Friday, November 27, 2009

Irish Holiday Greetings!

"C'ead Mile Failte" (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) to you on this beautiful Thanksgiving Eve!
and a good "slainte" (health) to you all and your beautiful families!!! Love Ana!!


May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

I drink to your health when I'm with you,

I drink to your health when I'm alone,

I drink to your health so often,

I'm starting to worry about my own


May you never forget what is worth remembering,

Or remember what is best forgotten.
May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.


Here's to you, here's to me, the best of friends we'll always be. But if we ever disagree, forget you here's to ME!!


May your neighbors respect you,

Troubles neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And Heaven accept you.

In Heaven there is no beer, that is why we drink it here.

Here's to a long life and a merry one.

A quick death and an easy one.

A pretty girl and an honest one.

A cold pint-- and another one!

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Agda and her Spices

After our third and hopefully final course, we were already absolutely stuffed. But from around the corner came Agda, the mother, the creator and the chef with a hot sizzling dish called Tadik; which is a crispy, sticky rice with a sweet and tart sauce of tomatoes, saffron and lentils melting through the cracks. It was hard to put the fork down as she sat starring at our every bite with a proud smile of sharing her spices with our senses. Standing no more than 5 feet tall with piercing dark eyes and the most serene smile and elegant style, Agda had quite a story to tell. And though her English was not always clear, she communicated her journey from Iran to America in a profound way….through her food. “What you taste in this sauce is dried lime, only from Iran” she boasted as she told us of her latest journey back to her homeland of Tehran to purchase more spices. Still owning property in the ancient and tumultuous city of Tehran, she happily has lived in Boston for over 20 years. Her husband was a minister of Education with the Shah before the revolution, but after 1978 she came to America for her own son’s education. Starting all over in the steadfast city of Boston, she came over with nothing but saffron, rose water and sumac. Not even English was in her bag of hopeful enterprising. Cooking was her talent and her children, who both graduated from acclaimed universities in Boston, knew that her recipes must be shared. With only her hands and a knife, she showed the Mexican chef how to create her great grandmothers secrets of cooking, with herbs and seasoning not found in the west and no common language between the two. But just like every grandchild learns their families trade through lessons and instincts, the aspiring chef learning through watching, doing and feeling. Proving that all hands all over the world are the same, the word for that which the hand touches is the only difference.
Now a widow, mother and restaurateur, Agda resembles what she talks to fondly about, the matriarchal queens of Iran 2,000 years ago. Today, she is the queen of her own kingdom, enticing all visitors to come on a voyage of tastes through the spices of Iran in Boston. La La Rokh is her kingdom of Iranian spices that awaits our senses.
Salam a ti!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Legend of LaLa Rokh

In 1817, the poet Thomas Moore, inspired by exotic stories European travelers were bringing back from the Orient, published Lala Rokh, a romance. The title character is a beautiful young princess whose name means "tulip cheeks," a term of endearment still used in the Persian language today.

Her story is truly an enchanting one. Lala Rokh is betrothed to a prince in a distant kingdom, who sends a grand procession of palanquins and elephant-borne thrones to meet her and bring her back to him. During the journey, she is entertained each evening by the poet Feramorz, who recites a series of magical, fantastic tales. In spite of herself, she falls in love with the handsome young poet, and as they near the end of their travels, knowing they must soon part, she descends into a state of deep melancholy. Only then does Feramorz reveal himself to be the prince in disguise. Of course, they marry and live happily ever after. 

Experience the spices of LaLa Rokh in Boston at

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ellen DeGeneres is Vegan!

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“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer. I read books like “Diet for a New America” and saw documentaries like “Earthlings” and “Meet your Meat,” and it became an easy choice for me. If you choose to educate yourself, it’ll be an easy choice for you, too. Click here to take a look at a variety of reasons for living a vegan life.”

- Ellen DeGeneres publicly discussing her switch to veganism on her official page.

Monday, November 16, 2009

American Gypsy

Do you know how happy I was when I was a gypsy?

