A drink I took of the magic mead,
Taken out of Othrorir.
Then I began to know and to be wise, T
o grow and to weave poems.
Now what is a witch to do when she has need of learning you ask?
Well she calls another witch of course! So I put in a “sacred phone call” to my friend Sarah, Witch of Forest Grove the “meadstress” and planned a day of sacred mead making and mischief!Mead is a sweet honey wine, known to have been made the world around, from the British Isles, to Ireland and Germany and as far away as India. Mead, sometimes referred to as Soma, was brewed and used as a sacred drink, causing those who partook of it to dance and be filled with ecstatic joy.
Such as in the image below of the bee priestesses who are so "Off their heads with mead that all we can see are honey bees swarming around them.
There is one bit of lore that says that the name Melissa was applied to nymphs as well as priestesses. That nymphs were closely associated with bees because of their affinity of living in hollowed out trees and caves where wild bees are also said to live. The myth says that when the nymphs lured men away from their earthly life they would feed them honey comb and sweet milk and honey. One nymph in particular whose name was Melissa, is said to have made mead and taught the other nymphs how to mix honey with water , to allow it to ferment and to feed the men that came their way trapping them for infinity. It was from this nymph “Melissa”that it is said, that the bees got their name Melisse.
Oh yes, I had dreams of making a rich red pomegranate, so I was utterly grateful for Sarah for her suggestions and advice on this, as she has been making all sorts of mead’s for a good many years now and said that pomegranate on it’s own is usually sour and very terrible tasting. And so it was decided that it would become a Blackberry Pomegranate mead, which was simply alright by me!
Before we actually got down to getting all the equipment though we had to have tea, and then it was time for lunch, so a spontaneous trip to Chinatown happened for dim sum and loads of laughter as we made our way up the sunny street to the restaurant getting excitedly sidetracked along the way.
Dan’s is a wonderfully cozy place filled to the rafters with everything one could possibly need for brewing everything from wine and mead to a thousand different kinds of beer.