Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hello Dolly

Needed: corn husks, fabric scraps, yarn, twine

 

Fold corn husks into a doll shape. Use twine to hold together. Decorate with fabric & yarn. Give her a special spot for the year. Next spring, plant her with your garden, returning to the earth the blessings you have been given

Brighter than the Sun

It has been a very cool summer on the northern plains. Temperatures are struggling to reach the 80's this week. Instead of applying liberal amounts of sunscreen and drinking piña coladas, I'm digging out sweaters, stockings and closed toe shoes. In July. This is profane! I need a summer pick me up.
Stat.
This is my go to, wishing I was on a tropical island outfit.
For a gal who loves wearing black, brown, gray & navy...this is huge. I'm wearing colors. I don't always feel comfortable wearing loud, bright colors. I don't mean to be quarrelsome, but some plus sized stores insist that us curvy girls love bright prints and loud colors. You know who you are. I'm not a fan of that styling. But for some reason, I fell in love with this shirt. And I had the skirt in my closet. 
Can you tell I'm dreaming of lying on a tropical beach? 

Piña coladas
1/2 c coconut water with pineapple
1 banana
1/2 c pineapple (if canned, drain)
1 c almond milk
1 c ice

Throw in a blender. Turn into a smoothie. Pretend you're on an island beach.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cider House Rules

10 apples quartered

¾ organic cane sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp nutmeg

1 tbsp cloves

Water

 

Put the apples in a stockpot, cover with water. Add other ingredients. Boil uncovered 1 hour. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for additional 2 hours. Strain. Discard solids. Strain again. Pour into a bottle, keep refrigerated.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Harvest Moon

Needed:

Bread

Jelly/jam/spread/butter

Sparkling apple cider

Gold or yellow candle

Seasonal décor

 

Light candle.

 

Prayer:

On this 1st day of August, I light a candle to celebrate the harvest

As the wheel of the year turns & the days grow shorter, I honor the seasons and thank them for the blessings & prosperity brought to me this year

I honor those who came before me and all living things on this earth

 

Have some bread and cider. Meditate on what you want to harvest in your life

 

Blow out candle, give leftovers to the earth.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Surf Wax America

The waxing moon is the period between the new moon and the full moon, usually about 14 days. It's considered a time of new beginnings. It's a time for love, healing energy, new projects. It's time to put into action the goals set during the new moon. It's the meat & potatoes of it-your action plan. How are they going to come to fruition?

During the waxing moon, I plan that month's budget and menus.   I focus on things I want to grow during the month. My intentions that I set during this revolve around attracting money and health. It's also a great time to switch up my workout routines, and maybe even try something new!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book of Love

The Akashic records are supposed to be the record of your soul, no matter what lifetime you’ve been in. Some like it to the hall of records or the book of life. They supposedly have every thought, feeling, bit of energy ever in the history of creation. The term akasha is derived from Sanskrit, meaning sky or ether.   I know this probably sounds really woo-woo, but there are some elements of truth to it. Every culture has references to the concept of the records, despite calling them by different names. It is part of our primordial consciousness, like the flood story.  The records can be compared to a database of your soul’s experience.

Only you can access your record, unless you give permission willingly to someone else. Your records are guarded by a guardian or a keeper. Different traditions have different names for these guardians, as well as how many are present. For most people, the easiest way to do it is through meditation. I took a class with Angela Blaha on accessing my records. We did a group meditation, and this is where faith steps in. Part of me wants to desperately believe that I did, indeed, access my records. Part of me thinks it was a great time letting my imagination run wild. Which is the truth? I will never completely know.


When I accessed my records, in my meditative state, I saw myself walking down a cobblestone street, like in Victorian London. The streets were lit by gaslight, and were twisty-turny. I stopped at a building, and a very tall, burly man in Victorian garb, including a top hat, opened the door.

I stepped into a giant library with floor to ceiling books. In the middle of room was a giant table. There was a man who apparently was the curator of my records, who seemed excited to see me. “We’ve been waiting for you”, he said.


Then Audrey Hepburn came out, dressed like she looked in Sabrina.

I had three questions, and he brought me books that would answer my questions. I sat at the table, and paged through them. They looked like ancient manuscripts, leather bound with handwritten parchment. I couldn’t tell you what was written on those pages, but during the meditation, I felt a sense of peace and relief.


