What a full moon! Potent light, potent vibration, this full moon moved through in a powerful way this month. It brought warmth and blossoms and cleansing. It led me to a new depth of experience and awareness. Rising in the eastern sky bright and clear
and then moving in the shadows of the night while still reflecting the kiss of the sun,
this full moon cut through the emotion of releasing old while its brilliant light illuminated the place in me that could simultaneously embrace the new. Perfect spring moon.
Being in the woods is particularly potent during this time. The sound of water rushing wildly now drifts through my open window with the moonlight. And in the sunlight, it sparkles and winks and invites me to enter into its mesmerizing flow.
I find a boulder in the middle of the brook and lie down in the sun there. Time stops. And when I finally do move, it is with the slowest of gait, gaze scanning the woodland floor like the trilliums and trout lilies with their faces searching the rich ground for life.
I see baby fiddleheads and the tips of ramp leaves, food for the future if I pay attention. I sit on moss covered rocks that scream spring green and run my hand across the soft fuzzy carpet of this color.
The elementals are surely dancing in this full moon. The warm breezes coil around the plethora of earth’s blossoms that are being fed by light and fire and water that has returned to warm soil.
I also find I am not as hungry as I have been the past few months. My body fills with less of the nutrient rich food around me.
The morning of this full moon, I look out my window to see a big tom turkey gracing the entrance to the woods.
I’ve been seeing groups of turkey everywhere as I drive these days, usually groups of moms and their young ones. Occasionally I will see a male moving around the group with tail feathers fanned in anticipation, but never alone, moving quietly like this fellow this morning. I consider all the symbolism of this ‘earth eagle’, its adaptability, and its typically communal ways, wondering why he has appeared to me in this solitary form this morning. I feel the exploratory aloneness of his male essence, about to find sustenance in my beloved woods…
I think of my dinner the night before, lime and cilantro potatoes with zucchini (from the new acquired Fresh Indian cookbook**) with strips of crisp turkey bacon laid across the top.
Hmmm. I feel the blessing of this meat, of the sustenance passed on to me in the sharing, not wanting to take for granted even for a moment what this magnificent creature has to offer moving forward into spring now.
The full moon has now passed. It has taken with it the last hint of winter.
**lime and cilantro potatoes with zucchini. ADAPTED from ‘Fresh Indian’ by Sunil Vijayakar…(for 2)
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
finely grated or chopped garlic and fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon each
1 teaspoon cumin (ground or seeds)
scant 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 medium potatoes, cut into thick matchsticks and boiled until soft
1/4 cup hot water
1 small zucchini, cut into thick matchsticks and boiled until just soft
1 plum tomato (canned or fresh) finely chopped
additional seasoning to taste, 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, curry or cardamom
1 tablespoon each chopped fresh cilantro and mint
juice and grated zest of 1/2 lime
Heat oil in nonstick or seasoned frying pan and add onion. Stir fry over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until softened. Add garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric. Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes then add potatoes and water. Cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes, then stir in tomatoes, zucchini and additional seasoning. Stir and cook on high for 3-4 minutes more, remove from heat And add fresh chopped herbs and lime. Season with salt and serve immediately.