alcohol made from fermented honey and water. Its nickname is “honey wine” because it has many similarities to wine, such as similar alcohol content, however is distinct from wine itself. Mead is possibly the oldest type of alcohol known to man, even older than beer and wine, with evidence of its useContinue reading “Try-it Tuesday ~ Mead (Honey Wine) Recipe”

Halloween Recipe ~ Soul Cakes

Soul cakes are rich cookies that have been used traditionally by the British and Irish during the Middle Ages on Halloween. As children and the poor would go door-to-door in hopes of money or blessings, many homes would give out soul cakes. This is where the origin of trick-or-treating came from. Soul cakes have evenContinue reading “Halloween Recipe ~ Soul Cakes”

Wish Wednesday ~ The Fairytale (Part 1)

What is “the fairytale”? There is some type of dreamworld that exists in all of our imaginations. It is a mix of reality and fantasy that blends together perfectly. In our bones, in our DNA, we can feel a time before this one. Our great, great ancestors once lived during the time of much simplerContinue reading “Wish Wednesday ~ The Fairytale (Part 1)”

Halloween Recipe: Soul Cakes

Soul Cakes are small round cakes (more like cookies) that were traditionally used in medieval England on Halloween. The poor would go door-to-door that night and seek food, money, or prayers from the wealthy, and in return the poor would offer their own prayers. Often, people would hand out soul cakes to the poor. SoulContinue reading “Halloween Recipe: Soul Cakes”