Its the start of the New Year and winter is here! Its time to start looking at how to build our fairy castles this Capricorn season, and what changes we want to bring into our life this year.
Its also a time to slow down, honor, and respect nature (as fairy souls do). Let's take a look at my five top tips for embracing your winter fairy self this season.
⛄ Give to Fur & Feathered Friends⛄
As we step into winter, it becomes increasingly hard for the birds, rabbits, and other animals along the forest floor to keep warm and survive. Many will not last the winter, and many will struggle. We as fairy souls with our warm little homes don't always have those same pressures.
Although we can't make our feathered friends a cup of tea, there are other ways, however, we can support them.
Here are some things to offer:
- Make sure you bundle your furbabies! Dogs with short fur need to be in coats, and if you have walked your dog along icy sidwalks, there most likely has been salt spread there or potentially even chemical based salt derivates. Make sure you wipe their paws lovingly when you get home to soothe them of this, and you can always explore supporting them with little booties. If you are in the fortunate position to have excess dog attire to giveaway, or simply want to help pets in need, check out your local shelter or a place that will accept donations. Dog coats and extra blankets for their bedding are ALWAYS in need by rescue organizations. (Trust me, I volunteered at a shelter and frequently donated materials to where I rescued my pup from!)
- Scrape out the seeds from peppers before you cook them and scatter those seeds along the ground for birds. Like wise scatter oats (dry, uncooked) for squirrels, rabbits and more furry lovelies.
- This one I particularly love. Often, we will brush our furbabies and then just discard of the hair. Likewise, when we brush our own hair, we do the same. That excess fur and hair can actually make wonderful bedding for animal nests. Once you've got a ball of it (an easy task if you are just brushing your cat or dog), take that outside and leave it for the animals to find to make with it of their nests. You can also do this with lint fluff you scrape out of the dryer tray. If you like, put this in a ziploc and save it for your next nature hike, then leave it on the forest floor. To us its just "ugh" but to them it might spell life vs. death from chilly temps!
⛄ Work with Forest Scents⛄
Its not always doable to get outside. We might get snowed in (actually writing this for you on the eve of a snowstorm), or we simply might struggle to get out in the less readily available daylight hours.
Work the forest scents and the colors white and green to bring in the forest spirit into your life. I love the essential oil Juniper Berry from Jade Bloom and Fairybell Powder from Southern Magnolia Minerals. You can also experiment with cypress oil (very good for grief and transformation) and balsam fir (invigorating, enlivening, exciting).
Winter scents will also help you bring in some cheer, especially when you might be dealing with the more unsavory bits of winter, like shoveling snow. You can anoint yourself before you go (I love it on the ends of my hair), don your favorite winter hat, and then off you go!
⛄Take Time for Goal Setting⛄ Capricorn season is all about looking at the long haul of your life. It requires you to ask what are the short term sacrifices, investments, and plans I need to work in order to achieve my long term goals? Its a wonderful time to do some extra journaling and intention setting.
This is not just "New Year's Resolutions", oh no. This is mapping our your life. Where do you want it to go? What do you want it to embrace? As a professional astrologer, I always love to plan my year (to best of my ability obviously we can't account for all things) with my astrology transits in mind. I also offer Year Ahead Readings in cards which equally serve as a wonderful month to month focus tool.
I have also had so much doing the "Find Your Word" for the year work by Susannah Conway. This year she appears to be doing it with a 5 day mini email course. You can check that all out here (not affiliated).
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⛄Visit the Trees⛄
I started a daily practice to help my fairy soul self connect more in nature every day. Every morning when I am letting out my pup, I go to two select trees in the backyard. I put my hand to them (one each at a time) and communicate telepathically with the soul in that tree. Every tree has a nature spirit within it, some have two or more. If you look closely, you can even see faces on trees!
I ask them for help with things going on in my life. Sometimes I get words or just a clairvoyant vision. I then offer to them what can I help them with. Sometimes they just thank me for my company, and sometimes they ask me to send healing light. The color and nature of how I send light changes, but the intention to give to them with purity, love, and grace remains consistent. As I continue to work with them, my bond deepens and exchanging healing energy between one another becomes more effortless. Sometimes I also make offerings to them, such as a flower or a crystal. I lay this often at the foot of their trunk in a nook or crevice I find, or wherever I feel called. (Try not to perch crystals too high up as they can fall out and be dangerous to people and animals.)
This practice has been deeply healing to me, reminding me each day I can go out and greet them. It also really helps you practice in the energy of giving and receiving, which is so so so important to manifestation and healthy living.
If visiting select trees isn't an option for you, simply bundle up and go on a nature walk! Ideally in a forest if you can. Embrace the purity of the deep forest and snow if it is there. It can be so incredibly healing.
Who knows, you might even meet a Prince Charming on your fairy forest walk!
⛄DIY Hot Chocolate⛄
Mass produced hot chocolate mixes are made with "alkalized cocoa powder". That is definitely not fairy approved! I like to make my own hot chocolate using a cacao powder method and it is oh so easy.
You will need:
- coconut sugar
- coconut milk
- cacao powder
- a favorite mug
- a small whisk
In a small saucepan on the stove, place 1 cup coconut milk (or desired other nut milk). Bring to a boil. Slowly add the coconut sugar and cacao powder to the heated milk mixture. Whisking in until desired sweetness and chocolatey consistency (taste testing encourages). Make sure you turn off the heat when you add in the chocolate and sugar, as you don't want the mixture to boil over. Also, do not set this going and then walk away from the stove. The coconut milk has a tendency to boil over if you do not watch it.
Top with some marshmallows:
And then pour into one of your favorite mugs:
Then sip and enjoy!
Comfy clothes and no makeup encouraged 😉
I am excited to up my hot chocolate game with some new Laird Superfood powders that are coming out. I will keep you posted on updates!
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