Summer Solstice



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.


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
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

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

daisy chains, lavender wreaths, rosemary garlands
Head wreath

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

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.

Green & Blue representing the earth
White representing God light


28* Gemini New Moon


28* Gemini New Moon

By Tara Sutphen

28* Gemini New Moon (no moon – starry dark sky, the time of dreaming), culminating June 19, 2012.

                This New moon is about looking into your career or job. As humans, we must develop and learn, the moment we stop emerging, we stop wakefulness. Many people are now depleted by their professions, our society casts rules. More and more regulations are made and the exhaustion level is high. We must work on renewal. Every few years it’s important to gain new knowledge and information. Those who were carried away by “too fast of plans”, lack a feeling of progress.

       How do we get ourselves out of our own ruts and back on solid ground. Possibly organizing our time efficiently, curtailing wasted hours on frivolous activity or socializing. Or it could be working too many hours at a dead end job with uncaring people. There are myriad of complaints holding us from accomplishing. Of course we need to negotiate until we steer ourselves into our next option. To prevail, we all must give and take, take and give. A sense of balance is the key. If vocational restructuring or guidance is needed, going back to school or taking a class or two might resolve our struggle. Conversing with a friend, mentor or professional, maybe they will see something you don’t.  Any remarkable skill requires time and exertion.  Start meeting yourself at least halfway.

      We get nowhere with ideas locked in our head. How many times have you heard someone say…”oh, I thought of that gadget or idea, but look someone else invented it, making millions”. The innovator moved their body to complete the idea. They didn’t know what to do or where to go to carry the invention out, they just began to ask questions, initiating a means to discovery.  No one knows exactly where life will be taking them, we just lay down tracks to move our train.


“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” ~ Anne Sullivan (American teacher , 1866-1936)

Full Strawberry Moon & Partial Eclipse



Full Strawberry Moon

By Tara Sutphen


Full Strawberry Moon (Native American)at 14* Sagittarius will culminate June 4, 4:12 A.M. Pacific/7:12 A.M. Eastern (Almanac).

The Full Strawberry Moon and partial eclipse, where we’re being nudged gently to give up what holds us back. Many incidents in the past create a mental and karmic link and we go round and round in our minds trying to figure out how to escape turmoil. We are living up to either our dashed expectations or our goals and intent. Many are struggling every moment of every day with an issue or another and so much anxiety. Why are so many people riveted in uncertainty. Over the centuries were people always this way. Or in our modern society have we become influenced by each other. The worries of each individual, health problems, emotional ills, the job anxiety, money sabotaging, restlessness, outrage, entitlement, apathy, exhaustion, the list goes on, do we carry those fears or do we stand up to them. Reviewing our beliefs is a first step to liberation of misgivings, the second step is to act accordingly and release. As looking back and blaming everyone and everything for fault and failure is not constructive living. Needed is elucidation. Specific people, the government and circumstances will naturally bring us to situations that need to be handled. This is life.

We play our lives as best or as worst as we can. We walk around in a dream, designing what happens by our actions and reactions. Oh we may not like what takes place randomly day in and day out. Entrenching us emotionally or physically, we find ourselves either in the quagmire or the palace. Living up to our choices and how we respond to circumstances and events. We are so lucky to have options, we don’t always remember that fact though. Thankfully if we back up a little and free our judgments, we can work at alleviating predicaments. The unease may have begun with parents, siblings, teachers, lovers, spouses, children, employers, bureaucratic leaders, but it will end with our self. As much as we want to control time, we really do have a different life experience and planet stopover than others. As we recognize this, we can view opportunities. Stepping away from difficulty and as calmly as possible reintegrate what best works on a daily basis. And if we take a moment to offer others understanding and benevolence, it will surely extend our way as well. We’re not supposed to be struggling all the time, we’re really intended to be enjoying our life, like the people we know, benefit from our relatives and family, relish work, attach value to experiences. All the heartache and the suffering are lessons to teach us to survive. We were born to live…

Journal Questions:

Daily journal homework:

  • write about giving up trivialities
  • gain depth of being
  • Build your self esteem
  • Say something nice about a family member, coworker, an acquaintance or a friend
  • Say something nice about yourself 
  • Write a love sentence
  • Appreciate something about the day
  • Gain a fresh approach to problems
  • If life was perfect, how would you unspoil it more


The dark night of our souls, the idiosyncrasies we hide and the weak parts of our physical make up. They make or break us.

“Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.-American Civil-Rights Leader. 1929-1968 

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 Standing Before The Moon Ritual


Standing Before

The Moon Ritual Meditation & Sleep Programming

Although you would ideally do this meditation outTrack 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 earthly journey with an open heart. Track 2: A beautiful sleep programming version of the ritual. Listen as your cross over into sleep and explore the four directions into your dreams.

also available in CD