Full Harvest Moon

Full Harvest Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Harvest Moon (Native American) at 21* Pisces will culminate, September 13, 2019 9:33pm PdT/ September 14, 2019 12:33am EdT (Farmers Almanac). 

This Pisces Moon has asked us to quiet down and come back into our deeper self. Whether it be relaxing more, finding a hobby or reducing the worry, we are to find time for ourselves and reactivate. We’ve been in a fast paced world and being pulled in all directions, where do we slow down and remember who we really are… we’re to stop all of the excess and unnecessary drama. We were born to experience a journey of life, to find love, and well-being and make our way easily through goals and success. 

We have descendants, associates, or acquaintances who rose to help or squelch us. We sometimes lose our way, we’ve been trying to keep up with “what” “why” or “who”. We can sometimes feel unprepared in dealing with others addictive traits or neurotic patterns. Our self-esteem plummets low on the scale when others bring us into their idiosyncrasies, and our confidence is shattered time and time again. Love can evade us or takes us on merry rides, we have to get back on track. Find time for simple pleasure, take baths, meditate, get a massage, silence our minds, draw, paint, do alone things. Get yourself a good book or write in your journal. No complaining, only solutions and your genuine desires and goals. No need to reflect at this time. You’re being asked to search for your peaceful place, to find rejuvenation, you’re getting ready for a brighter future and to master the goals you set before yourself.

How to Gain a Calm Mind:

  • Don’t overthink
  • Embrace your Fear
  • Focus

Using a calm mind to burgeon into centered decisions

  • 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.
  • Initiate Talent or New Skills
  • Feel more Confident 
  • Initiate Artistic Abilities
  • Meditation and Prayer
  • Release Criticism self or others
  • Listen to Hypnosis or Mind Programming
  • Take a walk
  • Take a bath
  • Turn off social media or phone

Journal Questions:

sentence+ for each question.

Are you calm when handling:

People problems

Money problems

Relationship problems

Health problems

Personal issues

Bad habits

Phobias

Career problems

Past choices

Stress

Overwhelmed

Where are you most riled up and not thinking clearly:

relationships

career

job

homelife

friendships

marriage

children

beauty

exercise

eating

inside maintenance

outside maintenance

person maintenance

place maintenance

thing maintenance

When Calm do you:

accept yourself 

acceptance of others

Spend too much time on others and not yourself

Spend too much time on yourself and not on others

Forward movement toward positive activities

Forward movement toward negative activities

What have been your calmest moments regarding:

Family

Friends

Job

Career

Money

Beauty

Health

Harmony

Things

Strangers

When creating calmness in your life what 5 things are you going to do daily:

Breathing deeply a few times a day

Drinking more water

Taking a walk

Meditating

Praying

Writing in a Journal

Creating a solution

Creating plans

Giving Hugs

Offering Smiles

Saying nice things to people

Waving here or there to people

Enjoying a color

Enjoying nature

Enjoying architecture

Complimenting your kids

Complimenting everyone

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

___ Controlling your mind and emotions instead of them managing you. Anger and any over-emotional behavior could backfire if you don’t stay in rational thought. Think of solutions rather than reaction or retaliation. The future is the divine pathway to a great life, but it only takes seconds to make a wrong decision and alter your destiny. Take time for calm thoughts and mindful fixes. Regenerate and Rejuvenate, create the healthy person you wish to be in the world.

—— Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. ~St Francis De Sales (Aug 21, 1567-Dec 28, 1622)

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Friendships

Friendships

By Tara Sutphen

Friendships can be a meeting of souls, where we are mysteriously drawn together and the connection is cosmic. Many of us don’t get a lot of time with people we enjoy, but it only means we are on individual earth journeys. Camaraderie is constructive in building our character. The building blocks of life, whether it be your siblings, family or friends, the more you value others, they in turn will appreciate you. 

