Archive for June, 2010

Full Strawberry Moon

Full Strawberry Moon
By Tara Sutphen

The Full Strawberry Moon at 4* Capricorn will culminate June 26, 2010 1:31 am pdt/4:31am edt (almanac). There will also be a Partial Lunar Eclipse. This is when the moon will cross through the southern portion of Earth’s shadow and will be visible to those in western and central North America. The Umbral shadow will cover 54 percent of the moon’s surface. Eclipse’s are about change or letting go, it can be to bring something exciting or illuminating into your life. Especially true this month as there is extra ‘jet fuel’ coming from Pluto. When we have such big events happening in the sky, it might stir up not only our personal worlds but the planet itself. It could be a time to joggle us awake.

The meaning of this full moon is about our homes, places we conduct business and how we offer ourselves to the betterment of mankind. You don’t have to do major things in the world to help out, it’s the little things that sometimes matter, the support we receive close to home. What are your giving traits, spiritually, emotionally and physically. As earthlings we act in our self interest. Healthy self interest that flow into talents, ideas, and service allows a person to have something to share. We see when people go overboard with being greedy, jealous, hateful or angry. Why does this happen? Where is the perspective to keep it real. And what is real?  If we look into the sky, and stretch our minds eye to go farther out away from the world into space and now past our solar system and turn ourselves around to look back at earth. Where are we? What are we? We are a human speckle. We deem ourselves as important speckles on missions. As a speck we want to create something worthwhile for ourselves. At our end, we’ll have wanted to share a few hugs and helped do a little something here or there. We know we’re exceptional. What makes for a meaningful life? What is your mission?

Journal Questions:

Write in your journal for the full moon and throughout the month.

10 areas of life or chores you need help with?

10 Ways in how you can help others?

List your self-less traits

How do you give?

  • How do you give spiritually?
  • How do you give emotionally?
  • How do you give physically?

How are you feeling ‘lack’?

  • Do you have family issues with people and lack?
  • Do you have friend issues with people and lack?
  • Do you have business issues with people and lack?
  • Do you have success issues with lack?
  • Do you have health issues and connect them to lack?

Where do you trade or exchange with people as in your job… in your home….with your family…… with your friends?

  • What are your goals?
  • What is your personal goal?
  • What is your business goal?
  • What is your success goal?
  • What is your happiness goal?
  • What is your health goal?
  • What is your World goal?

What do you feel is a meaningful life?

What do you feel is your mission?

Selfless actions and thoughts actually bring a person more satisfaction and contentment. Sometimes we aren’t acknowledged or feel appreciated. At least your effort was for the right reasons to bring something good to another. You will give many times and it won’t be returned from the same source. You may crave the same sentimental attitude that you offered to another. Or what was given would be returned in an even exchange. But that is not truly giving, that would be manipulating. In your heart and minds eye, visualize your open hands to receive. Staying accessible in mind, heart and body will bring many rewards. Seek emotional simplicity and value. Your true mission will soon be clear.

He was no martyr. He was no hero. But in the last two years, selfishness gave way to selflessness, lies gave way to truth and indulgence gave way to spirituality, and anyone watching that couldn’t help but be moved by it.”- Lex Lasry

Summer Solstice

Summer  Solstice, Midsummer, Litha

By Tara Sutphen

21st June

“In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight” – Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

Summer Solstice marks the end of the waxing year.  And the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines.  June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, as  winter begins in the southern hemisphere. On this day, the earth’s “circle of luminescence” will be from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle. The equator receives twelve hours of daylight, as there will be 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole and 24 hours of darkness at the South Pole. All over the world people honor this day as an important reminder of the apex of light and to cast away evil and their problems. Northern Hemisphere inhabitants use June 21 as the day of celebration, but the splendor of light lasts from new moon to full moon.

