Monday, April 15, 2013

Mommy Time Monday; Ace of Swords (and a recipe)

Mommy Time Monday! Each week I'll draw and post a tarot card from The Housewives Tarot and share it with you. So go ahead, sit down and take some time for yourself, you never know what inspiration and advice The Housewives may have for you!  This week's card is also part of our Air Element Study, where we will be exploring the Tarot Suit of Swords!

The Ace of Swords
from The Housewives' Tarot by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum, Quirk Books 2004.  (I claim no ownership of this deck or the artwork and share it here as an informational post among friends, no copyright infringement is intended.)

From the guidebook;
"Swords tackle troubles of the mind, quarrels, conflicts, and aggression.  They can represent mental breakthroughs as well as nervous breakdowns."

Ace of Swords Key Words; Challenges, Trials, Upcoming Ordeals
Description;  "Getting right to the point, the Ace of Swords warns of an upcoming ordeal that will test your "metal."  A slice of gumption with a dollop of common sense will get you through whatever trial comes your way.  Your mind is sharp and ready for a challenge, so don't be afraid to take on those who try to cut you out of the picture."

From a Housewives' Perspective; The Ace of Swords represents new beginnings in the realm of the mind.  Our attitude, our thought processes, and new ideas or inspirations.  Any time someone starts to think differently, they start to behave differently.  You might know why you're changing certain behaviors, but you can expect to encounter some resistance from those around you.  This card also deals with choices and willpower.  A fresh start and a fresh attitude has presented you with a world of opportunities.  Like in the picture on this card, there are a multitude of different "cakes" to choose from.  Which will you choose?  Careful thinking before making any rash decision, and not rushing into things is needed.  As well as a strong surge of mental willpower to keep you from just eating ALL those cakes!  There is definitely some synchronicity here between this card, and this week's Fairie Message about Detoxification.  We are starting fresh, in mind, body, and spirit, embracing the new beginnings of Spring!  But we have to keep our minds sharp and our focus on the goal!

Recipe of The Week;
Ace of Swords
Swordfish Baked in Parchment
from The Epicurean Tarot Recipe Cards by Corrine Kenner, U.S. Games Systems (I claim no ownership of this deck or the artwork and share it here as an informational post among friends, no copyright infringement is intended.)

"The Ace of Swords often represents the ability to think clearly and communicate well.  You can help cut through any confusion with this protein-packed main course."

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dill
2 teaspoons rosemary
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 pounds swordfish steaks (You may substitute a thick cut of sea bass, halibut, or any other firm white fish)
You will also need parchment paper, foil, and a baking pan.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).
In a saucepan on medium heat, gently saute' the sliced onion until it begins to turn translucent.  Add the mushrooms and cook a few minutes longer.  Remove from heat.  Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and dill.
Line a baking pan with cooking parchment.  Pour half the onion and mushroom mixture into the pan, and lay the fish on top.
Pour the white wine over the fish.  Cover with remaining vegetable mixture and sprinkle the fish with the rosemary. 
Cover the pan with cooking parchment, then cover loosely with foil. 
Bake at 425 degrees (F) until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  (about 20 - 30 minutes, depending on thickness of the fish)

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