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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), the plant from which absinthe is produced, has been mentioned in all sorts of texts and literature throughout history from as far back as the Bible. (Supposedly, after the serpent was expelled from the Garden of Eden, wormwood grew in his trail out.)
Wormwood and wormwood soaked in wine has been used all through ancient times as a 'cure' for everything from labor pains to rheumatism to bad breath. In the middle ages, it was even used to prevent flatulence in dogs and a deterrent to the plague.
Modern absinthe was rediscovered publicly by a French doctor named Pierre Ordinaire in 1792. Dr. Ordinaire was a Frenchman living in Switzerland. During his trips in the Swiss Val-de-Travers mountain regions, he 'discovered' the wormwood plant and developed a drinkable recipe. The drink was once again promoted as a cure-all and immediately earned the nickname La Fee Verte.
Absinthe has its commercial origins in 1797. For some time before, Mere Meriod had been privately creating her own version of absinthe. An entrepreneur named Major Henri Dubied bought the rights to her recipe and began marketing the bottled product in the Val-de-Travers and surrounding area. Major Dubied's daughter married a man named Henri-Louis Pernod. Mr. Pernod and the Dubied family then created a partnership company to produce, market and sell absinthe based on their own variation of the Henriod/Dubied/Pernod recipe. Thus begins the origins of the first product made by the famous Pernod label in Switzerland and France.
Originally, Pernod's product was given to French soldiers in Algeria as a preventative medicine against fever. However, these soldiers continued to drink and popularize absinthe when they returned to France.
By the mid to late 1800's, the reputation of absinthe was at its peak. The most famousand popular artists and writers of the day were well known to have received their inspirations while drinking absinthe. Van Gogh, Toulouse, Lautrec, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Picasso, and Beaudelaire increased the popularity of the drink through the works they created. As a result of these artists' international success, absinthe grew internationally popular as well.
Unfortunately, absinthe's quick downfall started in 1905. A farmer in French speaking Switzerland, Jean Lanfrey, went on an all day drinking binge of absinthe, brandy and wine. Later in the evening, a growing and prolonged argument with his wife turned intensely tragic. Mr. Lanfrey, in his all day drunkenness, eventually shot his wife with their unborn baby, their four-year old daughter and their two-year old child sleeping in the crib. Mr. Lanfrey tried to shoot himself but failed.
Everyone who knew Mr. Lanfrey said that this violent rampage simply did not fit Mr. Lanfrey's personality. As a result, his actions were blamed not on his occasional violent outbursts he was known for, nor for the mixture of drinking all day with wine, brandy and absinthe. Propaganda focused solely on the fact that he drank two large glasses of absinthe.
Immediately, European communities began attributing absinthe as "the cause of bloodthristy crime." The anti-absinthe campaign was now in full force and in 1908 it was banned completely in Switzerland. By 1923, absinthe became an illegal alcohol in most countries including America, Germany, and France.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 29, 2010
So today my sons friend is spending the night and I usually do big breakfasts for them. Well, I woke up and realized I have no eggs, bread or anything that would resemble a big breakfast. Soo, I made these.
Straberry yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and granola. Parfaits Tada!!!!!!
I love hearing " your the best mom ever!!!!!!!
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Our wedding song awe
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I beleive this says it all today, and yes I was the girl who had sex with her math teacher, lol. An A is an A.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
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Monday, January 11, 2010
So my man (God as he is called by close friends). Cooked for me the other night, I had reservations about the recipe. I have to admit it was good.
salt and pepper
Saute beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper till browned.
Layer potato, carrots, then ground beef mix two times over, then cover with soup and bake in a 350 deg oven till tender. Very good and Very cheap
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
My friend Shauna has great Boobs!!!!!! I wish I had some,lol I am built like a school girl.
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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Me teaching Trinity how to use the pendulum.
A simple tool used for communicating and gaining guidance from the spiritual world. As well as getting in touch with the subcouncious. This is one of the easiest methods of divination and is ten times more secure and accurate than a Ouija board. When used for divination the pendulum acts as an antenna that amplifies signals or energy vibrations emanating from a spiritual guide or the Divine energies you've called upon. These vibrations focus their attention on the pendulum and cause it to move in specific directions, giving you answers and guidance to the questions you put to the tool.
A pendulum is simply a string or chain, weighted by a pointed crystal or some other form of heavy object. In my personal experience, I've had better results from natural materials, such as crystals, and varying forms of metal, brass, silver and so on.
Mine is jade on a silver string ( actually it is my sons, but he never uses it sooo.)
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Friday, January 1, 2010
The expression 'Once in a Blue Moon' is used to express a rare and often special event. This is because a Blue Moon occurs just once in every two and half years or so. This special Moon occurs when a second full Moon falls in any one calendar month. Usually months have only one full Moon, but occasionally there can be a second one - named a Blue Moon.
Full Moons occur every 29 days, but most months are 30 or 31 days long; so it is possible to fit two full Moons in a single month. This happens rarely. The coming Blue Moon is December 31 2009, and you'll have to wait until August 31 2012 before the next one occurs.
The Moon phases are seen as important for many established and traditional religions, often marking special significant dates in the religious calendar.
Both the Islamic calendar and Jewish calendar are lunar. Christianity sets its most important event of celebrating Easter on the first Sunday following the first full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Jainism also follow the Moon cycles to mark significant festivals.
The practice of the 'Craft', known as Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca, all place greater significance than other religions on the Moon and its phases. Of particular importance are the full Moons which are celebrated and honoured and known as 'Esbats'.
The full Moon, or Esbat, is seen as a potent and special time to celebrate, practice rituals, and to Cast Magic Spells for any positive purpose - love, money, health and happiness for example. And this rare Moon event is considered an exceptionally potent time to Spell cast.
This year this special Moon also coincides with the celebration of New Year's Eve, which is always seen as a time to bid the past farewell and look with hope, anticipation and optimism to a brighter and better New Year.
So do not miss out on this 'Once in a Blue Moon' opportunity to mark this special event and do something monumental. To make your special wishes come true use the forthcoming positive Moon energy to Spell cast for yourself, or get an experienced professional Witch or Spellcaster to cast on your behalf.
Use the time to cast a Love Spell or Money Spell - or both. Benefit from this special Moon's Energy by cleansing your Aura. Perform a special Ritual to bring you good luck.
Here are a few simple rituals you can perform to take advantages of the specialness of the Blue Moon and hopefully bring to you all that you desire.
Magically Charge a Lucky Talisman
On the evening of the Blue Moon take any piece of silver jewellery or a silver coin, make a special wish and say it aloud 3 times. Place the jewellery or coin under the full Moon overnight. Silver is associated with the Moon and the Goddess and is the best material for use in a Blue Moon ritual.
Don't worry if you cannot physically see the Moon, as its special energy is still present. Once the jewellery or coin has been charged by the energy of the Blue Moon, it will act as a lucky talisman to allow your wishes to come true.
On the evening of the Blue Moon take a silver coin, concentrate on the wish you want fulfilled, repeat aloud your wish and toss the coin into any body of water. This could be a wishing well, a river, the ocean or a lake.
The element of water is associated with the Moon and is utilised in positive Magic particularly associated with love.
On the Blue Moon evening, undress and stand naked under the full Moon. 'Bathe' by visualising the moonbeams cleansing you from head to foot. Once you feel thoroughly cleansed, say aloud 3 times your special wish.
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