Midsummer Night's Scene

Oh! These glorious, balmy eves

illuminated by firefly light

and pearlescent moonglow

sheer exuberance in the air

and lusty, languid stars

bathing you in their sorcery...

Yes, Summer Solstice has passed, but, really,

as far as I can see,

it's Midsummer until it's Autumn.

And there is simply no need to end the sensual revelry. 

Besides, who doesn't love a sparkly bit of brew to deepen the mood,

already so lovely and lush, so deeply divine?

My Midsummer gift to you, dear Beasties, lies within the plants...

Clockwise from left: Strawberry Starlight, Orange Sky, Venus Rising.

Clockwise from left: Strawberry Starlight, Orange Sky, Venus Rising.

You guessed it.

Succulent cocktails derived from fresh herbs, voluptuous fruits, and delicate blossoms, with finely tuned magick in each sip. Beautifying and delicious, they can be enjoyed with or without alchohol, and are delectable either way!

Brew the tea the night before, using fresh herbs. Speak softly to them, gently coaxing their energies into your brew. Blend the strained tea with the fruit, and you can keep a beautiful glass vessel of it in your refrigerator. Add the spirits when you pour - a half-and-half ratio works well, but design it as you please. Garnish thoughtfully. Enjoy. And always remember to say thank you.

*Use organic or wild ingredients, fresh wherever possible, and dried when necessary.*

Strawberry Starlight

  • Basil tea - 5 large organic leaves in 1 C spring water
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 fresh basil leaf (optional, if you want the basil stronger)
  • dry white wine

The purrfect Venus-Mars alignment! Sacred to Freya, love-infused strawberries are ruled by Venus and water. Basil is also a love plant, but ruled by fiery Mars. Together, they make a lusty connection with a bit of protective energy tossed in. And, though we always associate wine with Bacchus/Dionysus, the earliest wine deities were actually female. In ancient Mesopotamia, twelve vases per day of were offered to Ishtar! White wine is also lunar ruled...so sip this delightful drink beneath her white light. 

Orange Sky

  • Mint tea - 6 organic leaves in 1 C spring water
  • 1/2 organic orange
  • juice of 2 lemon wedges
  • shot of gin

Oooh! This one is frisky! The citrus fruits are a well-balanced blend of both solar and lunar energies, making it an ideal afternoon libation also. Wild and fiery orange is ruled by the Sun, and though it possesses purification powers, it is actually known as a love stimulator. Mmmm! Lively lunar lemon brings love and happiness to the wise beholder, and with the sexual prowess of mint joining the party...you get the picture.
Gin can be substituted for vodka here, but it won't have the same effect. Gin is derived form juniper berries, and was traditionally used as herbal medicine . A protective plant, juniper offers stamina, good health and love...*wink*
 

Venus Rising

  • Rose tea - 1 Tbsp rose petals (fresh or dried), 1 tsp rose hips, 1 C spring water
  • 1-2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 tsp pomegranate concentrate
  • champagne

I couldn't possibly go through a sultry Summer without this one, and neither should you. Rose, ruled by Venus herself, has been regarded as primary medicine, a powerful symbol of strength, and a supreme beautifier for ages. It is a flower of love and happiness, and heightens psychic awareness. Rose should be consumed, used topically, inhaled, gazed upon, and adored.  
Pomegranate is a lucky fruit. It's a Mercury-fire powerhouse which brings forth creativity, money, and...fertility. So, yes, be careful, but I always see fertility from the artistic perspective. Literally, the ability to give new life. Just direct the energies where you want them. Oh, and add as much as you like for sweetening.
The champagne? Well, champagne is like drinking stars! 

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Summer passes by too quickly, my Loves.

Join me for a cocktail?

I'll be beneath the night sky...

xxx Alise

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The Howlin' Wolf Moon

"We are all filled with a longing for the wild. We are taught to feel shame for such a desire. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed."

-Clarissa Pinkola-Estés, Ph.D., from Women Who Run With The Wolves

Atka, arctic grey ambassador wolf, it has been my pleasure to meet you. All images courtesy of The Wolf Conservation Center.

Atka, arctic grey ambassador wolf, it has been my pleasure to meet you. All images courtesy of The Wolf Conservation Center.

On the Full Moon of January,

deep in the forest, 

the howling of the wolves can be heard,

through the cold

and the stillness.

The Wolf Moon.

Wild and free,

fiercely protective,

guiding us through the darkness.

Though most pagans will agree that the natural cycle of the earth declares October 31st as the end of the harvest, and thus the beginning of the New Year, it's interesting to note that January also has some pagan roots as a marking of a new cycle. The Roman god Janus, for whom the month is named, had two faces: one ruled beginnings and the other endings. Janus ruled both, as well as the past and the future. Indeed, many pre-Christian lunar festivals were held in January, including the birth of the ever-fabulous Inanna in ancient Sumeria on January 2nd.

