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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Blossom Lady

As days grow brighter,

and gentle rains rouse the verdant spirits

from their dreamtime adventures,

we prepare, Wild Ones, to make those dreams real.

Out we pop from our buds!

stretching in langor toward the Sun,

the sweet scented moss 

tickling our noses,

guided by birdsong...

Doesn't Spring, somehow, always feel like the first time?

Now, of course, an Elven Queen would be fairly famished after a long Winter's rest.

A bright-eyed forage through the untamed forest and her surrounding fields could offer a delightful array of beautiful plant gifts!

But let's get one thing straight: those of you know me are aware of my eye-rolling tendencies towards the "seasonal cleanse."

Is Spring a time of renewal? Of course.  

But the body actually operates on a detox cycle, followed by a nutritive cycle, on a daily basis.

Do you clean your house four times per year? Of course not.

Then why, oh why, would you clean your soul's temple so infrequently?

I've prepared for you, my beautiful hatchlings,

a nibble that not only cleanses, but feeds.

Making your body strong,

your skin and hair vibrant,

your mind clear and ready.

Everything comes alive.

Everything awakens.

For nature is the ultimate Femme Vitale...

Spring Faerie Salad

Serves One
*all ingredients must be organic or wild grown

9 leaves of fresh dandelion
1 C  baby spinach
1/4 C grated carrot
1/2 C sprouts/microgreens (I love a blend: radish, alfalfa, sunflower, etc.)
1/4 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C nettle leaf
Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
Celtic sea salt/fresh ground black pepper (know in certain circles as The Pinch-n-Grind)

Begin, my Loves, by grating several carrots. The easiest way? Give them a rough chop, then pulse in the food processor. Then you have some for the next few days. (You're welcome.)
Next, pull the dandelion leaves from their stalks, and tear gently with your fingers. Add in the spinach and carrots, and top with sprouts to form a gorgeous nest. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and nettle leaf. Give it a light drizzle of the oil and cider vinegar, a pinch of Celtic salt, a grind of pepper, and you're there!

Dandelion is a bitter green, designed to detoxify the body by cleansing the liver, kidneys, and the blood. It also encourages fat metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar, while supplying the body with calcium, zinc, potassium, vitamins A, B, C, & D. A total powerhouse! Magickally, as with all greens, it is consumed to attract money, which just might come in handy as you get your dreams off the ground. *wink* 
We''re using eight leaves to symbolize personal power, for this potent dark green goodness also assists in making wishes come true...

Sprouts and microgreens are part of this magickal mélange to symbolize new life force emerging, and for their tremendous nutritional value. Carrots are filled with vitamin A, amongst other major nutrients, which keeps the signs of aging and stress off your face, helping to keep skin preternaturally young. Oh, and they're all about sex. Spring fever, anyone?

Sunflower seeds are amazing little health bites, so full of crucial minerals and vitamin E, to keep you beautiful inside and out...with a magickal boost to ensure success. Whatever you're conjuring, know you've got plant power on your side!

And what might this mysterious little faerie boat be carrying?

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Why, it's nettle! 

Long used as a protective herb, fiery nettle also gives passion a push in the right direction. Love it already? Here's more: nettle is an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory wonder that supports kidney and bone health. Beauty-wise, our brilliant plant friend promotes hair growth and flawless skin, particularly effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It's also a renowned female tonic (just use it with caution, or not at all, if you are pregnant.)

Allright, my succulents,

revel in this Spring energy!

All my love,

xxx Alise

 

 

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...)