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Full Moon, Strawberry Moon

 Today is the June Full Moon, known as Strawberry or Mead Moon. This is the month to harvest strawberries but also the month traditionally people get married, to celebrate with the drinking of mead. We’ll see the Summer Solstice on the 21st, on Father’s Day, this year, and the season changes into the hot days of summer.

I love strawberries. I often slice up strawberries, freeze them, then add to smoothies for a cool, refreshing drink. Once I didn’t add enough Almond milk (you can add milk or juice), and I found the result was something similar to soft ice cream. Even better. I found a similar recipe that includes bananas, but remember to SLICE the fruit and freeze first. Trying to blend a whole banana or even whole strawberries offers some scary noise from the food processor. Strawberry/banana ice cream.

Strawberry Mead Recipe (1 gallon) – Mead is a very light alcoholic drink, like wine in a way. You can mix all types of flavor with it, so its versatile as well. I tried once a mead with orange blossom and roses. Odd taste but also very good.

Strawberry Syrup– homemade strawberry syrup is good for many things such as pancakes/crepes, but also scones, and the next recipe- soda.

Homemade Strawberry Soda (healthier than regular soda)

Some fun summer crafts:

Make your own bubble wands- This is a fun tip to work with kids, or for playful magick. Once created, use to make bubble, while blowing,  visualize your ‘wish’ when you blow, and send out into the world.

Create Ribbon Spells- easy to do by writing down your wish and tying to a tree or bush so the wind can blow on it. This makes for a festive look as well.

With Summer and the hot weather soon approaching, consider a Henna tattoo. I’ve tried henna tattoos a few times. The Henna smells wonderful, and although the paste itself goes on black, and it takes time to dye the skin, the result looks so pretty. You could design symbols and use as a spell. Wear until worn off, and enjoy the loveliness of the design as well.

Want to share your own ideas for summer? Post in comments.

Signs of spring…

Today I can hear the rumble of the snow plow through the neighborhood, see the specks of white flying around to add to the inch already out there, and no one seems keen on leaving their homes. Churches and other events are cancelled, too.

So it is with this my thoughts and heart yearn for spring, wishing for the sun’s warmth, to appearance of growing things to bud.

The First Day of Spring, also known as Ostara (Eostre), is on March 20. Mark your calendars and hope we’ll see actual spring and not more winter.

What traditions do you enjoy in March to celebrate the Spring Equinox? Post in comments.

 

Under the Weather

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Between the overcast drizzle and icy sleet of Maryland weather, I’ve found myself a bit under the weather.

What I mean by under the weather isn’t necessarily the winter blues. I get that from time to time, but this time, I mean I feel tired and unable to find motivation to do much of anything.

Here are some ideas I’m trying:

More lights. I don’t own a full spectrum Desk Lamp , unfortunately, but I do have three lamps in my office that I will turn out to sit in a very brightly lit room. My son jokes about, pretending to be blinded every time he enters. The light helps.

Be mindful of your diet. Sugar tends to drain me, and not eating healthy enough leads to vitamin/mineral depreciation. I bought a vitamin supplement that has lots of B vitamins, vitamin D, and Zinc, among others. Deficiency in B vitamins and Iron can lead to fatigue. I also try to focus more on whole foods rather than processed foods. Try to pick foods in its most natural form.

Try to regulate your sleeping. This is a huge issue for me because I have problems sleeping. I get woken up by my dog, my husband’s snoring, and sometimes it’s the city’s siren going off at 3 am to alert the volunteer firefighters. I also find evenings my brain decides it’s the best time to sprout ideas.

Drink more water. Water helps keep everything running smoothly, and being dehydrated can cause fatigue. How do you know if you’re dehydrated? Pinch the skin on the back of your hand while it lies flat on a table. The skin should pop back when released. If it leaves a pinch mark, you need fluids.

Meditation. Studies show over and over that meditation improved mood. Try starting out for 5-10 minute meditation and work your up to longer lengths of time. Take note of your mood. You should find a more focused mind, a sense of balance, and gains in physical and emotional well being.

Music. I listen to music, and sometimes it just takes a single song to perk me up or improve my mood. Here is some of my selection:

Helen Jane Long: Expression

Kellianna: Elemental – Fire Transform Me

I hope some of these tips help others during these cold, dark days.