Have you wondered about the origins of giving gifts at this time of year?
(Nope, not the three wise men).
This week on the Witch Next Door Podcast my husband joins me to talk about gift giving at the holidays and the origins of this practice.
Happy December 1st!
Are you joining us in the magical countdown to the new calendar year?
Each year I offer a calendar with a suggested practice each day of December and invite you to join us in the Facebook Group
The moon is full today and for this moment she is shining her abundant light before beginning her descent into darkness.
She is a bringer of lessons. A reminder that we must often retreat within, tuck ourselves away, to rejuvenate before we can shine once more.
Winter teaches that same lesson. We can let the old fall away, we can sink deeper into our bodies and our homes, we can rest. Winter reminds us that we can tend to ourselves.
As the vestiges of Autumn begin to give way to frost here, and raking becomes a daily practice, I ask myself what I am releasing.
Like the squirrels and birds stashing their nuts for the cold months ahead, I am stashing what I need to prepare for the coming cold.
What are you doing to prepare for Winter?
What are you lettign go of?
Do you emrace the Winter? Or find yourself dreading the darkness? Longing instead for the heat of Summer or the quickening of Spring?
When we live in the flow of seasons we can absorb their lessons and gifts much easier.
After all, the Winter is coming with or without our permission.
One of the things that supports me through the darkness is a regular relationship with my Craft.
I am inviting you to join me in counting down to the end of the caelndar year by spending a little time each day in December intetnionally doing one small act of magic.
Each year I come back to this practice and share it with you all.
This year is not different.
Here is the downloadable calendar
If you want to share your journey, I’ll be posting reminders in the Facebook Group every day of the month with invitations for you to share photos or comments about your practices.
Want to go a little deeper?
Gift yourself a place in the Winter Circle.
2 Rituals and 6 Circles carry us through the Winter months in communtiy and magic.
This is a closed circle with a limited number of spots to help support connection and faciliate trust.
Using embodiment practices, expressive arts, spell work and the themes of Winter, Deep Rest and Self Love we will nourish ourselves through the darkness.
We begin Decmeber 17th
Emily Morrison MA, MFT