Hmmm.

Back to the wolves.

Diego, one of the few remaining Mexican grey wolves, may have pups one day soon!

Diego, one of the few remaining Mexican grey wolves, may have pups one day soon!

Wildlife and the Wild Self.

Both are on the critically endangered list.

The Feminine and the Wolf share keen senses, deep intuitive prowess, and an intense devotion to their pack, all qualities brightly illuminated by this Full Moon. We are both playful,  possessing great strength, bravery, and adaptability. Healthy wolves exemplify this, as do healthy women, which is where I come in to howl at you: You must keep yourself well and strong in order to create. The magic is only as powerful as the magician. My clients and close humans hear me say this constantly, because it is TRUTH. (My furry, scaled, and winged friends, of course, already know this, and need no reminders.)

We also share a darker reality. You know the one. That which has caused us to be the subject of fear and harassment. Right now the wolf is on the verge of extinction, with only a dangerously small percentage left living in the wild. This is a travesty. One that disrupts the natural order in ways that cannot even be fathomed yet. Here in the States, as their numbers dwindle rapidly towards nothing, hunters are granted the right to destroy them. My Wild Self is haunted by this, though I am deeply grateful for conservation efforts by sanctuaries like The Wolf Conservation Center, whom I had the privilege to visit last year. Take a moment with them at www.nywolf.org. You will fall in love.

Red wolf pups growing up protected, essential to the recovery of their species.

Red wolf pups growing up protected, essential to the recovery of their species.

Thursday's Full Wolf Moon in Cancer shines her light on emotions coming to a boil. Beware the cauldron bubbling over, for Cancer rules the silver Lady, at her peak strength now, with expansive Jupiter making everything bigger somehow, and a formidable dash of Plutonian intensity adding to this most powerful brew. Uranus joins the cast as The Disruptor, one who has the power to trigger outbursts.

But fear not, my Loves. As with all planetary storms, there is wisdom in balance, and the strength of preparedness in knowing what the weather forecast holds. 

Use the innate nurturing of Cancer to be loving towards those around you, and to yourself. Be empathetic, be a good listener, give hugs freely...because everyone needs them. And because the maternal beauty of Cancer demands that you step into the light of the night sky.

Be the example. 

Here are the "General Wolf Rules For Life," as written in Women Who Run With the Wolves. Heed them, now and always, my lupine Loves:

1. Eat

2.  Rest

3.  Rove in between

4.  Render loyalty

5.  Love the children

6.  Cavil in the moonlight

7.  Tune your ears

8.  Attend to the bones

9.  Make love

10. Howl often

Beautiful Alawa, a NORTH AMERICAN GREY WOLF, lives protected, along with her brothers, helping to educate the public about the necessity of her race.

Beautiful Alawa, a NORTH AMERICAN GREY WOLF, lives protected, along with her brothers, helping to educate the public about the necessity of her race.

Wolf wisdom. Moon wisdom. Nature's wisdom.

May you never be afraid to bathe in it.

May it enter your bloodstream,

and live inside you,

evermore.

xxx Alise

(P.S. New episode of LUNA VITA! this week reveals more about the Cancer Full Moon...)

 

 

 

 

 

You Give Me Fever

Driving through the winding roads this morning

I rode a sharp turn

and beheld a most mystical sight:

White, flickering clouds

that danced the mountaintop

breathtaking in their undulations

like fierce flames

yet not foreboding,

not a warning to heed

but rather an invitation

like veils dancing in the wind

a reminder

stirring the awakening fires

"Time for action, " they whispered.

I wish I had captured it,

but like all magic,

it wasn't meant to be held.

Yes, my Beasties,

Spring has sprung.

Have we?

I want to give you a sexy gift.

A rising volcano inside,

ready to burst with all the secret plans we've made

under Winter's white cloak.

The passion is ignited,

the candle lit.

Feed your fire...

Chai Love You Cakes

  • 2 C raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C dates
  • 1 large organic apple (Pink Ladies work so well), finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
  • 1 pinch ground chili or cayenne pepper

Darlings, you can usually get the garam masala, which is a divine Indian spice mixture, at your health food store in bulk. If not, McCormack actually makes a version, though I doubt it's organic. If you have an Indian grocery near, you're a lucky soul! And then there are always online exotic spice merchants...

As with so many of these amazing raw food recipes, all you really need to do here is pulse your ingredients (minus the apple) in your food processor until the mixture clings to the center and looks dough-like. Then scoop it into a bowl, and add your apple. Save some for the topping! Press it all into a brownie pan, adding the apple on top and pressing down with your sweet paws so they anchor in there.

