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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)

gSummer 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.

gAll 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:

Summer Pasta Salad

2 cucumbers chopped, 2 big tomatoes chopped, 1/2 red onion chopped, 5 tablespoons lime juice, 4 tbsp. cilantro (coriander), 2 + tbsp. honey, salt & pepper, 2 cups dry shell macaroni (optional: gluten free) Directions Cook pasta, drain. Combine lime juice, cilantro, sugar, salt and pepper in small bowl. In a large bowl, combine pasta and vegetables. Toss gently with lime dressing.


Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg large shell pasta (optional: gluten free), ½ c. dill pickle juice plus 4 tbsp. pickle juice (divided), 2/3 c. mayonnaise (optional: veganaise), 1/3 c. sour cream (optional: plain yogurt), Salt & Pepper to taste, ¾ c. sliced or diced dill pickles, ¼ c. onion, 2 tbsp. minced fresh or dry dill spice, (optional: 2/3 c. diced or grated cheddar or almond cheese)

Directions: Cook pasta to pkg specifications. Rinse & drain cold water, add ½ c dill pickle juice, set aside, In another bowl, add 4 tbsp dill pickle juice , mayo, sour cream, salt & pepper (optional: dash of cayenne), Drain off excess pickle juice from pasta and mix with dressing, chill one hour and serve.

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


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Meditation By Tara Sutphen

Following Tara’s “under the stars” induction, you travel to a sacred stone circle in the middle of a meadow. Here, in the center of the circle, you meet a beautiful woman dressed in chiffon. As she chants, you experience an expanding vortex of power within: “Where light meets darkness … where the beginning encircles the end … where joy nullifies pain … we now choose to slip between the worlds beyond time, beyond space, and we invoke the positive powers of the Universe to assist us to manifest our desires.” Chakra balancing is followed with an inspiration ritual in which you open your heart and mind to the limitless positive potentials of life on earth. You withdraw an object from a box that relates to your purpose. Walking counter clockwise you recall a happy event from the past and transmit the vibrations into the present. A clock becomes a symbol placed in the circle to assist you make the most of your valuable time. Much more. 30 Minutes.

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Full Pink Blood Moon

 

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Full Pink Moon

By Tara Sutphen

 

The Full Pink Moon (Native American) at 25* Libra will culminate April 15, 2014 12:46am PDT/ 3:46am EDT (Farmers Almanac) and a Total Eclipse with a Grand Cross.

 

There are a many aspects for this Full Pink Moon in Libra. The gentleness of Libra eloquently allows a certain grace with potency, as no other planet could with a Total Eclipse. When we have an eclipse we will need to change or let go of something holding us back. It brings something exciting or illuminating to each of us. The “Blood” moon will be seen in a Tetrad phase of light, the same phenomenon observed every sunrise and sunset.  We have a Grand Cross, all are at 13’s with two oppositional Space stances.

 

Just a bit of amazing Moon and Planet energy showering down upon us earthlings.  We’re ready for it right? We’re in harmonious acceptance. We have an opportunity to clear responsibilities and old karma. We are ready… 

 

First of all, purge all that no longer serves you. Do not dwell on the negative, sit with your eyes closed and take a couple deep breaths, remove all pressure, heaviness and worries away from your body and then away from your aura – feel the lightness of your being. Now…. Take a couple deep breaths. Start to feel all your chakras turn in a clockwise direction. It’s time to do some internal spring-cleaning. Aren’t you feeling better when you’re activating your life force.

 

As you clear away the old to make way for the new, this is certainly not a time to wish away your life.  It’s time to reach a certain balance, which means we don’t go too inward or outward with our personalities and fears. Instead we are to fill ourselves with trust of who we are, to the core of our being with the brightest light and connection of God.

 

You are to be seen in the world. This is not to say you want to be a singer, actor or any outward profession. It’s all about keeping our self in balance. Many people try to make themselves invisible or blend in. They think it’s comfortable not to participate in the world. They say one thing and mean another, or end up doing things they never wanted to do. Or they physically hide.  They stop participating, even with their own health or knowledge. Whether it’s not having an opinion, asking another person a question to start a conversation, getting a job you want, or seeking real love.

 

This is not to say we don’t compromise in relationships, families, friendships and our jobs.  Dust yourself off.  Shine in the rays of the moons glow. The moon is saying to turn on the lights in your heart, in your mind and in your soul. Not only as the moon beams, you are to glow. Beam as you really are… You are to be seen in the world.

 

Journal Questions:

 

 Did you drive an opportunity away

 

  • Blame yourself
  • Blame others
  • Feel discouraged
  • How can you heal
  • Depressed
  • What about
  • Where is your self-worth
  • Are you having negative feelings
  • How can you heal
  • Suspicion
  • Where did you lose your trust
  • Where have you become dependent
  • Who or what are you relying too much
  • How can you learn to trust and heal
  • Liability
  • Are you resisting responsibility
  • Are you reliable
  • Are you conscientious
  • Are you being used by others or work
  • Are you feeling worthy
  • How do you help others
  • How do you help yourself
  • How do you heal
  • 
 

 Did you drive a person away

  • Blame yourself
  • Blame others
  • Feel discouraged
  • How can you heal
  • Depressed
  • What about
  • Where is your self-worth
  • Are you having negative feelings
  • How can you heal
  • Suspicion
  • Where did you lose your trust
  • Where have you become dependent
  • Who or what are you relying too much
  • How can you learn to trust and heal
  • Liability
  • Are you resisting responsibility
  • Are you reliable
  • Are you conscientious
  • Are you being used by others or work
  • Are you feeling worthy
  • How do you help others
  • How do you help yourself
  • How do you heal

 

There are reasons why life changes for you

List them

 

There are reasons why people leave

List them

 

There are reasons why people act the way they do

List them

 

Do you feel as though you are failing at life’s lessons

  • Why
  • Do you have to justify
  • Do you have to defend
  • Do you have to explain
  • How do you heal
  •  

Are you leading a double life

  • why
  • how
  • love
  • money
  • job
  • weight
  • success
  • happiness
  • place

 

How are you seen in the world

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically
  • 
 

How do you hide

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically
  •  

What do you want

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

 

Friends and Family are to be amazing allies and pure love. Jobs are supposed to be fun and filled with contentment. Take steps to remedy your health. 

 

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet 1854-1900)

 

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Meditation By Tara Sutphen

“Zing”  — a Magic entering the Mind … Ideas form into thoughts and daydreams.

Muses spark the creative process and stimulate one’s endeavors into fitting ventures. Overcome your obstructions, whether lacking confidence or intangible concepts. Sometimes we can get lost in indefinable and elusive development. In Greek Mythology the Muses gave inspiration to everyone and granted wishes. They have encouraged artists since antiquity, acknowledged for their importance in resourceful innovation and formation.

In this meditation each Muse will grant you her gift, guiding you toward greater resourcefulness and motivation. The Muses inspire inception to the completion of an urge, starting projects from outset to finish. Search for variety of the inner you and your talents, bring your childhood desires into reality. Have you been struggling and need extra support? Let the Muses encourage you in the direction of a greater fate. 30 Minutes.

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