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Winter Blessings Ritual

Embracing the seasons is the most ancient form of magic. With this simple ritual, you can align yourself with the wisdom of winter.

You will need:

Before you begin, spend some time in quiet reflection. Think about everything that has happened in 2019, the joys and the struggles.

Now think over the last decade of your life. Try to recall the most significant moments that have made you the person you are today. Write down 10 things that have happened throughout the last ten years that you are most grateful for.

Upon completing this practice of reflection and gratitude, you have opened the internal space you will need to begin the ritual.

Find a quiet and centered space.

Light the sage and let the smoke rise.

Pick up the winter candle and run it through the smoke several times, letting it be cleansed and purified.

In honor of the Sun’s rebirth at the winter solstice, light the candle and gaze at its flame.

Let your eyes soften as it flickers and feel immense gratitude for everything that has happened in 2019. Breathe deeply and expand that gratitude to encompass the last decade.

Now close your eyes and experience the silence and stillness within.

Breathe deeply, acknowledging that you have made it through to the end of a cycle.

This is your time to rest, retreat and dream.

See yourself on a shoreline where memories rise up and wash away.

In the darkness, you see your dreams for the future shimmering above like stars. Looking upward, you notice the brightest star. This is a special dream that you have, one that you believe in with all your heart.

You are sitting directly under this star, gazing upward as it burns brighter.

You watch this star fall, descending upon you. It shimmers all around, planting a seed of light deep within your heart.

Feel its warmth and know that this dream will come to life as soon as the time is right.

But for now it is winter and you must rest. Close the ritual by saying “It is done!”.

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BY RACHEL CAPURSO

Rachel is the creator of Aeolian Heart Astrology, a voice that blends ancient Hermeticism with pop culture and fine art. She believes that astrology is magic because following the rhythm of the planets makes life feel like a graceful dance. Her favorite season is late-summer, when the pomegranates are ripe and the sunsets are like amber.

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