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A few weeks ago during the last few days of a long drought, we had an early morning visitor arrive for coffee. 

When a moose appears on your doorstep, intent on sharing your morning cup of coffee,  it is always a special and sacred gift.  Moose are predominately solitary animals who are able to survive within any territory be it on lands such as forests, and prairies, or wet areas such as rivers, swamps or lakes.

The moose is an animal of contradictions.  It seems awkward and strange yet it is a majestic creature with tremendous grace despite its ungainliness. Moose have an undeniable sense of self and the simple fact that they are able to survive in any territory means that they have developed much wisdom.  We found ourselves very fortunate to receive this visitor for coffee and take part in the medicine it offered.

Moose are associated with the north direction on the Medicine Wheel.  The north direction represents wisdom.  Self-esteem is the medicine of Moose because it represents and recognizes that balanced power has been used in a situation and that you should be congratulated. 

The core of Moose medicine is in knowing the wisdom of silence, so that when it is proper to speak you can take pride in your words.

The Moose is a revered animal in the, “Great White North,” otherwise known as, “Canada.”

Canada just had its 155 year celebration on July 1st, 2022.

Moose Milk; is a traditional Canadian cocktail with its roots in historical celebrations.  The Royal Canadian NavyRoyal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian Army all claim to be the originators of the drink.

My exposure to Moose Milk has only been medicinal.  It was a remedy used by my family to cure the common cold.  It was a hot drink served in a coffee cup. The recipe consisted of whiskey, brown sugar, cream and boiled water.  It has never failed to cure the most stubborn of head colds.  The traditional Canadian cocktail differs from the one our family used as it can not only be served hot but cold.

We love cold drinks during our summer season in Canada and in the spirit of our Dominion Day celebration I have added a cold libation for you to try.  It is a slightly different version of Moose Medicine, a bonus treat, to celebrate Canada’s 155th celebration.   See the recipe below for ice cold Moose Milk. I hope you enjoy it throughout the hot summer months ahead.

Please use wisdom when consuming alcohol. Try to refrain from damaging your self-esteem or that of another by speaking when you could simply remain silent.  Ask Moose to help you honor the gifts you can give and recognize your worthiness into the future.  Remember to congratulate yourself for your successes in life.  Enjoy!

Thank-you for following, reading, sharing and commenting – The Trefoil Muse

 

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Spark of Life

“I’ll not be left here.”

“She speaks and, with stern words at that, Chin!”

Xheng’s eyes widened.  It was the first sentence Amarelle had spoken. The Captain relieved Amarelle of her abusive captor, the Preacher, almost a fortnight ago but she’d fallen into a mute silence after being rescued. He noticed a spark of life in her eyes.  Stiffness in her stance fore told a stubborn determination to have her way in this discussion.

“You are still too weak for a voyage over the ocean to the Canada’s, Amarelle,” Chin spoke his words softly and carefully so as not to cause the girl duress.

“I’ll not stay!” Amarelle stated with forceful intent.

“Well, she’s correct in thinking she can’t stay Chin!  The moment we are gone the Preacher will be claiming her once again and we can’t have that.  Gather up what tinctures you can for her and all the cheese, fat meats and bread makings you can to get her weight up while we journey.  Then procure some proper foot wear and clothing for the girl. She will be relegated to the Captain quarters while we sail.”

Smith gave Amarelle a quick once over.  The girl, although healing, was frail.  Outward bruising had disappeared but she had not overcome the trauma she’d endured at the Preacher’s hands.

“Deny her nothing Chin. Take her with you to gather her needs.  I suggest you hurray we leave on the tide come morning light.” (more…)

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