Worshipping the Sun’s great power, all cultures celebrate in some way. Celts and Slavs dance around bonfires while Chinese marked the day honoring Li, the Goddess of Light. The celebrants of modern and ancient ceremonies tune in that life comes from the sun. It is life giving and life supporting.  We’ve recently had the good fortune to have electricity, greenhouses, and shipment suppliers. How will you celebrate? We all may not get a chance to dance around the bonfire but it’s a time to bask in the light, sit in the sun, cast our worries away and awaken to our lives.

Recipes:

Cucumber Salad

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon chopped chives
    3 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • Directions…
    1. Combine the sour cream, parsley, vinegar, sugar, and chives.
    2. Gently fold in cucumbers

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) fresh spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced thin

In a blender, combine the sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, oil, and vinegar. Blend well. If the dressing seems thick, add a few drops of water.

Remove the stems from the spinach and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Arrange them on individual salad plates or in a salad bowl. Arrange the strawberries on top. Drizzle the dressing over the strawberries and serve.

Bonnie Brae Strawberry Pie

A mixture of cooked and fresh berries helped make this pie a family favorite.

  • 1 quart strawberries or 1 large package frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup sliced berries, fresh or frozen, thawed and drained
  • whipped cream
  • whole berries for garnish

Combine strawberries and water in saucepan. Cook until just softened, about 4 or 5 minutes. (Let frozen berries thaw; heat but don’t cook them.) Mix together cornstarch, sugar, and water until smooth; add to hot berries. Cook over medium heat until clear. Add lemon juice; immediately remove from heat and let cool. Place sliced berries in cooked pie shell. To assemble pie, pour cooked mixture over berries, top with whipped cream, and garnish with whole berries.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Wedding Cake

Yield: Makes 12 to 16 servings.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 egg whites

Preheat over to 350° F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour in buttermilk and begin mixing slowly. Continue to mix until well blended. Add flavorings and stir. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes at 350° F, then lower heat to 300°F and bake for about 25 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove cakes from oven and cool on racks. After 10 minutes, remove from pans and continue cooling on racks.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

No wedding needed to have this cake

Other food /drink ideas –

  • mint iced teas, dandelion salads, strawberry shortcakes, geranium leaf sorbet, berry pies

Ceremonies:

The Druids celebrated with “The Wedding of Heaven and Earth”.

  • Two people represent Mother Earth and the Sun King. Create a Bonfire, dancers adorned in garlands and flowers, and young men jumping through the tall flames. A time of cleansing and renewal. The participants playing Mother Earth and the Sun King go to each participant, and speak to each person as though planting seeds of growth, imparting words of love, wisdom, thankfulness and prosperity.

Candle or Bonfire Ritual

  • With a candle or your bonfire – Give blessings in the 4 directions. Cast a blessing for yourself, a blessing for the harvest, a blessing for your loved ones, and a blessing for the earth.  (make this blessing 3-5 sentences long for each subject)

A Call to Love

  • Single women are to sleep with 4 flowers under their pillow

Flowers:

  • Flowers blooming in your area, also daisies, roses, lilyof the valley, calendulas, marigolds

Decorations:

  • daisy chains, lavender wreaths, rosemary garlands

Head wreath

  • Circle base, thin gauge wire, or vines and tie or wire on flowers of your choice

Symbols:

  • Fire to celebrate the power of the sun, Sun Wheels, Medicine Wheels, Stone Circles, Candle Circles, Mother Goddess, Ripening fruits, Sun Dials, Feathers, and Swords/Blades.

Candles:

  • Green & Blue representing the earth
  • White representing God light

21* Gemini New Moon

21* Gemini New Moon
By Tara Sutphen

21* Gemini New Moon this month (no moon – the time of dreaming), culminating June 12, 2010. This Gemini New Moon is about communicating and finding balance through your vocal skills, your internal process of sending and receiving. A part of good communication is a willingness to be a listener. What or who are you willing to listen to, are you growing or learning or just going through the motions of babble and criticism. How have you established your connection with your higher purpose. When you converse are you able to convey thoughtfully or are you too busy trying to be liked.  We start learning from childhood, and the remarks of others stay deep within our subconscious and conscious mind. We’ve all had someone tell us that we couldn’t achieve this or that, or we weren’t good enough, smart enough, or worthy enough. Did you go ahead and bulldoze through those self esteem busters or were you held back and down by comments of the fearful. And sometimes they were from well meaning loved ones, but we have our internal source of what is right for our individual lives and being worthy should be at the top of your list. There are people who feel free to find fault or point out the negative in situations. The key though is where your judgment comes into play to find a solution. Break down concepts of what are right or wrong for you. With every criticism is a bridge to improvement. With every stumbling block, there is a stepping stone.