Just floating around like a foreign traveler flows through the ancient city…these cities of mystery. Enchanting opportunities at every corner where some poor Serbian beggar and I drink Slivovitch, “Zivoli!” or some opinionated Persian is making me kashk-e badenjun.
What would I speak next, French…apres I ordered mon tarte e pastis and lit my imported cigarette? Or would I speak Arabic for ithnan seconds, finishing all the only words I know and then shaking my hips to prove my knowledge. Or maybe I would meet a valet, who sits outside waiting for me with a grin of gratitude as I hablo mi espanol. Por que everyone likes to hear Hola! Hola Hola J

Oh….this gypsy squirming in my belly when Amr Diab comes on the air…yalla yalla
Loosening me up with the waves of salsa Viejo that sweep into my lips, wrapping me with memories of my past latin lovers and churning the suavesito of my senses as I sip my mojito!
And oh…my groins that pawn at the site of your majestic name…you from that country afar…with promises that keep me happy at night, even though my American hand is my only friend.

Me, an American Gypsy…screaming the songs of solitude in this echo less city!
My Oklahoma charm is wearing thin bc the skin of the world is coming in!
And no other man loves me better than that big, fat, rough globe of you! You…LAND! You…LANGUAGE! You OLD Woman that spits out my name into every dish of ethnicity I eat!
Comelo! Comelo! World, Fuck me in my eyes so that I can see your real color!
Shove dirt into my mouth so that I can taste your stories.
Blow your songs into my ear so hard that the melody comes out on the other side!
Me…Eat me world!
Fill YOU with ME!

I want to feel your trees inside my knees, so much that I bleed from the seams of corporate he’s!
Take me into your arms as if I was your lover and come in me so that you are me and I am you. But WHO ARE YOU? And why can’t I see you!
How can you take these realistic burdens away so that no duty can block your organic play?
To run along your streets, to swim in your streams, to eat with my hands on my knees. Sunburned and cold, bartering my shirts to get them sold.
That freedom, that peace…but its so so so far from me.
Cesaria Evora sings my woes as Willy Colon taps my toes!
You men, so old, who see my rubies and my gold. You see me as this child, listening to you, filling me with your stories of survival and exile. Putting life into perspective in ways I can not even imagine…but I do, imagine…bc of you!
You give me a gift of a kaleidoscope view of what family means, how music sounds, what food tastes like, what language really is and how above all else, love is all you need.
What love really is??? Its is a meal prepared by the most authentic and cultured hands that create this feast of flavors and all for me!!!…arros con pollo ‘aye que rico’, foi grois avec le gout de la dieu, creole of jambalaya’s leaving tastes in my mouth for hours, chunks and chunks of kibbe and korma, than sambusas of spices pushing the limits pad se eu style!
That mambo melting into my hips as I hold you, yes YOU…to tango into the night. I am yours forevermore, here I stand ready to explore…you, land. Je suis ici y toute est bein, por que you tengo mi mundo, en shallah en shallah, bi amar min allah!

Culture vs Meat and Potatoes

Ana Berry, America’s Gypsy, interviews a “meat and potatoe” eating guy from the Bronx about how learning more about cultures has changed his palate.

Greetings Mr. Penasso, may I call you G?


I would like to ask you a few questions regarding how learning more about culture has changed your eating habits and your palate.
First of all, where are you from?

I am from the Bronx of Irish and Italian descent

And would you call yourself a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy?

yes you could say that

What would you typically eat growing up in the Bronx?

Steaks, pizza, sausage, pasta, pork chops, bacon

and was Italian style cooking the norm or was it more All American meaning fast food and what ever was cheapest?

A little of both. after school my grandmother would always get me happy meals as a child, but at home we would eat the some pasta  but lots of steaks and other meat

What was the most "exotic" thing you ate growing up? Something you thought was strange, foreign or weird?

Olives and salad !! :-):-) I never acquired a taste for them and they always seemed too colorful for me to eat.

and what cultures have you been recently introduced to?

I have recently been introduced to the Middle Eastern, Thai, Russian and Indian cultures

and can you name some of the new foods you have been eating that are of these cultures?