Sometimes no matter how we try, we’re not acknowledged by another. These are shamanic signs to discern unconditional love from conditional expectations. Not everyone can stay near to each other. We can learn from others and move on about our daily schedules. We all want the worthwhile friendships, easy connections and a contentment we didn’t know existed.

Attaching emotionally or intellectually is usually more than being mere acquaintances. Sometimes you’re interested in the same hobbies or just open to life experiences. The path of friendship, we don’t always know where we are going, there can be duality and decisions regarding people. What makes a right or wrong decision. Do we take a chance for others to enrich our lives. There is a big difference of possession and helpfulness, it’s better to openly share so that life becomes rich and unsorted. It can be quality vs quantity. We are too brighten each others day, we are to guide our friends in life. If you are a true friend, you never put that person in jeopardy. In the real world, safety is key.

And then there are the ones who would do anything to save you, even from your self. But what do you do to protect your relatives and allies. How do you keep them non-toxic and out of harms way. This can be physical recklessness to disregard, to wounding words to selfish behavior. We can easily misunderstand, just as others can easily misinterpret us. Where did a bond unravel, we do hear stories of close friends ending badly. Why wouldn’t your consistency hold another in place. Were they never a friend, or was it you. Do you hold a reliable pattern. What constitutes worthy friendship. How do we go the extra mile. Whether it is an emotional or intellectual bond. Whether we meant to include others or not. Maybe we can come to understand the basics of companionship. After all, many people just light up your life for no reason at all, and shouldn’t it stay that way.

Journal Questions:

Do you see yourself as a good friend?

What do you believe are your strengths and weakness’ in friendship?

Recognition of Friendship: 

How to Make Friends –

  • Be a Good Listener
  • Be Friendly
  • Commonalities
  • Cooperation
  • Caring
  • Helpfulness
  • Support
  • Laughing
  • Staying a friend through bad events and good times
  • Being vulnerable
  • Offering advice
  • Taking advice
  • Encouragement
  • Problem Solving
  • Deep Conversations 
  • Easy and light observations
  • Loyalty
  • Betterment
  • Understanding
  • Motivate
  • Empathize 
  • Constructive Criticism
  • Building self-esteem
  • Solution
  • Decision
  • Importance
  • Cherish

—-To Have Friends you must be a Friend, nothing is ever perfect but friends should be a calming voice in any storm, a hand to hold when scared or ill, laughter a-wild, and a beacon of hopefulness. The earth revolves around humans and it’s fitting to put our best foot forward. Sometimes we’re led to learn things so we meet our future and the appropriate people for our personal community.

——-“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” -William Shakespeare

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Full Dog Days Moon

Full Dog Days Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Dog Days Moon (Colonial American) at 22* Aquarius will culminate, August 15, 2019 5:29 am PDT/8:29 am EDT (Farmers Almanac). This Full Dog Days Moon is named for Sirius, the Dog Star which sets with the sun and is the brightest star to be seen in summer. The Romans use to believe it assisted the sun by giving more heat and therefore that’s why the summers were hot. 

This summer moon is asking you to better your life in some way.  A juncture and opportunities to give your life meaning and non-impudence of importance. What exactly does that signify, in your era its your best phase to be egoless and start making your life and the world a better place. You can help or inspire, whether it be in your family, friends or strangers. Offering more of yourself comes in many forms, money, time, energy or being in physical proximity. Fate is gently prompting you to step it up. Be more motivated, be more effective, have better manners and as you make a concerted effort to improve the lives of others, your own life upgrades greatly. 

What makes a Shiny Helpful Human

  • Smile
  • Greetings
  • Good Words
  • Kindness
  • Patience
  • Politeness
  • Appreciation
  • Helpfulness
  • Mindfulness
  • Acknowledgment
  • Encouragement
  • Understanding
  • Resolve
  • Consistency

What makes a Helpful Human:

  • Donate
  • Hands on Help
  • Teach
  • Listen
  • Advice
  • Console
  • Do a chore
  • Motivate
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Donate food
  • Babysit/dog & cat sit/ elderly sit
  • Gift certificates
  • Useful gifts

Give your time and attention to those people and things that matter and be generous when you can be in other ways. Work on your happiness and health. Be moderate and steady. What enhances your life as you boost those around you.

