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Lesson of the Corn Moon – August 10, 2014

We are ready for the full moon this month, the moon of the Corn ( some schools of thought call this the sturgeon moon ) but since we follow mostly here at Moonzies.com the Native American, and Celtic principles on a general whole, we will continue on with the Corn moon. This moon is in the House of Aquarius. The Air element, which although this is the beginning of the harvest season, where our gardens are full, our pockets should start to have abundance flowing, we also honor Lugh, the Celtic God of Craftsman, of grains and fields, of talents. This moon day, we are also celebrating Lughnasadh also known as Lammas, where we reap the fruits of our labors, our talents, our pockets can become abundant again. Surprisingly enough, the idea of having county fairs, state fairs at this time of the year, came from the mythology that the God Lugh held a harvest fair every year in honor of his stepmother Tailtiu!! Odd eh, that we follow many pagan rituals, thoughts without even realizing where the idea came from. County fairs of old, always have prizes for the talents, the crops, the animals that we have produced over the rest of the year, much like Lugh, the Celtic god began!

This moon is a wonderful time to celebrate both spiritual and physical health. We also ask for intelligence, prosperity, for the continuing year.

Here are some of the tools to use during the rituals for continued abundance:

Colors are Yellow and orange Red . Yellow is the color of the Solar Plexus chakra so using a candle, a cloth, yellow flowers will help balnce the solar plexus chakra. intelligence, talents, words, communication will be strong with this color.

Gemstones to use in building the sacred circle. : Tiger’s eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Red Agate

Trees to help if these are available in our areas: Cedar, Hazel

Gods, Goddesses to call on : Lugh, Mars,( mercury) Vulcan, Nemesis, Hecate, Hathor, Thoth ( god of intelligent thoughts)

Elements, – Fire – Air since we know this particular one is in Aquarius ( to my old friends – we have return to the Age of Aquarius – we know what that means)

Herbs to use – for air element – peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, other herbs to use with Corn Moon rituals. Rosemary – good to draw abundance in love, Basil – good for success, money, drawing skills, Rue – money, success, and Chamolile – the calming of anxiety, peace

This full moon on August 10, 2014, is called a “super” moon as it is the closest, the biggest of the year! Not only is it the closest encounter, but we will not have another until Sept 2015.

We most often think of the full moon at night but actually this moon was at its fullest beginning at 2:09 Eastern time pm. In the afternoon.

Did you know that the moon( and Father Sol, the sun) creates the tides. This extra close moon helps create even higher tides, the waves surfers love so much.

This comes from the gravitational pull of the moon is the strongest at this time. This can also create a gravitational pull on our physical bodies as well. We have to be a bit more careful with health issues as they will draw to the top. mental issues, phobias, fears may be more intense as well. use the intelligence of the air element, as well as the passion of the fire element during this week to balance out the chakras, Watch our diets and our energies as we learn more about this full moon.

A good meal for preparation for the Corn Moon Sacred Circle Rituals is:

Spicy Shrimp ( seafood is a known brain food) with rosemary,garlic, basil

Herb Whole Wheat Bread

Lemon Parfait – Bring out the yellow in our dessert

Water –

Wine – With the entre : Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay

With the fruit dessert – Moscato d’Asti

from Martha Stewart:

Salt and pepper

1 pound penne pasta

5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 garlic cloves, cut into matchsticks, plus 1 more for pressing

1 tablespoon finely snipped fresh rosemary leaves

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 pound large shrimp, peeled

2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely diced

1/2 medium red pepper, seeded and cut into strips

1 medium yellow pepper, seeded and cut into strips

1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish

1 tablespoon tamari sauce

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons medium dry sherry

2 teaspoons sugar

1/3 cup pitted and halved black olives

Directions

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil; add salt. Add pasta, and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain, and return pasta to the pot with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 garlic clove put through a garlic press. Stir to combine. Keep warm.

Step 2

In a large skillet, heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil until hot but not smoking. Add garlic matchsticks, and cook until golden, stirring constantly. Add rosemary, and cook for 1 minute. Remove garlic and rosemary from the skillet; set aside. Add onion, and cook, stirring, until golden.

Step 3

Add shrimp and jalapenos to the infused oil, and cook, stirring, until shrimp are just done. Add peppers, basil, salt, and pepper, and cook until the peppers are cooked, yet still crisp. Make a well in the center of the skillet, and add tamari sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sherry, and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Return garlic and rosemary to the skillet. Add olives, and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Serve shrimp and peppers over the warm penne. Garnish with sprigs of basil. Serve immediately.

Lemon Parfait – ( from cooks.com originally )

15 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 c. lemon juice 1 tbsp. lemon rind, grated 2 c. sour cream 1 c. heavy cream, whipped for garnish

Blend sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and rind in a large bowl. Fold in sour cream. Spoon into individual dishes and chill in refrigerator 2 hours or until set. Serve with whipped cream garnish. Can add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries for added flavor and color

Whole Wheat Herb Bread

I personally like the feel of kneading dough, rising, rolling out the process, but many times with work,kids, life, a bread machine is helpful if we want to have homemade healthy organic breads, and grains in our diet. this recipe is originally a Better homes and gardens recipe.

1 1/3

cups water

1/4

cup milk

1

tablespoon olive oil

2 1/2

cups bread flour

1 1/2

cups whole wheat flour

1

tablespoon sugar

1

teaspoon salt

1 1/2

teaspoons dried sage, crushed or 2 Tbsp. snipped fresh sage

1 1/4

teaspoons active dry yeast or bread machine yeast

Directions

Add the ingredients to the machine according to the manufacturers directions. Select the dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine. Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into an 8×4-inch oval. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional flour. Cover , let rise until almost double (for 30 to 45 minutes).

Using a sharp knife, slash top of loaf several times, making each cut about 1/2-inch deep. Place in a 425 degrees oven. For a crisp crust, spray or brush the loaf with cold water every 3 minutes for the first 9 minutes of baking. After 9 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 375; lightly sprinkle bread with additional flour. Bake about 20 minutes more or until bread sounds hollow when you tap top (if necessary, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking). Transfer bread to wire rack; cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

(Tuscan Whole Wheat-Herb Bread)

Per serving:

134 kcal cal.,

2 g fat

269 mg sodium,

26 g carb.,

3 g fiber,

4 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

All good Sacred Circle rituals include wines, natural drinks from the harvest groups. If we can make our own grape wine, or perhaps a good barley wine, these would be perfect as well.

Happy Full Corn Moon! Enjoy your sacred circle day.