Fall Equinox

Fall Equinox – Mabon By Tara Sutphen

Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 20/21/22 September 22, 2022 (Almanac) Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees.

Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth. Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia.

The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year. At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection. Symbolism of Mabon: – Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon: – Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Herbs of Mabon: – Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon: – Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Incense of Mabon: – Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

Colors of Mabon: – Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Mabon: – Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

Activities of Mabon: – Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering a ritual pouring to loved ones —Flowers and trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon: – Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Deities of Mabon: – Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man. Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!

Recipes: Salad Fixings—-Lettuce: any kind Add:

  • Sliced radishes
  • Shelled edamame
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Mushroom
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Sliced fruit, like pears, apples, and mangoes
  • Berries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Grilled salmon
  • Roasted garlic, Wild rice, quinoa, or other whole grain
  • Beans, like pinto, garbanzo
  • White beans
  • Celery
  • Italian Parsley
  • Wheat berries
  • Fresh basil (especially nice with a deep balsamic vinegar)
  • Nonfat ricotta cheese (a little goes a long way)
  • Scallions
  • cabbage
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • tofu
  • Roasted beets
  • bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Dill

Any Dressing of your choice. Autumn Apple Cider Chicken or Vegan Soup

  • Chicken (optional) cooked using pam spray, browned in cast iron skillet (preferably)
  • cut into cubes for soup pot

In big soup pot or crockpot

  • 3 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons himalayan salt (optional)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into pieces
  • 2 medium onions, cut

Sweet Potatoes & Ground Turkey or Vegan Casserole

  • 5 sweet potatoes or yams, cooked-peeled-cubed

Saute’

  • 1 or more pounds ground turkey (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 Green Onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium tomato paste
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppe

Add the sweet potatoes or yams, cooked-peeled-cubed

  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Minced fresh mint (optional)

South of the Border Casserole

  • 4 cups uncooked pasta shapes (whole wheat/ gluten-free)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced low sodium tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce

Add –

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Combine in pot, bring pasta and ingredients to al dente and sauce has thickened slightly, 12-15 minutes. Add cheese, melt in the oven and serve Apple-Cranberry Pie

Dough for 2 – pies with lattice tops

  • 2-1/4 cups sugar or Monk sugar (same evalent)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour or rice flour

pie filling –

  • tart apples, peeled-sliced (about 8 cups)
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 cups frozen or fresh raspberries

Bake 375* 45-50 minutes Hot apple cider — In a medium-size bowl mix sugar or honey, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, mace, and nutmeg. Heat the apple cider until hot, add 1 to 2 teaspoons to the apple cider Repost Enquire: Sessions & Seminars +1-424-781-7103 Taraappointment@gmail.com

Full Sturgeon Moon

Full Sturgeon Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Sturgeon Moon (Native American) at 19* Aquarius will culminate, August 11, 2022 6:36PM PdT/9:36PM EdT (Farmers Almanac).

This Full Sturgeon Moon is about being proactive and making “headway” toward achievement. It even suggests some competitive action, not so much with others as with yourself. Find solutions. We all need to work smarter not harder. Winning can be as easy as reigniting your curiosity and passion.

  1. Comprehend who you are and what you need: 

Are you doing the same thing over and over and ending up with the same result. How can you change and gain. You can be faster, smarter, and regain an enthusiasm when combining related skills. What is your outlook and insight. You don’t have to be the best but you can begin to be. It only takes a couple more minutes to do something right.

2. Giving credit where it’s due:

We all don’t win by thinking we are alone and can do anything and everything. To succeed we must trust ourselves and learn to be open toward others for inspiration or learning. If someone seems more accomplished than you, maybe they can lead you toward expansiveness and growth.  Learn something new. Remember to be in gratitude and Thank others along the way and give yourself a pat on the back. 

3. Grow more confident:

There is nothing to fear but fear itself. When you are willing to do things at a higher level and do your best. You are connecting with a deep understanding on how the world works and how you are playing your part in it.

It’s a time to pause and take aim on what you want again. You’re at the end of suffering, learning once again to include yourself in open consciousness. You are moving toward knowing that you belong, yet you are becoming clear to be individualistic. Take control of your reading material, study material, friendships, family gatherings and group settings.

Here’s some tips on how to make clear decisions. 