Well most of them I can barely pronounce and spell but I do like hummus, babagonoush, Falafels, Pad Thai,  Perogies, herbal tea,  pickled cucumbers, samosas and the curries of Indian food

And has your palate changed since you started eating these foods? Meaning, are you craving more cultural foods now instead of Happy Meals?

Most definitely! I now prefer to have colorful salads or spicey noodle dishes over fast food and steaks. I have started to love the experience of learning the way other cultures sautee, cook and serve their food, and especially in the atmospheric settings in their restaurants.

And since being introduced to these foreign foods have you learned certain things about their culture, why they are they way they are, what their country might be like ...etc?

Yes I have! And it has sparked some serious curiosity that I never knew I had. I see how the Indian spices come from the certain climates in their native lands and how colorful their food is, similar to their clothes and cultural deities. Thai food is amazing with all of its fruits and spicy dishes, totally beats Chinese take out where I would just get a beef dish. And Middle Eastern foods at first were strange because they didn’t eat with a fork alot, they dipped the bread into all these sauces and now I love that. But I can see how the Arabian people, who for many years were nomads in the desert, would make sustainable bread and use that as a fork. It makes sense.

What are some other cultural foods you want to try next?

I would love to try the foods from Uzbekistan and the surrounding areas, especially Persian food from Iran. Also Brazilian food sounds fun and exotic.

Thank you, G and I wish you many good meals around the world!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Shabbat Shalom!

'Shabbath Shalom ' שבת-שלום

This statement can be said to Jews on Friday before they celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. It means peaceful sabbath in Hebrew.
SHALOM means peace and general greeting for all time to Jews. It is similar to Salam in Persian and Arabic.
Shabbath is the Saturday, the seventh day of the week for the Jewish calendar. A day off--free day beginning on Friday at sundown and ending on Saturday evening when the three stars appear in the sky and can be viewed together.

Shabbat recalls the Biblical Creation account in Genesis, describing God creating the Heavens and the Earth in six days, and resting on and sanctifying the seventh (Genesis 1:1-2:3). (thanks Wiki)

The supermarkets are packed with people buying their food for Saturday because in traditional homes, Jews have a huge feast with the family on Saturday but no cooking is done, it is prepared the night before. Prayers are said around the table as bread is broken.

Its a beautiful weekly holiday to relax and not check your emails, not use the phone and just relax and spend time with your family!

