Ushering in the Winter Season

Merry meet! 

The winter season is here and a part of us now. However, before such time, we must help the Great Mother by ushering the season onto the land. 

We welcome this season, by embracing the Sun’s hopeful rays, and projecting these rays into the cold winter weather. All the while, accepting the dark chill, and creating balance within and around ourselves. 

Facing this seasonal balance, I then do morning prayers. It begins with my own winter incense blend. 

Winter Incense

Equal parts of:

  • Bay (or Bayberry)
  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary

    Then, I prepare a winter altar. As I light the winter candles, I burn the incense. Calling to the Goddess, I chant:

    We give honor and thanks to the Sun for it’s sustenance, warmth, and light

    *Ad Aurora*

    And as our blessed mother earth is rebirth in the spring
    So time is rebirth in the morning.

    *Ad Aurora*

    *Blessed be the Goddess*
    I open all windows, and let the winter season hear my call. We as one create a balance, and so comes the new year. 

    Blessed be. And happy holidays. 

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    Winter Solstice Tea

    ​Happy Solstice!

    For the winter solstice, I created a tea with herbs that are in tune with the season. My winter solstice tea is simple and soothing. Perfect for the evening and with sugar cookies!
    ~Winter Solstice Tea ~

    1 tsp Chamomile

    1 tsp Sage or few sprigs

    1 Vanilla bean (I ground it)

    And honey


    ~ Sugar Cookie Recipe ~

    1. 2 1/4 cups flour
    2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
    3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    5. 1 1/2 cups sugar (plus more for rolling the dough in)
    6. 2 ounces cream cheese room temperature and cubed
    7. 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and warm
    8. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    9. 1 egg
    10. 2 teaspoons vanilla
    11. 1 Tablespoon whole milk

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, if you don’t have parchment paper, lightly oil the baking sheet.
    2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.. Set aside.
    3. Place the sugar in a medium bowl. Place the cream cheese on top and pour the melted, warm butter over the top. Whisk to combine. There may be a few lumps of cream cheese that remain but they’ll be incorporated when other ingredients are mixed in.
    4. Whisk the oil in until well incorporated.. Stir in the egg, vanilla, and milk.
    5. Add the flour mixture and fold it in until a smooth dough forms.
    6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into 24 balls. Roll each ball into the extra sugar. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet. Using the bottom of a flat drinking glass, slightly flatten each cookie until they are 2 inches in diameter.
    7. Bake for 11-13 minutes, turning the pan halfway through baking. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    The 12 Days of Winter Solstice

    Merry meet! Welcome!

    The time of a new season is upon us, and once again celebration is in order! I prepared a list of activities to do for the 12 upcoming days until December 21st. And though I have a list, does not mean they can be copied. One thing is sure, that everyone creates their own traditions!

    Day 1: Decorations & Candle Light Ritual
    Day 2: Yule Tree
    Day 3: Wish Ornament
    Day 4: Full Moon Road Trip
    Day 5: Make a 12 Herb Sachet
    Day 6: Bake Winter Bread
    Day 7: Make a Yule Log
    Day 8: Holiday Gift Exchange To a Stranger
    Day 9: Honor the Spirits
    Day 10: Warm Tea & Rest
    Day 11: Give Gifts & Feast
    Day 12: Burn the Yule Log
    Though the list of activities may change, every year I always begin the 12 days with a candle lighting ceremony. 

    «First Day Towards the Winter Solstice»

    Candle Light Ritual
    Begins with turning off all lights in the home. Lighting one candle, walk through the house, beginning at the front door. Chant:

    ~ Within the dark, the candle shall light the way.
    For though winter is cold, it shall not reign.
    Within the dark, our hope shall not die.
    For soon the Sun will rise in the sky.
    Within the dark, there is no despair.
    For our shining souls will renew and repair.
    So sing songs into the Winter night,
    For soon the winds shall bring Spring light. ~
    This is a beautiful ceremony, that blesses the dark. You will notice a significant difference within the home. 

    Blessed be, brothers and sisters! Enjoy your winter activities!