Full Moon in Aquarius – July 23 2021

Namaste and Happy Full Moon in Aquarius!

The full moon is exact Today, Friday July 23rd 2021, at 10:36 pm EST and falls in the zodiac sign of Aquarius, and the element of Air. In yogic philosophy, the air element is connected to the heart chakra – anahata.

How is your heart?

My heart is present to tenderness, gratitude, forgiveness, and devotion (at the moment! – as we know emotions are always shifting. They can bring a lot of information and medicine with them, and yet they are energy in motion, and not the true us)   

So much is shifting within me, that the true self observes and witnesses. 
I am curious, are you feeling energies of being reborn?
Of layers shedding and witnessing new energies emerging?

What is being illuminated and amplified in your life at this time of the full moon?

What is being illuminated for me:
INTUITION

The power of intuition/instinct and how invaluable it is to cultivate this relationship with our inner compass, to be guided by it and trust. There is a responsibility to use discernment and know the difference between true intuition or choices/guidance made from emotional reactions.

Intuition is connected to our 3 sacred seats : third eye, heart center and womb/gut/lower belly.

Where and how do you connect to your intuition? 
Clear seeing and in-sight of your third eye, ajna chakra?
Your heart’s wisdom and true knowing? Did you know the heart can energetically sense something before it even happens!
Your gut instinct or womb power. 
All of them!!!

CREATIVITY
I am the Creatrix of my life. My creativity and passion is my life force energy.

How have you been expressing yourself creatively? When we connect to our creativity, we connect to the 2nd chakra – our inner waters. I am noticing a surge in creative energies lately and it feels really life giving.

How do you like to express your creativity? art, dance, music, creating projects, bringing forth a vision, working with plants, making natural products, cooking, etc.


The symbol for the Aquarius sign is the water bearer. Imagine the goddess with her sacred chalice overflowing with water (ie: creativity, wisdom, knowledge).

 I invite you to take some time during this full moon time to create, create, create and feel all that you are offering through your divine presence.

Dear One, what is overflowing forth from your heart’s cup or womb chalice?

With Lunar Love,
Lacey 

New Moon in Cancer ~ July 9 2021

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Namaste and New Moon Love

This month’s new moon lands on Friday July 9th at 9:17 pm EST. A reminder that the energies of the new moon can be felt days before and after the exact date of the new moon.

The new moon is a beginning of a 28 day cycle and a supportive time for you to pause, slow down, reflect and listen.

This new moon is in the zodiac of cancer and connected to the water element.

The sign of cancer can be an invitation to reflect upon the theme of homenurturing, nourishment and our connection to Mother Earth. 

What comes to mind when you reflect upon the word, home? The physical home you are living in; the land you are living on; your body temple and sacred vessel;  Mother Earth; a soul family; or the felt sense of belonging and feeling “at home”  within yourself?

Journal Questions to connect with the theme of home, nurturing, nourishing, mothering, connecting:
How do I nurture my home?
How do I nourish myself?
How do I mother myself and others?
How do I compassionately care for the earth?
Do I feel at ease in my home, in my body?


The mother, the feminine, is the dark. 
She is the nutrient rich soil below us,
the cosmic night sky above us,
the fertile womb of creation within us.
We all come from and grow in the dark.

With the new moon in the watery sign of cancer, this is also a beautiful time to connect with, tune into and witness the inner emotional waters and tides. Are the emotions flowing, stagnant, powerful, peaceful, effortless, graceful, forcing, allowing?

What is your inner emotional landscape revealing to you at this time of the new moon?


Goddess Embodiment Practice

Stand with your bare feet on the earth.
Feel your feet rooted below you. Drop your tail bone to the earth, bend the knees gently.
Stand centered and balanced.
Soften your belly, and muscles of the jaw
Breathe into your feet.
Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet.

Breathe the energy of the earth up into your feet, your legs, yoni and womb.
Feel the energy of the earth spiraling all the way up to your heart and throat. 
Repeat this with 7 deep breaths, absorbing the energy into your entire being.

On the 8th breath, open your mouth with a relaxed jaw and allow the sound of the earth to sing through you. Set aside any judgements of your own voice and allow the sounds of the earth to be released up and out your mouth like a soaring eagle. Repeat for as long as feels good.

When you feel complete, bring your hands to your lower belly and take 3 breaths to integrate and settle the energy.

What song is the earth singing through you?

Practice inspired by Aliya Galim @earthtempleweaver

With Lunar Love,
Lacey 

Gather in sisterhood in Costa Rica ~ February 2021

“We’ll walk the paths where the old ones walked And we’ll dance the dances they taught us and we’ll sing the songs the old ones sang for the magic now has caught us” 🎵 woman of the earth by spiral dance

Have you experienced the magic of the ancient ways? Of connecting with the elements and spirits of the land? Have you sat in circle with your sisters and sang the songs that have been recorded into each of our cells? Have you been witnessed by your sisters in your dance of wildness, liberation and ecstasy?

A “new” way of being together in sisterhood requires a remembrance of the ways we have been before. A devotional, mindful way of living in harmony and connection with the earth and her elements as sacred vessels and bridges between heaven and earth.

Inviting you to experience nature and reconnect to her magic… To reconnect to the magic that lives within you and the power of women gathering. We ARE gathering at the Farm of Life in Costa Rica for 8 magical days of Remembrance, Reclamation & Celebration.

February 17th – 24th 2021
Awaken & Restore: Women’s Self Care & Self Discovery Retreat

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RETREAT

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing
Makes 3/4 cups
(family size recipe below)

Simply Blend all ingredients
1/2  cup extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 pinches of both salt and pepper
1/2 tsp of honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

This recipe was inspired by gratitude for my abundant lime tree
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Family Size
Makes 1.5 cups

1 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 T freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 tsp of salt and pepper
1 tsp maple syrup or honey
1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

 

Strawberry Shortcake Chia Pudding

Seasonal Recipes to Honour Mother Nature

Inspired by local organic strawberries, this recipe creation became a fusion of “chia pudding meets overnight oats dessert style.”