List of Female Middle Eastern Names and their Meanings

Abeer Fragrance Ablaa Perfectly formed
Aadab Hope and need Adeela Equal
Afaf Chastity Afraa White
Afrah Happiness Ahlam Witty; one who has pleasant dreams; imaginative
Ahd Pledge; Knowledge Aida Visiting; Returning
Aisha Living; Prosperous; Wife of Prophet Muhammad Aalia Exalted; Highest social standing
Alia Exalted; Highest social standing Almas Diamond
Aamaal Hopes; Aspirations Amal Hope; Aspiration
Amani Wishes; Aspirations Amatullah Female servant of Allah
Ameena Trustworthy; Faithful Ameera Leader; Princess
Anaan Clouds Anbar Perfume; Ambergris
Aneesa Friendly; of good company Anwaar Rays of light
Areebah Witty and smart Areej Pleasant smell
Aroob (Woman) Loving to her husband Arwa Female mountain goat
Asiya One who tends to the weak and heals them Asah Plant known for its greenness
Asalah Purity Aseelah One belonging to a great heritage and family
Asma Daughter of Abu Bakr Aasmaa Excellent; Precious
Ayeh Sign; distinct Azhaar Flowers; Blossoms
Azeeza Esteemed; Precious; Cherished Azza Young female gazelle
Badriya Resembling full moon Baheera Dazzling; Brilliant
Bahiyaa Beautiful; Radiant Balqis The name of the Queen of Sheba
Banan Finger tips Baraa'a Excelling
Baasima Smiling Baseema Smiling
Basheera Bringer of good tidings Basma A smile
Batool Ascetic virgin Bushra Good omen
Buthayna Of beautiful and tender body Dhuha Forenoon
Faiza Victorious; Winner Fadheela Virtue
Fadwa Name derived from self-sacrifice Falak Star
Fareeda Unique Fareeha Happy; Joyful
Firyal Name Fatima Name of Prophet Muhammad's daughter (Literally: accustom)
Faatin Captivating Faatina Captivating
Fawziya Successful; Victorious Firdoos Paradise
Ghaada Beautiful Ghaaliya Fragrant
Ghaydaa Young and delicate Ghusoon Branches (tree)
Haadiya Guide to righteousness Hadiya Gift
Hameeda Praiseworthy Hana Happiness
Hanan Mercy Haala Aureole
Haleema Gentle; Patient Haneefa True believer
Haniya Pleased; Happy Hasna Beautiful
Hayaam Deliriously in love Hayat Life
Haifa Slender; of beautiful body Hessa Destiny
Hind Proper name Huda Right guidance
Huma A bird which lives in a quiet area and whenever it flies to the city it fills the people with joy Hooriya Angel
Husn Beauty Ibtihaaj Joy
Ikraam Honor; Hospitality; Generosity Ilhaam Intuition
Iman Faith; Belief Imtithal (Polite) Obedience
Inaam Act of kindness; Benefaction; Bestowal Inas Sociability
Inaya Concern; Solicitude Intisaar Triumph
Izdihaar Flourishing; Blossoming Jala Clarity; Elucidation
Jameela Beautiful Janaan Heart or soul
Jumaana Silver pearl Kaamla Perfect
Kameela Most perfect Kareema Generous; Noble
Kawkab Satellite Kawthar River in Paradise
Khadeeja Name of Prophet Muhammad's wife Khalida Immortal
Khawlah Proper name Khairiya Charitable; Good
Khulood Immortality Kouther River in Jannah (paradise)
Kulthoom Daughter of the prophet Mohammed peace be upon him Lamees Soft to the touch
Lamya Dark-lipped Lateefa Gentle; Kind
Leena Tender Lubaaba The innermost essence
Lama Darkness of lips Madeeha Praiseworthy
Maha Gazelle Maisa Walking with proud swinging gait
Majida Glorious Majeeda Glorious
Makaarim Of good and honorable character Malak Angel
Manaar Guiding light (lighthouse) Maraam Aspiration
Maryam Name of Mother of Jesus Manaal Attainment; Achievement
Mawiya Old Arabic name May Old Arabic name
Maimoona Auspicious; Blessed Maysaa To walk with a swinging gait
Maysoon Of beautiful face and body Mayyada To walk with a swinging gait
Mufeeda Useful Muhja Heart's blood; Soul
Muna Wish; Desire Muneera Illuminating; Shedding light
Musheera Giving counsel Nabeeha Intelligent
Nabeela Noble Nada Generosity; Dew
Nadia The begining, first Nadira Rare, Precious
Nadeeda Equal (to another person); Rival Nadwa Council
Nafeesa Precious thing Naila Acquirer; Obtainer
Naeema Living a soft, enjoyable life Najaah Success
Najeeba Of noble birth Najiya Safe
Najat Safety Najwa Confidential talk; Secret conversation
Najla Of wide eyes Najya Victorious
Nashida Student Nashita Energetic and full of life
Nasiha One who gives valuable advice Nasira Victorious, helper
Nawal Gift Nawar Flower
Nazaaha Purity; Righteousness; Honesty Nazeeha Honest
Nazeeya Optimistic and full of hope Nazeera Like; Equal; Matching
Nibaal Arrows Naeema Blessing; Loan
Nesayem Flower Nida Call
Nimaat Blessings; Loans Nudhar Gold
Nuha Intelligence; Mind Nahla A drink (of water)
Noor Light Nouf Highest point on a mountain
Nusayba Proper name Nuzha Pleasure trip; Excursion spot
Rabab White cloud Rabeea Garden
Radhiyaa Content; Satisfied Radhwa Name of mountain in Medina
Raghd Pleasant Raaida Leader
Raja Hope Rana To gaze; Look
Rafa Happiness; Prosperity Rand Tree of good scent
Raniya Gazing Rasha Young gazelle
Rasheeda Wise; Mature Rawdha Garden
Raawiya Transmitter (of ancient Arabic poetry) Raya Sated with drink
Reem Gazelle Reema White antelope
Rukan Steady; Confident Ruqaya Name of the Prophet's daughter
Ruwayda Walking gently Saabira Patient
Safa Clarity; Purity; Serenity Safiya Untroubled; Serene; Pure; Best friend
Sahar Dawn Sahla Smooth; Soft (ground); Fluent; Flowing (style)
Sakeena God-inspired peace of mind; Tranquility Saaliha Good; Useful
Saleema Safe; Healthy Saalima Safe; Healthy
Salma Peaceful Salwa Quail; Solace
Samaah Generosity Samar Evening conversations
Sameeha Generous Sameera Entertaining companion (woman)
Saamiya Elevated; Lofty Sana Resplendence; Brilliance
Sawda Proper name Sawsan Lily of the valley
Shatha Aromatic Shaadiya Singer
Shareefa Noble Sihaam Arrows
Suha Name of a star Suhayla Smooth; Soft (ground); Fluent; Flowing (style)
Suhayma Small arrow Suhair Proper name
Sumaiyaa Proper name Taahira Pure; Chaste
Taroob Merry Thanaa Thankfulness
Tharaa Wealth Thuraya Star
Tamadhur Proper name Wafa Faithfulness
Wafeeqa Successful Wafiya Loyal; Faithful
Wajeeha Eminent; Distinguished Warda Rose
Widad Love; Friendship Wijdan Ecstasy; Sentiment
Wisaal Communion in love Yasmeen Jasmine
Yasirah Lenient Yafiah High
Yakootah Emerald Yamha Dove
Yumn Good fortune; Success Yusraa Proper name
Zaafira Victorious; Successful Zahira Shining; Luminous
Zahraa White Zahrah Flower; Beauty; Star
Zakiyaa Pure Zainab Name of Prophet's daughter
Zaina Beautiful