Journal Questions:

Helpful Ideas, what are they…

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

What Advice do you have for your….

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

Where do you or others need a boost…

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

How can you change: List 3 things if not 3 sentences

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

 Your Aspirations:

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

___ Set your individual self in the crowd, you are unique in this world. You have skills and attributes to help yourself and those around you. You may not be able to save the world, but you can certainly start advancing toward helping the world in your way. Whether it be little acts of kindness to having the time and energy to come up with solutions. We are not to be locked in our heads or daydream about what makes life good, cars have taken us off into other directions, television and computers has kept us locked in our homes. It’s okay to feel a bit out of your comfort zone to help others. It isn’t easy to find what you should do, but don’t think too hard about it, just do your best to start contributing. It will make you feel worthwhile. People don’t always reciprocate in the same way, so if you can stay in gratitude and keep moving in positive reenforcement, all good deeds come back in your favor. 

Close your eyes….Feel Good….. Be in the Rain of Blessings. 

—— ““Non nobis solum nati sumus.

(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.

born: January 3, 106 BC, Arpino, Italy

full name: Marcus Tullius Cicero

death: December 7, 43 BC, Formia, Italy

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Balancing Life with Neuromuscular Therapy

Tara Sutphen will interview Warren Jones the Body Guru – Neuromuscular Therapist & Trumpet Player. Warren was born in Jamaica and he uses his culture to intuitively blend modalities for a customized treatment session for healing and balance. To further his education in nursing, nutrition and business management he was presented with the opportunity to study massage therapy, he went on to complete his education with an Associate of Science of Advance Massage Therapy. He integrates many styles of Traditional and Holistic Methods. He believes the body has a natural ability to heal itself with some help along the way. Warren works at the Exclusive Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida and uses his off time to play Reggae Music. Come join us http://www.ctrnetwork.com

NEW BLACK MOON

New Black Moon

By Tara Sutphen 

The New Black Moon is the second “new moon” of the month. When you ‘can’t’ see the moon in the sky. Since there isn’t a moon, we are to settle inward and rest, dreaming ideas and plans. Resting gives us the time to think.

Every month we have a New Moon in-between the full moon. New moons are the beginning of the lunar cycle. The sun, moon and earth are in a perfect line, earth being in the middle of the sun and the moon, this gives a calm to the earth as the waters are slower and more relaxed during this lulling and the stars are at their brightest.

This Black moon is an enchanting time, closing your eyes and make wishes. It is a time we are like the butterfly and we’ve left the cocoon behind, only to open our eyes and begin enjoying the journey. Creation calls to make changes easily and gracefully. Everything will become brighter, you will start feeling the warm soft days of summer and enjoy each moment. Romance and the laughter of children are on the rise, smiles and waving, enjoying the activity around you. 

So often we suppress and repress our inner natures. The invitation awaits for us to acknowledge a life we can live well. We shouldn’t be afraid, whatever has befallen, we can trust to make future right choices. We begin each day with a new sunrise…a new day assures us.

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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.

gAll 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.

Recipes:

Summer Pasta Salad

2 cucumbers chopped

2 big tomatoes chopped

1/2 red onion chopped

5 tbsp lime juice

4 tbsp cilantro (coriander)

2+ tbsp honey

salt/pepper

2 cups shell macaroni (optional: gluten free)

Directions

Cook pasta, drain. 

Combine lime juice, cilantro, honey, salt & pepper in small bowl. 

