Happy Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice & Yule

By Tara Sutphen

Dec 21: The Winter Solstice is a celebration of the heart, vessel of our dreams. Through the darkest time on the planet we are to find solace once again, returning to our inner resting place. Gallantly gazing upon our life’s daily uncertainty and unknowing future. May the earth fold us in comfort away from any harshness. As the light dims we are to harmonize and begin to sincerely replenish our hearts and minds. The pagans called this holiday Yule, where the people of Europe and Scandinavia made festive. It is not considered religious. The pagans were naturalists, such as the Native Americans and other indigenous communities around the world. They followed the course of the sun, the moon and cycles of the seasons for planting food and generally planning survival strategy. As winter comes we recognize our need to rest our minds, hearts and bodies while warming at the hearth. And as we come back out of the darkest day-night of the year and begin to gain more minutes of sunlight and replenishment each day. We linger for a glimmer of light to awaken, reconnecting our spark to life, to the sun and the conviviality of our own beating heart.

Recipes for Winter Solstice & Yule

Hot Apple Cider

Juice Apples or Buy Apple Cider

6 cups Apple Cider

½ tsp whole cloves

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

Heat ingredients, simmer, strain & serve hot

Hearty Stew

1 ½ pounds Beef stew meat


¼ c. flour

Add tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onion

1 tsp thyme

2 tbsp mustard


Cook until meat is cooked and vegetables are tender

This can be a vegetarian dish if you prefer

Squash Casserole

6 c. diced yellow squash or zucchini




Butter or oil

Add into casserole dish

Bake 325* bake until squash is tender 20-45 mins

Alternative added ingredients into squash casserole

Crushed crackers


Sour cream

Yule Log Cake

10×15 inch jelly roll pan – line with parchment paper & butter the paper.

Pre-heat oven 400*

4 eggs room temperature

2/3 c. sugar — 7 minutes beat eggs while adding sugar 1 tbsp at a time

Add sifted flour ½ c, to batter – stir don’t beat

Add other ½ c. of flour – stir

Pour into pan – BAKE 10 min. Do not overcook

While hot- put cake into clean dish towel sprinkled with powdered sugar so it doesn’t stick.

Remove parchment paper, still warm – roll the cake with the dishtowel in. Let cake cake cool.

Unroll cake – spread desired filling, jam, or frosting onto cake and re-roll cake.

Frost outside & decorate, Refrigerate to set overnight

Winter Solstice Spell

1 white candle


My Heart is the vessel of my dreams

I gaze inward to my inner glow

I look forward to my every need being met

I look forward to all my problems being solved

I look forward to what I seek will be found

I look forward to genuine people entering my life

I look forward to beautiful surprises

Miracles abound, I believe

In darkness I rest and dream

in the light I enjoy my life

behind me and before me

I ask it, beseech it, mark it & so it is………

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Full Cold Moon


Full Cold Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Cold Moon (Native American) at 25* Gemini will culminate December 17, 2013 1:28am PST/4:28am EST (Farmers Almanac).

This Full Cold Moon is illuminating on how well we communicate with each other. We have an awful lot of gadgets with the internet and smart phones to frustrate or entertain us these days. Social media may be sidetracking us away from face to face communication and connection. We need to remember how to mingle and associate our minds with others. There are many lonely people in a majority of billions among us. Reach out with our hearts to those we love. And try and understand those we pass casually throughout our day. It takes building blocks and many steps to create meaningful relationships. Thoughtfulness is a virtue. It only takes a sentence to spark hope in someone who feels lost. Sometimes you may not feel friendly but if you give yourself a little push and make the effort, the rewards can be phenomenal.

We can make a lot of judgments, and we assess people rapidly on whether they could be a potential friend or colleague. We can generally tell in a matter of moments whether we enjoy or feel irritated by certain individuals. It usually takes some time to know which individuals we might not be compatible. And when we are not attuned, does that mean we don’t try and be respectful and open-minded. Another’s strengths may be our perfect business partner or wise counsel. We all know how to talk, but do we know how to listen. Do you say what you mean and mean what you say. Are you truthful with others, and speak without being hurtful or boastful. You can say plain truth and gain easy honesty. It’s not about being right, wrong, smarter or better, we want to come together in harmonious acceptance. Camaraderie is a learned behavior, when we are pleasant with every one, life is easier and less stressful. Not all and sundry are congruent, many people you will have to move away from to remain peaceful and compassionate. Gently turn away and rekindle what is good and healthy. A random kind word goes a long way with 95% of people. And those we already connect well, this is the moon to soak up the meeting of minds.

Journal Questions:

Make a list of your friends

  • What advice have they offered you lately
  • Did you apply it
  • Did you deny it
  • Did you get irritated

Make a list of your Family Members

  • What advice have they offered you lately
  • Did you apply it
  • Did you deny it
  • Did you get irritated

Do you listen to your friends before your family

  • why

Do you listen to your family before your friends

  • why

How could you learn to communicate better

Take more time

When have your conversations been rewarding

  • When you are talking about yourself
  • When you are listening and encouraging someone to succeed
  • You held your friends during sad moments
  • Creating good decisions
  • Solving problems
  • Talking about events
  • Shared interests


    Why, Write how you feel in each type of scene


When do you feel closed off, defensive, and maybe even angry. How are you not communicating to be heard.

  • People interrupt you
  • You don’t stick up for yourself
  • No one knows the real story
  • No one wants to hear the truth
  • No one knows the truth
  • You feel less than
  • You feel you have failed somewhere
  • You don’t care what anyone thinks

How can you fix any of these scenes

  • Start with one step at a time
  • Changing your attitude
  • Counseling
  • Reading self help books
  • Trying to fix something broken
  • Allowing a situation to leave your life
  • Acknowledging a problem and talking it over
  • Deep understanding

Solutions to communicate more affectively

  • Communicate without fear of judgment
  • Focus
  • Allow yourself to be stress free
  • Open your mind
  • Allow someone else to have their opinions
  • Learn to laugh and have fun
  • Don’t take things too seriously unless you have to
  • If you don’t agree, don’t push an issue
  • Don’t drink or imbibe around volatile people or relatives
  • Be in control
  • Know when to leave a situation
  • Know when to give someone a hug
  • Know when to tell someone something nice
  • Know when to tell someone you love them
  • Remember a compliment goes a long way over criticism

Explain who you are in your journal:

Who are you ________

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

Explain who would best suit you as a friend: What is their interests

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically


We come to gather with our clans and our societies…we can make the best of it or the worst…it is our choice.

“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 Psychotherapist and Educator, 1916-1988)

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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.

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Happy Beautiful Holidays