Archive for March, 2013

Full Moon of Winds


 Full Moon of Winds

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Moon of Winds (Celtic) at 6* Libra will culminate March 27, 2013 2:27am PST/5:27pm EST (Farmers Almanac).

This Full Moon of Winds is to remind us of the beauty within and throughout. We are to love who we are and what we do. Removing all doubt in our minds into a workable way of being. Learning balance we begin to see the best in ourselves. When we look deep within our heart we can be open to receive gentleness and understanding from our self as well as from others. We each choose a path to live in this life, our service to others as a career or help-mate is defining and casts our progress day to day. Many defining moments have set you on your journey. People you’ve met, jobs you taken, careers you sought, food you eat, exercise you’ve done, choosing friends and partners, how you treat people you love. What are the signs you’ve been accumulating. Have you been paying attention. Signs are secret language, much as a cryptogram. We have these symbols everyday to point the way, mostly through unhappiness but through our sordid feelings we often don’t act on true recovery or constructive action. Life is a long time and yet it’s fleeting. Sometimes we need to learn the lesson over and over again. The theory is we live for all eternity, but we are mortal beings, it is important we recognize where we are and what we’re doing…and to live the best we can is essential.

Journal Questions:

What are your defining moments

  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Career
  • Health
  • Surprises
  • Goals
  • Wisdom

Write out a few pages of:

Defining people who are your role models

What jobs have you taken with no forethought

What job do you think has changed your life

What careers have you sought

Are you happy or disgruntled with your current career

What else would you like to do

Are you good at choosing friends

Are you good at choosing your partner/spouse

How do you treat people you love

Write out your list of wants:

  • House
  • Love
  • Family
  • Parents
  • Mate
  • Children

What signs do you have positively in

  • Love
  • Career
  • Job
  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Friendships
  • Happiness
  • Exercise

 Are you in tune with your feelings

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.~ Rumi

 

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Standing Before The Moon Ritual

 

Meditation By Tara Sutphen

Although you would ideally do this meditation outside beneath the full moon, you can also experience it by imagining the moon and four directions as you are surrounded with magical energy … a rainbow of light. In the Goddess’ name you open to the light. You can actually stand up and raise your palms to the sky or imagine this process of being energized and rejuvenated. Facing North you ask for solutions to your problems and experience many blessings. Facing East you seek solutions and prosperity while trusting yourself to make the right choices. Following many blessings, you turn to the South and ask for increased self-esteem and harmonious relationships with the people in your life. After the blessings, you turn to the West to face your destiny and ultimate potentials. Open your mind and release your courage. The ritual ends with the moon as your guiding light on the shadowed path. It illuminates your dreams as you walk steadfast and proceed on your earthy journey with an open heart. 30 Minutes.

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Happy Spring XOX


Shamrock & Gold Coin Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Fine green sugar sprinkles
  • Yellow-gold coarse sugar

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine butter, sugar, vanilla and salt, and beat with electric mixer on medium until blended. Add flour; mix on low until incorporated. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in wax paper. Chill for 2 hours.
  2. Soften dough at room temperature. Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven.
  3. Halve dough. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut out shamrock shapes; save scraps. Repeat. Place cookies on two parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes (switch oven racks and turn pans halfway through cooking) until lightly golden. Remove; top with sprinkles. Transfer to cooling rack.
  4. Mold scraps into 1-inch balls; roll balls in sugar. Arrange 2 inches apart on baking sheet; flatten to 1/4 inch thick with bottom of a glass. Bake for 20 minutes on top rack. Transfer to cooling rack. From: http://www.myrecipes.com


Spring Equinox

By Tara Sutphen

21st March – Spring Equinox marks the mid-point of the Waxing Year, the nights and days are balanced once again; the time when Kore, (Persephone) was believed to have returned from the Underworld where she had ruled throughout the Winter. The spark of light, born at Winter Solstice has reached maturity, and from here onwards, the days progressively grow longer than the nights. Western culture proclaims this the first day of Spring.

Older traditions called the Spring Equinox, Ostara; the time of the festivals of the Grecian Goddess, Eostre, and the Germanic Ostara, both fertility Goddesses of Dawn. These influenced the naming of the modern-day Easter Holiday. New greenery bursts forth from sleeping seeds in the countryside, as metaphorically, pagans also plant their own seeds for future goals, future projects and growth at this time.

Decorated eggs, being symbols of fertility are symbolic of Ostara. In days gone, Europeans gave gifts of decorated eggs to new brides, in the hope that they would bear many children. Similarly, bowls filled with eggs were given to farm workers by the farmer’s wife, to ensure a rich harvest. Most all cultures see the egg as a symbol of Life; the actual home of the Soul. In Russia, decorated eggs are still given as gifts to loved ones and buried in graves to ensure rebirth.

The women gathered the eggs only from hens which were around a rooster and decorated them, allowing no one to watch them work as they transferred the goodness of the household to the designs on the eggs, thus keeping evil away. Dyes were mixed to secret family recipes and special blessings placed on each egg.

The Spring Equinox defines the season where Spring reaches it’s peak, with the powers of light increasing. The God of Light, (Llew), now gains victory over his twin, the God of Darkness. Llew was reborn at the Winter Solstice and is now old and strong enough to vanquish his rival twin and mate with his Mother Goddess. The great Mother Goddess, who returned to her Virgin aspect at Imbolc, welcomes the young Sun God’s attentions and conceives a child. The child will be born nine months from now, at the next Winter Solstice, when the cycle closes, only to begin anew.

Here are some of the colours used on Ostara Eggs, and their meanings:

White:
Purity

Yellow:
Wisdom, a successful Harvest, or Spirituality

Green:
Spring, rebirth, wealth, youth, growth, happiness

Blue:
Good health, clear skies

Orange:
Power endurance, ambition,courage

Red:
Happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love

Brown:
Enrichment, good harvest, happiness

Purple:
Faith, trust, power

Pink:
Success, friendship, love

Black:
Remembrance

The custom of eating Hot Cross Buns also has pagan origins. The Saxons ate buns that were marked with a cross in honour of Eostre; ancient Greeks consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis, Goddess of the hunt, and the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis.

There are conflicting ideas as to what the cross symbol represents. One suggestion is that it is a Christianisation of horn symbols that were stamped on cakes to represent an ox, which used to be sacrificed at the time of the Spring Equinox. Another theory relates to Moon worship; the bun representing the full Moon, and the cross, its four quarters. Christianity gave new meanings to the symbolism of the buns, saying the cross represented the Crucifixion Cross. Thus, superstitions arose crediting these buns as being charms against evil, so after Good Friday, people would save one or two of them to hang in their homes as amulets. During the festival season and indeed, for a long time afterwards, fishermen would carry these Easter buns in their boats, for protection.

The Easter Bunny is another symbol which has obvious links to fertility, rebirth, and the abundance of life which is evident in Spring.

According to myth, Eostre was a playful Goddess whose reign over the earth began in Sring when the Sun King journeyed across the sky in his chariot, bringing the end of Wnter. Eostre came down to Earth then, appearing as a beautiful maiden with a basket of bright colorful eggs. Eostre’s magical companion was a rabbit who accompanied her as she brought new life to dying plants and flowers by hiding the eggs in the fields.

Traditional Foods
Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.

Herbs and Flowers
Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.

Incense
Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.

Sacred Gemstone
Jasper


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.~Confucius

Sent to you by Tara Sutphen, owner of Sutphen Corp/Valley of the Sun and Sutphen Co, Spokeswoman for Alaska ASU. Happy St. Patricks Day. Blessings & Love XOX

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