"In the depth of winter I finally learned that in me was an invincible summer." Albert Camus.
Hygge-The Art of Sanctuary
A way to make the most of the cold, dark nights, this tradition embodies warmth and light. Known as the art of building sanctuary, hygge makes the most of the little things and calls to gather what fills your heart with love and comfort. See how to get your hygge on here...
Bell & Fire Ritual
You can do this ritual alone or with friends or family. Using an indoor fireplace, outdoor firepit or even specialty wish paper make to light indoors, use the element of fire (safely!) for transformation. Reflect on the year, what has worked, what hasn't. Write down on slips of paper what no longer serves you and you wish to release. Hold the paper in your hand, with each exhale out release this old, un-needed energy (some even blow the energy out into the hands). Bells have long been used to 'ring out the old' & 'ring in the new'. As you stand before the fire ring the bell to release the old and toss the paper into the fire, letting it consume what no longer serves and return it to the air as ash; to be regenerated, recreated. Ring the bell a second time to welcome in the new and offer a blessing to yourself or everyone.
Winter is often a time of gathering with friends and family and enjoying warm, cozy meals together.
You can incorporate food & libations of the season including squash soup, root vegetables, nuts, apples dried fruits, roasted meats, butter rum & Wassail, a traditional Yule beverage. I've included my own recipe for Honey-Moroccan carrots and find a good basic Wassail recipe from this link at www.thoughtco.com.....enjoy!
1 bunch of organic whole carrots with stems
2 Tbs evoo
1 Tbs honey
1 tsp Ras El Hanout Moroccan seasoning (can be found in organic grocery stores-a blend of cardamom, sea salt, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg)
*Additional seasoning to taste, I use Trader Joes ‘everything but the bagel blend’.
*Rise and peel carrots, cut off greenery but leave a bit at the top. Mix evoo, honey and Moroccan seasoning, brush onto carrots Place carrots on greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20 minutes
*Place on serving dish, garnish with Greek yogurt and additional seasoning. Serve with othe roasted root veggies like beets, potatoes and parsnips.