Make Squash Not Turkey!

The annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project is a national program designed to end the misery of commercially-raised turkeys by educating the public about the horrific cruelties endured by these sentient beings and offering a compassionate alternative for Thanksgiving.

To learn more about Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project, access helpful holiday resources- including animal-free, delicious recipes, videos and literature- and view the 2009 “Turkey Adoption List,” as well as adoption applications, please visit or call 1-888-SPONSOR.
Instead of tortured, diseased birds for a loving, family dinner… why not try:
Acorn Squash Stuffed With Sage Polenta and Seitan Bourguignon

Serves 8
4 acorn squash
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper
5 cups water or light vegetable stock
1 ½ cups polenta
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh sage, or ½ tsp dried sage
½ tsp ground pepper
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp sea salt
Seitan Bourguignon
1 ½ cups pearl onions
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp olive oil
½ lb portobello mushrooms, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tsp minced fresh thyme
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp minced fresh sage
1 tsp dried tarragon
2 bay leaves
2 cups dry red wine
2 cups dark vegetable stock
2 Tbsp tomato paste, or ¼ cup reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 turnip, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 parsnips, peeled, sliced lengthwise, and cut into ½-inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled, sliced lengthwise, and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 celery root, peeled, and cut into ½-inch dice
1 cup winter squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
6 to 8 chestnuts, halved
8 ounces prepared seitan, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 ½ tsp ground pepper
4 tsp tamari soy sauce
2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot, dissolved in ¼ cup cold water
Sea salt to taste
8 fresh rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
To prepare the squash
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line baking pan(s) with parchment paper. Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise (from tip to stem) and scoop out seeds and strings. Make a slice on the bottom of each half so it sits flat. Coat squash cavities with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place halves, cut side down, in prepared pan(s) and roast until tender but still firm, about 30 minutes.
To prepare the chestnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°. Using a sharp knife cut an X in the top of each chestnut. Place in a single layer in a baking disk. Bake 30-45 minutes. Cool, and then peel and cut in half.
To make the polenta
In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Gradually whisk in the polenta and whisk constantly for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the remaining ingredients. Continue cooking, whisking every 5 minutes, until the polenta starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 15 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
To make the seitan bourguignon
In a large saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in the oil over medium heat until they lightly brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms and seasonings and sauté for 2 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except the cornstarch mixture and salt. Cover and simmer until the root vegetables are just tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Adjust the salt.
Heat the squash in a 350° over for 10 minutes, or until warm. Fill each with ¾ cup of polenta, then top with ¾ cup of seitan bourguignon. Insert a rosemary spring in the top of each squash half. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jennifer Lopez Gypsy!

