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Let's deepen your connection to cacao and grow your ritual practice.
In our monthly ritual forecast, we've highlighted meaningful astrological dates that help you align with the natural cycles of Earth, significant days to celebrate and reflect with cacao, and notable historical events. This offers you a mix of cosmic and grounded cacao ritual.
In addition, we recommend specific cacaos to support your intentions on these special days.
Each day is an opportunity to go deeper with your ceremony by dedicating more time, planning a more involved ritual, perhaps increasing your cacao dose, or planning ahead for a (virtual) group ritual with friends, loved ones, and the larger community.
How will you make your rituals authentic to you this month?
Let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.
January Ritual Forecast
Sat. Jan. 9th | National Vision Board Day
Wed. Jan. 13th | New Moon in Capricorn
Thurs. Jan. 21st | National Hugging Day
Sun. Jan. 24 | International Day of Education
Thurs. Jan 28th | Full Moon in Leo
Sun. Jan 31st | National Hot Chocolate Day
Cacao Ritual Inspiration & Suggestions
Saturday, Jan. 9th | National Vision Board Day
What are the limits of your vision for your life? Truth be told, it can be an intimidating task to dream into the future. Doubts can arise and bind us into inaction: What if you come up empty? Are my dreams big enough? Are my dreams aligned? Do I have it within me to make my dreams a reality?
Boundless Belize is a pure 100% cacao that expands our imaginations. It can unbind us from doubt, and help us express a greater vision. As you create your vision board this year and magically reify your dreams, sip your cacao with wonder: What adventures await me? Who may I serve and love? How may I create happiness in the world? What work is my soul calling me to do? What do I want to learn? In what environment do I want to wake up every day? Find pictures online, clip magazine or newspaper headings, draw your own art, and coalesce everything ideally into a physical form that you can boundlessly gaze into every day. (Leave room on your vision board, revisit these inquiries with Boundless Belize again, and listen to how the cacao guides you to new inspiration.)
Wednesday, Jan. 13th | New Moon in Capricorn
This lunation in the earth sign of Capricorn invites us to embody the constructive traits of the sign of the Goat–tenacious, resourceful, disciplined, wise, ambitious, prudent, constant. It’s an opportunity to imagine how we can develop the stamina vitalize our dreams.
Just like cacao, the healing medicine of hugging relaxes muscles, increases circulation, and releases endorphins in your body. It also can elevate moods by increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin, which are two beneficial compounds also found in cacao.
Whether or not hugs are scarce in your life today, it’s a humbling time to reflect over a cup of Glowing Guatemala cacao. Allow yourself to be hugged by the warm, loving, nurturing energy of this pure 100% cacao. How present am I when I hug another being? What is my intention when I embrace another? How may my physical touch help others heal and glow? Try this in your next hug: put your head to the right side of your partner's head, so that their head is over your left shoulder. Align your heart space with theirs, so that your left chest touches their left chest. Inhale deeply into this heart space. Exhale deeply into this space. Synchronize your breathing and melt into the beauty of embrace.
Sunday, Jan. 24th | International Day of Education
Education is a global right which is outlined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Education helps pave paths out of poverty, unlocks creativity, and inspires us to connect with each other’s knowledge and wisdom. Through the act of learning and sharing, we witness first hand that we are interdependent beings.
Your cacao companion for focusing, clarifying, and studying can be Thriving Tanzania. As you sit in ritual this week, contemplate: How might I express gratitude for how my education has helped me thrive? What is Mama Cacao trying to teach me lately in ceremony? What knowledge and wisdom may I weave back into the web of life?
This day also may encourage you to grow your knowledge and relationship with cacao in our online cacao courses. We intimately dive deep in these modules: Cacao & Holistic Health, Develop Your Cacao Practice, History & Culture of Cacao, Cacao Sourcing & Transformation, Facilitating Cacao Offerings, Amplify Your Ritual Magick & a Comprehensive Course which includes all of the above. Drinking cacao, such as Thriving Tanzania, while you learn about cacao is a meaningful way to connect even deeper with your education.
Thursday, Jan. 28th | Full Moon in Leo
This lunation may bring awareness of our creative, romantic, and expressive needs, as well as how to balance the polarizing energies between Leo and Aquarius, which can emphasize be individualistic and or community-focused, respectively. It may be an emotional time in which these energies can be harmonized. It's also a potent time to reflect on your January New Moon intentions.
Our Oaxacan Spice enhanced cacao is your ally in connecting with your community, harmonizing relationships, and circulating emotions. This warming blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cayenne. What needs to circulate through you so that you may express your celebratory nature in your community?
Sunday, Jan. 31st | National Hot Chocolate Day
Archaeological evidence suggests the cultivation of cacao and ritual use of cacao drink 3,900 years ago in Central America, and 5,300 years ago in Ecuador, the earliest known usage to date. This supports the genetic evidence that human cultivation of cacao and consumption as a drink first began in the Upper Amazon, and then spread northward and into it’s most culturally developed forms with the Olmec, Mayans, and Aztec.
When we relate to cacao as a plant spirit and guide, as the ancient cultures and peoples did, we reap one of the fundamental teachings of working with cacao: how to give true gratitude. The Tantric Rose Blossom enhanced cacao gracefully opens up your heart so that you may appreciate and the difference between “intellectual gratitude” in your head versus a deep gratitude that emanates from your heart. Many meaningful breakthroughs with cacao have come from going through the deepest gratitude and humility for this ancient plant teacher. When you learn to give gratitude from your heart, you can receive the deeper layers of healing with cacao.
We hope this cacao ritual forecast sparks inspiration, deeper self-knowledge, generosity, and understanding.
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With Love, Gratitude, & Cacao,
Jonas & The Firefly Family
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