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12 Nights of Yule- December 22nd

I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Solstice yesterday. I know I did. My Yule candle dressed in my Self Love Herbal Blend, burned beautifully. I love how candles spark as the flame hits the essential oils and dried herbs. It’s absolutely captivating.

Tonight is the third night of Yule and today I’m honoring the third month of the new year- March. Anytime I think of March, I think of Ostara and have found a lot of adorable Pinterest ideas for Ostara crafting that I can’t wait to create this coming Spring Equinox.

I’m spending the day setting my intentions for March and which seeds I’d like to plant. March is wonderful time to get dirty and dig up that soil for all kinds of new growth.

I like to ask myself:

What new growth do I need in my life?

What figurative seeds need planting?

What part of my life needs tending?

What part of my life needs pruning?

Another Ostara staple I love are eggs. The egg represents new life and the Divine Womb from which all life is created. In my culture, the huevo is used in a Limpia to cleanse and remove illnesses or negativity from the mind, body and spirit. My grandmother- a curandera, has performed these egg cleansings on my family and I ever since I can remember- to bless us, to heal us, to remove mal de ojo, etc.

Needless to say, eggs hold a lot of power, which is why I use it often in my kitchen witchery. My breakfast today was extra special and filled with magickal intentions. I made the classic Egg on Toast- simple, yet charged with all kinds of blessings for the New Year.

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My ingredients are slices of French bread, dried chives, parsley, crushed red pepper flakes and of course, the ever-incredible egg.

I can’t help but think of the returning Sun as I crack open an egg and reveal the perfect circle of bright yellow yolk inside. In today’s kitchen magick this egg represents the year ahead.

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My slices of bread represent the abundance and prosperity I will harvest. As I light the fire on my stovetop to heat the bread and cook the egg, I envision the fire within myself coming alive this year. All my passions, my creative endeavors, my goals are ignited with its flame.

As the bread is being grilled, I sprinkle the other side with the dried parsley and crushed red pepper flakes, invoking their protection and security.

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As my egg cooks, I sprinkle the dried chives on top of the yolk to heal the heartbreaks of last year and help me move past them as I enter the New Year.

I layer the green-flecked egg on top of the herbed grilled toast sealing my intentions for a bright year of abundance, creativity, healing and protection.

And let me just say, if 2017 turns out half as good as this meal tastes- I think I am in for one hell of a year!

Blessed be!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

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‘Tis the Season of Pine

With Yule rapidly approaching, it’s time to connect with the season’s popular winter symbol- pine.

Pine represents life, strength, protection, purification, abundance and love. The pine tree was thought to be the only tree to survive the Ice Age and continues to flourish through the harshest of winters, which is why pine too represents perseverance and is commonly used to help one endure through difficult times.

But it also has many other magickal gifts to offer.

Pine Purification

Everyone knows about spring cleaning but winter time is also wonderful for purification, especially as we enter the New Year.

Forgo the harsh “faux-pine” floor cleaner and create your own natural floor wash using Martha Stewart’s Floor Cleaner recipe from her Clean Green: Natural Cleaning Products piece on her website. Martha calls for 10 drops of your choice essential oil in this recipe and pine is the perfect option to take this mixture from domestic-diva status- into pagan pine purification perfection! Simply set your intention and wash away the negativity.

Hanging pine is also a common magickal practice. Pine branches hung over the bed help to keep illnesses away and heal the sick. It can be hung over the front door or used as decoration within the home to ensure good health and joy for its inhabitants.

If you have a nifty aromatherapy oil diffuser, you can also diffuse pine essential oil within the air and fill the home with pure vibrations and its signature fresh scent. Of course, if you are more traditional and prefer the woodier scent of burning incense, there are many pine incense sticks, cones and resins to choose from, which also offer assistance with divination, money, healing and even exorcism.

To prepare for Yule rituals, craft a simple bath sachet of pine needles for deep spiritual cleansing before the festivities begin.

Pine Protection

I decorate my Yule altar with pine cones and pine branches to pay homage to the Winter Solstice and ward off any evil and negative energy. Burning pine needles in the cauldron fire offers even more spiritual protection.

Pine Prosperity

I also like to toss a few pine needles into the fireplace and watch the crackling fire spark as the needles scorch in its flames. As it burns I ask for the blessings of prosperity in the coming year.

A simple spell could be crafted by crushing up pine needles with a mortar and pestle while chanting a money incantation and then sprinkling the powder within your wallet or using it to dress a money candle. Many money incantations can be found online but I choose to write my own, connecting with my own creativity and personal magick.

How do you celebrate the season with pine? Leave me a reply and let me know!

Blessed be and Merry Yule!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch