The Dragon's Fire

"Dragons are fire made flesh."

-George R.R. Martin

Has ever a creature ignited so much fear and loathing, through the ages and across the lands, as the dragon?

World leaders aside, mind you.


The ferocious Fafnír has dwelled in the imaginations of children for centuries, depicted as a greedy, ruthless, fire-breathing slayer with nearly impenetrable skin. Quite a feather in the cap of anyone who could rid the land of such a beast.

To me, as a child, they were simply misunderstood.

Of course, there were all those tales, dark and foreboding: the terrifying Hydra who challenged Hercules, the stealth Greek drakones that served as the getaway car for the dark witch Medea, and the great Welsh Red dragon that defeats the White Saxon dragon right in front of the King (and has to have it all explained to him by Merlin...hmm...a ruler who is also an idiot...where have I heard that one recently?)
And then, there was the fierce foe in of the aged and frankly exhausted Beowulf's final battle.
But in amongst those famous stories, lesser-known legends of the beast lurked...

There are those worshipped by the ancient Chinese, who considered themselves descendants of the dragon, who, as the ruler of moving bodies of water and rainfall, had control over the weather. They were also considered the representation of the masculine yang, and held in high regard as a symbol of strength, power, and good luck for those who are worthy. This continues today, as benevolent people of high achievement are said to be "dragons."

Ah! And the lovely dragon sisters, Léana and Léas, of magickal lore. They are personal favorites of mine. Léana, with her sliver-white mane watches over your sleep, keeping nightmares at bay and replacing your fears with peaceful visions. She is never far from her sibling Léas, the Moonbeam Dragon, with her swirling silver sparkles, who can only be summoned during a Full Moon. (So don't bug her during any other phase. It's just bad manners.)

And then, last but not least for today's folkloric wanderings, there is good old Smaug. He's the greediest of all, isn't he? And pretty lazy. But, he is, nonetheless, the creation of our beloved J.R.R. Tolkien, and is therefore a delight to read about.  

I always knew wild creature spirits watched over me as a child. They still do. For it is said that a dragon will perch on your shoulder to protect you...if you are willing.

Loves, with Spring so newly upon us, you may be wondering where, exactly, your own inner dragon fire is lurking.

The Sun goes into Aries, the season shifts, and you figure you're going to be shot out like a cannon into your next creative adventure, yes? 

But these first few weeks of warmer weather and the long-awaited appearance of the elusive sunshine tend to make you feel a bit day-dreamy. "Yeah, I should really get to blah, blah, and blah...but...I think I'll just go sit beneath a tree, and..."  

Time to take long walks and deep breaths.

Read.

Listen.

And get ready.

Because the moment will seize you fast and hard, the momentum gathering you along with it, hair flying and heels dropping below you, as Spring begins to move you forward and upward in its whirlwind of new energies. And it's right around the next corner.

To lend a dainty faerie hand, my Beloveds, is this impossibly pretty elixir I've crafted just for you, to ignite the creative fires stirring deep within, just aching to be released.

But don't be fooled by its beauty, it possesses a the power worthy of its namesake.

The dragonfruit is a gorgeous, tropical little creature that I must introduce you to. I first became acquainted with this one a couple of years ago on a balcony in Los Angeles, on a woozy afternoon that had followed an 18-hour film shoot. I woke up, wandered down to the farmer's market, hungry and feeling more than a bit surreal. I met these strange and fascinating fruits, and was completely bewitched by them. The name, first of all. I knew they would be intense. And whole, they actually look like cute little fishys doing weightless aquatic dances:

You can see why I fell in love. I took two back to where I was staying, opened them, settled into a deck chair, and experienced their magick. I dug in with a spoon to discover a flesh creamy and sweet, a bit like a nearly overripe pear, with an ever-so-slight slight tartness, and dotted with elegant black seeds of pure life force. Sunbathing that afternoon, I felt the fire reawaken. I was tired, yes, but filled with energies beyond the physical world. And I've worshipped these babies since.

Dragonfruit, or pitaya, is indeed a superfood, which always equates with beautyfood. It wields active antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, heaps of vitamin C, coveted B vitamins, fiber,  and immune boosters. Topically, a dragonfruit face masque will tighten and revive dull skin, giving you a radiant celestial glow. You can even apply it to your scalp, to keep hair smooth and healthy! 

