Friday, August 27, 2010

New Haircut

Some people are meant to have long hair.  I don't think I am one of them.  After two years of trying to grow it out and it barely being at my shoulders, I finally got fed up enough during the stressful time when we lost more than one family member in one week.  The stress got to me and I cut my hair off.  I do feel alot better and more like myself.  As promised, here is a photo of the new do.  I usually spike it up more a bit, but that was a was and go kind of day with not a lot of time to put into my appearance.  So what do you think?  Is it me? 

Have a good weekend!

Blessed Be,
Crystal LunaRouge

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Full Moon - August

Pending what tradition or  path you follow.  Happy Full Moon to you! 

For KOTH most of us honor this full moon as the  "Wyrt Moon" or the "Corn Moon". 

This is a time to harvest the gifts you have nurtured and give to those who are in need. Collect and store fresh herbs for the coming winter. Bake special breads to honor the God and Goddess of grain and growing things, share them with your family and friends but save some to offer the Earth.  

Now for my husband's Native American hertiage, he would call it the Sturgeon Moon. 

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Things I like to do during this time is make Moon Biscuits.
"Moon Biscuits" Recipe

Moon Biscuits are traditionally eaten with wine during various moon
celebrations or rituals. They are made in the shape of the crescent moon,
and the whole hazelnuts in them represent the Full Moon that is to come.

250g/9oz Wholewheat Flour

75g/3oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

175g/6oz Butter or Vegan Marg

A Large Handful of Hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 300F or 150C.

Beat the butter or margarine with the sugar until blended.
Add the flour, and mix together to form a dough.
Knead on a floured surface.
Gently work the whole hazelnuts through it, flatten out to a depth of about half an inch.
If you have a moon-shaped pastry cutter, use this to form the biscuits.
However, you may want to cut the moon shapes yourself with a small sharp knife.
You can even add a few features, or Moon symbols, to the surface.
Place the biscuits on a baking sheet, and put in the oven until light golden brown.

I know alot of people make corn dollies during Imbolc.  I also like to make them during this time of year.  Especially since the husks are readily available. 

I hope your Full Moon is magical, no matter what you call it!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Lammas has just passed.  I look forward to the near future of the cooler fall months ahead!  Fall is my favorite time of year.  Here in Michigan the colors are so beautiful!  Even down my own street the colors pop out and makes everything look so magical.  I can't wait to take photos to share.

With Fall, comes Mabon and Samhain, two of my favorite Sabbats! 

This past weekend, I celebrated Lammas with old friends of The Sacred Birch Society.  It was great to be around people I had not seen for such a long time!  I was talking with Terry and the SBS Council and proposed a weekend campout to be held next year.  Be on the lookout for that!  As soon as we research and discuss our options, I will post the info here about it. 

Coming soon is the Perseids Showers in the next week or so.  It will happen from August 11th to the 13th.  So its peak night will be on Aug 12th.  Best viewing will be where there are no city lights.  Due to the date being in the middle of the week, I will try to sneak out that night into my own back yard to see if I can see it.
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