Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love is in the air... & a prize~

Amor Vincit Omnia!
Love Conquers All! Or maybe you need a little help in the conquest? Fear not, my friends, here is a bit of knowledge to help you in your romantic endeavors...

Lots of quotes today... from two interesting little books that you just might need to purchase. ;) Note, I just don't know if I'd think a card with an eye painted on it represents anything other than I'm being watched, er... stalked! Isn't symbolism amazing? Not to mention, it changes through time. Let's see what these two authors have to say about love tokens and potions.

Heart-shaped jewelry: worn on the bodice, head, ears, throat and wrists. "The wearing of a heart on the sleeve" to denote affection gave rise to the well-known saying still in use today. (Jones & Ames' LOVE TOKENS, P. 20)

"Drink to me with only thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine."
~Ben Jonson "To Celia" from VOLPONE

Those who liked to add mystery, tokens were sometimes given in the form of a miniature painting of the eye or lips. This would give rise to much speculation as to whom the "secret one" might be! (Jones & Ames' LOVE TOKENS, p. 21)

"Potio" is Latin for a drink or poisonous draught. (Jones & Ames' LOVE POTIONS, p. 11) Here's a potion to help those eager to win the heart of another...


In medieval times, the pretty blue-flowered herb "borage" was used as a "pep" pill to lift flagging spirits and to lighten the heart. Even its name testifies to its powers. "Borrach" is a Celtic word for coursage. It was said to induce a state of euphoria, which the drinker would attribute to the company, rather than to the drink!

100g/4 oz toasted bread
150g/6 oz sugar
1 sugar lump saturated with orange-flavor essence
1/4 tsp numeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1 liter/2 pints brown ale
1/2 liter/1 pint mead
10-12 borage flowers

Put the toasted bread into a bowl, add the sugar and sugar lump. Add the nutmeg and mix in the ground cinnamon and ginger. Pour in brown ale and mead. Stir well and sprinkle with flowers. Leave to stand for one hour. Strain and serve.

Partake of this with the object of your desires, but not too liberally! Mead has for centuries been known as the honeymoon drink. (Jones & Ames' LOVE POTIONS, P. 12)

#2 Honeymoon
So, just what does the term refer to...

"But of all the lunar things that change
The one that shows most fickle and strange
And takes the most eccentric range
Is the moon - so called - of honey."
~Thomas Hood

In former times, honeyed wines were taken as an aphrodisiac during the first month of marriage. (Jones & Ames' LOVE POTIONS, P. 13) Even though alcohol was a source of protein in a world where people ate blackbirds and sparrows, I tend to wonder if the "spirits" helped the woman stuck in an arranged marriage forget about her arranged marriage. ;) But I'm the world's biggest pessimst. LOL

And if this isn't enough info for you, check out my post SKHYE'S VALENTINES about the symbolism in hearts including the symbolism I've created for my Time Guardian series. May the force be with you on the morrow... and you land many cool gifts from your beloved.

CONTEST: today only!
Stop by my yahoo group to enter to win the wee-est sterling-silver claddagh pendant on 18" chain... The deadline is midnight CST tonight! ~Skhye

Dare to walk in their footsteps...

"FORBIDDEN ETERNITY ... spine-tingling suspense. The story is dynamite; it explodes off the pages and leaves you breathless for more." ~Tulip, LASR

"... a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller." THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON ~Snapdragon, LASR

"Arthur is a masterpiece..." HE OF THE FIERY SWORD's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio

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P.S. And don't forget tomorrow is Chinese New Years. Alas, I blather. For all who linger here are avid lunar lovers... ;) We already made our Vietnamese dragon! And my daughter has practiced her parade feuled by a rice-cracker overdose!


  1. Very interesting post, Skhye. I love all that kind of stuff.

  2. I had no idea!!
    It's so cool to learn something, even at my age I learn every day!

  3. Mary! In this fast-paced technological world, we can't avoid learning something every day. Think of the torture as keeping us young. ;)

  4. ty for the post Skhye i love when you post i always learn something new and fun

  5. Hi Skhye,

    Thanks for the borage recipe. I shall have to try it.


  6. Thanks for the borage recipe. Love Mead, and this should add a kick and increase my Love Life (at least I hope so!!)

  7. You're welcome, SiNn, Julie, Miss Slick One, & Jane. :) You'll have to come tell us how the experiments go. ;) ~Skhye