This recipe is super easy and decadent and a yummy treat for a summer breakfast, lunch or brunch! I loved blending the milk with banana and cashews to make it extra thick and creamy.

Makes 2 portions

Ingredients

1.5 cups dairy free milk (coconut, almond, etc)

2 tbsp local honey or maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Splash of vanilla

1 ripe banana

2 tbsp whole cashews

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup of your favourite granola or 1/3 cup of rolled oats and 2 tbsp of pecan pieces

1 cup strawberries, diced

Method

Blend together milk, cinnamon, honey, salt, vanilla, banana and cashews until smooth.

Mix in a bowl with chia, granola and strawberries and mix well.

Place in one glass storage container or divide the 2 portions into medium sized mason jars.

Place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight!

Optionally, top with shredded coconut, bee pollen, dried fruit, or cacao nibs.

Superfood Halvah Smoothie Bowl

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What you’ll need
Makes 2 smoothie bowls

2 cups of coconut water or purified water
3 ripe bananas
2 frozen bananas
2 heaping tbsp tahini
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
splash of honey
pinch of salt
2 ice cubes

for garnish: shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, granola, goji berries, cacao nibs.

Blend all ingredients and garnish with your favourite superfoods.

Cream of Cauliflower Soup {vegan}

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup Ingredients 

2 medium heads of cauliflower, chopped into florets
3 cups of cooked/canned chickpeas
5 cloves of garlic, whole
1 cook onion, sliced
5 medium size potatoes, cubed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil

1 tsp black pepper
1.5  tsp salt
1.5 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne, optional
1.5 tsp ground cumin

4 cups of vegetable broth
4 cups of coconut milk, fresh or canned full fat

1 spring fresh rosemary, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon

Optional garnish: fresh chives, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sauerkraut, coconut milk, roasted veggies, chickpeas, paprika.

Method

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl, combine cauliflower florets, cubed potatoes, garlic cloves, onion and chickpeas.

Add 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and all spices. Mix thoroughly.

Place on a large baking sheet or glass pyrex dish and roast until potatoes and cauliflower are soft (about 50 minutes), stirring halfway.

Add roasted veggies into a pot with vegetable broth and coconut milk. You may choose to keep a small amount to the side to garnish your soup before serving.

Use a hand immersion blender or regular blender to puree into a soup. Add more liquid, or hot water as necessary to reach your desired consistency.

Return to pot if using a regular blender, add in rosemary and lemon juice. Allow flavours to simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning. Add more salt and pepper as necessary.

Garnish with fresh chives, pumpkin seeds, saurkraut and drizzle of coconut milk.

Enjoy.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding

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In a high speed blender, blend :

5 ripe avocados
1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
1 can of coconut milk, chilled
6 dates
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour.
Garnish with your favorite supperfoods like cacao nibs, hemp seeds, bee pollen (omit of you do not eat bee products), fresh berries, goji berries, fresh mint or holy basil, and if it’s your friends birthday, candles!!!

Enjoy!

Moroccan Peanut Stew {vegan}

Moroccan Peanut Stew with Chickpeas

Moroccan Peanut StewServes 10-12

Ingredients

2.5 cups chickpeas, dry and pressure cooked or 6 cups canned
2 T coconut oil
2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
2 onions, white, diced
5 garlic cloves, pulsed in food processor or chopped finely
2 inch piece of ginger, pulsed in food processor (you can pulse it with garlic)
3 tomatoes, blended in food processor to be liquid
2 red pepper, diced
3 carrots, sliced
5 stalks celery, diced on the half moon
4 cups of cut up mixed veggies  (zucchini, broccoli, green beans)
4 cups of cubed starchy veggie (potato, sweet potato, butternut squash)
4 cups (packed) of cut up collard leaves or any dark green leaf
1/2 a hot pepper, diced (optional)
2 cups of peanuts (set aside 1 cup for a garnish bowl)
1 cup of raisins or  chopped dates
1 head of cilantro, finely chopped for garnish at the end. Fresh mint also works.

spices
2 T chili powder
1 T ground turmeric powder
2 T ground cinnamon
2 T cumin powder
2 T paprika
5 star anise, whole
3 bay leaves

broth
8 cups of fresh, or canned, coconut mylk, broth and/or water (any combination of your choice, depending on what’s available.).  See: How to make homemade coconut milk  

1 cup of natural smooth or crunchy peanut butter

Directions:

  1. For dry chickpeas: soak chickpeas overnight.  Rinse out soak water and cook in a pressure cooker with salt and turmeric, for 20 minutes. 
  2. In a big saucepan over medium heat, add coconut oil, 1 tsp salt and onions.  Sauté and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes
  3. Add ginger, onions, red pepper and celery.  Continue to cook and stir until cooked through.
  4. Add  tomatoes, along with turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, chili powder, star and anise. Combine well.
  5. Add the coconut mylk/broth/water to cover the veggies, and the bay leaves. 
  6. Add carrots, starchy veggies, other veggies.  [If adding broccoli, wait about 20-minutes before you add them.]
  7. Stir everything together well.  Cover the pot, reduce heat slightly, and cook for 30 minutes. 
  8. Add in peanut butter and use whisk to to mix it all in really well. 
  9. For the final 15-minutes of cooking, add in chickpeas, 1-cup of peanuts, raisins and leafy greens and up to 1 tsp of salt.
  10. Garnish your bowl with peanuts and cilantro.

    Best enjoyed with Millet, Couscous or Brown/Wild  Rice