Thriller Thursday: Siren's Way October 26, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This is our final Thriller Thursday of the season, so let's do it right!




Before we go any further, let's find out who won the scrumptious tea giveaway from Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends! And, the winner is....



Michelle Dauberman

Congratulations! Be sure you send Kallan your mailing address so Amy can ship out your prize!



Today's Music: Unleash the Albannach, by Alabannach






Lycanthropes by Loren Morris


I’ve long been fascinated with lycanthropy and when my husband once asked me why, I replied with the meaning of my birth name which was Roof. Roof is derived from the Germanic name Hrodwulf. Hrodwulf means “renown wolf.”

Growing up, I hated that name. I wasn’t very pretty in my youth, so when my name was called in class, I was barked at. I begged my mother to have my last name changed to hers, which she did when I went into high school. By then it was almost too late, everyone thought I was a newly married 9th grader. Just why was my last name changed? I also wasn’t a homely girl anymore, so everyone was baffled.  I remember finally yelling at someone that I was tired of being barked at. But, I digress.
Now, I wonder what would cause a name to be derived from “renown wolf.” I like to think that perhaps it was a chieftain or warrior that was renowned for his shamanic capabilities as an Úlfhéðnar.



While the Norse Berserkersgang were famous for fighting like bears, the Úlfhéðnar were not just fighters, but were also thought to be part of an ancient religious rite. Odin held wolves as sacred creatures and the Úlfhéðnar covered themselves with the skins of wolves and dyed their own skin black. To arrive at their mental frenzy they would dance while performing chants, which drove them to the reckless abandon that they were famous for and sought after for fighting.
These Úlfhéðnar warriors were so feared in battle because they were immune to fire, swords, and arrows. To kill one, you had to deliver a crushing blow to the skull of the frenzied warrior. It is said that King Haraldr (Harald Fairhair) would have been unsuccessful in unifying Norway without these special warriors.

There are several types of werewolves, besides the wolf skinwalker or shaman. There are also the werewolf that is enchanted by magic or a charm. The werewolf that has been bitten by an infected werewolf and has contracted a virus, a lycanthropic rabies, if you will. I’ve also seen and read that a mere scratch will get you infected with the lycanthropy virus. And finally, there is the werewolf that is a family curse. This type usually starts out as a curse, or some kind of sin and they become marked with the sign of the werewolf, that is then passed down through generations.

The sign or mark of the werewolf is said to be a pentagram or “666.” It is usually located on the hand. The movies like to show it bleeding as the moon changes as a warning the change is beginning to happen to the person that is afflicted with the curse.

Werewolves have been in stories from Greece, Armenia, Romania, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, India, China, and America. There have also been tales of were-hyenas and were-lions in Africa, and were-tigers in India and Asia.

There is a long and bloody history in tales of supposed werewolves. Also, there isn’t a cure for lycanthropy and they are immune to most things that would kill a normal human.

Silver is your best hope of killing a werewolf if you are faced with one. However, how many of us carry solid silver swords or bullets on us. I doubt my silver rings or necklaces would do much harm if I were in a life or death situation. You could carry wolfsbane on you to keep werewolves away, since it is said to be a deterrent. However, Wolf’s Bane, or Aconitum, is deadly to humans, and has been known to kill people that have just brushed against it while doing yardwork. So, I really don’t suggest this be done.

Because of the full moon in the lore, combined with the fact that it is a night creature, and the fear and bloody history, it all makes the werewolf a perfect candidate to be a creature for the Samhain season.

If you would like to read up more on Werewolves, I suggest:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Werewolves by Nathan Robert Brown
Werewolves by Jon Izzard




And if you find yourself bitten or enchanted, then I suggest: The Werewolf’s Guide to Life by Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers




Loren Morris is one of the Siren Administrators. She is a mom of 3, and grandmother to 5.

She is the owner/artist of Primitive Witchery. Primitive Witchery offers primitive witch décor clay and painted artwork, and resin Ice Runes.  Loren’s Black Phillip Statue was featured by the film company, A24 Films, the film company of “The Witch.” Black Phillip is an Etsy King.

Being an avid spirit board user for over 15 years, Loren avidly fights the negative stigma, left on Ouija and other talking boards, by Hollywood. She admins a large Ouija community on Facebook and regularly gives advice. You can watch an interview with fellow Ouija enthusiast, Karen A. Dahlman, here.

Her interests are wide and varied; being a true Gemini.  When she isn’t creating artwork, she is reading, running, or hanging out with her family or her many furbabies, which includes a pitbull, a poodle, and 5 cats.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimWitchery
https://primwitchery.patternbyetsy.com/




Today's Recipe: Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Riceby Paula Lupi


I listened to a friend who once told me that the family won’t be able to tell the difference between regular rice and cauliflower rice. Well, they were WRONG! So, now I make them regular rice and me the vegetable kind.


Mongolian Beef over Cauliflower Rice
The Paleo Kitchen

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Serves: 3 to 4

3 to 4 cups cauliflower rice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced
½ cup coconut aminos
¼ cup organic honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Pinch of coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1-pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
3-4 fried eggs (optional
1 green onion, sliced, for garnish

1. Make the cauliflower rice.
2. While rice cooks, make the Mongolian beef: Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add the coconut aminos, honey, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Let the mixture come to a low boil. Then add the arrowroot powder to the pan, 1 tablespoon at a time, while continuously whisking until the mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes.
4. Place the steak slices in the pan with the sauce, distributing them throughout the pan so as not to overcrowd them. Simmer the meat in the sauce for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no red meat is apparent, flipping halfway through.
5. Once the meat has cooked through, place over cauliflower rice and top with a fried egg, if desired, and the chopped green onions.



Cauliflower Rice

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 10 to 13 minutes Makes: 4 to 5 cups

1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup broth (vegetable, beef, or chicken)
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Using the shredding attachment on a food processor, shred the cauliflower florets into rice-sized pieces.
2. Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and cook for about 10 seconds, stirring, then add the broth and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix well, and cook, uncovered, for 5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so to keep the rice from sticking to the pan.

Paula Lupi does what she can to keep herself and family healthy. One of the steps towards that was eating more in the Paleo side of choices. While integrating these changes into every day meals Paula also learned that she has a gluten sensitivity.  She is a mother of three, but two are now out of the house, and a wife and partner to her husband of 27 years.
Paula enjoys spending time outdoors with Mother Nature, her hands in the dirt, and sweet talking the herbs and vegetable to grow healthy for the table.
She has two Boxers – Izzy and Vino, a polydactyl cat – Scrunch, two lizards – Ford and Karma, and her Chilean Rose Tarantula – Morticia.






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That's all for our final Thursday celebration of 2017!! Tune in tomorrow for our Final Friday Frolic!

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