Strawberry Full Moon

“I am related to al things and all things are related to me” Lakota phrase Mitakuye Oyasin

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This quote was in the Wemoon calendar, a beautiful calendar with poetry and art from different female artists. A collaboration of work, bringing beauty and spotlighting the various talented artist, not competition, but collaboration. This theme of unity is quite fitting for this Full Moon. As we approach Summer Solstice, the latter half of the year is traditionally associated with an expansion of awareness and attention that includes others. This theme, this choice of action I believe can expand and evolve us all. This is Ayurveda, Yoga, Astrology, they ask us to consider the larger picture, to unify the body, mind, spirit, etc. They ask us to stay aware of the seasons and the climate around us so we can stay balanced through life’s fluctuations.

In Montana this past week the Sun has assured us that Summer is indeed here, with long hot days. Gardens are beginning to produce harvest and we have a bounty of fruits and veggies becoming available to us. The question is asked, how can we adjust to follow suit, to welcome this season and evolve with nature, ripening intentionally. I always laugh at some the texts I recieve, “What the hell is going on with Planets, is there a reason why I feel like I hate everyone” Having a reputation of being a studying astrologer you get some funny questions! I love it though because I know people following Solshine are interested in practicing this seasonal awareness, understanding that life is large, that we are affected by our environments and that the celestial bodies do influence us. Our ancestors knew this, pyramids built on this principle. Life is wild guys, that's why we come prepared, owning our shit, doing the work and showing up.

Back to Summer, every time we enter a new season we are asked to adjust. To account for the new climate, we look at our diet, our activities and refine where necessary. Habits are the bulk of our day. Beginning a new habit is typically uncomfortable but after a week it becomes more fluid more autonomous. I have been practicing three specific Kriyas/ Meditations each morning, I am on day 18 and going to 40. Practicing this self discipline and accountability for myself has been well worth my time. The astrology of Eclipse season is full of themes of total emotional self reliance, responsibility and the choice to show up for others, start now!

Below is a recipe for summer veggie wrap and cucumber salad made by Kristina Sager, Solshine’s content creator / editor and myself. The Chimmi-AYO has been adjusted and modified with some herbs that keeps the body cool and a serious must have to this dish.

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We have entered the season of warm weather, ruled by the pitta dosha. Both characterised by heat, fire, and dryness, summer and pitta are two in the same. If the summer season has you feeling irritable, overheated, inflamed, and red, you likely have excess pitta. The ruling principle of Ayurveda is “like increases like,” meaning eating hot foods that resemble the heat of summer and the pitta dosha will lead to more pitta and heat. In order to cool the fire of pitta we want to eat light, cooling foods that do not overload our agni, or digestive fire, which can slow in pitta season. Think cucumbers, fresh herbs, melon, and leafy greens. This is a great excuse to stop by your local farmers market and pick up all the nutrient-dense summer foods and whip up a fresh meal!

This summer dinner of veggie burgers, cucumber salad, and chimichurri mayo is inspired by our summer season and is honestly delicious. We can’t stop thinking about the chimi mayo and (of course) the wine spritzer!

Prep time: 45 min

Cook time: 10 min

Veggie burger ingredients:

  • Lentils, soaked (1 cup)

  • Basmati rice (1 cup)

  • Flax meal or other binder (coconut, almond, or rice flour work well; as does oatmeal)

  • ¼ white onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 leaves kale or other leafy green, chopped

  • Fresh herbs: cilantro, basil, dill, mint

  • 2 eggs

Cucumber salad ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber

  • Rice vinegar (2 tablespoons)

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • Thinly sliced white onions

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chimichurri mayo

  • Fresh herbs: cilantro, basil, dill, mint

  • White vinegar

  • Avocado mayo

  • 2 cloves garlic

Wine spritzer

  • ¼ cucumber + ¼ cantaloupe, pureed

  • Vino Verde or other dry wine

  • Splash of sparkling water


Instructions:

  • Veggie burgers -- cook Basmati rice and soaked lentils ahead of time. Combine with the rest of the burger ingredients and use a masher to mix the ingredients together. The consistency should be somewhat thick so it does not fall apart when you cook it. Add flax meal until you reach your desired consistency. Scoop patty-sized scoops of the veggie burger ingredients and cook in hot cooking oil of your choice on medium-high. You’ll want to crisp the outside of the patty for a crunchy outside and moist inside.

  • Cucumber salad -- prepare the cucumber salad by chopping the cucumbers to bite size pieces and mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Set aside for the sugar, vinegar, and salt to marinate the cucumber. You may make this ahead of time and soak for a few hours for extra flavor!

  • Chimichurri mayo -- mix ingredients in a high powered blender or nutribullet.

  • Spritzer -- add ⅛ cup puree mixture to a glass of dry white wine. Vino verde is great because it is effervescent naturally. Otherwise you can add a splash of sparkling mineral water for the spritz!

  • Enjoy your meal in a wrap or on a bed of greens.

    Sagittarius Full Moon Reflections ~

  • Do you have a study or hobbie that you are involved in? One that you can go deeper, practicing this penetration and appreciation of what unfolds as we stay?

  • What stands in the way of your happiness? Is there a pattern in the lessons you are learning? Or a theme you can recognize in your family?

  • How can you give back? Be there for others? In any way, as a tribute and act of respect to others? To the realization that without the farmers we would have no produce, without the truck drivers, no way to transport the food. How are you giving back?

  • Are you emotionally self reliant? The astrology gets wacky this next month. Summer is the season to soften, to take time and enjoy the pleasures of the long warm days. Approach carefully.

    Events & Classes

    Eclipse Season Event : Eclipse season is upon us, uncovering what has been shadowed. An unadulterated audit from nature, eclipses can be affirmative or dismantling to our lives. The choice for complete emotional resilience is yours. The elixir is to act in an interconnected way, owning the choices and actions you have made, witnessing the absolute truth on our kinship with one another. The magic eclipse events incorporate -Yoga inspired by the astrology led by Samantha Moore of Sol Shine with personal adjustments and reiki by Jess Peeblson of Hummingbird Lodge -Tantra healing circle meditation and gong savasana led by Arwen Sach Kiret Kaur of Evenstar Rising -Personal astrology and intention setting with Amanda Johansson of The Moon and Me

  • July 2nd: New moon in Cancer & solar eclipse...calling us to access the feminine and honor the interconnected nature of all life. How are you nurturing yourself in order sustain your higher calling?

  • July 16th: Full Moon in Capricorn & lunar eclipse...the masculine highlights our responsibility and the structures we adhere to. What is holding you back from showing up and what underlying emotions are driving your actions?

  • Early Morning Yoga Flow - Join me for a seasonal early morning flow. Hatha influenced flow meaning we move slower and hold postures for about 5 breathes. All level When: Monday & Wednesday mornings 7-8 AM Where: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/ Red Willow Center As above so below,  Samantha