  • Use your Emotions – How do you Feel:
  • What do you want your health to be
  • What do you want your career to be
  • How do you want to make money
  • How much money do you want
  • How hard are you willing to work
  • How much time are you willing to study
  • How much time are you willing to work
  • Are you working smarter not harder
  • Where do you want to live
  • What kind of house do you want
  • Where are your opportunities
  • What are you afraid of
  • What are you NOT afraid of
  • What are your opportunities to date
  • Who are you committed 
  • Over 18 years, do they pull their share
  • Do you make conscious choices to clear your confusion – how.   

B. Use your Intellect – How do you reason:

  • What do you want your health to be
  • What do you want your career to be
  • How do you want to make money
  • How much money do you want
  • How hard are you willing to work
  • How much time are you willing to study
  • How much time are you willing to work
  • Are you working smarter not harder
  • Where do you want to live
  • What kind of house do you want
  • Where are your opportunities
  • What are you afraid of
  • What are you NOT afraid of
  • What are your opportunities to date
  • Who are you committed 
  • Over 18 years, do they pull their share
  • Do you make conscious choices to clear your confusion – how

Reasoning gives you a chance to be more objective about yourself and your needs over the emotional side of your nature.

C. Visualize your future

  • Create your perfect world in your minds eye
  • Be willing to compromise if you live with others
  • No rigidity

D. Stop Arguing

  • Make Space in your mind
  • Be truthful, especially to yourself
  • Make space in your future
  • Don’t fight for your limitations
  • Do not fall prey to others fear
  • Don’t judge others
  • Don’t persuade others
  • Do you have clear mind and why
  • Create strength of mind

E. Progressive Movement

  • Use your vitality
  • Use your personal power
  • We read, therefore learn
  • Use your core values
  • Take steps to achieve in health, well-being, career, well-being, relationships, love, positive direction
  • Use your education
  • Use your creativity
  • Use your sound plans
  • Create strength of body

Forward movement, we have been lead toward knowledge. The internet alone is full of useful information. Decipher, connect, or act accordingly on clueful information.

Everyone knows what’s wrong to do…bad habits, addictions, procrastination or rebelliousness. Bad tempers or isolation, release misfortune and start by being resourceful, capable and enterprising. Learning to listen again. Drinking plenty of water, and meditate. Resonating with the earth and expecting the very best instead of the very worst.

Journal Questions:

Who do you get along with:

  • yourself
  • others
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Work arena
  • Neighborhood
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • World

Are you seen as Constructive or Destructive?

  • House
  • Love
  • Family
  • Parents
  • Mate
  • Children

Where do you build your life:

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

How can you be more connected in your personal life or work life: List 3 things if not 3 sentences

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

 Your Aspirations:

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

What Inspires you:

(5 sentences or more)

Who Inspires you:

(5 people and why)

_____We walk the road of humanity and grasp life with our very breath. We need to remember we aren’t in dress rehearsal. Everyday is a creation of the life we want to live. Maybe all our days aren’t filled with how we’d like them to be, but it is in our good will that we start to create fulfilled and satisfied days and nights. It is only a reach away… meditate and then start moving forward in mind, voice and actions. 

—-We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests. Sheryl Sandberg – businesswoman 

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Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh

By Tara Sutphen

Lughnasadh is the harvest and reaping great rewards, it is also a day of feasting. Lugh, is the Celtic God of Light and this Pagan Sabbat is the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. Some bake a figure of the “corn god” in bread, and then symbolically sacrifice and eat it. The tradition of eating and sharing the first fruits, vegetables and grains of the season started with Lughnasadh in Ireland. In England, it became the medieval festival known as Lammas day. In keeping with the Lughnasadh tradition, the first grains were offered to the gods, the form of a baked loaf of bread. The loaf was blessed and cut into four pieces, with one piece placed in each corner of the home for good luck.  

The non-sporting competitions in festivals were singing, dancing, poetry-reading and storytelling. Trial marriages were performed, couples would join hands through a hole in a slab of wood. The experimental marriage would last one year and a day, after which it was annulled without question.

Celtic festivals like Lughnasadh was an opportune time to make political, social and economic deals. All weapons and rivalry’s were laid down so the neighbors could get to know one another. Chieftains held important meetings, farmers would make trade agreements about crops or cattle for the coming season. 

A common tradition of Celtic festivals were to visit holy wells. People would give offerings to the wells and decorate them with flowers and garlands, they could leave coins or clooties (cloth). They would walk around the well in a sun-wise direction praying to the Gods.

