Happy Full Flower Moon



Full Flower Moon

By Tara Sutphen


The Full FlowerMoon (Native American) at 23* Scorpio will culminate May 14, 2014 12:18pm PDT/ 3:18pm EDT (Farmers Almanac).


This moon Flower moon is luminous yet not of frivolity. We are to reach a deal with our self this month, we are to look inside on how we speak to people and if we’re happy in our ways of communicating. It’s about honesty at a deeper level within you. You are born to live the life you long to live. Are you doing that or are you just messing around? You know the answer, you deeply know…


Are you feeling solid or stagnant, confused, shaky or content…think of this and how can you start to take steps in living genuinely. We think the world is made up of time, but by the time we make up our minds…it can be too late. The time for love can slip away, the time for money can by-pass us, the time to exercise and be well doesn’t happen…Are you concentrating on the right things? Are you sleeping while you are awake? Wake up Wake up…look deep within and regenerate your ideas, communication skills and actions. It’s your time on the planet and the earth is full of bounty and blessings and they are yours by birthright. Sorce the moon, pray and connect your feelings with your conscious acts.


Journal Questions:


Paragraph for each question.


What are you doing with your time


How are you communicating with your coworkers and your family


Are other’s taking from you


Do you pull enough of your share of responsibility


Are you overly responsible


Do you discuss what you need and why


Are you speaking your truth or are you fudging any sort of realness for compromising others feelings



The time to create the life you would like to live is now…daydream, night dream…make wishes. There is always hope. An idea should be your idea and then move forward, gently and caring. When you lend help and support it comes back 100 – 1000 fold. If you’ve been frustrated, sit still, breathe deep…and allow all the beauty and support to come into your life. You deserve love, security and happiness…allowing yourself to deserve. Breathe in Peace, Exhale Chaos…


—–“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” ~Erma Bombeck 1927-1996






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A Little Bit Nuts

Putting the Love In

There are some houses in this world that you visit and wonder ‘WHY?’ Claydon House in Buckinghamshire is one such. Rebuilt by Ralph, 2nd Earl Verney between 1757 and 1771 to rival the nearby Stowe house in magnificence, it is almost as if he got so carried away by his obsessions that he didn’t know where to stop. And indeed this singleminded ‘mania’ led to his financial downfall and after his death in 1791, the demolition of more than two-thirds of the house by a disapproving niece – as a lesson on the perils of excess. I can’t imagine many families putting up with such extreme behaviour – of either generation – for very long!

North Hall Claydon House North Hall Claydon House

I’d wanted to visit Claydon for such a long time because I’d seen pictures of the exuberant Rococo and Chinoiserie styling but I didn’t realise that Lord Verney had not been…

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Happy Beautiful Beltaine

 by Tara Sutphen
Beltaine is the “Celebration of the Light”,the light time of the year. The dark time being remembered by Samhain. May 1 is the day in the middle of the spring and the summer equinox’ (15*Taurus). May Day is the time for love and the happiness of summer on it’s way.
Beltane is a celebration of the union of souls, The union of minds, and the union of bodies. The earth mother calls her progeny to replenish the earth. Flowers decorate hair and everywhere. Maypole ribbon dances, with two circles interweaving around a decorated tree or pole, clockwise dance circles. Bonfires or candles to spark the sacred fire of union and fertility.

Druids and Pagans raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops on May Eve, the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. Earth awakening from it’s long winter nap and the flowers are in bloom and frolicking abounds. Joy alights your body, mind, and spirit, the colors become brighter, you see the best in everyone, casting away all worries and doubts you collected over the winter time.All nightmares become daydreams of love, hope and harmony.
 Beltaine or Beltane is an anglicization of the Irish “Bealtaine” or the Scottish “Bealtuinn.” — “bel,”brilliant”, “tene” “fire” 
Things to do on Beltaine alone or with a group
Create a Beltaine circle or group
Buy or Pick flowers
maywine (alcoholic or non alcoholic)
Candles, Fireplace, Bonfire — Lighting a fire with a blessing
May pole (you can use a tree if you don’t have a pole) garnish w. greenery and flowers – tie long ribbon
If you create a May pole, make lots of wishes while you walk clockwise into your future, and at the end of wrapping the ribbon say a blessing for yourself and end with “to love and be loved, So it is”. If the tree/pole ribbons pretty and sturdy enough you could leave until Samhain.
Some of the questions that you can ask your friends or family are:
What were the highlights in your winter? Everyone must come up with at least one if not several highlights. What are the dreams to enliven your spring and summer? Every one should convey their intentions for the summer.
Making Maywine


  • 2 bottles of dry white wine
  • 2 cups strawberry liqueor
  • 5 thin orange slices
  • and/or
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 12 sprigs of woodruff
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (more or less, as preferred)
  • Edible flowers (to be added after all ingredients have been mixed together)


Soak the dried woodruff overnight in the wine.

Add the rest of the ingredients, stir with a wooden spoon, and let it steep for an hour or so.

Serve very cold, with edible flowers floating atop in the punch bowl.

The taste is both sweet and fruity.

Non-Alcoholic version: Substitute sparkling water and grape juice, sparkling water and apple juice

American Heritage Dictionary

wood·ruff    Audio Help   (wŏŏd’rəf, -rŭf’)  Pronunciation Key  

  1. A fragrant perennial herb (Galium odoratum) native to Eurasia and North Africa and widely cultivated as a shade ground cover, having small white flowers and narrow leaves used for flavoring wine and in sachets. Also called sweet woodruff.
  2. Any of various plants of the genus Asperula, having whorled leaves and small funnel-shaped flowers.

Woodruff is sold in the herb section at markets and nurserys..

Edible Flowers

Alliums…chive flowers


Basil Flower Blossoms

Broccoli Florets. those little yellow flowers

Citrus Blossoms


Rose Pedals

Johnny Jump Up… Pansy

Mint flowers…