Recipe for Rebirth


The Visionary, the Romantic, the Savior, the Mystic, the Healer, the Dreamer, the Poet – Pisces is the end of the circle, the sign of eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth. Many astrologers believe that Pisceans have experienced other lives in the past and are old souls. In mystical terms, you are described as being half-body and half-spirit, pulled between material existence and spiritual concerns.

Fish are the impulse of life in the collective unconscious, the primordial sea from which we all come. The great fish is divine creation. In the stories of Noah, Manu, Quetzalcoatl, Bahamut, Nanabozho, and even the Nommos in Dogan mythology, fish represent rebirth and knowledge. “Standing on a whale, fishing for minnows,” say the Polynesians about someone who doesn’t see the deep knowledge they are standing on, too busy looking for little fish nuggets of wisdom. Is that you?

The Mayan twin hero’s reborn as fish

You need not believe in rebirth as a fact to understand rebirth as a metaphor. As someone once said about the Buddhists, they “have bigger fish to fry than belief and disbelief” and maybe you should too. Baptize yourself in the waters of your unconsciousness, let your previous beliefs be torn to pieces like Osiris and the fertility of your imagination to be digested by the great fish. Rise again as someone new yet still connected to the one you once were, assembled again from the pieces. You Pisces take heed, is there something out there you need to rethink, redefine, renew….

From The Recipe for Rebirth: Cacao as Fish in the Mythology and Symbolism of the Ancient Maya by Michael J. Grofe

In the K’iche’ Popol Vuh, the head of Hun Hunahpu is likened to a calabash gourd, and in Classic Period iconography, to a cacao pod. This association with cacao continues in Hun Hunahpu’s offspring, the Hero Twins. reborn as two fish

Riddles about food constitute the primary form of questioning in the Chilam B’alam of Chumayel, in which village officials are asked to procure specific items during a ritualized inauguration of the twenty -year k’atun cycle. These foods are disguised by puns and metaphors that are difficult to understand outside of Yucatec, in part due to incomplete or widely varying translations and lack of contextual and cultural information. One of the cacao food riddles refers to cacao foam colored with the red seeds of achiote (Bixa orellana) as the rising crest of a red cardinal (Barrera Vasquez 1985:139). These riddles figuratively refer to muxb’il kakaw ‘ground cacao’ as yax pak’ab’ chi, which Roys (1933:94) translates as ‘the first thing which glues together my mouth’. This seems to be a pun for yax pak’ab’ che’, perhaps as ‘first planted/profitable tree’, and one example in the Chilam B’alam actually uses this spelling. The root pak’ connotes ‘to stick’, to plant’ and ‘to profit’, with pak’ab’ attested as ‘to plant stone-fruit trees’ and ah pak’ab’ te as ‘planter of cacao ’ (Barrera Vasquez et al. 1980:624–25). If the yax pak’ab’ che’ is the ‘first planted tree’, the reference may recall a mythological tree in the underworld comparable to that in which Hun Hunahpu’s head was hung. Such a reference could thus demonstrate a familiarity with sacred knowledge.

The symbol of the fish isn’t only relegated to the realm of religion, it comes to us also in language, literature and poetry. (On Sylvia Plath’s mirror imagery) The Indian Review of World Literature in English, Vol. 5 No.II – July, 2009 p.7

“The fish is the autonomous person and author. It is the  role rejecting woman / mother who, even as she proclaims her acceptance of the task, refuses passivity to mirror, man, infant or whatever else is set before it” (Freedman). The phrase “like a terrible fish” reinforces the idea of rebellion. Woman’s psyche not only consists in beauty, fairness, and gentleness but also turns out to be “terrible” when she feels the violation of her rights at the hand of her male counterpart.

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Grilled Coconut Lime Tilapia Tacos

From the website How Sweet It Is. I would not use Tilapia, try Mahi Mahi, rock fish or other firm, white fish instead. No breading please – let’s not mix our metaphors. Look to the Maya myth and use corn tortillas for a real religious experience.

  • 6 tilapia filets
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • whole wheat tortillas
  • for topping: chopped avocado, shredded lettuce, cilantro

2-24 hours before serving, add tilapia filets to a large ziplock bag. Combine coconut milk, lime zest, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl, stirring to combine, then pour over tilapia, shaking the bag to coat. Let marinate for 2-24 hours.

Preheat your grill (or a skillet or oven – make this how you choose) to a medium-high heat and add tilapia. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until fish flakes with a fork. Serve with warm tortillas and toppings of you choice.

Simple Kiwi Salsa

  • 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix

Creamy Cilantro and Green Chili Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp skim milk
  • 2 oz. canned diced green chiles
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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