Recipes

Farm Fresh Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups chopped fresh mustard greens or spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and onion; cook and stir until broccoli is crisp-tender. Stir in greens and garlic; cook and stir 4-5 minutes longer or until greens are wilted.
    Unroll pastry sheet into a 9-in. pie plate; flute edge. Fill with
    broccoli mixture. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, rosemary, salt and pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Swiss cheese; pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
    Bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Wild Rice Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 4 cups cooked wild rice
  • 2 jars (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth; bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the cream, chicken, rice, mushrooms, pimientos and parsley; heat through.
    Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.

White Spaghetti Casserole 

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided

Directions

  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat egg. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture with Monterey Jack cheese, spinach and half of the onions. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated though. Top with remaining onions; return to the oven for 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown.

Pasta Pizza Skillet Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
    In a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, green pepper and onion; saute until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high. In same skillet, heat remaining oil. Spread pasta evenly in skillet to form a crust. Cook until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes.
    Turn crust onto a large plate. Reduce heat to medium; slide crust back into skillet. Top with pizza sauce, sauteed vegetables and olives; sprinkle with cheese and Italian seasoning. Bake until cheese is melted, 10-12 minutes.

Layered Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • FRUIT SALAD:
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 medium kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 3 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 medium red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes

Directions

  • Place first 6 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Cool completely. Remove cinnamon stick.
    Layer fruit in a large glass bowl. Pour juice mixture over top. Refrigerate, covered, several hours.

Berry Pie

Ingredients:

5 cups fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts

1 cup sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon sugar

Method:

Sprinkle berries with lemon juice; set aside.

Fit half of pastry in a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions.

Combine 1 cup sugar and next 3 ingredients; add to berries, stirring well.

Pour into pastry shell, and dot with butter.

Unfold remaining pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll gently with rolling pin to remove creases in pastry.

Place pastry over filling; seal and crimp edges.

Cut slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape.

Brush top of pastry with beaten egg, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar

Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until golden.

Cover edges with aluminum foil to prevent over browning, if necessary.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Lughnasadh or Lammas is a harvest festival. In other languages:

Irish – Lá Lúnasa 

Welsh – Gwyl Awst (August Feast)

English – Apple Day  (drinking Apple juice, Apple cider, or Mead

Lughnasadh Harvest Spell

sit down in the middle of a circle of candles (tealight)

Cup your hands ready to receive

Repeat Aloud:

Thank you Mother Earth and our Amazing Land  

Thank you for the seeds creating the food

Thank the nourishment feeding everyone we love, Thank the Farmer for tending the crops

Thank the handlers to get the crops to market, Thank you for the market representatves

Thank you Food Preparers, Thankful for Food. Let us Pray. So Much to Be Thankful For

The Sustenence, the Healing, The nourishing and the nurturing. Blessed Be

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Communicate Effectively

To be effective we need to know how to put into practice our communication skills.
1. Inner Knowing
What are you interested in? Are you building your self-esteem and confidence. What are your personal skills that you’ve developed. They don’t need to be academic or athletic skills, they can be being a good friend, mother, father or liking pets.
2. Sincerity
Connect with others when they are speaking. Your mind takes breathes, so you don’t always hear everything someone is saying to you. It’s easier in life if you are kind and leave everyone with a smile or appreciation.
3. Consistency
We don’t do any favors to anyone if we can’t keep our word, pull our weight and practice what we preach. Emotional Consistency is a key ingredient to lasting happiness. Integrity to your family and those you love are important.
4. Compromise
Knowing how to share.
5. Listening
Building a bond
6. Be Polite
Everyone deserves respect.
7. Ask & Receive
Effectively ask questions. The Answers might not always be from the person you asked but if we are patient the answer will not elude us.
8. Sharing
When we help and support others. Others help and support us.
9. Teaching
When we contribute what we know, we allow others to create a way to take care of themselves. Everyone interprets their way of doing things.
10. Do not interrupt
Listen more than talk
11. Ask questions
Be interested about others and our world
12. Curiosity
Don’t lose your curiosity, stimulate your mind by learning new things. Its considered one of the key things to staying youthful.
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Positive Affirmations

Begin now to give yourself positive affirmations with some good visuals of yourself. A few for example:

  • I am feeling good about myself when I take care of myself and others
  • I really like to work and be useful in the world
  • I see opportunities when I am presented with them
  • I would like to really be successful and make wonderful money
  • Money is an energy and I open myself to receive it easily
  • I am vulnerable and I am ready for wonderful things to happen
  • I reach for healthy foods and lots of water, I know how to take care of myself.
  • I am stronger and stronger everyday
  • Love comes easily and naturally, I deserve great love
  • I don’t need to fight with myself
  • Only participate in kindness and gentleness
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Aspiring Magazine March/April 2022

ASPIRING MAGAZINE

TARA SUTPHEN CHT FEATURE ARTICLE

MARCH/APRIL 2022

I want to start out with where you were born, where you grew up. What was your life like?

