By Tara Sutphen
Imbolc – Candlemas is one of the Sabbats, it is an ancient festival generally celebrated on January 31, February 1, or February 2. It is also known as Candlemas, Brighid (“breed/bride”), and Oimelc (“EE-mulk”) which means ewe’s milk. It is the time of year halfway between December 21, the winter Solstice (Yule) and March 21, the spring Equinox (Ostara). Imbolc is in the middle of winter, but is the optimism of spring.The Egyptians and the Romans also celebrated this time, as it was the earth goddess giving birth to the Sun God. The time to ready seeds for the planting of food. A time of planning weddings, love, and romance. Days are getting longer and hope is renewed. The celebration is to light candles. Night of white candles turns the darkness into light.
Curling up with a good book
Quiet & Comfortable space
Be present – all thoughts of past & future aside
This is a time to restore your balance and gain your equilibrium. Learning how to unwind. We must know when to de-stress. Our bodies can’t help us unless we are fine tuning our consciousness, this is self-care. The cycles are a roadmap.
Friday the 13th Facts
Here are a few fun facts of Friday the 13th to get you in the mood that it’s a good day:
o The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle’s tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other.
o The Chinese, Pagans and others in ancient times marked time by the lunar cycle and calendar, thus 13 was considered a very lucky number.
o Egyptian philosophy believes life is a mission for the eternal afterlife. This journey walks through 13 levels, the first 12 in this life, at death the 13th level. The number 13 symbolizes death as glorious and attaining “real life”. But you must go through the 12 stages first.
o Fear of Friday the 13th is called Triskaidekaphobia.
o The fear of Friday the 13th started as a Norse Myth where 12 gods were having a party in Valhalla (Heaven) and capricious Loki came as the 13th guest and arranged for Hoder the Blind to shoot Baider the Beautiful with a mistletoe tipped arrow where he died and the earth grew dark.
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Full Wolf Moon
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Wolf Moon (Native American) at 16* Cancer will culminate, January 6, 2022 3:09pm pacific/6:09pm eastern (Farmers Almanac).
There is hope with this new moon, you are in the glow of making plans and changing accordingly. With your New Years Resolutions, this moon comes in to support you. It’s asking for you to dig deep into your subconscious mind. Go back to the root cause of your fear. Go back to the root cause of your insecurities. Go to the root cause of your procrastination. Go to the root of your lack of priorities or responsibilities.
And devise a new and strong plan. Change things to support your job, career, love life and health. The earth is waiting in all its supportive glory to help you get what you want. What you seek, seeks you. Write it down, make lists and do research. Also rest and refresh your mind and heart, knowing it’s almost time to prepare for your next phase of your journey. You have gone through times of unrest, but you know there is an easy pathway out of the shadow and into the light of your forthcoming well-being. Plan and prepare as you align your intellect and desires with your earthly sojourn.
3-5 sentences+ for each question.
Where have you changed:
-Journal on rebalance in 2023:
Where are you most ambitious:
Your new viewpoint:
acceptance of yourself
acceptance of others
Spending too much time on others and not yourself
Spending too much time on yourself and not on others
Forward movement toward positive activities
Forward movement toward negative activities
-Time management, how long with each:
-When creating calmness in your life:
Breathing deeply a few times a day
Drinking more water
Taking a walk
Writing in a Journal
Creating a solution
Saying nice things to people
Waving here or there to people
Enjoying a color
Complimenting your kids
-Can you clearly say this is what I do now and I like it or I’d like to see a change:
What are you doing now
What job will you have next year
What job will you have in 5 years
What job will you have in 10 years
Do you stay with a career
Do you change careers often
Do you like jobs
Do you like responsibility
Do you like to be a boss
Are you a good boss
Are you a good employee
What makes you happy
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up
What is your career
What is your self confidence
What is your earning potential
What is your verve for life
Are you a winner
Are you sometimes winning
Are you winning yet losing
Are you losing but close to winning
What could make you win
What could make you content
—-The winter brings a time of planning and refocusing. So we can develop those plans and then step into action. Whether it’s work, love or play, attach your life to the belief of wonderment. You are given this incredible opportunity to live, creating purpose. You have a voice to articulate asking for guidance and/or support. You have a heart open and willing. You have hands to work, create and nurture. You have a body for strong progress in work and play. You have a mind to be in resonance and encourage you in your everyday life. Connect with your Humanness. Achieve your dreams, what are you waiting for…
*Using your Intuition: Using your intuition and psychic ability to move forward. Feeling good about the decisions you make. Knowing when wrong feelings happen they can indicate going in a wrong direction.
