Full Strawberry Super Moon

Full Strawberry Super Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Strawberry Moon (Native American) at 2* Capricorn will culminate June 23, 2013 4:32am PDT/7:32am EDT (Farmers Almanac).

This Full Strawberry Super Moon ‘reins us in’ from liberty to duty. We all have goals to set and strength to attain as we secure our lives. We’ve had a little suspension according to the universal signs. And it’s great to be responsible to your lives as we get ready to revel in the new days of summer. The super moon is staring directly at us, opening the questions we ask ourselves over and over. We want to be confident and we do want to become who we want to be. We dream of gaining outer stability and a sturdy body. Focus, steady your mind as you move your body, it’s not about reviewing right now, it’s about steady action and doing. Breathe some fresh air and get out there. Eat healthy, sign up for those classes and step into the groups that will further you in proper improvement. Psychically click into your inner knowing. Step into a right situation, step back from a wrong situation or stay quiet and still…but it’s about movement now. You are to be concentrated in body and mind.

Progress and attainment, motivation and intent, being useful and fulfilled – aim for the next strategic direction. Whether you are working toward health or finances, exert yourself for a purpose, succeed for you, work together with your loved ones, aspire…Life doesn’t always give us a guarentee, but we know we are worth it.

Journal Questions:

Rate how strong your body is: 1-10, Rate how strong your mind is: 1-10, Rate how long you’ll be vital in this life and why. What are you doing to make yourself strong in body and mind

  • About yourself
  • Or others

Are you confused: and Why

  • At home
  • Outside the home
  • At work
  • At school
  • Love
  • Family
  • Parents
  • Mate
  • Children

Do you outwardly seek:

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

What area needs more work at this time. And Why

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

Have you found yourself wanting to be more goal oriented than you are… can you step into your personal power to create the person you long to be. You may need to get more physically strong upon the earth before you can engage a rested mind and spirit. Eat well, exercise, and start doing what you want to do for a job. It’s all a balancing act. We need to take ourselves seriously, just like you do your loved ones. You matter…

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.”~ Albert Einstein (German born American Physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)

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Painting: http://nlmstudio.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/champagne-and-berries-on-the-missouri-river/

*super moon- close full moon to earth


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
  • 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


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


Full Moon Camp-Out

Contract: NRSO Park: 70182

Full Moon Camp Out

June 23, 2013

Check In 2pm

June 24, check out Noon

Full Moon Celebration with Tara Sutphen
Sorce and Celebrate the Moon with Tara. She has conducted Moon Rituals for many years. It is the highest time of energy on the earth, moon’s power over the oceans. The full moon is a nice focal point to work on inner and outer personal power, dilemmas and solutions.
You can invite your family and friends. The gathering will be held in Lake Arrowhead, California. Please wear casual attire, bring a warm jacket, just in case it’s chilly, flat type of shoes. (it’s not a dress up event) A pillow, camp chair or towel to sit on.
Plenty of camp spaces available to rent.
To Register: 
email – tarasutphen@yahoo.com
June 23, 2013 (Sunday)
Sunrise 5:38 A.M. Sunset 8:04 P.M.  
 Moonrise   8:24 P.M. moonset 5:57 A.M.  

Moon Celebration fee: $35.00 usd

paypal button: http://tarasutphen.com/70.html


Camp site fee: $19.00 usd – separate fee – we will give instructions for campground payment and directions will be provided upon registration for Moon Celebration.