I grew up in two states, Alaska and California. My mother, Marianne grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born in a tent in Palmer and grew up on a homestead. When I was conceived, she was a nurse in Hollywood. She went back to Alaska to work in a Native Hospital for most of her pregnancy before moving to Seattle, Washington where I was born. Birth itself was a struggle for me. I immediately had to have an emergency surgery that lasted almost eight hours. The hospital Chaplin had little hope in my recovery. He read me my last rites and sent my mother home. It was my first near death experience. As a baby, I remembered everything. I could recount details of my everyday life with my parents and great-grandparents. There was a heightened awareness of how my family was feeling about things and how to act accordingly.

My father, Richard was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. We moved between states because of his projects. He was an engineer, and I was born in Seattle because of his work on the Space Needle for the World Fair. My parents influence inspired my innovative work ethic and desire to help others. I was already considered a different child, spiritually aligned with people and things. My second near death experience was when I was eight years old. I was in a bicycle accident and began to hemorrhage. My father drove me to the hospital and the doctors wheeled me straight into emergency surgery. When I was moved from the gurney to the operating table, I took my last gasp and experienced my soul gravitating towards the light. This second NDE awakened a deeper connection to my intuition that would only grow stronger as I explored the intricacies of spiritual connection.

When I became a teenager people of a higher vibration would gravitate to my energy. Such as shamans, psychics and the masterful seers of the world. Wherever I was they would seek me and read me without payment or prompting. These spiritual guides were from Asia, the Philippines, Australia, Brazil, India, Native American Tribes, Russia, Africa and local. It was as though they were drawn to me from the light within us all, guiding us on our life paths. From birth I have been guided and tested in my ability to walk with my feet in both this reality and the one beyond the veil. My true purpose is to heal and secure the confidence of the mind, body, and spirit connection. The power of the mind has experiential potential. Our perspectives define the limits of our human experience. With practice and patience I believe everyone has the ability to expand their psychic awareness.

What drew you to Astrology?

I was 18 when I went to work on the Alaska pipeline, which is deep in the Arctic. Up in the vast frozen wasteland, I met a security guard for BP and an astrologer, Sharva Venta. His dad was a famous deceased Beatnik Krishna Venta, who was a big tadoo in Box Canyon back in the late 1950s. Sharva asked if I would like my astrology done. I didn’t know what he meant really, as it was before all the computer technology. He wrote out my chart by hand, and it was about 50 pages of this small handwriting. It was inspirational and eye opening as it depicted the very essence of my character. After encountering Sharva Venta, I became fascinated with astrology and have studied it all these years. Mastering the mathematics and star blueprints that define the complexity of human personalities.

Who influenced you to go public with your work?

I had many teachers, although It wasn’t until I moved from Anchorage, Alaska to Ojai, California at the age of twenty one, that I met my mentors and spiritual partner. I have a great deal of affection and gratitude to my dear friend, Jess Stearn. We met at Sarno”s restaurant in Hollywood. The owners Alberto and Savannah had this big table where they would sit 12 or 14 people, but it was bench style so you could get locked in the middle. Jess had been seated by me and we were “stuck”. Alberto says, “tell something psychic to Tara”. He took my hand and raised it to his forehead, he guessed the month I was born. I said “yes”, he then did the same thing to the date of my birthday, I said “yes” and then he said the year. Right then and there I think we were sealed. But then he asked me, if I wanted to come to a seance’ at his house that next week. For whatever reason, I declined and yet a few weeks later our paths crossed again at the same restaurant. He invited me to dinner in Malibu and our friendship bloomed. Jess Stearn was a great author and became one of my dearest friends of my life.