*When meditating, remember you’re going to go past your mind and it’s set ideas, and proceeding toward the heart, taking it deeper, releasing false sentiments and just float in your divinity, going deeper and deeper to your very essence. Reaching into the core of your being. Shift into knowing you will begin to float in calmness as the eclipse takes away anxiety and confusion, replaced is gifts of knowledge and wisdom, quality of time and being one with your adventure on earth.
—–“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”—Nathaniel Branden.
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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 or Veggie Stew
1 ½ pounds Beef stew meat
Vegetable Broth (for Vegetable stew)
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
1-1/2 pounds carrots, sliced or 1 package (20 ounces) frozen sliced carrots, thawed
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/4 cupshredded cheddar cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons crushed crackers (rice optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add carrots. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until crisp-tender, 7-9 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Transfer carrots to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onion, horseradish and reserved cooking liquid; spread evenly over carrots. Sprinkle with cheese; top with cracker crumbs. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups stuffing mix
3 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, bring broth and butter to a boil. Remove from heat. Add stuffing mix; stir until moistened. Stir in turkey, spinach and cranberries.
Transfer to a greased 11×7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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
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
Full Cold Moon
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Cold Moon (Native American) at 16* Gemini will culminate, December 7, 2022 8:08pm PST/11:08pm EST (Farmers Almanac).
Even when your temper could flare, there seems to be something more illuminating and charming going on. The Moon is asking you to once again find your center and create passion and connectedness. Open your eyes and take in all the good and feel yourself shining bright and/or even glistening. No need to be in deep chaos or depression, especially for things that no longer serve you. The past is put to rest as you burn through any left over frustration or self pity. You are to recapture the essence of your soul goals. While dusting yourself off and breathing in some fresh air, you are now rebalancing your intensity to create new passion, new undertakings, new plans, new hopes and new dreams. Taking life seriously again for inner satiation. Looking at the redeeming qualities of everything. You no longer need to process the why’s; after all, you’re now getting ready to leave unfinished business and whatever else you accrued… behind.
You’ve been pondering your life lessons, and sometimes you weren’t communicating. But you’re feeling the surge to purge, you’ve finally started talking and researching where you can evolve and change. Creating more money or a satisfactory life. All you needed to do is reset your mind. Easy you used to say, but what takes us so long. Maybe you need to know how you can tap more deeply into yourself.
Here’s a list to help steer us toward inner wisdom.
- Are your Values out of sync –
There are about 50 values but 5 core values:
- What is your philosophy of life:
Your philosophy would be your inner wisdom and conduct
- What are your desires, what do you really want:
Do you harbor secret desires, what are they?
- What are your fears:
What are you afraid might happen, good or bad.
- Who in your life, matters
Who is important to you in the past and present
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.
Write down what has changed and are you happy with these changes, if not why:
- Work arena
What do you have, used to have or want to have:
Have you become jaded or lack charisma in:
What needs to be left behind in your personal life or work life: List 3 things if not 3 sentences
What could be your new Aspirations:
What Inspires you and if no one, why:
(5 sentences or more)
Do you only complain and/or no longer show interest:
(5 people and why)
Are you needing to change a few things about yourself
Write down how you’d like to change.
———-Are you feeling your very best? How’s your health at this time. Are you talking about it, take time to list what you need to do to make yourself feel emotionally better and physically better. Don’t get stuck in a loop or old ways of thinking. What hasn’t been working, truly is a big sign and it’s time to listen and learn again.
The first step is your mind is in synch with your conversations that match your actions. When you succeed to align this, you will notice your life works in miraculous ways. You must trust the process, no matter if your life is moving as slow as a turtle or as fast as a hare. It’s our present moment that counts and how you conduct yourself each and every moment. It’s important, Make an effort to encourage and inspire others. Encouragement is useful. Reassuring another person of the effort they make, not only makes them feel validated but it also makes you feel satisfied.
—— “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” —Woodrow Wilson
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Beaver Moon (Native American) at 16* Taurus will culminate, November 8, 2022 3:02am PST/6:02am EST (Farmers Almanac). It is also a Total Lunar Eclipse with Mars in Retrograde. Buckle up on this one, and know its the last total lunar eclipse until 2025. When we have an eclipse, it’s time to change or let go of something holding us back. Take time to meditate on what you’d like unblocked or cleaned up in your life as it brings something exciting or illuminating to each of us.
This Full Beaver Moon is about building your future. The actual earth and the harmonic vibration is cluing us to be more accountable. This isn’t a time to be lackadaisical or lazy. We need to be steady, and take notice if we’re making our lives difficult or hard. Especially when it comes to being disgruntled or argumentative with others. Begin to notice opportunities and potential. Awaken to what and who is around you. How we gracefully glide or stumble forward is our choice.
