July Buck Moon

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The full moon falls on the July 9, 2017, known as the Buck Moon. This is when the male deer have full sets of antlers for the upcoming mating season in the autumn. This is also called Thunder Moon, for the season rain and storms.

Some fun activities include gathering storm water for rituals. I often do this with leaving glass jars out in the rain, then labeling them to be used later. The water can be used in ritual, for washing altar tools, or use for scrying.

Water scrying. (video tutorial) This technique lets you use visualization for divination similar to crystal ball gazing.

Ice Spell- Use the storm water to use in an ice spell. Take some parchment or paper, write down what you wish to remove from your life. Ideally, think of a bad habit or something that blocks you from moving forward in your life. Meditate and infuse the paper with this thing you wish to remove. Set it in the water and freeze this overnight PDRM0244until it is solid. Use enough to cover the paper. The thicker the ice, the longer it will take to melt. You can use rocks to hold down another bowl on top to form a ‘bowl’ of ice too.

Once frozen, remove from the container and set a candle at the center. Place in the moon outside, on a warm night and say “Ancient Moon, empower me to grow, let the ice melt away that which blocks me. Let it water my intentions to grow and thrive”.

You can meditate as it melts, but don’t leave any candle unintended. If you wish, don’t use the candle, just leave the ice outside. Once melted, pour to the ground and bury the paper left over. Give thanks.

Some pagans might want antlers for their home, and the other day someone asked me why were they so difficult to find? For starters, many animals will chew and eat antlers as they are great for teeth grinding (squirrels, rabbits, porcupine, beaver) not to mention a good source of calcium for anything that likes to gnaw such as Bobcat or wolves. Even if you were to find them in the woods, you often find gnaw marks on them.

You can check local hunting supply stores to see if they have antlers. Hunters use them to lure in bucks by rattle them together, simulating bucks fighting. You can search online but read descriptions. Some listings are made of resin and not bone at all.

Another source, try pet stores. You’re not likely to find a full rack but they carry antlers for dog chews of various sizes.

sun goddesses

In Wicca, you have the harvest god, sun god. But in many cultures, there are also moon gods as there are sun goddesses.

Check out Sun Goddesses to learn more.


Celebrating Summer:

Sangria recipes

Thai Peanut Skewers (grilling)

Very easy Strawberry frozen yogurt.

10 Best Summer Salads

Death rituals

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I’ve been watching this channel on YouTube entitled Ask a Mortician. She gives some very interesting insight in the whole process of death and funerals. She spoke at a TEDtalk on the topic of Burial Practice That Nourishes the Planet.

This led to my interest in various modern funeral practices you can do with the body.

Become a diamond or death bead. I teased my husband that I’d turn him into a diamond and tell people it’s the only jewelry he bought me. <evil laugh>.

Become a beautiful glass creation. This isn’t an urn because your ashes get swirled into glass. Although you can find some remarkable urns. Just look up ‘unusual urns’ to find the beautiful to the creepy.

Send your remains to space. It’s a romantic idea, to have your remains in space, among the stars.

Turn your remains into a tree. If you want to go organic, you can have your remains added to a tree to plant anywhere. Another options is having biodegradable coffin. This also requires your body to not be embalmed, so check local laws to see if that is allowed.

Tibetan Sky burial. It might sound gross, to have a body left to vultures to be eaten, but this practice is part of the Tibetan culture.

Viking burials (the truth). I’ve heard of people make a model ship and set that afire in a river or stream.

Donating your body to science. This options requires to you not only fill out formal paperwork, but you need to also be sure your family understand your wishes.

How would you like to be buried or cremated? I’ve informed my husband that cremation is fine, but I want organs donated if they are needed. Post in comments.

June Strawberry Moon

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One of the aspects of knowing the moon names lets you understand what to expect from the month. Strawberry moon is where you look for ripening berries. (not just strawberries).

Some ideas for June Moon:

Go strawberry picking. You can use a search engine and put in “local strawberry picking’ to find local farms that let you pick your own.

Make something special with strawberry. I like trying new recipes and ideas. One year I tried homemade strawberry ice cream made in a blender. It was delightfully refreshing, no added sugar, and very health.

Soft Strawberry Ice Cream

You will need:

Strawberries

1/2 to 1 cup milk (cow milk, soy or almond milk, or use juice or even water).

Add ins. This can include peanut butter, honey, or anything that sounds good to you. I’ve also added chocolate chips.

Slice strawberries up and freeze until frozen. If you try to put full frozen strawberries in a blender, it can get rather violent. Add the milk/juice/water. I add 1/2 cup and blend until I see the consistency I want. Add more, and you get a smoothie. Add less, and you get ice cream.

Blend and adjust, then spoon into a bowl. This recipe is easy and can use any sliced fruit you have on hand.

 

Strawberries filled with Nutella

I like to call this ‘strawberry covered chocolate and used to make this for my writer’s group. It was very popular.

You will need:

Strawberries (hulled and hollowed out)

Nutella

Fill Nutella into the strawberries and set in the fridge to set a bit. Don’t forget napkins when serving. You can also use melted chocolate chips or chocolate wafers.

DIY Dried Strawberries

Slice or use whole strawberries. Lay out on a cookie sheet with parchment. Set in an oven at 210 F for 3 hours. These taste like strawberry candy but are healthy for you.


June Activities:

DIY Sandals from flip flops. Perfect for the coming summer!

DIY Floral Head wreath. Make these for Midsummer.

Charge your crystals under the moon. Set them on a window sill or outside that you know will see the moon’s light.

Harvest herbs. Some pagans prefer to harvest at Midsummer, but you can also harvest at the full moon.

Make crafts now for Midsummer. By the time Midsummer rolls around on the 21th this year, you can bless your creations in ritual.

Share your own full moon crafts, activities, and recipes in comments below. I’d love to hear from you.