In the beginning, I didn’t know his books but he covered Eastern thought for the Western World. Primarily through one of his NY Bestsellers “Yoga, Youth & Reincarnation” (1965). Jess introduced me to Dick Sutphen, whom I married on Jess’ deck in the early eighties. Jess and I were so divinely connected that later Dick and I had our daughter, Cheyenne on Jess’s Birthday April 27th. Between those two men, psychic phenomena and hypnotherapy became my everyday life and obsession. I became a certified hypnotherapist and penned a column called “Cause & Effect” where I used automatic writing and my psychic ability to answer readers personal problems with supernatural solutions.

Did you have to go to college for that?

During my youth there wasn’t metaphysical schools on the west coast as there are today. I went to traditional college for equine science. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals and believe we can connect with them by using concentrated energy and tone. I really wanted to be a veterinarian. I studied for three years at Equine Science School, but I had three kids to raise. I was trying to find balance with being a mother, running a non-profit organization and traveling to seminars on the weekend. So, I switched gears and attended Art school for another three plus years to give myself a creative outlet for the chaos of parenthood and psychic exploration. I asked my husband if we could open a bookstore and I called it “Malibu Shaman” which is still in Malibu, California today owned and run by Dick’s oldest son, Scott. I was able to order any book, I studied the Psychic Sciences: Automatic Writing, Hypnotism, Channeling, Sorcing, Palmistry, Psychometry, Handwriting Analysis, Esoteric Astrology, Shamanism, & Mysticism, etc. My dedication to metaphysics lead to teaching seminars all over the planet and away from merchant life.

Why were you nominated for Grammys?

I was nominated for Grammy’s when I began writing meditations and recording them. I was grouped with all the inspirational speakers and comedians where they give awards before the music awards. Looking back, it was a beautiful experience. It was fun to dress up and go to the Grammys to see if I was going to win or not. I was rather shy but had to be ready to accept an award, so I composed myself accordingly. I wore black velvet. and another year a long beautiful blue gown. There were pretty people everywhere, and amazingly dressed, certainly moments that I will never forget. I felt very honored to be nominated for my work.

How many books have you written?

I’ve written four books and am currently writing my fifth book right now. The books I’ve written are Blame It On Your Past Lives, Soul Agreements, Abenda Chronicles, and the Abenda Writings. Abenda is my spirit guide, I met her when I had my near death experiences. She said she’d work with me one day, but I didn’t really know what she meant at the time. When I began the books, she would come through and give such great advice. If I wanted to know something about you, I would ask Abenda. I’d call to my guide and she’d converse with your spirit guide or someone who loves you very much and then they write through my hand. I did that for many years. People loved those letters. The book I’m writing now is a little different, I’ve taken people I know who have died and they are telling us what it is like on the other side.

What’s something different you are doing in your industry?

I have an IHypnoTherapy app, a radio show and am doing Equine Therapy. The radio show is called “Transformations with Tara” you can hear me on iHeart and Spotify. I’ve been a radio host for 13 years and recommend it to anyone who wants to be a conscious voice in the world. My show is aired Friday mornings at nine a.m. Pacific time. We start out with a FB Live, I bring on special guests or my brother, Jason D. McKean AKA Om Tarot Wizard as a co-host to discuss topics and phenomena. Jason is a wise wizard and spiritual teacher, he ran Dick and my company Valley of the Sun for thirty years, he has sold over a million copies of OM recordings throughout the world and written a successful book on Tarot you can find on Amazon called “Magic Channel Tarot Reading with the Tarot Wizard”. He is a master of Tarot and does many classes including on-going teachings for Japan.

I conduct many seminars all over the globe and do in person or remote private sessions. I’ve led a variety of workshops on many metaphysical subjects and psychic development. Currently the most unusual class I am offering is therapy with horses for healing peoples inability to connect or bond due to traumatic experiences on their life path. They’ve been incredible appointments. I mostly lead these sessions in Los Angeles, but I’m always open to travel. I work with suggested imagery, shamanic techniques and visualization, I have 12 horses to choose from and they click in right away to the work. I show up and they can’t wait to be chosen. I should say, most of the people who book the horse therapy appointments have never been around horses.

Any last minute words of encouragement?

The power of your mind is a fantastic tool and even more phenomenal when we learn some psychic abilities, meditation or visualizations to enhance our human experience. We all come up against problems, but there is always a way out. It’s very important that we take steps in building a life that nurtures your mind, body and spirit. Environments and influences can always be changed with the right form of motivation and discipline. We create our reality, it’s that simple.

Well, this has been wonderful and I can’t wait to see you again!

Tara Sutphen lives in Los Angeles, California with her two Horses and two Dogs.

http://www.tarainsight.com