In a large bowl, combine pasta vegetables. Toss gently in lime dressing.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg large shell pasta (optional: gluten free), ½ c. dill pickle juice plus 4 tbsp. pickle juice (divided), 2/3 c. mayonnaise (optional: veganaise), 1/3 c. sour cream (optional: plain yogurt), Salt & Pepper to taste, ¾ c. sliced or diced dill pickles, ¼ c. onion, 2 tbsp. minced fresh or dry dill spice, (optional: 2/3 c. diced or grated cheddar or almond cheese)

Directions: Cook pasta to pkg specifications. Rinse & drain cold water, add ½ c dill pickle juice, set aside, In another bowl, add 4 tbsp dill pickle juice , mayo, sour cream, salt & pepper (optional: dash of cayenne), Drain off excess pickle juice from pasta and mix with dressing, chill one hour and serve.

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

Ceremonies:

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:

Flowers blooming in your area, also daisies, roses, lilyof the valley, calendulas, marigolds

Decorations:

daisy chains, lavender wreaths, rosemary garlands Head wreath

Circle base, thin gauge wire, or vines and tie or wire on flowers of your choice Symbols:

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. Candles:

Green & Blue representing the earth White representing God light

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Full Flower Moon

Full Flower Moon

By Tara Sutphen

The Full Flower Moon (Native American) at 27* Scorpio will culminate, May 18, 2019 2:11pm PDT/5:11pm EDT (Farmers Almanac). This Full Flower Moon is about coming back constructively into your personal power. Knowing how to join forces with friends, co-workers, family, using skills and tools to help yourself and others achieve yours and their next steps or goals. It’s can be a career move or a personal one, as the more people you can positively influence the better. Thinking good thoughts can be the first step to rebalancing your personal power, but moving your body in a proactive considerate way is far more beneficial.

There are times when feeling ineffective, meek or unmotivated come into play, depression and exhaustion can be crippling, but how beginning to work past any struggles can get you out of any dilemma. 

  1. Identify the issue, but don’t dwell 
  2. Be kind to yourself
  3. Meditate at least 5-20 mins a day…and a couple times a day if you need to recenter. Meditation should consist of not concentrating on nothing. If you don’t have a meditation practice, metaphorically: visualize or feel a golden light orb between your hands, healing you and giving you more life-force energy.
  4. Mindfulness: exercising your mind to stay in the present-state, give yourself permission to be hopeful, helpful and make wise choices.
  5. Listen to mind-programming, hypnosis mp3’s, if you are stubborn
  6. Get outside and get some air…maybe exercise or dance to music
  7. Change your viewpoint, change your outlook, change your hopeless view to a hopeful panorama
  8. Create a checklist of goals you want to accomplish, about yourself, about your attitude, about your health, about ways to make money, about accomplishing goals

9. Be Consistent, Be Loyal, Be Reliable, Be Trustworthy – it doesn’t matter that others are not those traits, it matters that you are!

10. Make effort, progress will happen

When you actively move towards becoming knowledgable or successful, you allow your life to flow in the direction of fulfillment. Move forward as the past is already gone. Decisions are to be made in your future. Allow yourself to start making good to great choices. 

Journal Questions:

Are you constructive or destructive:

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

Are you trying to be invisible – or are you outwardly visible?

Are you seen as Contructive or Destructive?

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

What do you want and why

Constructive or Destructive

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

How can you change: List 3 things if not 3 sentences

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

 Your Aspirations:

  • Spiritually
  • Emotionally
  • Intellectually
  • Materially
  • Physically

__You can be working at a job but not know how to be in tune with the task, the duty or the people surrounding you. So this moon says, take a look at who you want to be and why? It can be simple changes, being more health conscious or studying what you like… small adjustments can create big changes. Don’t wait for others to make you feel better, start to make yourself feel better, because once you do, you will be more inclined to create a contented life. Your relationships, your friendships, your work can become smoother. Recognize yourself, you are an individual, an amazing soul and beautiful heart, regain your livelihood, your fate and purpose.

—— “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe – Author of the Anti-Slavery novel “Uncle Toms Cabin” 1811-1896

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