“Gayatri Mantra is the key to opening the door of cosmic consciousness."

“Gayatri is a treasure you must guard throughout your life.  You may give up or ignore any other mantra, but never give up Gayatri.   It will protect you from harm, {and} the effulgence of God will descend on you and light your path.” --H.H. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The Gayatri Mantra is a considered to be the most powerful Sanskrit chant.  It is a chant that brings magical energies and helps those chanting it accelerate on their spiritual path and in all aspects of life.  Gayatri mantra works with feminine energies, causing illumination and expansion within the practitioner. Gayatri works with the powerful feminine energy form of the Gayatri goddess, who protects our life-force energy and helps us manifest our personal missions in life.

In India, the Gayatri Mantra is typically passed down from spiritual teachers to students in a special initiation ceremony.  Many years ago only priests were taught the Gayatri Mantra as it was considered to be sacred.  Today this powerful mantra is being shared discreetly with people on a conscious spiritual path by Psychic Palmist of India Professor Sasi Velupillai and Reiki Master Alexandra Juliani, Directors of the Vedic Healing Institute.

Some of the benefits of chanting Gayatri Mantra:

       •       Attain higher spiritual awareness and consciousness;
       •       Raise your vibration to attract prosperity and blessings;
       •       Awaken intuitive, psychic powers;
       •       Increase your ability to manifest desires and needs and walk your personal path in life;
       •       Increase your prana or life-force energy and your personal charisma;
       •       Help you achieve greater health, balance, well-being, and peace;
       •       Create a powerful, positive force-field around the chanter and in the environment, offering protection from negativity

It is said in India that you are born twice--once when you come into the body and the second time when you are initiated into the Gayatri mantra,
 the highest of all Sanskrit chants.
The Gayatri Mantra

Om bhur bhuvah svah
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yonah prachodayat

Through the coming, going and the balance of life
the essential nature which illumes existence is the adorable one may all perceive through subtle intellect
the brilliance of enlightenment

The Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Pracho Dayat Om.

May we meditate on the effulgent Light (or Power)
of the Worshipful One Who Has given birth to all worlds.
May this One direct our Mind-rays towards the path of Good.

The Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuva Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhi Yo Yonah Prachodayat Om

O Lord, Thou are the protector of life and of breath,
dispeller of miseries and bestower of happiness.
Thou are the creator and the most acceptable intelligence,
possessing eternal qualities. May Thine qualities and Thy inspiration pass to us.


Monday, November 9, 2009

How to say Cheers in Irish???


Mercury in Scorpio

Mercury in Scorpio

The Sun and Mercury join forces in Scorpio
Mercury is called the first of the celestial Gods, the god Hermes… initiating men into Magic (and ancient word meaning “manifestation).” Mercury is Mithra, Wisdom, Buddhi (4th plane of reason Enlightenment, “reawakening” in the Divine Science (Ageless wisdom). The Aryan (5th) Race is born under Mercury. Mercury is the elder broth to Earth. Mercury receives seven times more light than any other planet.
The Secret Doctrine, H.P. Blavatsky
Mercury represents the Mind, which is the illuminating principle (Mercury “lights up” our mind with information). In Gemini (Mercury as personality ruler), Mercury provides us with information and the ability to disperse that information. In Virgo, Mercury also as personality ruler, Mercury allows us to organize our thought and data and to begin the process of discrimination. In Scorpio, as Hierarchical ruler, Mercury works within groups, opens the door from knowledge (abstract mind) into the world of intuition (Buddhi, 4th plane, pure reason, love/wisdom).