I've added strawberries to the potion to conjure up a little Venusian love magick, and pomegranate for an extra shot of fire, all to fuel the fertility of your creations! The almonds combined with the liquids make for a fresher, creamier almond milk than the kind you buy...with the added touch of vitamin E for stunning skin and hair. Enjoy, Lovely Ones!

The Dragon's Elixir

1 whole Dragonfruit, flesh only
1/2 C pomegranate juice, unsweetened
1/2 C spring water
1/2 C fresh organic strawberries
1/4 C raw organic almonds
1 packet or dropper organic stevia, or to taste
Garnish with organic goji berries

Blend all these delights together in high-speed device (I always recommend a NutriBullet...it pulverizes everything.) Pour into a sexy cocktail glass and sip, drinking in all the energizing and beautifying energies it offers. 

I would concoct this potion, Beasties, during a Waxing Moon, when you need that push forward, and even nearest a Full Moon for an extra shot of manifesting prowess.

Happy Spring!

xxx Alise

 

 

 

 

 

Have Love, Will Travel

As I amp up for a trip across the pond, I can't shake that Sonics classic from my head.

I'm heading over to Brighton to speak at Vegfest UK, a bustling and bountiful gathering that hits several cities each year, filled with glorious vegan everything...a compassion-fest brimming with ideas that have become action, with lovely souls spinning straw dreams into golden reality, and spreading the beauty around like dandelion fuzz. I can-not wait!

And love has indeed been the motivator.

Love for the Earth and all her creatures,
love extended to fellow humans by way of sharing knowledge,
the love of my life who travels with me,
and our loves who guard the Lair while we are away.

So, meantime, back at The Inner Sanctum, I prepare...

Oh, so many vegan-chic getups to choose from! And so little room in my valise...

Whoever said shoes had to be leather to be sexy?

And speaking of sexy...

Sheer and lacy secrets have their own special vintage travel case!

And now, I am on my way.

I'll be home soon, with tales of many adventures, ready to delve horns-first into some very intense book-writing, and figuring out a shoot schedule for a new season of LUNA VITA. You know me, I'd wayyyy rather skip the sitting down in front of the laptop for hours on end in favor of some electrically charged on-camera time, but, sometimes a gal has to hunker down and...*heaving sigh*...get focused.

(And, as you know, the thought of too much seriousness makes me slightly cranky, so I'm going back into my candy-coloured closet to play for a while longer.)

So I bid you adieu, just for now,

with a peachy ripe kiss,

and a few saucy tips

for when your own wild heart takes you places...

xxx Alise

The Girl That Got Away

Hello, Lovers.

It's been awhile. And you're thinking you've been stood up.

By a redhead who loved you and left you, sitting alone in the wee hours, knocking back yet another lonely drink in a smoke-filled room, playing that same sad song over and over...

But I'm back.

You see, I never left you for another.

Honest.

I've been off having wild adventures, true.

But it was all for you, babies.

I was called away on a secret mission.

It's name is LUNA VITA.

It's a show.

Food. Lifestyle. Beauty.

All infused with practical magick.

You can watch the first three episodes here.

And every week, for 13 weeks, a new show.

(with a few added delights tossed into the brew...)

And, in case you have any lingering doubts as to my affections,

I've got these to back up my story:

Peeking out at you from the shelves of Barnes and Noble.

Peeking out at you from the shelves of Barnes and Noble.

That's right. Your girl is featured in the October, November, and December issues of U.K.-based Vegan Food and Living magazine. And in the December issue of another sexy British publication, Vegan Life magazine. And in the November issue of NYC's Savor Life magazine.

And, for those of you with music in your soul, 

you just might hear my breathy little voice purring on these gems...

MERCURY REv's' "THE LIGHT IN YOU," AND THE AVALANCHES "WILDFLOWER." 

MERCURY REv's' "THE LIGHT IN YOU," AND THE AVALANCHES "WILDFLOWER." 

I'm gonna go home now, and kick off my high heels.

Girl's gotta get a little shut-eye once in a while.

If you want me, just whistle.

"You know how to whistle, don't you?"

xxx Alise