Lets visit the concept of being liked by others and going along with conversations that are out of our character, such as hateful gossip or inane speaking about nothing in particular. Are you too accessible, ‘like me, like me, like me’ or do you hold your own. Have you become quiet or talk about everything other than what is important to you. Do you dump and whine about your problems. Do you go along with mundane conversations or are you competitive and it’s hard for others to keep up with you. Have you shut down, becoming cold and silent. Many people find that they have no one to talk to, feeling lonely in this huge world.  Others speak angrily or defensively and there is no need to let others talk down to you.  Who are you talking with. Who are you attracting. Where are people bringing value into your life. There is a secret here, what value are you bringing into their life. Maybe you are always to be the wise one, or bigger person. The evolving soul who soothes others in their endeavors or pain. . As a species we are deeply wounded and for reasons unbeknownst even to our deepest selves.  The question though is do we allow our feelings and the remarks of others to make or break us. We should be able to take constructive criticism.  We are to win at life and to make our lives wholesome and workable. We are to succeed and live well, no matter what others tried to do to make our lives hard.

Journal Questions:

Do you need to retrain your inner dialogue? Are you your best friend or worst enemy? You may want to take the rose colored glasses off about yourself and be realistic, yet loving. Treat yourself well. Others will follow that lead…

The 5 categories that we talk about are trivia, facts, opinions, feelings and needs.

  • Trivia – Familiar and conventional comments, questions and answers
  • Facts – Data and details about people, places and things
  • Opinions – Points of view, suggestions, examinations, forewarnings, and judgments
  • Feelings- Emotions, receptivity, sensitivity, perceptions, understanding, and sympathy
  • Needs – Requirements, wants, fulfillment, claims, and essentials

There are ways of sharing problems and creating constructive reprogramming and fixing the ways of sharing verbal intimacy, not with just a partner but making connection with friends and family. Good conversationalists ask questions and listen.

Write out your expectations in these relationships. Hopes, Desires, Wants…Write the fantasy or good feelings of each one.  What you want? Do you uphold your level of receptivity? What are your motives, notions, and overall outlook? Where can you improve? How reliable you are? How reliable are others? Who do you consider Prospects? Where do you find your friends or acquaintances? How do you feel about commitments? How trusting are you of others? What are your Presumptions? What is your Reality? What are your fantasies? How can you change your life and relationships? Where are problems? Write out a hopeful conclusion or a solution.

  • Acquaintances
  • Friendships
  • Partnerships
  • Family Relationships
  • Love Relationships

Communicating:

  • Sharing information – Are you informative. When is it constructive or destructive?
  • Sharing feelings – Where do you support others as they should support you?
  • Sharing ideas – Are these ideas moving in the direction of goals or fixable solutions? Every good idea has steps toward achievement. Know that you can move ideas to pro-active acquirement or attainment.
  • Sharing knowledge – How do you share common sense and perceptions?  There are ways to help through constructive wisdom and good reasoning.
  • Deep sharing – Intimacy in love and connection. How are you opening to your intrapersonal thoughts, motivations and desires? Is there equal measure of spiritual linking? Is there equal measure of emotional bonding? Is there equal measure of physical expression and affection? What do you lack, or give too much of, or not have at this time?

You cannot falsely advance the process of deep sharing; you’ll have to build steps with someone who deserves your time and attention. Do not force this type of interaction, it should be natural. Until the time of finding someone special, concentrate on rewarding yourself with positive intrapersonal dialogue and support, upgrade your soul level of worthiness, and practice good conversations with others.

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
~ Virginia Satir (American Psychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)