Score into 12 cakes, and pop it into the freezer for about an hour. Take the pan out, lift the cakes with a spatula, and nibble away! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Let the spices rev you! And let all those powerful nutrients and living enzymes give you the momentum you need to make your plans REAL.

Put your pirate ships out into the river, Fierce Ones, and see which return to you bearing jewels...

Spring has got your back,

and so do I.

xxx Alise

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The Spiral Staircase

When I stepped outside this morning, 

I looked up at the frosted glass sky

and something caught my eye

I thought it was a bird, but

it was a leaf,

A perfect crunchy crisp orange leaf turning to brown.

It was spiraling slowly down, in a graceful dance,

released from a majestic Maple,

and I stood there mesmerized by it.

The spiraling.

The sky was incredible, too.

Veiled with clouds, alive with mist

the air somewhere between mild and chilled

all the shades of grey making the remains of the autumn leaves on the ground,

the colors, 

even what was left of the green grasses all the more vibrant.

Such a strange and beautiful sight dappled among the first January frost.

I didn't even pause to take a picture of it for you,

because sometimes you lose the moment that way...

The imagery of the spiral is everywhere, if you are willing to look.

It carries with it ancient wisdom of the outer conciousness leading to the inner soul: the path leading from the ego into enlightenment. 

Evolution.

Divine union with cosmic energies.

I see taking care of ourselves as a spiral journey. We usually begin from a place of vanity, and gradually find our way inward, to healing and supporting what cannot always be seen, but has a profound effect on the whole, and, yes, the exterior.

You've heard me say many times, "beauty begins on the inside." 

Truth.

It begins with giving, love, and compassion from our hearts, and extends to how we experience nourishment. When we feed ourselves from a place of kindness, both for ourselves and for the planet, baby, it shows.

Which brings me back to my wish for you to indulge in the beauty of living, loving, radiant raw plant foods, even as the sky turns somber, and the air boldly ventures towards glacial. I gave you a few basic tips in my last entry, but you know me...I like to keep things interesting.

And so, I have a very seductive ladyfriend I want to introduce you to:

Who says kitchen appliances aren't sexy?

Who says kitchen appliances aren't sexy?

This alluring hourglass is known by her street name: The Spiralizer. And, Beasties, she packs a wallop. There are enormous, weighty, stupid-expensive versions of her out there that will take up all of your counter space, and theoretically work better, but I prefer the feel of this lightweight, packable vixen right in my hands.

Her magic? She creates noodles out of vegetables!

That's right, my Loves, you can enjoy all your fave sauces with a light and nutritionally dense "pasta", keeping it raw and real. 

I conjured this for you as a gorgeous cold-weather raw dish, satisfying and sensuous, deeply flavored and easy on your beautiful belly.

Try it.

Wanton Walnut Pesto Noodles

  • 2-3 large organic carrots
  • 2 large organic beets
  • 1 large organic zucchini
  • 2 C fresh organic cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 C walnuts, soaked for 2 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 C olive oil, extra virgin and cold pressed
  •  A pinch Celtic salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

The fist thing you must know is that you can find a spiralizer in in kitchen shop, or online.

The second, that you can use a variety of vegetables here. I've chosen the ones easiest to spiralize, but you can omit anything you don't like, and get playful, won't you? Try different combinations with different sauces, get creative with seasonal veggies...I love the colors here for shaking up a dreary day.

The mistake often made is making the noodles and plopping them right into the sauce, which makes them too crunchy. You won't make that foible, of course. You're going to rinse the veggies first,  and lop off the inedible ends. Then, if needed, cut them down so they are slim enough to put through the spiralizer. The zucchini and carrot will be fine as is, but you may need to trim the beets a little. You just take the vegetable in one hand, the spiralizer in the other, start at the top, and twist. (See how it works? Yes! That's it!) You will have little conical bits left at the end that can be chopped up and added to salads, or into a juice shake.

So now, when you have a bowl full of stunningly pretty noodles, sprinkle them with a pinch of Celtic salt, and let them sit in a colander in the sink for about a half hour. This is the trick to making them soft and pasta-y. 

While they're relaxing, just toss all the remaining ingredients except the additional salt and pepper into a food processor, and pulse until it gets creamy and mostly smooth. Now ease it onto the noodles, a little at a time, tossing with tongs to really get the sauce in there. Don't drown the noodles with the sauce, Lovers. Just use enough to coat them, and save the rest. You can always make another noodle batch in a day or two, or use it as a pesto-ish spread on gluten-free bruchetta. Add a few grinds of fresh pepper, a tiny pinch of salt only if needed (taste it first!), and a dash of cayenne if you desire some heat. 

Now you're ready to plate and...devour!

Vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients...they're all there, as always, my Darlings, for you, transformed into a luscious and libidinous feast, bringing magick into the body, and radiating outward...

I love you.

xxx Alise

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