Welcome to your first Ritual Report of the year!
In our January Ritual Report, we tune into the astrological energies of the month. Through these understandings, we can create cacao rituals that help us align with the Earth's natural cycles.
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 elaborate ritual, perhaps increasing your cacao dose, or planning ahead for a group ritual with friends, loved ones, and the larger community.
How will you make your rituals authentic to you this month?
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January Ritual Report Part 1
- January 3rd | International Mind - Body Wellness Day
- January 6th | Full Moon in Cancer
- January 12th | Mars Goes Direct In Gemini
- January 8th - 14th | Universal Letter Writing Week
International Mind - Body Wellness Day | January 3rd
A healthy body is supported by a healthy mind, and a healthy mind is supported by a healthy body.
Do you feel like your lifestyle is supporting a balanced and harmonious life? Do you feel strong and vibrant in your body?
In all ancient traditions, emotions, sense of purpose, habits, and actions are considered to have an impact on our physical wellness. This is why traditions like Ayurveda, or Traditional Chinese medicine, have a holistic approach that doesn’t just treat symptoms, rather they look at the whole picture of someone’s life.
International Mind-Body Wellness Day is here to remind us of the importance of our health for success and fulfillment.
You can honor this day by taking some time to do some inner “housekeeping”. We recommend a cup of Vibrant Vitality which is balancing and harmonizing for the body through its adaptogenic properties from Ashwagandha and strengthening properties from Maca.
Before you take your first sip, intend to have cacao guide you into a state of clarity. One of the best things we can do in our cacao practice is to set a clear intention.
Then, reflect on the wellness present in your life. Do you feel like there’s a healthy balance between your work and your personal life? If not, how can you create more room for a harmonious relationship between the two? Do you feel like you are living your purpose? If not, what small step can you take each day to fulfill that part of yourself? What are some affirmations that feel nourishing to your mind and body?
Full Moon in Cancer | January 6th
Think back on what you were contemplating or intending near June 28th of 2022 during the Cancer New Moon. The seeds that you planted around that time will now be coming into fruition during the time of this lunation in Cancer.
Since both Mercury and Mars are in retrograde during this time, this is not necessarily an opportune time for action. This full moon is an invitation to go within, and perhaps enjoy a night with the moon in our home in deep reflection of the intentions we were setting six months ago.
A cup of Tantric Rose Blossom cacao can be especially helpful in getting you tuned into your emotions and into your heart space. With each sip, as you reflect, notice what things you have accomplished according to the commitments you made 6 months ago, and perhaps where you haven’t. This is a great chance to take stock of what supports you emotionally, and what you can release in order to move forward once Mercury and Mars go direct and we are greeted by the Lunar New Year which holds a much brighter energy than the one we’re currently surrounded by.
Mars Goes Direct In Gemini | January 12th
After being retrograde since October, this fiery and action-inspiring planet finally goes direct and gives us the go for our New Year’s intentions!
The Gregorian calendar isn’t the type of calendar that takes into account the movement of the stars and planets and their influence over us. So as people who enjoy following nature’s and the cosmos’ rhythm, this is the perfect day to start writing out your intentions for 2023. You’ll have more support from the planets. There will be a shift in energy that will feel freer and allow more forward movement.
Since Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire, a cup of Oaxacan Spice is the perfect pairing to fan your inner flames of passion and dreams. Get your cacao ready, your favorite pen and notebook and dream big for this new cycle of time!
Universal Letter Writing Week | January 8th - 14th
Every year, during the second week of January, we are encouraged to pick up a pen and paper and write a letter to someone.
Letters have been used throughout time, and despite the dominance of technology these days, taking a pen to paper is a wonderful and slower way to connect to ourselves and our hearts.
A fun experience for this day is to choose someone in your life that had a big impact on you in 2022, and write them a letter of gratitude as you sip on Thriving Tanzania which activates focus and joyousness.
You can also write a letter to yourself that you will put away and read at the end of 2023. What did you learn in 2022? How will you apply those lessons in the new year ahead? What dreams do you have for yourself? Where do you imagine yourself in one year?