Firing the Oven as Shawwal Nears
Tomorrow will be the last day of fasting for this year’s Ramadan so I wanted to make some pastries for Sunday which will be the celebration after the effort, although I must say, there has been an aspect of that each evening this month even when eating fairly plain salads. I decided to bake today since I will be out painting tomorrow and Sunday. I got right to it after breakfast so as not to be too hungry while doing it. It’s hard to bake while fasting as I automatically tend to lick my fingers, bowls and any other tidbits prone to escape. I set the trays aside and saved the crumbs until this evening. I mixed odds and ends together instead of eating them and made some kind of cookie.
Meanwhile my husband has been gently breaking in our new bread oven, building small fires over several days’ time. Today he brought it up to a temperature suitable for baking and I thought what a shame to waste that warmth. I had some left-over filling from this morning so I made half a recipe of pie crust and baked small pies, then of course, the “little something” with what was left. During the day I was asking myself, would it be good to eat a few pastries tonight even though they are meant for the eïd which is Sunday or not? I hadn’t really made up my mind but I had no compunction about enjoying these “extra” ones made out of leftovers.
There is a passage in The Revelation of Arès where our Creator uses an oven as an image.
“The Fire rises inside the (red-hot) iron, pierces the sole; (it) lifts (from) the Core (all the way) to the head of the brother. The Marrow runs along (the) iron (to) the brother’s cool head. The cool head speaks (clearly), (but) the hot head is (like) nine heads.”
Perhaps with the physical example of this oven, I will incorporate these Words better into my life. I see there is heat in the center, at the heart, a force linked to our Creator, but it is not something that makes one run off hot-headed, just as the heat of the oven is barely perceptible outside of it, yet the food is gently metamorphosed. So I work towards transforming myself, building a soul.