I have used the meditation we were given that night to access my records again, but it wasn’t as vivid as the time we did it as a group. Was it real? Was it a dream? Why was Audrey Hepburn there? Why Victorian London? What does this all mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Whole of the Moon

The full moon holds so much magic and mystery. There are legends from every corner of the world, tapping into that primordial consciousness. According to About.com, some of these legends, myths & folklore include:

  • The word lunatic comes from the Latin luna, because it was believed that people were more likely to exhibit aberrant behavior during a full moon. Although studies have been done showing that emergency room visits and accidents are increased during the full moon period, there has yet to be conclusive evidence for causation.

     

  • The moon seems to have an effect on animals as well as people. A Florida expert on animal behavior reports that hamsters spin in their wheels far more aggressively during the moon's full phase. Deer and other herbivores in the wild tend to ovulate at the full moon, and in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the full moon is mating time for coral.

     

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was inspired by the strange -- and yet very true -- case of Charles Hyde, a London man who committed a series of crimes at the time of the full moon.

     

  • There is a British legend that if Christmas fell on the day of a dark Moon, the following year's harvest would be a bountiful one. Some parts of the British Isles believed that a waxing moon on Christmas meant a good crop the next fall, but a waning moon indicated a bad one would come.

     

  • In some countries, a halo around the moon means bad weather is coming.

     

  • The first time you see a crescent moon for the month, take all your spare coins out of your pocket, and put them in the other pocket. This will ensure good luck for the next month.

     

  • Some people believe that the fifth day after a full moon is the perfect time to try to conceive a child.

     

  • In some Chinese religions, offerings are made to the ancestors on the night of a full moon.

     

  • In some Native American legends, the moon is held captive by a hostile tribe. A pair of antelope hope to rescue the moon and take it the village of a good tribe, but Coyote, the trickster, interferes. The antelope chase Coyote, who tosses the moon into a river each night, just out of reach of the antelope.
In many cultures, the full moons have names. The two cultures most commonly associated with this are the Celts 
and Native American, 

and from there it's been diluted

MonthMoonRitual Suggestion
JanuaryWolf MoonPlan a ritual of protection around your home and family.
FebruaryStorm MoonPlan a ritual to ask the Old Ones for help in planning your future.
MarchChaste MoonPlan a ritual to plant your desires.
AprilSeed MoonPlan a ritual to physically plant your seeds of desire in Mother Earth. 
MayHare MoonPlan a ritual to reaffirm your goals.
JuneDyad MoonPlan a ritual to balance your spiritual and physical desires.
JulyMead MoonPlan a ritual to decide what you will do once your goals have been met.
AugustWort MoonPlan a ritual to preserve what you already have.
SeptemberBarley MoonPlan a ritual of Thanksgiving for all the Old.
OctoberBlood MoonPlan another ritual of Thanksgiving.
NovemberSnow MoonPlan for a ritual to work on ridding yourself of negative thoughts and vibrations.
DecemberOak MoonPlan for a ritual to help you remain steadfast in your convictions


During the full moon, I focus on bringing my goals into fruition. I've had a couple of weeks to put my action plan into place. It's gut check time. Are things working? Do I need to tweak things? 

I use a kundalini practice designed by Yogi Bajan to celebrate the full moon:

Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.

Mudra: Keep the spine straight. Let the arms extend straight and rest over the knees. Make Buddhi Mudra with both hands (touch the thumb tips to the tips of the little fingers). The other fingers are relaxed but straight. Become completely still, physically and mentally, like a calm ocean. If listening to the mantra on a tape, listen to the chant for a minute. Feel its rhythm in every cell. Then join in the mantra.

Mantra:
SAA RAY SAA SAA, SAA RAY SAA SAA,
SAA RAY SAA SAA, SAA RUNG
HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RAY HAR HAR,
HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RUNG

Time: Continue for 11-31 minutes

I also charge my crystals during the full moon. I put them on the windowsill, and let them soak up the energy. I also put a jar of water in the moonlight and make moon water. I use it through the month to help with energy levels. If I'm feeling extra creative (& organized) I'll also make moon tea. 

You need: 
Large jar with lid
Herbal tea (note: I love, love, love tusli or lemon balm tea made this way)
Water

Put water in jar, add tea, cover, put in moonlight. In the morning, you have magical moonlight tea.