How do you build habits
1. What is your purpose:
Daily actions need to be based on your goals and dedication.
2. What are your beliefs:
Are you allowing yourself to create potential.
3. What are your thoughts:
Don’t be hard on yourself, there is hope and gumption.
4. What are your emotions:
Be in a positive mindset
5. What actions do you need in place to succeed:
6. What would be your next level:
Do your tasks with detail and until it’s done
7. Start your day with a routine:
Good habits get your day moving forward
8. Stick to priorities:
What makes you money
9. Make a plan:
List goals for the next 3-6 months
10. Don’t wait to be ready:
Take responsibility to do it now
11. Healthy habits:
Self-care is a step to having enough energy to accomplish your best
12. Reward yourself:
Be good to you
13. Reward others:
Be good to those you love and who support work with you
14. Discipline yourself:
Be diligent in body and mind, remember to work smarter not harder
Whether it’s a small break during the day, evenings off or extended vacation, know you deserve to be revived
16. Be patient:
Nothing is more important than honoring your time and others time
17. Be motivated:
Know that motivation finds you when your willing to just start
We are all not experts in a day… allow yourself to learn and grow
Habits you carry:
- Work arena
Are you seen as Constructive or Destructive?
Where do you build your life:
What do you need to change in your personal life or work life: List 3 things if not 3 sentences
What Inspires you:
(5 sentences or more)
Who Inspires you:
(5 people and why)
Learn to Share
How you interact and impact others will ensure you a life full of opportunities. It is your most valuable soul advantage. Be accountable. Take care of yourself and those you love. Mercy is bestowed on all of us when we know how to help others.
Create your Reality. The beautiful journey of your life begins and ends with you… the way you speak, the way you think, the way you take care of yourself and others (including pets), the way you go about your job and how you relate and socialize. It might seem minor but it’s your lessons or rewards. You must choose which dreams are the right ones and how they will flourish.
—— “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” -Vince Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football coach and executive in the National Football League (NFL).
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BY TARA SUTPHEN
Samhain, the Pagan Sabbat called Halloween. Samhain is the middle point between fall equinox and winter solstice, the nights are getting darker now. Rest and Rejuvenate, Dream and Create, Plan and Recharge. We are given an opportunity to take the high road and not the low road. We are asked to step into our personal power as gracefully as we can. There is a surge about relying on yourself, on your knowledge, skills and tool set. You are having an opportunity to clear unneeded responsibilities and old karma.
Halloween, also referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, became a holiday observed on October 31. It initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts for three days and concludes on “All Souls Day”. Halloween Celtic origins began as Samhain in ancient Britain and Ireland. It was considered the beginning of winter.
During Samhain festival, people believed souls, who had died would return to visit those they left behind and their homes. People set bonfires to ward off evil spirits, and they sometimes wore masks and other disguises to avoid being recognized by the ghosts. Many different characters were associated with this day as witches, hobgoblins, fairies, and demons.
- dance to scary music and freeze when the music turns off
- Everyone tells a scary story
- Pass it on Ghost Story
- Scary movies (age appropriate)
- Go see the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
- Divination – Samhain is the beginning of the pagan year; Fire or Water Scrying – Tarot cards – Crystal Ball
- Make masks and costumes (represents your alter ego for the next year)
- Create spells
- Gather in a circle and express a desire and expel a fear
- Chant or make wishes around a candle
- Carve pumpkins
- Go trick or treating or have a party with friends
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups cake flour, sifted
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
In a mixing bowl, combine vegetable oil, chocolate, and granulated sugar. Blend in eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture. Chill for several hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Roll about a Tbsp. of dough into a ball. Drop balls into confectioner’s sugar, and roll until coated. Place balls about 2″ apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Hot Apple Cider
1 1/2 gallons apple cider
2 whole cinnamon sticks
1 large orange, sliced thin with peel left on
1/2 lemon, sliced thin with peel left on
1/2 cup sugar
In large pot, combine cider, cinnamon sticks, orange and lemon slices. Add sugar to taste. Heat thoroughly. Serve hot.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar or 1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (grind rolled oats in a blender, but not into a flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream together butter and sugar (or honey). Beat in eggs. Mix in pumpkin and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, salt, soda, and spices. Add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet and bake at 375° for 12 minutes.
2/3 cup shortening
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 large eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup water
1 can Pumpkin
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix all the above ingredients together, pour into 2 loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes. Optional – add dates and nuts